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“All it takes is one bad day to turn the sanest man alive to lunacy.”
The Joker is one of the most notorious villains. He is murderous, psychotic, and overall insane. Despite these flaws, the Joker has shown cases of going out of these phases for just a moment and speaks about things that someone sane probably cannot see in the minds of people like him. The quote above is probably one the Joker’s most famous quotes from his most darkest story, The Killing Joke, which I recently read in a local bookstore.
The great thing about this story is that it tells an amazing interpretation of the Joker’s origin and birth. Once an average man, one bad day turned him towards a path of terrorism, laughs, and lunacy. In debt and trying to support his pregnant wife, the man the Joker once was got involved in helping two mobsters stealing money from his place of work, a chemical factory. The man would use his share of the money to help support his wife and soon to be born child. On the day of the heist, the Joker’s wife died in a car accident, but the mobsters forced him to help them anyways. The heist went wrong; the two mobsters died in a gunfight and the man had to escape by jumping into a vat of unknown chemicals. Emerging from a pipe into a rainstorm, the man stared into a puddle and saw nothing but a man with bleached skin, green hair, red lips, and a sinister smile. The Joker was born that day, once a sane man just like us, but a bad day turned him insane.
The quote above is something the Joker mentions in the present-day of the story, ambiguously referencing his own private origin. Thinking about it, this quote is shown to be very true to many individuals. The Joker’s opposite, the Batman, became a dark and even considered insane man who pummels criminals in the night dressed like a bat because his bad day was seeing a mugger murder his parents. Many people in the real world would probably not change as drastically as these two, but they would most likely be emotionally and mentally hurt after one bad day, that changes who they are.