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"Don't know why the boss wants a dreg like you out the way, but hey as long as it's fun!"

Chucko, real name Charles Buntz, was the leader of a sub-group of the Jokerz.

History

Chucko was a nasty bullying type who truly enjoyed inflicting misery on others. A head enforcer for his Jokerz gang, he was a lot stronger and faster than his flabby gut would lead one to believe. True to his sadistic nature, Chucko's face was always hidden behind his mocking clown mask.

During the heist at Gotham Shipping to get a component for a Satellite Jammer for the Joker, he fought off Batman. Chucko was ultimately the only one of the Jokerz involved in the heist who remained with the device, due to the second one, piloted by one of the Dee Dee twins, rushed off to aid her twin sister after she nearly fell off Bonk's vehicle and was caught by Batman and being dangled to prevent her from falling further down the cityscape. Chucko then rushed to save the memory board due to the device having suffered serious damage that would prevent it from being delivered.

He reconvened with the rest of the Jokerz at their hideout and reported Batman's interference in their plans, thus forcing him to only recover the memory board for the device instead of the device itself, though it resulted in him and the other gang members being chewed out by their leader, the Joker, as well as Bonk's death when the latter brashly accused the Joker of being a fake.

The Jokerz followed Joker's plan and participated in the heist against Wayne Enterprises where they recovered the equipment needed: A systems scanner. Instead of hiding behind his mocking clown mask, Chucko was wearing a gas mask instead, due to Ghoul using a gas grenade to incapacitate security.

Later he was involved along with the Jokerz gang at ambushing Terry McGinnis at a night club. Terry gets the better of them when he manages to push over a gigantic lava lamp, knocking them out with a flood of water. Chucko was the only one who wasn't knocked over the edge when the flood subsided and attempted to finish off Terry with his gun, while joking that Terry made a mess. But the flood ultimately worked against his favor as the water shorted out the gun, with it only spraying out a stream of water, causing Terry to finish him off by punching him off of the edge onto a speaker.

Afterwards, he was dispatched along with the gang to meet up with Jordan Pryce and kill him, as Joker considered him to be a loose end that needed to be tied up. He also gets Woof to evacuate when he attempts to attack Batman due to the ship being the ground zero target of their now operational Satellite Jammer-controlled Hyperion-class defense satellite's laser.

Chucko then mans the makeshift "crows nest" that was the smokestack of their hideout: The abandoned Jolly Jack Candy Factory and fired a bazooka round at the Batmobile, landing a direct hit. However, shortly after making the direct hit, he realizes that the Batmobile is going to crash land against the smokestack he is currently on and tries to get down before it crashes. However, it crashed before he could get down far enough to evade the force. He then fell on several crates, knocking him out cold. He was presumably arrested by the Gotham Police Department when they arrived at the scene.

Alternate Timeline

Chuck enhanced

Chucko's altered state.

In an alternate timeline, Chucko underwent physical alteration when in Chronos's service. The bottom half of his body had been replaced by a motor powered unicycle-like vehicle and his main weapon was an energy saber.

After learning that Chucko had tipped off Batman II to when and where Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the original Batman would be arriving from the past, Chronos sent him 65 million years back to the end of the Cretaceous period. After being spotted by a Tyrannosaurus, Chucko showed no fear, but realized he had been placed in the epicenter of the famous meteorite impact that is said to have killed off the Dinosaurs. This, of course, killed him as well. However, Chucko's death ended up undone when the timeline was restored.

Background information

In Paul Dini's screenplay for Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, the fate of the Jokerz, and Chucko's as well, following their battle against Batman and Ace at the Jolly Jack Candy Factory was going to be revealed as being arrested by Barbara Gordon and the GPD during their escape from the factory. Furthermore, the last scene of the male Jokerz at their cell following the release of Dee Dee was to feature Chucko sharing cell with Ghoul and Woof.[1]

According to the DVD commentary of Return of the Joker, the design of Chucko was based in "Sicko the Clown", a clown costume created by Eric Radomski, who attended a Halloween party dressed in that outfit.[2]

Appearances

Feature film

Justice League Unlimited

References


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