Welcome to another post, and in this post we’re counting some of the best alternate versions of the supervillian, Harley Quinn. Harley Quinn is the Joker’ frequent accomplice and lover, whom she met while working as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, where the Joker was a patient.
10. The Batman (2004 – 2008)
This iteration of Harley was actually the young host of a psychology TV show. Losing that job due to her unpredictable behavior was what led her into the Joker’s waiting arms thus sending her down the path to the criminal lifestyle. The character was voiced by Hynden Walch.
9. Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles (2015)
This is probably the most blood thirsty, most ruthless version of the character. In this continuity, Batman is a vampire, Superman is the son of Zod, Wonder Woman is from Apokalypse, and Harlequin (voiced by the awesome Tara Strong) is a murdering psychopath who tends to taxidermy her victims.
8. Batman: The Telltale Series
A very different Harley Quinn, she is voiced by Laura Post, introduced in the second season. For all of those who felt sorry for the character due to her abuse at the hands of the Joker, this version will throw you for a loop. She takes the role of the Joker, often mistreating him and talking down to him as if he were her stooge. Although a former psychiatrist from Arkham, her motivations for turning to a life of crime have nothing to do with falling in love with Mr. J. This is one of the most badass versions of the character.
This is a pretty cool version of the character and it’s nice to see her more of a good guy than a bad. In the sequel, if you liked the 2016 Suicide Squad version of Harley Quinn (portrayed by the lovely Margot Robbie), but it’s easy to see that developers took inspiration from her. She has a great design but it’s her fun personality and character development that make her memorable. Under the Joker’s influence she’s pretty bad but seeing Bruce’s influence changes her character a lot though she’s still pretty unstable.
6. Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
Set in the same universe as the Batman: Arkham game series, this direct-to-video feature sees Amanda Waller tasking the Suicide Squad with breaking into the asylum in order to retrieve top-secret information. Loved this incarnation of the character. She’s smart, highly skilled, and dangerous but still open to the charms of Mr. J despite her trying to cut ties and even attempting to kill him. Really liked that she had that massive mallet. She even develops a sexual relationship with Deadshot. Hynden Walch reprises her role.
5. Birds of Prey (2002)
Sara gives a pretty insane and menacing performance as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a psychotic psychiatrist whose goal is to take control of New Gotham. Although the show sucked (on more than one level) the only shining light is the highly manipulative doctor who uses cunning (although kind of stupid) machinations to achieve her goals. Portrayed by Mia Sara.
4. DC New 52/Rebirth
Loved the reboots look to the character. More anti-hero than villain, Harley Quinn is DC’s version of Marvel’s Deadpool.
The video game does a great job of fleshing out Harley Quinn’s personality, much like in the Batman: The Animated Series. She’s completely mad and in love with the Joker and does her best to prove herself as not only a criminal but as the Joker’s lover. This version is probably the most violent version of Harley Quinn, especially after the Joker’s death. Voiced by Tara Strong and Arleen Sorkin.
2. Suicide Squad (2016)
Robbie does a phenomenal job of giving a great character even more pizzazz. She’s beautiful, she’s funny, she’s dangerous and she’s incredibly skilled as a combatant. Also, she’s completely mad and mad in love with the Joker. Portrayal: Margot Robbie
1. Batman: The Animated Series (1992 – 1995)
No incarnation could ever replace the original Harley Quinn. Despite being a criminal she is one of the most memorable characters in the series, even providing a lot of great humor especially when it comes to her interactions with Batman. She almost comes off as a spoiled, rebellious teenager running off with her boyfriend (Joker), and disobeying her father (Batman). Portrayal by the legendary Arleen Sorkin.
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