#1 Edited by Jokergeist (4935 posts) - - Show Bio

Welcome to the Killing Joke Challenge.

This is a test of willpower— the ability to MAINTAIN YOUR SANITY. This challenge is based on the "Killing Joke" story arc by Alan Moore. If you haven't read it, here's what you missed:

Barbara Gordon is having a pleasant afternoon with her father (James Gordon) when the doorbell rings. She opens it and is terrified when the Joker appears and shoots her through the spine, paralyzing her. As his henchmen kidnap Commissioner Gordon and imprison him in a run-down amusement-park, Joker takes photos of the crippled Barbara. His henchmen then strip Gordon naked and cage him in the park's freak show. Afterwards, the Joker chains Gordon to one of the park's rides and forces him to view giant pictures of his wounded daughter in various states of undress, hoping to drive Gordon insane in order to prove that the most upstanding citizen can go mad after having "one bad day". Once Gordon has run the maddening gauntlet, the Joker puts him on display in the freak show, ridiculing him as "the average man", a naïve weakling doomed to insanity.

Challenge Synopsis:

The battle is YOU vs the Joker. In this scenario, Commissioner Gordon's role on the story will be replaced by you, who is forced to hypothetically undergo the events/situations/mind-games that Joker instituted upon put Gordon in The Killing Joke story. What is your objective? The goal is to RESIST the Joker's attempts to drive you insane (tortures, mental manipulation, mind games, etc. etc.), and ultimately you must maintain a clear mind. If you go insane, you lose.

In the Comments Section below, describe what you do and what you are thinking during each chapter. State which chapter you would most likely go insane in.

Chapter One: Unexpected Visit

You and your daughter Barbara are having a pleasant evening at home. You are sitting in a couch and doing scrapbook work and Barbara brings you cocoa. *Knock! *Knock! Barbara answers the door--*BANG!

Startled, you look up and see your daughter fly backwards and land at your feet, bleeding. The Joker walks into your house, along with two henchmen.

Don't just stand there! The Joker just shot your daughter and invited himself into your home... What do you do?

Chapter Two: Waking Up

If you couldn't escape in the last chapter, one of Joker's henchmen punched you in the face and knocked you out cold.

You wake up.... you're lying on a floor.. a voice tells you "Up."

Your eyes open and your heart is stricken with terror. You see three fiendish children tugging at your clothing. "Up!" one says.

"Wuh... wait... wuzziss..?" you mumble. What's going on?? One of them pulls off your shirt. "Wh-what are you doing? You can't do that! Stop..."

Another minion straps something to your neck.. a leash.. *Zap!* A minion behind you is poking you with an electric pole. The third minion pulls off your boxers and your pants. You are now completely naked.

You gag and resist as they pull the leash.. the minion behind you is shocking you with its pole. They lead you through a curtain.. It's nighttime, you're in an amusement park. "Oh dear god," you say. This must be a nightmare.

The minions throw you down and you fall to the floor.... you look up, and there he is. The Joker sitting on his throne, grinning down at you.

Have you gone insane yet?

Chapter Three: Joker's Speech

If you haven't gone insane yet, good luck on this one.

"You. Oh no. I... I remember," you say. Everything starts coming back to you.. This isn't a dream. You're helpless.. and your daughter may be dead.

"Remember?" The Joker says. "Ohh, I wouldn't do that! Remembering's dangerous. I find the past such a worrying, anxious place... 'The Past Tense,' I suppose you'd call it. Ha ha ha..." [The minions force you back to your feet] "Memory's so treacherous," Joker continues. "One moment you're lost in a carnival of delight, with poignant childhood aromas, the flashing neon of puberty, all that sentimental candy floss... the next, it leads you somewhere you don't want to go..." [The minions tug your leash and begin to lead you away] "...somewhere dark and cold, filled with the damp, ambiguous shapes of things you'd hope'd were forgotten." [They lead you towards a structure... the sign reads Ghost Train] "Memories can be vile, repulsive little brutes. Like children, I suppose. Haha."

