The Psychology of The Joker: The Dark Knight

The Psychology of The Joker: The Dark Knight


The Joker Dark Knight: Bank Robbery Scene:

The film starts with a bang. Where a gang of criminals rob a bank, spearheaded by the joker. The joker tricks the gang (offers an equal share after completing the task) but in the process, the goons kill one another, for a higher share of money (Actually master-planned by joker) finally joker escapes with all the money. He addresses to the bank manager like: “Whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you a stranger.”

 The Joker Dark Knight: Bank Robbery Scene

The Dark Knight: The Joker Robbery Scene

This first scene describes the cunning and mastermind of the joker. In this scene, the joker lures the gang for an equal share without revealing his identity and ends up robbing all the money by himself. This scene teaches us how money can make a human being a moron. Human beings do anything for money that is why the quote: “Money is the root cause of all evil in the world.

The Joker Pencil Trick & the MOB introduction Scene:

MOB arranges a secret meeting where all the gangsters gather together for a video conference with the corrupt accountant who is safeguarding the MOB money. Joker Interrupts the meeting with a creepy smile and warns the gang about Batman and his plans, he says why are you people doing these group therapy sessions in broad daylight? 

The Joker Dark Knight: MOB introduction Scene

The Joker Pencil Trick

He reminds the gang about their past, and how fearless they are before. He says batman is the only reason that you people holding this session in a secluded area, he then points at the Corrupt officer and says that batman has no Jurisdiction, he will kill everybody without following any laws. Joker then offers to kills him (Batman) in exchange for half of their money. They ask him what’s your plan is; joker bluntly replies “I will kill the Batman”

The head of the gang questions him “If it is so simple why don’t you kill him earlier? Joker Replies: If you are good at something never do it for free!!!

If you're good at something never do it for free

The Joker: Never Do it for Free

The MOB disagrees with the deal and one of the mobsters forces one Bounty on him and Joker kills him with a so-called gruesome pencil trick, by piercing the sharp edge into his head. Later, Joker finds the hideout of the Gambol (the person who forced bounty on him). Joker acts like he is dead and bluffs the Gambol, he is packed in a cover and with the help of some unidentified guys reaches the gambol place. 

The Joker Dark Knight: Killing Gambol

The Joker: Killing Gambol

The Joker: KIlling Gambol

Gambol is overjoyed by seeing joker in that state and tried to reveal his face by dragging the cover down, but to his surprise joker suddenly wakes up and sticks a knife into the mouth of the Gambol (He narrates the sick relationship with his father and narrates how he got the scars on his face, he says (“why so serious?” “Let’s put a smile on that face”). He later Kills the Gambol and captures his men and makes an open offer to join his team.

The Joker- Why So Serious

The Joker- Why So Serious

He utters like this: “Our operation is small but we need a lot of potential for aggressive expansion, so which of you fine gentlemen would like to join our team, we have only one spot left, so make it fast”.  After this act, the mob decides to take the Joker offer to protect themselves. This scene describes how ruthless & unpredictable the joker is, Humans, Are just genetically inclined to a specified attitude to Kill Each Other.

The Joker Warning to Gotham City and Failed Attempt to Assassinate Mayor:

In the next scene, Joker releases a video log threatening to kill people unless Batman reveals his true identity. In this process of his madness, he kills a police officer and a judge over the mob trial.  Joker laughs hysterically and says you see how crazy Batman made Gotham & warns people like this: “starting tonight people will die and promise to say that I’m a man of my word”.

So, in his process of anarchy, the joker’s next target is the mayor Anthony Garcia. The joker dressed as a police officer and joins the parade and tries to kill the mayor with the help of one of his henchmen but the commissioner Gordon intervenes in the scene and sacrifices himself to stop the assassination. 

Failed Attempt to Assassinate Mayor

Failed Attempt to Assassinate Mayor

The Joker Dark Knight: Crashes the party

So, after this failed attempt joker decides to change his plan. The Joker crashes the party and while entering the party he comes with a welcome message like this: “Good evening ladies and gentlemen we are tonight’s entertainment”

The Joker Dark Knight: Crashes the party

The Joker: Crashes the party

 The joker becomes completely outrageous and starts asking every guest at the party that I have only one question? Where is Harvey dent? Do you know where Harvey is? Do you know who he is? Do you know where I can find Harvey? But no one in the party reveals the identity of the Harvey dent. One of the old guests in the party says we aren’t intimidated by the thugs!! 

