In a previous post I provided a list of the best Joker quotes from various Batman movies. In this post, I am taking a look at the best Joker quotes from The Dark Knight (2008).

Below is a list of nine memorable lines from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. All of these lines were uttered by Heath Ledger’s Joker and all are a perfect fit for the character.

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Ten best Joker quotes from The Dark Knight

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When explaining why he hasn’t killed the Caped Crusader…

Joker – “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

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Explaining to Batman why he doesn’t want to kill him…

Joker – “I don’t, I don’t want to kill you! What would I do without you? Go back to ripping off mob dealers? No, no, NO! No. You… you… complete me.”

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Before setting fire to a large stack of money – which he has no interest in…

Joker – “You see, I’m a guy of simple taste. I enjoy dynamite, and gunpowder, and gasoline!”

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Giving out some important advice (at the end of a bank robbery)…

Joker – “I believe, whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you… stranger.”

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Preparing to tell a story… that might not be true…

Joker “You wanna know how I got these scars?”

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Setting out his goal to win over Gothamites…

Joker – “All you care about is money. This city deserves a better class of criminal. And I’m gonna give it to them!”

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Explaining to Harvey Dent that he has no clear plan…

Joker – “Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… do things.”

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A man of principles…

Joker – “If you want order in Gotham, Batman must take off his mask and turn himself in. Oh, and every day he doesn’t, people will die, starting tonight. I’m a man of my word.”

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Asking the immortal question…

Joker – “Why so serious?”

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Back in 2008, when The Dark Knight first hit cinema screens, fans quoted dialogue from this movie endlessly. And who did they quote the most? The Joker, of course. And it’s not difficult to see why.

The Joker has some fantastic, scene-stealing dialogue in this movie, including all of the lines above. But if you would like more classic Joker quotes, then check out my posts Best Joker quotes from Batman moviesand Best quotes from Joker, where you will find a lot more iconic lines from the Clown Prince of Crime.

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