- "We're bad guys, it's what we do!"
- ―Harley Quinn[src]
Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, also known as Harley Quinn, is a former psychiatrist and the current lover of the Joker.
Harley is also a long-time nemesis of Batman and helped the Joker to murder of the latter's protegee Robin. Later imprisoned for her crimes in Belle Reve and forced to join Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad. She and her teammates ultimately succeed in their mission to save the world from Enchantress and Incubus (in exchange for 10 years off of their prison sentences), but Harley is quick to leave the Squad and rejoin her boyfriend Joker when he successfully frees her.
Harleen Frances Quinzel was born on July 20, 1990, in Gotham City, New Jersey, to Nicholas Quinzel, a Jewish-Catholic con artist, and Sharon Quinzel, a harsh housewife, and raised alongside her younger brother Barry, a slob with rock star dreams, in the custody of their mother after their father was arrested. As a model high school student, she achieved excellent grades in addition to her extreme gymnastics training and was awarded a full scholarship to Gotham State University, where she majored in psychiatry under Dr. Odin Markus. However, she began failing in her classes, so Markus met with her in her dorm room to help her outline what she believed was a good graduate thesis, centering around the belief that the circumstances under which a person disregards the rules of society were by committing a crime or falling in love. In order to defend it, Harleen had her mentor observe an independent experiment on the matter with herself and her boyfriend Guy Kopski, who developed a "think drink" to calm and center himself, as the test subjects.
This didn't go well for the two lovers, as Kopski's humor started to change so much that Harleen didn't laugh at any of his jokes while meeting with him, claiming to have driven through red lights in a stolen car after blackmailing Markus and possibly shooting him. She asked if she still loved her, but after noticing evidence of recently fired handgun, he ran out with it to shoot a homeless man he thought was Markus in the school gymnasium, then asked Harleen to help him shoot himself when she caught up with him. Although Kopski was found dead aftewards, it remained unknown if she helped pull the trigger or not, but it later became clear that Markus tampered with Kopski's "think drink" to counteract the stresses Harleen put him through. Harleen, however, believed that the situation was caused by chaos and that she would do anything to become involved with studying criminal psychiatry.
Meeting and falling for the JokerEdit
- "Before she ran off and joined the circus, she was known as Dr. Harleen Quinzel. A psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. She was assigned to the clown himself. She thought she was curing him, but she was falling in love. Talk about a workplace romance gone wrong. They became the King and Queen of Gotham City, and God help anyone who disrespected the Queen!"
- ―Amanda Waller[src]
Following her graduation, Harleen's theatrical thesis made a huge success that it led to her transfer into the job as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. When the Joker was imprisoned there by the masked vigilante Batman, she took a particular interest in him, regularly visiting and speaking with him. Harleen was gradually psychologically sabotaged and manipulated by the psychopath, eventually falling in love with him, and the Joker got her to do him a favor, which was giving him a machine gun. Shortly thereafter, Joker's goons broke into the asylum and successfully broke their boss out. Before leaving however, Joker sadistically subjected Harleen to shock therapy, but she took the pain.
Harleen later chased the Joker down and managed to get him to stop his car. She nearly killed him with a gun, even shooting a man who approached them. The Joker took the gun and taunted her. Harleen wanted to come with him, and he took her to Ace Chemicals. While there, she was told to say the oath and was asked if she would die for him. She responded in the affirmative, and allowed herself to fall into the vat of chemicals that created the Joker years back. The Joker considered leaving her to die, but promptly changed his mind and jumped in after her, pulling her up to the vat's surface. He then kissed her, and Harleen awakened with the same frontotemporal dementia that her lover received via exposure to the chemicals and oxygen deprivation as the Joker broke down into maniacal laughter.
From that point on, the Joker dubbed her "Harley Quinn" (giving her a red-and-black Harlequin costume), and the duo of psychopathic lovers would go on a number of crime sprees in Gotham City together, which would often result in the duo coming into conflict with Batman, becoming (as Amanda Waller would later claim) the criminal king and queen of the city.
