Ranking the best Jokers to ever corrupt Gotham

Published: September 21, 2019


A new Joker is on the way and fans are excited to see how the hype surrounding Joaquin Phoenix’s character pulls off. However, like James Bond, many Jokers have come and gone, but only a few managed to imprint their fear onto the viewers. So before examining the upcoming clown prince, it is mandatory to take a trip down memory lane and shed light on the legacy of jokers that  Gotham delivered.

Ranging from Heath Ledger’s extraordinary and versatile acting in The Dark Knight, to Jared Leto’s musingly sarcastic depiction of the character, to Jack Nicholson in Batman and Cesar Romero, the first ever Joker to come out, the action films alone have had their share of unforgettable Jokers.

Then there is the animated series of Batman and Justice League Action, voiced by Mark Hamill, as well as Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by the Jeff Bennett. A list of video games voiced by Richard Epcar and Anthony Ingruber also make the cut. Owing to this, ranging from the Batman films to animated series and video gameshere is a list of the greatest Jokers to ever exist, reports Ranker.

1. Heath Ledger: 113,115 votes

1 Heath Ledger

The Dark Knight (2008)

Age: 29

Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Number 38 of 1174 on the Best Actors in Film History

Number 75 of 350 on the Coolest Actors Ever

2. Mark Hamill: 28,294 votes

2 Mark Hamill

Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1994)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999)

Superman: The Animated Series (1997)

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)

Justice League (2002-2003)

Batman: New Times (2005)

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Justice League Action (2016-present)

(Including eight video games)

Age: 67

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

3. Jack Nicholson: 37,851 votes

3 Jack Nicholson

Batman (1989)

Age: 81

Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

Number 3 of 1174 on The Best Actors in Film History

Number 10 of 350 on The Coolest Actors Ever

4. Cesar Romero: 45,919 votes
4 Cesar Romero
Batman (1966-1968)

Batman: The Movie (1966)

Age: 87

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Number 13 of 54 on the Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows

Number 11 of 26 on the Best Actors Who Played Batman Villains On Film

Number 220 of 1570 on the Locations of All Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars

Number 8 of 23 on the Greatest Golden Girls Guest Stars

5. Cameron Monaghan: 56,483 votes

5 Cameron Monaghan

Gotham (2014-present)

Age: 25

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Number 2 of 42 on Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker

Number 32 of 76 on Famous Leo Male Celebrities

6. John DiMaggio: 64,328 votes
6 John DiMaggio

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom (2015)

Age: 50

Birthplace: North Plainfield, New Jersey, United States of America

Number 8 of 85 on the Best Celebrity Cameos In ‘SpongeBob

Number 8 of 18 on the Best Video Game Voice Actors Working Today

Number 20 of 117 on the All-Time Best Voice Actors

Number 4 of 15 on Voice Over Artists You Probably Didn’t Know You Knew

7. Zach Galifianakis: 74,775 votes
7 Zack Galifianacis

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Age: 49

Birthplace: Wilkesboro, North Carolina, United States of America

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Number 29 of 363 on the Funniest People of All Time

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8. Troy Baker:  83,842 votes


Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

Batman Unlimited (2015)

Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (2015)

Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants (2016)

(Including the 2013 video game Batman: Arkham Origins)

Age: 42

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

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Number 37 of 42 on Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker

Number 2 of 18 on the Best Video Game Voice Actors Working Today

Number 12 of 21 on the Best Actors Who Played Batman, Ranked

Number 36 of 79 on Celebrities Born On April Fools’ Day

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