 The joker goes Crazy and runs towards him and makes a mocking expression and says “you remind me of my father and I hated my father”  as usual he pulls the knife out of his pocket and narrates the same old story of how he got the scars. Rachel who attends the party breaks the silence and says okay just stop!! 

 The joker notices Rachel for the first time and advances towards her and utters: Hey hello beautiful you must be Harvey’s squeeze and you are beautiful. He says: you look nervous, are the scars? He says you know how I got the scars and he starts explaining the story of his relationship with this wife.

The Joker: Meeting Rachel for the First Time

The Joker: Meeting Rachel for the First Time

The joker says I had a beautiful wife like you, she tells me that I worry too much, she tells me to laugh a little, and one day she went to gambol and carve her face since we are poor we have no money for the plastic surgery, but she can’t take it, I always wanted to see her smile again, So I stick the razor into my mouth and do this to myself!! Do you know what happened afterward? She just can’t stand the sight of me! She leaves! But now I see the funny side. Now I’m always laughing!!

A little fight in you, I like that!

The Joker: Trying to Kill Rachel

Rachel understands that he is here to make chaos and kicks him and pushes him off her. Then the joker says: A little fight in you, I like that! Batman suddenly appear in the scene and say then you’re gonna love me! And punches the joker very hard.

Joker grabs Rachel and drags her near the glass window and ready to push her out of the window! Batman interferes and asks joker to leave her! Joker in exclamation says: very poor choice of the words and leaves Rachel out of the window. Rachel is in the air and about to hit the floor, but Batman jumps from the window and rescues her.

The Joker: Very Poor Choice of words

The Joker: Thrashing Rachel out of Window

The Dark Knight Joker: Harvey Dent revelation & Joker Arrested

After seeing all this chaos Batman decides to reveal his secret identity but to everyone’s surprise, Harvey Dent announces himself as Batman to confuse & lure the joker. So, after this dent is taken in protective custody and without any surprise, the joker enters the scene and attacks the truck. He says I like this chasing! I like this job! I like it. 

The Joker: I like this job, I like it

The Joker: Chasing Harvey Dent Convoy

So, to protect Harvey Dent from the joker, Batman with his Bat-pod disturbs the joker and with the help of strong wiring, he fixes a trap in the front of the truck. So, as soon as the joker watches him he says now there’s the batman and says hey you wanna play the game? Come on! Come on! 

Joker after hitting the wire trap he falls down and waits for the batman to encounter him. The angry joker utters: Come on. I want you to do it. I want you to do it. Hit me. Hit me! I want you to hit me! Come on. Do it! Hit me!  Batman squids and joker is very happy, with hysterically laughing he sits upon the batman and about to reveal the face of the batman. 

The Joker: Hit me

The Joker: Waiting for Batman to Hit him

Here there is a twist in the tale! Commissioner Gordon who thought dead appears in the scenes and nabs the joker pointing the machine gun to his head! Commissioner fakes his death and he knows that joker will try to attack Harvey on his way.

So, to trap the joker; batman and Gordon played this trick to apprehend him. But Batman and the commissioner don’t know what is in the store next? Because the joker is well prepared with his plans. The next scene is the proof for the mastermind of the joker. 

The Joker: Arrested

The Joker: Caught & Arrested

Joker is in jail and police officers search for any possible weapons in his pocket. They found only knives, gun powder,  makeup kit, playing cards and some pencils in his pocket. Joker starts clapping mockingly at the police officers.

The Joker: Clapping in the Cell

The Joker: Clapping in the Police-Cell

So, the city is somewhat relaxed because the joker is caught. Everybody thinks that the Harvey dent is safe and protected since he is escorted by the cops with the help of Maroni (a private agent). But Harvey is missing and the only joker knows about his whereabouts. So, the commissioner Gordon decided to interrogate the joker & he is off in an interrogation room. 

The Joker Dark knight: Batman interrogates the joker

Commissioner enters the cell and joker greets him saying, good evening commissioner. He asks where Harvey dent is and what you have done to them. Does Joker calmly reply: me? I’m just right here with handcuffs? How can I kidnap them? Joker says: you think they are still your people or Maroni’s? He points, oh ok I will assume that still, they are your people. 

