Harleen F. Quinzel I do not seek and do not intend to find
a calmer ocean or a sun that will never rise
my world will never change and time will bring you to my thoughts
and I'll move on and then forget you all over again
moving on, I can forgive you all over again
here and now, I feel that I'm embracing freedom
even though I may be alone, but that's ok
and looking out onto a different sky it seems so easy
absence is never the answer, I know, but it serves as my shade.
Prior to resigning, Harleen had worked at Arkham for almost ten years.
Before she became the attending psychiatrist to the patient referred to as “Joker” (Patient # S-4479) she worked primarily with low to medium security risk patients. Also, Joker took an interest in unsettling her before she became his psychiatrist, even going so far as to find out her address and send a doll to her home. When he was briefly free due to Arkham being damaged by Tony Stark, the Joker traveled to Brooklyn to her neighborhood and entered her apartment.
She drives an Acura TSX. It’s black with a black interior.
She uses a MacBook Pro and an Android phone.
Her work desktop is a Dell Optiplex and her work phone is an iPhone.
Her birthday is 11 September 1972.
She has a tested intelligence quotient (IQ) of 155.
She worked as a bartender all through college, including her graduate and post-graduate studies.
She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Graduate Center at Brooklyn College.
While at she was earning her Ph.D. she worked as a graduate teaching assistant.
After graduating medical school, Harleen worked for four years in the trauma center at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.
She earned her M.D. from SUNY – Downstate Medical Center School of Medicine.
She studied Sociology for her Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College.
She has been involved in gymnastics ever since she was five years of age.
Harleen was considered for the 1988 Olympic team but couldn’t go for family reasons (her father was arrested for money laundering at that time).
She continues to visit her local gymnastic center and works out there.
Harleen is a long-time practitioner of hatha-vinyasa yoga, having started in graduate school.
She is experienced at capoeira and tactical combat escrima. She prefers collapsable batons to yantok.
Harleen graduated from New Utrecht High School in 1990.
Harleen’s father, Harold Raymond Quinzel, was released in November 2011 on parole after serving five years of a five to fifteen year term in Blackgate for fraud.
Her father is Irish-Catholic.
Harleen’s mother, Ruth Goldberg Quinzel, is Jewish.
Harleen is a semi-observant member of the Jewish faith. She did attend Catholic mass with her father as a child.
Harleen is not superstitious, though she is somewhat religious in certain practices.
She has a cousin, Joel Harrigan, who is a Catholic priest.
Prior to being diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Harleen was diagnosed with and was receiving treatment for Major Depressive Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Harleen has three documented alters. When she was eight years old, her grandfather was murdered in front of her as part of a mob hit. Harleen doesn’t have first hand memories of the event. She knows from personal accounts and news stories what happened, but the actual memories went to the alter identified as Harley.
Neither Harleen nor Harley know much of anything about the observer alter without a name.
Harleen is nearsighted. She hates wearing glasses, but she would wear them around Steve since he liked them on her. She now wears them out of habit.
The Harley alter has improved vision than Harleen.
The observer alter has perfect vision.
Harleen still has meningiomas (brain tumors) she was diagnosed with by Bruce Banner.
The tumors would sometimes affect her vision and her muscle function. Initial treatment slowed the growth and shrunk the size of some, but she is now undergoing a new treatment that will hopefully be more effective. She’s had moments of vertigo and received a mild concussion as a result of fall from vertigo, but her vision and her muscle function has been normal under the new treatment.
She initially received treatment in New York at Memorial Sloan-Kettering from one of her college professors, Dr. Anthony Brescianello. She is now under the care of an ex-boyfriend, Dr. Ethan Kaplan, a neurologist at Gotham General.
Her supervisor, the head of Forensic Psychology at the Gotham Police Department, Dr. Henry Whitehall, is also her therapist. He took her on as a private patient when they both worked at Arkham. After Harleen resigned, he followed her to the GPD out of concern and a curiosity to work for the police.
Steve Rogers was the first man to have ever asked Harleen to marry him.
There are three men that Harleen has ever truly, deeply loved: Steve, Bruce, and Jim.
Harley is still in love with Bruce.
