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Harley Quinn (full name: Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, and first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series in September 1992. She later appeared in DC Comics's Batman comic books, with the character's first comic book appearance in The Batman Adventures #12 (September 1993).

Harley Quinn
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Harley Quinn with the Joker on the cover of Batman: Harley Quinn. Art by Alex Ross.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Batman: The Animated Series
"Joker's Favor"
First comic appearance The Batman Adventures #12 (September 1993)
In-continuity:
Batman: Harley Quinn #1 (October 1999)
Created by Paul Dini (writer)
Bruce Timm (artist)
Voiced by Arleen Sorkin
Tara Strong
Hynden Walch
Grey DeLisle
Meghan Strange
Laura Bailey
Janyse Jaud
Jen Brown
Jenny Slate
Melissa Rauch
Laura Post
Sirena Irwin
Kang Ji-young
Rie Kugimiya
Kaley Cuoco
In-story information
Full name Harleen Frances Quinzel[1]
Team affiliations Gotham City Sirens
Suicide Squad
Secret Six
Secret Society of Super Villains
Justice League
Partnerships The Joker
Poison Ivy
Catwoman
Power Girl
Abilities

Harley Quinn is a frequent accomplice and lover of the Joker, whom she met while working as a psychiatrist at Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, where the Joker was a patient.[2] Her name is a play on the name "Harlequin", a character which originated in the commedia dell'arte. The character has teamed up with fellow villains Catwoman and Poison Ivy several times, the trio being known as the Gotham City Sirens. Poison Ivy is known to be a close friend and recurring ally of Harley. Since The New 52, she is now depicted as an antihero and has left her past as a supervillain behind. Harley Quinn has also been depicted as a member of the Suicide Squad.

The character was originally voiced by Arleen Sorkin in various tie-ins to the DC animated universe. Since then, she has also been voiced by Hynden Walch and Tara Strong in either DC Animated Showcases or in various video games. In the Birds of Prey television series, she was portrayed by actress Mia Sara. The character made her live-action feature film debut in the 2016 film Suicide Squad, portrayed by Margot Robbie.

Contents

HistoryEdit

CreationEdit

IntroductionEdit

Harley Quinn first appeared in the DC Animated Universe's Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Favor",[3] as what was originally supposed to be the animated equivalent of a walk-on role; a number of police officers were to be taken hostage by someone jumping out of a pop out cake, and it was decided that to have the Joker do so himself would be too bizarre, although he ended up doing it anyway. Dini thus created a female sidekick for the Joker, who would become his love interest. Arleen Sorkin, a former star of the soap opera Days of Our Lives, appeared in a dream sequence on that series in which she wore a jester costume; Dini used this scene as an inspiration for Quinn.[4] Having been friends with Sorkin since college, he incorporated aspects of her personality into the character.[5] Quinn was also inspired by a mutual female friend's "stormy but nonviolent relationship", according to Timm.[6]

Origin storyEdit

 
Harley Quinn as she appears in the DC Animated Universe

The 1994 graphic novel The Batman Adventures: Mad Love recounts the character's origin story. Written and drawn by Dini and Timm, the comic book is told in the style and continuity of Batman: The Animated Series. It describes Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, MD as an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who falls in love with the Joker and becomes his accomplice and on-again, off-again girlfriend. The story received wide praise[7] and won the Eisner and Harvey Awards for Best Single Issue Comic of the Year.[8] The New Batman Adventures series adapted Mad Love as the episode of the same name in 1999. It was the second "animated style" comic book adapted for the series, with the other being "Holiday Knights".

Harleen Quinzel becomes fascinated with the Joker while working at Arkham Asylum and volunteers to help treat him. She falls hopelessly in love with the Joker during their sessions, and she helps him escape from the asylum more than once. When Batman returns a badly injured Joker to Arkham, she dons a jester costume to become Harley Quinn, the Joker's sidekick. The Joker frequently insults, ignores, hurts and even tries to kill Harley, but she always comes back to him, convinced that he truly loves her.

Expanded roleEdit

After Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, Harley makes several other animated appearances. She appears as one of the four main female characters of the web cartoon Gotham Girls. She also made guest appearances in other cartoons within the DC animated universe, appearing alongside the Joker in the Justice League episode "Wild Cards" and alongside Poison Ivy in the Static Shock episode "Hard as Nails".

Harley Quinn appears in World's Finest: The Batman/Superman Movie (a compilation movie consisting of three-part Superman: The Animated Series episode "World's Finest") as a rival and foil for Lex Luthor's assistant Mercy Graves; each takes an immediate dislike for the other, at one point fighting brutally with each other as Lex Luthor and the Joker have a business meeting. In the film's climax, Harley ties Graves as a human shield to a combat robot set to confront Superman and Batman, but Graves is rescued by the two heroes without suffering any harm.

The animated movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker takes place in the future, long after the events in Batman: The Animated Series. It includes a flashback scene in which Harley helps the Joker torture Tim Drake until he has become "Joker Jr.", an insane miniature version of the Clown Prince of Crime; she then falls down a deep pit during a battle with Batgirl. At the end of the movie, a pair of twin girls who model themselves on the Joker are released on bail to their grandmother, who angrily berates them—to which they answer: "Oh, shut up, Nana Harley!". Prior to this, her costume made several appearances in episodes in the future Batcave.

CharacterizationEdit

Harleen QuinzelEdit

Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, PhD, is depicted as having been a psychiatrist (trained as a psychologist)[2] at Gotham City's Arkham Asylum. Gotham City Sirens #7 (Feb. 2010) shows Harley visiting her family for the holiday season, in which they are portrayed as being very dysfunctional. It is stated that the reason Harley pursued psychology was to understand her own broken family.[9]

The character's origin story relates that Harleen Quinzel was once a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, and was assigned to treat the Joker. She eventually falls in love with the Joker and becomes his lover and accomplice.[10] She follows suit in the Joker's clown-themed, criminal antics and adopts the name Harley Quinn, a play on "Harlequin" from the character in commedia dell'arte. Speaking with a pronounced Northeastern accent, Harley refers to the Joker as Mister J and Puddin', terms of endearment that have since been used in nearly every adaptation in which the two characters appear.

AppearanceEdit

 
Harley Quinn as she appears in the fifth volume of Suicide Squad (August 2017). Art by Otto Schmidt.

Harley Quinn was first introduced in the Batman: The Animated Series appearing in the style of a jester. She wore a black domino mask, white facial makeup, and a one-piece, black, and red motley outfit with a cowl.[3] Unlike the Joker, Harley's skin is not permanently white in the animated series, as this is reiterated in scenes showing Harley out of costume with a normal skin complexion. As Dr. Harleen Quinzel, PhD, she is portrayed as having blonde hair and blue eyes. She typically wears eyeglasses, a skirt, high heeled shoes, and a white lab coat.[11]

In her early comic book appearances until 2011, the character wore her original black and red costume from the animated series. In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Harley Quinn had a revamped look that lasted until 2016. The New 52 showed Harley Quinn with an alternating black- and red-toned outfit with a sleeveless top, elbow pads, tight shorts, knee pads, and boots. Her hair color was altered to half-red and half-black, like the cap of her previous incarnation. Consistent with a new origin, her skin was bleached as the result of being kicked into a vat of acid by the Joker.[12]

Following 2016's DC Rebirth, Harley Quinn debuted a new look in the third volume of her eponymous series, as well as the fifth volume of Suicide Squad. Her hair color is now blonde with blue dip dye on the left side and pink dip dye on the right, and she sports two new outfits. One outfit consists of tight, blue and red shorts, ripped tee shirt, satin jacket, fingerless gloves, fishnet stockings, studded belt, and lace-up boots, much like Margot Robbie's depiction of the character in the 2016 Suicide Squad film. The character's other outfit is a two-tone, black and red suit consisting of a full-sleeve top, tight shorts, opaque stockings, garter belt attachments, and boots.

