My Take On The End of Batman: The Killing Joke (SPOILERS)

Batman: The Killing Joke circa 1988 is one of the most iconic Batman one-shot comics ever. Well, I recently obtained a copy of said comic and it was awesome, to say the least! But that ending…damn. Please note: there WILL be spoilers. You have been warned.

First, let me explain what it’s about. The Killing Joke is your typical Batman vs the Joker comic. The Joker does some horrible stuff, the Batman beats him up, alls well that ends well. But…something’s different. The ending, to be specific.

In the end, the Joker is out of weapons and Batman has him cornered. Batman says that he can help the Joker, the Joker says he’s too far gone. I can just imagine Bones saying, “I’m a doctor, Jim, not a psychiatrist!” *ahem* But, getting back to the subject matter, the Joker tells…well….a joke. The joke is that these two men are in an insane asylum and one day they decide to escape. So, they go to the roof and there, just across this narrow gap between the buildings, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in the moonlight, stretching away to freedom. The first guy jumps across no problem but his friend is scared. He’s afraid of falling. So the first guy has an idea. He says, “Hey! I have my flashlight with me! I’ll shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me!” But the second guy shakes his head and says, “What, do you think I’m crazy?!

“You’d turn it off when I was half way across!”

The Joker starts to laugh. Then Batman starts to laugh. And they’re laughing…and they’re laughing. Police cars are pulling up behind them. And Batman puts his hands on the Joker’s shoulders, the two of them sharing a tender moment, and then the laughing dies. And the lights go out. Let me show you the very last page:

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The way I see it is, in the panel immediately after Batman puts his hands on the Joker’s shoulders…Batman strangles the Joker. The Joker knows that this is for the better and thus doesn’t struggle and just laughs until his last breath has left his lips. The light in the water is the coin.

You see, Batman and the Joker are two sides of the same coin and the coin is in some sort of horrific coin flip to see who dies and it’s in the air spinning and spinning and spinning until…the coin lands on it’s side.

Batman and the Joker are like a fork in the road. They both came to an incident that could drive someone insane. The Joker took the path of least resistance, becoming criminally crazy, while the Batman took the path of desperately trying to hold onto his one sliver of sanity, becoming the vigilante sort of crazy. Though from the outside it may seem like the Joker is the bad guy, they’re both as insane as the other, they just chose different paths in their insanity.

Get Ready For Geek: Welcome To Night Vale Live Show & Anime Convention

“This was the best month of my life.” says the geeky unmarried childless single teenager. Yes, this was the best month of my life. That would be sad if I weren’t barely a teenager (almost a teen, just a few more months). Why?

I Went To An Anime Convention

Turns out, there’s actually an annual anime convention that is held near where I live. I got tickets immediately and went with my mom. But I couldn’t go in my street clothes! That’s ridiculous! This is my first ANIME CONVENTION! So I cosplayed as Frisk from Undertale. It was so awesome! I kept screaming the names of cosplays I saw and then the person would look at me like, “This must be your first anime convention.” I got some great merch, too! A Kyubey backpack (it’s an anime character, look it up) and a collectible figurine of Madoka Kaname (same anime as Kyubey, look it up). It was totally awesome! Let me try to catalogue all the cosplays I saw (I’m not including ones that I recognized but couldn’t place and ones that I just didn’t recognize and ones that I forgot)

Harley Quinn: 4.

the Joker: 2 or 3.

Batman & Other Superheroes: About 5 or 6.

Mario & Luigi: 2.

Soul Eater: 1.

Tokyo Ghoul: 1. (and it was awesome!)

RWBY: 2. (when I saw one I immediately screamed “BLAKE” and everyone stared at me ///0-0///)

My Little Pony: 4. (3 of them were together and then there was 1 lone wolf Pinkie Pie)

I Went To A Welcome To Night Vale Live Show

For the sake of not spoiling anything, I can’t talk too much about this but it was really awesome! I got a Glow Cloud (all hail) shirt and poster to go with my Tarot cards and temporary tattoos! I’m not obsessed. Kevin was not there. This was justified by Steve Carlsberg being there. Best night of my life.

