The various foes encountered and dealt with by Batman.
Affiliation(s): Joker's Gang
Played by: Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), Johnny Goth (Birds of Prey)
Dubbed by: José Antonio Macías (Latin-American Spanish), Sergio Zamora (European Spanish), Paolo Domingo (European French), Benoit Éthier (Canadian French), Takehito Koyasu (Japanese)
Film appearances: Suicide Squad | Birds of Prey (flashbacks)
Other appearances: Suicide Blonde | Purple Lamborghini
- "I'm not somebody who is... loved. I'm an idea. A state of mind. I execute MY will according to MY plan, and you, doctor...are not part of my plan."
A psychotic supervillain and mob boss from Gotham City who styles himself as a Monster Clown. He is responsible for Harley Quinn's fall into insanity and the death of Robin, which fueled and increased carelessness in Batman's vigilantism, among other horrible things.
- Action Fashionista: This incarnation of the Joker has a wide variety of garish outfits for every occassion most of them straight from the comics.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Metal teeth, lack of eyebrows, and tattoos aside, he's still being played by the youthful-looking real life Pretty Boy Jared Leto; especially since the last two cinematic Jokers were a creepy middle-aged gangster with a botched face-lift and a filthy, scarred vagrant (even the mentally unwell clown-for-hire doesn't scream Mr. Fanservice one bit). This version looks more like Marilyn Manson.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: A downplayed example. He traditionally doesn't give a crap about Harley. Here, he appears to genuinely care for her, and even throws her out of a falling helicopter to save her life. And then, come Birds of Prey, they broke up, mirroring the comics where they do have an Relationship Revolving Door. It appears to stick, as Harley publicly calls it quits between the two of them.
- Adaptational Skimpiness: This version of the Joker tends to be shirtless a lot more than he has in any other medium. It mostly seems like an opportunity to show off his tattoos.
- Adaptation Distillation: Leto's Joker seems to be less of the "evil philosopher" that Heath Ledger portrayed him as in The Dark Knight, and instead seems to be a cross between the garish, larger-than-life Mark Hamill version from the animated series and the Arkham games, and the creepy, deeply twisted Brian Azzarello version. David Ayer had also stated that he looked specifically to the Golden Age Joker for reference, providing reason for many to believe that Leto's Joker is a modern re-imagining of that incarnation.
- His tattoos are very reminiscent of the Joker in All Star Batman and Robin.
- Advertised Extra: Heavily featured in Suicide Squad promotional materials, barely appears in the film for more than seven minutes. According to Jared Leto, several of the scenes he shot were not included in the theatrical cut.
- Ambiguous Disorder: In Suicide Squad, most of the time the Joker seems... not all there compared to Harley. In addition of psychopathic tendencies, the Joker has random bouts of maniacal laughter, confusion, and slurred speech-like patterns. All attributes that stem from punch-drunk syndrome. Considering he has faced Batman one too many times, it makes sense that the Joker's mental stability is finally catching up to him.
- Ax-Crazy: Like all the incarnations before him, calling him a violent psychopath is one of the biggest understatements you can make.
- Bedlam House: Spent some time at Arkham Asylum, where he met Harley. Then he broke free from it with the help of both Harley and his gang.
- Chewing the Scenery: An important part of the character is his theatricality.
- Cool Car: A bright purple sports car with underglow lights and a "HAHAHA" license plate.
- Dented Iron: It's subtle, but the numerous scars on his body and metal replacement teeth in his mouth are clear signs that his frequent run-ins with Batman are taking their toll.
- Disney Death: He seemingly dies in the crash of his helicopter... only to come back to free Harley from her high security prison at the end of Suicide Squad.
- The Dreaded: In true Joker fashion everyone is terrified of him. In Suicide Squad Griggs' smug indifference about his gambling debt immediately becomes pure terror when he realizes the Joker has gotten involved.
- He is so feared that even the likes of Black Mask would rather steer clear of him. Harley's enemies only start gunning for her in Birds of Prey when she make it clear that she's no longer with him.
- Establishing Character Moment: One that takes place before he even makes his official debut in the setting - he killed Robin (a minor) and vandalized his outfit to mock Batman over his inability to save him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Insofar as much as the Joker can love anyone, anyway, but he does seem to genuinely care about Harley.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He considers the brutal murder of a minor as a joke he played on Batman.