Assistance in murdering RobinEdit
The Joker, with Harley's help, managed to kill Batman's partner, Robin. To add injury to Batman's loss in hopes of driving their mutual adversary insane, Joker spray-painted "HAHAHA JOKE'S ON YOU BATMAN" in yellow on the Robin suit. A devastated Batman would later place the damaged and vandalized suit in an exhibit in the Batcave.
Monster T's lusting and Harley's captureEdit
On October 13, 2014, a strip club owned by the Joker is visited by Monster T, a fellow crime boss ally, whom a pole-dancing Harley Quinn and her boyfriend greet, with Monster T welcoming his criminal ally back, congratulating Joker on his escape. However, Monster T then takes notice of the exceptionally beautiful Harley Quinn, and promptly makes remarks about her (calling her a "bad bitch"), proceeding to stare with lustful desire, greatly displeasing the Joker. But Joker initially hides it and proceeds to bring Harley over, intimidating Monster T, and making him somewhat uncomfortable by suggesting he sleep with Harley. Monster T, having picked up on Joker's angry sarcasm, attempts to assure the Joker that Harley is the latter's girl, and that he wants "no beef". The Joker, however, sees this as the mere pathetic pleading of a luster, and promptly shoots Monster T in the head.
Afterward, the psychopath duo drives down a Gotham City street in their Jokermobile, laughing maniacally. However, Batman pursues them in the Batmobile, and after putting his car on auto-pilot leaps onto the Jokermobile's roof. Harley, annoyed that Batman was ruining "date night", begins angrily shooting into the roof, though, due to Batman's bulletproof suit, this proves ineffective. Joker, attempting to shake Batman off, makes a sharp turn, that sends his car flying off the road and into the river, forcing Batman to grapple away. Batman then promptly puts on a breather and dives into the river, finding the crashed car and Harley, but no Joker. Batman then grabs Harley, who awakens and tries to stab him, but Batman quickly knocks her unconscious with a mighty punch, and carries her out of the river.
Batman then lays her down on the hood of the Batmobile and checks for a pulse, but does not find one. With extreme reluctance, Batman then does mouth-to-mouth to revive her. A pleased Harley then recovers and begins kissing him, but Batman resists and drives her to Arkham Asylum. ARGUS Director Amanda Waller then promptly had Harley transferred to Belle Reve supermax, where the female psychopath is put inside a small barbwire-powered electric cage fit for her aerial acrobatic routines.
Visit by Amanda WallerEdit
Months after Harley is apprehended, Amanda Waller gathers skilled individuals and metahumans for Project Suicide Squad. Upon her visit to Belle Reve to examine the future team, she visits Harley outside her cage while the latter is meditating. Harley feels hypnotized by the government agents' presence and asks if she is the Devil, to which Waller proclaimed that she is maybe so.
Deployment in Midway CityEdit
- "Hi boys! Harley Quinn. Nice to meet ya"
- ―Harley Quinn[src]
With the attack in Midway City, Michigan, orchestrated by the mystical duo Enchantress and Incubus, Harley, along with the other members of Suicide Squad (such as Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, and Killer Croc), are implanted with explosive nanotechnology provided by Dr. Van Criss. While being wheeled out to their transport, Griggs hands Harley a phone, telling her it was from Mr. J to get in contact with her. Harley then tells Griggs that he's "so screwed" and laughs maniacally as she's wheeled off into a chopper. Harley and the rest of the members arrive at an evacuation point outside the city, where they are joined by Slipknot. They are given instructions by Waller via an electronic tablet that they are under the direct command of her second-in-command Rick Flag and extracting a highly valued asset known as "VHT1" from the besieged city and will receive 10 years off of their life sentences as a reward. Flag warns them if they annoy him or try to escape he will kill them by using his touchpad to detonate their implanted nanobots --blowing their heads off. Harley and the others receive their old costumes and weapons before departing by helicopter carrying the military Squad A to the extraction point. Before take-off, they are joined by Flag's personal bodyguard Katana, whom Harley takes a liking toward, despite the latter's hostility.
