|First Appearance:|| Batman: The Telltale Series|
Guardian of Gotham
|Created by:|| Bob Kane|
|Affiliations:||Bruce Wayne (Determinant)|
|Abilities:|| Genius-level intelligence|
Capable Hand-to-Hand Combatent
|Portrayed by:||Anthony Ingruber (voice)|
The Joker is a minor character in Batman: The Telltale Series and supporting character turned either anti-hero or main antagonist in the second season, The Enemy Within. A former patient at Arkham Asylum dubbed "John Doe", his history before his stay at the institution is unknown, even by the staff themselves. Whilst Bruce Wayne was incarcerated, he acted as an ally to the billionaire and helped set up an escape attempt. After being discharged from the asylum, "John" would go on to associate with a group called the Pact, whom he wished Bruce to get involved with. After the group disbanded, the actions of Bruce/Batman would affect "John", making him into either one of the greatest threats in Gotham City or an ally in his crusade.
Nobody truly has an identity for Joker, with the name "John Doe" given to him by the Asylum staff. It also appears that he is also unaware of his past and doesn't remember his life prior to Arkham, how he got there or even his own name. It seems no one remembers the day he arrived, and there was no record of him ever being committed. Other inmates were scared of him, particularly Victor Zsasz, who found him unpredictable. However, to staff members, particularly doctors Joan Leland and Harleen Quinzel, he seemed to be recovering and one of the more cooperative of the inmates. At some point, it's possible "John" deduced Bruce Wayne was the vigilante Batman.
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Upon Bruce Wayne's arrival in the asylum, he was attacked by two inmates who claimed to be victims of his father. Upon arriving, John brutally assaulted them and offered help to Bruce. With Dr. Leland arriving, he tried to vouch that he had helped Bruce and that the billionaire had attacked the other inmates in defense. With Bruce either going along with or denying this, they left the cell to take him to the asylum's lobby.
As they walked through the Asylum, John conversed with Leland, though kept his eye on Bruce, saving him from a cannibal who complained about "not being able to taste". He also banged violently on another inmates door after he tried to use the phone, something Leland noticed. As they arrived in the Lobby, John bullied "Sane Lewis" out of his seat and left to get the remote from Leland. Before he left, he gave Bruce a key, asking him to use it.
When he returned, he turned over to the Gotham City News Channel, where he witnessed Harvey Dent announcing his imprisonment of Bruce to Arkham. Laughing at Dent's ramblings and his war with Lady Arkham, he was put down for these by Bruce. However, John also revealed his knowledge that Vicki Vale was Arkham's civilian identity, a piece of information he suspected Bruce to know. When the billionaire confirmed his mutual knowledge, John offered to help set him free, having noticed a "darker side" to him as he had attacked Oswald Cobblepot and possibly realized who he was.
Knowing Bruce would go after Vicki if he was released from the Asylum, John revealed Vale's past as the Arkham family's daughter, having been adopted by the Vales following her parent's murder on Thomas Wayne's orders. He offered to set Bruce free, but that he would require a favor if he did so. Bruce can accept or decline this offer, but John will continue regardless of his choice.
Walking up to Zsasz, who was playing chess with another inmate, he asked him what would happen if a tally mark was made before a kill. With him unable to respond, he cut the serial killer's face with a knife, causing him to lash out into his old ways. Offering a knife, he hoped that Zsasz's psychotic attack might distract the orderlies long enough for Bruce to get the phone and call to be released. With this, Bruce can decide to either go with the plan or help the orderlies.
Bruce puts himself in front of Victor and tries to stop the fighting. However, he is unable to and is knocked out by Victor. As he leaves the asylum with his butler, John calls out to "ask the Vales" as he is taken away to his cell.
Bruce chooses to use the riot as a distraction to use the phone and continue with John's plan. After calling either Lt. Gordon or his lawyers to release him, John talks to him, telling to "ask the Vales". As Bruce is taken away by Leland and an orderly, he tells Bruce that the two will see each other soon. John also sees Bruce as he leaves the asylum, reminding him of their deal.