- Evil Is Hammy: It's not The Joker if he's not Chewing the Scenery. And, sure enough, he does.
- Evil Is Petty: The graffiti on Robin's costume seems to imply that Joker murdered him just to prod at Batman. It is confirmed in Suicide Squad that Joker and Harley killed him.
- Evil Laugh: It's kind of his thing. One notable example is when he chuckles while surrounded by an arsenal of weapons.
- Fake Shemp: Indie rocker Johnny Goth stood in for Jared Leto in Birds of Prey, in the flashback where he and Harley torture and tattoo the big mafia thug Harley later bumps back into.
- Foil: To Batman as usual, but with some new additions. After 20 years, Batman became more jaded and cruel, while the Joker somewhat mellowed out and his criminal activity became more professional. Batman didn't settle down until the death of Superman while the Joker grew attached to Harley Quinn.
- The Ghost:
- There is an allusion to him in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ("HA HA HA Joke's On You, Batman" painted across the chest of the dead Robin's empty suit in the Batcave), but he doesn't actually appear.
- He gets mentioned a lot in Birds of Prey, but he's only seen very briefly in some flashbacks, always from the back (including a footage from Suicide Squad). There is a whole Deleted Scene where he and Harley have a domestic dispute. Harley leaves the house through the window and the Joker throws her stuffed beaver out through the window. In the film proper, she's just kicked out of the house, with no shot of Mr. J.
- Joker's calling card can be seen floating in the wind in a "Knightmare" sequence of Zack Snyder's Justice League, implying he perished in the Bad Future.
- Greater-Scope Villain: His role in Batman v Superman. Despite not actually appearing his murder of Robin by this point has driven Batman down a darker, more vengeful path that goes against Batman's traditional moral code; the one that the Joker is always trying to prove is wrong. Batman's rage towards Superman blinds him to the possibility of Lex Luthor being the real threat long enough for Superman to die fighting Doomsday. In a way the Joker's actions contributed to Batman's failure.
- Guttural Growler: This Joker is noticeably more snarly than previous incarnations.
- Handshake Refusal: He doesn't like to shake hands, as Monster T finds out.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a purple crocodile skin duster at some point in the film.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite being a homicidal sociopath, he seems to truly love his girlfriend Harley Quinn. Then in Birds Of Prey, he coldly and violently breaks up with her.
- Joker Immunity: He appears to die when his helicopter is shot down about halfway through Suicide Squad. To absolutely no one's surprise, he shows up alive and well in the final scene. It helps that he's the Trope Namer.
- Knife Nut: And by God, does he have enough blades.◊
- Lean and Mean: This Joker, while muscular, is quite lean, especially compared to the heavily muscled Batman.
- Love Epiphany: Well, "love" is pushing it, but Joker realizes his affections for Harley when she dives in the chemical bath that ultimately turned Joker into what he is. Symbolic in the sense she was agreeing to join him in madness. Further adding to the complexity of the scene; Joker was tying up a loose end, having used Harley to escape from Arkham. He lead her to her demise and intended to leave her for death but at the same moment realized she had entered his world and his madness. Joker never anticipated the amount of utter devotion Harley would have for him, something inside him just couldn't walk away from her, so he jumped in to save her.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated Harley into helping him escape Arkham because she fell in love with him. When she served her purpose, he would have had her kill herself jumping into a bath of chemicals to prove her feelings. He instead saves her from this demise because he has a Love Epiphany in the moment.
- Monster Clown: Like the previous film versions, Joker is an Ax-Crazy criminal with clownish makeup. Green hair notwithsanding, his white makeup, red lipstick and absence of facial scars make him look closer to a mime than his predecessors.
- Noble Demon: In Suicide Squad, his whole motivation is to rescue Harley Quinn. His commitment is so strong he doesn't even waste time with pranks or petty acts of cruelty. Everything he does is for someone else.
- Only Known By His Nickname: He's only known as The Joker, or "J" / "Mr. J".
- Outlaw Couple: He and Harley Quinn are lovers and partners in crime.