Alright, well, tell me what you guys all think in the comments!

My Plushies Came!

Alright, story time: I ordered these two really expensive high-quality Undertale plushies (along with a Flowey fan club badge and a Papyrus shirt). Well, everything finally came yesterday! Here we go.

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Here you can see the Papyrus and Sans plushies I got, the homemade Papyrus and Napstablook plushies that I made with my mom a few months ago, a dinosaur plush from a museum, my Kirby plush, and Pikachu. I swear my Pikachu is haunted. I woke up with it staring at me one time. And I specifically posed it to be facing the other way. Creepy.

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Ah, yes! All of my plushies! Most of them pugs and dogs but you can also a Magenta plush (from Blue’s Clues) that I’ve had since I was, like, 4-years-old, Meta Knight’s sword (from Kirby, the sword is attached to a Meta Knight plush that’s buried under pugs), a Beefalo (from Don’t Starve), a giant pug (my biggest plush) and a small pug (my smallest plush), Kirby (from Kirby), Waddle Dee (from Kirby), the homemade Napstablook and Papyrus (made by me and my mom), and the store-bought Sans and Papyrus (from Undertale), and Pikachu (from Pokemon). Also a triceratops from a museum. Ah, my plushies. And yes, these are all on my bed and I sleep with them there. All of them.

Top 5 Best Canon LGBT+ Characters In Media

My name is Drew and today I’m going to provide my top 5 favorite canon LGBT+ characters in media today! Characters also includes pairings (for instance, Ruby and Sapphire) as long as they’re canon.

There will be spoilers. Be warned.

Ok, let’s start!

5. Rain from Rain

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Rain is a great webcomic about a trans* girl trying to make it through high school with no one finding out that she’s Transgender. There are a number of LGBT characters but Rain is the only one I can really mention without too many spoilers. Rain is the youngest of three. She’s Transgender MtF. She’s an emotional character and quite feminine, too! She can be a little childish but she is only 17 years old, her frontal lobe hasn’t fully developed yet, so I give her a break, personally. I definitely suggest the Rain webcomic if you’re ever looking for a new comic to read!

4. Frisk from Undertale

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Ah, yes, Frisk, the gender neutral protagonist of the video game Undertale. In the game, they are constantly referred to with they/them pronouns and gender neutral terms such as “little buddy” and “kid.” Some people head-canon Frisk as a male or female but I just stick within the canon of Frisk being Nonbinary. Frisk is a great character, with their design that has relatively long hair yet still stays so gender neutral and their striped blue and pink onesie. Frisk is a great character, despite never actually saying anything (you can pick choices that imply Frisk is speaking, for instance telling Papyrus that you can make spaghetti, but you never actually see Frisk’s speech.)

3. Ruby and Sapphire from Steven Universe

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Numerous times in the show, these two kiss and say they love each other. Honestly, these two make an adorable couple! The contrast between the calm, sometimes icy, blue Sapphire and the passionate, sometimes fiery, red Ruby is very fun to watch! The two characters interact adorably and I honestly love this couple.

2. Kimber and Stormer from Jem and the Holograms

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I also considered Blaze, a trans* woman from Jem and the Holograms but I had to go with these two. I must have been 9 or 10 years old when I started watching Jem and the Holograms and then I saw the episode (season 2, episode 5) “The Bands Break Up” in which Kimber leaves Jem and the Holograms and Stormer leaves the Misfits. The two of them team up and form a band. They sound great together but from the moment I saw that episode…I shipped them. And so did other people, apparently, because an issue of the Jem and the Holograms comic came out and confirmed this ship. I absolutely love this pairing. The most misfitted Hologram and the most holographic Misfit. I always thought the Misfits and the Holograms could make beautiful music if they teamed up.

 

And now, my #1 favorite LGBT character ever. But first…the weather, er, I mean,

Honorable Mentions

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Blaze from Jem and the Holograms – I was going to do Blaze, an awesome trans* girl, from Jem and the Holograms but I can’t do two (technically three) Jem characters and I just had to do Kimber and Stormer.