Harleen has known Bruce Wayne professionally for over ten years and personally within recent years.
She considers Bruce to be one of her best friends.
While Harleen doesn’t work directly for Jim, they became friends at work and then later outside of work.
Harleen’s former apartment was on the fourth floor of a brownstone in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Steve had never been to her apartment.
Batman may have been on her fire escape once or twice.
After Bruce broke up with her, he purchased Harleen a townhouse in Gotham, in the Riverwalk area. Bruce paid for the townhouse as a means of taking care of her despite breaking up. He also covers her medical costs. As a gift when they were together, he had paid off the remainder of her student loans.
Harleen is now engaged to Jim Gordon. He’s not her direct supervisor but they still have paperwork on file with the HR department on dating one another. It became public (and official) on 4 June. Jim prosed to Harleen on her 40th birthday, 11 September.
Steve and Harleen’s relationship nickname was Cookies and Milk. Steve was the Cookies and Harleen was the Milk.
Bruce and Harleen used to have a set of nicknames, Sexy Beast for him and Boo Boo for her. They may or may not have been trolling everyone with these names.
Bruce and Harleen’s real nicknames for each other were Harl for her and babe for him.
Jim refers to Harleen as sweetheart and even as Harl, which she likes coming from him. Harleen is holding back on giving a nickname to Jim, though her calling him baby is starting to slip out.
All three alters care for Steve.
All three alters care for Bruce, with the Harley alter obsessed and in love with him.
All three alters seem to care for Jim, with Harleen falling for him.
Most of Harleen’s mother’s side of the family died in either Auschwitz-Birkenau or Dachau during the השואה in World War II.
Harleen used to hear stories about Captain America from her paternal grandfather and his war buddies.
She has a wedding ring that her maternal grandmother was able to smuggle out of Dachau.
Harleen has a horrible track record with men as she is typically attracted to men who are unavailable emotionally or unable to commit.
She hadn’t been in a serious relationship since her days as a medical doctor. Steve was the first man in a decade she had been with for longer than a few weeks.
Harleen used to believe that she’d never get married. Steve dying as he proposed to her, then Bruce’s guarded nature solidified that belief until she fell in love with Jim.
While she had developed an instant crush on Bruce on meeting him, she never worked up the nerve to say anything about it until after she started dating Steve. She did have a crush on Bruce when they were both in their teens. She considers him the love of her life.
Harleen did have a mild crush on Jim when she first started with the GPD but didn’t think more on it until they were both single.
She and Steve didn’t live together while they were dating. They maintained separate residences. Harleen first started living at Bruce’s downtown penthouse as her apartment in Park Slope was no longer secure. He eventually began staying at the penthouse more and more until they were living together, there and at the manor, where Harleen also had her own room. Jim moving in with her is the first time someone’s done that in her life.
Harleen was technically sixty years younger than Steve, though he looks younger than her.
Harleen is almost two years older than Bruce.
Harleen is fifteen years younger than Jim.
Harleen is unable to have children. An inmate stabbing at Arkham resulted in her having to get a hysterectomy.
She’s never wanted children. She likes children and is fond of them, even good with them, she’s just never wanted them.
Since Steve wasn’t able to have children either, as far as either of them knew, her infertility was not an issue. Neither was his. They never had a chance to discuss adoption.
Bruce did want to have children at some point in the future, a fact that made Harleen feel guilty.
Jim has two adult children, Barbara and James.
Only three people have been able to consistently and accurately tell when Harleen’s alters either come forward or are close to the surface: Steve, Bruce, and Jim.
Only two people have been able to get Harleen to come back forward as the dominant personality: Steve and Bruce.
Jim has met Harley and hasn’t met the third alter. Bruce only spoke to the third alter once, but would frequently speak with and interact with Harley.
She doesn’t think that Bruce could have ever loved her but she doesn’t doubt that he cares for her and likes her.
She was frightened that she was falling in love with Jim. She accepts her feelings for him now as he’s also in love with her and wants to spend the rest of his life with her.
Her favorite drink is a gin and tonic with a twist of lime. She also likes it with cucumber.
Her favorite wine is a merlot.
White wine gives her a headache.