- Sadist: Even though there was only a few select scenes of him, one of them is him torturing Harley. It's disturbingly obvious that he is positively gleeful over it. And he doesn't seem to have lost any sleep over murdering Robin, either.
- Pet the Dog: David Ayer confirms that while he did push Harley out of the falling helicopter, his intent was in fact to save her life.
- Satellite Love Interest: To Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. His characterization revolves entirely around Harley, not even getting involved with the main plot.
- Scary Teeth: Several of his teeth are made of metal. According to David Ayer, Batman punched his teeth out after he killed Robin, leading him to replace them with metal teeth.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Although he has a presence at the start of the film, The Joker appears to have left Gotham City to be controlled by Black Mask in Birds of Prey, with Roman saying that Joker has already skipped town.
- The Sociopath: He's chaotic and remorseless, much like his previous versions. Special mention goes to his murder of Robin, which he topped off by spray-painting a cruel taunt for Batman onto the boy's costume.
- Tattooed Crook: His torso is covered in jester-themed tattoos. He also has a few on his arms and face.
- Villain of Another Story: He mainly appeared in Suicide Squad, but his biggest act of villainy to date — killing Robin — happened some years before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which he doesn't appear. The spray-painted message on Robin's empty suit ("Ah ah ah joke's on you Batman!") in the latter film can't be anything else than his doing.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Is seen with a rather impressive arsenal of guns and knives. And even says to warden Griggs, at some point, "I can't wait to show you my toys." note Notably, he manages to hijack the gunship which was sent to extract Waller and the squad so he can rescue Harley.
- Would Hit a Girl: In the past, the Joker electroshocks and manipulates Dr. Harleen Quinzel into allowing her to fall into a vat of chemicals, in order to become Harley Quinn.
- Would Hurt a Child: He killed Batman's sidekick, Robin, while the boy was an underage minor.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is bright green.
Affiliation(s): Joker's Gang, Task Force X ("Suicide Squad"), Birds of Prey
Played by: Margot Robbie
Dubbed by: Karla Falcón (Latin-American Spanish), Isabel Valls (European Spanish), Kanako Tôjo (Japanese), Dorothée Pousséo (European French), Catherine Brunet (Canadian French)
Film appearances: Suicide Squad | Birds of Prey | The Suicide Squad
Other appearances: Suicide Blonde
- "We're bad guys, it's what we do!"
A former psychiatrist who was once supposed to treat the Joker. She instead turned into a crazed supercriminal after being tortured by the Clown Prince of Crime and taking a bath of chemicals that bleached her skin, and became his lover. Together, they committed some infamous crimes such as the murder of Batman's sidekick Jason Todd/Robin, and had the reputation of being the "King and Queen" of Gotham City.
Following Harley's arrest by Batman and her incarceration at the high-security prison of Belle Reve, Amanda Waller coerced her into taking part to the Task Force X ("Suicide Squad") initiative along with a bunch of other supercriminals.
The Joker later broke her out of Belle Reve, but then their relation deteriorated, and they broke up. Without the protection that was ensured by her "Joker's Girlfriend" status, Harley quickly found herself facing numerous people with a beef against her (or the Joker, or both), including mob boss Roman Sionis/Black Mask. She then teamed up with what would become the Birds of Prey to stand a chance against Black Mask's army.
- 0% Approval Rating: Birds of Prey shows that she's pissed off enough people at Gotham to have someone trying to kill her in nearly every scene.
- Adaptational Skimpiness:
- In Suicide Squad, she goes from the jester suit covering everything except her face to glittery hotpants, fishnets, and a shirt barely big enough to fit her with some suggestively placed holes in it.
- Downplayed in Birds of Prey, where her outfits are still revealing, but considerably more modest.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: As in Batman: Arkham City, the tips of her pigtails are dyed—though the red and black are replaced with pink and blue.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Was smitten with the Joker, despite him being a notorious psychopath who was more than a little weird-looking.
