This paper toy is the Harley Quinn, based on the anime / film series “Batman“, the papercraft is designed by Crimsomcherry. Harley Quinn is a fictional character, a supervillainess in the DC Universe. She was first introduced on September 11, 1992, in Batman: The Animated Series, and later adapted into DC Comics’ Batman comic books. As suggested by her name, she is clad in the manner of a traditional harlequin jester. The character is a frequent accomplice and the girlfriend of Batman’s nemesis the Joker, and is also close to Poison Ivy, from whom she gained her immunity to poisons and toxins, as well as her advanced physical abilities.
The character was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm and was originally voiced by Arleen Sorkin in Batman: The Animated Series and its tie-ins. The character was portrayed by Hynden Walch on The Batman television series. In the Birds of Prey series, she was portrayed by actress Mia Sara, and by Sherilyn Fenn in the pilot episode. Throughout her portrayals, she is shown to speak with a pronounced Brooklyn accent.
Harley Quinn first appeared in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Joker’s Favor”, as what was originally supposed to be the animated equivalent of a walk-on role; a number of police officers were to be taken hostage by someone jumping out of a cake, and it was decided that to have the Joker do so himself would be too bizarre. Dini thus created a female sidekick for the Joker. Arleen Sorkin, a former star of the soap opera Days of our Lives, appeared in a dream sequence on that series in which she wore a jester costume; Dini used this scene as an inspiration for Quinn. Having been friends with Sorkin since college, he incorporated aspects of her personality into the character.
The 1994 graphic novel Mad Love recounts the character’s origin. Told in the style and continuity of Batman: The Animated Series and written and drawn by Dini and Timm, the comic book describes Harleen Quinzel as an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who falls for the Joker and becomes his accomplice and on-off sidekick/lover. The story received wide praise and won the Eisner and Harvey Awards for Best Single Issue Comic of the Year. The New Batman Adventures series adapted Mad Love as the episode of the same name in 1999, making it the second “animated style” comic book adapted for the series.
She becomes fascinated with the Joker while interning at Arkham, and volunteers to analyze him. She falls hopelessly in love nearly instantly with the Joker during their sessions, and she helps him escape from the asylum more than once. When the Joker is returned to Arkham after a battle with Batman, the sight of her badly injured patient drives Harleen insane, leaving her to quit her psychiatrist job and don a jester costume to become Harley Quinn, the Joker’s sidekick and on/off girlfriend. She later becomes fast friends with Poison Ivy, who injects her with antitoxin which gives her super strength, agility, and toxin immunity.
In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Harley is the name of a monkey owned by the Jester. Prior to the release of Batman & Robin, Mark Protosevich was commissioned by Warner Bros. to write a script for a fifth Batman film titled Batman Triumphant to be directed by Joel Schumacher. Harley Quinn was allegedly included as one of the film’s three villains, opposite Scarecrow and Man-Bat. In July 2000, Protosevich confirmed Scarecrow and Quinn as the only two villains. Madonna was rumored for the role, which he had rewritten as the Joker’s daughter seeking revenge, not his lover and henchgirl as portrayed in the animated series and Batman comics. Due to Batman & Robin’s poor box office run, bad Internet buzz, and several negative reviews from critics, Triumphant was never made, and the film franchise went on hiatus for eight years until Batman Begins in 2005.
In 2002, a live-action television series called Birds of Prey, loosely based on the comic of the same name, included Harley Quinn as a psychotic psychiatrist and main villain. The character was portrayed by actress Mia Sara, who replaced Sherilyn Fenn. The show aired only 13 episodes. In this show, Harley is portrayed as an older, far more calculating and sinister character than her bubbly comic and cartoon personas. She also does not wear a costume, although she does wear an outfit that is reminiscent of her cartoon costume in the series finale, “Devil’s Eyes”. In that episode, she used experimental technology to transfer metahuman mind control powers to herself. It is unknown about this version’s relationship with the Joker, although she does make reference to him as “Mr. J.” on a few occasions, laments his loss as Gotham’s crime boss and hints at a past relationship reminiscent to that of the animated series.
In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode “Legends of the Dark Mite!” while Bat-Mite is giving a speech at the Comic-Con, there is a brief cameo of Harley Quinn’s creator Paul Dini dressed up as her. Harley Quinn appears alongside the Joker in “Emperor Joker!”, voiced by Meghan Strange. This version is a henchwoman of Joker, modeled after a 1920′s flapper woman, shown in black-and-white, and does not sport her traditional costume, but Bat-Mite does. Though she has a mutual crush on Bat-Mite, she ultimately proves to love the Joker more. Alongside virtually every other character that appeared during the show’s three season run, Harley makes a cameo appearance in the series finale, “Mitefall!” She is shown with the Joker at the show’s wrap party, and kicks Gagsworthy when he tries to approach the Joker.
Harley Quinn is introduced to the Kids’ WB series The Batman in the Season 4 episode “Two of a Kind.” This version of the character, voiced by Hynden Walch, is originally the host of a pop psychology television show called “Heart To Heart With Harley“. Claiming to have obtained an online degree for psychology, she gives off-the-cuff advice to her callers that usually hurts more than helps, resulting a lot of controversy in the public. It wasn’t until her boss, Jimmy Herbert, fed up with her irresponsible behavior, finally cancels the show on the air after she stages an ambush on Bruce Wayne during her show, after falsely promising she would help him promote a charity-drive for crime victims. The Joker, seeing the episode and learning that it led up to an emotional wreck on Harley, proceeds to take advantage of the situation by making her his own partner-in-crime. Initially thinking of getting a tell-all from the Joker that would restore her career, Harley Quinn ends up rampaging the town with the Joker as partners-in-crime. Eventually, Harley learns that the network is planning to send in a profile of her by a TV psychologist Dr. Elliot Blaine, and she plans to crumble down the network to pieces as revenge for her sacking, something which the Joker finds amusing and tags along with her. However, she is foiled by Batman, Robin, and Batgirl, and she is arrested after the Joker deserts her, and seemingly regrets taking up with him. Once loaded into a police car, she sees that Joker has left her an affectionate message, and instantly falls in love with him again. This incarnation of Harley Quinn wears a slightly different costume than the one she wears in Batman: The Animated Series, as the black parts of the original are dark red here, the headdress is larger here than the original, the inverted diamond pattern on the shoulders and thighs is absent, her gloves are fingerless, and her mask conceals her eyes.
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