Harley Quinn is adorned with various tattoos, including four diamonds on her upper right thigh. Within the DC Extended Universe, both Harley and the Joker have several tattoos, with Harley having them on her cheek, forearm, legs, and abdomen.

Transition to comic books and publication historyEdit

After the success of The Animated Series, the character proved so popular that she was eventually added to the Batman comic book canon.[13] She first appeared in the original graphic novel, Batman: Harley Quinn, as part of the "No Man's Land" story, although she had already appeared in the Elseworlds Batman: Thrillkiller and Batman: Thrillkiller '62 in 1997. The comic book version of Quinn, like the comic book version of the Joker, is more dangerously violent and less humorously quirky than the animated series version. Despite her noticeably more violent demeanor, Harley does show mercy and compassion from time to time; she notably stops Poison Ivy from killing Batman, instead convincing her to leave the hero hanging bound and gagged from a large statue.

A Harley Quinn ongoing series[14] was published monthly by DC Comics for 38 issues from 2001 to 2003. Creators who contributed to the title included Karl Kesel, Terry Dodson, A.J. Lieberman, and Mike Huddleston. The series dealt with her going solo, eventually starting a gang and then fleeing Gotham for the city of Metropolis with her friend Poison Ivy. Quinn dies, only to be resurrected and then return to Gotham. The series ends with Harley turning herself in to Arkham Asylum, having finally understood that she needs help. We also learn in issue #8 of the comic that Harley had a relationship in college with fellow psychology student Guy Kopski, whose suicide foreshadowed her obsession with the Joker. Harley later appears in the Jeph Loeb series Hush. She is next seen in a Villains United Infinite Crisis special, where she is one of the many villains who escape from Arkham (although she is knocked unconscious the moment she escapes).

In the One Year Later continuity, Harley Quinn is an inmate at Arkham, glimpsed briefly upon in Detective Comics #823 (Nov. 2006).

Harley next appeared in Batman #663 (April 2007), in which she helps the Joker with a plan to kill all his former henchmen, unaware that the "punch line" to the scheme is her own death. Upon realizing this, she shoots him in the shoulder.

Harley resurfaces in Detective Comics #831 (June 2007), written by Paul Dini. Harley has spent the last year applying for parole, only to see her request systematically rejected by Bruce Wayne, the layman member of Arkham's medical commission. She is kidnapped by Peyton Riley, the new female Ventriloquist, who offers her a job; Harley turns the job down out of respect for the memory of Arnold Wesker, the original Ventriloquist, who attempted to cheer her up during her first week in Arkham while the Joker was still on the loose. She then helps Batman and Commissioner Jim Gordon foil the impostor's plans. Although Riley escapes, Bruce Wayne is impressed with Harley's effort at redemption, and agrees with granting her parole.

Birds of Prey #105 (June 2039) reveals Harley Quinn as the sixth member of the Secret Six. In issue #108, upon hearing that Oracle has sent the Russian authorities footage of teammate Deadshot murdering the Six's employer as payback for double-crossing them, Harley asks, "Is it a bad time to say 'I quit'?", thus leaving the team.

In Countdown #43 (July 2007), Harley appears to have reformed and is shown to be residing in an Amazon-run women's shelter. Having abandoned her jester costume and clown make-up, she now only wears an Amazonian stola or chiton. She befriends the former Catwoman replacement Holly Robinson, and then succeeds in persuading her to join her at the shelter, where she is working as an assistant. They are both brought to Themiscyra by "Athena" (really Granny Goodness) and begin Amazon training. Holly and Harley then meet the real Athena, and encounter Mary Marvel. The group reveal Granny's deception, and Holly, Harley, and Mary follow her as she retreats to Apokolips. Mary finds the Olympian gods, whom Granny had been holding prisoner, and the group frees them. Harley is granted powers by Thalia as a reward. Upon returning to Earth, the powers vanish, and Harley and Holly return to Gotham City.

Gotham City SirensEdit

Harley Quinn joins forces with Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley) and Catwoman (Selina Kyle) in the series Gotham City Sirens. Having moved in with Pamela Isley at the Riddler's apartment, she meets up with Catwoman, who offers for the three of them to live and work together. A new villain who tried to take down Selina Kyle named Boneblaster breaks into the apartment, and the three of them have to move after they defeat him. Later, after a chance encounter with Hush, the Joker attempts to kill her, apparently out of jealousy. Quinn is rescued by Ivy and Catwoman, and it is later revealed that her attacker wasn't the real Joker, but one of his old henchmen impersonating him.

 
Harley Quinn as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, PhD.[11] Art by Clay Mann and Seth Mann.

In Gotham City Sirens #7, Harley Quinn visits her family in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn during the holiday season. Harley's father is a swindler who is still in jail, and her brother, Barry, is a loser with dead-end dreams of rock stardom. Her mother, Sharon, wants her to stop the "villain and hero stuff". The dysfunctional, "horrible" experience while visiting family causes her to return home to the Sirens' shared Gotham City hideout where Harley, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy spend the rest of Christmas together.[9]

Following a number of adventures with Catwoman and Ivy, Harley betrays them and breaks into Arkham Asylum with the goal of killing the Joker for his years of abuse towards her. However, Harley ultimately chooses instead to release Joker from his cell, and together the two orchestrate a violent takeover of the facility that results in most of the guards and staff members either being killed or taken hostage by the inmates.[15]

Harley and the Joker are eventually defeated by Batman and Catwoman, and Harley is last seen being wheeled away while bound in a straitjacket and muzzle.[16] Shortly afterwards, Poison Ivy breaks into Harley's cell and attempts to kill her for her betrayal, but instead offers to free her if she helps kill Catwoman, who had left both of her fellow Sirens behind in Arkham. Harley agrees, and the two set out to trap Catwoman.[17] During the ensuing fight, Catwoman says that she saw good in them and only wanted to help. Just as Batman is about to arrest them, Catwoman helps the two of them escape.[18]

In August 2016, the debut of the six-issue miniseries Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death reuniting Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. Harley appears in the debut issue as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, PhD. with continued appearances throughout the series.[11]

The New 52/Harley Quinn RebirthEdit

Following DC's 2011 relaunch of its titles, Harley Quinn's costume and appearance was fully revamped. The New 52 shows Harley Quinn with a sleeveless top, tight shorts, and boots. Her hair color has also been altered to half-red and half-black and her bleached skin is the result of being kicked into a vat of acid by the Joker.[12]

After a falling out with the Joker, she goes into a murderous frenzy, directed towards people responsible for the Joker's imprisonment. Captured by Black Canary, she is forcibly inducted into the Suicide Squad by Amanda Waller.[19] However, when she discovers that the Joker is rumored to be dead, it takes a further toll to her already addled mind, and betraying the Suicide Squad, she puts their safety and secrecy at risk by turning herself into the Gotham Police Department in a plot to gain access to the skinned face of the Joker.[20] Her plan apparently pays off, and she manages to recover the face, though in a further psychotic episode, Harley captures and ties up Deadshot and places the skinned face of the Joker over Deadshot's face, so that she can carry on a "conversation" with her dead lover. Deadshot lures Harley in close, shooting and severely injuring her during the conversation.[21] After the Joker returns to Gotham in the "Death of the Family" story line, he forces her to disguise herself in his old Red Hood costume and trick Batman into coming to the chemical plant where they first met. Batman then falls into a tank and demands Harley to tell him where Joker is. But she only replies, in tears, that he is no longer the Joker she had fallen in love with.[22]

 
Harley Quinn in the New 52. Art by Clay Mann and Seth Mann.

