Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn


General Information

Real name:

Harleen Frances Quinzel

First Appearance:

Batman: The Animated Series
( Comic ) Joker’s Favor ” (TV) The Batman Adventures #12 (Comic)

Created by:

( aritst ) Paul Dini (writer) Bruce Timm (aritst)


Poison Ivy
Justice League of Anarchy
Suicide Squad
Batman Family

Justice League of Anarchy


High intelligence

Reading: Harley Quinn

Exceptional agility and strength
Immunity to most toxins
Expert psychiatrist
Proficient gymnast
Exceptional hand-to-hand combatant

Portrayed by:

Arleen Sorkin (Voice)
Hynden Walch (Voice)
Mia Sara
Tara Strong (Voice)
Laura Bailey (Voice)
Margot Robbie
Jenny Slate (Voice)
Laura Post (Voice)
Melissa Rauch (Voice)
Kaley Cuoco (Voice)
Gillian Jacobs (Voice)

Jenny Slate

You’d think after living with Mr. J I’d be used to a little pain.
―Harley Quinn[src]

Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, besides known as Harley Quinn ( a pun on the word “ harlequin ” ), first appeared in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “ Joker ‘s Favor “, where she served as a humorous female buddy to the Joker. In her foremost appearances she was depicted as a character wholly devoted to the Joker, wholly oblivious to his psychotic nature and obvious lack of affection for her ; this portrayal has remained more or less reproducible throughout her subsequent appearances. The origin of the character was recounted in a 1994 graphic novel The Batman Adventures: Mad Love. Told in the style and continuity of Batman: The Animated Series and written and drawn by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm ( two of the producers of the animated series and Harley ‘s creators ), the amusing reserve reveals Harley ‘s origins as an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who falls in beloved with the Joker. The history was widely praised and won the Eisner and Harvey Awards for Best Single Issue Comic of the class. The Mad Love narrative was originally thought excessively fierce for the enliven series, but was finally used in The New Batman Adventures sequence “ Mad Love “ in 1999. This made it the first “ animation-style ” comic book to be adapted for the series, a commit that would be continued for the sequence “ Holiday Knights “ .



Dr. Harleen Quinzel was a psychiatric intern at Arkham Asylum. A model student, in accession to receiving high grades in college, she was besides a dedicated gymnast, winning a eruditeness to Gotham City University. While researching the lunatics at Arkham, she became fascinated with one particular convict. ambitiously volunteering to analyze him, she pleaded with the doctors at Arkham for three months before she could treat him. After he gained her sympathy during their sessions, he seduced her, causing her to fall madly in love with him. After helping him elude from the refuge more than once, Harleen was suspected by the authorities, who revoked her license and placed her in her own cell. During an earthquake in Gotham City, she fled and became Harley Quinn, the buddy of the Clown Prince of Crime himself .
Quinn ‘s relationship with the Joker is one of the most complex and wind love affairs in comics : as with all people, the Joker is abusive and manipulative towards Harley, but, fair vitamin a often, there ‘s attest of chumminess, gaiety, and genuine affection towards her. The Joker would only use Harley for intense sexual intercourse and her body. She ‘s the lone person who ‘s managed to become inner on such a long term basis with the Joker, who, in turn, displays episodic moments of confusion and discomfort which results in attempts to kill her .
One fourth dimension, when the Joker realized he had very deeply hidden feelings of sexual love, he sent Harley off in a rocket. She crash landed in Robinson Park in the concentrate of Gotham and was found by Poison Ivy. When Harley regained awareness, Ivy initially planned to kill her. The prospect of her own death wholly fails to move Harley, and Ivy is curious as to why. She convinces Harley to tell her story, and soon feels a kinship to her. Considering her another castoff, Ivy offers to help Harley take her revenge on both Batman and the Joker. Ivy took her back to her lair in a toxic consume shit and nursed her back to health. This included injecting Harley with a serum that Ivy had developed which has given Harley exemption to respective consort toxins and Ivy ‘s own poisonous touch and besides dramatically enhances Harley ‘s potency and travel rapidly. Ivy intends to give her new friend an edge on Batman and the Joker. Quinn and Ivy teamed up and conducted a issue of successful capers. hot-blooded Harley, however, is angrier at the Joker than at Batman, and even initially works with the Dark Knight to help bring down the Clown Prince of Crime .
While Batman eliminates the villain ‘s brawn, Quinn chases the Joker up a damaged build, intending to send him falling to his death. Before she can do so, however, the Joker apologizes. Falling in love with him again, she forgives him on the spot, and serves as his deputy throughout the rest of No Man ‘s Land, arsenic well as the Emperor Joker storyline. After this, Ivy dissolved the partnership in disgust. Ivy remains, however, her usual first steer of call when she and The Joker are going through a rocky temporary hookup. Ivy adopted the character of older sister and teller of harsh truths to Quinn about her helpless infatuation with The Joker. She frequently refers to the Joker as “ Puddin ” and “ Mr. J. ” and she refers to Poison Ivy as “ Red ” ( a reference to her red hair ) In the One year subsequently storyline, Harley Quinn resurfaces as an inpatient at Arkham Asylum, glimpsed concisely in Detective Comics # 823. Harley next appeared in Batman # 663, in which she helps the Joker with a plan to kill all his former henchmen, unaware that the “ punchline ” to the dodge is her own death. Upon realizing this, she shoots him in the shoulder. In Birds of Prey # 105, Harley Quinn joins the Secret Six as the sixth penis. In issue # 108, upon hearing that Oracle has sent the russian authorities footage of teammate Deadshot murdering the Six ‘s employer as vengeance for double-crossing them, Harley asks, “ Is it a bad time to say ‘ I quit ‘ ? ”

