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The Most Tragically Funny Quotes From 'Joker'

Updated February 26, 2020 14.9k votes 2.0k voters 49.6k views26 items

If you've seen the smash-hit movie, we want you to vote for the best Joker quotes. This revisionist take on the popular DC villain is filled with character quotes that get inside his dark and twisted mind. There are also some funny lines and wicked one-liners.

Joaquin Phoenix steps into the estimable shoes of Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger to portray Batman's nemesis. The Dark Knight -- at least in his adult form -- is nowhere to be found in this new film, though. Instead, we follow Arthur Fleck, a clown-for-hire with severe mental health problems. Worn down by his job, his life, and society in general, Arthur slowly loses his grip on reality. His dream is to be a stand-up comedian and to earn the notice of his hero, late-night talk show host Murray Franklin (Robert DeNiro). After getting that notice in the form of public ridicule, Arthur finally snaps. Plying himself with makeup, he fully becomes the Joker.

Joker was directed and co-written by Todd Phillips, who previously made The Hangover and its sequels. Co-starring in the film are Zazie Beetz. Frances Conroy, Shea Wigham, and Brett Cullen. Together with Phoenix and DeNiro, they deliver a hard R-rated comic book movie unlike any we've seen before.

Vote up the most memorable Joker quotes you like best from the list below, regardless of which character speaks them.

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    Mental Illness

    Arthur Fleck (written in his notebook): The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don't.

     

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    You Get What You Deserve

    Arthur Fleck: How 'bout another joke, Murray?

    Murray Franklin: No, I think we've had enough of your jokes.

    Arthur Fleck: What do you get...

    Murray Franklin: I don't think so.

    Arthur Fleck: ...when you cross...

    Murray Franklin: I think we're done here now, thank you.

    Arthur Fleck: ...a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like trash?

    Murray Franklin: Call the police, Gene, call the police.

    Arthur Fleck: I'll tell you what you get! You get what you f*ckin' deserve!

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    Negative Thoughts

    Arthur Fleck: You don't listen, do you? You just ask the same questions every week. "How's you job?" "Are you having any negative thoughts?" All I have are negative thoughts.

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    Cents

    Arthur Fleck (written in his notebook): I hope my death makes more cents than my life.

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