John was among the inmates set free during the Children of Arkham's attempted break out. However, unlike the other inmates, he simply watched the chaos unfold, enjoying every second of it. After witnessing Batman defeat Zsasz, John clapped maniacally and told the vigilante how he "admired [his] work", pretending they had only just met. When the GCPD stormed the room, he remained calm as an officer came in to arrest him.
In the following week, the staff at Arkham deemed John sane and decided to release him, believing that he could readjust to society. However, between his release and the GCPD's press conference, he hired an assassin to attack the event and prevent Gordon from rallying Gotham behind him. Depending on whether Bruce attends as himself or Batman, two possibilities will take place.
The assassin targets Bruce, driving the van towards him and the crowd following his announcement to either support the GCPD or cease construction on a mental hospital to fund and repair Arkham Asylum. After watching the assassin fail from the Stacked Deck bar, he promises to see Bruce soon, taking a drink and laughing maniacally.
The assassin targets Gordon, driving the van towards him and the crowd after reading a message sent to the city from the vigilante. As the van approaches Gordon, the vigilante jumps down and saves the newly appointed Commissioner from the assassin and knocking him out. As he watches from the Stacked Deck bar, John promises to try and top it with another attack, taking a drink and laughing maniacally.
During the year of freedom, "John" claimed to have found it hard to readjust to society. He also became acquainted with some of the world's most dangerous criminals, forming a group known as the Pact. John became one of the most wanted people in the world for the Agency and its director, Amanda Waller, due to his connection with many of these criminals. After one of the criminals within the Pact, the Riddler, fell out with John, due to his decision to attack Gotham and attract Batman's attention, he decided to invoke the favor he asked from Bruce.
Meeting him at the funeral for one of Wayne's friends, Lucius Fox, John got talking with the dead man's daughter, Tiffany, though made many inappropriate comments until Bruce interrupted the conversation and pulled him aside. John gave him a card he had bought and the two took places as the sermon began. During this, John asked Bruce to meet the Pact for him and join the group as the favor he asked for back at Arkham. When he mentioned the Riddler, Bruce began to ask information about him, leading to John giving him information about his operations in the East End of Gotham. As the funeral finished, John decided to leave, hoping to see Bruce again. Bruce has the opportunity to attach a tracking device to John, which he will seemingly not notice.
Later, John managed to learn about Riddler's safe house in the East End, he sent Bruce information about it. He also recommended talking to Rumi Mori, who had been on the criminal's kill list after refusing to sell one of his biotech companies. It is currently unknown whether John was the person who shot the Riddler with a poisoned dart, but it can be assumed that he and/or another member of the Pact arranged the murder to prevent Waller from learning about the groups operations.
The following morning, John was contacted by Bruce, who had decided to take up his offer to join the Pact. Bruce found him at the Stacked Deck, in the midst of therapy with a patron called Willy. After finishing off, the two left for the bar, during which John ordered him another drink. If Bruce placed the tracking device on him, John will reveal his knowledge of it and express his annoyance but seemingly forgives him for placing it on him. When Bruce asked about his involvement in the Riddler's death, John denied it and talked about Bruce joining him as a member of the Pact. He also admitted to having lied about Riddler's involvement with the group and promised not to have anymore secrets between him and Bruce. He also offered a pinky swear, which Bruce has the opportunity of accepting. Whilst contacting Harley to let her know, Willy tried to attack Bruce. If Bruce chooses to subdue Willy, he will film the incident and, as the bartender calls the cops, decides to leave.
After receiving a text from Harley letting him know she was interested, he told Bruce about what had been decided and told him about his feelings for her. He also decided to hotwire a car, during which he asked for Bruce's assistance. When Harley arrived, he introduced the two and, at Harley's request, collected a slushy for her from a vender. When he returned, they left in the car as the owner returned. When Harley flirted with Bruce, he showed signs of being uncomfortable and even snatched the slushy when she offered him a drink. When they arrived, they initially stayed behind in the car, but followed him into the building shortly afterwards.
