Harley Quinn

History

She had a life before Him. Really, she did. It wasn't great, but there was one.

Harleen Frances Quinzel wasn't born a beloved child. The youngest of three in a Catholic-Jewish home, her small-time crook of a dad - when he wasn't in jail - was the kind of drunk who expressed his "love" with his fists, his belt, or whatever else was handy. Harleen learned early on that the best plan was to keep out of his way as much as possible, and that meant a neurotic devotion to her studies and as much time after school with the gymnastics team as she could manage.

The times her daddy praised her, she felt like a princess, ready to conquer the world. That rare and precious feeling, however, was always fleeting. Most of the time, she felt mousy, small, and unremarkable.

Her grades and skill on the gym floor earned her a full ride scholarship to Gotham University. She graduated from high school two years early and got away from Daddy Dearest. It was good.

In psychology, it's said that people often enter the field to understand the stranger aspects of themselves and those closest to them. That was certainly true of Harleen. Extreme personalities fascinated her endlessly. She condensed a full undergrad, master's, and doctoral coursework - as well as all of the supervised clinical hours - load into six years, and graduated at the top of her class with a PhD in Criminal Psychology. She was praised as a brilliant mind.

She still felt mousy, small, and unremarkable.

So she continued on in school, going on to pursue a second doctorate in Psychiatry. She made it through medical school in two years, finished her certification exams during her first year of residency, and was elated when she landed the opportunity of a lifetime: an internship at Arkham Asylum in Gotham City. Three months into that internship, Dr. Quinzel was approved to begin patient interviews so that she could publish. Then… it all fell apart. Or, more accurately, she fell apart.

Because of Him.

The Joker made her feel special. Like a princess.

They'd talk as long as the guards permitted them about all sorts of things. He told her how she made him feel safe,"confided" the abusive similarities in his own upbringing. In time, she realized that she'd do anything for him. Anything he asked, she would do it.

So when he asked her to help him escape Arkham, she did. Repeatedly. Each time he came back, she loved him more. He'd tell her he had missed her. How there was no one in the world like her. Desperate to make the feeling last and fueled by the Joker's toxic influence, she kept helping him as her own trauma and mental illness spiraled out of control.

She was discovered, and her license was revoked. They wanted to arrest her. Commit her. Evading authorities, she fled straight right into the arms of her beloved Mistah J and adopted a new name to match her paramour: Harley Quinn.

He pretended to love her while she was novel and new, and she so eager to please him. But he was - as so many men are, really - a workaholic and his dark work meant more than anything else. A means to an end, he just ignored her whenever she wasn't of use.

Neglected, she became like a yappy dog that kept coming back when kicked. He came to like kicking it. Hurting her. Harley let him because it made him happy for short-lived moments and any of his attention - however it came - was better than none at all. She'd leave sometimes, usually after he tried to kill her, but she'd come back anytime he'd ask her to.

Meanwhile, Quinn tried to make friends among the criminally insane. She was a "small doses" kind of friend, but a "small doses" kind of friend was better than the "no doses" Joker kind of friend and so Harley slowly built a reputation as the more reasonable - if annoying - of the two.

Poison Ivy was different. She helped restore Harley's desire for dignity during one of the many separations from the Joker. Ivy also gave her a serum that protected Harley from the regular abuses and murder attempts that the Joker leveled at his girlfriend, making the harlequin stronger and immune to poison and toxins. Poison Ivy became her best - and often only - real friend.

Eventually, Joker tried to kill her one time too many. Harley had to walk away for her own sake.

When Amanda Waller found Quinn, she was locked up in Belle Reve after an attempt to rob a jewelry store. (Pro Tip: If you don't want a break in, don't put the good stuff in the window.) While Belle Reve was a worse facility across almost every metric and Harley abused regularly at the hands of the guards there, no one trusted Harley to be in Arkham with her off-again-on-again lover roaming free.

A deal was struck. A job for a second chance. Desperate, Harley accepted, and thus began her stint on the Suicide Squad, doing good under duress. While she's done that fancy little sidejob, new lovers have passed through. New friends. A baby that she calls "niece" out of a twisted and protective mother's love.

But deep down, she wonders if she's really ever going to be free of the Joker. If she's ever been free of him. When she's quiet long enough, it makes her doubt herself and her motivations more than ever. To be with him or never be with him again: she's not really sure what scares her more.

So the best plan is to stay distracted and never be quiet. …She thinks she has that handled.

Recent Events

  • February 18. Seen in the company of one Joker, The while he was in the process of attacking Stark Tower. Promptly destroyed nearly every half-working relationship she'd managed during her time of cavorting with Boomerang.

Personality

"Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, usually beginning in early adulthood, including inappropriately seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval."

Harley is a textbook example of HPD and Battered Woman Syndrome, if to an extreme presentation. But beneath the deep emotional and physical scars that come from years of abuse starting in childhood and continuing through her adult years, there's a great deal more to her. Fiercely loyal to those few she calls 'friend', she will often care far more for them than she does herself. She also wanted to help people once upon a time. To understand them. This part of her can, on occasion, be reasoned with. In fact, she's lucid far more often than she lets on.

