|Full Name||Harleen Frances Quinzel|
|Occupation||Psychiatrist (Formerly), Professional Criminal|
|Base of Operations||Blackgate, Arkham Asylum, Gotham City|
|Affiliations||Hugo Strange (former mentor)|
Martin Joseph (formerly)
Amanda Waller/Suicide Squad
|Hair||Blonde (Briefly Black)|
|Appeared In||Batman: Arkham Asylum|
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Knight
|Voice Actor||Arleen Sorkin (Batman: Arkham Asylum)|
Tara Strong (Arkham City, Arkham Origins, Arkham Knight)
Hynden Walch (Assault on Arkham)
|First Appearance||BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN #1 (OCTOBER 1999)|
Before Arkham Origins IncidentEdit
During her early life, Harleen Quinzel had a criminal father which gave her distorted morals but also led her to become fascinated by the extreme criminal mind. Being academically intelligent, she therefore undertook a psychiatric medical degree at Gotham University as this was the quickest method of being able to treat criminal behaviour in institutions such as Arkham Asylum. While at the university, she may also have developed her skills in gymnastics, which accounted for her acrobatic abilities displayed later in her life as Harley Quinn.
Arkham Origins IncidentEdit
To become a fully qualified psychiatrist, Harleen trained under the psychiatrist, Dr. Hugo Strange as part of the psychiatric team at Blackgate Penitentiary. At one point, she, under Strange's orders, contacted one of his patients, Alberto Falcone, the heir to the Falcone Crime Family, to notify him that he had missed his past two appointments, and gave the subtle, but clear threat that Strange and Quinzel would tell his father, Carmine Falcone, about Alberto carrying potentially untreated psychological issues if he didn't continue his appointments.
By the time of Christmas Eve, Quinzel was nearly finished with her psychiatric residency at Blackgate. After Julian Gregory Day, also known as the serial killer Calendar Man, was arrested by the GCPD with the anonymous help of Batman, Quinzel did a psychological evaluation of the serial killer, and determined that Day was insane and thus could not be executed. However, Warden Joseph had her redo the evaluation under the pretense that he was manipulating her (although it was heavily implied that Joseph himself was being manipulated by Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb into having Day ruled sane and execute him to gain political points). She did so under the condition that she be allowed to do psychiatric evaluation on all new prisoners from that point onward.
Harleen Quinzel appeared when Joker got captured by the Gotham City Police Department at the Royal Hotel and was sent to Blackgate, where she performed a psychological profiling on him, using assessments such as word association. During their session, Joker described the encounter between him and Batman and stated that it had changed the way he thought, but he never specified that he was talking about Batman. Harleen therefore thought that Joker was talking about her, so, she grew an affinity toward her patient.
Harleen was seen again at the Blackgate riot later that night where she was held hostage by a group of ten escaped prisoners in the Nexus. Batman quickly intervened, but she showed no hint of any form of gratitude toward her savior, nor did she show signs of shock from being almost killed. When Batman asked her if she was alright, she replied: "What's it to ya?". Harleen walked away from Batman as he stated that "You were almost killed." She then replied back: "Eh, occupational hazard." and revealed that the Joker was located inside the Panopticon, and that he was waiting for Batman's arrival.
Harleen was lastly shown with a group of guards escorting the Joker to a cell at Blackgate Prison, who was laughing at Batman's deception. As Harleen walked alongside him, Joker stated his belief that his future battles with Batman would indeed be "fun" - possibly already set on the idea of the prison takeover attempt during the Arkham Origins Blackgate Incident three months later.
It was likely that Harleen had limited contact with the Joker between her first meeting and the Arkham Origins Blackgate incident. As a result, it was most likely that Harleen continued to study the other patients and that her relationship with the Joker was not particularly close or affectionate during this period. At around the same time of the Arkham Origins Blackgate Incident, Arkham Asylum had become renovated and was in fit condition to function as an institution for the criminally insane. Following this incident, Joker, along with a number of other patients, were shortly transferred to Arkham Asylum where they could be studied and treated more safely and appropriately.
After finally completing her prolonged residency at Blackgate Prison, Harleen became a fully trained psychiatrist. To continue studying and primarily treating extreme criminal behavior, Harleen eventually interned at Arkham Asylum for a while after it had been fully renovated - possibly because it aimed to rehabilitate insane patients, unlike Blackgate Penitentiary. Here, she underwent employee orientation with Dr Gretchen Whistler and was given a permanent office located on the Medical Facility's lower floor: the Secure Access corrider. In this institution, Harleen continued her work as a criminological psychiatrist and voluntarily assigned herself to psychologically assess and treat the Joker after previously experiencing his behavior first-hand at Blackgate Prison.
Over the course of the taped interview sessions with the Joker, he recognized Harleen's affinity for him and he was able to easily manipulate her by complimenting her, giving her a flower, and victimizing himself. Harleen was also oblivious to the fact that she had overestimated her abilities to treat the Joker and did not anticipate how manipulative he was so she did not see that the Joker was in fact using her. She therefore began to strongly empathize for him, believing Batman to be the criminal instead. As revealed in the Spirit of Arkham's (Quincy Sharp's) 19th deciphered message, her affection toward the Joker had developed to the point where she kissed the glass on the cell which he was locked in, which resulted in Sharp considering performing a lobotomy on her after he killed Joker.
As a result of the Joker's manipulation, her lack of common sense and her distorted morals, Harleen eventually fell in love with her patient, evident by the posters found in her office at Arkham Asylum. Following his orders, Harleen smuggled bombs into the penitentiary to break into his cell and free him. Wearing her trademark jester costume, Harleen introduced her 'new' persona to the Joker and assumed her own criminal identity as 'Harley Quinn'.
Assault on Arkham IncidentEdit
Harley was released from Arkham Asylum into the custody of the Roosevelt Halfway Home for Abused Women after breaking off her relationship with the Joker. There, she got in a dispute with one of the staff members over an episode of The Looney Tunes Show that ended in the woman getting her ear bitten off by Harley when she took her phone which resulted in Harley being immediately arrested. Rather than being sent back to Arkham, she was released into Amanda Waller's custody.
