In The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger played the Joker. But did his character ever explicitly refer to himself by that name, aside from the "calling cards" mentioned at the end of Batman Begins?

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    Aah, that's interesting...
    – ABcDexter
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 17:31
  • Joker calls himself "The Agent of Chaos", but i can't recall him saying "Joker". Using Clown masks, and Joker getup is a different thing.
    – ABcDexter
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 17:33
  • I've just had a scan through the screenplay book and I can't find any instance of the Joker calling himself "the Joker" in the Dark Knight script.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 17:35
  • Does he use the name in one of those videos?
    – Radhil
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 17:35
  • Actually, everyone else called him, the joker!
    – ABcDexter
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 17:39

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A search of the transcript of The Dark Knight reveals 37 mentions of the word "Joker," but all of them are spoken by people other than the Joker himself.

The script indicates that others "call him the Joker," not that it is a name he chose for himself:

DOPEY: I know why they call him the Joker.

HAPPY: So why do they call him the Joker?

DOPEY: I heard he wears makeup.

HAPPY: Makeup?

DOPEY: Yeah! to scare people. You know, war paint?


I believe the closest he gets is referring to jokers (playing cards) as "my card."

  • Was this before or after he received the moniker? Commented Jul 12, 2018 at 18:16

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