Harley Quinn is a fictional character in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series. The character was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm and was voiced in the Batman: The Animated Series and its tie-ins by Arleen Sorkin, and currently by Hynden Walch on The Batman. After Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, Harley made several other animated appearances. She appeared as one of the four main female characters of the web cartoon Gotham Girls. She also made guest appearances in other cartoons of the DC Animated Universe, appearing in the Justice League episode "Wild Cards" and the Static Shock episode "Hard as Nails."
HARLEY QUINN'S HISTORY
Although she hides her true nature behind a mask of playfulness, the Joker's moll and frequent accomplice, Harley Quinn, is almost as unpredictable and deadly as her infamous boss. She was once a brilliant young psychoanalyst, Dr. Harleen Quinzel, until she was seduced by the Joker while interning at Arkham Asylum. Renaming herself Harley Quinn, she helped the Joker escape and joined his gang, hoping one day he'll finally get rid of the "flying rodent" and spend the rest of his days with her and possibly even a bring aboard a family.
Harley had always worked for the Joker, until she came across Poison Ivy, who she developed a villainous friendship with Poison Ivy and the two become sisters-in-crime by virtue of their shared hatred for male domination in the criminal underworld. She has also branched out on her own, pulling wild pranks for no other reason than to annoy Batman, and frequently Batgirl. She is often accompanied on these solo crime sprees by her two pet laughing hyenas, Bud and Lou. She continued to be a constant nuisance for Batman and Robin, and everyone in Gotham City. Although her true personality has been subjugated by The Joker, beneath it all Harley remains a sweet lovable person.
Harley ended her partnership with Ivy after she crashed the Harley and Joker's wedding in an attempt to kill the Joker, only to be stopped by Batgirl. Quinn finally retired after Batman presumed her dead after she fell into a deep crevasse during Batman's final showdown with the Joker. Quinn survived to start a family, with her twin granddaughters Delia and Deidre Dennis eventually joining the Jokerz gang, something which the elderly Harley does not appreciate.
Listed are the Gotham (plus one Metropolis) girls that have played a role in Harley's life, whether good or bad.
POISON IVY: Pamela Isley was a
well-known and highly successful botanist. After
learning she has a hyperactive immune system that
causes her body reject any infection, poison, or
outside contamination, she dons the guise of
"Poison Ivy" and begins a career of crime. Those
who spurn or commit acts that harm plant life or
the environment become the object of the evil
affections of Poison Ivy. While essentially a
loner, Ivy is not above "hanging with the girls,"
as she occasionally re-teams with Harley Quinn, and
even in one episode, Superman's foe Livewire as
well. Ivy will remain one of Batman's most lethal
foe's, continuing to duel with the Dark Knight to
avoid the ceremonial trip back to Arkham Asylum.
BATGIRL: Barbara Gordon is the
daughter of police commissioner James Gordon. Her
double life as Batgirl sometimes puts Barbara at an
emotional crossroads. As the daughter of the Police
Commissioner, Barbara was raised with respect for
law and order, but her actions as Batgirl
technically label her a vigilante. If Batgirl was
ever caught and unmasked, the scandal would
certainly destroy commissioner Gordon's career.
Still, Gotham is a city that breeds an extreme kind
of criminal and extreme crimefighters are needed to
handle situations regular cops can't. Barbara
believes the good she does as Batgirl is worth the
potential risk to herself and her
CATWOMAN: Rich, glamorous and
stunningly beautiful, Selina Kyle is a former
socialite who became the notorious burglar called
the Catwoman. Lured by the thrill of the hunt, she
steals rare and beautiful objects with feline names
or designs. Catwoman also enjoys a special bond
with real cats, and all felines, tame or wild,
instinctively trust her. With her catlike reflexes
and cat-o-nine-tails, she is a formidable opponent
who is nearly a match for Batman. Catwoman has a
somewhat different relationship with Batman than
the rest of his rogues gallery: she is attracted to
Batman and he shares that attraction in return,
however, the law separates the two from anything
RENEE MONTOYA: One of the most respected
officers on the police force, Renee Montoya remains
one of Batman's links to the Gotham City Police
Department. Much to her dismay, she is partnered
with Harvey Bullock often. Fearless and tough
minded, Montoya doesn't back down from anyone,
whether it be a lowly street thug or a Super
Criminal like Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.
Recently, Montoya was given a promotion by
Commissioner Gordon, from police officer on the
beat, to a full-fledged detective. Though she works
with Bullock on most cases, she has been known to
take matters into her own hands and does the
occasional team up with Batgirl to stop Gotham's
most ruthless villains.
LIVEWIRE: She was radio shock jock
Leslie Willis, until conducting a rally during an
electrical storm at Centennial Park changed her
into Livewire. A being of living electricity,
Livewire is one of Superman's most unpredictable
enemies. Permanently changed in an electrical
accident, Livewire now puts her powers to use by
engineering impossible electrical-based crimes.
Livewire can contain amounts of electrical energy
so great that a full, concentrated charge could
reduce Superman to atoms. She can also fire
lighting bolts from her hands and eyes and travel
through powerlines as pure energy. She has also
teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to bring
Gotham City to its knees, had it not been the
intervention of Batgirl and Supergirl.
THE BATMAN STRIKES! HARLEY QUINN
The Batman is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation that borrows many elements from previous Batman storylines, but does not follow the continuity set by the comic books nor that of the previous Batman: The Animated Series or its spin-offs.
Harley Quinn appeared in season 4 of The Batman, in which she is voiced by Hynden Walch. While her design is relatively unchanged, her past is somewhat altered. Instead of being a psychiatrist at Arkham, she is a TV pop psychologist who is researching the Joker when he corrupts her.