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In The Dark Knight, the Joker describes a scenario in which his father once came home, attacked his mother, and then brandished a knife at him, all the while repeating the line “Why so serious?”

Is this story true?

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Very related, not quite a dupe: What is the Joker's real name? – phantom42 Jun 7 '14 at 4:24
Rule #1 : The Joker lies. – Valorum Jun 7 '14 at 11:06
It's a duplicate, but not on THIS site. There's an excellent answer here:… – DVK-in-exile Jun 7 '14 at 14:13
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There's no clear answer as to how the Joker got his scars in The Dark Knight. In the movie he gives two stories.

  1. His father gave it to him as a child.
  2. He gave it to himself to cheer up his wife.

This is a reference to Batman: The Killing Joke where he sees his past as being multiple choice.

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Small note on #2: he says it was his wife, not his girlfriend. – Brian Warshaw Jun 7 '14 at 10:17
Brian is correct. Original quote: "So I had a wife. She was beautiful, like you. Who tells me I worry too much. Who tells me I ought to smile more. Who gambles and gets in deep with the sharks. One day, they carve her face. And we have no money for surgeries. She can't take it. I just want to see her smile again. I just want her to know that I don't care about the scars. So... I stick a razor in my mouth and do this... //wriggles mouth// ... to myself. And you know what? She can't stand the sight of me! She leaves. Now I see the funny side. Now I'm always smiling!" – Polynomial Jun 9 '14 at 7:36

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