- Anti-Villain: Despite being insane, violent, and selfish, she has a fair amount of redeeming traits. She comes to regard Task Force X as her Family of Choice, even stating her reason for killing the Enchantress as being due to her trying to kill her friends. She also really does care about the Birds of Prey, and while she does leave them eventually, she says it's because they can make it on their own, implying she'd come back to help them if they were ever hopelessly outclassed.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The trope becomes a salient part of her characterization in Birds of Prey. Director Cathy Yan even made the movie a colorful sensory overload to reflect Harley's darting attention span. During her chase scene with Montaya at her heels, she stops to admire and snag a glittery fanny pack. In at least one instance, this also winds up saving her life (Huntress shoots in her direction — though not at her — and she avoids being collateral damage because she was picking up something from the ground that caught her eye).
- Ax-Crazy: Joker's torture has left her sanity in very short supply, to say the least.
- Badass Adorable: She could easily earn the "World's Cutest Supervillain" award. Some people think because she's so little and cute she poses no threat and they can take advantage of her. Such fools rarely survive to realize their mistake.
- Badass Normal: She holds her own very well against Enchantress' supernatural mooks with just a bat and a revolver. Enchantress herself is more of a problem.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her Iconic Outfit does this.
- Batter Up!:
- She carries a baseball bat around as her signature melee weapon in Suicide Squad. "Good Night" is written on it in promotional material, while the movie itself has a speech scrawled on it.
- She still uses a bat in Birds of Prey, during her attack on the GCPD headquarters to get to Cassandra Cain, one that's made of aluminum this time around. Just before the Final Battle, Harley lets Black Canary use the wooden bat she keeps at the Gotham Amusement Mile while she uses her mallet instead.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: She was a relatively sane psychiatrist before she was seduced by the Joker, and some flashbacks in the film show her being tortured by him.
- Berserk Button: She hates it when people assume she's dumb, and will violently attack them while reminding them that she has a PhD.
- Biker Babe: She owns a Harley Davidson and really knows how to use it.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: Her firearm is a .357 Magnum Chiappa Rhino with white grips and gold decorations.
- A Boy and His X: She adopts a male hyena in Birds of Prey.
- Breakout Character: The character had a resounding success among audiences when Suicide Squad came out. It allowed Margot Robbie to take the lead in the production of a Birds of Prey movie, in which Harley has a much more prominent role than she had in Suicide Squad, and it also ensured she came back in The Suicide Squad.
- Broken Tears: She shows this side more in Birds of Prey, the first time when she drunkenly confesses to Dinah that she's broken up with the Joker for good. The second time was when she realizes that Doc sold her out.
- Brooklyn Rage: She's a violent criminal with a Brooklyn accent. Robbie even took inspiration from famous Brooklynite actress Lorraine Bracco for Harley Quinn's accent.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Her justification for smashing a shop window and stealing a handbag during the mission in Suicide Squad.Rick Flag: The hell is wrong with you people?!
Harley: We're bad guys. It's what we do.
- Chewing the Scenery: An important part of the character is her being theatrical.
- Cool Bike: Her bike is a Harley Davidson Street 750.
- Combat Pragmatist: Played to the max in Bird of Prey. She uses whatever is nearby if it gives her an edge such as her fight at the police station. She uses the jail cells and doors to slam into the inmates, spin and leap off of, as well as using as many items in the evidence room as weapons like a bowling ball, aluminum baseball bat, cocaine and a lighter. She even manages to use a phone as a weapon.
- Combat Stilettos: In Suicide Squad. And ones Margot Robbie said the pain they caused was only matched by how badass they look.
- Costume Evolution: Harley sports new (and overall more modest) outfits in Birds of Prey, notably a pair of pompons as shoulders during most of the film as well as a pair of golden overalls in the climax.
- Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: She was in charge of the Joker at the Arkham Asylum, and she became his lover and a psycho herself.
- Cute and Psycho: Her adorable appearance is matched by her psychotic tendencies. As warden Griggs puts out, she's "a whole lot of pretty in a whole lot of crazy".
- Dance Battler: Birds of Prey establishes this as her preferred battle style. Her gymnastic proclivities aren't exactly absent in Suicide Squad, but in Birds of Prey, she actively makes frequent use of such talents in combat.
- Deadpan Snarker: She makes a lot of witty remarks for her own amusement and just to see if she can get under someone's skin. She also doesn't hold back when she psychoanalyzes someone.