Gotham City Sirens

Harley Quinn has joined forces with Poison Ivy and Catwoman in Gotham City Sirens. Having moved in with Poison Ivy at The Riddler ‘s townhouse, she meets up with Catwoman who offers for the three of them to live and work together. Ivy resolves that she and Harley would provide Catwoman with “ incontrovertible female support ”, and the three then agree to become a team. however, Harley and Ivy have one condition : they demand that Catwoman reveal to them the true identity of the original Batman. suddenly, however, a modern 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 .
late, after a casual meet with who she thought was Bruce Wayne ( but was very disguise Hush ), the Joker attempts to kill Harley, obviously out of jealousy. Quinn is rescued by Ivy and Selina, and it is late revealed that her attacker was n’t the very Joker, but one of his old henchmen impersonating him. During the Holidays, Harley travels to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where she visits her family. Her buddy seems to be lazy and unwilling to work, causing Harley to fuss at him about the position. Her mother besides voices her disapproval for Harley ‘s condition as a cherished condemnable, even though her daughter tries to say that she has changed her ways. The merging leads to Harley going to visit her father in prison. She and her dad talk of why he is in jail once again, and he tries to tell her that he will besides change his path if Harley has done thus. They share a here and now, but Harley realizes that her ‘Pop ‘ is trying to find out where she has stashed money aside for him. As Harley goes to exit the build, a guard asks for a mental picture. She tries to refuse, but the defend claims that her father promised she would and he had given him money for the photograph : This angers Harley even further. Quinn soon returns to Gotham City, not wanting to stay anywhere near her family. She then goes rear to living with Catwoman and Poison Ivy in an abandoned animal kennel, which she warmly regards as her new family. Following a number of adventures with Catwoman and Ivy, Harley betrays them and breaks into Arkham with the goal of killing the Joker for abusing her deoxyadenosine monophosphate often as he did. however, Harley ultimately chooses to alternatively release Joker from his cellular telephone, 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. Harley and the Joker are finally defeated by Batman and Catwoman, and Harley is death seen being wheeled away while bound in a straitjacket and gun muzzle. shortly after this, Poison Ivy breaks into Harley ‘s cellular telephone and attempts to kill her for her treachery, but rather offers to free her if she helps kill Catwoman, who had left both of her companion Sirens behind in Arkham. Harley agrees, and the two set out to trap Catwoman. During the ensuing battle, Catwoman says that she saw good in them and truly alone wanted to help. Just as Batman is about to arrest them, Catwoman helps the two of them escape .