Amanda made Harley a semi-willing member of the Suicide Squad, guaranteeing her compliance using a high-explosive chip and tracker that was surgically implanted into her neck. Harley was intended to play a vital role in a suicide mission into Arkham Asylum, using her vast knowledge of the facility and its security to guide the group, and to retrieve a memory drive belonging to the Riddler that contained vital information on every potential member of the Suicide Squad.
Harley immediately made her interest in fellow Squad member, Deadshot known, as well as her intense disinterest in Captain Boomerang who was attracted to her, and was jealous of Deadshot. Once assembled, the Squad was dropped into Gotham City where they were to make contact with the Penguin who would supply the group with the arms necessary for them to fight their way out if necessary. Harley's presence nearly botched the mission then and there due to the Penguin's intense hatred of the Joker.
However, Deadshot was able to spare the group, and more specifically her, by pointing out that simply killing them off would ruin Penguin's standing in the criminal underground including his business. Later that night, Harley successfully seduced Deadshot; resulting in sex in his bed. Harley was sent on a criminal rampage throughout Gotham in search of a doll that she had been looking for when she was caught by Batman.
When Batman failed to gleam any information from Harley regarding Joker's dirty bomb, she was released into police custody who took her back to Arkham. Along the way, Deadshot took out and replaced a guard, which allowed him and Harley to infiltrate the prison under the guise of bringing Harley to her cell and sabotage a breaker box and allowing the divided team to infiltrate the prison. Along the way, Harley spotted Joker, or rather, he spotted her. Harley tried to ignore his taunts, but it didn't work.
Things quickly dissolved as Harley took Deadshot's gun and used it to shoot at Joker, which didn't work as the cell glass was bulletproof, so she continued by taunting him then shooting through one of his air-holes into his cell, much to his surprise. Although it nearly killed him, she, unknowingly, damaged a panel enough that he managed to break out later on. She told him that they're over and that she had moved on, and had even found another guy. His response to that was an immediate frown and a growl. After another taunt from Harley asking if he was jealous, the guard's came down to aid Deadshot whom they still thought was part of their staff, and left a rather miffed Joker behind. Aside from their little encounter, Harley's portion of the plan was a success and allowed three more Squad members to break in and together the three of them let King Shark in with all their equipment.
The group snuck into the monitoring room where they sabotaged the cameras so that no one could know that they were there. Afterwards, the group made their way across Arkham on foot and got into a short fight with the Island's security forces whom they easily slaughtered. Once inside the island's evidence room, Harley quickly reclaimed her prized mallet while Killer Frost and King Shark got into a fight with Batman.
Narrowly escaping the collapsing warehouse, the group discovered that Riddler's cane that was supposed to have the flash drive hidden inside was empty. A later confrontation with Riddler revealed the real reason for their mission: for Killer Frost to kill Riddler to prevent the secret to dismantling the explosives in the Squaddies necks from getting out. Under Riddler's instruction, the group made it to the medical center to make use of the electroshock equipment there.
The group lost two more of its members after Waller detonated their bombs: King Shark since his thick skin kept the electricity from reaching the bomb, and Black Spider since Batman had switched places with him during the warehouse incident, meaning that Spider was unable to deactivate his explosive. After escaping Batman, the group further dissolved when Harley reunited with an angry and jealous Joker who wanted to kill Deadshot, claiming that her earlier attempt on his life was merely a ruse to help him escape, which was implied to be a lie, as it seemed that she only reunited with him to save Deadshot's life. This seemed to work, as Joker started to walk away with Harley by his side, but stopped and turned back around and pointed his gun at Deadshot. As said by Joker himself, he didn't like other men touching his things. But thankfully, Deadshot used quick thinking to trick the Joker into using up his bullets, and after a punch to the face, both Joker and Harley fell down the laundry chute.
After the two escaped down the laundry chute, Joker activated the dirty bomb that was hidden inside the mallet of an unaware Harley. The two made their way to the island's control room where they unleashed all the inmates to create enough of a diversion to escape. The two stowaway on a helicopter that Deadshot had already hijacked and together the three fought for control over Gotham while the bomb counts down.
The trio crashed into a skyscraper where Deadshot and Joker intensely fight one-another while Batman fought an angry Harley, and after successfully knocking her out, dismantled the bomb. Harley was sent back to Arkham without Joker who was thought dead after the fight against Deadshot. But Waller later stated in the end that they never found the Joker's body. Deadshot survived his beat down by the Joker, was reunited with his daughter in the end, and it was heavily implied that he shot Waller with his sniper rifle, most likely ending the Suicide Squad for good.
A Matter of Family IncidentEdit
Using her original name and profession as a therapist, Harley and the Joker tricked a grieving father, who had built an Amusement Park for his dying daughter into signing it over to him after his daughter had died. Joker and Harley then kidnapped Commissioner Gordon and held him hostage there, threatening to kill him if Batman shows up. Batgirl and Robin arrive at the amusement park to thwart the Joker. Harley frequently makes comments about Batgirl on the intercom, and gives orders to the thugs. When Robin and Batgirl finally get to the Joker, Harley and an army of thugs start a fight with them. Working together, Batgirl and Robin defeat them, and free the Commissioner. Joker takes Harley hostage so he can escape, and Harley is arrested.
Road to Arkham IncidentEdit
Harley made her way to Bane's holding room in order to sedate him. The reason for this was to keep him quiet when the "visitors" arrived. She then went and sat in the security control room, watched the monitors and awaited the Joker's arrival and his signal.