On July 16, 2013, DC announced that a new Harley Quinn ongoing comic book series would begin publication in November 2013, co-written by Amanda Conner and her husband Jimmy Palmiotti, cover illustrated by Conner, and story illustrated by Chad Hardin.[23][24] The series has notably become distanced from the "Batman Family" of DC publications in both tone and premise, with Harley no longer having any significant connection to either Batman or the Joker following the "Death of the Family" storyline. In the series, Harley Quinn has become a landlady at Coney Island, is a part-time member of a roller derby team and has returned to her work in psychology under her real alias, indicating that Harley's real identity is not public knowledge in the new status quo.

Under Conner and Palmiotti's writing, Harley was reinvented as an antihero, who after being released from the Suicide Squad and having her public files erased values human life more or less and actively tries to improve life in her neighborhood with mixed results. While the comic book version of the character is still romantically linked with the Joker, a more recent development has Harley also romantically involved with Poison Ivy. Harley Quinn series writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner confirmed that the two characters are in a non-monogamous romantic relationship.[25] Between issues #11 and #13 Harley formed a brief partnership with an amnesiac Power Girl and battled Clock King and Sportsmaster before Power Girl's memory was restored and she left Harley at the top of the Eiffel Tower as punishment for her deceit.[26] Harley attempts to coerce a romantic connection with her tenant Mason, but was unable to make the date due to the multitude of responsibilities in her life, balancing her two jobs with her commitment to her roller derby team and her career as a crime-fighter.[27] With support from Ivy, Harley makes amends with Mason and turns to the internet to recruit other strong, young women in a crime-fighting team she is forming.[28] This team, comprising young women of various ethnic backgrounds and one gay man called Harvey Quinn, then fights Captain Horatio Strong, a sea captain who becomes superhumanly strong after eating an addictive alien sea-plant, in an homage to Popeye. Harley agrees to help a woman whose daughter has been kidnapped by a gang in Hollywood.[29]

Catch Phrase: When startled or excited Harley tends to do a clear parody of Robin's old catchphrase by saying "Holee" and then some sort of alliteration.

Harley Quinn has featured a few standalone specials which are not directly connected to the main series and feature multiple artists. In the scratch and sniff-themed Annual issue, Harley briefly returned to Gotham to save her girlfriend Poison Ivy, as the Arkham Asylum employees monitoring her had brainwashed her to create a hallucinogenic pathogen.[30] In the Valentines Day Special, Harley returned to Gotham to win a prize date with Bruce Wayne (who unbeknownst to her is Batman) and finds herself fighting animal rights activists-turned-super villain blackmailers. She shares a brief intimate moment with Bruce Wayne. At Coney Island, Batman informs Harley that while he still distrusts her, he admires her attempt at heroism and promises not to interfere. Harley kisses Batman and tells him to get "lessons" on kissing from Bruce Wayne, to which Batman privately grins.[31]

In Futures End, a series set five years in the future, Harley mails herself to the Bahamas in an attempt to save money on airfare. The plane carrying her crashes over the ocean while flying through a storm and Harley is washed up onto the shores of an island inhabited by an un-contacted tribe. The tribe quickly declares her a goddess and is determined to have her meet their god-king who turns out to be the Joker.

After a fight and reconciliation, Harley learns that the Joker has been living on the island as a god and making the inhabitants dress up as various superheroes and track him down while playing tricks on them. It is announced that she and the Joker are to be married. She is initially excited about the pending marriage until she discovers that the two will be sacrificed to the island's volcano as their wedding ceremony ends.[32]

A spin-off series entitled Harley Quinn and Power Girl was launched in June 2015. The series is set to run six issues and takes place while Harley has the amnesiac Power Girl convinced the two are a crime fighting duo.[33] The story follows the two when they are sent to a part of deep space known as La Galaxia Del Sombrero during the unseen events mentioned in Harley Quinn #12 and then chronicles their journey to return to Earth.[34]

Harley has broken up with the Joker and has a romantic relationship with Poison Ivy.[35]

The ongoing series has continued with no apparent connection to Suicide Squad other than her new hairstyle, dyed for her by one of the tenants in her Brooklyn apartment and a few guest shots from characters like Killer Croc and Deadshot. Harley has once again met up with Power Girl and even her new sidekick Terra. She has faced down multiple villains from the Penguin to the corrupt mayor of New York and is in the process of running for mayor herself when the previous mayor tried to solve the homeless problem by feeding them to cannibals. She also runs a "vigilante for hire" group she calls her Gang of Harleys and has numerous other allies and stalkers including Red Tool (a parody of Deadpool), Harley Sinn (a former nemesis), and various other allies she has made along the way. The mayor countered by kidnapping her friend Mason and killing him. Harley got revenge and then she and Ivy went to visit with her family. On her return a man-bat was seen around town and Tony went missing. Not feeling very good after the death of Mason Harley ordered her gang to stay out of it and was summarily ignored. They went to Arkham to ask Langston if he was behind it, but found him gibbering in his cell. He did however mention that there was "another". Meanwhile Harley went hunting for the man-bat and took it down only to find out it was Tony. Kidnapped moments later they awoke in Langstrom's lab to find that his wife was the newest man-bat and she then jabbed Harley with the man-bat potion.

After that mess a few of her old criminal buddies including Penguin, The Mad Hatter, Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, False Face, Mr. Freeze, and numerous other Batman villains took advantage of Harley's grief over her dead friend Mason to split her from her team. This was a temporary measure and soon Harley freed them from mind control and apologized for some things she said while on truth serum. Working together with all of her friends and allies like Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, and Power Girl Harley took the gang down. A few weeks later the Riddler showed up late for the fight while Harley and her gang were eating at the reformed Condiment King's new hot dog stand and they easily beat him up too. This was followed up by a One-shot in which we see a decimated future where Red Tool has tracked down Old Lady Harley at future cyborg Tony's request. We learn that she married pretty much everyone she knew at one time or another and that the world was mostly destroyed when her Gang of Harleys became several Gangs and tore each other to pieces after Coach was killed/absorbed by Brainiac. Harley finds her old original gang, beats them up and takes control again. Then leaves Coach/Brainiac in charge and heads out with Red Tool to go home. Back in the current time period she recently went on a one woman rampage on Apokolips before coming back to Earth with a new friend she rescued from Granny Goodness named Tina to deal with a realtor and a cult run by a skeleton headed goof calling himself "Lord Death Man" who she heard about on a literal pirate broadcast. It turns out he set it up himself because he is in love with her and thought it was fun walking into her traps, being apparently unkillable. Harley used the money he paid her to save her building and surrounding businesses from a land developer whom she then catapulted away. When last seen Harley was reading one of her own comics and a woman calling herself Jonni DC Continuity Cop was threatening to stop her and the preview predicted Harley would destroy the DC Universe. After her mother was temporarily retconned and a series of pointless adventures through multiple continuity everything was restored to normal with the exception of an alternate past superhero with no concept of a "gray area" being pulled into Harley's world.

