Harleen Frances QuinzelFirst Appearance:Batman: The Animated Series"Joker's Favor" (TV)
The Batman Adventures #12 (Comic)Created by:Paul Dini
Bruce TimmAffiliations:Poison Ivy
Justice League of Anarchy
Suicide SquadAbilities:High intelligence
Exceptional agility and strength
Immunity to most toxins
Skilled Gymnast, Exceptional hand to hand combatantPortrayed by:Arleen Sorkin (Voice)
Tara Strong (Voice)
Jenny Slate (Voice)
Dr. Harleen Quinzel was a psychiatric intern at Arkham Asylum. A model student, in addition to receiving high grades in college, she was also a dedicated gymnast, winning a scholarship to Gotham City University. While researching the lunatics at Arkham, she became fascinated withone particular inmate. 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 escape from the asylum more than once, Harleen was suspected by the authorities, who revoked her license and placed her in her own cell. During an earthquake inGotham City, she fled and became Harley Quinn, the sidekick of the Clown Prince of Crime himself.
Quinn's relationship with the Joker is one of the most complex and twisted love affairs in comics: as with all people, the Joker is abusive and manipulative towards Harley, but, just as often, there's evidence of camaraderie, playfulness, and genuine affection towards her. The Joker would only use Harley for intense sexual intercourse and her body. She's the only person who's managed to become intimate on such a long term basis with the Joker, who, in turn, displays occasional moments of confusion and discomfort which results in attempts to kill her.
The Iconic Depiction of Harley Quinn
One time, when the Joker realized he had very deeply hidden feelings of love, he sent Harley off in a rocket.
She crash landed in Robinson Park in the center of Gotham and was found byPoison Ivy. When Harley regained consciousness, Ivy initially planned to kill her. The prospect of her own death totally 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 waste dump and nursed her back to health. This included injecting Harley with a serum that Ivy had developed which has given Harley immunity to various assorted toxins and Ivy's own poisonous touch and also dramatically enhances Harley's strength and speed. Ivy intends to give her new friend an edge on Batman and the Joker. Quinn and Ivy teamed up and conducted a number of successful capers. Hot-blooded Harley, however, is angrier at the Joker than at Batman.