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Kevin from Welcome To Night Vale – Kevin is the Desert Bluffs version of Cecil Palmer from Night Vale so it’s implied he’s most likely also gay, but to top it off he also shows attraction to Carlos. He’s a really interesting characters because of his strange and funny type of passive-aggressive horror and how the sun, light, and basically everything Kevin and Desert Bluffs represent is usually thought of as the good and the moon, dark, and what Cecil and Night Vale represent is usually thought of as the bad but in Night Vale it’s flipped. But still I couldn’t put Kevin on because of what I mentioned earlier with Blaze: I can’t do two (technically three) Night Vale characters.

 

And now…finally…my favorite LGBT+ character ever!

 

1. Cecil and Carlos from Welcome To Night Vale

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Ah, I was so tempted to put my own art for the photo but….my own art is just so bad. Welcome To Night Vale is a weird podcast about the radio station of a strange little town called Night Vale in which there are sometimes four suns, there’s a dog park that warps you to a strange desert otherworld if you go in it, and other strange things. The eccentric host, Cecil Palmer, is dating *cough cough* I mean, married to Carlos, his adorable scientist boyfriend. These two are so cute! Carlos comes on the show quite often and he’s a great character and, as Cecil says, he’s got great hair! These two are truly meant to be! Cecil manages to be strangely funny and creepy at the same time, yet kind of cute in a way. He’s clumsy and cowardice but it doesn’t matter because he just sends his interns to do the dirty work and get horrifically killed, sent to another universe, turned into something horrible, or numerous other horrific fates.

My Top 5 Favorite Undertale Characters and Why I Love Them

My name is Drew and today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite video games ever…Undertale. This game has phenomenal characters, a deep story, and really fun mechanics. Not to mention the 8-bit art is pretty cool! I could talk all day about my theories about the characters and their relationships, the unanswered questions the story left us with and wether certain red-eyed children are actually evil or not, but I’m not going to talk about all that stuff because that would just turn out to be some weird rambling. Instead I’m going to present you with my top five favorite Undertale characters and why I love them!

 

(Please note, there will be spoilers for ALL runs.)

 

Ok, let’s get started!

 

5. Asgore – I Want So Badly To Offer You A Cup of Tea

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Asgore, the King of All Monsters. He’s a big fuzzy pushover. Asgore is the anthropomorphic goat guy that happens to be the king of all monsters…and a real softie, too. He’s kind and gentle and quite lonely. A lot of people say they don’t like him cuz…you know…he kills children. But in reality…you like Sans and he kills children, too. At least Asgore feels remorse. Sans just makes fun of you.

Asgore’s children died and his wife left him. Honestly, this guy hasn’t had great luck. I really just want to give him a hug. He’s so much fun to draw, too! It’s hard to talk about him because you don’t really see very much of him but he’s quite honorable and he feels great remorse for having to hurt you. He’s good friends with Undyne (“the marshmallows always get stuck in his beard…”) and honestly there’s not much else I can say. I think he’s a good character and quite underrated. He has one of my favorite battle themes ever. On my first Pacifist run, he was the hardest boss I had to fight, other than maybe Mettaton EX. Asgore is a good character, I wish he was in a little more of the game.

 

4. Undyne – Anime Is Real, Right?!

 

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Ah, Undyne! A spunky fish-lady with anger issues. Undyne is the reason I first played Undertale. My friend recommended the game to me because there’s a few Nonbinary characters (MK, Frisk, Riverperson, etc) and because of the canon lesbian couple of Undyne and Alphys. I knew the second I first saw a picture of Undyne that I would love this character! And I did. She’s an awesome character! I enjoy her attitude of refusing to ever give up! And her design can stay scary and awesome at the same time. Her boss fight was one of my favorites, too! And I can’t say it didn’t help that she likes Papyrus almost as much as I do. She’s a great fighter and a valiant enemy and damn that hair…that hair. I enjoyed her story, trying to befriend her was very fun (and kind of scary) and I thought her comparison of me to Asgore was kind of a coincidence since he’s my 5th favorite character…. Her design is amazing. Drawing her is really hard. I’ll try again and again to get her armor to look right but I never can. Undyne is a great character. In my opinion, she’s way underrated.