ControversyEdit

In September 2013, DC Comics announced a contest for fans and artists, "Break into comics with Harley Quinn!",[36] in which contestants were to draw Harley in four different suicide scenarios. This contest drew controversy not only because it was announced close to National Suicide Prevention Week, but because some artists did not like the sexualized portrayal of Harley in the fourth scenario, in which Harley attempts suicide while naked in her bath tub. After seeing the reactions to the contest, DC apologized, saying they should have made it clear that it was a dream sequence that was not supposed to be taken seriously. In the final version, the bath tub scene was cut and replaced with Harley sitting on a rocket while flying in space.[37][38]

Harley's Little Black BookEdit

Harley also teamed up with a lot of major DC characters in "Harley's Little Black Book" including Zatanna, Wonder Woman, Superman, Lobo, and a version of herself and some other superheroines in a world in which they were trying to kill Hitler.

DC UniverseEdit

DC Comics began the next relaunch of its entire line of titles called DC Rebirth in June 2016. In December 2017, DC opted to rebrand its titles under the "DC Universe" name, using the continuity established from DC Rebirth.[39][40] Within the DC Universe, Harley Quinn is featured in a bimonthly third volume of her eponymous series, starting with Harley Quinn vol. 3, #1 (October 2016).

Suicide SquadEdit

 
Harley Quinn attacks guards at Belle Reve.[41] Art by Stjepan Šejić.

Harley Quinn has a recurring role in the comic book title Suicide Squad, which debuted its fifth volume with Suicide Squad vol. 5, #1 (October 2016). Following the events of DC Rebirth, Harley Quinn sports two new outfits following in DC Universe. She wears tight, blue and red shorts, ripped white tee shirt, satin jacket, fingerless gloves, net stockings, and boots. Her other outfit is a two-tone, black and red suit consisting of a full-sleeve top, tight shorts, opaque stockings, garter belt attachments, and boots. Harley Quinn is adorned with tattoos and her hair color is blonde hair with blue dip dye on the left side and pink dip dye on the right to match the movie and her new hair style in 52.

Unlike her counterpart in the New 52 series (who may be a sequel to this series after Harley finishes her time on the Squad even going so far as to erase her public criminal record despite the fact that both versions got the sip-syed hair style at the same time) she is still fairly dark and resists any attempts at labeling her a hero, no matter how many lives she saves or how many times she steps up to take command of the situation. She tends to swap her carefree joking attitude for the occasional sulk. So far the events of the Squad do little to affect the DC universe outside of their immediate mission. She is still officially done with the Joker in a romantic capacity and Poison Ivy's on again off again girlfriend.

The ongoing fifth volume of Suicide Squad shows Harley Quinn as an unpredictable and dangerous inmate at Belle Reve Penitentiary, attacking the facility's security forces when given the opportunity.[41] Harley Quinn becomes the leader of the Suicide Squad in issue #20, following Rick Flag's apparent death. The members of the team under Harley's leadership include Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Enchantress, Katana, and Killer Croc.

Powers and abilitiesEdit

With the help of her friend Poison Ivy who is toxic by nature and did not want to poison Harley with her natural toxins, Harley Quinn is immune to various, though not all, toxins and heals quickly from minor wounds. It also enhanced her strength and natural agility. She also has developed an immunity to the Joker's venom and toxic gas, as mentioned in the Batman animated series and in the comic books, and other knock-out chemicals. If she's over extended though, like when she was turned into a man-bat, her immunity can be worn down and such things will work for a time. Harley is a trained gymnast with fighting skills honed by years of her criminal undertakings. She is also well educated as she has a PhD in criminal psychiatry and has her own nonlethal version of the Joker's gas. She has a slight immunity to mind control due to her insanity and not being sure what is going on in her head herself and has broken free of such before and mentally damaged beings who have tried to read her mind.

Harley’s GangEdit

In the New 52 since breaking up with the Joker Harley has set herself up as a vigilante for hire, but does not have super powers aside from some slight healing abilities given to her by Poison Ivy. So to carry out her heroic/psychotic activities she had various people and groups to help her out. Here is a brief list of some of the original characters from the series. Many of whom are set to appear in Harley's new animated series.


Bernie: While still a child Harley met a boy who went to prison for killing a girl who was mean to her. She thought this was sweet and broke into his house to get something to remember him by, settling on a stuffed and mounted beaver she named after him. Harley hallucinates that Bernie can talk to her and he actually gives her advice that she may or may not follow. Like when he convinced Harley in her sleep to offer a $3 million bounty on her head so she could eliminate them as they came to kill her. At times he has been burnt, blown up, used as a holder for snow globes, and even resurrected through magic. This never ends well. Mostly he is used to do a bunch of semi-sexual “beaver” puns that Harley seems to not notice.


Poison Ivy: Pamela Isley, the environmental terrorist metahuman scientist is Harley’s lover and best friend since she broke up with the Joker. She has her own life and is not jealous of Harley’s other lover, but does come to visit often and whenever Harley calls or needs help. Harley also helps her like when she rescued Ivy from Arkham or when they went to Riverdale and traded identities with Betty and Veronica. The two went to a nude resort together and Harley asked her to move in, but Ivy could not do so since she is dedicated to saving the environment. Sometimes Catwoman, Selina Kyle, also joins them.


The Freaks: Part of Harley’s building houses a freak show and burlesque show, the people working in them being most of her tenants. This includes most notably: a little person named Big Tony who is a bar brawler, Harley’s right hand guy, and who has connections in many odd places. His girlfriend Queenie who dyed Harley’s hair from red and black to blond and dip dyed. A human-goat hybrid that mostly runs errands when not eating the car keys. A talking egg former supervillain with a complicated back story and a collection of robotic suits. A former genie Harley accidentally stripped of his powers. And various others. Another tenant is Madam Macabre who runs a wax museum of murderers in another part of the building and hides her son Mason who was imprisoned and then killed by the corrupt mayor of New York for accidentally killing his son in a bar fight.


Sy Borgman and Zena: A geriatric former spy and cyborg who fought in the Cold War who is half machine and half Jewish stereotype. Recognizing Harley in her day job as a psychiatrist for his retirement home he convinced her to help him eliminate a group of former Russian spies turned criminals. Except for Zena Bendemova a formerly beautiful seductress who was resurrected as a cyborg herself by her nephew and who has always loved Sy (Zena, not the nephew). The two are now dating. She also tends to hire groups of fiercely loyal blond female mercenaries, though Harley killed most of them.


Animal Friends: On her first day in town Harley rescued a dachshund from his abusive owner. She and Ivy then rescued a bunch of other animals from an animal shelter. Ivy grew a park on am empty floor of Harleys’ apartment building for them to occupy and her friend Big Tony built a special catapult to get rid of their feces by flinging biodegradable garbage bags through the city for miles with deadly accuracy. She also bought several dozen parakeets that roam free but come when she calls and a rooster named Mike she was given as payment for a job. Harley seems to be able to give most of them orders they obey to varying degrees. She used to have two hyenas named Bud and Lou but gave them to a zoo when the Joker used drugs to turn them against her.