"Barbara," you mutter. "Oh no. Oh no..."

"But can we live without them?" Joker goes on. "Memories are what our reason is based upon. If we can't face them, we deny reason itself! Although, why not? We aren't contractually tied down to rationality! There is no sanity clause!" [The minions force you into the Ghost Train ride and strap you in] "So when you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unbearable, remember there's always madness. Madness is the emergency exit."*The ride starts, your car starts moving forward*

"You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away...

forever."

Still sane? Have Joker's words gone to your head?

Chapter Four: The Ride

If you still haven't gone insane yet, you will.

The ride moves forward. You try to hide your eyes, but the minions pry your hands away. You're forced to watch. As the car moves forward you see a giant screen above..

The Joker appears on the screen, "Oh, I know... You're confused. You're frightened. Who wouldn't be? You're in a hell of a situation!" [The car accelerates] "But, y'know, through life's a bowl of cherries and this is the pits, always remember this.." [Music starts playing. Joker begins to sing...]

♪ "When the world is full of care and headline screams despair, when all is rape, starvation, war and life is vile..." ♪

[The car strolls downhill. Joker appears on more screens ahead] ♪ "Then there's a certain thing I do, which I pass along to you, that's always guaranteed to make me smile..." [The car passes through a door. You see more screens ahead..]

♪ "I go Loo-oo-oony as a light bulb battered bug, simply Loo-oo-oony, sometimes foam and chew the rug." ♪

[The car passes through another door. You see Joker dancing on a screen]

♪ "Mister, life is swell in a padded cell, It'll chase those blues away... you can trade your gloom for a rubber room, and injections twice a day!" [The car speeds up] ♪ "...Just go Loo-oo-oony, like an acid casualty, or a Moo-oo-nie, or a preacher on T.V. When the human race wears an anxious face, when the bomb hangs overhead, when your kid turns blue, it won't worry you, you can smile and nod instead!" ♪

You pass through another door. Ahead are a series of screens. As the car passes them, suddenly images of your daughter appear. She's lying on the floor, naked. More images appear: her exposed legs, her bare chest, her face crying in agony, her body curled into a helpless ball... it's overwhelming.

"BARBARAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!" you scream, as the straps restrain you from bursting.

If you've managed to survive Joker's torture ride, then you won the challenge.

#2 Posted by Shawnbaby (10443 posts) - - Show Bio

This seems like it would be more at home in the RPG section

#3 Posted by 202122 (1145 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jokergeist: There's no way to tell what would happen in that kind of situation
#4 Posted by nU_Kovak (127 posts) - - Show Bio

No, I'd crack.

#5 Posted by PrinceAragorn1 (16090 posts) - - Show Bio

Well.. I don't have a daughter.. rest is not a problem. But one thing will change if the scenario happens. No way Joker will get away if we meet again.

#6 Posted by MonsterStomp (16062 posts) - - Show Bio

Chapter One: Unexpected Visit

You and your daughter Barbara are having a pleasant evening at home. You are sitting in a couch and doing scrapbook work and Barbara brings you cocoa. *Knock! *Knock! Barbara answers the door--*BANG! Startled, you look up and see your daughter fly backwards and land at your feet, bleeding. The Joker walks into your house, along with two henchmen. The Joker just shot your daughter and invited himself into your home.. what do you do?

_________________________________________________________

I reach down the right side of my couch and pull out a standard Gotham Police Department pistol and spray them mother effers with the entire clip.

#7 Edited by Jokergeist (4935 posts) - - Show Bio

@202122 said:

@Jokergeist: There's no way to tell what would happen in that kind of situation

That's why it's a challenge.

@PrinceAragorn1 said:

Well.. I don't have a daughter.. rest is not a problem. But one thing will change if the scenario happens. No way Joker will get away if we meet again.

