This Theory On Joker’s Real Identity Will Put A Smile On That Face!


It’s never “too much information” when it comes to one of the “best” villains of all time. We’re not sure what the actual starting point to this theory was, but no doubt it turns a new page for what we know about Batman’s most recognizable nemesis, the Joker.

He is, for sure, one of the most well-known fictional characters.

We’ve seen Joker in very different ways in different stories, but probably the one that stuck in our minds the most is the one that Heath Ledger played in The Dark Knight.

The role became even more iconic, since Heath Ledger died tragically right after he played the part for which he later won the Academy Award in the "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" category.


So let’s start then. The Joker has always been a character whose past is full of mysteries and secrets.

In The Dark Knight, he also underlines the fact that his past is like a puzzle with all those inconsistent stories he tells during the movie. We have no idea where he comes from or what he does. He has no ID and no records of his past. Actually, it seems he doesn’t even have a “past.”

Then what’s the deal with him anyway?

Fasten your seatbelts: Joker is an ex-soldier!

There are lots of elements in the film supporting this theory. For example, Joker is able to use all kinds of weaponry from guns to explosives quite comfortably.

He hits a moving vehicle with a rocket launcher from inside another moving truck, and can carry a bag full of grenades as if he’s out grocery shopping!

"See, I'm a man of simple tastes. I like dynamite, and gunpowder... And gasoline! Do you know what all of these things have in common? They're cheap!"

These were his words in a scene from the Dark Knight.

You think you can be a bomb expert watching online videos or playing GTA, but it’s not as simple as that.

Experts say it is almost impossible to use those kind of weapons without a proper military education and a lot of practice!

Not only that….

Remember the robbery scene at the beginning of the movie? That was a job of someone who knew what he was doing, right? Or when he was rescued by the bus that came just at the right time when Joker realized that he was going to get shot? These all must be implying he has a history of military training.

And let’s analyze one of the quotes...

“Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan".

The soldier example didn’t mean so much to you when you were watching the movie, did it? But it must definitely mean something…

So, what if Joker was an ex-soldier? That, first of all, can explain the scar on his face.

His scar is probably a shrapnel wound, and after whatever happened to him, he might have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and became the Joker we know today: living on the edge.

During the movie, Joker presented himself as an anarchist, and someone without a plan, but there was a strange harmony in all the things he did.

He was, in fact, taking revenge from everyone representing the authorities who were responsible for what happened to him: mayors, district attorneys, and police commissioners!

This theory was not just made up by some crazy fan. It was actually from “the Dark Knight Manual,” a tie-in book for The Dark Knight Rises released in 2012.

In this book, one of the “official” possible origins of Joker is him being an ex-soldier. In other words, It’s not impossible at all for this theory to be completely true...

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