Hero Overview

Nothing says 'l'chaim' like a girl dressed in a stripper clown outfit wielding a hundred-pound mallet.
~ Harley Quinn.
Don't worry, ma. I already laughed in the face a Death once today. An' if he comes back, I'll do it again.
~ Harley to her mother.
Let's be real, yer dyin' for the approval of yer dad, and he ain't even qualified to give it! He should always want ya to be the best version of yerself, even if ya fight about it! Don't become a monster for someone who doesn't even want the best for ya.
~ Harley Quinn to Penny Brooker.

Dr. Harleen Francis Quinzel, better known as Harley Quinn, is an fictional character and anti-heroine from DC Comics, usually a partner of The Joker, this version hailing from the Prime Earth no longer has any connection with him. Though originally an villain and enemy of the Batman, she has ended her relationship with the Joker and continued a career as a on-and off vigilante.

She was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, and first appeared in Suicide Squad Vol 4 #1 in November of 2011 in the New 52.

History

Dr. Harleen Quinzel was a psychologist from Arkham Asylum who was called to attend the Joker, who unknown to her was manipulating her to became his partner. The Joker succeeded in manipulating Harley, who broke him out his cell and the two became partners in crime.

She was corrupted by the Joker, who threw her into Chemical vats (exactly what happened to him) and turned her into his henchwoman Harley Quinn. Over the years, they committed crimes until Joker decided that she was no longer useful to him, which she defend against him is no longer a villain once more.

Biography

Early Life

Harleen Francis "Harley" Quinzel was born in Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York to Nick and Sharon Quinzel, and is the older sister to Barry, Frankie, and Ezzie Quinzel. Harley's interest in criminal psychology began when she was child, and increased when a boy named Bernie Bash murdered someone to prove his love for her. Despite Bernie's crime, she broke into his house and stole a stuffed beaver from his father's taxidermy shop as a memento of their relationship. During her high school years, Harley showed herself to be quite intelligent and athletic, being an honor student and gymnast. She attended Gotham University for veterinary and biological science, but decided to leave the field to pursue psychiatry.

Becoming Harley Quinn

Harley excelled in the field and became a psychiatrist at an unknown hospital, and transferred to Arkham Asylum to study the minds of criminals. Seeing that the doctors couldn't understand the mind of the patients there, Harley went undercover as a patient herself, but the Joker saw through her guise. The Joker manipulated Harley, revealing that he knew that her father was killed by a drunk driver who had connections to get off.

Eventually, Harley's supervisor Sterano discovered her attraction to the Joker after stealing her notes, and intended to expose her. Harley attempted to kill Sterano, but she was interrupted by the guards, but managed to break the Joker out his cell. The Joker then took her to Ace Chemical Processing Plant, and shoved her into a chemical vat to see if she would survive. She survived, but had lost touch with reality and was dubbed "Harley Quinn" by the Joker, the two becoming partners in crime.

Suicide Squad

During her murderous spree, she was arrested by Black Canary and sentenced to death row at Belle Rave prison for her crimes. She was recruited into Suicide Squad by Amanda Waller after being tortured and implant with a micro-bomb, and was tasked with stopping the Basilisk, a metahuman terrorist organization. After another mission, Harley's micro-bomb was accidently deactivated and escaped from Belle Rave. Harley went to Gotham City to see if the rumors surrounding the Joker's death, and was also being hunted by the Suicide Squad.

DC Rebirth

Harley's history appears to have been slightly altered as a result of DC Rebirth. While still manipulated by Joker and exposed to chemicals, her father was never killed in a car accident.

Personality

Harley Quinn is the definition of crazy and madness, turning to a life of crime. She was very happy indulging in every criminal activity, however over the years (and some help of Batman), she has become an antiheroine thus far, even allying herself with Power Girl at one point.

In current days, she has worked with the Suicide Squad and even defeated the Joker proving she is no longer controlled by him.

Portrayals

Films

  • In Batman: Assault on Arkham, she was voiced by Hynden Welch, who also voiced Nia Teppelin, Princess Bubblegum, Hitomi, and Starfire in the 2003 series and the Teen Titans Go! series.
    • Welch reprised her voice for the character in The Batman, Batman: Hush and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
  • In the DC Extended Universe, she is portrayed by Margot Robbie.
  • In The Lego Batman Movie, she was voiced by Jenny Slate, who also voiced Huntress Wizard and Gidget.
  • In Batman and Harley Quinn, she was voiced by Melissa Rauch, who also played Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz.
  • In Batman vs. Two-Face, she was voiced by Sirena Irwin.
  • In DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon, she was voiced by Kang Ji-young.
  • In Batman Ninja, she was voiced by Rie Kugimiya.
  • In The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, she was voiced by Margot Rubin.

Television

  • In Batman: The Animated Series and the DC Animated Universe, she was voiced by Alreen Sorkin.
    • Sorkin reprised her voice for the character in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Gotham Girls, The Adventures of Batman & Robin, Batman Vengeance, Batman: Arkham Asylum and DC Universe Online.
  • In Birds of Prey, she was portrayed by Mia Sara.
  • In the titular 2019 animated series, she is voiced by Kaley Cuoco, who also played Penny Hofstadter.

Video Games

  • In Lego Batman: The Videogame, she was voiced by Grey DeLisle, who voices Daphne Blake.
  • In Batman: Arkham City and onward, she was voiced by Tara Strong, who also voiced Timmy Turner.
    • Strong reprised her voice of the character in Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout, Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman Ninja in the English dub, DC Super Hero Girls, Justice League Action, Infinite Crisis, the Injustice series, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Lego Dimensions, and DC Super-Villains
  • In Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, she was voiced by Laura Bailey, who also voiced Supergirl, Mary Jane Watson, Helena Harper, and Sherry Birkin.
  • In the Telltale Batman series, she was voiced by Laura Post, who also voiced Diana Cavendish.

Web Series

Trivia

  • Ranked 45th on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Villains" list.
  • Ranked 16th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list in 2011.
  • Harleen Quinzel (Prime Earth) appears as Harley Quinn (Prime Earth) a playable character in the Infinite Crisis video game.
  • Despite Harley's wacky personality, she has shown to be very intelligent and has earned a number of degrees in medical science, even neuroscience, that allow her help or manipulate others. However her psychotic and violent tendencies can occasionally cause her to make some unwise decisions.
  • It has been previously stated that deep down Harley still holds a candle for the Joker. But his past abuse and darker tendencies keep her from returning to him.
    • In contrast, Joker hoped they could someday reconcile as he admires the violent and psychotic aspects Harley's personality. He previously tried to draw out those aspects more in Harley during the Death of the Family arc, but ironically it was this attempt that lead to their break up in the first place.

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