Mister J's PartyEdit
While Batman and the security guards escorted the Joker through the Intensive Care unit of Arkham Asylum, Harley was already in the security control room waiting for his signal. As the Joker broke free, she opened the adjacent security field which allowed him to escape Batman and implement his takeover of Arkham Asylum. The Joker then proceeded to release all his followers from their cells to attack Batman. Harley then took Warden Quincy Sharp hostage, took possession of his decorative cane as well as wearing his warden identification card, and contacted Batman on the monitor. She claimed that the Joker was now in charge of the island and that she was substituting for Sharp as warden. She also told Batman that Joker was having a homecoming party with Batman as the guest of honor. Batman gave Harley one chance to surrender, which she refused before smashing her monitor with Sharp's cane, which cut off the feed. When Batman made his way to the elevator shaft in Secure Transit, Harley appeared, stating that the Joker didn't need to see Batman just yet. She proceeded to blow up the elevator cord, causing the elevator to crash to the floor below and sending herself to the top, and nearly killing a security guard named Henry Smith had Batman not saved him. Harley then regrouped with Frank Boles, who had taken Commissioner Gordon hostage. She and Boles proceeded to secure the front entrance of the Intensive Treatment Center and fought off the guards with an army of Blackgate prisoners. After Boles, who had outlived his usefulness, had been disposed of by the Joker, Harley took Gordon and carried on without him.
Quinn, with Gordon, made her way to the Batmobile first, ordering her goons to break into it. She then proceeded to the Medical Center and sat in the main entrance with Gordon tied to a bench by her, relaxing during her "me time". Batman eventually tracked Gordon to the entrance and found Harley humming to herself, but was unable to reach her due to a energy security gate blocking her. Spotting Batman as he walked in, she told him to scram. He asked where Gordon was, to which she replied: "Wouldn't you like to know?." Gordon then shouted to Batman, and Harley told him to shut up and threw a glass mug at him. He called Harley a "crazy bitch", and Joker contacted Harley via monitor. He yelled at her, and she squealed in a startled tone. Joker asked why Batman was in the Medical Center, as it was "too early." Harley apologized and kissed Joker through the monitor, asking him not to be angry with her. He then said: "You little minx! I could never stay mad at you!" and turned off the monitor. Harley said that Batman needed to find another way in and bid him farewell, and cartwheeled out of the room. She took Gordon to Bane's holding area, and was given orders by the Joker to kill Gordon herself if anyone spotted Batman nearby.
Batman followed a trail of tobacco left by Gordon to the Experimental Chamber, defeated Harley by crashing through the glass ceiling above her, and rescued Gordon. Harley, however, evaded capture after Bane attacked Batman. Harley made her way back to Warden Sharp and followed Batman to the Arkham Mansion. She came across Batman stunned on the floor after the large explosion in the Warden's Office that had killed Dr. Young, and made an empty remark of pity and expressing how Joker "hates a squealer." She then took the tape off of Sharp's mouth and smacked him around with his cane, and accidentally broke off the jewel tip of it after aggressively striking him on the head. She left four goons to take Batman to 'the party', but he defeated them and used the Warden's DNA traces from his severed cane tip to follow Quinn. She then made her way to the Penitentiary with the Warden, and forced him to read a variety of threatening statements written by Joker over Arkham's intercom system and tortured him when he hesitated and insulted her.
After locating the Warden who was locked up in the Security Control Room, Batman saw Harley on a nearby monitor, passing Poison Ivy's cell. Despite not being on the 'party list', Poison Ivy convinced Harley to let her free since they were friends. As Ivy happily strode away and blew Harley a kiss, Harley sighed and said: "She's a good kid."
Batman followed Harley and surpassed a variety of her traps until there were a few goons left standing. Harley even electrified the pacification system on the asylum floor to the maximum power to stop his advance, and electrocuted a security guard as a demonstration. Batman eventually got past this obstacle and fought his way through the remaining Blackgate convicts and escaped mental patients before the fifteen remaining thugs attacked Batman in the Extreme Incarceration cell block. After they were defeated, Joker decided that Harley had failed him, and removed her from the 'party list', much to her annoyance. Out of anger, Harley used her acrobatic skills to attack Batman but was defeated with ease. Batman took Harley's 'party list', scanned her hand, and acquired her fingerprints.
Batman locked up Harley in an adjacent cell, and she accidentally revealed the Joker's location and claimed that he would rescue her. Batman left Harley crying alone in her cell. After walking into a nearby room to examine a glowing green trophy placed there by Riddler, Batman became trapped inside after a set of bars slid over the doorway. Harley then taunted him: "The stupid bat has fallen into my trap!", suggesting that she had Riddler place the trophy in there to trap him. Batman used his Explosive Gel to destroy the wall above the cell and climbed out back into the cell block, prompting a shocked Quinn to give a violent start and demand, "What? How did you get out of there!?"
It could be safely assumed that Quinn was escorted back to her usual cell by the surviving Arkham staff upon the Joker's defeat and recapture.
After Arkham Asylum Incident and before Arkham City IncidentEdit
Six Month's later, Harley had been incarcerated in a high security cell, and believed the rampant rumors that the Joker was dying to be false. However, her hopes were soon shattered when she overheard a conversation between some guards not only confirming the Joker's short lifespan, but also a conspiracy to have him killed. With this, she killed and replaced one of the guards planning to kill Joker and rescued him right in the middle of the attempt on his life.
After this, Harley hijacked a supply boat, used it to sneak her and Joker into the recently completed Arkham City, and set up her and Joker's base of operations in the abandoned Sionis Industries Steel Mill in the Industrial District. According to Hugo Strange, Joker's inevitable fate was having a hard impact on her which caused her to fall into a depression and adopt an increasing militant approach. Later on she was shown helping Joker with his recruitment campaign screening a potential recruit named Lester Kurtz, gave him his clown mask, and showed him to his room before he ran off. During Strange's monologue in the final issue, she was seen looking sadly at Joker and shedding a tear.
In another issue, it was shown that she had a great deal of jealousy for Scarface, who was much more entertaining to the Joker. "By accident", she dropped the dummy into a furnace and apologized. Another copy of the dummy was brought out and Joker used it to point at Harley as if to say "I'm watching you," showing that he had enjoyed messing with her mind.
Arkham City Lockdown IncidentEdit
The following information is currently considered non-canon and is not part of the main Batman: Arkham series timeline.