While mid-flight en route to their destination, Harley looks at a new text from the Joker saying that he's coming to get her. Deadshot peers over to see, so she signals him to be quiet about it and he decides to comply. After their helicopter is shot down, the squad is forced to travel the rest of the way on foot, splitting up with Squad B, who are able to land their helicopter safely. Captain Boomerang talks Slipknot into foolishly attempting escape, getting the latter killed in the process by Flag. Harley and Deadshot bond (with him referring to her as "Doll Face" and she calling him "Friend") and plot against Flag to turn the odds in their favor the first chance they get.
Battling Enchantress's minionsEdit
Soon after, the group encounters weird looking creatures in the Enchantress' employment known as the Eyes of the Adversary. When Flag approaches them, the creatures become hostile and attack. The squad is initially overwhelmed as the Eyes capture Flag, much to Harley's delight. Deadshot, however, reminds her what Waller had said about the Squad members being as good as dead if the colonel is injured or killed, so she changes her mind and aids Flag with getting the monsters off of him. She continued to beat up the already-dead Eyes, claiming to have seen the flinching, but Deadshot stops her and they all move on to the task at hand. Flag contacts Waller when all contact with Squad B fails, and learns the other squadron was engaged with another group of Eyes at the same time, but have all been taken prisoner and brought to the Enchantress herself.
About halfway to the building where HVT1 is located, Harley stops to smash the window of a Paris ReadyWear department store and steal a small purse which matches her harlequin aesthetic. Flag is startled and growls at her, but she responds with a sarcastic eye roll.
As the other squad members plan to infiltrate the John F. Ostrander Federal Building, Harley is distracted by a discarded motorcycle and experiences a flashback to the night she pursued Joker, before Deadshot snaps her out of it. Harley then begins to psychologically analyze the squad members due to her boredom. When Deadshot confronts her, Harley implies that she's aware of his deal with Rick Flag and voices her displeasure.
As the Squad enters the John F. Ostrander Federal Building, Harley quickly makes her way to the elevator, much to the annoyance of the other squad members. Harley receives another message from the Joker, telling her to be ready. Harley is then attacked by two of Enchantress's minions, whom Harley disposes of.
Harleen Frances Quinzel was once a highly intelligent, calm and compassionate young lady who worked at Arkham Asylum, before the Joker transformed her both mentally and physically into "Harley Quinn". Through the shock therapy and the Joker's manipulation, her mind and emotions were twisted and she was made into a homicidal, sadistic, child-like psychopath, who would use sexuality and her playful personality to achieve her goals or to entertain herself, usually harming others in the process. As of current time, she follows the Joker in whatever he demands of her, blindly smitten with the ruthless psychopath, affectionately referring to him as "Puddin".
Harley carries almost an innocent persona, wide-eyed and bright, finding humor in otherwise dark situations, much like Joker himself. After attacking Belle Reve guards and seriously injuring a couple before finally being restrained, she maniacally began giggling to herself in a sinister way, happy and pleased with how funny she found it, showing how fractured her psyche had become.
However, despite her sociopathy, Harley is still highly intelligent, even showing traces of her psychologist expertise, as Harley was able to make swift breakdowns of the psychological profiles of her teammates, knowing exactly what to say in order to get under their skin (proudly referring to herself as "vexing"), though Deadshot calls her out on this. Her intellect also extends itself to tactical skills, as Harley notably assisted the Joker in the murder of Robin, suggested to Deadshot and Captain Boomerang a feasible escape option from the Suicide Squad, and even swiftly improvised a plan to weaken and take down the extremely powerful Enchantress, which proved successful.
Harley is also quite tough and pathologically fearless (another trait she shares with her boyfriend), fighting alongside the Suicide Squad and having fun doing so. With the team, she is shown to get along well with them, once she got to know them a bit better, with Harley acting as a bar tender at a derelict bar. She even seemed horrified before El Diablo's death, imploring Rick Flag not to blow him up (while defeating Incubus).
She has a very dim view on a regular life, stating "normal is a setting on the washer" to El Diablo, who lost his family because of his powers; however, Harley does have the dream of having a family with the Joker, as Enchantress' implanted vision revealed.
- Peak Human Condition: Harley Quinn, as a highly skilled and experienced supervillain and gymnast, is in top physical condition (from frequent villainous escapades with her boyfriend the Joker) for a woman her age, to the point that she could hold her own against the formidable monstrous Eyes of the Adversary troops of Enchantress. She was notably however, weaker than her nemesis Batman, who subdued her without much effort.