 

3. Sans – My Bro Would Really Like To See A Human So I’d Appreciate It If You’d Keep Pretending To Be One

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Yeah, I know the title is long. That’s one of my favorite quotes and I just HAD to have it be the title!

SANS, STOP PLAGUING MY LIFE WITH INCIDENTAL MUSIC! Sans is a fat, smiling little skeleton man who’s the big brother of Papyrus. He and Flowey fought for second place….and Flowey won. Even though in a fight with the two of them, Sans would probably win. But, *ahem* anyway, Sans is a very mysterious character. He knows more than he’s letting on. He makes himself out to be a harmless townie. 1 HP, 1 ATK, 1 DEF, 1 hit kill. Easy peasy, just hit ’em once and he’s dead, not that he’d ever fight anybody, he’s just a townie. A bystander. Even if you kill all of his friends, by which I mean his brother and the old lady he talks to through a door….yeah, he’s kind of lonely, he won’t come after you. Maybe he would the first time. Maybe the second. Maybe the third. But…honestly…at this point…what’s the point? You’ll just reset, they’ll all be back, there’s no point. Yes, you heard that right, he REMEMBERS the other timelines. No one knows how but this little skeleton actually remembers the timelines. That’s not all, folks, cuz he can also put up one HELL of a fight! He may only have one 1 HP, 1 ATK, and 1 DEF but he can fight like nobody’s business. I’m telling you, this guy is crazy. It’s impossible to kill him. I know what you’re thinking, “Dude. You have a knife. He has 1 HP.” Well, sorry to burst your bubble but…uh…he can dodge. Yeah, he’s the only Undertale character that can dodge your attacks. Weird. And this guy is supposed to be some weird sad comedian townie. Honestly, Sans is a really great character. When you first see him, you expect him to be, like, a sad drunk hobo that’s just there for the funny dialogue but he has a lot more to him. He’s treated like a main character all throughout Pacifist and Neutral, he comes to save you from Asgore, he’s one of the lost souls, he’s there when the barrier is broken, etc, but you don’t even fight him. All the other main characters fight you (or do whatever Papyrus does) but not Sans….Mettaton was not made a main character, despite being a boss, so that there would be an even number of characters. So why Sans? Why the non-boss character? Well, in Genocide you kill…everybody. Not just his friends. Not just his family. Not just some random drunkards at a bar he likes to go to. Everybody. That  is the one and only time when he comes after you. And he’s one hell of a boss fight. As for his design, I can’t say much. It’s simple…to a fault. He looks creepy but that’s kind of it. I think the rest of his character makes up for it, though. Ok, I’ve talked way too much about him, onto the next!

 

2. Flowey – Stop Making That Creepy Face!

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Flowey. Holy crap was this a close tie with Sans for second. But I had to choose Flowey. Look at this guy! Look at him! He’s. A. Flower. So, I bet you are wondering why he’s so great that he took second instead of the older skelebro. Well, we’ll start with Flowey’s backstory. He used to be Asriel, the prince of all monsters and King Asgore’s son. Why is this so interesting? Well, he died. His dust was left on the flowers in Asgore’s garden. Alphys took one of those flowers and injected it with the determination to live…and that flower became Flowey. You can’t tell me that’s not cool. Flowey became this soulless shell of what he once was. Pretty edgy flower. Yet, even if Flowey is a huge jerk, he’s still a controlled jerk. He remembers the other timelines but he doesn’t mess everything up. He could tell everybody about the other timelines just because…he can! But, he only makes minor adjustments (talking to Papyrus, putting the note in Alphys’s trash etc) he never does anything too game changing. And, when you think about it, he’s actually kind of the saddest character in the game which makes you feel bad for him and want to hug him. He reminds me of Kevin from Night Vale: he used to be good but then Strex Corp. turned him evil he lost his ability to feel emotions and now he’s just desperately trying to feel love. Not LOVE, love. But he can’t. No matter what he does, he can’t feel love…not even for his own mother. Quite a sad state of affairs. Also, his design is amazing. It’s simple yet it still gives off that feeling of being creepy and cute at the same time. And I love all of his different faces, too. He’s such a fun character to draw! Honestly, Flowey is a great character. My favorite part of him, by far, is doing his little voice. Flowey deserves some love, not LOVE.

