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Harleen Quinzel, the Arkham psychiatrist who fell in love with the Joker. A "mad love" would lead her to a life of crime as Harley Quinn, frequent accomplice, and former would-be-girlfriend of the Clown Prince of Crime. She now pals around with Poison Ivy and Catwoman in Gotham City.
Harley Quinn was originally created for the cartoon Batman: The Animated Series by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. She was originally only intended for the episode " Joker's Favor", however she was so loved that she made more and more appearances on the show and it's various spin-offs and movies. She was also in the comics that were part of the same universe as the television show known as the DC Animated Universe (DCAU). Harley was inspired by actress Arleen Sorkin, largely due to her character wearing a jester costume in an episode of Days of Our Lives. This is where Dini got some of the ideas for Harley's costume and personality. The show even got the actress Arleen Sorkin to voice the character in the show and history was made. She became so popular if fact that DC decided to bring her over to the main DC universe. This Harley Quinn however lost some of the characteristics that made her so popular on the show and she was written as a much more psychotic charter than she had been in the DCAU.
Born Harleen Quinzel, Harley's mother is somewhat harsh , but she is also a forgiving lady, who constantly calls Harley evil and compares her to other heroes. Harley's younger brother is a dead beat with children from at least two different women and, he still lives in his mothers house. Harley apparently sent him several large sums of money to get his life on track, but he squandered it. Harley's father is a criminal con-man, known for squandering women of their money with his charm. Harley states that the main reason she became a psychiatrist was so she could understand why her father did what he did to their family.
Harley’s origin was adapted from the Batman: The Animated Series episode and comic entitled Mad Love. The story starts off with Dr Harleen Quinzel working as an intern in Arkham Asylum. She discovered the Joker and quickly became fascinated with his insane motives. She voluntarily asked for a chance to analyze him. During one of their sessions the Joker tells her about his tragic past and how his father abused him. She gained sympathy for him and quickly fell in love with him. She helped the Joker escape dressed up a the Harley Quinn. So, started her career as the Joker's sidekick.
Later, Harley finds out that everything the Joker had told her was most likely a lie or scam. He was deliberately telling her what she wanted to hear to endear himself to her. This is something that Joker will do to Harley all throughout their relationship. She knows this and continually tries to leave him but like an abused spouse she just keeps going back to him. Of course Harley gets her license revoked when her superior Joan Leland finds out she it the one who released the Joker.
Eventually Harley get caught by Batman and she is put in a cell at Arkham - she is able to escape time and time again. One time she was able to escape Arkham when an earthquake hit, and she soon rejoined up with the Joker and helped him in his crimes. Later, In another retelling of her origin it is explained that she was a psychology student working part time as a stripper to pay her bills. Ever since the beginning of her relationship with the Joker, Harley has played a very submissive role. She has often been used and abused by the Joker to the point where her life has been threatened on several occasions. Yet she remains faithful to her man and stands by him when things go wrong. Their relationship is quite strange, as the Joker rarely shows any affection towards her.
Harley's career as the Joker's sidekick consisted mostly of her being where he could not. He used her less recognizable face to get into places he could not, and she was also usually a sort of field leader to Joker's henchmen when Joker himself decided to sit out on whatever they where doing. she was trusted with the intimate details of most of his plans, and as stated earlier she was also often betrayed by Joker when he needed a scapegoat.Poison Ivy and had some run-ins with the Thorn and Superman.
Harley visits the Joker in Arkham as his speech therapist while he's receiving electroshock therapy & surgery after surviving a point-blank gunshot to the head at close range. The Joker decides to revamp himself & kill all his links to his past & be reborn in a baptism of blood, with the usual exclusion of Batman. He tricks Harley into believing that he will off Batman at midnight, after she kills all of his former henchmen, leaving behind patterned clues for Batman to follow. When Batman shows up, it's revealed that the Joker had intended to kill Harley the whole time, & make Batman watch, but he saves her just before the Joker can slit her throat. The Joker & Batman tangle while the Joker delivers a rambling rant of why he can't kill Batman , when suddenly Harley shoots him in the shoulder & says "You gotta stop ignoring me, Mistah Jay."
After a brief run with the Secret Six, Harley decided to call it quits, and joined the Metropolis branch of the Athenian Women's Shelter, which is secretly a training facility for future members of Granny Goodness's Female Furies. There she meets up with Holly Robinson, a former stand-in for Catwoman. The two become friends, and end up working under-cover for Queen Hippolyta, who was trying to discover the truth about the false Athena who is training "Amazons" on Themyscira.
On Apokolips, after Mary Marvel frees the imprisoned Gods that later grant her power, Harley demands that she and Holly get something too for everything they've done. Thalia is amused by Harley's feistiness and grants her a small portion of the cunning of Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, seemingly appropriate because of Harley's past. Harley Quinn’s costume is slightly more Greek like and she also gained a nice new hammer to go with her new super human abilities. While returning to Earth, Harley's powers vanish.