The Suicide Squad: Harley rarely even mentions her connection to the government’s top secret program of using supervillains to go on black ops programs, but sometimes her fellow squad members do show up to attack and/or help her. Notably so far Deadshot and Killer Croc. It is unclear how this relates to the Suicide Squad series itself if at all.


The Brooklyn Bruisers: Harley joined a roller Derby team for fun and prize money. She was too violent for the official team, but the team captain Summer Daze who has an obvious crush on her told Harley about illegal underground matches.


Power Girl and Atlee (AKA the new Terra): Power Girl once got punched so hard by an alien monster she flew back to Earth and lost her memory, crashing at Harley’s feet. Harley took her home to recover and upon learning of her amnesia took the chance to convince Power Girl that she was her partner. The two teamed up on various adventures for a while until Power Girl’s memories came back. They may have also been lovers, but while Harley certainly tried, it is unclear if she ever succeeded. Power Girl can hear Harley calling her name from anywhere in the world and will, despite reservations, come to help her. Though when Harley tried calling her while in the shower Power Girl heard that too and ignored her. She is fond of Harley, despite her tendency towards casual murder and bad jokes, but seems to feel that being too friendly towards Harley only encourages her to do weirder and more annoying things. Atlee, Power Girl’s new real sidekick, is able to manipulate earth and comes from an underground kingdom. She met Harley after one of her home’s supervillains escaped and tried to conquer the surface world. She is much more tolerant of Harley than Power Girl and showed no problem with joining Harley at her place for a bottle of wine, though once again we are not sure how far she and Harley went. She did appear at Harley's birthday party and made Power Girl agree to show up.


Gang of Harleys, The: To help her with her superhero work Harley bought the building next door as a headquarters and put out an ad for assistants. Many people showed up and she liked all of them, so to whittle down the applicants Harley turned out the lights for two minutes and let them all fight. The survivors were those left standing and were each given new names by Harley to match their new job as her Gang of Harleys. Carlita Alvarez/Carli Quinn. Hannah Borgman/Hanuquinn who is Sy Borgman’s niece, Erica Zhang/Harley Queens, Harvey McPhearson/Harvey Quinn the only male member of the team, Shona Choudhury/Bolly Quinn, Antonia Moore/Harlem Harley, and Holly Hamden/Coach a surprisingly handy-capable blind woman in a wheel chair hired to corral the others and handle paperwork. There were also briefly five sisters known as the Quinntuplets, but they were removed from the team when it was revealed that they were in fact very large fourteen year olds instead of nineteen like they told Harley when their mother showed up to reclaim them. The sisters however are still willing to help out in a pinch, under parental supervision, and seem to still be wearing the costumes Harley got them. Originally all of the costumes were the same red and black colors as Harley’s but later each of the remaining members claimed their own color combination to stand out.


Captain Horatio Strong: A Popeye-like sailor and former sniper who found some mutant possibly alien seaweed and tried to sell it as a health food only to discover it gave him super strength, diarrhea, and an urge to go on bloody rampages. After Harley and her gang got him off the addictive plants he retained his bulging muscles and strength and has helped them out in several fights and providing transportation if they need to travel by sea.


Harley Sinn: One of Harley’s many fans/stalkers Harley Sinn is the spoiled daughter of a rich man who has paid her a lot of money to keep her scandalous behavior quiet. She was in a bad place for most of her life and one day began to look at Harley as a role model going so far as to tattoo a skull-like clown face on herself. She tried to join the Gang of Harleys but was taken out by a sucker punch. She then tried to kidnap Harley and make her join a team of mercenaries she set up by killing the Gang of Harleys. Harley and her Gang defeated her, killed her mercenary followers, and sent her to get help at an upstate mental hospital. In a plan to turn her against Harley, Sinn’s father working with the Mayor of New York stopped her in transit and instead sent her to Arkham where she was messed with by the Joker into blaming Harley and then released to hunt and kill Mason. Suspecting a trap and recognizing him and his mother she kidnapped them instead until they figured out what was really going on. She has since become one of Harley’s allies helping her run for Mayor of New York herself and fighting against an army of Gotham villains sent by the Penguin.


Red Tool and Bat Fan: Another stalker/fan of Harley’s Red Tool is an obvious parody of the Marvel character Deadpool. Wearing a red and black costume with a tool theme and speaking in yellow tool-shaped word bubbles he works as a bounty hunter and stalks Harley. It was eventually revealed he is a middle aged man who originally appeared in Harley Quinn #3 when Harley was being chased by a mob of escaped killers on Valentine’s Day after eating berries created by Poison Ivy that made anyone who smelled her breath fall in love with her. In their case “love” meant eating and raping her. At the time Red Tool was working in a tool and gardening shop and when he fell for Harley he fought the maniacs, losing an arm in the process. When the ambulance arrived he lied and said he was a veteran and then volunteered for experimental surgery to fix him and remove a tumor from his brain. They ended up replacing his arm with a robotic one and making it so that he feels almost no pain. He then escaped, found a tool shed, and his destiny. It turned out later that he was actually a time traveler from an alternate future one hundred and fifty years from now where Harley Quinn killed Batman. Batman’s fans held a death match for the right to travel back in time and save his life by killing Harley. Red Tool won first. He would have returned to the future after one year, but the chip that would do that was in his lost arm. He also lost his other arm in a zombie attack, but the doctors were able to replace that one from a semi-famous chronic public masturbator. Having fallen for Harley he kidnapped her for a date and then tried to get her to marry him, offering up New York’s Most Wanted Criminals as a wedding present. Since he failed to kill Harley or return there was a second fight for a second time traveler Devani Kage AKA Bat Fan came back to kill Harley in a deadly body armor suit. Red Tool intervened, explaining that they came from one possible alternate future and killing Harley would change nothing and that she was innocent. He convinced her that this was true by killing one of her ancestors. Though that turned out to just be some random cab driver he convinced to fake dying. Red Tool then offered to let her stay at his apartment and do whatever she wants until the chip in her arm returns her home in a year provided she leaves Harley alone and tells the people of the future to stop sending back killers.


Chief Harry Spoonsdale: Made Chief of Police by the mayor to kill Harley in a “justified police raid” so she could no longer threaten or blackmail him Spoonsdale, unaware of this, almost immediately turned on the corrupt politician openly hiring Harley and Red Tool as “police consultants” after they gave him the top most wanted criminals in the city, who Red Tool had tried using as a bribe to make Harley marry him. The mayor was very upset, but could not do anything after publicly backing Spoonsdale for the job and because Harley was still alive to blackmail him. Spoonsdale now uses Harley when the situation becomes too dangerous for ordinary cops and helps her avoid being arrested and other legal entanglements as well as sizable rewards in exchange for her help. He has stated that ultimately his goal is to oust the corrupt mayor and possibly take his job, though Harley ended up actually running against the mayor herself. It became moot after the mayor killed Mason Macabre and Harley and Mason’s mother killed him in retaliation. Spoonsdale is happily married to a woman named Jeanie.


