Described as having a genius-level IQ, Harleen attended Gotham State University on a scholarship for gymnastics, where she majored in Psychiatry under Dr Odin Markus. To get into the graduate program, she had Dr Markus meet with her in her dorm room, where she outlined what she believed would be a good graduate thesis: 'There are only two circumstances under which a person disregards the rules of society. When they commit a crime, or when they're in love.' To prove this thesis, she aimed to allow Dr Markus to observe an independent experiment on the matter. The test subjects: herself and her boyfriend Guy Kopski.
Guy, also a scientist, had developed a 'Think Drink' to calm and centre himself. One day, while meeting with Harley, he noticed that she wasn't laughing at any of his jokes. She explained that she had driven through a red light in a stolen car, right after blackmailing Dr Markus and possibly shooting him. She asked if he still loved her, but after noticing evidence of a recently fired handgun, Guy ran out with it. Harleen found him in the gymnasium (where the shooting had supposedly taken place) laughing nervously, and standing over a homeless man he had just shot, believing him to be Dr Markus. He begged her to help him shoot himself, asking her to do it because she loved him. The gun fired, but it remains a mystery as to whether she had helped to pull the trigger.
It later became clear that Dr Markus had spiked Guy's 'Think Drink' with diluted Joker Venom, in hopes of counteracting the stresses that Harley would put him through. Harley, however, believed that the situation had been caused by chaos, and as such, she grew to feel that she understood The Joker, and declared to Dr Markus that she would do anything to get an internship at Arkham Asylum.
Upon graduating, and with a glowing reference from Dr Markus, Dr Harleen Quinzel began her first-year residency at Arkham. As soon as she was accepted by Dr. Arkham, she requested to meet the Joker. Based on the claim that she was doing research for a book on serial killers, she was given complete access to the Clown-Prince of Crime.
In their first session together, she introduced herself as Dr Harleen Quinzel, but stressed that he could refer to her as Harley Quinn, like the medieval jester Harlequin. Joker had been silent until then, but he suddenly began laughing and asked if she was flirting with him. When she moved closer, he chose to strangle her. But, when he saw a loving look from Harley instead of shock or fright, he ceased, and stated that it was a joke. The pair shared an affair, with Quinn helping Joker escape from Arkham several times before she herself was finally caught. Her medical license was revoked and she was committed, despite her claims that all of the releases were meant to be therapeutic.
Harley broke out of Arkham multiple times in order to join up with her The Joker, whom she referred to as "Puddin'." Eventually, though, she acknowledged his abusive behaviour and broke off from him. She decided to become a crime boss on her own, and gathered a gang together that she called The Quintets. After a run in with The Riddler at Wayne Manor during a looting, and a few other failed heists, one of the Quintets decided that Harley should be eliminated. Word was put out that there was a price on Harley's head, and many assassins came to collect it. Killer Croc attacked her in her own secret hideout, but he was subdued thanks to her knowledge of the building. The traitor revealed himself, and would have killed her, if not for the timely intervention of Matches Malone.
The DC Universe heavily changed its continuity into the DCnU following the events of Flashpoint in 2011. This was part of an effort to make storylines more accessible to newer readers, beginning with the New 52. This new timeline combines elements from the DCU, Vertigo Universe and Wildstorm Universe while drastically changing the origins and histories of characters.
Following changes to the Timestream, Harley Quinn was, at some point, captured by Amanda Waller and forced to join the Suicide Squad. She had been arrested by Black Canary while attempting to exact her revenge against the lawyers who put the Joker away. While on death row at Belle Reve prison for her crimes, her cell had filled up with gas, and she was implanted with a micro-bomb to insure her obedience. After undergoing torture to test her loyalty, Harley was officially inducted into the Suicide Squad. She recently had sex with Deadshot in his bathroom.
Upon finishing their mission and returning to Belle Reve, she instigates a riot by letting the super criminals out of their cells. During the chaos, she escapes and travels to Gotham City to find Joker's face. Pursued by the Suicide Squad, she is eventually caught by the police, whom she easily outwits. She gets the better of Savant by tricking him into stepping on a pressure mine, effectively incapacitating him. She is tracked by Deadshot but manages to knock him unconscious, tying him to a chair and placing Joker's severed face over his own. She talks to him as if he is the real Joker, asking why he left her and what she can do to prove her love for him. Eventually, Deadshot manages to free one hand and shoot her in the stomach.
After recovering, Harley's brush with death has seemingly cured her of her psychosis, as she now refers to herself as Doctor Harleen Quinzel, although later it was revealed that it was temporary.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Toxic Immunity: Immunizes her to various assorted toxins and Ivy's own poisonous touch.
- Psychiatry: Trained as in the field of psychoanalysis.
- Gymnastics: She is a very spectacular gymnast. Her skills rival with those of Catwoman and Nightwing.
- Harley was created specifically for Batman: The Animated Series. Due to her popularity with fans, she was eventually inducted as part of the DC Comics main universe.
- 150 Appearances of Harleen Quinzel (New Earth)
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- Harleen Quinzel (New Earth) at Wikipedia.org
- Harley Quinn profile at DCU Guide
- Harley Quinn profile at Comic Book Database
- Harley Quinn from Batman the Animated Series
- Harley's Haven
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