The two followed him to his office, knocking a guard unconscious and confronting Regina Zellerbach in the process. John also showed some signs of discomfort when Harley flirted with Bruce, with him suggesting that they stayed focused on finding the key. When they arrived in the vault, he was disappointed to find no craters there, having mistaken the explosion to have taken their rather than Fox's office. Whilst Bruce recreated Lucius' thumbprint to access the vault, John looked around the lab, taking notice of an EMP generator. When Bruce was able to get into the vault, he stayed behind with Harley, but later followed when he wondered what was going on. Depending on whether Bruce lied to Tiffany at the funeral, the following will happen.
If Bruce told Tiffany the truth about his involvement with Lucius' death, he will discover the two in conversation, with Bruce trying to get Tiffany to hand over the Phalanx Key. Bruce asks him to keep quiet, something he agrees to do but comments on hating to lie to Harley. Depending on whether he is successful or not, he will either take the key to Harley after Bruce is able to get Tiffany to hand it over or is stunned with a electric gun as she tries to escape. If the latter plays out, he will find the key on the floor and hand it over to Harley. As they leave, Harley asks him to bring the EMP generator with them, having decided to use it for their next attack.
If Bruce lied to Tiffany, John will be stunned with a taser as he enters the vault. He is also present whilst Harley threatens Tiffany and forces Bruce to pledge allegiance to the Pact for her safety. After Bruce either accepts or denies, he finds the Phalanx Key on the floor and gives it to Harley. As they leave, Harley asks him to bring the EMP generator, having decided to use it for their next attack.
After he and Harley returned, they and the rest of the Pact prepared to retrieve Riddler's body from the Agency. After deciding to bring him into the group, John contacted him and told him to meet with the group. After he was brought to the Pact's lair, he watched as Bane and Harley argued whether to bring him into the group. Believing Bane would kill him, John activated the EMP generator "accidentally" so that he could prove his worth to the group. When Harley tasked him with getting the approval of Bane and Mr. Freeze, Bruce talked to John to get advice. Though he had no idea how to get Freeze's approval, he gave him a bottle of beer so he could talk to Bane. When the group voted on whether to let Bruce become a member, John voted for him. If Bruce was unable to convince Bane and Freeze, this will lead to a tie, which will lead to him being allowed to join the group.
During the attack on the Agency, John remained within the escape vehicles as Bruce and the other members engaged with the agents. John help load the package and watched as the chaos ensued. Depending on who Bruce chooses to stop, the following will happen.
If Bruce chooses to stop Harley, she will escape with the rest of the Pact whilst Bane is left to fight the Agency. Despite Freeze's worries that Bane will seek revenge, John and Harley seem unconcerned about this. He is also present when Bruce opens the Riddler's casket.
If Bruce chooses to stop Bane, John will watch in horror as Harley is left to battle the Agency. Despite his pleas to go back and rescue her from the Agency, Bane and Freeze refuse, believing it to be worthless to go back for her. Furious, he storms back to his Ha-Hacienda to mourn.
Depending on who Bruce chose to stop in the previous episode, the following will happen to John.
If Bruce chose to stop Harley, John helps Harley retrieve the payment for Catwoman from her safe and gives it to her. He stands by as Bane and his men return from battling the Agency and the GCPD and as Harley takes control of the Pact.
If Bruce chose to stop Bane, John stays in his Ha-Hacienda to mourn Harley's "death" and doesn't come out to interact with Catwoman. When she returns, he appears to greet her and stands by as she takes control of the Pact.
When Harley gave Bruce the task of investigating the Riddler's hideout to find information about an Agency black-site, she suggested that he brought John along to help him. After changing into something more suitable, he, Bruce and Catwoman left to investigate Riddler's hideout.
Upon arrival, he and Catwoman left to investigate the outside for officers whilst Bruce check the back. After returning, he attempted to break down the fence with a crowbar, only for Bruce to intervene and take over the task, to avoid attracting attention. Whilst Bruce investigated, John and Catwoman remained outside and only entered when Bruce was confronted by a detective on the scene. When John retrieved the crowbar to knock him out, Bruce can either allow him to do so, knock the officer out himself or bribe him to keep quiet. Regardless, the three entered Riddler's lair and began their investigation.