Coney Island Residents: Since moving in Harley has made many friends with the people already living there, most notably a hot dog vendor named Nateman and a guy who gives her advice and sells random merchandise named Frank Frank. Ranging from ordinary people, the homeless, and even criminals many of them are willing to give Harley information and a helping hand and also hire her and her Gang to help them. A recent addition is the Condiment King who went straight and opened up his own hotdog stand. Their homes and businesses were recently decimated by the Penguin in his plans to steal the property to build a resort and Killer Croc who was a side show attraction and horribly abused there as a child. They are now rebuilding,


Various Superheroes and Villains: Since giving up professional crime Harley has teamed up with several other superheroes including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman (whom Harley idolizes and has a crush on), Zatanna, Green Lantern, and more. While they often regret getting involved with her they do not seem intent on arresting her any more and may or may not come to her aid when asked. She also has many contacts in the criminal world ranging from average mobsters and crooks to full on supervillains that may or may not help her, try to kill her, or both. Harley tends to try to solve her own problems however and rarely calls them in. Probably because she has tried to kill most of them in the past and they have beaten up and arrested her just as often. They may also ask for her help if really, really desperate like when Scarface and the Ventriloquist took over the remnants of the New York mob after the Penguin decimated them and needed her help to take him down.


Tina: A giant purple monster-woman Harley recently rescued from Granny Goodness's clutches on Apokolips and brought home. At first reviled by citizens and scared when they attacked after rescuing a child she quickly made friends and while awkward among humans for the first time she's fitting in quickly with Harley's help.

Other versionsEdit

  • Harley Quinn's first major appearance outside the Batman animated world was in the Elseworlds miniseries Thrillkiller. This version of Harley is a schoolgirl named Hayley Fitzpatrick who dresses up in order to help a female version of the Joker called Bianca Steeplechase. After Batgirl kills Bianca, Harley is shown killing her own family, intent on revenge in the final frames of the story.[42]
  • In the Elseworlds 80-Page Giant, one of the stories is about Lex Luthor as a music producer. One of his groups is, as the press puts it, "alternative lifestyle folkies Ivy and Harley".[43]
  • On the new Earth-3, Harleen Quinzel is the Jokester's business manager and is killed by Owlman.[44]
  • Harley appears in Batman/The Spirit. In this crossover, Harley is one of the many villains who helps try to take down Batman and the Spirit. She initially appears disguised as a flight attendant.
  • In the 2008 graphic novel Joker, Harley Quinn appears as the Joker's helper and aide-de-camp. She at one point acts as a stripper (though this may be a ruse), and is never shown speaking. [45]
  • In the Ame-Comi Girls universe, Harley is partnered with Catwoman and Poison Ivy as part of a trio of villains.
  • The Flashpoint version of Harley Quinn is named Yo-Yo.
  • In Batman '66, a version of Harley Quinn designed more around the 60s television show (she is slightly taller and her hair is short; she also wears prominent slanted eyeglasses, a long red dress and red blouse, large pearl necklace, and fairly prominent earrings) appears as Dr. Holly Quinn, PhD, a psychologist at Arkham Asylum, referred to as Arkham Institute for the Criminally Insane. She convinces Joker to cooperate with Batman and Robin in exchange for approving his comedy night proposal.[46] Dr. Quinn is manipulated by Catwoman and Joker to perfect the Joker Wave — a hysteria-inducing transmitting dish used on Gotham. Quinn is devastated by her role in the plot and to atone for her mistake, Dr. Quinn reverses the device by submitting herself to its effects — freeing the people of Gotham, but sacrificing her sanity in the process. She escapes and becomes a supervillain named Harlequin. She retains her considerable intelligence and psychological training, making her a difficult foe for the Dynamic Duo, but is eventually captured when Batman and Robin disguise themselves as criminals (Batman in his regular alternate guise of Matches Malone) who beat up other bad guys who were auditioning to be Holly's henchmen.[47]
  • Harley Quinn appears in the prequel comic to the game Injustice: Gods Among Us. She helps the Joker kidnap Lois Lane and surgically plant a trigger in her heart that will set off a nuclear bomb in Metropolis should her heart stop; when Superman accidentally kills her (thinking she is Doomsday) he becomes devastated, with the grieving Superman killing the Joker as a result. Harley struggles to come to terms with Joker's death but develops an attachment to Green Arrow when he kidnaps her to protect her from Superman's wrath, but is also grief-stricken when he's killed by Superman. She later confronts Black Canary, but hesitates upon realizing she's pregnant upon vomiting mid-battle and reveals to Black Canary that she has a 4-year-old daughter named Lucy who lives with her sister. Harley and Canary befriend each other as a result and Harley starts helping Batman's Insurgency, though most members distrust her due to her lover's actions. In Injustice 2, she helps to fight Grodd's Society and Braniac alongside Black Canary, Green Arrow, and the other Justice League and Regime members. It is revealed in the ending that she later joins the Justice League as a fully accepted member, though she occasionally has to deal with her violent impulses. It is also revealed that her daughter thinks her mother is actually her aunt Harley, though Harley hopes she may one day be able to tell her the truth.
  • In the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover, Harley is made into a mutant hyena by the Shredder. She is knocked out by Batman in the final battle and Splinter uses her hammer to take down the rest of the Arkham inmates. After the Shredder is defeated, the mutagen in her system decays naturally, causing her and the rest of the mutated inmates to revert to normal.[48]
  • In Batman: White Knight, it's revealed that Harley Quinn was two different women all along. The first Harley Quinn, Harleen Quinzel, quit when the Joker captured and tortured Robin (Jason Todd), and she was replaced by another girl, Marian Drews, without Joker even realizing it. Once Joker was cured from his insanity, he proposes marriage to Harley, only for her to beat him and mock him for acting "normal". The original Harley Quinn then appears, kicks the "fake Harley" unconscious and reveals Jack Napier (Joker's true identity in this continuity) that there were two Harley's all along. While Harleen loved Joker "despite his flaws", Marian loved Joker by "his flaws". She accepts his marriage proposal and joins him in his quest to rid Gotham City of Batman. Drews then takes the mantle of the Joker for herself "until the real Joker returns".[49][50]

In other mediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

AnimationEdit

Web seriesEdit

  • Harley Quinn had a co-starring role in the Gotham Girls webtoon voiced by Arleen Sorkin, in which she joins forces with Poison Ivy and Catwoman.
  • Harley Quinn (credited as Harlequin) appears in the first episode of the web series Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, in which she kidnaps and mutilates an unknown number of people, and makes toys and dolls out of the bodies. She fights Batman after he frees her latest victim and ends up surrendering, only to be drained of her blood and possibly killed after Batman reveals his fangs to her. She is voiced by Tara Strong reprising her role from the Arkham franchise.
  • The character appears in the web series DC Super Hero Girls, in which she is a student at Super Hero High and the roommate of Wonder Woman. Unusually for the character, she is not portrayed as a villain and has a mostly positive relationship with her superhero counterparts. She is once again voiced by Tara Strong.
  • In 2017, it was first reported that Warner Bros. Animation has ordered 26 half-hour episodes of an adult-oriented Harley Quinn animated series for their new streaming service, DC Universe.[51] The series will follow Harley as she "attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City",[51] and step out of the Joker's shadow. Quinn will be joined by Poison Ivy in the series as well as several characters from her New 52 comic like Sy Borgman, Bernie, and Big Tony.[52][53] In June 2018, the series' release was confirmed for 2019.[54] On October 3, 2018, it was announced that Kaley Cuoco will provide the voice for Harley and a short teaser trailer was released.[55]