The Dark Knight: Batman interrogates the joker

Batman Interrogates The Joker

He quotes “Does it depress you? To know just how alone you are?” and isn’t you responsible for the current predicament of Harvey Dent” commissioner asks where is he? Joker taunts and replies: what’s the time? Commissioner confuses and asks what difference does it make? Joker utters: depending upon the time they may be in one place or other! He just pissed off with his answer, removes the joker handcuffs & goes out of the cell to have coffee. Joker says the good cop or bad cop it’s just routine! Gordon says not exactly!

The Joker Interrogation

The Joker Chat with Commissioner

Gordon steps out. The overhead lights come on. Batman is behind him and Joker blinks his eyes to see what is going on. Batman suddenly grabs Joker & hits his head on to the table. Joker utters: Never start with the head, the victim gets all fuzzy. He just can’t feel the next!  Batman hit him on his fingers and said you wanted me and I’m here. Joker says you let five people and then you allowed dent to take your place. He says even to a guy like me it’s cold. 

The Joker Never Start with head

Batman Banging the Joker Head

Batman asks where is Harvey Dent? Joker exclaims that mobs want to kill you and get back to the things. But I know the truth: there’s no going back because you have changed the things forever. Batman questions: then why do you want to kill me? Joker started laughing so hard and it sounds like sobbing. Joker utter: Kill you? I don’t wanna kill you. What would I do without you? Go back to ripping off mob dealers? No, you complete me. 

The Dark Knight: Batman Asking why do you want to kill me

The Dark Knight: Batman Questioning the Joker

Batman say you are just garbage who kills for money! Joker utters: you just don’t talk like one of them even if you’d like to you are not. To them, you are just a freak and need you right now but when they won’t they just cast you out like a leper. Joker just tricked Batman and approached him with some pity talks. 

The Joker looks into Batman’s eyes & quotes like this their morals, their code; it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. You’ll see- I’ll show you. When the chips are down these, uh, civilized people? They’ll eat each other. See I’m not a monster, I’m just ahead of the curve.

I'm not a monster, I'm just ahead of the curve

The Joker Philosophy

Batman just loses his temper and grabs the joker out of the chair and starts hitting him on the face. Instead of feeling the pain, the joker started laughing mockingly at the batman. Joker questions if you have laws and jurisdiction and you think they’ll save you? Batman replies: I have one rule? Then the joker with enriched enthusiasm replies: then that’s the one rule you’re gonna break today to know the truth? Batman confuses and replies what is that one rule.

Joker is ecstatic, he utters: The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules. And tonight you’re gonna break your one rule. Batman says: I’m considering it! Then the joker hints there are only a few minutes left so you’re gonna play my game if you want to save one of them?? And the joker relishes. 

The Joker: Sensible Way to Live in this World

The Joker: Talking About Rules

Batman is confused and with anger says: them? Because Batman thought it was only Harvey Dent who was kidnapped for a while, but joker says that for a while I thought that you were dent. Batman hits him to the glass and Joker profusely bleeds from his nose and mouth and he stills laughs at Batman!

Batman with rage, questions: where are they? Joker quotes: killing is making a choice!! Joker is very happy to see Batman in anger mode and he says I’m loving it! Batman punched him again. Then the joker says you have nothing to threaten me with, you can’t do anything with all your strength. 

The Joker: Nothing to threaten me with

The Joker Dominating the Batman

He then says don’t worry!! I’m going to tell you where they are and you have to choose one life over the other, your friend Harvey or his blushing bride to be. And that’s the point you have to choose. Then the joker reveals where they are!! Batman drops him and rushes to save Rachel and asks the commissioner to go after Harvey Dent.

Batman arrives at one of the buildings and finds out that joker played a trick again and sent him to the location of the dents instead. Both of the buildings explode at the same time, killing Rachel and making the dent disfigure his face. 

Joker completely outplayed batman in this scene and created a negative impression on batman in front of the dent. Dent after this scene turns into a Two-faced man since his one half of the face is completely disfigured due to the explosion, he is admitted to a hospital. 

The Joker Dark Knight: Joker Escapes

So, in the absence of Batman and the commissioner, Joker started a conversation with one of the cops in the interrogation room and started playing a mind game with him like this: he says “do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can’t savor all of the little emotions. You see, in their last moments, people show you who they are. So in a way, I knew your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of these cowards are”? 

