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"You see what I have to work with here."
―Dr. Davis to the Joker.[src]

Dr. Davis was a hack plastic surgeon who worked in Gotham City. Davis did everything that he could to repair the Joker's permanently deformed face.

History[]

Dr. Davis lost his license years ago, but Jack Napier found him. He was the only one to turn to when he hid out in the past. Davis worked in a building with broken windows that was described by Jack as "being too low-rent even for rats", that was complete with one side table which held outdated surgical tools and a barber chair. The whole room was illuminated by a mere one dim light-bulb which hung over the chair. Jack did not like the disgusting environment, nor did he like a 'quack' like Davis, but Jack knew that Davis was the best that he could get. Davis had gotten bullets out of Jack in the past with both patient and doctor surviving.

So Jack turned to Davis for help after he crawling to him with his face disfigured from the acid tank at Axis Chemicals. Instead of speaking to his patients, Davis often made it his habit to try and busy himself with something else. After he completed surgery on Jack's face, with a doubtful and insincere smile, Davis undid Jack's bandages and gasped. Angry, Jack demanded a mirror. A terrified Davis handed him a mirror. What Jack saw in his reflection was that his skin was bleached white, his hair had turned green, his mouth and lips were dyed red and his mouth was pulled into a permanent smile. That was sufficient enough to send Jack into eternal insanity. Davis, fearing for his life, hastily explained that Napier's nerves had been completely severed and that the instruments he had to work with were not sufficient for such an operation. Davis tried to reassure Napier that proper reconstructive surgery would heal him, but he backed up against his surgical table, covered his face, and was too afraid to look at him. Napier started to laugh maniacally, threw the lit light bulb into the wall breaking it, making the room dark, marched out of Davis' office, slammed the door behind him, and his screams of horrible laughter echoed throughout the building.

The current status of Dr. Davis remained uncertain. He was, however, mentioned by Napier as the Joker during the parade before trying to kill all the citizens with his Smylex gas, possibly hinting that he murdered him, when he quoted:

"As my plastic surgeon always said: If you gotta go... GO WITH A SMILE!"

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  • Dr. Davis was only credited as Joker's plastic surgeon.

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