- Did Not Think This Through: She sometimes has an idea for a plan going in, but doesn't think about the consequences of her actions or what to do if things don't exactly go her way. Most of the time she's pretty much winging it.
- Disabled in the Adaptation: While she might've been joking, she made a comment about hearing voices in her head, something the other versions of Harley never dealt with.
- Ditzy Genius: Birds of Prey consistently depicts her as intelligent and erudite (traits that were merely hinted at in the previous film). All the neurological and psychological damage she's undoubtedly endured mean that she's still forgetful, rash, and easily distracted, however.
- Drop the Hammer: Harley's mallet makes a short appearance in Suicide Squad. She uses it to kick ass aplenty in the climax of Birds of Prey.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Drowning and eating her sorrows away at the beginning of Birds of Prey after she splits with the Joker.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted. She gets mad when others call her dumb and she broke a guy's legs because of it.Harley: Don't call me dumb. I have a PhD, motherfucker.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Is as madly in love with the Joker as ever. She also forms a close relationship with Deadshot and genuinely considers the rest of the Suicide Squad her friends. Even Enchantress can't get her to betray them.
- In Birds of Prey she absolutely adores her pet hyena Bruce and was beyond heartbroken when she thinks he got killed in the explosion. At the end of the film, Bruce is alive and was apparently roaming around Chinatown.
- She also loves Doc, a restaurateur with extensive knowledge of (but no real involvement in) Gotham's criminal world, like family. This is why she undergoes a quietly simmering Villainous Breakdown when she learns that he's sold her out, though in hindsight their relationship — Harley being a Batman Rogues Gallery fixture and Doc being a civilian — was always precarious anyway.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She is particularly disgusted and even enraged when Diablo doesn't own up to the accidental murder of his kids. Though it could also just be projected guilt, as in this continuity, she was complicit in the murder of Robin.
- Even the Girls Want Her: When everyone in the squad is gearing up, Harley is busy putting on her hot pants and shirt, causing all of the soldiers around her — both male and female — to stop and stare.
- Evil Counterpart: To Robin, naturally. They both wear Short Shorts, wield two-handed weapons (a baseball bat then a circus mallet for Harley, a halberd for Robin) and they've been irreparably defiled by the Joker. Both are taken out of action (death and incarceration), causing massive personality shifts in their partners.
- Evil Virtues: Loyalty and Love. If you show Harley Quinn genuine kindness and earn her respect, you will be family to her, and she will love you, care for you, and go through fire, water, and Hell itself to protect you. Not even a veritable goddess like The Enchantress can stand up to her wrath when she threatened Task Force X, whom she has come to love like thus. Birds of Prey showcases it further in the way she interacts with the soon-to-be Birds of Prey.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After splitting up with the Joker, Harley chops her pigtails down, resulting in a scruffier hairdo.
- Faux Affably Evil: While Harley can be a serious threat, that mostly seems to apply to people who have deliberately crossed her. She's pretty friendly most of the time. That said, she's prone to suddenly screwing people over with a smile, even when they haven't done anything wrong to her, if it results in some benefit for her.
- Feet-First Introduction: In her old Harleen Quinzel identity. The first camera shot of her before her transformation starts with her stiletto-heeled feet doing a Sexy Walk, suggesting (since that isn't even a little bit appropriate for a prison psychologist!) that she's already not quite right. Birds of Prey gives this sadder context, with the "already not quite right" bit most likely being her desperate for love and attention thanks to her background as a child abused by adults (her father, the nuns at the Catholic school, etc.).
- The Friend Nobody Likes: A class 5, as it turns out that just about everyone in the Gotham underworld hates Harley's guts, but they had to put up with her bullshit because she was the Joker's girlfriend and they were all terrified of him. As soon as they learn she's been dumped by Mr. J, they all feel free to take revenge on her.
- Gallows Humor: Her Bond One-Liner after Slipknot got his head blown off.Harley: Now that's killer app!
- Gasshole: Two of the grievances Roman Sionis has against her are "burped the alphabet" and "ripped a loud one."
- Girlish Pigtails: Dons this hairstyle for most of Suicide Squad and thus highlights the immaturity caused by her craziness. Before she met the Joker, she had a more professional look. She shortens said pigtails in Birds of Prey.
