Seriously, has anyone ever thought of this? (Probably not, but I like to ask anyway)
See, I was just watching a few funny moments of Joker from Batman the animated series on YouTube, then my mind wandered over to Ratigan for some reason, and then a thought struck me: What if Ratigan and Joker were friends? I mean think about this, guys:
- Both are killers/thieves
- Both have detective enemies that always spoil their plans
- both use blackmail
- Their schemes are all a big game to them; they enjoy the thrill of the chase and playing with their pawns
- They are both are wickedly playful(ish)
- Both cackle maniacally
- Both have big smug grins on their faces
- Both have bad tempers
- Both have titles for crime: "Napoleon of Crime" and "Clown Prince of Crime"
- Both are incredibly smart (I'm a bit iffy when it comes to talking about the Joker being smart, but he has pulled off some pretty well thought out crimes, so I'm giving it to him)
- Both, despite the audience being horrified with their deeds and terrified of them, the audience can't help but enjoy their hilarious moments
So, yeah, after thinking about this, I thought, "Wow, these guys are more alike than I thought! They could really be good partners in crime! But then I started going over the differences between the two:
- The first of which is Joker may be a bit too silly for Ratigan's taste. All you DC/superhero geeks know that Joker is (often) a funny villain, always making corny jokes, always smiling and finding something to laugh at. Now, I'm not saying Ratigan isn't funny, heck, he's one of the funniest Disney villains I've ever seen with him prancing around and giggling at times and just loving being a baddie. But the thing is that while Ratigan is funny he also does have a sense of dignity with his gentleman persona while the Joker doesn't care what company he's in, he likes to be funny wherever he goes and hardly ever reigns in his humor.
- Another point is that Ratigan likes to go for the big picture in his crimes. Even if his crimes may be small as robbing jewelry, it still means power. Money= power. Throne= power. The Joker, though he's had some big picture schemes and main interests done here and there, most of the time he's random in what he does and he likes to do it for kicks and giggles, just causing chaos. "I'm an agent of chaos."
- As I had said with Ratigan with having a gentleman-like criminal persona, he's more clean when it comes to his schemes. He doesn't like to leave a big mess. During or after committing some crime or another, he makes sure he doesn't leave any clues, which is the reason why Basil has a hard time trying to find him in the first place. "I've come close, so very close, but each time he's narrowly evading my grasp." The Joker, on the other hand, doesn't give a crap if he leaves a big mess or not. Heck, often times he would write "HA HA HA!" on the walls and/or leaving behind victims with a horrid permanent smile on their face from laughing gas. Sometimes he even leaves clues on purpose so Batman would find him. Which brings me to the next difference they have between them:
- Joker lets himself get caught way too many times. Whether on accident or on purpose, Joker leaves way too many clues that leads him to often getting caught by the Batman. Ratigan would never allow himself to be caught and always makes sure all clues get swept under the rug, and if any of his thugs slip up, they paid dearly for their mistake. Look at poor Fidget, he almost got eaten by Felicia for losing the list. Ratigan likes to be chased by Basil, which is half the fun for him when he does his schemes, but he would never let himself be caught.
- While there's no doubt Ratigan has a horrid temper, he doesn't like to show it. Again going off of Ratigan's dignified and gentleman persona, you can tell he doesn't like showing his monster side, so he often suppresses it and uses more of his wit and blackmail to get what he wants out of his victims. But the Joker, once his temper rages, he is not afraid to show it and will let flare like a roaring fire, using whatever weapon he's got nearby to kill you/beat you senseless.
- The Joker has done about every single evil thing you can do in the book. While Ratigan, I think there MAY be some crimes he won't commit. I don't know, may be it's the fan girl talking, but again, going off his gentleman-villain personality, there could possibly be some limitations he won't cross, despite Basil saying "There's no evil scheme he wouldn't concoct, no depravity he wouldn't commit." Whereas Joker, give him any crime and he has done it.
- For my last point, it's the point that really makes me question whether or not they could be good partners something they both share but will also work against each other: Their big egos and tempers. When you've got two big professional criminals with big egos and tempers, there's bound to be one big clash. This is often why villains partnering with the Joker in the DC universe is either short lived or almost never works. Joker is way too unpredictable, he uses them to get what he wants, and/or his temper or own wants ends up jepoardizing the scheme. And not to mention, more importantly, often criminals don't want to share the spotlight and glory when it comes to finally getting what they want. In fact, the Joker said that "There is only one Clown Prince of Crime in this town!" at one point, even though at the time he wasn't working with anyone. I reckon Ratigan would feel the same way; he would want to maintain his title as the greatest criminal of all time.
So with all that in mind, could Joker and Ratigan be friends? Well, I think that depends. I think their partnership wouldn't last long and as I said, their tempers and egos would clash, but I think they could be pretty good partners and pull off some good crimes together. So, in answer to the question, I think it's a 50/50 chance.
Now, let's hear what YOU guys think!! Please, leave comments below and discuss with me what you think. Do you think they could be friends? Let me know, and let me hear your insight!
With that said, here's some of their quotes and food for thoughts:
"There's a certain rhythm to these things. I cause trouble, he shows up, we have some laughs, and the game starts all over again....Without Batman, crime has no punch line." --Joker
"Oh I love it when I'm nasty."--Ratigan
"Well that was fun! Anyone for Chinese? ^.^" --Joker
"See what you can do with the proper motivation?" --Ratigan
"Nice entrance. Either you've never heard a door or you just like pulling glass out of your shorts." --Joker
"You know what happens when someone upsets me..." --Ratigan
So again,leave some insights and let's discuss! Enjoy! Heck, I'm even willing to roleplay Joker or Ratigan, see where we can take this if you want!