Emperor Joker (also known as Superman: Emperor Joker) was a nine-part DC comics story line that ran in late 2000. It encompassed four Superman titles (Action Comics, The Adventures of Superman (known as Superman: Volume One before 1987 and after April 2006), Superman: The Man of Steel, and Superman: Volume Two.
The story features Superman finding himself trapped in a topsy-turvy world, where the Justice League of America have become villainous mockeries of themselves (he himself being a criminal), while the "real" Justice League is made up of various supervillains, and led by Bizarro. As Superman continues to try to make sense out of such a nonsensical, insane world, he slowly comes to the realization that it was not always like this.
Eventually, the fifth-dimensional imp Mr. Mxyzptlk informs Superman that Joker had stolen ninety-nine percent of his power, and had used it to recreate the universe to suit his whims. With the advice of The Spectre, Superman finds himself leading an assault against the all-powerful Harlequin of Hate, as The Joker's very insanity, combined with his reality-warping powers, is slowly tearing the universe apart - something that Joker is only too happy to condone.
Note: The first four parts of the story line were given under the banner of "Superman: Arkham"; it was not until the end of the fourth part that Joker was revealed to be behind the altered universe.
Story line SynopsesEdit
Part 1: "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World!"Edit
Originally presented in Superman (Volume Two) #160
As soon as the story begins, it is clear that something is very wrong: Superman is in a black-and-silver costume, and locked up inside Arkham Asylum (which is headed by Solomon Grundy and Calendar Man). In the first few pages, Superman bursts out of Arkham, and is soon confronted by the leader of the Justice League of America: Bizarro. Though aware of his status as a super villain, Superman cannot help but feel that something is wrong; he is imprisoned for the murder of Lex Luthor, but neither he nor anyone else, according to him, has heard of the man.
As the battle between Bizarro and Superman continues, more and more oddities of the strange new universe are revealed: Lois Lane has now taken Lex Luthor's place as a bald-but-brilliant scientist, and is the CEO of "LaneCorp". Jimmy Olsen, meanwhile, has the moniker of "Gravedigger Lad", who manages Bizarro's "Graveyard of Solitude". Last but not least, Aquaman has become a grotesque fish-human hybrid dubbed "Fishface", who attacks both Superman and Bizarro for going into the water, stating that "If Aquaman cannot go into the water, then no one does!"
Eventually, Bizarro overcomes Superman, and brings him back to Arkham (it is hinted that such a routine happens every night between the two). As he leaves, however, a piercing scream is heard all over the city, which, according to Calendar Man, is heard every night. The story concludes with Lois (who had earlier scorned Superman as the "most hated criminal in Metropolis" and helped Bizarro capture him) poring over a newspaper detailing Superman's capture with interest, while Superman, locked inside his cell once more, declares that he will be free.
Part 2: "Crazy About You"Edit
Originally presented in Adventures of Superman #582
The night after the events of the previous issue, several more plot threads are depicted: a distraught Mr. Mxyptlk desperate to find Superman, and Supergirl, now a nun at "The Temple of Beatific Amazingly Wonderful Divine Holiness, Etc., Etc., Etc., Yadda, Yadda, Yadda", receiving visions of Superman's torment.
Superman escapes from Arkham once again, and reflects upon his mental state: for as long as he could remember, he had been escaping from Arkham, and brought back by Bizarro. Now, however, he is not so sure that this is how things always were, but every time he begins to gain a foggy memory of how things once were, they dissolve. This particular night, however, Bizarro does not come to attack him; instead, Lois takes him in on her private aircraft, under the guise of helping him gain his freedom.
On the moon, the twisted earth's JLA - comprising of Poison Ivy as well as several other wholly new characters - make their appearance, and Bizarro briefly communicates with them before heading off to Earth once more with Scorch, a demon-like woman with powers over fire, to apprehend Superman. At Weisinger University in Metropolis (which has been reduced to twelve "students", as rationale is frowned upon in the new world), meanwhile, Jimmy Olsen is caught in a battle between "The Flab" (a villainous version of The Flash) and the "noble and heroic Turtle", and is bitten by the Turtle. As a result, he transforms into "The Giant Turtle Boy" - a deliberate homage to one of his many Silver Age personas.
Lois and Superman are easily tracked down by the two members of the JLA, and, much to Superman's surprise and confusion, Lois releases him and shares a kiss with him. As soon as he leaves Lois' ship, however, Superman is cornered by Bizarro and Scorch, and though he momentarily fights them off, he finds himself eaten by the mutated Jimmy Olsen.
