ByArchie R Spires, writer at Creators.co
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A day or so ago, I saw that someone tried to start a new meme based on the Morticia and Gomez Addams love meme using The Joker and Harley Quinn.

BDSM versus Abuse.  Know the difference.
BDSM versus Abuse. Know the difference.

A few found this funny, but most, myself included, were able to recognize how fundamentally flawed the post was:

Morticia and Gomez are wonderful together: They support each other, communicate as equals, go out regularly, dance, sing, engage in what sounds like VERY moist public displays of affection, and love and protect their children equally and without fail.

Not giving a f##k what you think since 1964.
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Not giving a f# what you think since 1964.

They are each other's blindspot:

The other can do no wrong, and if you don't like it, well, there's the door; Lurch will escort you out.

The Joker and Harley Quinn...

Harley was introduced in Bruce Timm's Batman: The Animated Series. She was one of several characters that successfully translated from the series to the comics, including Renee Montoya. She was created primarily to act as an everyman so the Joker would have someone to explain his plans to so we, the audience, wouldn't be in the dark.

She was goofy, silly, athletic, loved animals, and had a penchant for sexual related puns ("Wanna take your Harley for ride?")

She also suffered from the worst case of Stockholm syndrome this side of Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast's Belle.

KNOW. THE. DIFFERENCE.
KNOW. THE. DIFFERENCE.

The Joker was regularly cruel to her, often going out of his way to belittle, bemoan, and be a bastard to our young lady. Who, without fail, defended him as being "an artist" and "one of kind".
She was a literal victim of physical, emotional, and psychological abuse.
Whether the Joker loved her or not is besides the point.

Physician, heal thyself.
Physician, heal thyself.

It wouldn't be until Gotham City Sirens and Final Crisis that we would see the good Doctor Quinzel finally recognizing that there was a problem and to start building healthy support groups and moving away from the Joker.
This is best seen during the Death of the Family event in which the Joker decides to clean house and kill the Bat-Family and Harley as impediments to his ongoing war with Batman. She admits that she has a problem and that they can no longer see each other.

If you can't find a support group, make one.
If you can't find a support group, make one.

To me, this is Harley at her best. Regardless of the outfit, whether harlequin, cheerleader, biker, et al, that's when she's at her most beautiful and magnificent:
When she looks her monster in the face and says "Enough is enough! I don't need you in my life!" When she comes full circle from the eponymous schoolgirl with a crush and becomes a real person, with real decisions, and real plans.

To me, this is Harley at her best. Regardless of the outfit, whether harlequin, cheerleader, biker, et al, that's when she's at her most beautiful and magnificent:

When she looks her monster in the face and says "Enough is enough! I don't need you in my life!" When she comes full circle from the eponymous schoolgirl with a crush and becomes a real person, with real decisions, and real plans.

To all the Harley Quinns' out there:
We love you and we're waiting to watch you explode with majesty and power.

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