of fun Harley-related little facts for you to enjoy. If you know something
you don't see here, by all means, send it in!
* Paul Dini was originally going to call Harley "Columbine" before deciding Harley sounded better.
* Harley is, apparently, Jewish!
* The names of Joker and Harley's two pet hyenas are Bud and Lou in honour of Bud Abbot and Lou Costello (this was on this page before it became common knowledge with 'Joker's Millions'
* Harleys' real name "Harleen" is just her voice performer's name "Arleen" with an 'H'!
* Not strictly Harley: She has not been the only gal after Joker in all of time! A character called "The Mime" came before here ages ago, and was Joker's first girlfriend!
*She also not the first female character in DC to bear the name Harley Quinn. Back in the seventies, there was a member of the Teen Titans and also called "The Daughter of the Joker" which she was in the reality she came from. However, she was a good guy! Feh!
* In the episode "Harlequinnade" Harley says the line "I'm not even a real blonde". Despite this, she is in fact, just that! (I think Paul Dini told me this but I honestly can't remember. Maybe it's been retconned since then, too)
* In Finland "Mad Love" is called "Mielipuoli Rakkuus"
* The song Harley sings in the episode "Harlequinnade", contrary to popular belief, was NOT written by Paul Dini! It is actually a song called "Say that We're Sweethearts Again" from an old MGM movie called "Meet the People". You can find a lovely old recording of it by cabaret singer, Dorothy Shay.
*Just for fun, here's what Harley's name means....
Harleen/Harley: from the long field.
Quinzel/Quinn: Fair hair or a noticeably pale complexion
You can figure how that relates to Harley yourselves cos I got nothin'!
* The name "Arleen" means "the pledge". It's original form is "Arlena" and it is Hebrew. It became "Arleen" when the Celts and the Gauls began to use it.
* Not strictly Harley: Back in the 1300's there wuz an Irish clan called "The Napier Clan"! (Jack Napier is rumored to be Joker's real name).
* Harley's not the first to bear her synonym! Fans of Agatha Christy will be familiar with the story "The Mysterious Mr.Quin", centering around the supernatural, mysterious gentleman Harley Quin, whose face is often cast in shadows, seeming like a mask, and whose checked suit often has light thrown upon it, turning it into a motley of diamond patterns!
* Not strictly Harley: The Italian word for Harlequin is "Arrlechino". When the character Harlequin ran away with the character Columbine, they moved to France and changed their names to "Peirot" and "Pierette".
* In the episode "Harley's Holiday" the idea of Harley accidentally leaving the security tag on her new dress wuz thought up by Arleen Sorkin! The character she played in an episode of Perry Mason wuz a thief, but her idea that it would be funny if the character left security tags on her clothes wuz turned down by her director!
* Not strictly Harley: The character Harlequin may have been derived from the Norse Underworld Goddess "Hel". Her consorts wore a mask called a 'helkappe' which rendered them invisible!
* Apparently, the Fox Network wanted to make damn sure that The Joker didn't come off as gay, especially considering that Tim Curry (Rocky Horror) was the original choice to play him, so they wanted a girlfriend created for him. This was the original reason behind Harley's conception!
* Look out for the new Creeper episode "Beware the Creeper". Joker and Harley guest star. I can't say any more at this point,but as soon as it airs, I'll put up the exciting tidbit!
Now that it has long since aired, I can say this cartoon features one of the raunchiest, sexually oriented lines to go to air uncensored in a kids cartoon. Harley jumps out of a giant pie, scoops some of it on her finger, beckons to Mistah J and says..."Wanna try my pie, Puddin?" LOL!
* Harley is DEFINETELY bi-seuxal folks, and in a semi-relationship with Poison Ivy! Oohhh yeah!
* Harley's middle name is "Francis". This is also the middle name of Arleen Sorkin!
* Not strictly Harley: Since Joker's creation that fateful Spring of 1940, in Batman #1, DC Comics writers have devised Fifty Four different nicknames for him!They're listed alphabetically below:
1. Ace of Knaves