Within the Industrial District of the mega-prison, Harley kidnapped a reporter used as a hostage to free the Joker. Batman then fought Harley Quinn's thugs before encountering Harley, who released her remaining thugs in an attempt wear Batman down before attempting to kill the reporter herself. She is then knocked down by a Batarang before Batman also defeats Mr. Hammer, captures Quinn and rescues the hostage.
(Non-canon information ends here.)
Arkham City IncidentEditHarley first appeared at the Church Medical Center, with four of Joker's gang and took the medical staff hostage. As Batman entered, she back flipped towards him. However, Batman's reply was to contemptuously throw her aside as before. The thugs told Batman to let her go or they would kill the hostages, and forced Batman to relent. Harley agreed and told him about Joker's condition and told her henchmen to keep him busy. Mocking Batman, she walked toward the door, looked at Batman, blew him a kiss, and drove back to the Sionis Steel Mill.
When Batman entered the Loading Bay of the Steel Mill, Harley tossed down Stacy Baker, a young doctor who failed to help Joker and called in the one-armed thug, Mr. Hammer as entertainment for the clowns. As Batman rushed to save the doctor, at the last second as Baker was going to get crushed, Harley told him to stop, and said that Joker wanted her to suffer a bit more while demanding the thugs go capture Mr. Freeze, who apparently had a cure for the Joker's illness. Baker was dragged out and Batman made his way out. After Batman defeated Joker's remaining henchmen in the Loading Bay, Harley angrily yelled down at him, and was angry that the Dark Knight was still alive, and closed the metal doors to the foreman's office. As Batman walked away, through the walls, Harley exclaimed: "Oh Mr. J! You look perfect! ...Oh....it's not really you, is it?" and Joker shushed her.
After finding and saving Stacy, Batman broke through the doors of the office with a crane hook, but was stopped by Mr. Hammer as Harley angrily told Batman to leave Mr. J alone. After Batman beat Hammer and several other thugs, he heard Harley scream in anguish as he grappled up, and found her by an apparently dead Joker. Shoving her aside and scanning Joker, she asked why he was so mean, and left him open to a knock out gas attack by Joker, who told him that he "fell for the old fake Joker gag!" As Batman reeled from the gas and fell to his knees, Harley approached with a baseball bat, said: "Batter up!" and knocked him out after three hits.
As Batman awoke, Harley reached for his mask and hoped to know the man behind the bat, but Joker called her back. Harley complained, but Joker made it clear that: "No one's who you think they are" and she sullenly waited while he talked to Batman.While Batman and Mr. Freeze were fighting, the cure for the Titan disease was stolen by Harley and Batman chased after her. However, when Batman found her in the Assembly Line at the Steel Mill, she was taped to a pole and gagged with duct tape with no cure in sight. When Batman pulled the tape off, she angrily complained, and said that she wouldn't talk, especially about Mr. Freeze's gear that Joker had stolen and stashed in the boiler room. She was later revealed to have been tied up by Talia al Ghul, who stole the cure back from her.
At the Monarch Theatre, Harley and Joker's thugs were outside waiting for Joker to become immortal, but they instead found Batman carrying Joker's dead body and the horrified Harley Quinn fell to her knees, mourned his death, and planned to avenge her boyfriend and lover.
After the Joker's death, Quinn became even more psychotic and fierce, and managed to strike fear and respect into the Joker's old henchmen, who had previously seen her as a useless bimbo. She was shown to be constantly mourning, donned a darker outfit, and frequently cried. Her bursts of anxiety lead her to kill a henchman at random and instead of becoming annoyed at the henchmen when they made a pass at her (as she had usually done prior to Joker's death), she became infuriated and murderous, and declared that they should not try to seduce "a widow."
Two weeks after the Arkham City Incident, Harley broke out of the temporary holding facility that she was in and hatched a plan to kill Batman and avenge the Joker. She reformed the Joker's old gang and despite initially meeting resistance from Mr. J's old crew, her new, more vicious and more psychotic personality convinced them to join her. As part of her plan, Quinn kidnapped several police officers and locked them away in the Steel Mill. Batman got sent in to save the hostages, but was captured by Quinn, who locked him in a giant statue of the Joker inside the shrine that she had built for him.
Two days later, Robin went to the Steel Mill to look for his mentor. After finding Batman's discarded utility belt in the Warehouse, Robin went to the Shipyard, where Quinn was holed up. There, he found Batman in the Joker statue and discovered that he needed Harley's access key to free him. Robin found Quinn and defeated her henchmen before fighting her. Though Quinn proved to be a tricky adversary, Robin ultimately defeated her and took away her access key before he left her hanging upside down from a catwalk.
After Robin saved Batman, Quinn unveiled her plan: a suicidal bombing of the Shipyard aimed at killing Batman and Robin and "reuniting her with dear Mr. J." She triggered the explosives, but Batman managed to defuse them before they went off, while Robin freed the captured policemen. A furious Quinn revealed her fail safe; a hidden bomb in the Joker statue. Harley set it off to kill herself and Batman, but failed when he leapt out of a window, carrying her with him.
A tearful Harley yelled at Batman that he should have left her behind, but Batman ignored her as he realized that Robin was nowhere to be seen. Suddenly elated that she managed to kill Robin, Harley mockingly told Batman that now he knew how she felt before trying to stab him in the heart with a concealed dagger. She failed, as Robin appeared and knocked her out with a Shuriken. Harley was subsequently arrested and taken back into custody.
Before Arkham Knight IncidentEdit
The following information is currently considered non-canon and is not part of the main Batman: Arkham series timeline.
Locked up in Blackgate and still mourning, Harley had been pouring her heart out to a pillow with a smiley face and wearing her pants whom she was treating as her psychotherapist when Batman broke her out. Batman needed to know where the Joker had hidden his supply of the antidote to his toxic gas which Commissioner Gordon had been exposed to. She showed him where the stockpile was, but did not reveal that she had persuaded Killer Croc to guard it. She escaped custody, visited the Penguin, and offered herself to him in exchange for being made his partner before kissing him.