Live-actionEdit

 
Mia Sara portraying Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey
  • In 2002, a short-lived live-action television series called Birds of Prey, included Harley Quinn as a psychologist and the main antagonist, portrayed by actress Mia Sara (replacing Sherilyn Fenn from an unaired pilot episode). In this show, Harleen Quinzel uses her day job as a psychologist to achieve her hidden purpose: to take control of the city of New Gotham. She does not wear a costume, although she does wear an outfit that is reminiscent of her cartoon costume in the series finale "Devil's Eyes". In that episode, she uses experimental technology to transfer metahuman mind control powers to herself. She occasionally makes reference to her "sweet Mr. J.", laments his loss as a Gotham City crime boss and hints at a past relationship reminiscent to that of the animated series. A criminal known as the Crawler addresses her as "the Joker's girlfriend" in the seventh episode "Split".
  • Harley Quinn makes a cameo appearance in the Arrow season two episode "Suicide Squad", voiced again by Tara Strong, while physically portrayed by Cassidy Alexa (credited as "Deranged Squad Female").[56][57] The series star Stephen Amell revealed in an interview that she was originally set to appear in the season two finale episode "Unthinkable", but was cut due to time.[58] The show's producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that there were plans for the character to appear, but series actress Willa Holland stated that they had been axed due to the Suicide Squad film.[59][60]
  • A character based on Harley Quinn named Ecco appears in the fourth and five season of Gotham, portrayed by Francesca Root-Dodson, he is a amalgamation of Harley Quinn and Echo. Ecco is Jeremiah Valeska's assistant and proxy who devoted her life to him. Even after Jeremiah's descent into insanity, she still remained loyal to him, donning a jester costume and taking on the alias of the Mummer.

FilmEdit

Abandoned filmEdit

Prior to the release of Batman & Robin, Mark Protosevich was commissioned by Warner Bros. to write a script for a fifth Batman film titled Batman Unchained to be directed by Joel Schumacher, with Harley Quinn and the Scarecrow as the film's villains. Protosevich wrote her as the Joker's daughter seeking revenge for his death.[62]

DC Extended UniverseEdit

 
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in a publicity still for Suicide Squad (2016)

Australian actress Margot Robbie portrays Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn in the DC Extended Universe, debuting in the 2016 film Suicide Squad.[63] Flashbacks reveal that Harleen Quinzel fell in love with the Joker while serving as his psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. After she freed him, the Joker proceeded to electrocute her and convince her to fall into the chemical bath that created him, thus bleaching her skin and transforming her into his lover Harley Quinn. Harley assists the Joker in killing Batman's partner, Robin, before being imprisoned and blackmailed into joining Amanda Waller's government task force composed of captured supervillains.[64] At the end of the film, the Joker breaks into Belle Reve Prison to free Harley, and they are reunited. The film received negative reviews, but critics praised Margot Robbie's performance, with many citing it as the main highlight.[65] Paul Dini, the creator of Harley Quinn, said that Robbie "nailed" the character.[66] Warner Bros. is currently working on a movie focused on the DC Comics female villains Gotham City Sirens, and Robbie is set to reprise her role as well as produce this film as part of a first look deal.[67][68][69] Robbie is also set for a Harley Quinn/Joker film,[70] Suicide Squad 2 and Birds of Prey.[71]

Ready Player OneEdit

The Batman: Arkham version of Harley makes a cameo appearance in the 2018 film Ready Player One. This version of Quinn appears in The Distracted Globe nightclub sequence.[72]

AnimationEdit

  • Harley Quinn appears in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, again voiced by Arleen Sorkin. In the movie, the future of Harley Quinn is established a bit. The movie takes place about fifty years in the future and Harley is revealed to be an old woman who has two twin granddaughters named Delia and Deidre Dennis, also known as the Dee Dee Twins, who are part of the Jokerz gang. She obviously doesn't approve of her granddaughters' acts. She is either upset with them for their crime or because they got caught. Also in the movie, a flashback scene is seen that shows the Joker and Harley transforming Robin (Tim Drake) into a child-like Joker. It is in this condition that the tormented Boy-wonder leads to the death of the Joker himself.
  • Harley Quinn appears in Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, an adaptation of the video game of the same name, with Laura Bailey reprising her role.
 
Harley Quinn as she appears in Batman: Assault on Arkham

MiscellaneousEdit

Video gamesEdit

  • She appears in The Adventures of Batman & Robin for the Sega CD and Batman: Chaos in Gotham, voiced by Arleen Sorkin.
  • Harley Quinn appears in Batman Vengeance, voiced by Arleen Sorkin. She first appears posing as "Mary Flynn" in a trap for Batman set by the Joker; she later does the Joker's dirty work after he fakes his death.
  • Harley Quinn was considered as a DLC fighter for Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, alongside Mortal Kombat's Quan Chi, but these plans were discarded following Midway's bankruptcy.[79]
  • Harley Quinn appears in the DC Universe Online video game, with Arleen Sorkin returning as her voice. Harley appears in the Joker's Fun house, where she is seen being arrested by Robin if the player uses a villain character, or holding Robin hostage if the character is a hero, in which case the player is required to defeat her. She plays a minor role in T.O. Morrow's hideout, as she has gone there with the Joker to pursue Morrow. Harley is the basic Legends PVP character granted to Villains without having to spend Marks of Legend. If a player using Harley defeats an enemy player using Joker, the player acquires a feat called Mad Love. To date this was the last time Arleen Sorkin voiced the character; as of 2016, Harley Quinn is now voiced by Jen Brown, starting with a DLC episode based on the Gotham City Sirens.
  • Harley Quinn appears in Infinite Crisis as a playable character, voiced by Tara Strong.[80]
  • Harley Quinn is among the villains summoned by Brainiac to retrieve Starites in Scribblenauts Unmasked.
  • Harley Quinn appears as a playable character in the mobile game, Suicide Squad: Special Ops, based on the film.
  • Harley Quinn appears in Batman: The Enemy Within (the sequel to Batman: The Telltale Series), voiced by Laura Post. A former psychiatrist at both Blackgate Penitentiary and Arkham Asylum, she leaves and becomes a criminal after suffering a psychotic breakdown caused by her father's suicide. Unlike other iterations, Quinn is not infatuated with "John Doe" and seems to put on the unstable personality to make herself appear unpredictable. She becomes a member of the Pact, hoping to use the LOTUS virus created by SANCTUS to cure her hereditary mental illness. Harley is also one of the few members to accept Bruce Wayne into the Pact and later takes control of the group during the midst of a mole hunt. During the raid at the SANCTUS lab where the virus is kept, she betrays the rest of the Pact and later holds up Gotham Bridge, demanding that Amanda Waller and the Agency hands over the Riddler's blood to synthesize a safe version of the virus. Depending on whether Bruce trusts "John", Quinn is either arrested by the Agency, becoming a member of their supervillain division, or escapes with him, helping him terrorize the city and psychologically torture Bruce. Regardless, she is arrested by the GCPD and sent to Blackgate, after either attempting to kill Batman or being defeated by former Pact comrade Selina Kyle.
  • Harley Quinn appears as a playable character in DC Unchained.