But she's still incredibly volatile and prone to bouts of 'deadly.' So, uh… Approach at your own risk.

RP Hooks

  • Has Harley pissed your character off, screwed your character over, or otherwise vexed your character in the past?
  • Has Harley pissed your character off, screwed your character over, or otherwise vexed your character recently?
  • Is Harley planning to piss your character off, screw your character over, or otherwise vex your character in the future?
  • Is Harley pissing your character off, screwing your character over, or otherwise vexing your character right now?

Congratulations! Your character probably knows Harley Quinn! Let's formalize the details!

Relationships

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Character Sheet

THE BIOLOGIC WOMAN

As a result of receiving a serum from Poison Ivy which has DEFINITELY not undergone FDA trials, Harley Quinn is stronger and more physically durable than one would expect. She is also immune to poison and toxins, include her BFF Ivy's own toxic touch.

Miscellaneous

"Yeesh! Ya make one little mistake and they never letcha forget!"

"I'm rubber, you’re glue! Whatever you say bounces off me… and makes a six-inch-diameter exit wound in you."

Gallery

Appearances

May 11, 2019. The Opening Strains

The Punchline in Gotham has its Grand Opening!

Posted On: 12 May 2019 06:37 (Related Tags: batwoman boomerang domino harley-quinn joker polaris)


April 30, 2019. You're Hired!

ROCKSLIDE gets a job at a new Gotham nightclub, working for one LENA ZELLE. Who is absolutely posilutely not Harley Quinn.

Posted On: 01 May 2019 19:47 (Related Tags: harley-quinn rockslide)


April 23, 2019. Never Look Back

Impulse catches up with Harley for another heart-to-heart.

Posted On: 03 May 2019 03:21 (Related Tags: harley-quinn impulse)


April 05, 2019. Meeting New Friends

Jen Hayden has the unfortunate pleasure of meeting Harley Quinn. And losing a hot dog to her pets.

Posted On: 10 Apr 2019 03:01 (Related Tags: harley-quinn jade)


March 28, 2019. The Merits of Crazy

Harley Quinn and Domino meet at a bar. Amazingly nothing explodes, but give it time.

Posted On: 28 Mar 2019 21:37 (Related Tags: domino harley-quinn)


March 07, 2019. Kinda Sorta Absolutely

Impulse finally finds half of the clown pair that made a move on Stark Tower. Harley doesn't seem to appreciate it.

Posted On: 09 Mar 2019 04:56 (Related Tags: harley-quinn impulse)


February 19, 2019. A Walk in the Park

After the events at Stark Tower, Harley's little beacon keeps blinking… and it summons a Bat. Again.

Posted On: 09 Mar 2019 05:38 (Related Tags: batman harley-quinn)


February 18, 2019. After the Fall

The Joker and Harley Quinn reunite after the attack on Stark Tower for a getaway.

Posted On: 28 Mar 2019 14:45 (Related Tags: harley-quinn joker)


February 18, 2019. The World's Greatest Party Pt. II

The Joker's party may be crashed but he intends to have the last laugh.

Posted On: 14 Feb 2019 10:27 (Related Tags: atli batman boomerang harley-quinn impulse iron-man joker pepper-potts raven)


February 18, 2019. The World's Greatest Party Pt. I

Who ordered the clowns? Someone's throwing a party of explosive proportions at Stark Tower. Unfortunately some people didn't get the memo.

Posted On: 14 Feb 2019 10:02 (Related Tags: atli batman boomerang harley-quinn impulse iron-man joker pepper-potts raven)


January 28, 2019. Prisons and Hells

Harley stalks… er, runs into Bart Allen ENTIRELY BY ACCIDENT while casing Stark Tower.

Posted On: 01 Feb 2019 19:53 (Related Tags: harley-quinn impulse)


January 20, 2019. Boiled Bones

After her fun in Metropolis, Poison Ivy makes her way back to a bone broth shop in Gotham. Harley makes her way there, too. They talk about what the future could hold.

Posted On: 01 Feb 2019 20:47 (Related Tags: harley-quinn poison-ivy)


Harley Quinn
The Clown Princess
The Clown Princess
Full Name: Dr. Harleen Quinzel, MD
Code Name: Harley Quinn
Occupation: Criminal, Formerly: Psychiatrist
Aliases: Harley Quinn
Reg. Status: Registered
Alignment: Neutral
Home Turf: Gotham
Affiliations: Suicide Squad, The Joker
Physical Information
Gender: Female
Species: Metahuman
Species Detail: Augmented Human
Age: 29
Height: 5'6"
Build: Slender
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
OOC Information
Portrayed By: Margot Robbie
Theme Song: "You Should See Me in a Crown" and "bury a friend" by Billie Eilish
Character Type: FC
Universe: DC
Wiki Tag: harley-quinn
Played Since: November 21, 2018

Last Posted Activity: 12 May 2019 06:37

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