The New 52

now sporting a new costume, Harley is late arrested by Black Canary after murdering one of the prosecutors who put the Joker behind bars. She is then tortured and forcibly inducted into the Suicide Squad by Amanda Waller. It is finally revealed that she no longer wears confront paint, and that her bleach peel is now separate of a permanent condition. She besides seems to be attracted to Deadshot, as she sees an abusive drawing card in him merely as she saw in the Joker. Despite having no powers at all, she proves to be a valuable asset to the Squad, though she is easily the most mentally unstable ( Deadshot described her as “ cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs ). surprisingly, she does not show any visible reaction upon hearing of the Joker ‘s “ death ” beyond stopping in her tracks and staring off into space, though after Deadshot snaps her come out of the closet of her sidereal day dream and tells her to focus she replies “ Focus. yea. Consider me very focus correct now ”. In the fourth issue she is moved into isolation and separated from the rest of the Suicide Squad, which confuses the Belle Reeve guards as she is a powerless unstable woman, though as her guards ask what she could possibly do Waller insults the guard ‘s news and Quinn smiles at the guard. She is not seen with the remainder of the Suicide Squad when they are sent to put down the break out at Belle Reeve. It ‘s revealed at the end of the fifth issue that Quinn somehow orchestrated the break and deactivated her turkey as a diversion to escape from Belle Reeve, and is shown to be going to Gotham City to learn about Joker ‘s death. Quinn returns to Gotham and begins a crime spree with henchmen in her visualize. During the issue Quinn flashbacks to her first gear meetings with Joker, though her origins have been slightly altered as of the boot. Unlike her DCAU counterpart and previous versions, Harleen never believed any of the Joker ‘s tales about his childhood and is shown to be both fabulously intelligent and has some fighting proficiency as shown when she threatened the Joker upon realizing he has brought a knife into their first session. In their tenth seance Joker reveals what he learned about Harley, that her father had been killed in a hit-and-run by a drink, affluent rich man who had enough connections to escape the charges and jail prison term. Joker then presents her with the man ‘s finger, explaining it would be unmanageable to sneak the man ‘s fatten cadaver into the Asylum, but that he had already tried as much. She tortures a psychologist and early ally for the localization of Joker ‘s body before slitting the womanhood ‘s throat. In order to get to his face Harley allows herself to be arrested by the GCPD and brought into their build. Inside the GCPD, Harley retrieves Joker ‘s confront and tries to escape with it, to go to Arkham, but is stopped by Savant. She and Savant fight, until she outsmarts initiate by trapping him in a blackmail cellular telephone rigged to explode should he attempt to escape, and jeeringly says to stay there. As she tries to escape from the GCPD, she notices Deadshot. She drops infrared bombs, blinding Deadshot, and sneaks up behind him, knocking him out with her sledgehammer. He wakes up unmask and is forced to wear Joker ‘s front. Harley, nowadays believing that Deadshot is Joker, asks him why he did n’t come back for her. Going along, he asks her that if she truly loves him, she would try to kill the Bat family. indeed happily, she runs towards ‘the Joker ‘, but Deadshot shoots her in the gut. Quinn survived, but requires operation to recover from her atrocious wounds. Amanda Waller calm considers Harley as separate of the Suicide Squad despite what had happened, but threatens her not to pull this kind of stunt again. Harley ‘s approach brush with death seemed to have cured her of her psychosis, and for a time, she refers to herself as ‘Dr Harleen Quinzel ‘ again. Later in the series it is revealed that this was only irregular. It is