Happy Birthday Harley Quinn!

Harleen Frances Quinzel (Harley Quinn) was created by  Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for Batman the Animated Series. She first appeared in the episode "Joker's Favor" on September 11th of 1992 and instantly gave every kid watching the toon a crush.

She later appeared in the comics with Batman Adventures #12 a year later in September of 1993, then in the official continuity with Batman: Harley Quinn #1 in September of 1999. Her first appearance in the New 52 was Suicide Squad #1.

When it all began, Harley Quinn was the crazy and playful sidekick / love interest to the Crowned Prince of Crime himself, The Joker. Harleen was a good student, medal winning gymnast, and interning as a psychologist (an area of study she took up to learn more about her deadbeat Dad and his decisions), when she came upon the Joker's case at Arkham Asylum. She became instantly fascinated with him, and over time, was seduced by him. So much, in fact, that she even busted him out, and had been on and off with her puddin' every since.

The Joker only somewhat returns Harley's affection. He basically acknowledges their relationship, and does get jealous when other guys look at her or rag on her. However, he cant accept his feelings, and when he starts to realize he has some kind of flutter in his heart for her, his confusion kicks in, and he tries to kill her. The first time he tried to kill her, he stuck her to a rocket.

The rocket crash landed in Robinson Park, where she meets her soon to be long-time friend, Poison Ivy. Ivy was initially going to kill her, but when Harley didnt care about her life, Ivy felt kindred with her, and could relate to being used by asshole men.

She helped heal Harley with a serum which made her immune to toxins, and increased her natural strength and agility. This helped her put her above average intelligence, and fighting skills she already possessed to even more good use. Ivy helped Harley mostly because she wanted her to assist in taking down the Batman, as well as allow her to get revenge on the Joker herself.

Since then, Harley has become a big part of the Batman Universe appearing in over 500 comic books (including her own series), video games, television shows, cartoon movies and merchandise a plenty. With her soaring popularity, there was no way she wasn't going to be included in the New 52 (along with another series of her own) to get an origin revamp and continue her psychotic adventures.

We all love Harley Quinn. She's been around for 22 years, and we hope that she'll be around for even more years to come.



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