Harley stole a tablet PC from Lucius Fox as a present for Penguin, and cut off Fox's right forefinger to get past the security measures. She became frustrated that, after an entire week, she couldn't access Wayne Enterprises computers with the tablet, though Penguin had managed to find a small security hole before Wayne Enterprises shut off its network access that he used to identify the delivery of Batman's new Batmobile.
Penguin later got his new partner to reform the Suicide Squad and persuade them to work for him. She, Captain Boomerang and Deadshot rescued Killer Croc from the GCPD (possibly with the help of a mole that Harley had seduced into working for her within the GCPD) before Quinn took them to Wonder City where Penguin had established his new Iceberg Lounge. Penguin gave them their orders - to kill Bruce Wayne. The 'New Suicide Squad' soon attacked Wayne's car, only for Batman to emerge from it.
(Non-canon information ends here.)
With the Penguin's assistance, Harley Quinn then infiltrated the Bludhaven police station where she fought and snuck her way down to the basement to release Poison Ivy from her cell. She was then ambushed by Nightwing who she then fought against, but was only able to defeat him with the assistance of Ivy's plants. The two then returned back to Gotham for Scarecrow's meeting.
Arkham Knight IncidentEdit
One year after the events of Arkham City, and the foiling of her revenge plan, Harley and Batman's foes united with Scarecrow to destroy Batman and she still blamed the Dark Knight for the Joker's death. Grief-stricken and vengeful, Harley brutally reasserted control of Joker’s gang as it threatened to fragment after his death. Freed from Joker’s domineering personality, she became a dangerous, unpredictable new force in the Gotham City underworld.
While Batman was busy trying to stop Scarecrow, Harley broke into Panessa Studios, locked Batman out, and freed the three people who were infected with the Joker's blood. Since Joker's blood was mutating them to be like the Joker, Harley wanted to join up with them. Batman and Robin worked together to defeat the the three mutated Jokers, and returned them to their cells. Harley and her gang cornered Robin, and Batman snuck in under the grates, and took Harley out with a floor grate takedown. After he and Robin defeated her thugs, Batman carried Harley to lock her in a containment unit. When they got back, they found the other three mutated Jokers had been murdered. Henry Adams, who had been previously unaffected, was now mutating as well and was also the one who brought Quinn in the first place. He gloated that he had killed the other three "to purify the gene pool", and tried to get Batman to lock himself and Robin in cells, and even held Harley hostage. Henry then realized that Batman was infected as well, so he shot himself in the head so he could continue "purifying the gene pool", as Batman would be the best mutant Joker of the five infected. Batman then locked up Harley and left her to mourn over the loss of the potential Jokers.
Harley later appeared in a fear-induced hallucination caused by Batman in an attempt to stop the Joker once and for all. She was the only one attending the Joker's wake and funeral, not to mention crying. She also was alluded to in another part of the same illusion, where a newspaper article stated that no one had cared that the Joker was dead, and revealed that Harley Quinn had not only married the Riddler, but was also expecting a child as well.
Embarrassed, heartbroken, defeated, ashamed, and mentally broken, Harley Quinn was eventually taken to the GCPD Lockup after Scarecrow's defeat, where she would be locked up with the rest of Gotham's criminals. As Gotham returned to peace, Joker's legacy would slowly be forgotten with the villain not only dead, but locked away in his own, personal hell, alone and forgotten for eternity because of Batman. With his legacy being forgotten and Batman and the rest of Gotham putting the past behind them, Harley failed her mission to uphold the Joker's legacy. Nothing she could do anymore would have a purpose since no horror that she inflicted on anyone else would cause anyone to mourn or miss the Joker. Harley, like the rest of Gotham, would soon remember Joker as nothing more than a bad memory as she would try to move on with her life in the future.
Harley was academically intelligent and gained a strong interest in criminology as her father was a criminal. As a psychiatrist, she was responsible, very caring and strongly empathized with her patients, such as leaving a note in Calendar Man's cell saying: "Happy Holidays, Julian! - HQ". Despite her academic intelligence, Harley had distorted morals and lacked a great deal of common sense as she failed to see how dangerous and harmful the Joker was. In her sessions with the Joker, she also failed to see sense and overestimated her abilities as he was extremely crafty, meaning he could easily influence her to feel sympathy and affection for him. For example, she did not realize that she was being manipulated to feel affection for him during her interview sessions as she was far less experienced in comparison to other Arkham psychiatrists. Therefore, she inevitably began to feel fixated with him and underwent a drastic change.
Once she accepted that she was in love with the Joker, she demonstrated extreme signs of regression (as noted by Dr Young) such as a higher pitch in her voice, becoming less assertive and appearing less intelligent - possibly to try to appeal to him. On a daily basis, Harley was cheerful and optimistic, but also sadistic and maniacal which she may have learned from the Joker. Unlike him, however, Harley often failed to reserve herself in combat and speech which she admitted to Penguin when she rescued Poison Ivy from the police station in Bludhaven. This often resulted in secret information being stated which was beneficial to Batman or resulted in her attacking him, only to be quickly defeated. This type of behavior was often apparent during the Arkham Asylum Incident.
In the Arkham City incident, the stress from the Joker's poor health appeared to have altered Harley's personality, such as showing a shorter tempter, displaying a lack of common sense, becoming more ruthless and more frustrated while trying to follow the Joker's orders and stay in charge of his gang. Immediately following the Joker's death (in Harley Quinn's Revenge), Harley became even more ruthless and dangerous as she was not able to come to terms with her loss. Whilst still her usual self, she was feared among her henchmen as one even told an ally to not 'piss her off'. Also, her voice increasingly became angrier, maniacal and higher pitched and she was slightly suicidal, reflecting the extreme stress she went through following the Joker's death.
