The Killing Joke comic, which was later made into an animated movie, is part of the Batman Joker saga. It’s famous for its ambiguous final panels, when Batman could either be strangling the Joker to death, or simply resting his hands on the Joker's shoulders. This is where some fans believe the comic gets its title. The Joker tells his last joke and gets killed, hence The Killing Joke. However, I always thought the killing joke was when Joker’s original self died. After his primary identity was stripped away due to suffering from one disastrous day, he turns into the Joker - a person who has no humanity left because the world has shown him no mercy. The Killing Joke to me, is how awful things were for him. His day turned into one of those days that are so horrible you can’t help but laugh because things are so unbelievable. The joke of his former life killed him, and turned him into the Joker.
21 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.