 

Alright, it’s time. It’s time for my favorite Undertale character EVER…

But first…

 

Honorable Mentions

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Frisk – Frisk is great. They’re just so fun and emotionless. I love them especially because it’s a big win for the Transgender community to have a canonically Nonbinary character in such a popular video game. But, alas, they do not have much of a personality so it would be pretty hard to write about how much I love them. Frisk is truly a mystery.

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Toriel – Goat mom! You GOAT to love her. She’s Toriel! Toriel is a kind and caring old lady but something about her personality just doesn’t appeal to me that much and that made it hard to put her in my top 5…maybe next time, old lady.

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Temmie – You are filled with Detemmienation. I love the Tems! I played the Tem Datyng Sym, that’s how much I love the Tems. But, honestly, they aren’t main characters and it’s very hard to put them in. I thought about doing it anyway as a joke but….honestly, I just couldn’t give up one of the spaces for a joke.

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Bird That Carries You Over A Disproportionately Small Gap – ARE YOU CHERISHING IT?! CHERISH HARDER!

 

Alright, here we go…it’s time. The big #1 is…

 

1. Papyrus – I Still Believe In You, You Can Do A Little Bit Better, Even If You Don’t Think So!

 

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ME? WHAT AN HONOR! THE GREAT PAPYRUS IS FINALLY GETTING SOME RECOGNITION!

 

Yes, yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking, “Him? Omfg….why?!”

Well, I’m here to tell you why. Papyrus is the only character in Undertale that doesn’t try or want to kill you. Go on, fight him, and TRY to die. TRY. You can’t. It’s impossible. He can’t kill you. That is how kind and sweet this little skeleton is. And sure he’s arrogant but he deserves to be. Think about Genocide. You literally cut off his head and he still believes in you. His head is sitting on the ground, his body turned to dust, and he says, “I still believe in you! You can do a little bit better, even if you don’t think so!” That made me cry. No, “Why would you do this? I thought we were friends?” No, “You’re evil! Undyne will strike you down!” No, “Alphys has to evacuate everyone!” No, he believes in you. He believes that you are a good person. But, back to Pacifist, listen to Catty and Bratty’s famous line, “We’re so hyped for the destruction of humanity!” Funny, right? Well, they’re talking about you dying. Look at Toriel, she can actually kill you (I died to her, don’t judge me), or Undyne (well, she’s actively trying to kill you) or Mettaton! He wants to kill you just to become a star. But Papyrus? He is the only character who doesn’t know what Undyne will do with you when he sends you to her. He is the only character you fight that actually can’t kill you. I think that makes up for his arrogance. Also, his design is adorable. Lookit:

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And he has my favorite Undertale theme ever: Bonetrousle! Papyrus is a great character and I could talk about him all day.

Hold on though, look at Papyrus’s outfit in the first picture, that’s his “battle body” which Sans says that he made with Papyrus which means Sans probably made it. That’s some fancy sewing work, Sans, nice job.

Also, I love doing Papyrus’s voice…so much fun…and Papyrus has the best quotes ever. #BathingInKisses

No doubt about it, Papyrus is my favorite character. 4th was a big fight between Undyne and Asgore (with Undyne winning) and 2nd was a big fight between Sans and Flowey (with Flowey winning) but there was never even a question about Papyrus being #1. When I first saw Papyrus in the game, I knew he was going to be my favorite character. He was my favorite then, and he still is now, after nearly a year of playing and loving the game.

 

 

Well, I hope you guys liked this. I worked pretty hard on it. So, have fun and stay determined!