Part 3: "No Axioms"Edit
Originally presented in Superman: The Man of Steel #104
Superman, now removed from the bowels of the mutated Jimmy Olsen and captured once more, finds himself onboard the S.S. Arkham, the "UFO of irrationality". He is greeted by Skizm, one of the members of the new JLA, who informs him that he has been brought there because his mind had began to take a "dangerous turn" toward the rational. After proving Skizm's words true by refusing to perform his daily "futile escape", Superman is thrown into a ward with his "fellow 2+2 offenders".
While in the cell, Superman comes across John Henry Irons (now named Hank Aaron Irons), AKA Steel, the only man besides him who remembers the "forbidden" mathematical formulas such as the mass-energy equivalence concept. Now convinced that there is more to the world than just nonsense, as they had previously believed, Superman and Steel break out of the UFO to seek the truth to the topsy-turvy world. Skizm is alerted of the breakout, and sends both Bizarro and Bounty (another member of the JLA) to apprehend the two.
Shortly after the escape, Steel gains his costume back, and together with Superman, are able to overpower both Bizarro and Bounty. Unknown to the two, their victory has lead to a disruption in "The Pattern", allowing Mxyzptlk (who has been subject to numerous grievous injuries throughout the last two issues) to regain his memory of what had happened. Mxyzptlk informs Superman and Steel that the disruption will not last long, but they will find all the answers they seek on the JLA's moon base. Shortly thereafter, Mxyzptlk is crushed by a falling ten thousand ton weight, leaving Superman and Steel to fend for themselves.
Luckily, Lois Lane comes in the nick of time, and throws the two onto the S.S. Arkham, telling them to "land some blows against the Empire". As Superman and Steel fight their way across the UFO, she muses to herself that she has a feeling the two are going to cause a massive, unimaginable revolution in the world - a shifted world where she wants to come out on top. Her thoughts are interrupted, however, as the same piercing scream heard the previous two nights rings across Metropolis.
Part 4: "Supermanamrepus"Edit
Originally presented in Action Comics #769
The story begins with a look at the "new" Superboy, now a stereotypical teenage fast food employee at a burger joint called "Superburgerboy". Suddenly, the entire restaurant finds itself caught in the crossfire of a fierce battle between escapees from Arkham Asylum (Poison Ivy, Bizarro, Skizm, etc.) and the JLA (Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, etc.). In the meantime, Superman and Steel are heading toward the JLA's headquarters on the hijacked S.S. Arkham, relieved that their breaking out of all its prisoners have left only two members of the JLA guarding it.
Inside the JLA's headquarters, the two encounter "Gorgeous Gilly" a hideous woman with the ability to seduce any who make eye contact with her, though with a bit of help from a recovered Mxyzptlk, Superman and Steel overcome her. While Steel remains behind to deal with Gilly, Superman continues through the Watchtower alone, and eventually finds himself attacked by an enormous armored being known as Ignition. Ignition beats the Man of Steel to a pulp, taunting him with cryptic remarks, until he makes mention of Lois. An enraged Superman, remembering more and more of his former life, punches Ignition out of the Watchtower, fully intending to kill him.
At the last moment, however, Superman regains control of himself, and realizes that killing is something that only Superman, "the most feared criminal on Earth", would do. Superman then rips open a door, and finds the real Mxyzptlk inside - the one who had appeared up to this point having been a mere astral projection. Mxyzptlk returns Superman's lost memory to him, and reveals the one responsible for creating the insane earth is none other than "Emperor Joker".
Appearing to be the most evil, deranged, and flat out psychotic killer of all comic book villains, The Joker is the primary antagonist of Batman. He is the complete opposite of Batman, in everything from appearance (Batman tends to be a rather large and muscular man, while The Joker is typically a man of average height or even taller possessing a skinny frame), to ideals. The Joker views murder as sport, and will not hesitate to toy with his food before he eats it, even if said food are the men he has hired to work for him. As intimidating as he is psychotic, he still manages to recruit hordes of henchmen despite his maniacal insanity.
The Joker's physical appearance is a polar opposite of that of Batman. Batman uses dark colors such as gray and black to intimidate criminals, while The Joker relies on bright colors, such as purple, green, and sometimes orange to do his bidding. The Joker also has a melted cliche clown face, the origins of which differ depending on the continuity he is used in. Some incarnations of The Joker see him wearing actual make up (such as in the film "The Dark Knight"), while others show his skin actually having been bleached (as in the 1989 "Batman"). He also traditionally has green hair and red lips, to complete the look of the psycho clown.
