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The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 3. The Joker

"I'm an agent of chaos." The Joker

Played By: Heath Ledger
Film: The Dark Knight

Why He's On The List: "Some men," remarks Michael Caine's wise old butler, Alfred, "just want to watch the world burn." Which is about as succinct a summary of Heath Ledger's Joker as you can get. There is no rhyme to him, no reason - just an appetite for anarchy, for chaos and for destruction that marks him out as the most terrifying screen psycho in years. Jack Nicholson's Joker was, arguably, even more psychotic than Ledger's, but where he played the white-faced, red-lipped, green-haired clown for laughs, Ledger's aim was to slip, insidiously, under your skin, with his flickering serpent's tongue, penchant for close-up kills and dead, cold eyes. Ledger's Joker is an unstoppable force of nature, and a wonderful testament to the late actor's talent.

Finest Hour: Gatecrashing the Mob meeting, and showcasing a magic trick - "I'm going to make this pencil disappear!" - that most definitely hasn't been sanctioned by the Magic Circle.

The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 3. The Joker
Heath Ledger as The Joker

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