Whilst Catwoman investigated the balcony, John and Bruce searched the lower area of the hideout and uncovered a trap left behind by the criminal. If Bruce interacts with John, he mentions his distrust for Catwoman, due to her closeness with the Riddler. He can also ask about his green hair, to which John reluctantly claims that its natural. When Bruce was able to solve Riddler's trap, he and Catwoman insisted he stayed behind whilst they investigated the uncovered elevator. When she tried to escape with the decryption drive, John only watched as Bruce attempted to stop her and took photographs with his phone. After the battle, John, having heard Catwoman mention her intentions to steal a laptop in Harley's possession, decided to confront Bruce about it, but somewhere else than the Riddler's lair.
Taking him to Café Triste, John ordered them drinks, including a frappe for himself, and confronted Bruce on telling Catwoman about the laptop. He pondered telling her to improve her opinion of him, but decides not to tell her. Having witnessed some flirting between Bruce and Catwoman, he asks for some advice to help Harley notice him. Depending on the advice Bruce gives, the following will happen.
If Bruce advices John act like himself whilst trying to seduce Harley, he mentions that he feels unsure about doing so, as he hasn't found his "true self" yet. After taking some advice from Bruce, John asks that they role play some scenarios between him and Harley to improve his confidence. Afterwards, when Bruce decides to leave to "attend to business", John agrees to help him retrieve Harley's laptop and pays for the drinks.As he pays for the drinks, he fails to notice Bruce leave.
If Bruce advices John tries to manipulate her, he seems a bit unsure about doing so and asks for advice from Bruce. After learning some basic methods of finding out what can be done to get her to notice him, John decides to learn more about Bruce. Using napkins and some of Bruce's coffee, he creates Rorschach tests and asks him to answer. When Bruce decides to leave to "attend to business", John allows him to leave and offers to pay for the drinks. Depending on how Bruce answered, he will either says he'll think about helping him steal the laptop or decided not to go through with it. As he pays for the drinks, he fails to notice Bruce leave. ambiguous
Whilst Batman talked to Gordon, John followed him and quietly sneaked onto the roof of GCPD and got the vigilante's attention by making shadow puppets with the Batsignal. Introducing himself for what seemed to be the first time, John offered to help him arrest the Pact and retrieve Harley Quinn's laptop. However, he promised only to do so if she was left alone. The two arranged to meet up behind the Stacked Deck bar if he was successful, which he agreed to do. After this, John took a selfie on his phone and showed it to Batman, with the vigilante either allowing him to keep it or destroying the phone. If the latter is chosen, John is shocked at this action and expresses disappointment for losing it.
When Bruce returned to the Old Five Points, John talked to him and advised that they used the opportunity to steal the laptop. When Harley came over to check on them, John tried to offer to help her search for the Pact's mole, only to be turned down and dismissed. Whilst she and Bruce talked, John slipped into her office to retrieve the laptop for Batman. Depending on whether the vigilante told Catwoman about Gordon's ambush, he either doesn't find it (if Catwoman was informed) or is able to steal it (if she wasn't told).
If the latter plays out, John meets with the vigilante and gives him the laptop. Whilst he comments about feeling conflicted about stealing from Harley, he is pleased for having helped the vigilante and asks for a lesson in Batarang throwing. If Batman agrees to do so, he receives a demonstration on how to do so and given the opportunity to throw one, unsuccessfully. After practice concludes, he asks to keep the Batarang he has been practicing, something which Batman can agree to. As the vigilante leaves, he promises Batman to stay out of trouble and help the vigilante, whenever he needs assistance.
When Harley discovered the laptop was missing, he assisted her in investigating for the culprits. During the final preparations, John was given Riddler's position as "tech guy". If she had not found out about Tiffany or Project LOTUS, he also tells her about these. After learning that Harley had narrowed it down to Bruce and Catwoman, he begged her to let him interrogate the billionaire, receiving some advice on what to do from her. When he finally interrogated Bruce, he worried about what they were going to do and suggested that they pinned the blame on Catwoman. When Harley returned, John, claiming to have finished, told Bruce to tell her who the mole was.
