The Joker often tells contradictory stories of his past.

When poisonous gas runs through the streets of Gotham City or the entire fish population floats to the surface with creepy red grins, everyone knows who to blame. The Joker is the most recognizable comic book supervillain of all time. Ever since Gotham's so-called "Dark Knight" first suited up, this killer clown has trailed carnage behind him, cementing a rivalry so iconic that it has been depicted in almost every Batman adaptation to date. However, while everyone knows the Joker is a disturbing guy, a lot of misconceptions have sprouted up over the years.

He has a definitive origin story involving chemicals and a red hood

Most people think they know the Joker's origin: that he was a gangster called the Red Hood who one day ran afoul of Batman. Supposedly, this perp then slipped into a vat of toxic green gunk, and though he survived, the chemicals dyed his skin chalk white and stretched his mouth into a hideous, permanent grin. The classic narrative was enhanced by Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, which added such tragic details as a pregnant wife and a failed comedy career.
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