Much later, a supposedly reformed Harley finds herself back in Gotham City. After receiving a large sum of money from Catwoman (Selina Kyle) for her aid in dealing with Hush. Harley ends up living with Ivy, who is slumming in the apartment of the Riddler. Ivy takes Selina to their home after rescuing her from a crazed super villain wannabe named Boneblaster. After seeing that Ivy has brainwashed the Riddler in order to get him to be passive while they use his place Harley arrives with many shopping bags. Selina see first hand what Harley has been doing with her large sum of money she gave her. Ivy and Catwoman bring up the Joker, and Harley insists that she is over him, but she is not very convincing at all. Seeking to make a name for himself, Boneblaster followed the girls to the apartment and attacks them. Harley, Ivy and Selina defeat him easily, but the apartment is destroyed in the process.
Back in Gotham City Selina obtains a new living space in the form of an abandoned animal shelter and invites Harley and Ivy to stay with her, stating that girls like them should stick together. Harley and Ivy agree, but first they drug Selina and ask her to tell them who the Batman is. Selina, her mind protected thanks to techniques taught to her by Talia al Ghul, gives a fabricated tale of multiple Batmen. Ivy and Harley believe her, though Harley is skeptical, postulating through her psychiatric background that a single man could be the Batman if he underwent some sort of "sever childhood trauma."
She ignores her thoughts temporarily to go shopping, and encounters a bunch of hooded thugs who had kidnapped Bruce Wayne and were trying to get away in a red vehicle. Harley leaps onto the car and defeats the thugs, in thanks for Bruce signing her parole papers in the past. Unknown to her is the fact that "Bruce" is actually Thomas Elliot (Hush) who was masquerading as the billionaire. She goes with him amicably as he thanks her for saving him.
When she sends Selina a phone message with a photo of her with "Bruce," Selina realizes that Harley was with Hush, and rushes to help her with Ivy in tow. When they arrive at the cafe where Hush and Harley took the picture, all Selina and Ivy find is Harley's phone next to a stabbed harlequin doll.
Hush takes Harley to a high rollers lounge, where he secretly plans to push her off the top floor to her death. As Hush keeps moving her to darker and more secluded places, Harley is under the impression he is trying to get her alone to kiss her. Once they are finally alone and in the dark, a light pierces the darkness as one of Jokers blimps shines a spotlight on them. The henchmen then open fire on the two of them, and after dancing around gun fire for a little bit Ivy shows up and stops the blimp with her plants.
Ivy, Catwoman, and Harley return back to their new hideout and Harley goes on a long speech about how Joker must still lover her. Just then the Joker-mobile crashes through the window of their room. A robot Joker then steps out of the car and explodes. The girls survive, and after Ivy puts out the fire, her and Catwoman begin yelling at Harley until getting her to agree that they need to kill Joker. Once arriving at the Joker's hideout, they are immediately greeted by the Joker's gunfire. Harley almost instantly realizes that the Joker is not the real Joker, but thinking she has gone soft for Joker, Ivy wraps her in vines before she can say so. Once Harley unbinds the vines from her mouth she states the impostor is Gaggy, a former sidekick of Joker that resents Harley for taking him. Gaggy pulls a knife on Harley and is about to cut her up, but she talks her way into some more time and gets dragged into another room. After listening to Gaggy tell the story of him and Joker, and getting strapped to a rocket, Ivy, Catwoman, and Jenna Duffy arrive to save her. It is then that Harley breaks free, punches Gaggy in the face, straps him to the rocket, and blast him into the sky. On the ride back to the hideout, Harley again vows that she is over Joker, but quickly starts talking about how he could change, until she is silenced by Ivy yet again.
"Face it, Harl, this stinks - yer a certified nutso wanted by the law in over two dozen states - and hopelessly in love with a murderous, psychopathic clown". - Harley Quinn
Batman the Animated Series:
Harley helped Joker in many crimes she helped him try to blow up a bunch of police officers and detectives at a banquet in Gordon's Honor including James Gordon, Harvey Bullock and Rene Montoya. She then helped Joker poison a large portion of the fish in Gotham waters. Each fish had a smile like the Joker. The Joker wanted to sell his fish and even made a commercial but it was all a ruse for a darker purpose as he poisons and tries to kill several people in Gotham. It was at this time that we found out that Harley may have an allergic reaction to fish as after she eats one she vomits off camera. It could have been because of the Joker poison in the fish but Harley said she had a problem with fish before she even eats it. She was caught by Batman both times
Harley was also caught by Batman when she helped the Joker in an attempt to turn Catwoman into Cat-food. In an attempt to punish Batman. She was also with the Joker when they believed that Batman was killed by a man called Sid the Squid. The Joker gets depressed and Harley shared her emotions with him in his sadness. Both Joker and Harley breakdown. It is after she is sent back to Arkham this time that Harley decides for the first time to leave Joker. She does this with the help of Poison Ivy.
|Super Name:||Harley Quinn|
|Real Name:||Harleen Francis Quinzel|
Dr. Harleen Quinzel
Harleen Francis Quinzel
The Joker's Henchgirl
The Cupid of Crime
|1st Appearance:||The Batman Adventures #12|
|Appears in:||220 issues|
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