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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 to electrocute his enemies. The Joy Buzzer is simply a classic handshake-buzzer gag comedy item which employs considerably more voltage in shocking its victims. This weapon is the most recurrent in all of Joker's sinister arsenal.


The Joker has often used his Joy Buzzer amongst his vast arsenal of comedy-themed weapons. Like his other weapons, this novelty device is specially modified to be extremely lethal. Unlike an ordinary joy buzzer which merely vibrates, the Joker's buzzer administers a dose of actual electricity into whoever touches it, being able to stop their heartbeat within seconds.

The Joker's most common usage of the device is to offer his unsuspecting victim a friendly handshake. Once they clasp hands, the Joker simply squeezes to release the electrical current, taking only a few seconds for his victim's heart to stop. The Joker sometimes uses it like a taser, attacking his opponent directly without offering a handshake and simply grabbing his opponent with it.

The Joker also has a non-electric version of his Joy Buzzer, which utilizes a simple needle tipped with Joker Venom. This was seen during the Killing Joke story arc, when Joker used it to kill the owner of a run-down amusement park, thus making the land his own.

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

Batman 1960s TV series and MovieEdit

Joker 1960s joy buzzer

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

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

The Joker used this device sometimes as a good natured joke while at other times to stun his victims out for a few minutes.

Batman (1989 Movie)Edit

Joker's Joy Buzzer

The Joker's Joy Buzzer in the 1989 movie

Joker employed a customized Joy Buzzer to electrocute Antoine Rotelli into a charcoaled, smoking corpse when he refused to take part in his criminal scheme.

DC Animated UniverseEdit

Batman: Mask of the PhantasmEdit

The Joker had a device similar to a joybuzzer, although instead of actually electrocuting anyone, he simply uses it as a buzzer when Arthur Reeves tells the Joker that Batman was responsible for "icing" Valestra's gang to inform him that he was actually wrong due to having seen the one responsible beforehand.

Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerEdit

The Joker uses an electric joybuzzer during his final battle with Terry McGuiness, where he shocks Ace when he attempted to attack him, although due to Batman kicking him, the joybuzzer instead hits vital wiring of the controls for his hijacked weapons satellite, resulting in the satellite beam coming directly to the Joker's lair. It was later used by Terry McGuiness to stop the Joker once and for all by directly shocking the DNA-altering chip that was turning Tim Drake into the Joker.

Batman: Arkham SeriesEdit

Batman: Arkham AsylumEdit

The Joker uses a joy buzzer for some of his takedown moves on the Joker maps in the game, although he does not actually use it in the main story.

Batman: Arkham OriginsEdit

The Joker, when dealing with some hecklers at a comedy club, used a joybuzzer to incapacitate some of them, with moves derived from the takedown moves in Arkham Asylum, during his psychotherapy session with Dr. Harleen Quinzel.


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