Up to the Arkham Knight incident, Harley appeared to have finally accepted the Joker's death but she still mentioned how she missed his presence, blaming Batman for this. She was shown to experience psychosis, in which she had hallucinations of her voice from when she was a doctor and hallucinations of writing on various walls. Harleen's voice acted as the voice of reason to a demented and troubled Harley. While denying and even considering a lobotomy to get rid of the voices, these may have represented her conscience urging her to stop committing crime - something that would have been repressed while the Joker was still alive. To deal with this psychosis, she could have potentially treated this herself using her own psychiatric knowledge but this is unlikely.
During the Arkham Knight incident, Harley also became more assertive, capable and she regained much of her independence. As a result, she was even able to uncover Batman's computer system in Panessa Studios. This may be because she was no longer influenced on the Joker's orders, showing how the Joker had "held her back" from her potential. She still, however, showed a level of dependence on the Joker when Henry Adams had behaved similarly to him. Also, several thugs call her the "Clown Princess of Crime" suggesting that Harley replaced Joker's clown-based crime in Gotham City underworld.
Batman: Arkham Origins Edit
During Arkham Origins, Harleen's outfit was much more sensible than that of the later games, as she was working at Blackgate Prison and hadn't started her dark life of crime. Her uniform consisted of colors similar to her outfits as Harley, yet lacked a lot of the design elements. Harleen’s hair was in a bun, with her hair pushed to the left side of her face, instead of the trademark twin ponytails. She wore a white coat over a red blouse, with her name tag pinned on the left side of her chest. She wore black pants and a black skirt, with black stockings and red heels.
Batman: Assault on Arkham Edit
In Harley’s next appearance her outfit was considerably different, with a headpiece similar to that worn by her animated counterpart. Her top was a checked tank top, which exposed her midriff and navel, as well as a loose black glove on her left hand, and a black sleeve on her right. She wore black and red pants, with a red diamond pattern on the right, and a loose belt with a diamond buckle. She wore black boots that ended halfway between her knee and ankle as shoes.
A Matter of Family Edit
Harley wore her original black and red jester outfit that was the same from the DC animated universe, except her shoes were heeled rather than being flat.
Batman: Arkham Asylum Edit
The Arkham Asylum rendition of her suit was similar to that of a nurse, with a red, white, black and purple color scheme. Her hair was in the twin ponytails that was most common, albeit without the black and red dye. She had a large amount of makeup, as her face was entirely white, with pink blush and red lipstick. This version included a mask, as well as the name tag of Quincy Sharp. Her clothing consisted of a white shirt, with a purple and red corset over it, as well as a black choker necklace. She had gloves that ended above the elbow, which were both red and purple, albeit in opposite order. She had a small gap between her top and skirt, which showed her navel. Her belt was a thick black leather one, with a gold square buckle. Her skirt was white and had what appeared to be blood on it. There was a gap between her skirt and boots, in which her fishnet stockings were able to be seen. The boots she wore were leather in appearance, with a purple one on the left, and red on the right. On the bottom of her boots were thick platforms.
Batman: Arkham City Edit
Harley’s outfit was much rougher looking, losing the nurse-like items, mask and name tag. The color scheme was also solely red and black this time, but apart from these differences she remained similar. She still had her black choker, vest and corset combo, gloves and boots. The latter, however, had no longer had the platforms. Her hair was in two ponytails, the ends of each were dyed in either red or black. The corset piece was identical to the Arkham Asylum one, and the gloves were similar, however she had diamond patterns on the top of her hands. Her belt was largely the same, but with a more rounded, silver buckle. She wore black and red tights, with the diamond pattern on the front of her thighs. Her boots were identical in design to her previous designs, however, they lacked the platforms. She also had a tattoo on her right arm and above her left thigh, which was likely to have been acquired in the mega prison.
Harley Quinn's Revenge Edit
Her outfit was the same as in the base game, however, it was a different color. Her hair was black, with the tip of her left one dyed red. Her white makeup was gone, and her eye makeup had been smudged and was running down her cheeks. She had a small silver medallion on her choker, and what appeared to be fur lacing her gloves. Her corset was majorly black, with thin red stripes. Her gloves were completely black, save for her right hand, which was still red. The belt she wore was also different, with red leather, and her tights were completely black except for one group of red diamonds. Her boots were red at the knee and foot, with her lower leg entirely black.
Batman: Arkham Knight Edit
Harley appeared to draw elements from both Arkham Asylum and City. Her neck choker had a metal hoop, to which more leather straps from her arms went to, as well as more looping around each shoulder. Her sleeves and collar were white, and seemed to be the same style as Arkham City had. The corset had been changed, and was quilted leather. She had two more leather straps around her stomach, those ones had metal studs in them. She was wearing a skirt, and it was mostly black, with white lace on the top and bottom. She no longer had gloves, and instead had armbands, with lace around her wrists. The Tattoo on her right arm has been removed as well. The tights she wore were black and red again, and still had diamond patterns on her thigh, but she had a diamond made of metal studs on each knee. Her boots were similar to those featured in Assault on Arkham, but were of two different colors as opposed to one. In her story pack, there are minor difference to Harley Quinn's outfit that from the main game itself. Her hair is slightly different at the fringe, her bobbles are both red in the DLC unlike the main story and she wears high heeled boots rather than flat ones.
- Harley had her own version of detective vision called Psychosis Mode, which was similar to other characters, except it turned the screen red. The more she used Psychosis Mode, Harley started to hear her former self as Harleen, which told her that what she was doing was a bad idea, and that the Joker had never loved her.
- Harley used acrobatic moves, including throws, to eliminate foes. Since she fought with Freeflow Combat just like the other playable characters, it could be inferred that by the events of Arkham Knight, she had become a capable fighter to successfully take down the Batman. She also was able to pounce on foes from ledges, similar to Nightwing and Catwoman.
- Harley featured a unique gameplay mechanic where she entered a psychotic rage in which she was able to instantly defeat everyone that she attacked.
- Harley was the only playable character that wasn't capable of doing Silent Takedown, which made her a difficult character to use in Predator Mode. In its place, Harley had a "Loud Takedown".
