What DC Comics Teams has Harley Quinn Been On?
Harley Quinn is the beloved Cupid of Crime. She’s most famous for working alongside The Joker, and fighting against her arch-enemy Batman. She also has quite the notorious relationship with The Joker, and Mistah J is incredibly protective and possessive of her. No one touches his queen.
But what some fans might not know is that Harley Quinn has a whole life outside of The Joker and has teamed up with other people in the DC Universe quite a few times. Sometimes she teams with other heroes, and sometimes other villains. Sometimes, she even needs her own harlequin-themed posse. Here are just a few of our favorite teams that Harley has had a hand in.
Arkham Asylum Staff
Before she was Harley Quinn, Gotham’s Maid of Mischief was Dr. Harleen Quinzel. She was, and still is, an absolute genius. The first team that she was ever a part of was the staff of the Arkham Asylum. She was trusted to even handle the complicated case of The Joker.
This, of course, led to the creation of a terrifying crime couple. The Joker and Harley were inseparable. In one storyline, Batman: White Knight, Harley is brilliant enough to make a pill that makes The Joker sane. She is a competent and capable doctor, even at her most insane.
The Suicide Squad
Amanda Waller has run the Suicide Squad with an iron fist. The Suicide Squad is a group of villains under the control of the DEO, sent out on special missions due to their unique capabilities. There have been many different iterations and members of the Suicide Squad, but most of them include Harley Quinn.
She is one of the most competent and valued members of the Suicide Squad, due to the high mortality rate of the Squad. In fact, the DEO hardly cares at all if these villains die, because they’ll simply find a replacement. But no one can replace Harley Quinn.
Gotham City Sirens
Harley Quinn is one third of the powerful group called the Gotham City Sirens. Harley, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman have each supported the others in one way or another throughout the years. Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are actually particularly close friends, and using her plant powers, Ivy was able to make Harley Quinn immune to most poisons and toxins.
More than a team, the Sirens are a support system. Any time one of them needs help, the other two are there. When Selina Kyle was kidnapped, they rescued her. When Harley had problems with The Joker, Ivy and Catwoman were there. Even when Harley Quinn is on other teams, she’s always a Siren.
You can learn more about the Sirens in our Top 10 Girl Groups in Comics– Geek Culture Countdown podcast!
Gang of Harleys
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After she got the most skilled of the applicants, she trained them and got them ready to clean up Brooklyn, and actually do some good for once! This team included members like Harlem Harley, Harley Queens, Harvey Quinn, and Carli Quinn.
Batman and Nightwing
That isn’t the only time Harley has done good though! In the DCU movie Batman and Harley Quinn, Harley gives up the life of crime for good. She applies to work in every hospital and clinic in Gotham, but when she’s denied due to her criminal past, she finds a way to work with Nightwing and Batman.
There are definitely some bumps in the road, but when Poison Ivy attempts to kill 7 billion people, even Harley realizes it’s time to stop her evil plan.
Justice League: Team Wisdom
In Justice League: No Justice, Brainiac takes over both heroes and villains to create ideal teams for taking down a terrible evil. He uses the strengths of each of the heroes and villains to create groups that are similar in abilities.
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