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Details of Harley's character vary depending on the incarnation, but most versions have an obsessive infatuation with the Joker whom she nicknames "Mista 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 (such as the Injustice fighting games) have been able to fully break away from him and fight alongside the good guys. Bubbly, energetic, and charming, Harley often hides her demented mind behind a childish exterior, which she can combine with the flirtatious demeanour of a woman who is aware of her good looks and will use them to get what she wants. She is also 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 ever did, and some incarnations even have a genius level IQ, despite her insanity. Her training as a psychiatrist gives her a knack for getting into peoples heads. In addition to being a skilled manipulator, she's also prone to explosive fits of rage and has a violent streak that almost rivals that of the Joker himself. Indeed, the very first incarnation of Harley could even intimidate him when she was angry, although later incarnations are often submissive and put up with his abuse out of a misplaced sense of loyalty. Unlike most versions the Joker however, most of Harley's incarnations do possess a softer side and are capable of genuinely caring about others. She treats her pet hyenas, Bud and Lou, like her own children, calling them her "babies", and genuinely loves Poison Ivy, whom she often nicknames "Red" 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 big sister or a mother to the more immature Harley. Harley can also be very loyal to people she cares about, but at the same time she struggles with an innate selfishness and a sense of dependence on others. Her loyalty to people like Ivy rarely surpasses her loyalty 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 trusted 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 have succeeded. Those that have can rarely fully escape from her destructive past. Harley's grandchildren followed in her footsteps in Return of the Joker and after Joker's death in the Injustice series, he was revealed to still be her greatest fear when she was exposed to Scarecrow's fear gas.
Harley Quinn is the former girlfriend and sidekick to the Joker; a criminal psychologist turned flamboyant criminal menace. While her intentions are typically good, her methods often betray her insanity. Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, also 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 sidekick to the Joker. In her first appearances she was depicted as a character completely devoted to the Joker, totally oblivious to his psychotic nature and obvious lack of affection for her; this characterization has remained more or less consistent 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 comic book reveals Harley's origins as an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who falls in love with the Joker. The story was widely praised and won the Eisner and Harvey Awards for Best Single Issue Comic of the Year. The Mad Love story was originally thought too violent for the animated series, but was eventually used in the New Batman Adventures episode "Mad Love" in 1999. This made it the first "animation-style" comic book to be adapted for the series, a practice that would be continued for the episode "Holiday Knights". Harley's origin was, for years, identical in the comics to the one seen in the Batman animated series. But, in the comic series Harley Quinn, a quite different one was established. Born Harleen Quinzel, her mother is a somewhat harsh, but forgiving lady, who constantly calls her evil and compares her to other heroes. Harley's younger brother is a deadbeat with children from at least two different women and still lives in their mother's house. She apparently sent him several large sums of money to get his life on track, but he squandered it. Harley's father is a criminal con-artist, known for swindling women out of their money with his charm. She stated that the main reason she became a psychiatrist was so she could understand why her father did what he did to their family. She went to study psychology, but found doing so dull. She slept her way into a college. She came up with a theory about being in love having similarities with being a criminal. About, how far can someone go for love and decided to use her boyfriend, Guy, as the test subject, pretending that she had committed various crimes, such as murdering a teacher, to Guy's surprise. Thinking he was looking out for Harleen, he shot an innocent man, believing him to be "murdered" professor who hadn't died yet. Guy thought that he couldn't live with the guilt, and wanted to die, but couldn't bring himself to do it, and asked her to kill him instead. And she did, for love, disguising the murder as a suicide. Traumatized by these events, she began to believe that universe is in a constant state of chaos, like Guy thought. She repressed her feelings of sorrow, and felt connected with the Joker, who believes in some of the same things as Guy, and lands herself a job at Arkham Asylum, demanding to speak to him. During the very first session, she showed the Joker her blossoming insanity, and obsession towards him. Joker found this appealing, and Harley helped him escape various times, before eventually becoming his henchgirl. Eventually, Harley was caught by Batman and put into a cell in Arkham, where she was able to escape time and time again. During the events of No Man's Land, she was finally able to escape, immediately choosing to rejoin with the Joker and help him in his crimes. Later, in another retelling of her origin it is explained that she was a psychology student working part time as a stripper to pay her bills. She lied about Joker having seduced her, and making her gradually insane, later on.
Harley didn't start out with any actual powers. However, after a failed attempt by the Joker to blow her up in a rocket she was given a "potion" by her friend Poison Ivy. This enhanced her strength, speed, and agility, gave her an immunity to toxins, and a small healing factor (though this seems to vary -- later in her solo series she was shown to be able to heal from gunshot wounds in a matter of seconds as soon as the bullet was removed). She is also an impressive fighter, often using acrobatics that she had trained in as a young woman. She uses many odd and unique weapons and gadgets, such as her traditional mallet, or a large pistol with a large cork in it. Both of these she uses to surprising efficiency and they end up being more useful than they would seem on the outside. Poison Ivy gave Harley a strange brew that increases her strength and speed. She doesn't have powers far beyond those of mortal man but she really has more physical strength than any Olympic athlete. She is able to put any man to the floor in only two punches or one kick. Her legs seem really powerful, she manages to jump very high without effort. This, coupled with her prodigious gymnastic skills, makes her an incredibly acrobatic and "bouncy" threat in combat, adding to her momentum with pendulous weapons such as her hammer. Additionally, Harley is a master of disguise and often employs elaborate disguises as part of her crimes. On various occasions she has disguised herself as a member of a rocker's entourage, a secretary, a film executive, a police officer, an opera singer, a flight attendant and a prison guard, often mugging or tying up the victims she replaced. More significantly, Harley posed as a romance columnist named Dr. Holly Chance for an extended period, and later took on the identity of Dr. Jessica Seaborn when she decided to become a therapist once again.
Writer's Writing Style (OOC)
Paragraph, Multi-Para, One-liners
Writer's Favored Genres (OOC)
Fantasy, Violence, Rated R, Child Friendly, 18+, Gore, Action, Adventure