- Before the November update, purchased Waynetech upgrades did not carry over to her. As of the November update this is no longer true and most Waynetech upgrades carry over, allowing her the Blade Dodge takedown, additional armor, combo boost and critical strikes, greatly boosting her effectiveness in combat.
- Like Catwoman, she could not pick up downed enemies to perform critical beatdowns/aerial attacks.
- Similarly to The Joker, Harley cannot use vantage points as her advantage, as they are too high/too far for her to jump to. She however can slide down vents if they can be reached on foot.
- Baseball Bat: Harley's main weapon. It was used mostly for takedowns.
- Jack-In-A-Box Bomb: Harley's equivalent of the Explosive Gel, but has a larger blast radius. Behaved differently depending on how it was used:
- When planted, it played music which lured enemies to it, and detonating one worked as an instant takedown.
- When Quickfired, It didn't play any music, and affected enemies were only temporarily knocked down, allowing Harley to finish them off with a ground takedown.
- Laughing Gas: Harley's equivalent of the Smoke Pellet, but instead of coughing & suffocating, enemies that were caught in the gas area would laugh maniacally.
- Snare Trap: Harley's equivalent of the Freeze Grenade. It took the form of confetti & used to bind or stop charging enemies.
Arkham Origins Multiplayer Edit
Despite not physically appearing, Harley occasionally provided information about the fight via walkie-talkie to the Joker's team in Invisible Predator Mode. In the Blackgate Prison Map, there was a drawing on a wall of a woman with pigtails surrounded by hearts, that was labelled 'Harley.' Also, when customizing a Joker Elite, tattoos of Harley in her Arkham City attire could be applied to the chest and the arms.
Batman's Database Profile
Harley Quinn also known as Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, M.D.
Quinzel is finishing up her psychiatric residency at Blackgate Prison. It seems odd that an intern would try to work at a facility that has little desire to rehabilitate its inmates, but perhaps her interest in the criminal mind will bear fruit.
- Keen interest in the criminal mind
- Intern at Blackgate Prison
- Most senior medical staff member working on December 24th
Dr. Penelope Young Notes
Transference is a professional danger that every psychiatrist must be ready for, but Dr. Harleen Quinzel experienced what might be classified as delusional transference when she convinced herself that she and the Joker were in love. Displaying symptoms of bipolar disorder, with the Joker's mood swings as the causative agent for her manic and depressive episodes, Quinzel also shows a high level of dependence on the Joker. His maltreatment of her gives this dependence a dimension of sadomasochism.
Additional Notes: She shows signs of extreme regression in the Joker's presence. The excessive and invasive psychological screening I had to undergo here at Arkham was largely due to her earlier fall from grace. At times I'm resentful of this; the mere idea that I would become inappropriately involved with the Joker or any other inmate is preposterous.
- Escape Risk?
Dr. Hugo Strange Notes
The Joker's plaything and sometimes girlfriend, Harley Quinn was happy to leave Arkham Asylum so long as she could be with her 'puddin.' Her devotion to the Joker is admirable, but it is clear that his illness has laid a heavy burden on her as well. Her behavior has become evermore erratic and vicious, as she appears to be in a state of emotional metamorphosis, manifested by her change in wardrobe to a more militant, harsh appearance.
Additional Notes: Ms. Quinn’s behavior has become evermore erratic and vicious.
- Surprising strength and stamina with superior gymnastic skills.
- Total disregard for human life.
- Like the Joker, she is a homicidal psychotic who escapes easy classification.
- A former staff member at Arkham Asylum with a keen interest in the criminal mind.
- Obsessed with the Joker.
- Employs various deadly weapons, often based on Joker's party-gag items.
File One Edit
- Harley Quinn: Who's there?
- Henry Adams: It's Mr. Adams. We spoke on the phone.
- Harley Quinn: Oh! Come in. But slowly! And keep ya hands up!
- Henry Adams: Thank you for agreeing to see me, Miss Quinzel.
- Harley Quinn: Well, you said you know something about Mr. J. Start talking!
- Henry Adams: Well, it's not everyday I have a gun pointed at my face. It's rather exciting, isn't it.
- Harley Quinn: You got about two seconds before I blow ya wrinkly old brains out!
- Henry Adams: (laughing)
- Harley Quinn: What's so funny?!
- Henry Adams: Oh, I'm just remembering an old joker - sorry, I meant joke.
- Harley Quinn: I don't listen to jokes no more.
- Henry Adams: What's red and flat? A baby under an anvil.
- Both: (laughing)
- Henry Adams: Why couldn't the policeman catch the thief? Because his legs had been cut off!
- Both: (laughing)
- Henry Adams: A father takes his family to the amusement park. They all die in a car crash on the way home!
- Harley Quinn: (laughing) You're real funny. You know I ain't laughed like that since... I miss my puddin'.
- Henry Adams: Oh, poor Harley. I've missed you too.
File Two Edit
- Batman: Patient interview. October 15th. Please state your name.
- Henry Adams: Henry. Henry Adams. What is this place, Batman? Where am I?
- Batman: You're here for your own safety, Henry. You could be sick.
- Henry Adams: Sick? I've never felt better in my whole life.
- Batman: You're sure? No mood swings? Behavioral changes?
- Henry Adams: Absolutely not. Those people, in the other cells, who are they?
- Batman: Their blood was contaminated. Like yours.
- Henry Adams: WHAT? I mean, I'm not the only one?
- Batman: I think you're the key to helping them.
- Henry Adams: Those smiles. I've seen that before. It's him. The Joker.
- Batman: We'll find a cure, Henry.
- Henry Adams: We're in danger, Batman. You can't risk that kind of evil escaping into the world. You should kill them, all of them. It's the only way to be sure.
- Batman: That's all for now, Henry. Interview over.
File Three Edit
Note, the tape originally did not have subtitles, however, this was fixed in a recent update.
- Henry Adams: Mrs. Q, this is Mr. J. Come in. Over.