- Groin Attack: She delivers plenty of these during Birds of Prey.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted when teaming up with Floyd Lawton/Deadshot. Deadshot avoids melee combat where possible and favours ranged weapons, while Harley relishes the chance to knock heads with her baseball bat and uses her revolver at close range only.
- Hearing Voices: She claims to hear voices that encourage her to kill her guards, then says she was kidding, and adds they actually said something different. While this is probably just Harley playing up her reputation to weird them out, it can't be discarded that she hears voices for real. There are a couple of moments in Birds of Prey where, as in the Connor/Palmiotti comic run that the film is heavily influenced by, she seems to hear her stuffed beaver talking to her.
- Heartbroken Badass:
- When the Joker appears to have died, she goes from Laughing Mad to Stepford Smiler; her (seeming) agreement to the Enchantress' service is that she "lost [her] Puddin', but [Enchantress] can bring him back". When Joker shows up to break her out, we manage to get a heartwarming moment from two of the biggest criminals in Gotham.
- She's a mess after breaking up with the Joker in Birds of Prey, but then she gets to kick ass several times over the course of the film, including alongside the ragtag gang of women she joins to fight Black Mask's army.
- Hidden Depths:
- When the Enchantress uses her power on Harley to see her most desired dream comes true, it's her living a normal family life with the Joker (yes, both of them as completely normal human beings, and not in their insane criminal personas), with two children to boot, suggesting that deep down, she might still wish to lead a normal life devoid of craziness and violence with the man she loves. See I Just Want to Be Normal below.
- Despite being the Joker's lover and accomplice, she comes off as quite heroic in the climax, when she could have run away easily (though the apparent death of the Joker probably helped her to go back to the only other people who meant something for her).
- Despite being nuts, she's still able to use her psychiatric credentials to throw off Black Mask with an uncomfortably accurate analysis of his daddy issues. Later, she gives Huntress advice about letting go of her need for revenge.
- That she voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Presidential election, let alone voted at all, is quite surprising.
- Hospital Hottie: She was a therapist for The Joker before he turned her insane, and her attractiveness is noted several times in-universe.
- Iconic Outfit:
- Her look in Suicide Squad was probably the most imitated in cosplays for the year 2016. It is inspired by a look◊ Debbie Harry sported in 1976.
- In a very brief flashback in Suicide Squad, she is seen wearing her iconic harlequin costume, recreating the famous cover art of Batman: Harley Quinn by Alex Ross.
- In her Imagine Spot in Birds of Prey, she's seen wearing that in her summation of Joker up to that point.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: As a child, she kept on trying to win over a father that constantly tried to get rid of her. This resulted in a string of dysfunctional relationships in later life. The iteration of the Joker that this Harley was in love with literally electrocuted her as just one way of manipulating her into "loving" him, so it's safe to say the Joker/Harley relationship was the worst of all.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Offers two sides, saying to Diablo it is impossible for them ("Normal is a setting on a dishwasher! Not something for people like us!") yet the vision she has while entranced by Enchantress has Harley and Joker without the Evil Makeover, Happily Married in a regular household.
- Important Haircut: She chops off her long pigtails at the beginning of Birds of Prey signifying her cutting off her past from the Joker.
- Improbable Weapon User: She uses a beanbag gun when storming the GCPD, and is very effective with it.
- Inappropriate Role Model: Cass looks up to Harley, even though the latter is hardly someone to look up to, her Hidden Depths buried in Ax-Crazy villainy. Just as a taste, Harley's "first lesson" for Cass is robbing a grocery shop, and not even with finesse.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: She changes into her Stripperiffic outfit as everyone, including the women, are watching, and is confused when they are distracted.
- I Surrender, Suckers: In the climax of Suicide Squad, she appears to be giving up her loyalty to Enchantress, but was getting close enough to cut out her heart to weaken her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A sadistic and violent supervillain and accomplice of the Joker, though she does grow genuinely fond of her fellow teammates of Task Force X, referring to them as her friends right before cutting out Enchantress' heart. She also deeply loves the Joker, and as a hallucination sequence shows, wishes to raise a family with him.
