Harley Quinn, real name Harleen Quinzel, was the Joker's on-and-off girlfriend and a dangerous villain in her own right.
Harleen Quinzel entered Gotham State on a gymnastics scholarship, but was never bent on studying. She only wanted to be a pop psychologist, and used her good looks to get on the honor roll. Eventually graduating first of her class, she became an intern at Arkham Asylum. And though Dr. Leland warned her, she fell head over heals for the Joker, setting him free and joining him as her lover and partner in crime "Harley Quinn".
Working with Joker, Harley was part of some of Joker's most grandiose schemes including the murder attempt of Commissioner Gordon, his attempt to trademark fishes with his own face, the murder attempt on Batman and Catwoman and the murder attempt on Sidney Debris for killing Batman. Fortunately, all this plans were eventually foiled by Batman.
Some time later, Harley grew tired of Joker's constant abuse and she met Poison Ivy, who declared her nuts for still following that clown. Ivy and Harley teamed up and conducted a number of successful capers, creating a strong bond.
Due to her mentally unbalanced condition, Harley became a patient in Arkham Asylum, the same place she was once employed at as a psychiatrist. On one occasion, Harley was part of a plan to abduct Batman into Arkham to stand trial and kill him, but he managed to break free and stopped them. After this, Batman made a deal with Harley that would earn her an early release from Arkham if she helped capture the Joker. The plan almost succeeded until she couldn't resist anymore and embraced the Joker, showing unconditional love. Some time later, Harley was released from Arkham with a sanity certificate. However, she had a relapse due to a misunderstanding and had to be taken back to Arkham by Batman.
Later she appears with Ivy and controls Bruce Wayne to spend his money on a holiday-shopping spree. After he falls over an elevator shaft, he changes into Batman. Although he is knocked out by both villains, he regains conscience, and traps them under a Christmas tree. In "Joker's Millions she is left behind by the Joker after a heist. She is lightened after he is rich, but soon angered after he seeks new girlfriend. She escapes and impersonates a cop. When he is apprehended, she beats him with a club. she sues Bruce Wayne in Scarecrows nightmare in Batgirl's mind. Ivy and Quinn team up with Livewire to get quick cash, but soon versus both Batgirl and Supergirl. The hero duo found out the hideout, but the villains knew. Harley uses the knockout glove, but it backfires and knocks her out. Ivy and Livewire is soon apprehended. In "Mad Love," she goes back when she was an intern, and sees and soon fell in love with the Joker. So in love, she kidnaps Batman to show Joker that they could be happy forever. Batman soon convinces her to call Joker, but he pushes her out of the window in an angered manor, and she is critically injured. Batman and Joker fought, until he fell and remained unknown if he lived. Harley soon disgusted him, until a flower stating, "Get Well, - Mr. J.," calling him an angel. In Beware the Creeper she helps turn Jack Ryder, into the Creeper. Creeper falls in love with her, but she disgusted and annoyed by him. Joker and Ryder having a rivalry, until Creeper won. Yet, Batman doses Creeper with a calm syringe, and he gets sleepy with Harley as his pillow. She and the Joker appear in a cross-over in STAS, in World's Finest, where they first propose a deal to eliminate each other enemies, but is goes wrong when both heroes join together. Mercy Graves and Harley start to begin a rivalry, and both critically injured each other. At the end, Harley almost kills her, but Mercy gets the last laugh leaving Harley in jail
After several years together, Joker and Harley kidnapped Robin, seeking to make him "Joker Junior". After a fight with Batgirl, she fell into Arkham Canyon, seemingly lost. The Joker was killed in the confrontation with Batman.
Powers and Abilities
- Cosmic Awareness: Harley has, shown a few times to be fully aware of being a fictional character, she was even directly talking to the viewer.
- Toxic Immunity: During their first adventure together, Poison Ivy gave Harley a serum that made her immune to the toxins that surrounded their base.
- Cheating Death
- Gymnastics: Harley was a natural gymnast.
- Singing: Harley is a surprisingly talented singer.
- Martial Arts
- Mental Illness (Formerly): Joker managed to single handedly break Quinzel's sanity, leading her to take on the persona of Harley Quinn.
- Harley Quinn was voiced by Arleen Sorkin. In the animated movie Batman and Harley Quinn, she was voiced by Melissa Rauch.
- Sorkin starred in a soap opera which included a dream sequence where she wore a jester costume. Paul Dini used this scene as an inspiration for the character, writing her specifically so Sorkin could voice the character.
- In Harley Quinn's first appearance, in the Batman: Animated Series episode "Joker's Favor", her sole purpose was to walk into a police banquet with a giant cake. She did not have her trademark costume on for most of the episode, dressing instead as a police officer in a mini skirt.
- In the Batman episode "Harlequinade", it's is revealed that she is not a natural blonde.
- Batman (1992 TV Series) Episode: Joker's Favor
- Batman (1992 TV Series) Episode: Harlequinade
- Batman (1992 TV Series) Episode: Harley and Ivy
- Batman (1992 TV Series) Episode: Harley's Holiday
- New Batman Adventures Episode: Mad Love
- Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
- Batman: Harley and Ivy Vol 1
- 120 Appearances of Harleen Quinzel (DCAU)
- 32 Images featuring Harleen Quinzel (DCAU)
- 19 Quotations by or about Harleen Quinzel (DCAU)
- Character Gallery: Harleen Quinzel (DCAU)
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