- Harley Quinn: Hearing you loud and clear, Mr. J.
- Henry Adams: My infiltration remains utterly flawless. Operation Puddin-Break is a "go."
- Harley Quinn: Yippee! How are my babies?
- Henry Adams: They're in rude health, my dear. All dying to meet mommy. Now, you remember the plan, don't you?
- Harley Quinn: Yeah. I really don't want to hit you over the head, though. It's gonna hurt.
- Henry Adams: We've been over this you little knuckle-buster! It's the only way to convince Batman that I'm to be trusted. You do want to kill him, don't you?
- Harley Quinn: YEAH! Okay!
- Henry Adams: Ohh, ackatash! Bird-boy's coming. See you soon. Mr. J, over and out.
- Main article: Harley Quinn/Gallery
Game Over Lines Edit
Batman: Arkham Asylum Edit
Batman: Arkham City Edit
- "Stupid little dead bat! Who's gonna save ya now?"
- "I knew it. You're nothin' but a lightweight loser."
- "You were supposed ta save Mr. J bat-brain.
- "If you're dead, who's gonna save poor Mr. J?"
Harley Quinn's Revenge Edit
- "You're gonna pay for letting Mistah J die!" (as Batman)
- "Good, I hope it hurts!" (as Robin & Batman)
- "Tough luck, Bird-brain." (as Robin)
- "Oh no... You're all dead! Who's gonna save Batman now?!" (as Robin)
Batman: Arkham Knight Edit
- "When you see my Puddin', tell him Harley sent ya! And she says hi!"
- "I did it Mistah J! I did it for you!"
- "Bye bye birdie!" (as Robin)
- "AH Joker told me Robins die easy" (as Robin)
- In Arkham Asylum, Harley was voiced by Arleen Sorkin, who had previously voiced her in DCAU related media. In Arkham City/Origins/Knight, she was voiced by Tara Strong. In Assault on Arkham, she was voiced by Hynden Walch, who had previously voiced the character in the animated television series, The Batman.
- Harley's first several interview tapes almost directly quoted her lines in the New Batman Adventures episode "Mad Love", while she was taking a tour of the Asylum. Harley releasing Ivy from her cell in "Arkham Asylum" could be a direct reference to their odd friendship from the comics and the animated series.
- In Arkham City, an inmate conversation by the Church before Batman headed into the Courthouse to save Catwoman from Two-Face implied that there were rumors that Harley Quinn was a transsexual, in addition to the rumors about whether Harley Quinn had married Joker or broke up with him.
- In one of the Arkham City pre-order commercials for GameStop, Harley was the narrator. Additionally, pre-ordering Batman: Arkham Knight enabled the player to play as Harley Quinn.
- Before heading to the Joker's Funhouse and into his office, Harley's old outfit from Arkham Asylum can be seen on display. On the ground to your left, there was a "Fruitful Endeavor" pregnancy test that read "positive."
- Also, if you found the pregnancy test before the game was complete, Harley would sing her own customized version of "Hush Little Baby" during the credits.
- However, in Harley Quinn's Revenge, there are several negative pregnancy tests and a crib with Scarface painted like Joker. Also, inside the crib was a box that stated: "WARNING: Test may result in false positive". This heavily hinted that Harley was not actually pregnant, and Scarface was probably the "baby" that she was singing to in the credits of the original game.
- Harleen Quinzel was shown holding a clipboard with a sheet of paper on it, on her character trophy in Batman: Arkham Origins. On this sheet of paper, "Suicide Squad" could be read. In the comics and in Batman: Assault on Arkham, Harley Quinn was actually part of the Suicide Squad.
- Harley was one of the only villains to appear in all 4 games, just like the Riddler, Joker and Killer Croc. In fact, she was the only one from the Gotham Sirens to appear in all four main games.
- Harley was often shown to be significantly smarter, more capable, and greatly respected on her own - a touch of irony as several thugs believed that she would be overthrown without the Joker. She recognized Batman and Robin's tactics used to defeat her men, and was greatly respected by her underlings as they followed her orders without question. In Assault on Arkham, she displayed knowledge from her Ph.D. of Psychiatry and showed an amazing memory of all the security codes in Arkham Asylum. This would indicate that under Joker's domineering grasp that Harley was simply being held back.
- She apparently had some respect for Batgirl in A Matter of Family as some of her commentary during the battle could be interpreted as her rooting for Batgirl to win.
- Assuming that Quincy Sharp was the warden of Arkham Asylum throughout the Spirit of Amadeus Arkham audio tapes, Harley Quinn would have fallen in love with the Joker three years prior to the Arkham Asylum incident. This can be determined as Quincy Sharp had been warden for three years (as stated in his biography) and he had noticed Harleen Quinzel's affection for the Joker in one of the Spirit's audio tapes.
- When playing her Story Mission in psychosis mode, Harley would talk to her past self Harleen as the latter attempts to convince Harley to renounce her villainous alter ego, and will mention that now Joker is dead, there is nothing holding her back. This proves that Harley might suffer from a form of Multiple Personality Disorder.
- If the player enters the elevator in her DLC and doesn't press the button, Harleen might say: "Get out of this elevator. Now!". Harley will answer that she is not the one afraid of elevators, possibly pointing towards a fear of elevators or claustrophobia, or even a sixth sense warning of a trap?
- It is unknown if and how she was informed of Poison Ivy's death, although it can be assumed she would break down upon hearing the news, as Harley easily considered Ivy to be her best friend.
- Harley is one of the two characters that actively speak during gameplay. Out of the two, she speaks considerably more, commenting on almost everything that happens, and even giggles randomly. The other character who speaks is Red Hood.
- Despite initially losing on a community poll against Jason's Arkham Knight suit, Harley's Batgirl: A Matter of Family outfit will be also made, due to the large amount of votes for both suits. The suit(s) will become available in December 2015.
- By the time in Arkham Knight it seems like Harley's combat skills have improved a lot as she was able to take down Nightwing single handedly while she was defeated by Batman in a single move in Arham Asylum.