- In Birds of Prey she openly admits to Cassandra that she's not a good person. But when Cassandra's life is in danger and the other women assemble to help, she's willing to go the extra mile for the kid.
- Large Ham: As any wacky villain needs to be, she has a large presence.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: She sometimes addresses the audience, says stuff from her narration out loud, and when interrogating Cassandra she even looks at the camera in frustration.
- Love Interest: Of the Joker. So much that he conceives an elaborate plan to get her back. They break up later on, however.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Helped the Joker escape Arkham and later consented to being tortured so she could join him in his insanity. This means it doubles as Love Makes You Evil.
- Motor Mouth: In Birds of Prey, she can talk a lot when she's stalling or just trying to annoy someone seen when Sionis tries to torture her but she goes on a long rant about how predictable his motives are as she diagnoses him.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her glittery hotpants don't leave much to the imagination. She's also seen bending a lot and likes pole dancing. She is very much a Male Gaze magnet. This is downplayed a good deal on purpose in Birds of Prey. Aside from anything else, she's played by Margot "Frickin'" Robbie.
- Multicolored Hair: She's a blonde and has pink and blue dyed on each side of her pigtails.
- Multiple-Choice Past: The film offers two different suggestions as to what caused her madness. It may have been being (with consent) tortured with electroshock machinery, or it may have been taking a dive into a vault of acid. It may even have started during her therapy sessions with the Joker, since she brings him an AK-47 at his request.
- Nothing Personal: She tries to use this excuse when choosing to "trade" Cassandra for Black Mask's promise that he won't send half of the city after her.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: With her flamboyant and friendly personality, it's easy to forget that she is involved in Robin's murder.
- The Ophelia: Has an almost childlike, peaceful serenity surrounding her when she's in her cell, and is quite an Ax-Crazy CloudCuckoolander.
- Outlaw Couple: Her and the Joker were lovers and partners in crime for some time.(Shooting Batman during a high-speed chase) "You're ruining date night!"
- Perpetual Smiler: She's almost always grinning, laughing, or otherwise acting cheerful. If she stops smiling for even a moment, it's a sign that Harley's really upset, or that the situation is truly dire.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She is tiny compared to the other members of the Suicide Squad. That doesn't stop her from beating the living crap out of men twice her size with her bare hands. She also takes some pretty hard hits in the movie with little trouble getting back up, usually immediately.
- Primary-Color Champion: Subverted in Suicide Squad. She wears red and blue with gold accessories, despite being a crazed criminal.
- Psycho Party Member: One of the most dangerous and mentally unstable members of both teams she joins.
- Psycho Psychologist: She lampshades this when she pretends to psychoanalyze Killer Croc and Katana, saying she feels "bored" and wants "a victim, a mind to pry apart and spit in".
- Psychopathic Womanchild: Shades of this were already present in Suicide Squad, but this is especially pronounced in Birds of Prey. While she is capable of being mature and is rather intelligent, her general demeanor is of someone about as young as Cassandra (which might be why they hit it off so well). She loves glitter, eats sugary cereals regularly, and once got emotional about losing a bacon-and-egg sandwich.note She just so happens to be a criminal who is willing to lash out violently at anyone who makes her angry.
- Punny Name: Play on "harlequin".
- Red Is Violent / True Blue Femininity: Her main colours in Suicide Squad.
- Refuge in Audacity: Harley isn't stupid (as she herself bitterly mutters — "I have a PhD, motherfucker"), she's just a lunatic. As a result, most of her wicked shenanigans hinge on sheer nerve and luck.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Carries a .357 Magnum Chiappa Rhino with white grips and gold decorations.
- Rollerblade Good: During the final battle with Roman's men in Birds of Prey. She ditches them before facing off against Roman himself on the pier.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Joker comes to get her back with technology to neutralize her Explosive Leash and she happily jumps on the occasion. Too bad it's a Short-Lived Aerial Escape.
- She's Got Legs: Most of her outfits in Suicide Squad off her shapely gams. Averted with her main outfits in Birds of Prey.
- Slasher Smile: Dons one◊ after happily saying to Deadshot the mission will probably have them kill people.
- Smarter Than You Look: She earned degrees in psychology and used to be a doctor, even though she doesn't act like it most of the time. She'll even break your legs for calling her dumb.
