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Quinn (Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, M.D.) is a fictional character
appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as
an adversary of the superhero Batman. The character was created by
Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, and first appeared on Batman: The Animated
Series in September 1992. She later appeared in DC Comics' Batman
comic books, with her first comic book appearance in The Batman
Adventures #12 (Sept. 1993). Harley Quinn is depicted as having a
very pronounced New York accent.
character is a frequent accomplice and lover of the Joker, and ally
to the supervillain Poison Ivy from whom she gained an immunity to
poisons and toxins. Harley Quinn's origin story relates that she met
the Joker while working as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, where the
Joker was a patient. Her name is a play on the name "Harlequin",
a character which originated in the commedia dell'arte.
Quinn was originally voiced by Arleen Sorkin in various tie-ins to
the DC animated universe, and has also been voiced by Hynden Walch
and Tara Strong in either DC Animated Showcases or in various video
games. In the Birds of Prey television series, she was portrayed by
actress Mia Sara. The character will be making a live-action
cinematic debut portrayed by Margot Robbie in the upcoming 2016 film
2009 list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time ranked
Harley Quinn as #45. She was ranked 16th in Comics Buyer's Guide's
2011 "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.