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Any and all rabbinical scholars, what is your Halakhic answer to the Batman-Joker dilemma?

I’ve been thinking about the conflicts inherent in the concept of pikuach nefesh, and some things that come to mind are the trolley problem and the Batman-Joker dilemma.

For those unfamiliar, here are the axioms for the typical Batman-Joker dynamic: Batman, a superhero with an unbreakable rule against killing any human or allowing any human to die if he is capable of saving them, fights the Joker, a psychotic supervillain who kills innocent people just to prove a point. Every time they fight, the Joker starts out by killing a nonzero number of innocent people before Batman can capture him and have him imprisoned. However, the Joker has the ability to escape any form of imprisonment, and once he does, he always kills more innocent people before Batman can stop him, creating an inescapable cycle of innocent deaths. In some versions of these events, the Joker does what he does specifically to get Batman to kill him, thus proving, in Joker’s mind, that everyone can be corrupted to do evil and no one is actually truly good.

This poses a Halakhic question: If Batman were to follow the law of pikuach nefesh, would it be better for him to kill the Joker, assuming that the next time the Joker is imprisoned, he will escape and kill more innocents, and therefore, killing the Joker would preserve the lives of all the people he would kill if he was left alive? Or would it be better for him to leave the Joker alive to perpetuate the cycle?

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