The Joker appears in numerous Batman-related video games, often being the main antagonist.
Late 80s to 90sEdit
- The first ever video game to feature the Joker was Batman: The Caped Crusader (1988), where the Clown Prince of Crime kidnaps Robin, leaving behind only a single playing card. Using this card, Batman is eventually able to track him down.
- The Joker is also featured in various video games based off of the 1989 film Batman, the consoles ranging from the NES to the Sega Mega Drive. One game in particular deviates from the film a bit in that Batman must knock Napier into the vat of chemicals on purpose, as opposed to the movie where it was an accident.
- The direct sequel to one of these games, Batman: Return of the Joker (1991/1992; Released as Revenge of the Joker on the SNES and Sega consoles), also featured the Joker, recently escaped from Arkham Asylum. The final showdown between him and Batman takes place on an island, where the Joker relentlessly bombards the Caped Crusader with lasers and such produced from an enormous robotic battlesuit. Batman, however, is able to overcome and destroy it, causing the entire island to explode. The Joker's fate is left ambiguous.
- The 1993 game Batman: The Animated Series for the Gameboy (based directly off of the 1992 cartoon) features the Joker as the boss of the very first level. In this game, he plots to deliver a shipment of teddy bears to the people of Gotham, all rigged to explode and release his deadly laughing gas. A battle between Batman and Joker soon breaks out inside of the toy factory, with the Clown Prince of Crime using various hidden passages to escape from Batman. In the end, however, Batman is able to defeat him.
- The 1994 SNES game The Adventures of Batman and Robin (again, based off of the 1992 cartoon) also features the Joker in its first level, this time setting a trap for Batman in an amusement park. This time, he and the Dark Knight face off on a rollercoaster track, and Joker manages to escape before Batman can apprehend him. He eventually reappears in the last level, which consists of a gauntlet of enemies. Here, he dons a jetpack and battles Batman atop a construction site. Eventually, he is detained of his jetpack, battles the Dark Knight hand-to-hand, and is soundly defeated.
- Joker has a different (and smaller) role in the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis version, where he is released by Mr. Freeze to keep Batman busy. Here, the Joker attacks various jewelry stores and banks as a way of celebrating his birthday, and engages in his final battle with Batman from a hot air balloon.
- In the Sega CD version of the game, the Joker was instead sent by Clayface (disguised as Rupert Thorne) to kill Batman. To this end, he kidnaps Robin and holds him at an amusement park, and battles Batman with exploding bumper cars. When he is defeated, he drops a hint that Thorne is the one behind everything.
- The 2000 game Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (based off of the Direct-to-Video film) also features the Joker as its final boss. Much like in the film, he is not quite a living being; instead, he is a DNA program contained inside a microchip that possesses Tim Drake. After he is defeated by Terry McGinnis, the new Batman, he is exorcised from Drake.
- The Joker also appears in the 2001 Gameboy game Chaos in Gotham, where he, along with many other supervillains, is freed from Arkham Asylum by Two-Face. Here, he engages in a car chase with Batman and battles him (along with Harley) inside a funhouse. Curiously, he never actually fights Batman - once Harley is defeated, he surrenders without a fight.
- The 2001 game Batman: Gotham City Racer also features the Joker (or rather, his car).
- The 2003 game Batman: Vengeance has the Joker as its primary villain. In the very beginning of the story, he very nearly kills a woman named Mary Flynn with a bomb; upon rescuing her, Batman discovers that he has kidnapped Mary's son Toby, and will kill him if Mary does not pay him five million dollars. Eventually, Batman discovers that the entire set-up is a trap, and in the subsequent battle, the Joker tumbles over the edge of a building, seemingly plummeting to his death. In the end, however, he is revealed to be alive and well, as well as the orchestrator behind every disaster in the game.
- In the 2003 game Batman: Dark Tomorrow, the Joker is Batman's primary target throughout most of the game, having kidnapped Commissioner Gordon. Eventually, it is revealed that he was employed to do this by Ra's al-Ghul as a distraction.
- Lego Batman: The Video Game (2008) portrays the Joker as one of its three "boss" villains, and allows players to play as the Clown Prince of Crime for the first time. In-game, he plots to set off a bomb inside Gotham Cathedral, spreading his lethal laughing gas all over Gotham City. To this end, he forms a gang consisting of Scarecrow, Killer Moth, and the Mad Hatter, along with Harley. As a playable character, he possesses his joy buzzer (with which he can kill enemies and power generators) and a pair of dual Uzis. He also possesses two vehicles - an ice cream truck and a helicopter.
- Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe (2008) portrays, for the first time, the Joker in a game that does not center around Batman (though the Dark Knight is present as well). In this game, with the merging of the Mortal Kombat and DC universes, the Joker gains magical abilities that allow him to stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Deathstroke and Raiden. Infected by "The Rage", he betrays his companions and decides to try and kill Batman instead of following Luthor's orders.
- The Joker is to be featured in the upcoming MMORPG DC Universe Online.
- The game Batman: Arkham Asylum features Joker (voiced by Mark Hamill once again) trapping Batman inside the asylum and unleashing his worst enemies upon the Caped Crusader. He is a playable character, only on the Playstation 3 version (where he must be downloaded online), and only playable in challenge mode.