Anyone who knows me knows I have a deep-seeded fascination with psychology. Those same people know that I use it to create and analyze characters of fiction, hoping to break those characters down into their most common element.
Usually, I stay on the side of disabilities. It’s what I know the best. Since my life has been surrounded by autism, it seems only fair that I focus mental disabilities and that alone.
But then this beautiful gem of sexual “what-the-eff” came across my desk:
This guy is the Rubik’s Cube of sexual concepts. Damn near every concept in The Big Book of Sexual Concepts (copyright just now: me) can be put on Joker and make sense.
Of the possible sexual concepts, there are some that fit The Joker more than others. But first, it may be necessary to look at if Joker is gay, straight or bisexual.
The answer to “What is Joker’s sexual orientation?” is a question that, in the grand scheme of things, really doesn’t matter. The reason it doesn’t matter is Joker doesn’t care about who he’s making sexually submissive, but that he’s making them sexually submissive.
Everyone knows that The Joker and Harley Quinn are perhaps the benchmark for abusive, destructive relationships in fiction. They both exhibit a need to have the other one beside them. Joker does not seem to care emotionally for Quinn, but when she starts leaning toward breaking Stockholm, he suddenly becomes a caring individual. His need to control Quinn is more gratifying than any sexual position.
It’s also why he comes off as “gay for Batman”. Again, I do not think it’s because he’s sexually attracted to Batman, but that he’s sexually attracted to controlling Batman in such a deep and emotionally-scarring way.
It’s why I also am firmly in the camp of “Joker sexually assaulted Barbara Gordon”. In The Killing Joke, Joker shoots Barbara, strips her naked and takes pictures of her to mess with Commissioner Gordon. But that scars just the Commissioner, and if I’ve learned one thing about the Joker, if he’s going to scar one person, he’ll scar everyone involved. He doesn’t want to be the only one with a “how I got these scars story”.
So he sexually assaults/rapes Barbara on top of paralyzing her. Not for any grand scheme. He just wants to hurt the Gordons.
What I just described is definitely in the BDSM vein of sexuality. However, those who practice BDSM get sexual gratification from control. When done safely, there is nothing wrong with that. Joker, on the other hand, uses sexual gratification as control. He doesn’t care about getting off. He cares about making sure that all are under his power. And he certainly doesn’t care about the safety of those involved.
If anything, I would label The Joker as someone in the vein of either erotophonophilia, defined as earning sexual arousal or gratification contingent on the death of a human being, or a sadomasochism, defined as receiving pleasure from inflicting or receiving pain or humiliation.
If no other thing is clear, understand this: Joker uses sexuality as a weapon. He will do anything under the sun to hurt people. It’s not about sex for him, but about pain.
So, if you want to know “Is Joker Straight, Gay or Bisexual?” I will tell you this; he’s all of them. He’s none of them. He will be whatever he needs to be to control and dominate. And that idea, when taken to the extreme, is deadly and dangerous.