- Demonstrated in Suicide Squad after a Flashback to the chemical immersion she was put through by the Joker, she has a brief conversation with Deadshot about love and labels him a "textbook sociopath" at his response.
- When's she's prisoner of Roman Sionis, she makes a very accurate diagnosis of his psyche.
- The Smurfette Principle: Only woman among the recruited criminals of Task Force X. Though not in the Squad (Katana) and Task Force X as a whole (Waller is the leader) and Enchantress was supposed to be on the Squad as well.
- The Sociopath: Narrowly averted. While she is very violent and psycho, she is not incapable of feeling love or showing compassion, and does care about her teammates as well as Bruce.
- Stepford Smiler: She's obviously heartbroken when she thinks that the Joker perished but in the moment the rest of the Squad finds her, she starts acting like her usual self despite being heartbroken. She drops the act after hearing Diablo's backstory.
- Street Smart: She says that she knows the East End better than anyone, and once found a missing portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt in a bird's nest.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: Shows up twice—when she falls into a vat of chemicals to show her devotion to the Joker and when he drives his car into the harbor with Harley as a passenger. Funnily enough, she claims she can't swim.
- Tattooed Crook: She has lots and lots of tattoos.
- Team Mom:
- She has shades of this when encouraging El Diablo or when she serves drinks to comfort the Task Force X at the bar in Suicide Squad.
- In the climax of Birds of Prey, she's not quite the leader but encourages the women assembled there to team up to stand a chance against Black Mask's army and protect Cassandra Cain. She's also genuinely friendly to them and even gives some psychological advices to Huntress.
- Toxic Friend Influence: She's this to Cassandra. Even giving her a list of things she could do to be like her that are definitely not legal.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She really loves her bacon-and-egg sandwiches, to the point where she goes out of her way to protect one during a chase scene and is completely devastated when she loses it.
- Troll: The quote above shows she's not above using her insanity just to mess with the people around her.
- Undying Loyalty: For the Joker in Suicide Squad. She'll partake in any crimes with him, submit to any treatment by him, and by her confession live and die for him. However, after getting dumped by him in Birds of Prey, she moves on with her life without even trying to return to him.
- Ungrateful Bitch: A flashback shows that her reaction to Batman diving underwater to try and save her from drowning is to try and kill him with a knife.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: In Birds of Prey she has a large assortment of outfits that she wears throughout the movie, about nine in total.
- Unreliable Narrator: When Harley narrates in Birds of Prey, she often forgets about important events, so she has to backtrack, telling the story out of order.
- Villainous Harlequin: In the flesh; her main getup makes her this.
- Villains Out Shopping: Birds of Prey shows her enjoying many mundane activities in between her criminal hijinks, which she's presumably allowed to get away with because her reputation as a supervillain (or at least a supervillain's former accomplice) makes for an impressive Sword of Damocles. She gets drunk with friends at night clubs, gets food at local restaurants (whom she's consistently nice to), and participates in Roller Derby. When getting laxatives for Cassandra, she also shops for her actual groceries, at least until she decides to shoplift them for ripping her off.
- Weapon of Choice: During the warehouse scene in Birds of Prey, she comes across a chainsaw, a katana and a baseball bat. She chooses the bat without any hesitation.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears glittery shorts over her pantyhose — half red, half blue.
- Whole Costume Reference: Her costume is taken from an old publicity photo◊ of punk rocker Debbie Harry.
Garfield Lynns / Firefly
Appearances: From the World of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
A Gotham City-based criminal who specializes in pyrotechnics.
- Destroy the Evidence: He is hired to burn some incriminating evidences.
- Kill It with Fire: He is hired to destroy a building and tries burning Batman upon confrontation.
- Psycho for Hire: He is contracted to burn incriminating evidences. And he loves every minute of it.
- Pyromaniac: True to the text, he loves his flamethrower and explosives.
- Smug Snake: Puts too much faith in his gadgets and flamethrower, believing that's what allows him an advantage over Batman. He's wrong.
Appearances: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice: Crossfire
A Gotham City-based criminal who uses the moral lessons found in Aesop's Fables as his modus operandi.