As Michael Caine said playing Alfred in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” If there was ever a single sentence that could sum up the essence of the Joker, that would be it. Considered the antithesis of his rival, Batman, in every way, the Joker is often cited as one of the greatest comic book villains of all time. It is the Joker’s sadistic nature and twisted, macabre sense of humor that has made him so iconic. He’s demonstrated time and again that he is as ruthless as he is unpredictable, keeping not only the world’s greatest detective on his toes, but readers on the edge of their seats. The Joker’s willingness to kill indiscriminately and without provocation is a testament to his nihilism, and his compulsive pursuit of chaos remands the character to lunacy. One look at the Joker and you know that this is a man who is off his rocker.
Is the Joker alone at this level of crazy? The short answer is no, he is not. Across Marvel and DC there are villains as nuts, if not more so, than the green haired maniac. Thanos, Bullseye, Norman Osborn, Carnage, and The Purple Man rank in with The Joker as villains with a side of crazy. We also can’t forget the likes of Injustice Superman, Harley Quinn, and Jean Grey on the list. Join us as we take a look at these characters who just might be even more disturbed than the Clown Prince of Crime himself.