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)

The way I see it, there are two ways you can be the best joker; animated and live action. Hamill is clearly the latter and Ledger, the former. If these two had switched places in their versions, neither would ever held up. They basically both just made their own versions of the character and completely owned those versions.

Pre-2008, you think of the joker as some weird clown guy. Post-2008, you think of the joker as something made of pure nightmares.

2016: " the joker is so hot with Harley Quinn and tattoos are sexy" I hate Jared Leto joker - Alxg_mez

Heath Ledger was definitely the best at playing the Joker and I'm not just saying that because he's dead. The Dark Knight was a great movie and the Joker had really cool makeup. - Catlover2004

I like Mark Hamill better than Heath Ledger. - asantalo

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2 Mark Hamil (Batman: The Animated Series)

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.

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

From Batman: TAS to Killing Joke. Mark Hamill is the best. He was amazing in Killing Joke. My wish is always granted when he plays as Joker in the graphic novel I always love. He was awesome in the Arkham Games big time. He deserves to be number 1 than Heath Ledger. - asantalo

The best. - 445956

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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 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!

4 Cesar Romero (Batman, TV Series)
5 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.

No - phillysports

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6 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.
7 Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, TV Series)

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

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My favorite character on this show, amazing acting and interessting story.

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.

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

9 Michael Emerson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
10 Troy Baker (Arkham Origins)

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

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The Contenders

11 Lennie Weinrib (The New Adventures of Batman)
12 Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series)

He is the best joker

13 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.
14 Larry Storch (Batman With Robin the Boy Wonder, 1968)
15 Brent Spiner (Young Justice)
16 Zach Galifianakis (Lego Batman: The Movie)
17 Frank Welker (Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians)
18 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.
19 Mike Matei (The Bat-Nerd)
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1. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
2. Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989)
3. Michael Emerson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
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1. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
2. Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989)
3. Cesar Romero (Batman, TV 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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