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Quote1 I don't know what I ever saw in that man. When he was gone, I became the woman I was destined to be...a hero! Quote2
-- Harley Quinn src

Harleen Quinzel, better known as Harley Quinn, was the Joker's partner-in-crime until the madman was killed by Superman. From that day forth, she worked to oppose Superman and become a crime fighter.

Origin

Harleen Quinzel was an intelligent psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum before she was seduced into madness by the Joker. Becoming "Harley Quinn", the two clowns terrorized Gotham City and found themselves constantly in combat with its protector - Batman.

About four years prior to the Joker's death, Harley became pregnant with the Joker's child and went into hiding for a year. Having a girl, she named her Lucy and left the baby with her sister before returning to Gotham, only to discover the Joker hadn't even noticed her absence.[1]

Years later, the Joker set his sights on terrorizing Superman and, with Harley by his side, he used Scarecrow's Fear Toxin to trick the hero into killing Lois Lane and his unborn child. Distraught over what he'd done, Superman killed the Joker in retaliation and began establishing a new fascist Regime.[2] [3]

Injustice: Year One

Superman hired Lobo to capture Harley, but Harley eluded him twice, and finally led him to the Arrowcave where she, Black Canary, Green Arrow, and Speedy defeated Lobo. Harley used her physiatric ability to determine the cause of Lobo's aggression. She figured that Darkseid belittled Lobo, and suggested that Lobo go back and defeat Darkseid, to which Lobo agreed.[4]

Injustice: Year Two

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Injustice: Year Five

Disillusioned with working so closely with the Insurgency, Harley "went rogue", being a vigilante without a team but still considering the Insurgency her allies. She spent her time investigating a Joker-memorial street gang lead by Jason Bard before Superman discovered the gang's existence and slaughtered all 200 of them.[5]

Distraught over the massacre, Harley decided to give up her alias altogether and, after being her own therapist, dyed her hair back to blonde and returned to being "Harleen Quinzel". Not too long after, though, Harleen found herself in the middle of another Joker-themed anti-Regime gang and, deciding they needed a competent leader so they wouldn't be killed like the last group, returned to being Harley Quinn to lead them.[6]

On the night that Batman and Lex Luthor attempted to teleport an alternate reality Justice League to fight the Regime with them, Harley and her gang were requested by Batman to act as a distraction for the Regime, targeting a green pill factory. The attack caught the attention of the new Regime recruit Man-Bat, but Harley successfully defeated him while on half a green pill.[7] Batman and Luthor's mission, too, was a success, and several alternate reality heroes (and a villain) were transported to Earth.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Harley Quinn, now going by the name Harleen, confronts the alternate Joker in Gotham City, believing him to be an impostor, as 'her' Joker was killed by Superman after destroying Metropolis. After a fight between the two, Harleen realizes from the Joker's fighting style that he is the real Joker and is overjoyed to see him.

Harleen takes the Joker to the abandoned Arkham Asylum, hideout of the Joker Clan, a criminal force assembled in the Joker's memory. The Joker is quick to assume control of the Clan, using one of the durability enhancing pills given by Superman to his flunkies on himself. Shortly after this, Regime soldiers lead by Hawkgirl and Nightwing break into the hideout and attack the Clan. As the Joker fights off Hawkgirl and Nightwing, Harleen sends an S.O.S. to Insurgency Batman via a communication device given to her by the Insurgency. The Insurgency forces, consisting of the alternate Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow, Aquaman, and the native Batman, soon arrive and drive back the Regime. Batman orders Harleen and her men to lay low for the time being and takes the Joker into custody, believing him to be too dangerous to be let loose.

When the Insurgency begins their bid to save the displaced Batman from being executed, Harleen receives orders from the Insurgency Batman to have the Joker Clan occupy as much law-enforcement as they can while they infiltrate Stryker's Island. Harleen complies, but goes against Insurgency Batman's orders and releases the Joker from his cell, although she fears that Batman may be angry with her for doing it.

