Harley Quinn is sexier than Wonder Woman, and crazier than bat droppings. She is like a Transformer: way more than what meets the eye. A deep character full of quirk and rooted in Hybristophilia—no, she didn’t catch that in a gas station toilet—which is a psychological condition where the sufferer gets their kicks out of having a partner that has committed an outrage, especially of the criminal type. In this case the partner is the Joker, perhaps the sanest mass murderer ever. Below we shall see why she is more than a sidekick to a clown prince.
Harley started as a cartoon character back in the nineties from the hand of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, and the voice talent of Arleen Sorkin. Her first appearance in Batman the Animated series showed us a girl who sang love songs from the forties to a madman that vexed her. She spent her time seeking the Joker’s approval as well as getting back at him. Starting as a wink at the campy Batman sixties tv show, she soon grew to be her own gal. A prank queen lost in mad love.
Her success in the TV show took her to the Bat Books, where for over a decade she was an extension of her animated persona. Then in 2011, things changed: she stopped being the lassie of a cartoony Joker to become the paramour of the ultimate sociopath. Harley entered comic book's darkest door. She left behind the noir references, the toy guns and her jumpsuit. Her eccentric madness gave way to deranged wanton wrapped in murder and a tiny vest. She joined the Suicide Squad, where she showed the rogue team who was the meanest girl—ever. She even managed to scare more than a little pee out of that sardonic bunch. I am sexy and you know it Harley had arrived.
Harley became her most popular self as an over sexualized fetish in the Batman videogames (2009 to present). She made Batman’s life hell in the Arkham series, looking kinky with lots of blood and little of clothes. The clown sex doll became a super-hit: she was vicious and wore high boots. She was tough and looked cool in her perky three dimensions. She was the ultimate dominatrix to your puberty.
As her videogame persona soared, her comic book fame dwindled. She looked good on paper, but her videogame fans didn’t pick her books. Her paper renaissance came with her New Fifty Two series, where her complex bipolarity of colour and personality is perfectly balanced with humorous situations. Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner deliver a Harley that doesn’t need the Joker to live great adventures. They shed the sick killer personality, giving her a roller skater look of sexy but not fetish. Fandom loved these changes; they were delighted to see goofy situations where Harley is her own woman. Never before has Harley been as famous, it is not a surprise then that she will be soon appearing on the big screen. In the upcoming Suicide Squad Harley is played by Margot Robbie, whom would look great as skater Harley. We wish her to be the rich cognitive dissonant character that has skated into the hearts of her devout fans.