Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman

LGBT Spotlight: Harley Quinn’s Troubled Bisexual Lifestyle

To many, Harley Quinn is one of the Joker’s most loyal henchmen, but Harley Quinn is much more than that.

Her toxic relationship with the Joker has recently ended and now she’s making it on her own becoming one of the most famous DC villains. We’re going to be taking a look at Harley Quinn and seeing how much she’s grown over the years.

Harleen Frances Quinzel was a former psychiatrist at Arkham. She made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series in the episode “The Jokers Favor,” back in 1992 and The Batman Adventures #12 in 1993.

She had a rough childhood with her father a criminal con-man and her brother a deadbeat father who still lived in his mother’s house. While going to school for psychology, she comes up with a twisted theory about love and crime and puts it to the test on her boyfriend, Guy. He ends up shooting an innocent man. Full of guilt, he wants to take his life but convinces Harley to do it for him instead. After that, she takes on some of Guy’s personality believing that the universe is in a constant state of chaos and finds a job at Arkham Asylum.

Harley Quinn

She meets the Joker, and during their first session, she becomes obsessed with him during their one-on-one sessions where she was meant to be trying to rehabilitate him. But the Joker seems how impressionable she is and ends up taking advantage of her instead. She helps him to escape several times. She becomes his right hand, doing things that he couldn’t or being used as a scapegoat.

She’s joined up with Catwoman & Poison Ivy to be The Sirens, the Suicide Squad, and even had her gang but she’s always come back to the Joker. But after spending enough time on her own both she and the Joker realize they’ve changed too much to be together anymore. The two have a very brutal standoff before Harley breaks up with the Joker. The Joker manages to poison her and traps her in a prison cell full of other “Harley Quinns,” proving that she wasn’t the first to be manipulated by the evil clown.

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn eventually joins up with Poison Ivy and the two have a much healthier relationship than her abusive boyfriend, The Joker. Ivy even condemns their relationship. I guess Harley Quinn just needed a little bit of herbal medicine to get better. Even DC has confirmed their relationship on Twitter stating:

While many people are praising DC for giving more visibility to bisexual and polyamorous relationships, the writers and artists have portrayed it in what many call the Male Gaze. Harley and Ivy are usually in compromising position, and the audience that meant to consume these comics is predominantly male. While it may be seen as an objectification of women, I’m sure as time goes on, their relationship will be shown in a less compromising way.

Harley Quinn also has the biggest crush on Wonder Woman, but the lady of justice doesn’t seem to be very fond of a troublemaker like Harley.

Harley Quinn

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