If Bruce blames Catwoman, John is pleased that he followed his advice and receives praise and affection from Harley for getting the information out of him. He also witnesses the rest of the Pact's attempt to kill her with one of Freeze's devices, but is otherwise not involved. After placing her in one of Riddler's death traps as a temporary cell, he, Bruce and the rest of the gang leave to raid the black-site.
If Bruce outs himself as the traitor, John is shocked at his decision, though also receives praise and affection from Harley for getting the information out of him. As he watches the others attempt to kill Bruce with one of Freeze's cryogenic chambers, he asks for them to spare him, only to be turn away. After they activate the chamber, he is forced to leave Bruce whilst he and the rest of the Pact raid the black-site.
Depending on who was given up as the mole, the following possibilities will happen.
If Bruce chose to follow John's advice and blame Catwoman for the theft, he mostly stands by to observe whilst Bruce and the others battle employees of both the Bohdi Spa and SANCTUS. During the raid, he also takes a picture of the group on his phone to mark the occasion. John also catch Bruce communicating with Amanda Waller, but seems to remain oblivious to it, dismissing the action as him talking to himself. Knowing the Pact have come together to get their hands on the virus, John shares with Bruce his belief that they will disband once they get their hands on it.
When asked to install one of Riddler's drives, John supposed misunderstanding causes his position to be given to Bruce. He was amazed at Bruce's actions during the battle, including drawing a turret's fire to allow Harley to destroy it. When Bruce gets separated, John and the rest of the Pact are forced to disable another turret and, as he tries to destroy Project LOTUS, watches as Bane tries to stop him from doing so. When Bane comes close to killing Bruce, John interferes and attacking him, allowing the billionaire to subdue him. When Harley betrays the group, John is shocked by her leaving them behind and flees the scene as the Agency arrives.
If Bruce chose to blow his cover, it is unknown how involved he was in the raid on the lab. After making it into the lab, John's impatience leads to him continually pestering Freeze to hurry up with the extraction, which is looked down upon by Bane. When Batman arrives on the scene with Catwoman, John initially suggests a peaceful method, but does not get involved as they battle the rest of the Pact. However, whilst Bane has Batman trapped, John prevents Freeze from attempting to kill the vigilante, telling him to fight his own hero. When Harley betrays the Pact and escapes with the virus, John is shocked at this betrayal and flees as the Agency arrives.
After the raid, John fled back to the Old Five Points to hide from the Agency, only to find their operatives already there. Hiding in a place they could not find him, he watched as they stole the Riddler's blood, from both the corpse and samples collected by Freeze. Eventually, he was discovered by Harley, who had returned to retrieve the samples and synthesize a cure from Project LOTUS. After telling her what he'd seen, Harley rejected John and gave him a black eye before fleeing. With his feelings truly broken, he broke into her office and drank himself into unconsciousness.
Eventually, John was discovered by Bruce and Special Agent Iman Avesta, who had returned in search of Quinn. After being woken up, he drunkenly introduced himself to the Agency operative and ranted about his perceived one sided friendship with Bruce. John blamed him for the advice he had given him to win over Harley and showed his frustrations about how the Pact had been disbanded. As Bruce tried to get more answers from him, John drew a gun on him and Avesta, only to be talked into dropping it. As he attempted to leave, Avesta blocked his entrance whilst Bruce talked him into telling them about what had happened. Though reluctant to help them find Harley, he was talked into doing so, but insisted in doing so alone. Depending on whether Bruce decides to trust him or not, the following will happen.
If Bruce decides to go with him, John draws his gun on him and angrily tells him how he had expected him to have come back to check on him. As Avesta demands he drops the gun, John fires it in the air multiple times, revealing it to be empty, and flees.
If Bruce decides to trust John to do so alone, he sadly tells Bruce that he expected him to have come back to check on him. He then leaves to locate Harley, promising to contact Bruce.
John eventually tracked Harley down to the defunct Bonus Brothers Carnival, where she had been storing one of the GCPD's armored vehicles after the attack on the Agency convoy. After informing Bruce, he investigated the funhouse where they had set up a lair, only to discover multiple agents there. John murdered the agents, though he claims it was in self-defense. Eventually, he was discovered talking to the corpses by Bruce, who had come after being given the lead to follow.
