His life is mine... I can crush the breath out of him... effortlessly! I can, at last, triumph! But such a hollow victory--! It was mere luck that caused my attack on him to succeed. I'd always envisioned my winning as a result of cunning... at the end of a bitter struggle between the Batman and Myself-- him using his Detective Skills and me employing the divine gift men call Madness!... No! Without the game that the Batman and I have played for so many years, winning is nothing! He shall live... until I can destroy him properly!
Ah-- The Batman! What an expected surprise! And what a waste of a perfectly good window! Couldn't you have used the door?
The Batman! So smug-- so sure of himself! Bah! It's time someone announced to the world that he's overrated! And I'm the one to do it!
Somebody plucked the little bird's feathers... but it wasn't me! Don't look so skeptical, cape kiddo! Have I ever lied to you-- oops, heh heh, let me put that another way... Have I ever denied credit for my acts of criminal brilliance? Where's the glory in that, I ask you? Admit it, Bats-- you know that if I'd killed him, I'd gladly own up! Why, I'd be giving interviews!
The Joker must have the Batman! Nay, the Joker deserves the Batman! What fun would there be in humbling mere policemen? I am the Greatest Criminal ever known! HA HA HA HA! And for anyone else to destroy the Batman would be unworthy of me!
Murder is hardly something I shy away from, Bats. But I've never really wanted to kill you. If memory serves, I've had the chance several times... I've even passed the opportunity to unmask you. Where's the fun in that-- ?
Much as I hate to admit it, the Batman has taught me a few tricks... such as be prepared! Or was that the Boy Scouts?