possible Harley has developed multiple personality disorder. Harley returned to the team after her treachery, but Deadshot seems to be against her returning to the squad. When Harley tries to ‘make it up to him ‘ she receives a punch in the face. When a gunman working for Basilisk who was being taken in for question was poisoned, a double-crosser was suspected in the group. Deadshot appears to believe the traitor to be Harley Quinn after her rampage earlier on in the series. When the plane they are flying on is destroyed by a extremity of Basilisk, the Suicide Squad lands somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico where a tribe of Mayans capture them and get ready to sacrifice many of the members. erstwhile late Harley is seen in a memory unit with many of her “ treasures ” talking to her gorge beaver. She is thinking about what it would be like for her to have her own amusing book. When she hears some voices who offer to depict her in her comics. First Becky Cloonan depicts her as a rock star in the middle of a concert, but she gets booed off phase resulting in her shooting her dance band, and asked to see another generator. Tony Daniel draws her as a giant automaton dubbed “ Harley-Zilla ” by Harley, she goes about destroying the township but finally decides to go with person else. following she is riding a dolphinfish and saves a cruise ship from some pirates, she was drawn as a businesswoman, and then a ninja who kills the former artist that drew her. Jim Lee then depicts Harley fighting Batman in the opera house from the Hush discharge in the modern style, but Harley does n’t want a reissue so she moves on, and is drawn doing her “ rev up your Harley ” scene from the animize series but she forgets her lines. She goes through being a soccer player, Miss Gotham winner, and ends up in the Tiny titans comedian, but she attacks them with her forge for their “ sugarcoated nonsense ”. Harley is then put into a car with Poison Ivy as they drive towards a cliff after they go over she gets moved into another cable car by Dave Johnson, which crashes into the Hollywood signboard. Jeremy Roberts, then makes fun of her fourth dimension in the suicide squad by depicting Harley in many dangerous situations, afterwards she is put into a swamp where she is attacked by a monster interpretation of The Joker, she kills it with her hammer and is happy after she gets transported to a cub yacht by Darwyn Cooke. Where she and Catwoman plan to rob the people on board but they get defeated by Amanda Conner. She wakes up and finds a bomb left by the Joker which subsequently destroys her home, she survives and finds a amusing of her whose art she likes. then a man in a car comes up to her and tells her that one of her early patients from Arkham left her some real estate of the realm in his will. Causing Harley to say “ This is gon sodium be fun. ” Harley rides her motorcycle through Coney Island with the remainder of her treasures on the back of it. When she sees a world walking a deplorable dog through the street, causing her to attack the man with a blister and drag him down the street. Where she is spotted by a bounty orion who tries to kill her, causing her to crash in the in-between of a bridge, her modern chase fetches her hammer and she proceeds to knock the guys head off for the disturb he caused. Some time later she arrives at the apartment she meets big Tony, Queenie, and the early tenants of the apartment. then goes on a go of her new four floor build, but soon learns she has to cover the expenses prompting her to get a job. She uses make up to cover up her bleached hide so she can appear as her “ normal ” self to get a job working as a therapist, then goes for try outs at a roller bowler hat, where -after viciously beating up the early entrants- she gets a placement on the team. late that nox while relaxing on her rooftop a womanhood attempts to stab her but is shot by Big Tony. Afterwards they find a poster offering a two-million dollar reward for Harley dead or alive .

