To celebrate the release of The Joker, a new study has revealed the crimes committed of every single Joker to grace the big screen. As a result, what of the resulting prison sentences? Of course, for acting credits, it’s subjective as to which is your favourite version of this comic book villain. But what we can determine is: who is the baddest Joker of them all?

The analysis, conducted by Vanquis Bank, examines every crime and assigns prison sentences based on current US and UK law. The prison sentences for each character were calculated using mandatory sentencing guidelines published by The Crown Prosecution Service and The Sentencing Council for England and Wales, for UK stats. However for the US, the sentences were calculated using information from Crimes which were committed at a state, rather than federal level, were judged according to New York state law.

For serious crimes, it is assumed the Joker will serve consecutive sentences, i.e. 15 counts of X crime at 10 years each would be 150 years served.


Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight racks up the longest prison sentence. With over 30 counts of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, and an additional 16 other serious crimes committed. The Dark Knight Trilogy from Christopher Nolan was notably darker than previous versions of the comic book.

Totalling over 2,445 years in the US, and 574 years in the UK, Heath Ledger’s Joker is officially the worst criminal incarnation of the Joker in the film franchise’s history.

Cesar Romero’s portrayal of the Joker in the 1966 Batman feature film would receive the shortest prison sentence at just 314 years. It makes sense given the light-hearted nature of the TV series and 60’s feature-length. Most of which comes from 15 counts of kidnapping (225 years total).

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