Ditto on the Joker ... every other criminal has fathomable, even sensible motives. The Joker wreaks death and destruction because he thinks it's funny. (OK, sometimes he does care about the money, to support his hedonistic lifestyle, but mostly it's for kicks.) As unrealistic as it may be, he escapes every institution or certain death that tries to stop him ... because chaos is eternal. I can't think of another villain who embodies an archetype so completely.
Doubtless the Joker's lack of complications or motives turns off other people. I can see the argument for sympathetic villains, anti-villains, and tragic heroes who crossed to the dark side. As an antagonist, though, the Joker is the antithesis of superheroic values.
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