His methods are unpredictable and incalculable. He does things according to his own twisted sense of logic, and does not desire money. If there was one thing that he did desire, it would be the power to instill anarchy into Gotham by any means necessary, proving that organization is meaningless and futile. He is an exceptionally intelligent man, and this tends to be his greatest weapon against Batman, the police, and the District Attorney's office. He is often confronted by the authorities, but easily evades capture due to sick and twisted mind games he plays on them, all full of mystery. While Batman prefers to stay in the shadows, The Joker basks in the spotlight, often broadcasting himself to the public and media outlets.
Though he may be Batman's undisputed arch-nemesis, The Joker has always held some kind of respect for Batman, saying in "The Dark Knight", "Why would I kill you? What would I do without you?". He also acknowledges that Batman will never kill him, as that is Batman's only rule, and since The Joker will not kill Batman, they are truly destined to fight forever. As The Joker says, "This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object."
At some point, the imp from the fifth dimension, Mister Mxyzptlk, attempts to see what a member of the regular realm would do with his power and selected The Joker. He intended to donate only 1% of his power to the Joker, but the mad clown tricked him into revealing his true name and thus ended up gaining 99.99% of Mxyzptlk's powers, and proceeded to transform existence within 69 seconds into a realm made in his own image, which was a twisted caricature, and with everyone stuck in a loop.
Emperor Joker in the meantime proceeded to entertain himself with various forms of murder, such as killing Lex Luthor over and over and devouring the entire population of China (even with such vast power Emperor Joker did many of these killings with a twisted sense of play). In the latter instance, he also mused jokingly that someone should have shouted "Peking, DUCK!!!"
Emperor Joker continually tortured and killed his adversary, Batman, every day, only to bring him back to life and do it over and over again - as could be expected Emperor Joker took extra pride in these particular killings due to the unique relationship the two characters continued to share.
Eventually, Joker managed to have Superman brought to him by Jimmy Olsen, who offered to kill him, but Joker proceeded to have Olsen killed instead via bludgeoning from robots wielding rubber chickens, as he felt that killing a dumb animal was unfunny, even for him (Superman had been transformed into a dog by that point). After Superman is returned to his regular form, they then fight, but then Joker uses his powers to crack the ground below Superman, also stating that the "next time I say 'Freeze! My Finger is loaded', maybe you'll believe me."
However Superman's powerful will allowed him to fight off Emperor Joker's influence enough along with a less-powerful Spectre, encouraged Superman to work out the weakness of Emperor Joker before the mad clown destroyed reality due to his misuse of Mxyzptlk's power, as well as viewing his own existence as meaning the world is irredeemable.
As time runs out, Superman realizes that Emperor Joker's weakness is Batman himself - who the omnipotent villain can not erase from existence, since he still shares the iconic relationship his former self had with the Dark Knight (defining himself by his antagonism with Batman).
Powers and Abilities Edit
As a direct result of his absorbing virtually all of Mxyzptlk's powers, Joker possessed not only his madness (which was amplified as a result), but also near-total omnipotence and omniscience, able to warp reality and time to his will. He was even capable of pushing reality further than Mxyzptlk had ever been capable of in the past, although this was because his insanity meant that he simply didn't care about the damage he was causing to reality where Mxyzptlk didn't want to risk leaving himself with nothing to do. However, as he lacked 0.1% of Mxyzptlk's power, the Joker was still limited by his human desires and obsessions, allowing Superman to undermine his control when he realized that the Joker literally couldn't erase Batman from existence.
Magic Weapons don't have any effect on him in any universe he can reverse the effect they have on him back to his foe seven-fold
No magic powers of any being can harm him or affect on him can can automatically counter the effect they have back on enemy Other forms of reality warping doesn't affect his reality warping time warping doesn't effect his reality he can always use super-sanity to go outside of time itself and destroy enemy at the start of a fight he absorbs powers of other characters stronger than him just by fighting them he negates all soul pulling powers and returns the pain of a million souls tenfold
Has power over life and death.