- Expert Combatant: Harley Quinn is a highly skilled and formidable combatant, managing to seriously injure 5 Belle Reve guards before finally being restrained in an extra-secure cell. She also quickly overpowered 2 far larger Eyes of the Adversary troops of Enchantress in rapid succession (with nothing but her agility, combat skills and baseball bat), and swiftly cuts open Enchantress' chest with a samurai katana, in a single swift motion. However, she was swiftly defeated by Batman (with the latter knocking her out with a single mighty punch) and by Enchantress in their final battle, primarily due to the mystical metahuman's superior strength, durability (as Enchantress was unfazed by a mighty baseball bat blow from Harley), and tendency to teleport around the battlefield every so often.
- Expert Acrobat: Harley Quinn is shown to be skilled in various acrobatics, including pole dancing and other agile maneuvers, often incorporating agile moves while fighting opponents, notably able to flip over one monstrous Eye of the Adversary when the managed to get a hold of her (thus twisting herself out of his grasp), and to easily dodge slashes from Enchantress's daggers.
- Pathological Indomitable Will: Harley Quinn (much like the Joker) possesses an obliviousness to danger that makes her invulnerable to fear and intimidation, which are usually Batman's greatest weapons in combat. Unlike Joker, however, Harley does seem to fear death, as she was dismayed by the Jokermobile crashing into a river, due to her inability to swim.
- Expert Markswoman: Harley Quinn, while not nearly on par with Deadshot, is nonetheless a highly skilled markswoman, landing several headshots on some of Enchantress' monstrous Eyes of the Adversary troops.
- Gifted Intelligence: Harley Quinn, while still Harleen Quinzel, was (and likely still is) exceptionally smart, having been an excellent academic achiever in high school, which earned her a full scholarship to the prestigious Gotham State University, where she would go on to write a very successful graduate thesis. Harley's intellect extends itself to her psychological, tactical and deception skills.
- Expert Psychologist: Harley Quinn, while still Harleen Quinzel, was a highly skilled psychologist, majoring in psychiatry at Gotham State University, with her psychology graduate thesis being a huge success, and allowing her the opportunity to work as a psychologist at the infamous Arkham Asylum itself. Even after being rendered psychopathic by the Joker, Harley shows at least traces of her psychologist expertise, being able to make swift breakdowns of the psychological profiles of El Diablo, Killer Croc, and Katana, knowing exactly what to say in order to get under their skin. Hence, she even proudly proclaims to Rick Flag that "[she] is known to be quite vexing."
- Expert Tactician: Harley Quinn, while not quite on par in this regard with her boyfriend Joker, is nonetheless quite skilled with improvising criminal activities, managing to trap and murder Batman's protegee Robin (though she notably had the assistance of Joker in this), to suggest a feasible escape option to Deadshot and Captain Boomerang, and to swiftly improvise a plan to weaken and take down the fearsome and powerful Enchantress.
- Expert Deceiver: Harley Quinn is a highly skilled deceiver, managing to trick Enchantress into thinking that she was about to swear allegiance to the latter, and to subsequently use that distraction to suddenly cut open Enchantress's chest with Katana's sword, exposing and pulling out the supervillain's vulnerable heart.
- Human Vulnerabilities: Harley Quinn's greatest weakness is that she is a human with no enhanced strength, speed, durability, or metahuman powers, therefore making her quite vulnerable to the physical attacks of stronger and more powerful opponents. Harley, however, usually compensates for this quite well with her exceptional skills of hand-to-hand combat, marksmanship and deception, as well as her pathological fearlessness. However, while Harley was able to swiftly take down 2 of Enchantress' formidable monstrous Eyes of the Adversary in rapid succession, and managed to severely injure 5 Belle Reve prison guards, she was quickly brought down by the stronger and more skilled Batman (with a single punch, resulting in her arrest), and was brought down and force-feed by Griggs after getting electrocuted though her Belle Reve cage. Later, while surviving Incubus's superhumanly mighty blows, Harley was still swiftly and easily incapacitated by the gigantic metahuman (saved only by the timely intervention of El Diablo in flaming avatar form), and she is later relatively quickly overpowered in the final physical battle with Enchantress, due to her having superior strength, durability (being unfazed by a mighty blow of Harley's baseball bat) and combat skill, along with teleportation, telekinesis and telepathy (all of which Harley had no ability to effectively resist). She is only saved from her telepathic probing with the more mentally resistant El Diablo's help.