The Joker Escape From the Cell

The Joker: Bluffing a Police Officer with his Psychology

The cop becomes angry and advances to the joker to hit him!! Before this scene, the joker inserts a cell phone bomb in one of the prisoner’s stomach and that person complains of extreme pain. Cops open the cell to find what it was! In the meantime, the joker keeps the knife on the cop’s neck and comes out of the room.

Cops warn joker to leave him then the joker asks I just want a phone call! Then I will release him from my arms! The cop hands him a phone and he makes a phone call! Once the phone rings there is an explosion in the jail and people are killed. Joker then escapes from the jail.

Joker Escape from the Cell

The Joker: Phone Call

The Joker Dark knight: Everything Burns

Joker with Lau & meets Chechen. He then leads him to the mob funds where there is a hell lot of cash dumped in a warehouse. The money is a pile of thirty feet high. Joker climbs the pile and slides down like a kid.

Joker says I’m a man of my word and then the Chechen lights up a cigar and asks him: What do you do with all this money? Then the joker replies: “see I’m a guy of simple taste. I enjoy dynamite, gunpowder & gasoline” And you know what they have in common? They’re cheap. Joker men throw gasoline on to the money.

Furious Chechen steps forward and then Joker point’s the gun into his mouth. Chechen asks him, you said you were a man of your word? Joker replies: yes I’m, and burns the cigar and says I’m burning only my half. 

Chechen watches the money burn! Joker quotes: All you care about is money. This city deserves a better class of criminal, and I’m going to give it to them. Tell your men they work for me now. This is my city.

The Joker Everything Burns

The Joker Sending a Message

Chechen says they don’t work for a freak. Joker then speaks like this: Why don’t we cut you up into little pieces and then feed you to your pooches, and then we’ll see how loyal a hungry dog is. Joker then says: it’s not about money it’s about sending the message! Everything burns!

The Dark knight: The Joker Meets Harvey Dent

Coleman Reese, an accountant of the Wayne enterprises, starts a face to face interview with a new channel and decides to deduce that Bruce is Batman and warns to reveal his identity to the public. Joker doesn’t want Reese’s revelation to interfere with his plans. So he calls the media and warns if Coleman resse wouldn’t die in an hour I will blow up a hospital. 

All the major hospitals in the city are evicted and Gordon runs to save Reese. In the mean-time Joker disguised himself as a nurse, and entered the hospital where Harvey is getting treatment. Joker covers his face with a mask and reveals in front of the dent and greets him hi, joker draws him closer and says I don’t have any hard feelings between us Harvey. 

The Joker Meets the Harvey Dent

The Joker Meets the Harvey Dent

He lies that when you and Rachel were abducted I was sitting in the prison and I’m not responsible for those charges. The Dent says: your men? Your plans? Joker utters: do I really look like a guy with a plan? I’m just a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! I just do things!!

The Joker: Dog Chasing a Car

The Joker: Brainwashing Harvey Dent

He says everybody has plans; the Gordon, cops & the batman. Do you know they are schemers, they just try to control their little worlds? I try to show how pathetic their attempts to control are. You and your girlfriend are nothing to me and I’m telling the truth. It’s the schemers who are behind it that’s why you are here. I can say you were also a schemer because you have plans and see where you are right now, just sticking to the bed.

I just did what I can do, I just took your little plan and turned it into something else. Just with the help of a few barrels of gasoline and bullets I have turned the city completely into chaos. No one will panic if things go according to the plan even if the plan is horrifying. He hands him the gun and the dent points it to his head. 

The Joker Theory on Plans

The Joker: Explaining about his Plans

The Joker: Agent of Chaos

The Joker: Persuading Harvey to Start Chaos

Then the joker utters: Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? Dent then takes the coin and shows him a good side and a scarred side and says if you get the former side you live or else you die!

Joker says that now we are talking and looks at him admiringly! After this incident dent leaves the hospital to kill the people who are responsible for Rachel’s death. Joker then blows up the hospital and escapes from the scene with a bus full of hostages.

The Joker Blows up the Hospital

The Joker Blows up the Hospital

The Joker Dark Knight: The Social Experiment

Joker is highly unpredictable, after announcing that he is going to create chaos in the city, he places explosives in the two evacuating ferries, one carrying the criminals and other with the civilians. He delivers a parcel (containing a detonator) to both the places, and warns both of them to detonate the bombs by midnight. If they fail to complete the task he will anyhow blow up both the places.

