Dr. Harleen Frances
Quinzel, also known as Harley Quinn, first appeared in the Batman
animated series in the episode
"Jokers Favor" where she served as a humorous female sidekick to The
Joker. In her first appearances she was depicted as a character completely
devoted to the Joker, totally oblivious to his psychotic nature and his
obvious lack of affection for her - a characterization that has remained more
or less consistent throughout her subsequent appearances. Her name is a play
on the word 'harlequin'.
Harleen Quinzel was a
psychiatric intern at Arkham Asylum. A model student, in addition to receiving
high grades in college, she was also a dedicated gymnast, winning a
scholarship to Gotham City University. While researching the lunatics at
Arkham, she became fascinated with one particular inmate (Joker). Ambitiously
volunteering to analyze him, she pleaded with the doctors at Arkham for three
months before she could treat him. After he gained her sympathy during their
sessions, he seduced her, causing her to fall madly in love with him. After
helping him escape from the asylum more than once Harleen was suspected by the
authorities, who revoked her license and placed her in her own cell. During an
earthquake in Gotham City, she fled and became Harley Quinn, the sidekick to
the Clown Prince of Crime himself, the Joker.
Quinn's relationship with the Joker is one of the most complex and twisted
love affairs in comics. As with all people, Joker is abusive and manipulative
towards Harley, but just as often there's evidence of comaraderie,
playfulness, and genuine affection towards her. She's the only person who's
managed to become intimate on such a long term basis with the Joker and, while
he generally accepts their relationship, we even see the Joker's occasional
moments of confusion and discomfort which results in attempts to kill her.
Updated: Oct. 24th, 2017
I'm surprised it
took Harley Quinn such a long to appear in a fighting game. While I never really
understood the hype behind Harley Quinn (she doesn't even have powers, right?),
I can admit that NetherRealm did a solid job with her Injustice fighting style. Along with Joker, she's got one of
the most entertaining fighting styles in the game. On the flipside, her default
outfit in Injustice is kinda ugly / trashy-looking if you ask me.
Thankfully, she's got some much better alternate costumes in the game.
In short, Harley Quinn can be entertaining... but compared to other female
villains and heroes from comics, I'm not that impressed by her, creatively.
Soooo she can swing a baseball bat? And shoot guns? And follows Joker around.
What else? Yeah... not much else.
Style / Moveset