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Is the Joker's Mental Health and Personality Profile Possible in Real Life?

This video answers the questions: Is the Joker’s personality (from the Joker 2019 trailer) possible in real life? What are the mental health and personality characteristics of the Joker throughout the years in the movies?


There are two types of psychopathy: Factor 1 (primary, interpersonal affective) and Factor 2 (lifestyle, antisocial) psychopathy. Factor 1 psychopathy has characteristics like grandiosity, pathological lying, manipulation, a superficial charm, callous, unemotional, low neuroticism and lack of guilt or remorse. Factor 2 psychopathy has a parasitic lifestyle, being prone to boredom, sensation seeking, impulsivity, irresponsibility, a failure to have long term goals, poor behavioral controls, and criminal versatility.


There are two types of narcissism: With grandiose narcissism we see characteristics like being extroverted, socially bold, self-confident, having a superficial charm, being resistant to criticism, and being callous and unemotional. Vulnerable narcissism is characterized by shame, anger, aggression, hypersensitivity, a tendency to be introverted, defensive, avoidant, anxious, depressed, socially awkward, and shy.

Antisocial Personality Disorder criteria:

1. Repeated unlawful behaviors
2. Consistent deceitfulness
3. Impulsivity, poor planning
4. Aggressiveness, physical fights
5. Reckless disregard for safety
6. Consistent irresponsibility
7. Lack of remorse

Narcissistic Personality Disorder criteria:

1. Grandiose sense of importance
2. Grandiose fantasies
3. Special, unique
4. Requires excessive admiration
5. Sense of entitlement
6. Manipulative
7. Lacks empathy for others
8. Often envious
9. Arrogant attitudes or behaviors

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  • So sehe ich euch (Kanalinfo)

    Joking about beating women, even handycapped and children, as do sadists, Islamists, real drugaddicts and prostitutes and sadistic clans, is worth being called an addiction to sadism and violence, which is that of war, with no peace possible at all. Should be called planned injustice and cruelty and addiction to injustice and cruelty and violence.

  • mccsamm

    why did you say 10:20 "im not sure this is a good idea for a movie"? is it because as you say this film paints him, a psychopathic serial killer, as a victim of society to pity which the moral message being irrelevant to his crimes??

  • Terrormitzsu

    Schizoaffective (with hypomania), antisocial and narcissistic traits (if not dx), sleep deprivation, severe situational factors, hx of early childhood abuse/trauma, possible brain injury through abuse or chemical poisoning/damage, high functioning despite everything going against this one, high intelligence/genius, highly creative/artistic, Myers-Briggs types that runs rampant… Perhaps stressors and childhood trauma prevented him from being his true type or he was so stressed he flipped to his shadow functions completely… or just switches types all the time depending on situation.
    I've seen him labled ESTJ and ENTJ. He does strike me as an ENTJ… but perhaps he started out as a sweet INFP and wasn't allowed to be that.
    Can't rule out MPD.
    Spiritual distress.
    V codes galore probably.
    Would probably be high psychopathic deviate and schizophrenic on the MMPI.
    Unmedicated because it didn't work.
    Hx of ECT, due to severe bouts of depression triggered and exacerbated by situational factors. Unable to access certain memories. Schizoaffective d/o either mild or high intelligence allows him to mask it.
    Maybe he's one that's not in the DSMs yet. 😉
    Fascinating, fun guy.
    Oh, and good sense of humor. PUNCH lines? Lol

  • Paul

    Unless you already took this into account, but didn't mention it. I think you may have missed one thing. It might be a minor thing, but people tend to act differently behind a mask. How, would that affect a joker with any of the personality types/mental disorders you mentioned or would it mean a different criteria when taking this into account.

  • The Echomancer

    Joaquin Phoenix portrays broken, tormented and disturbed individuals like nobody else. It’s what the guy does, lol. So I’m interested as well, if only for the fact that he’s always going to give an interesting performance. It’d be interesting to hear your take on Scarecrow sometime.

  • DrSpooglemon

    I don't think it's a good idea to smoosh all three characters together into one. Ledger's Joker did not appear depressed at any point. He also wasn't especially well organised either. He is moving from one situation to another manipulating everyone and pitting people against one another. There was no grand plan other than to bring out the worst in everyone before turning on them. I'm no psychologist but I wouldn't say he was manic either. He was self destructive and didn't care whether he lived or died which gave him the edge when it came to taking risks. The character arc was a perfect storm which could have resulted in his death or incarceration at any stage along the way. Joaquin's Joker is clearly an entirely different personality.

  • Gabriel P

    @Dr. Todd Grande Actually, both the main actor and director of this movie already talked about this in recent interviews. They said they started by reading a book about political killers, and at first they got to classify their version of the Joker into a personality type, and they even knew what kind of medication he would be taking, etc. But half way through the movie, they decided to change this and run away from the classic personality types, because Joker is a fictional character.

  • robert20351

    So the Ledgers Joker is low in Agreeableness. Against the status quo as it stands.
    Low duty might be low loyalty. He kills his own members. Which kind of implies individualism but uses the tribe temporarily for his ends. He uses useful idiots essentially.
    So a mask of sorts. He appears to be in a tribe but he himself sees that tribe as a temporary ally potentially. As a tool to bring the system down but not loyal to that tribe in of itself.
    What do you think?

  • J.L.W

    I always thought Ledgers Joker snapped after his face was carved up, probably in some sort of war setting (how else would he not be on any records anywhere?) The first line when someone asks him something like what does he believe, he says 'I believe whatever doesn't kill you only makes you… Stranger'.

    In the big five personality test in relation to conscientiousness I have 82% Industriousness and 7% Orderliness.

  • Dracula Says I Have Great Taste

    Ace Chemicals is based in Gotham City. The plant is connected to Kane Chemicals, a company owned by the parents of Martha Wayne, which was then sold to Apex Chemicals, which then in turn became Ace Chemicals.

    The plant is introduced in Detective Comics #168 (Feb. 1951) ("Mystery of the Red Hood") when, on the night of a heist of Ace Chemicals planned by the Red Hood gang, Batman learns of the gang's plan and intercepts them at the chemical plant. Batman confronts the gang's leader, the Red Hood, who dives into a vat of chemicals to escape Batman after the heist fails.

    The Red Hood survives, but exposure to the chemicals leaves him with green hair, chalk white skin, and red lips. The Red Hood's disfigurement causes him to suffer a fateful psychotic break and he becomes the Joker. Over the years, the Joker has revisited Ace Chemicals several times, and on occasion has even used it as a temporary hideout.

    Revisions to the incident have been introduced over subsequent decades. In "Mystery of the Red Hood" and The Killing Joke #1 (Mar. 1988), the Red Hood intentionally dives into the tank while trying to escape Batman; other depictions, such as the film Batman (1989), have Batman accidentally causing the Red Hood to fall into the vat.

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