Can not be put under illusions Has power to create new life counters all time powers by doing reverse attacks of what his foes can do and makes time and space his own can will any weapon or power he wants in existence and make it his own He cant be killed by Tier 1 beings or powers Can copy anyone's fighting or power by looking at them
Powers and Stats Edit
Tier: 1| Possibly 0
Name: Emperor Joker
Classification: Deity Super Villain
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Immortality , Magic, Telekinesis, Flight, Fire Manipulation, Water Manipulation, Ice Manipulation, Air Manipulation, Teleportation, Can manipulate the time of her spells, Forcefield Creation, Spammable Mass BFR, Illusion Creation, Shape shifting, Time Manipulation (Can manipulate the time around her spells to make them everlasting), Size Manipulation (Shrank Grayroad until it was small enough to fit into a test tube and can shrink herself and others with his Minimum Tablets), Resistance to Magic and Demonic Curses, Immunity to Age Manipulation, Can amplify the magic power of her allies, Can negate magic and items enchanted with it, Can transfer his soul into another container in the event of being completely incapacitated, Can generate a barrier that reflects all force turned against it, Expert Artificer, Can extract someone's power and store it somewhere else Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Immortality, Law Manipulation, Soul Manipulation his soul can not be taken, Reality Warping, Conceptual Manipulation, Causality Manipulation, Space-Time Manipulation, Regeneration (True-Godly), Information Manipulation, Probability Manipulation, Nonexistence Manipulation, Acausality, Teleportation, Telepathy, Telekinesis, Light Manipulation, Darkness Manipulation, Matter Manipulation, Gravity Manipulation, Abstract Existence, Non-Corporeal, Cosmic Awareness, Nigh-Omniscience, Nigh-Omnipresence (Full Omnipresence when in his own territory powers like Disce Libens, Sequere Naturam,Dura Lex Sed Lex and Aurea Mediocritas and Du Sollst - Dies Irae can be blocked or copied by this version of the joker his insanity is far greater than any fighter or universal law in existence .
Attack Potency:outer verse level via power-scaling (he rarely fights directly, but he should be at least on par with any being in existence this clown is no joke.
Speed: Faster than time (Casually teleports into the real world his speed is faster than his reality he can out run anyone in existence faster than Hrozvitnir:
Lifting Strength: At least outer versal. Far higher with telekinesis
Striking Strength: Unknown. Outer verse
Durability: outer verse level via power-scaling. with barriers (One of his barriers was stretched around the multiverse can wipe out an army of tier 1 fighter using Perfect madness Cube)
Stamina: unlimited. As the most powerful clown in DC multiverse, he is able to continuously cast powerful spells without issue. Along with his ability, "Infinity", she is able to make even the most costly spells last for as long as she wishes without any effort on her part.
Standard Equipment: .
Intelligence: Joker is widely regarded to be greatest Dc villain of all time,The Joker commits crimes with countless "comedic" weapons (such as razor-sharp playing cards, acid flowers, cyanide pies and lethal electric joy buzzers) and Joker Venom, also called "Happy Gas" by the Joker, a deadly poison that infects his victims with a ghoulish rictus grin as they die while laughing uncontrollably. This venom comes in many forms, from gas to darts to liquid poison, and has been his primary calling card from his first appearance till the present; he is immune to it. He even created his own utility belt to contain all his weapons.
The Joker is also very skilled in the fields of chemistry, genetics, and nuclear engineering. In a miniseries featuring Tim Drake, the third Robin, he kidnaps a computer genius, admitting that he doesn't know much about computers. In future issues, he is shown as very computer literate, presumably meaning that he researched the subject.
The Joker has moderate skill in hand to hand combat. Over the years it has been shown that although Batman is stronger, the Joker is faster and more agile. The Joker has been known to be able to hold his own in hand-to-hand combat against Batman, however every time he is subdued by Batman, it is through physical force. However, the Joker has proven to be very skilled in the area of martial arts as well, this being proven when beating Batman once in a fight without "cheating". However, this skill in fighting can also be questioned, due to different artists having different interpretations of the Joker. In some cases, he is so weak, that Batman can take him down with a single punch, whilst in other cases, he has proven to be more than a match for the Dark Knight.
Weaknesses:has mental weaknesses (however is immune to his own gas and various poisons and powers), extreme insanity (although said psyche is so warped even avatars of the spirit of Vengeance cannot deal with it lightly and can even be an asset by making him unpredictable, he is speculated by Martian Manhunter to be a form of super-insanity as even he was unable to render Joker sane for more than a few minutes) | batman not being in existence to make him joker.
Infinity: Joker signature ability, it allows his to manipulate time around his body to make spells to make them everlasting, allowing ice to remain frozen for eternity, granting fire the ability to burn endlessly, or stopping his internal time to prevent herself from aging or succumbing to disease. Through this ability he was also able to steal anyone's power he is fighting against no matter how powerful they are and use their power against them, his soul cant be taken or controlled, by casting them he can undo any power cast on him by any entity, he can come out of any illusion placed on him and cannot be caught in time or reality powers cast on him .