After being discovered, John claimed he had been attacked by them and, succumbing to something dark building up inside him, had bludgeoned them to death with the nearest object he could grab. However, Bruce found multiple holes in the story, including a gunshot wound on an agent's back. Depending on dialogue chosen, the their "friendship" can either improve or decrease. During the conversation, John revealed he knew Bruce was actually Batman, having deduced it some time ago. If Bruce doesn't acknowledge this to be true, John gives him evidence to support his claim, along with actions he had taken throughout his time in the Pact. Revealing that Harley had fled to the Gotham Bridge, John asked to help capture her before she did anything too drastic.
If Bruce chooses to believe John, he joins Bruce to capture Harley on the Gotham Bridge. Worried that the Agency may kill Harley, he asks Bruce to get involved and stop them from doing so. When Waller shows surprise on his appearance, he simply waves at her as Bruce talks to her. With Waller running out of options, she allows them to try and talk her out of destroying the bridge. As he watches as Bruce struggles to get Harley to stand down, John goes up and tries to talk to her himself. If Bruce lets him take over negotiations, he promises to get her to stand down. As John communicates with her. the two seem to make flirty gestures towards each other, leading Waller to suspect that he will not be successful and orders her teams to go in. Depending on the choices made, the follow will happen.
If Bruce puts faith in John and is able to prevent Waller from interfering, John is able to subdue her and hands her over to the Agency. As Harley asks him why he had betrayed her, he comments that he has been show how to be good. When Waller asks him to hand over the virus, John refuses to, believing that it should be destroyed. When she tries to kill him, John realizes she is as bad as the Pact and calls her corrupt. He then steals a smoke grenade from an agent, which he sets off, makes an attempt on Waller's life and detonates Harley's bombs. Climbing on the bridge's railing, John promises to bring the Agency to justice before jumping off the side.
If Bruce chooses not to let John negotiate or begins to suspect he's up to something, he takes the trigger from Harley's hand and demands that they stand down. Chastising Bruce for not trusting him, he calls Bruce dangerous and berates him for trusting Waller. As he sees Harley being dragged away, John blames Bruce for what has happened and detonates the bombs. Standing on the side of the bridge, he embraces his madness and is praised by Harley for what he has done. He then kisses her and jumps off the bridge, the two disappearing into the night.
If Bruce chooses not to believe him, John admits his disappointment and, believing he should be at Harley's side, tries to escape. As Bruce chases after him, he blocks his path with some mannequins and escapes. John then flees to another location, where he collects one of the stolen vehicles, and drives to the bridge to save Harley.
Arriving in the midst of a failed negotiation between Batman and Quinn, John drives his truck into the bridge, indirectly releases Harley's bombs onto the entire bridge and causes Batman to miss an attempt to steal either the virus or the detonator. He then makes his presence known to everyone and admits his loyalty to Harley. Taking the detonator from her, he berates Batman for not helping him and calls what he stands for as a joke. Venting his frustrations, John takes control and sets off the bombs to destroy the bridge. As he watches the carnage ensure, John tells Batman that he could have prevented this destruction and how he has created him. As Harley praises him, John kisses her and jumps off the bridge, disappearing into the night.
Joker seems to be very unpredictable. Whilst at Arkham Asylum, he seemed bored with the order of the staff and would enjoy chaos when it occurred. He seemed to find both the Children of Arkham's actions and Harvey Dent's wavering sanity entertaining. He also seems to enjoy harmless pranks, including giving a key that didn't unlock anything to Bruce, just to see whether he tried it. According to Leland, Joker also has issues with rejection, something confirmed if Bruce decides not to go through with their "favor".
Whilst free, Joker seemed to find it hard adjusting to freedom and seemed drawn to chaos, which lead to his involvement with the Pact and falling in love with Harley Quinn. He also seemed to have little confidence in either himself. Despite putting on a show of obliviousness and incompetence, Joker was extremely intelligent and aware of the actions around him, even deducing that Bruce Wayne was actually the vigilante Batman. It also seems he had a habit of giggling whilst nervous, though it is unknown whether this was true.