personality and traits

Details of Harley ‘s character vary depending on the personification, but most versions have an obsessive puppy love with the Joker whom she nicknames “ Mistah J ” or “ Puddin ‘ ”. Blindly loyal to the Clown Prince of Crime, Harley is often depicted as a victim of physical, verbal and mental abuse, eroding her sanity and resulting in a sociopathic madwoman. occasionally, she shows signs that she knows her obsession with the Joker is unhealthy, but only a few incarnations have been able to in full break away from him. champagne, energetic, and capture, Harley often hides her demented mind behind a childish outside, which she can combine with the coquettish demeanor of a woman who is mindful of her thoroughly looks and will use them to get what she wants. She is besides much more intelligent than she lets on, often causing friend and foe alike to underestimate her — in the Mad Love storyline, she came closer to killing Batman than the Joker always did — and some incarnations evening have a genius level IQ, despite her insanity. Her train as a psychiatrist gives her a bent for getting into people ‘s heads. In addition to being a skilled operator, she ‘s prone to explosive fits of rage and has a crimson streak that about rivals that of the Joker himself. indeed, the very first base incarnation of Harley could even intimidate him when she was angry, although late incarnations are much submissive and put up with his misuse out of a misplace smell of commitment. Unlike most versions of the Joker however, most of Harley ‘s incarnations do possess a softer side and are capable of truly caring about others. She treats her pet hyenas, Bud and Lou, like her own children, calling them her “ babies ”, and authentically loves Poison Ivy, whom she often nicknames “ crimson ” or “ Pammy ”. The nature of their love depends on the incarnation, with some being portrayed as lovers, others as close friends, and a few even behave like family members, with Ivy often acting like a large sister or a mother to the more young Harley. Harley can besides be identical patriotic to people she cares about, but at the same time she struggles with an natural selfishness and a sense of addiction on others. Her commitment to people like Ivy rarely surpasses her commitment to the Joker. however, a few incarnations have realized that her loyalty was misplaced, and managed to redirected it towards people who deserve it. On several occasions, she has sided with Batman and even became one of his most trust allies in the Injustice series.

While most versions of Harley have attempted to leave her life of crime behind at least once, only a few consume succeeded. Those that have can rarely escape from her destructive past wholly. Harley ‘s grandchild followed in her footsteps in Return of the Joker and after Joker ‘s death in the Injustice series, he was revealed to calm be her greatest fear when she was exposed to Scarecrow ‘s fear flatulence .

Powers and Abilities

  • Gifted Intellect: Despite being somewhat absent-minded, she is shown to be highly trained in psychiatry and gymnastics.
    • Trained Pyschiatrist: Harley completed with her psychiatry residency at Arkham Asylum, and is now a trained psychiatrist in both fields of psychoanalysis and criminology.
  • Expert Combatant: Harley Quinn is a highly skilled combatant due to her years as a criminal and uses her skills in gymnastics to help her in her fights.
  • Master Acrobat: Harley’s skills in gymnastics rival with those of Catwoman and Nightwing.
  • Toxic Immunity: As a result of Poison Ivy’s treatment, she is immune to various assorted toxins and Ivy’s own poisonous touch.
  • Enhanced Strength & Stamina: Harley’s strength and stamina has been augmented by injections given to her by Poison Ivy.


Quinn employs a assortment of Joker ’ s party-gag weapons, including knives, gag-pistols and bombs. however, she has besides made use of her own weapons, including a a elephantine mallet and a pop artillery. Since the New 52, Harley has begun using baseball bats alternatively of her mallet to move aside from her time as Joker ‘s henchwoman .

In other Media

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DC Animated Universe

Harley debuts in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “ Joker ‘s Favor “. She continues to appear in the serial and its successors, including The New Batman Adventures, the Superman: The Animated Series crossover voter “ World ‘s Finest “, and Justice League. In many of her appearances, Harley either works alongside the Joker or Poison Ivy. She besides appears in flashbacks in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, though besides cameos at the film ‘s conclusion as the grandma of Dee Dee. In all appearances, Harley is voiced by Arleen Sorkin .

Birds of Prey

In 2002, a live-action television serial called Birds of Prey, loosely based on the comic of the same name, included Harley Quinn as a psychotic psychiatrist and main villain. The character was portrayed by actress Mia Sara, who replaced Sherilyn Fenn ( originator of the function in an airless navigate sequence ). The express aired only 13 episodes. In this show, Harley is portrayed as an old, far more calculate and sinister character than her champagne comedian and cartoon personas. She besides does not wear a costume, although she does wear an outfit that is evocative of her cartoon costume in the series finale, “ Devil ‘s Eyes ”. In that episode, she used experimental engineering to transfer metahuman mind control powers to herself. It is unknown about this version ‘s relationship with the Joker, although she does make reference to him as “ Mr. J. ” on a few occasions, laments his loss as Gotham ‘s crime party boss and hints at a past relationship evocative to that of the animated series .