- Absolute Zero (絶対強制解除, ): By
placing his hands over his head, Joker is able to completely erase anything from existence except himself. However, if the magic of the entity is particularly powerful at best he will make them unable to use their most power attacks leaving them mortal.
- Mad sick Cancel (魔力解除, ): A technique
that allows joker to cancel any magic that has been cast on an on him by any person,object,god or goddess. It was shown to cancel the effects of one of her own magical items.
- Stalker (探知, ): A power that allows
Joker to locate any item or person. his can extend its reach to cover an area of approximately the size of a city.
- Power Amplify (魔力増強, Maryoku Zōkyō): A spell that allows Joker to amplify the magic of himself or his allies, making his power and their techniques considerably more powerful.
- Perfect Madness Cube (完璧なる立方体, Kanpeki naru Rippōtai): A
spell that denies entry to anyone but the caster.this spell can not be avoided once casted this spell can also raise the dead, allows someone to escape all matter and time manipulation on them no matter which being it is Originating from the demon world; the spell surrounds a specified area and reflects all attacks, whether strong or weak, back at the opponent.
- Shunkan Ido (瞬間移動, Shunkan Idō; literally meaning "Teleportation"):
High-level teleportation magic that allows joker to appear and disappear at precise locations and teleport groups of people instantaneously. The spell effect radius of Joker teleportation is several miles wide. his teleportation magic was shown to be much faster than anything in existence he can teleport in anyone's body and take them over causing them to commit ☀Suicide
- Apport (物体転移, Buttai Ten'i; literally meaning "Object Transition"):
A subsidiary teleportation technique that allows joker to summon various objects, such as clothes and weapons, to herself and her allies.
- Water Dragons: shapes a nearby body of water into a series of serpents that can be used to attack or for her allies to ride on.
- Fire Storm: Merlin engulfs her target in flame,
completely roasting them. A casual blast from this spell was enough to thoroughly cook a giant kraken the size of a skyscraper.
- Ice Magic: By using "run-of-the-mill" Ice Magic, Joker
is able to erect giant sculptures of ice that will remain frozen until for as long as he wills it. In addition, when combined with Infinity, those locked inside will be kept in suspended animation, preventing them from moving, regaining consciousness, or succumbing to the effects of parasitic infestation as time itself has been stopped around them.
- Exterminate Ray: Joker fires a beam of energy that instantly incinerates anything caught in the line of fire no matter what it is God,demon, Goddess,Human, any tier one being and can even damage Tier 0 beings if attack misses Joker gets their powers.
- Endless Whirl: Joker conjures a massive cyclone and impregnates any woman in any army at his choosing
powerful enough to completely demolish Liones Castle and sucks her intended targets towards her. She can also shrink her targets to a miniscule size, allowing them, and the cyclone, to be kept inside of a test tube.
- Curse Engagement: A spell with which Merlin creates a
contract between two beings to control one of them. By placing a ring on the hand of the victim, this is subject to the spell that causes excruciating pain in their body every time they try to use magic against the other person or the other person saying the incantation "Lemada". Each time the spell is used, the person affected will be covered by bruises that are becoming larger and once these bruises cover their entire body, the affected person will die. The victim is unable to ever remove the ring.
Magic Items Edit
- Peace Amule
- No. 9: Needle of Humanification: A needle that can mutant creatures to have humanoid bodies.
- No. 48: Cure Angel: A demonic caterpillar-like creature that is used for healing.
- No. 172: Minimum Tablets: Based on the spores released
by the Chicken-Matango, the Minimum Tablet is capable of shrinking the size of the consumer. The effects of one single pill will last seven hours after being consumed.
- No. 174: Peace Amulet: A special wristband that will
pacify the wearer and eliminate their negative emotions. joker useses this to keep everyone fighting his a chance to win.
- Balor's Power Eye: Named after the One-Eyed God, Balor,
the Eye grants the ability of viewing other character's fighting prowess in the form of numerical values which are split into 3 categories: Power, Strength and Spirit this destroys enemies on all time lines .
- God Amber: A stone that will affect all demonic beings and make them slav
- Incantation Orbs: A series of magical orbs that
activate a spell upon destruction. This allowed Joker to quickly cast spells in extremely short spans of time and use his Absolute madness Cancel from any distance in the outer verse.
Other: Not to be confused with any other similarly - named characters or the historical person he is named after. Key: Pre-Timeskip | Post Timeskip/Post Reviva
He has a weakness Joker cant live in a world without Batman Batman is his only weakness no other character in existence can beat him stronger than even character like Hajun.