Batman / Batman Joker

Has the Joker Ever Saved Batman?

Batman and Joker, the two iconic characters of the DC universe, have had a tumultuous relationship over the years. Their rivalry is one of the most significant in the comic book world.

Batman, with his unwavering commitment to justice, has always been at odds with Joker’s anarchic and unpredictable nature. But, have there been instances where Joker has saved Batman? Let’s dive in and find out.

Who is Joker?

Joker is one of the most notorious villains in comic book history. He first appeared in Batman #1 in 1940 and has since become a fan favorite due to his chaotic personality and unpredictability. He is known for his clown-like appearance, gruesome acts of violence, and twisted sense of humor.

Who is Batman?

Batman, on the other hand, is a superhero who fights crime in Gotham City. He witnessed his parents’ murder as a child and vowed to rid Gotham City of crime as an adult. He uses his wealth, intellect, physical prowess, and gadgets to fight evil.

Their Relationship

Batman and Joker’s relationship is complex. They are archenemies but are also oddly dependent on each other. The Joker’s existence gives Batman purpose as he battles against evil while trying to maintain order in Gotham City.

The Killing Joke

In “The Killing Joke,” a graphic novel written by Alan Moore, there is an instance where the Joker may have saved Batman’s life. In this story arc, the Joker tries to prove that anyone can become like him if they have “one bad day.”

The Joker shoots Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), which paralyzes her from the waist down. Later on in the story, he kidnaps Commissioner Gordon and puts him through a series of torturous events to prove his point.

In the end, Batman arrives at the scene to confront Joker. However, instead of fighting him, Batman extends his hand to help Joker up.

The Joker declines the offer and tells Batman that their relationship will only end in one of their deaths. He then proceeds to tell a joke, which makes Batman laugh, and the two go their separate ways.

Some argue that this moment is an instance where the Joker saved Batman’s sanity. By making Batman laugh, he reminds him of his humanity and prevents him from crossing the line into darkness.

Batman: White Knight

Another instance where Joker may have saved Batman’s life is in “Batman: White Knight.” In this comic book series, the Joker is cured of his insanity and becomes Jack Napier again.

In this new persona, he uses his knowledge of Gotham City’s criminal underbelly to help clean up the city and even becomes a vigilante himself. Meanwhile, Batman becomes more ruthless and violent as he tries to take down Napier.

Eventually, Napier sacrifices himself to save Gotham City from a bigger threat, which also saves Batman’s life in the process.


While their relationship is complex and filled with violence and chaos, there have been instances where Joker has saved Batman. Whether it be by reminding him of his humanity or sacrificing himself for the greater good, these moments prove that even in a world filled with darkness, there can be glimpses of light.