Best Actors That Portrayed The Joker In the Batman Franchise

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The Top Ten

1 Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

Not other Joker as Ledger's - CedreticFomento

There is only 1 joker for me and that is Heath Ledger.

Simply amazing. The interrogation scene is one of the greatest scenes I've ever seen. His portrayal of the joker was incredible. Without a doubt the best joker.

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2 Mark Hamil (Batman: The Animated Series)

Yes, definitely. - Oxymoron15

As compelling as Ledger was, no actor brought the character to the screen quite as well as Mark. And he did it with just his voice! Admittedly superior writing and a flawless animation design aided him but still, that voice. No voice has captured as character with such finesse in history except for maybe his father, James Earl Jones. - DysenteryGary

The fact that Heath Ledger is number one shows how uneducated people are about batman. Ledger didn't play joker, he played some insane guy with white makeup that's all, he didn't act anything like the traditional Joker everyone loved. Hamill is the joker, when you imagine the joker, you hear Hamill. Any educated Batman fan will say Hamill is Joker, not Ledger. - roflcash4

Hamill was a fantastic Joker but he never had to actually act as The Joker. He said that he would never be able to portray the character on screen whereas Ledger had to not only create a great Joker voice but also have the body language and act like the Joker. He became the Joker. And as for the comic accuracy, it's an adaptation and Ledger was going for the more modern take on the character not the silver age version. And if you look at the more recent Batman comics Joker is very similar to Ledger's Joker. - HarryPotter12

He has that iconic bone chilling voice and laugh that the joker should have. He has been the joker for over 20 years featuring in animation to the Arkham games that have made the joker a iconic and loved character without Hamill the joker wouldn't be as popular since he appeared In all forms of media appealing to children to teens to adults.

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3 Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989) Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989) John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for over 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters. In many ...read more.

He is The Joker

He is the most comic accurate representation of the joker yet so you got to give him that for sticking true to the comics.

Nicholson all the way!

the best!

4 Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, TV Series)

This guy is the best Joker in (SPOILER ALERT)


both forms, he does the psychoticness and crime boss style in such and amzing way. He honestly made me love the Joker. I don't think I've seen anyone more dedicated to their roles. Plus, his performance is littered with cool references to other stories like The Killing Joke and The New 52. He even has his own cult that is probably an accurate reflection of the Gotham fanbase without Nygmobblepot. His relationship with Bruce is also the best way to present the Batman-Joker relationship, he doesn't just see him as a roadblock like some itterations (ahem*Nicholson*ahem). Fox can say what they want but Cameron (at least as Jeremiah) has definitely earnt to be and will go down in the hearts of fans as a true Joker.

This actor was playing Jerome, not the Joker. It's not the real Joker so this actor should be on a different list. - girlcool

This guy is great. The Prototype Joker is awesome. He even gets a name, Jerome.

My sisters true love

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5 Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

He doesn't Need Makeup to Look like joker, unlike Heath ledger's joker.
To me, Joaquin's joker is the best of all, his acting, his charisma onscreen, everything's perfect
Heath ledgers joker is nothing but a showoff, that's an iconic joker because it looks iconic but not acting, I'm not being rude but actually there's no acting at all in Heath's joker, everyone is so obsessed with heath because he's expired, we are living in a society where people think that a Dead person is legend

This Should be Number 1, he's a legend

Better than Ledger

All the way up

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6 Cesar Romero (Batman, TV Series) Cesar Romero (Batman, TV Series)

He was awesome. He was the first Joker and he inspired future versions of the character. The Joker messing around with art was first used in an episode of the 1960s show, not the 1989 film. Also Heath Ledger's Joker laugh sounds similar to Cesar Romero's laugh. - girlcool

7 John DiMaggio (Batman Under the Red Hood) John DiMaggio (Batman Under the Red Hood) John William DiMaggio is an American actor, voice actor and comedian, known for his gruff voice, and for his work as Bender from the television show Futurama, Jake the Dog on Adventure Time, and Marcus Fenix in the hit Xbox video game Gears of War.

He did so good in Under the Red Hood! - Not_A_Weeaboo

8 Kevin Michael Richardson (The New Batman Adventures) Kevin Michael Richardson (The New Batman Adventures) Kevin Michael Richardson is an American actor and voice actor who has portrayed a multitude of characters in various animated series and video games. He is known for his extremely deep voice and has been playing a wide variety of characters since the early 1990s, often villains. For voicing Joker in ...read more.

