Harleen Quinzel was a vivcious, likeable,friendly young woman. Beautiful,
intelligent and talented, she was however, excluded from the popular social
cliques of her school, because there was alaways something a little off-beat,
a little whacky and zany about her, that meant she was destined to be somewhat
of a loner.She liked the underdogs and "nerds" of her school, but she coudlnt
fit in with them either. She was by herself.Full of personality and life,
she, however, rarely let anything get her down,although already there was
a deep resentment growing within her, at the rejection of her peers, and
of her family, who ignored her. She had a great desire to prove herself
to them, to make sure noone would ever forget her.After being barred acess
to the cheerleader team by the snobs on it, she took up gymnastics, and
quickly became a star in that field.Although unafraid of using her sexuality
to her advantage, she grew tired of the boys who only used her, and left
her if she wouldn't go all the way. In fact, very quickly she was growing
tired of the treatment everyone gave her. She knew she was smart. She knew
she was attractive. She knew she was talented. And above all, no matter
what quirks she had, she knew she was a friendly, and kind person.The desire
to prove herself turned into a desire for love.She believed she could get
love if she became a star in every way - if she were famous, or highly
successful, people would be sure to love her.With this strong will and
determination, she got to Gotham Sate Uni on a gymnatsic scholarship, and
from there, worked on a Psychology degree, in their prestigious psychology
and quick, could not grasp the conplex theories of psychology, no matter
how hard she studied. On top of that, she still had a desire for friends,
and so spent many precious moments trying hard to make them, and fit in,
once again, facing the rejection of highschool, due to her slightly bizarre
nature she was unable to hide. Determined to get her degree, however, she
resorted to a last,desperate measure - that of seducing her professor.WELL
IT GOT HER THE MARKS DIDN'T IT? She landed her desired job of interning
at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
She went ,to the Asylum, full of hope, wanting to help everyone there.Some
of the doctors believed her motivations to be less that moral - ie:they
thought she wanted to cash in on Arkham's infamous inmates. These theories
were erroneous, however, and Harley ignored them.The truth was she wanted
to write that book to achieve her long-anticpated goal - fame - and through
that, get the love she ached for.Upon her first days, she saw the countless
and demented criminals who ravaged Gotham City. Dealing with those sick
criminals was all part of the job for Harlene, and she did her best with
a hopeless situation.
. The one aspect of her
jobwhich disturbed Dr. Quinzel was one particular inmate who was always
looking at her more devilishly than the others. It seemed to her like he
could read her thoughts, go right inside of her and know all her secrets.
She found him hypnotic and bewitching. She knew she was not the only one
who felt this, the other doctors and inmates sensed this supernatural air
about him too, but it affected her more. Somehow,he always found a way
to be in her presence within the hellish gates of Arkham. Finally,she could
stand it no more, and requested to have this patient under her charge.
The other doctors were wary at first, because this inmate was known for
the terrible manipulation ,and torture of his female psychiatrists, but
they finally give in. Before starting treatment, she read his case file,
she became even more afraid, and felt genuine terror of her patient. In
their first session, however, he surprised her by being quiet and gentle.His
aura is poetic and hypnotic, and Harlene felt herself being drawn to him.
In the weeks that followed, they had long discussions, finding things they
have in common, and Dr. Quinzel discovers he has a wonderful sense of humor.
He confides in her his own abused childhood,and she feels a terrible rage
at this injustice and emotional scarring. He seemed more like her friend
than patient, and before she was even aware of what was happening, the
sessions turned into counseling for her rather than him. He understood
all of her problems, and she let out the torrent of emotion she had been
suppressing all those years. She began to see her patient as a kind of
God, her savior, an angel who has been terribly misunderstood by the world.
What was once fear of him, turned into an obsession with her patient :
She has allowed the Joker to manipulate her for so long, she believes almost
anything he says.. She is completely unaware that the childhood he told
her about is false, and that he is using her for his own ends - to him
she is nothing more than an experiment to see if he could turn a strong,
independent woman into a weak, dependent worshipper of himself.Seeing that
he has succeeded, and that the only thing left to be done is completely
snap the last of her sanity, the Joker decides that can wait until another
time, he is bored in the asylum, so he breaks out. For one week he continues
on a crime spree of murder, with Harlene sitting anxiously back at the
asylum, believing him to be scared and unsure of what was going on.. Batman
apprehends the Joker, and takes him back to the asylum. The two had been
in a fight, and Batman triumphed. The Joker is barely conscious as Batman
leads him down the corridor, and Harleen rushes out to receive her patient.
Seeing the state he is in, the whole world seems to stop for Harleen. There
is a roaring in her ears as she rushes to take Joker in her arms. She is
unaware of the stares of the doctors, Batman's shocked face, or the tears
streaming down her cheeks, and she does not hear her own scream as the
asylum's hospital staff take the Joker from her.
. She rushes home and gets
together an assortment of equipment, including an appropriate costume to
suit her new persona. That night, she breaks the Joker out of the asylum,
and they drive off into the sunrise, the Joker screaming laughter all the
way. When they stop, the Joker leans over to kiss her, and in that kiss,
Harleen completely lost the little touch with reality she had left and
became Harley Quinn.
To make sure she never goes
back to what she was, the Joker continues to twist her mind, convincing
her all the terrible things he does are 'just a joke', keeping her drugged
on love for him. He confuses and bewilders her, physically and emotionally
abusing her, and then comforting her.
Her sick infatuation with
him leads her to carry out his every beck and call. She is enthralled with
his maniacal life of crime, chaos and murder.
She harbors fantasies that
once the Dark Knight is dead, she and her " Puddin' " will get married,have
children and live happily ever after. To her, Joker is her Lover, Boyfriend,
Best Friend, Confidante, Teacher, Mentor, Father and God.
The Joker is amused by her
undying devotion, and views her as a kind of pet, a sex toy and a handy
assistant in crime. Harley is truly the only person to see below his demented
exterior to the hurting man deep within the Joker. She believes Batman
is the source of his pain, and she is a deadly enemy to the Dark Knight.
Underneath her demented exterior, she is sweet and loveable.
Her trademark is her Joker
wand, which is a grapple, a gun,,and a knife.
When apprehended, she is
returned to Arkham as a patient, not the respected doctor she once was.
TO THE HAVEN