The Batman

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Harley Quinn is introduced to the Batman: The Brave and the Bold series in the episode “ Emperor Joker ”. She is voiced by Meghan Strange. This version is a henchwoman of the Joker and wears an equip similar to that of a 1920 ‘s flapper womanhood. Quinn never appears in her master costume, though Bat-Mite does in the episode, and Paul Dini had a cameo in Harley ‘s costume in a former episode. She holds a brief crush on Bat-Mite in the episode, but ultimately proves to love the Joker more. She makes a cameo in the series finale, “ Mitefall ! “, as part of the wrap-party for the now-canceled Brave and the Bold series. She kicks Gagsworthy when he tries to approach the Joker .

Young Justice

A adolescent wearing Harley ‘s DCAU costume is seen in the Young Justice episode “ Secrets ” .


Harley Quinn make a brief cameo in the Arrow episode “ Suicide Squad ”, voiced by Tara Strong. She is a member of the Suicide Squad, though is never deployed physically during the series .
The DC Universe streaming service created an american english animated vane television series, which premieres on November 29, 2019, based entirely on Harley Quinn. The T.V. show follows the newly individual Harley Quinn as she sets off to make it on her own as the condemnable queenpin in Gotham City. The series follows Harley Quinn ‘s adventures after she breaks up with the Joker, including receiving help from Poison Ivy and others to become a member of the Legion of Doom .


Harley Quinn appeared in Mark Protosevich ‘s Batman Unchained script, as one of the main antagonists alongside the Scarecrow. Quinn would have been portrayed as the Joker ‘s daughter seeking retaliation for his death in the master movie with Jack Nicholson .

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Harley is the name of a monkey owned by the Jester ( Earth-Two ‘s equivalent of the Joker ) .

DC Films Multiverse

Harley Quinn appears in current DC Films, portrayed by Margot Robbie. She first appeared in Suicide Squad as a penis of Task Force X. Quinn is besides the main protagonist of Birds of Prey, where she attempts to get over breaking up with the Joker. She returns in The Suicide Squad as a extremity of the nominal team .

The LEGO Movies

Main article: Harley Quinn ( Lego Movie )

Harley Quinn appears in The LEGO Batman Movie as a supporting antagonist, voiced by Jenny Slate. Quinn besides appears in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, voiced by Margot Rubin .
Dr. Harleen Quinzel makes a cameo in the scenario where Batman died and Jason ( as the Red Hood ) murdered the Joker. She appears in the criminal ‘s cremation, clearly shocked by the Clown Prince of Crime ‘s death .

Video Games

Harley Quinn was primitively intended to be a playable DLC character together with Quan Chi in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe but due to Midway ‘s bankruptcy, it was cancelled .

LEGO Series

Batman: Arkham Series

DC Universe Online

Arleen Sorkin reprises her function as Harley Quinn in DC Universe Online. Her look is alike to her Batman: The Animated Series appearance .

Injustice Series

Main article: Harley Quinn ( Injustice )

Harley Quinn appears in Injustice: Gods Among Us as a playable quality, with Tara Strong reprising the function from Batman: Arkham City. Her Prime population equivalent helps the joker set up a turkey to blow up Metropolis. In the “ Insurgency ” universe, Harley has become an ally of Batman after the Joker ‘s mangle at the hands of Superman and the leader of a group of anarchists known as the Joker cult. Quinn returns in the sequel, Injustice 2, voiced again by Strong. now a full-time superhero and one of the few people Batman trusts and cares about, viewing her about like a sister, the Insurgency Quinn joins the battle against Brainiac and the Society. She is closely killed by Wonder Woman, however .

LEGO sets

LEGO has made a minifigure of Harley Quinn who looks identical alike to her Batman: The Animated Series appearance. She comes in the fructify with a large “ hand truck ” with a hammer on the side and a LEGO version of Batman, who appears to be wearing the same batsuit as he does in The Dark Knight. LEGO Batman comes with a fomite resembling the Batpod, though very movie inaccurate .


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