Wait, he was in the 2004 series, not the New Batman Adventures. - th3d4rkkn1ght

His voice was great. But the concept of Joker looks terrible. - asantalo

9 Anthony Ingruber (Telltale's Batman)

Heath or Hamill Jokers were really good, but this one was the first one that actually gave me chills the Joker should give. Creepy, insane and suprisingly very likeable.

Until I have played this game I thought there can't be better Joker than Hamill or Ledger.
I was so wrong...
Jon Doe is definitelly my favourite Joker. Despite the fact he is one of very few Jokers that can actually care for someone, and all the good things he has done, his mental illnes was showed so realistic he was giving me the creeps every time he appeared.
Also seeing him work together with batman was pure gold!

Seriously? Why isn't this guy ranked higher? Did anyone on this list even play the game? It's one of the best portrayals of the Joker ever. You actually pity the Joker!

Also, he makes a nice Impression of Harrisson Ford

10 Jared Leto (Suicide Squad)

I really loved his Joker, I hate how they basically cut him out of the movie, he deserved way more screen time; also Catwoman should have been in this movie. I LOVE Harley Quinn, but it was basically her movie. Katana got like 2 lines. - Stevenuniversefangirl

He was okay. More of a creep than psychopath. Doesn't stand anywhere close to Ledger, Hamill, or Nicholson

Leto is to punk and tattooed to really be the joker he doesn't have the look of Nicholson, the personality of ledger or the voice of Hamill to really reletate to the joker. He seems just like some street gang leader who likes pink and green.

I thought he was good. But not the best. - asantalo

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The Contenders

11 Troy Baker (Arkham Origins) Troy Baker (Arkham Origins) Troy Edward Baker is an American voice actor and musician known for portraying the lead characters in various video games.

Its voice acting was too damn priceless. (Great Joker 9/10) - pLix33

He is very good. When I first heard him in Assault on Arkham I thought he was Hamill. He also did a great job in Arkham Origins. - JasonTodd

I think that he did great in Arkham Origins. - asantalo

He mimicke dHamil perfectly in my opinion! - HeavyDonkeyKong

12 Michael Emerson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
13 Lennie Weinrib (The New Adventures of Batman)

I love his voice. Really underrated. - girlcool

14 Brent Spiner (Young Justice) Brent Spiner (Young Justice)

The Most Underrated Joker performance - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

He was good. I hope he plays the Joker again. - girlcool

15 Larry Storch (Batman With Robin the Boy Wonder, 1968)

Very underrated. - girlcool

16 Zach Galifianakis (Lego Batman: The Movie) Zach Galifianakis (Lego Batman: The Movie)
17 Jeff Bennett (Batman: The Brave & the Bold) Jeff Bennett (Batman: The Brave & the Bold) Jeffrey Glenn "Glen" Bennett is an American voice actor and singer. His voice roles include Johnny Bravo in the television series of the same name and Petrie in the Land Before Time films and television series.
18 Frank Welker (Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians) Frank Welker (Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians) Franklin Wendell Welker is an American voice actor best known for his role as Fred Jones from the Scooby-Doo franchise since its inception in 1969 and as the voice of Scooby-Doo since 2002. He is also known as the voice of Megatron in the Transformers franchise and as the voice and vocal effects of ...read more.
19 Mike Matei (The Bat-Nerd) Mike Matei (The Bat-Nerd)
20 Jeff Bennett (Beware the Batman) Jeff Bennett (Beware the Batman) Jeffrey Glenn "Glen" Bennett is an American voice actor and singer. His voice roles include Johnny Bravo in the television series of the same name and Petrie in the Land Before Time films and television series.

The Joker wasn't even in Beware the Batman. - th3d4rkkn1ght

21 John Kassir (Batman: Arkham Origins)

He is an amazingly underrated Joker and I just don't know why.

22 Michael McKean (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) Michael McKean (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)

He should've been Joker more times than one

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1. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
2. Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989)
3. Mark Hamil (Batman: The Animated Series)
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1. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
2. Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989)
3. Mark Hamil (Batman: The Animated Series)
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1. Mark Hamil (Batman: The Animated Series)
2. Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989)
3. Kevin Michael Richardson (The New Batman Adventures)
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