Harleen Francis Quinzel
Harl, Pumpkin Pooh
Professional Criminal, Former Criminal Psychiatrist
PhD in psychology from Gotham State University
- "Aww come on Puddin'. Don't you want to rev up your Harley?"
- ―Harley to The Joker
Harleen Quinzel (better known as Harley Quinn), was a former Arkham psychiatrist who fell in love with the Joker.
This "mad love" would lead her to a life of crime as Harley Quinn, frequent accomplice and girlfriend of The Joker.
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. Quinzel worked as a comedian for the rest of her time at the university.
Meeting The Joker
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 then began a passionate romantic relationship.
Personality and traits
- "Why can't a girl be nice to a guy without the mook trying to moider her?"
- ―Harley Quinn
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Agility
- Toxin Immunity: Immunized her to various assorted toxins.
- Psychologist: Trained as in the field of psychoanalysis.
- Olympic level Gymnast: She was also a spectacular gymnast, almost on par with Dick Grayson.
- Mental Illness:
Various firearms including a sports a customized Chiappa Rhino 60DS, 6 cylinder magnum revolver, it was utilized for long-ranged combat, an oversized wooden mallet, baseball bat and a boxing glove gun.