Joker always gets away.

#8 Posted by Hondo_ (409 posts) - - Show Bio

@MonsterStomp said:

Chapter One: Unexpected Visit

You and your daughter Barbara are having a pleasant evening at home. You are sitting in a couch and doing scrapbook work and Barbara brings you cocoa. *Knock! *Knock! Barbara answers the door--*BANG! Startled, you look up and see your daughter fly backwards and land at your feet, bleeding. The Joker walks into your house, along with two henchmen. The Joker just shot your daughter and invited himself into your home.. what do you do?

_________________________________________________________

I reach down the right side of my couch and pull out a standard Gotham Police Department pistol and spray them mother effers with the entire clip.

#9 Posted by Floopay (8610 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jokergeist:

Joker always gets away.

Sincerely,

Except in Frank Miller's the Dark Knight Returns.... :D

Thanks for reading,

Floopay

#10 Posted by Soothing_Sounds (1718 posts) - - Show Bio

This is one of those: "You don't know the answer until it actually happens" types of things. I want to say i would survive with my sanity still intact, kinda. I would probably be mad, hurt, confused, and maybe even scared, but insane? Who knows?

#11 Posted by dondave (34541 posts) - - Show Bio

@MonsterStomp said:

Chapter One: Unexpected Visit

You and your daughter Barbara are having a pleasant evening at home. You are sitting in a couch and doing scrapbook work and Barbara brings you cocoa. *Knock! *Knock! Barbara answers the door--*BANG! Startled, you look up and see your daughter fly backwards and land at your feet, bleeding. The Joker walks into your house, along with two henchmen. The Joker just shot your daughter and invited himself into your home.. what do you do?

_________________________________________________________

I reach down the right side of my couch and pull out a standard Gotham Police Department pistol and spray them mother effers with the entire clip.

QFT

#12 Posted by The_Lunact_And_Manic (3286 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll drive the Joker sane.

#13 Edited by Jokergeist (4935 posts) - - Show Bio

@Floopay:

DAMN YOU FLOOPS!

#14 Posted by PrinceAragorn1 (16090 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jokergeist said:

@202122 said:

@Jokergeist: There's no way to tell what would happen in that kind of situation

That's why it's a challenge.

@PrinceAragorn1 said:

Well.. I don't have a daughter.. rest is not a problem. But one thing will change if the scenario happens. No way Joker will get away if we meet again.

Joker always gets away.

Sincerely,

No he doesn't. I'm not Batman. if someone threatens family, they Go down.

#15 Edited by Jokergeist (4935 posts) - - Show Bio

@PrinceAragorn1:

Why would the Joker threaten your family when he could just blow their brains out, and yours too?

#16 Posted by UltimateHero0406 (2167 posts) - - Show Bio

I get my pal DP to annoy the Joker until he turns himself in just to get away.

#17 Posted by PrinceAragorn1 (16090 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jokergeist said:

@PrinceAragorn1:

Why would the Joker threaten your family when he could just blow their brains out, and yours too?

Sincerely,

Well,he's planning to blow their brains out means that he's a threat. He goes down before he does so. :)

#18 Edited by Jokergeist (4935 posts) - - Show Bio

@PrinceAragorn1 said:

Well,he's planning to blow their brains out means that he's a threat. He goes down before he does so. :)

"Do I look like a guy with a plan?"

--The Joker

#19 Posted by Joygirl (18686 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't crack. I'm too twisted as-is, I'd probably find a lot of things disturbing or horrible (such as the death of my hypothetical daughter) but I don't think it would be enough to drive me mad.

#20 Posted by ArticulateT (189 posts) - - Show Bio

Is the challenge simply for our mental state, or are we capable of our real life skills as well?

#22 Posted by The_Lunact_And_Manic (3286 posts) - - Show Bio

"So.... Jack,...how's Jeannie?"

Just another way to stomp.