After killing a group of Agency members in what he claims to be self-defense, Joker's personality can change, depending on whether Bruce chooses to believe him. If he does, Joker's trust in him will be undisputed and will decide to put his efforts into righting wrongs as a vigilante however, his views and methods are lethal force and extend to even Amanda Waller. If Bruce doesn't, Joker's views on him will turn negative and believe his views to be nothing more than a fallacy. With that, he becomes a criminal more dangerous than the Pact itself.
Joker was very welcoming to Bruce when he first arrived in Arkham Asylum, personally saving the billionaire from a group of patients that tried to attack him. He even willingly organized a distraction in order to give him a chance of making a phone call, in return for a favor once he gets released from Arkham. It is unknown how long Joker knew Bruce was Batman, but it is implied that he knew during their first meeting at Arkham. Regardless, he seemed to admire the vigilante, especially when he got the chance to watch him in action.
When Joker was released, he only made contact with Bruce a year later, hoping to have him join the Pact. When he discovered Bruce was tracking down the Riddler, he also offered to give him information on how to find him, a promise which he kept. Bruce would later join the Pact, with Joker ecstatic that he could join, and assisted in the process for his induction. He had a blank frame, which he was reserving for a photo of him and Batman. When Joker met him as Batman, he would offer to help him in the field, offering to retrieve the laptop from Harley Quinn and help him take them down, but in return for her safety. If he is successful, he is able to bond with Batman and get closer to the vigilante.
Joker seemed to care about Bruce's wellbeing, even suggesting that they gave up Catwoman as the mole to protect him. However, after the fall of the Pact, Joker blamed him for causing the fall and began to doubt their friendship. After he killed a number of agents in claimed self defense, Joker's friendship with Bruce can become either better or worse, depending on whether he trusts or believes him. If he does, their friendship also relies on whether Bruce trusts Joker to defuse a situation with Harley Quinn. If successful, Joker becomes a vigilante, willing to kill and use lethal means in Batman's shadow. However, if Bruce doesn't trust or believe him, Joker becomes a criminal, spurred on by Harley Quinn's support.
Upon first meeting Catwoman, Joker seemed to have a positive relationship with her and willing to get to know or work with her. However, after learning she had been an associate with the Riddler, he became suspicious of her and kept an eye on her. When she and Bruce were narrowed down to the only possible moles, Joker was willing to put her in danger to protect Bruce.
Dr. Harleen Quinzel/Harley QuinnEdit
Joker had known Harleen Quinzel from his time at Arkham, as she had been one of his psychiatrists during his time there. When he joined the Pact, he would serve as her right hand man and help her whenever she required something. Joker claimed he had fallen in love with her, due to her violent actions and pensions to stir things up. To try to impress her, Joker would ask Bruce for advice and take on any action she requested of him. After Harley betrayed the Pact and injured him when he tried to help her, Joker's feelings towards her seemed to be broken. He even defused a hostage situation she had arranged, betrayed her, and renounced his love for her in favor of joining Bruce's side, should Bruce continue to trust him. However, if Bruce cannot trust or doesn't believe Joker, he decides to help her and takes control of an escape from a stand off with Agency. During this, they shared a kiss, cementing his love for her and fall into chaos.
Joker's relationship with Riddler was very poor, due to the criminal's apparent rudeness around him. These included interrupting him whilst he told jokes or stealing attention away from him. It also seems that Riddler had negative feelings towards him also, calling him a "white faced prick". It is currently unknown whether Joker arranged his assassination, although he denied having any involvement with his murder when asked by Bruce, in spite of wanting him dead.
It seems that Joker and Bane, like Riddler, had a very poor relationship. However, he was willing to speak to him, though would have to provide Bane with beer if he wished to speak to him. If Harley is behind to battle the Agency, Joker chastised Bane for doing so. However, if Bane is left by the Pact, he also seems unconcerned about Bane, commenting that he was probably having a "brawl". When Bane attacked Bruce/Batman during the raid on the SANCTUS labs, Joker would betray him to save the billionaire/vigilante from harm.
Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. FreezeEdit
It's unknown what the precise relationship between Joker and Freeze is, but it's likely to be not as bad as it was with Riddler and Bane. However, after Joker "accidentally" activated the EMP generator, endangering Nora, Freeze threatened to kill him unless someone deactivated the device. He could also be impatient with him, as shown when Freeze was extracting the LOTUS vials.
- "The welcoming committee has really gone down hill around here, hasn't it?"
- "You gotta be more careful, Bruce. Some of these guys bite."
- "Now, this is good television."
- "I have been watching you for a while now Bruce, and I can tell there is something darker in you."
- "I know what you really are."
- "Ask the Vales."
- "He sure cleans up well. See you soon, Brucie."
- "Oh boy, it's going to be hard to top that. But, I'll try."
- "So sorry, really, it's - it's such a shame. At least he went out with a BANG, right?"
- "I'm going to need that favor you owe."
- "I have this enemy. Calls himself 'the Riddler'."
- "So, that rude know-it-all really got what was coming to him!"
- "Who-am-I? Who-am-I? You're a rotting, stinking corpse, that's who you are!"
- "A tracker, Bruce. Really?"
- "You know, I miss this. This trust, between us."
- "Okay, okay, here we go-I enjoyed...the lights. They had a hum to them...felt like a blanket, fuzzy even. I miss that on the outside. I-It doesn't feel...as real here, you know? Out here, chaos seems to rule the day. It's loud and--uneven. But you, Harley...you thrive on it. I can learn from that, because I thrive on you. You're my light outside of Arkham."
- "Wow, I completely redecorated, didn't I?"
- "You forget I know you Bruce. The real you. Always hiding behind some kind of mask. Playboy, businessman, criminal. Bat."
- "Don't Struggle Harley. They think you're a fighter, they're gonna put you in the hole."
- "Bruce showed me how to be good Harley...in a way you never could."
- "You say you're all about justice! Justice is a joke! You tell me what's just about MY life! I lost half of it in an asylum, to a sickness I couldn't control...but now, I'm in control!"
- "You could have prevented everything, instead you made me into this."
- "You corrupt pigs...you're supposed to stand for justice! But you're liars, and you're murderers, and you're so...GODDAMN RUDE!!"
- "You and me, we're gonna hunt them down together...you're all going to pay for your crimes! Batman and I, we're going to bring you all to justice! It's going to be so much fun!"
- Prior to his "transformation", Telltale internally referred to "John Doe" as the "proto-Joker", with his future personality and actions dependent on choices and dialogue chosen by the player. These routes include the traditional "Villainous Joker" and the original idea of a "Vigilante Joker". In the first season, the credits list him as "Joker", but in Season Two, credits list him as "John".
- Joker's standing with Batman in the second season mirrors closely to Harvey Dent/Two-Face's in the first, as it is friendly but can change, depending on the decisions made throughout the series.
- Prior to the revelation about his knowledge, it was implied that John was aware of Bruce's dual identity during their first meeting in Guardian of Gotham. It is also worthy to know how John found out about Lady Arkham's true identity as Victoria Arkham and where she was keeping the Children of Arkham's drug cache. However, it is hard to take John at his word, so it remains unclear how he knows about these events.
- Joker's house in the Old Five Points is called the "Ha-Hacienda", a reference to the his name for the various hideouts used in both comics and other media. In addition, the interior of his hideout in the Bonus Brothers Carnival is very reminiscent of his lair in the 1988 graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke.
- In The Enemy Within, there is a role reversal in the traditional Joker/Harley Quinn relationship. Whilst in most media, the Joker is the dominant one and steers Harleen Quinzel towards becoming a criminal. The season presents the polar opposite, with Harley being the one in control and "John" being submissive and, through her influence, steered towards his transformation into the Joker.
- If the player creates the "villainous Joker", the ending to What Ails You has John's lips smeared with Harley's lipstick from a kiss, signifying the completion of his "transformation" into the villain. However, in both endings to City of Light, "John" was shown with red lips while watching his assassin's failure on the news.
- It is unknown how Joker was legally kept at Arkham if the staff there had no record of him ever being committed or if he never gave his name to anyone.