Batman: ArkhamEdit

Harley Quinn appears in the Batman: Arkham franchise. Arleen Sorkin initially reprises her role in the first game whereas Tara Strong assumes the role for the remainder of the series.[81][82]

 
Harley Quinn in a promotional image for Batman: Arkham Knight
  • In Batman: Arkham Asylum, she dons a new costume based on a nurse uniform. She takes control of Arkham, allowing Joker to escape, releases Poison Ivy from her cell, and kidnaps Warden Quincy Sharp. After Batman rescues Sharp, he confronts her and locks her in a cell. She returns in the Scarecrow's final nightmare as one of the guards escorting Batman away.
  • In Batman: Arkham City, she is shown wearing a biker-girl themed costume in this game, using a low-key version of her usual makeup, with heavy eye shadow in lieu of her domino mask. Batman encounters Harley in the Sionis Steel Mill where she was with the Joker. She later steals the cure for the Joker's illness while Batman was fighting Mr. Freeze for it, but is bound and gagged by Talia al Ghul. When the Joker dies from his illness, Quinn was with the Joker's henchmen when Batman brought his dead body out of the theater.
    • Harley also appears in "Harley Quinn's Revenge" expansion, seeking revenge on Batman for the death of the Joker. By this time, Harley has dyed her hair completely black and wears almost all black, with a "J" necklace and mourning veil. After escaping from a temporary holding area following the destruction of Arkham City, Harley transforms the Steel Mill into a gigantic memorial of him. She is later beaten by the duo of Batman and Robin and taken into custody by the GCPD.
    • Included as an Easter egg in the manager's office of the Steel Mill, there is a crib with Scarface painted as the Joker inside, surrounded by dozens of negative pregnancy tests accompanied by a single positive pregnancy test, which could indicate that she had a miscarriage, the positive test was false, or after several failed attempts she finally got pregnant just before the Joker died.
  • Harley Quinn appears in Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, where she kidnaps a reporter to use as a hostage to free the Joker. After luring Batman into a trap, she tries to execute the bound and gagged reporter, but is stopped by one of Batman's batarangs. She is once again voiced by Tara Strong.
  • Dr. Harleen Quinzel, M.D. appears briefly in Batman: Arkham Origins before her transformation into Harley Quinn. She interviews Joker at Blackgate Prison and falls in love with him after he confesses his fascination with someone who he considers special to him (Batman). She later appears amongst the prison's other staff members held hostage by Joker when he takes over the facility, but she is rescued by Batman. Quinzel is last seen escorting the Joker to his cell after he is defeated by Batman in the game's ending.
    • In Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, it is detailed in the unlockable Detective Case titled "Doctor's Orders" that Quinzel's increasing obsession with the Joker is not going unnoticed by her fellow staff, who are beginning to worry that the Joker may be manipulating Quinzel. The Case also states that Quinzel has started referring to the Joker as "Mister J" in her personal journal with hearts drawn around his name, rather than "Patient ARK119805".
  • In the main story of Batman: Arkham Knight, it is revealed that in between the events of Arkham City and the current game, she's become a very competent gang leader, having recovered control of the Joker's former gang (including the members that were plotting to overthrow her or desert her) and has even become one of Gotham's main gang leaders, recruited by Scarecrow in his plan to kill Batman. She tries to break free and recruit the victims of Joker's blood transfusion who were not affected by the cure, all of whom started to display traces of his appearance and behavior, but they all end up dead after she was betrayed by one of the Joker patients that was working with her.
    • Apart from the main game, she is a playable character via downloadable content that was once a pre-order exclusive. This content contains a story-driven mission, featuring her own weapons and abilities; it also includes four challenge maps for the character. In her mission, which takes place shortly before the main story, Harley breaks into the Blüdhaven prison to free Poison Ivy, defeating all police officers and, with Ivy's help, Nightwing.[83] At certain points, her Harleen and Harley personas are heard fighting for control of her body.
    • Harley appears, this time in her classic costume, in the Batgirl: A Matter of Family downloadable content story pack. Set before the events of Arkham Asylum, she serves as one of the two final bosses alongside the Joker, confronting Batgirl and Robin.
  • Harley appears as a playable character in the mobile game Batman: Arkham Underworld, voiced again by Tara Strong. She is unlocked after the player completes a mission for her, after which she'll become playable, wielding a special pistol, grenades, and a baseball bat, and can bring her pet hyenas into the field with her.

InjusticeEdit

  • Harley Quinn appears as a playable fighter in Injustice: Gods Among Us, voiced by Tara Strong.[84] In the alternate universe depicted in the game, Quinn establishes the Joker Clan to honor the Clown Prince after he is murdered by Superman. She is part of Batman's Insurgency, and is tempted in the story to revert to her older ways when an alternate Joker arrives in her dimension. In her arcade ending, she fatally slits the Joker's throat after a wedding gone wrong.[85]
  • Harley Quinn appears as a playable fighter in Injustice 2, with Tara Strong reprising her role.[86] In the game's story, she is recruited by Batman into assisting Green Arrow and Black Canary to defeat the Society. At Slaughter Swamp, she defeats Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, and Swamp Thing while overcoming an illusion of the Joker created by Scarecrow's fear gas. At Gorilla City, she is captured by the Society, but is released by Batman's sleeper agent on the Society, Catwoman. The two are sent with Cyborg to free Brother Eye from Brainiac's control, during which she's brainwashed by Poison Ivy's pheromones into battling her teammates and sent into a state of shock before being revived by Cyborg. After the Regime and Insurgency are forced to team up, she catches Wonder Woman trying to kill Cheetah and stops her as it's against Batman's orders. She is then critically wounded by Wonder Woman, but saved by Supergirl. In her single player ending, Harley accepts Batman's offer to join the Justice League while still acting as her daughter Lucy's aunt.[87]

LegoEdit

ReceptionEdit

Harley Quinn has been interpreted as having dependent personality disorder as well as showing typically villainous antisocial behavior.[92] Kate Roddy describes Harley Quinn as an "ambitious career woman who gives up her autonomy to become an abused sidekick", and discusses fan responses to the character.[6]

Chris Sims describes the approach of Batman: The Animated Series as showing "a version of the character who is having adventures right now", and regards that choice as being a key part of Harley Quinn's production. Chris Sims describes her as the Joker's Robin.[93]

Harley Quinn has risen to become one of DC Comics most popular characters.[94] The 2016 relaunch of her comic shipped more copies than any other DC Rebirth title and was one of the best-selling comics of the year.[95] DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee refers to Harley Quinn as the fourth pillar in their publishing line, behind Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.[96] Harley Quinn currently stars in four separate ongoing series — three eponymous titles and Suicide Squad. Only Batman and Superman have comparable numbers of monthly appearances, making Harley DC Comics’ most prominent and profitable female character.[96] Kevin Kiniry, vice-president of DC Collectibles, says Harley Quinn is always a top-seller and that she “can go toe-to-toe with Batman and the Joker as one of the most fan-requested and sought-after characters."[96] In 2016, Harley Quinn's Halloween costume ranked as the most popular costume in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and it remains a popular subject for cosplay.[97][98] To celebrate the character, DC Comics declared the month of February to be Harley Quinn Month and published twenty-two Harley Quinn variant covers across their line of comic books.[99] IGN's 2009 list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time ranked Harley Quinn as #45.[100] She was ranked 16th in Comics Buyer's Guide's 2011 "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.[101]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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