- Nano-bomb (Formerly): Harley Quinn, like the other members of Suicide Squad, was implanted with a Van Criss Laboratories nano-bomb. As a result, she dares not disobey Amanda Waller, unwilling to have the implanted nano-bomb kill her by exploding her head. However, the weakness was ultimately bypassed when Joker forced Dr. Van Criss to disable her bomb, thus almost allowing Harley to escape from the Squad.
- Chiappa Rhino 60DS: Harley sports a customized Chiappa Rhino 60DS, 6 cylinder magnum revolver, utilizing it for long-ranged combat. She carries it in a black leather holster slung under her arm. Harley used it to take down many of Enchantress' monstrous Eyes of the Adversary goons, and briefly lent it to Deadshot, so that he could destroy the mystical superweapon.
- "Good Night" bat: Harley carries a personalized wooden baseball bat for melee combat, with "Good Night" being written down the side of it. She does have an urge to play with it, one example being when she pretends she's holding a shotgun.
- "Pudding" necklace: Harley's necklace, engraved with the pet name of her boyfriend, the Joker.
- Harlequin costume: Harley's original costume which she wore shortly after getting corrupted by the Joker.
- Knife: Harley carried a knife that she tried to use to stab Batman, when he saved her from drowning within the submerged Jokermobile.
- Mallet: Harley carried a personalized wooden mallet which she used during her villanous escapades with her boyfriend the Joker. When the squad was given their old equipment, she almost brought the mallet to Midway City with her but chose to bring her baseball bat instead.
- Purple phone: Harley was given the Joker's phone by Captain Griggs, with it allowing her boyfriend to communicate with her, via SMS.
- Harley implies that she may have dissociative personality disorder, as she claims to hear voices; she also implies that she sees things that aren't really around as she mentions being "off her meds" upon seeing the Enchantress's magical super weapon.
- In promoting the film, this version of Harley Quinn was added to the mobile version of DC's video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. She, alongside the Joker, were added alongside Deadshot to the game, while members of Suicide Squad were also added as "gear cards".
- According to her mug shot, the scene in the movie, the car chase between Batman and the Joker and Harley which resulted in the the Jokers car landing in the ocean and Harley getting arrested took place on October 13, 2014.
- Harley claims to be unable to swim.
- According to her mug shot, she was caught by Batman on October 13, 2014.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Originally Harley Quinn made her first debut in Batman: The Animated Series. Due to the popularity of her character, she was eventually adapted into the DC Comics universe.
- This is Harley's first appearance in a movie adaptation, while it is her third live-action appearance. She plays the role of the main antagonist in the TV series Birds of Prey, and her second brief appearance was in the TV series Arrow. However, her first planned live-action appearance was planned to be in the cancelled fifth Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology film, Batman Unchained.
- According to Andrew Kreisberg, Harley Quinn was planned to appear in more episodes of Arrow, but Willa Holland stated that the idea was dropped because of the introduction of Quinn in the DC Extended Universe. She appears in the Arrow episode, "Suicide Squad" and in a deleted scene of "Unthinkable".
- According to Margot Robbie, she received each of the suits that Harley Quinn has worn in all her appearances in DC Comics media, such as the suit of Batman: The Animated Series, or the suit of the Batman: Arkham videogame franchise.
- Harley Quinn at the Batman Wiki
- Harley Quinn at the Batman: The Animated Series Wiki
- Harley Quinn at the DC Database
- Harley Quinn at the DC Movies Wiki
- Harley Quinn at the DC Animated Universe
- Harley Quinn at the Arkham Wiki
- Harley Quinn at the Arrowverse Wiki
|Task Force X|
|Members||Rick Flag (leader) | Captain Boomerang | Deadshot | Katana | Killer Croc|
|Former members||El Diablo | Enchantress | Slipknot | Harley Quinn|