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Joker's Joy Buzzer
Joker's Joy Buzzer (comics)
General Information
Official name: Joy Buzzer
First Appearance: Batman #73
Type: Weapon disguised as a Prankster's practical joke toy
Used by: The Joker


The Joker at times employed his high-voltage Joy Buzzer that electrocuted his enemies. The Joy Buzzer was simply a classic handshake-buzzer gag comedy item which employed considerably more voltage in shocking its victims. That weapon was the most recurrent in all of the Joker's sinister arsenal.

HistoryEdit

The Joker often used his Joy Buzzer among his vast arsenal of comedy-themed weapons. Like his other weapons, that novelty device was specially modified to be extremely lethal. Unlike an ordinary joy buzzer which merely vibrated, the Joker's joy buzzer administered a dose of actual electricity into whoever touched it, and was able to stop their heartbeat within seconds.

The Joker's most common usage of the device was to offer his unsuspecting victim a friendly handshake. Once they clasped hands, the Joker simply squeezed to release the electrical current, which took only a few seconds for his victim's heart to stop. The Joker sometimes used it like a taser, attacked his opponent directly without offering a handshake, and simply grabbed his opponent with it.

The Joker also had a non-electric version of his Joy Buzzer, which utilized a simple needle that was tipped with Joker Venom. That was seen during Batman: The Killing Joke, when Joker used it to kill the owner of a run-down amusement park, and thus made the land his own.

The Joy Buzzer's first appearance was in Batman #73, where it was used to distract a policeman so that Joker and his gang could escape. In later appearances, both Mr. Freeze and Alexander Luthor Jr. fell victim to Joker's Joy Buzzer.

Batman 1960s series and filmEdit

Joker 1960s joy buzzer

The Joker shocking the Penguin and the Riddler in Batman (1966 film)

"Have a shake on me!"
―The Joker, before he shocked the Penguin and the Riddler[src]

The Joker used that device sometimes as a good nature joke, while at other times, stunned his victims out for a few minutes.

Batman (1989)Edit

Joker's Joy Buzzer

The Joker's Joy Buzzer in Batman

The Joker employed a customized Joy Buzzer that electrocuted Antoine Rotelli into a smoking corpse when he refused to take part in his criminal scheme. It was spoofed in a July 1989 issue of MAD, which had a spoof of the 1989 film, where Joker (spoofed as "the Jerker") used it on someone with one goon who remarked that it had 40,000 volts and another goon commented: "You should see his Whoopee cushion!"

DC Animated UniverseEdit

Batman: Mask of the PhantasmEdit

The Joker had a device similar to a Joy Buzzer, although instead of actually electrocuting anyone, he simply used it as a buzzer when Arthur Reeves told him that Batman was responsible for "icing" Sal Valestra's gang and Joker told him that he was actually wrong due to him seeing the one responsible beforehand.

Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerEdit

The Joker used an electric Joy Buzzer during his final battle with Terry McGinnis, where he shocked Ace when he attempted to attack him, although due to Batman kicking him, the Joy Buzzer instead hit the vital wiring of the controls for his hijacked weapons satellite, which resulted in the satellite beam that came directly to the Joker's lair, the Jolly Jack Candy Factory. It was later used by Terry to stop the Joker once and for all by directly shocking the DNA-altering chip that turned Tim Drake into the Joker.

ArkhamverseEdit

Batman: Arkham Origins The Joker, when he dealt with some hecklers at a comedy club, used a Joy Buzzer to incapacitate some of them, with moves that were derived from the Takedown moves in Batman: Arkham Asylum, during his psychotherapy session with Dr. Harleen Quinzel.

Batman: Arkham AsylumEdit

The Joker used a Joy Buzzer for some of his Takedown moves in the Joker's DLC Challenge Maps in the game, although he did not actually use it in the main story.

AppearancesEdit

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