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    Quote Originally Posted by Reginleif View Post
    I hear the word psychopath being thrown around here and Im not sure if everyone knows what that means. A psychopath (technically known as anti-socail personality disorder) is generally characterized by a lack of empathy, but can also include tenants such as narcissism, constant lying, parasitic lifestyle, lack of goals , etc. With this in mind, many characters such as Zasz are not actually pscycopaths, since he is motivated by a brand of ulturism, while characters like the Riddler are full blown psychopaths.
    The narcissism and lack of empathy was what I was going for in Hush, Hugo Strange and Black Mask, while Scarecrow most probably is more on the sociopathic side of things.
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    No seriously, Joker is sane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carabas View Post
    He's a regular human with a skin disease that artists tend to interpretate very liberally.

    Except when Jeph Loeb is writing, of course.
    Lol. Yeah this doesn't hold water anymore. The way he's been written and the stuff he has been doing


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    Quote Originally Posted by wyokid View Post
    No seriously, Joker is sane.
    As in, Grant Morrison's theory of "super-sanity" where the Joker just takes on an entirely new persona every morning, like you or I would change clothes?

    I've often wondered how he reconciles that with that JLA story he wrote where the Joker was so insane, even the Martian Manhunter could only hold back his insanity for a minute or so.

    Knowing Grant, he probably has some kind of explanation for it, I suppose.

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    I don't think the super-sanity concept literally means that the Joker is a sane person. The idea is that he's so sane that he's insane.

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    I've always taken issue with the fact that people seem to think insanity can be "measured" on some sort of universal, timeless scale. Like, Joker's so crazy that even cosmics identify him as such. Never mind that "insanity" is nothing more than human opinion formed by a highly varying and eternally-shifting standards.

    The inhabitants of Earth, one hundred years into the future, might look back on today's Bat-comics and roll their eyes at what we consider to be "insane".

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    Pretty sure Joker is sane and WE are the insane ones...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maestro View Post
    There's not a single sane person in the entire Batman series. They're ALL nuts.
    What about Barbara Gordon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by carabas View Post
    He's a regular human with a skin disease that artists tend to interpretate very liberally.

    Except when Jeph Loeb is writing, of course.
    Going back to the 90s he was portrayed as much more... primal? than a normal human, like when Swamp Thing offered to take him to the bayou to live in peace. He was sub-human before Loeb got a hold of him.

    Anywho, Bane is sane, as is Penguin and the Sionis Black Mask. Killer Croc is sane, but very cruel and misanthropic at best, literally sub-human at worst. Hugo Strange was sane prior to the 90s, but was pretty unstable in the 90s. Some portray Scarecrow as sane, but he's pathologically obsessed with fear, which isn't a sign of good mental health.

    Going more obscure, Killer Moth and Catman strike me as pretty sane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lucky One View Post
    As in, Grant Morrison's theory of "super-sanity" where the Joker just takes on an entirely new persona every morning, like you or I would change clothes?

    I've often wondered how he reconciles that with that JLA story he wrote where the Joker was so insane, even the Martian Manhunter could only hold back his insanity for a minute or so.

    Knowing Grant, he probably has some kind of explanation for it, I suppose.

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    Two words: Differently sane.

    Also, the word "supersanity" in Arkham Asylum comes from the obviously dangerously incompetent psychiatrists who theorize that the Joker's mental state is the potential next stage in man's evolution as he tries to cope with the difficulties of modern life, the "21st century big-time multiplex man." They call it supersanity because they get so wrapped up in these big attractive ideas that they forget that they're talking about a man who may have a unique and very interesting mind, but is also incredibly dangerous.

    So yeah, the Joker's "supersanity" doesn't mean he's more sane than anyone else, which doesn't even make sense really. He just doesn't fit the mold of any real mental illness, and is more in control of his actions than being "legally insane" would normally suggest. And so it's perfectly summed up in B&R #15: "I'm just differently sane." Which fits his portrayal in JLA just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctormistermaster View Post
    Batman's enemy is crime and crime is never sane
    Now, this isn't really the point of the topic, but breaking the law is often sane. The law isn't always what's right, so yes committing a crime isn't inherently bad, and certainly not insane.
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