Her favorite beer is Sam Adams.
She doesn’t like sweets unless they are bittersweet or have a spice to them, like pumpkin spice.
Her favorite ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s Black and Tan. Second favorite is Häagen-Dazs’ Pomegranate Chip.
Her favorite dessert is tiramisu.
Harleen hadn’t baked since high school, but since Steve had such a sweet tooth she took it back up.
She speaks both English and Yiddish, with some French, German, and a few phrases in Spanish and Japanese.
Her shoe size is a 6½ narrow (US).
She used to smoke socially as a post-grad.
Her favorite author is P.D. James. Harleen loves English murder-mysteries.
When she was a child, she wanted to become a psychologist or psychiatrist and go to work for the FBI in their Behavioral Analysis Unit at Quantico. Her father’s and grandfather’s criminal records changed that.
In addition to big band and jazz, Harleen also listens to classical music (particularly early and baroque) as well as punk, new wave, and classic rock.
She will read pretty much any type of book or periodical. For fiction, the only things she can’t stand to read are romances, westerns, and anything with sparkly vampires in it.
Harleen is licensed to practice medicine and psychiatry in the states of New York and New Jersey.
Outside of the complaint filed against her for ethics violations with regard to Tony Stark, she has had a clear professional record. A favor done for her, as a gift by Christopher Bradley, erased the censure related to those violations.
She has had five malpractice suits brought against her, two dismissed without prejudice, two settled out of court, and one dropped by the complainant.
After being officially diagnosed with DID, she had to fight to retain her licenses to practice and to work for the Gotham Police Department.
She has been called as an expert witness in trials by the Gotham D.A.’s office.
She’s never broken a bone or had a sprain.
Harleen doesn’t know how to play any musical instrument.
She’s a better singer than she thinks she is.
When she isn’t self-conscious, Harleen is a good dancer.
Harleen has a strong dislike of guns.
She prefers to wear jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers to a suit.
She sleeps in either pajamas or scrubs.
At home, she is usually barefoot and has/had the habit of taking her shoes off at work.
Her favorite flowers are red poppies.
Her favorite perfume is called Sarawak from Crabtree and Evelyn.
When she wears make-up, it’s usually light and close in tone to her skin.
She usually wears her hair up in a ponytail or a bun.
She doesn’t know how to roller skate or ice skate.
She loves dogs. She likes cats as well, but she loves dogs in particular. She holds a great deal of affection for Beckham, the resident stray cat of the local Jewish temple in the Palisades. After she and Bruce broke up, Harleen came to have ownership of Beckham, who had practically adopted her when she stayed at the manor.
Harleen is not a natural blonde. Her hair color is a medium brown.
Her favorite movies are a series, “The Thin Man” series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.
When she was a small girl, she wanted to be like Emma Peel from “The Avengers” television series.
She’s a very good poker player, thanks to her father and his friends.
She’s also an excellent darts player.
Harleen’s paternal grandfather was a member of the Westies.
She loves corsets and corsetry.
She reads any biography or history book on Queen Elizabeth the I.
Harleen’s favorite Broadway shows are Cabaret, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Her favorite baseball team is the New York Yankees and her favorite football team is the New York Giants.
She is left-handed.
Harley is ambidexterous.
It’s not known if the other is right-handed, left-handed, or both.
Harleen is heterosexual and female.
Harley is heterosexual and female.
The third alter seems to identify with being an aromantic asexual and gender neutral.
Harleen was born in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn.
She is a decent cook to very good cook depending on the recipe.
She’s suppressed most of her Brooklyn accent.
Her favorite poet is Seamus Heaney.
Her favorite colors are black, dark red, and white.
Due to Bruce’s liking the color on her, she was starting to love dark blue.
Harleen loves the Commedia dell’arte and the Harlequinade. Her favorite character from the Commedia dell’arte is the Hellequin, not the Harlequin. The Hellequin is the leader of the la Mesnée d’Hellequin.
Her real name is Harleen Frances Quincy. Errors at Ellis Island with her great-grandfather’s surname changed it to Quinzel and a clerical mistake at Kings County Hospital Center changed her middle name to Francis.