The Joker Social Experiment

Batman with the help of Lucius fox finds out the place of the joker with a sonar device and is ready to have a final clash with him. Batman reaches the joker place and the joker is very ecstatic after looking batman and hit him and sits over him utters: we really should stop this fighting otherwise we will miss the fireworks (he is hinting about the bomb explosion in both ferries) batman says there won’t be any fireworks but the joker is very reluctant and started counting: says here we go 1, 2, 3.

There is complete silence and no explosion happened. Batman says: what were you trying to prove? That deep down, everyone’s as ugly as you? You’re alone! The joker looks visibly upset and quotes: Can’t rely on anyone these days, you have to do everything yourself, don’t we!

The Joker Cant Rely on Anybody these Days

The Joker Displays Upset

The Joker Dark Knight: Batman vs. Joker (Final Fight)

Joker tries to hit the detonator button, but the batman ties his legs with a rope and hangs him upside down. Joker then utters: “You just couldn’t let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren’t you, huh? You won’t kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness, and I won’t kill you because you’re just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever”

The Joker Hanging in the Air

Batman vs The Joker Final Fight

Batman says: you will be in a padded cell for the rest of your life! Joker replies it’s better if you share the space with me! The city is ready to believe in good! Joker has already injected the poison into the Harvey dent mind and he is in the process of killing people. So, joker doesn’t care because he is successful, because he enforced & persuaded the city of hope i.e. Harvey Dent. He is going to introduce anarchy in the city. Batman is not aware of the joker conversation with Harvey! 

The Joker: Ace in the hole

The Joker: Hanging in the Air

Joker utters: I don’t risk losing the battle for Gotham soul in a fist-fight with you? And throw light on batman about his “ACE IN THE HOLE” i.e. Harvey. Ace in the hole means that an assured victory over the enemy without involving directly in the battle. Here the ACE for joker is Harvey. Even if Joker caught up and behind the bars, his plan will never ruin because Harvey is going to take care of chaos. 

Batman with excitement asks him: what did you do? Joker then quotes the final dialogue like this: I took Gotham’s White Knight and brought him down to our level. It wasn’t hard. See, madness, as you know, is like gravity: all it takes is a little push.

The Joker: Final Speech

The Joker: Final Speech

The Dark Knight: The Final Conclusion

Here is the justification to the title, here the white knight is nothing but Harvey Dent, people of Gotham consider him as the savior of the city and admire him more than batman. Even Brue Wayne (The other form of Batman) believes Dent is the true hero because his face knows everyone, but Batman is the masked savior of the city (as the joker says he is just a freak). Batman has no legal authority to do anything but his desire to protect the city is the same as the dent.

So joker played with the psychology of Harvey Dent and corrupted his mind with his ideology. If people come to know about Harvey’s true colors the city will lose its soul then chaos and anarchy will spread everywhere.

 All the criminals who are caught under Harvey’s regime will be released and the city will be crushed. That’s why the Joker while interrogating, insists Batman that: you are just a freak to them like me!! Joker never considered batman as a hero and he always looked at him as his counterpart. 

He didn’t force Harvey Dent to do something, he just entered the hospital and taught him some theories & handed him the gun and left. This little conversation wraps all the morals and codes of Harvey dent. That’s why I can say the joker psychology is just ahead of the curve and he is AHEAD OF CURVE!! 

The world is really cruel and the only morality in a cruel filled world is a chance. So, in the final scene joker is hanging in the air upside down and cops entered the spot to capture. The conclusion of the joker is still unknown! Because the joker may escape from the cops like before or if he is behind the bars he might have a different plan in the store. 

Even if Harvey dent passes away! The joker may still come with a different plan. Because as he hints to the batman that: this is not the end and you and I are destined to do this thing forever! The genius director Christopher Nolan kept the climax open and everybody will have their theory about the fate of the Joker. He is hanging in the air & also the hanging thread may break at any time. 

Heath Ledger just synced into the joker character completely and performed for the lifetime and in the process, he received a posthumous Oscar for his spellbound role as a joker. But sadly he left the world, without watching the movie. Maybe he is gone but the madness he provided, and the way he influenced the people will remain in movie history forever.



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