Harleen and the Joker hijack a Regime vehicle and confront the Insurgency Lex Luthor in Metropolis as he heads to aid the Insurgency against the Regime. The Joker orders Harleen to take down Luthor and take his suit, but she ultimately fails. Fed up with Harleen, the Joker fires her and tries to kill her. However, Luthor intervenes and takes down the Joker in a fight. Enraged by his betrayal, Harleen prepares to kill the Joker with his own knife, but is ultimately convinced by Luthor to let him go, saying she's outgrown him.

In the epilogue, Harleen is shown escorting the Joker at gunpoint to the portal back to his dimension.

Possible Post-Regime Epilogue

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"The defeat of Superman filled Harley with confidence. She knew what she was capable of and knew what she wanted. She traveled to the visitors' Earth and freed the Joker from prison. Returning to her world, they married in a ceremony that set Gotham ablaze.

At the reception, the cake-cutting ceremony took a gruesome turn. As her new husband playfully mashed her face into the cake, years of abuse took its toll. Something in Harley snapped. She used the ceremonial knife to slash Joker's throat.

Still wearing her wedding gown, Harley now resides permanently in Arkham Asylum.

Injustice 2

Harley accompanies Batman to visit Superman in his prison. Afterwards, Batman explains that he is determined to fix the damage that Superman caused. Harley agrees to help him out. Later, in Green Arrow's "Quiver" Cave, Harley makes a phone call to wish her daughter, Lucy, a happy birthday. The conversation gets interrupted, however, when Amanda Waller and her squadron burst in to arrest her. Harley escapes on her motorcycle and makes a call to Batman, informing him of the situation. But again, the conversation is cut short when Harley's motorcycle is taken out by Deadshot. She later wakes up in the Pentagon where Waller welcomes her to the Suicide Squad. Harley states that Batman will come for her, but Waller doubts it, believing that she has covered her tracks well. Suddenly, Batman arrives and Harley is surprised when he straight up kills Waller and her second-in-command, Rick Flag.

Before Brainiac

Harley is given a job by Bruce Wayne, helping operate Brother Eye, a massive satellite monitoring system. Harley, Green Arrow, and Black Canary are assigned to run to Slaughter Swamp, where the society is producing Scarecrow's newest fear toxin. During this, Harley is given a direct cloud of the new formula, courtesy of Dr. Crane, and manages to stand up to a hallucinate variation of The Joker. Due to a misunderstanding, Harley ends up fighting Swamp-Thing and manages to convince him to help against the society. Upon learn the Society is in Gorrilla City, Harley and the others go of to stop them, and learn of Brainiac.

Brainiac's Invasion

While trying to stop Brainiac, Batman assigns Catwoman, Cyborg, and Harley to reboot Brother Eye, so they can restore communications. However Harley is then hit by Poison Ivy's pheromones, forcing her to fight a hero of the player's choice. Afterwards she isn't seen for some time. After Wonder Woman defeats Cheetah, Supergirl is greeted by Harley and tries to stop Diana from killing Barbara, per Batman's orders. While Wonder Woman questions her, questioning the amount of blood on Harley's hands. The two fight briefly, ending with Harley being stab through the stomach. It is this act of violence that ultimately opens Kara's eyes to the horrors of Superman. After she defeats Wonder Woman, Supergirl rushes Harley off to a hospital.

Possible Post-Brainiac Epilogue

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Harley Quinn Injustice 2 Epilogue

"I still can't believe it. Me. Bringing down Brainiac. Who knew? Still, Bats surprised me, offerin' me a spot in the Justice League. Not totally sure he ain't crazy, but who says no to that guy? Y'know, being good feels good. But every now and again, every once in a while, I get this irresistible urge to go out and bash some heads!

Hopefully being good will stick long term. 'Til I'm sure, my kid Lucy's still gonna known me as her crazy Aunt Harleen. Maybe someday I can giver her the real scoop."


Abilities

Weaknesses

  • Mental Illness: Dr. Quinzel was driven insane by the Joker. Even after breaking free of his control, she still has homicidal impulses that she can usually overcome.[8]

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