Let's say the joker went to a normal prison, not arkham asylum. Just a maximum security prison where all murderers/rapists/kidnappers go, where gangs are and everything. What do you think would happen?
In about the first five minutes he was there. First, while he'd have people wanting to off him to make their name, he'd also have plenty of sycophants willing to do his bidding. Second, since he's psychotic and has no real pain threshold, any one that attacks him is very libel to lose body parts at first, then be faced with a very painful death later. I just think Joker would have the prison taken over in a matter of days due to the fact that regular prison guards aren't trained to deal with someone like him. He even scares trained doctors at Arkham.
Please Joker probably already has henchmen in there.
You know, unless this is Dark Knight's Joker and he was sent to the prison of those dudes he planned to blow up that one time. That would explain his absense in Rises
He doesn't always have henchman, sometimes he can just get out.
Realistically with actually competent prison guards in a world where Joker doesn't have an army of dumb goons that don't know any better than to work for him?
The Joker goes from the Clown King to the Clown Queen.
Modern maximum security prisons are no joke. It takes a lot more to escape them than to be "Unpredictable" and "Extremely creative". There's also a very low chance of any of the inmates taking Joker seriously as a leader or a person. Joker doesn't have any physical prowess to speak of with the exception of a few fights with Batman or moments where he is far beyond where he's suppose to be physically. Not that it'd matter really. Joker would be on the fast track to a death sentence, or killed outright in prison by one of the inmates who thinks he is too horrific to be allowed to live, even in a prison.
@trevorphilips: No worries mate, sometimes they slip out. ^_^.
As for thread, interesting idea and comments! Usually certain comic characters get afforded certain abilities and favor because they are constructed and written to be a bit more exaggerated than average. So in some situations, the Joker could be emphasized to be incredibly scary and bizarre even in a tough prison setting, intimidating those that are rarely intimidated, and so on, but also depending how one wishes to think about it, as far as various prison stories and incidents - well hypothetically you could have a whole prison full of Jokers or mini Jokers with their own peculiarities. Have been some crazy stories incidents of bizarre inmates or prison riots or just bizarre individuals who ended up in jail and committing bizarre extreme acts.
I mean as far as coincidences beside playing Batman villain Bane, Tom Hardy has also played Charles Bronson who has/had a reputation of being a bit of a personality and there are probably definitely a lot more crazy and dangerous psychos in prisons out there. Could be a great mini series either way.