#23 Posted by Joygirl (18686 posts) - - Show Bio

#24 Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan (2668 posts) - - Show Bio

I go insane in the prologue

#25 Edited by Jokergeist (4935 posts) - - Show Bio

@ArticulateT said:

Is the challenge simply for our mental state, or are we capable of our real life skills as well?

In Chapter One you use your real life skills to try to get away from the Joker.

If you are unable to escape, then the Joker captures you and you move on to Chapter 2, which simply challenges your mental state.

Basically,

Chapter 1: Try to get away from Joker and his henchmen

Chapter 2-4: Try not to go crazy

#26 Posted by brick909 (130 posts) - - Show Bio

If this was the DC universe I would win because the Joker and I would be tight and I know he would just be pulling a practical joke. Then I would do the same to him. HEHE

#27 Posted by Jokergeist (4935 posts) - - Show Bio

This thread.... o_0

#28 Posted by Jokergeist (4935 posts) - - Show Bio

@Shawnbaby said:

This seems like it would be more at home in the RPG section

After one year and two months, I agree.

#29 Edited by AllStarSuperman (20142 posts) - - Show Bio

I found this a while ago I was gonna bump it after I read Killing Joke.... still haven't read Killing Joke.

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#30 Edited by Marionettegeist (1912 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think most people would really go insane as easily as this. I mean, you may suffer from PTS afterwards, but you probably wouldn't completely lose your mind. Of course if Joker kept it up over the course of a week, or longer, then I'd probably go crazy. After the first three days, that is.

#31 Posted by DigitalShooter9 (1487 posts) - - Show Bio

A lot of people (including myself) probably doesn't find this as insane partially because they cannot relate to the situation as they do not have a daughter..

But if you actually think about this in a realistic perspective, if something like actually happened, you would most likely go dead insane..

I would for a fact...

#32 Posted by Marionettegeist (1912 posts) - - Show Bio

A lot of people (including myself) probably doesn't find this as insane partially because they cannot relate to the situation as they do not have a daughter..

But if you actually think about this in a realistic perspective, if something like actually happened, you would most likely go dead insane..

I would for a fact...

Nah, you'd probably just get unbelievable mad/depressed, and go through the stages of grief. You might suffer from "temporary insanity" (how I love the legal terms) in the sense that you would do some very irrational things in order to avenge your daughter, but most people wouldn't completely lose any sense of rationality at all. They'd just be depressed; soul-crushingly depressed.

#33 Edited by those_eyes (5041 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it would be funny!

#34 Posted by leonkarlen123 (3917 posts) - - Show Bio

It's just that, the jokes are killing me...

#35 Posted by Cjdavis103 (8647 posts) - - Show Bio

@jokergeist:

Don't just stand there! The Joker just shot your daughter and invited himself into your home... What do you do?

I have a daughter?????? okay a bit young for that but I have knives in my general area where i start i grab one yell and charge eiter killing the clown and resucuing my daugter or draging the clown down to hell with me

Have you gone insane yet?

nope I use my knowledge of him to taunt him and keep him off balnce and i thearten to tell his minnions who Batman is ruinning his fun he will eiter kill me or leave me alone

Still sane? Have Joker's words gone to your head?

same strat as before i ruin his fun with my own attacks as long as i can fire back i have a very good shot

by this time the joker should be dead or i have ruined his fun at this point i just keep up the defience

#36 Posted by Jokergeist (4935 posts) - - Show Bio

Well.. I don't have a daughter.. rest is not a problem. But one thing will change if the scenario happens. No way Joker will get away if we meet again.

I have a daughter??????

Read the scenario guys. You're filling in Gordon's role, meaning you have a hypothetical daughter (named Barbara).

#37 Posted by Shadowchaos (316 posts) - - Show Bio

I lose first round since I was never sane to begin with. But the joker still dies cause I will shoot him between the eyes then turn on his henchmen.

#38 Posted by Cjdavis103 (8647 posts) - - Show Bio