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Harley Quinn Reboot "animated" by MatthewRHumphreys Harley Quinn Reboot "animated" by MatthewRHumphreys
Harley is someone that doesn't require a huge amount of tweaking to make her work. So the only real change being that she's a student instead of a Doctor and that she like Barb will idealize a way of life rather than a person(joker)

Harleen Quinzel attends high school with Barbara in this retelling. She's Barb's mirror image. Rivals in gymnastics, she was the salutatorian to Barbara's valedictorian. But where Barb's focus was in law enforcement for her future, Harleen saw things otherwise.

During a college visit to determine where she'll attend after senior year, she snuck away from her tour group and tagged along with a group of Psychology students visiting Arkham Asylum. There she had her first glimpse of a personality that would shape her future.

She met a man who was clinically insane by all medical standards, but she saw him differently. She saw someone who was methodical, brilliant and only those who were fools couldn't see the social experiment he was conducting. He was showing them what true freedom was. Being second to no one because there was no structure to climb in his mind. He simply WAS.

Harleen had been bitter at always being ALMOST great in everything she did. ALMOST the best in school, sports and social climates. But what she took away from her stow away trip was a sense of freedom. A sense of self where she would no longer use society's rules for anything be it law, conformity or love. What she wanted she took, and what she wanted to do, she did.

Like Barb, she doesn't look at her symbolic icon (Joker) with an esteem or infatuation per se. More that she fell in love with his mentality. The idea of freedom he represented and from there she'll grow into her own villain using her own comparable skills to butt heads with Batgirl.
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Luigieatswaffles Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwwwwww That's adorable
TheFlagmaker Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Thats so cute. By the way what if she wud have dee dee helping her. Theres an idea
iowaguy1979 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
very cute!  being ALMOST the best is a good receipe for a psychosis, yeah.
HedgehogGuy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
That's just Harley's winter uniform.
TsukiAkami Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! I was wondering, would it be ok if I used this as a reference for a cosplay? I'll make sure to credit you for the design.
DreadedOne131 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
She's kinda like my ideas to up grade Kitten from Teen Titans, but your conception is totally complete!  Love the Jester hoodie!
Clobutt Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super cute
shadamy20 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Nice work
Madam--Kitty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LittleGreenHat Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh my god, I love this D:
valsiak Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
such a good design if only DC could hire you or something so they can bring back fun and charming Harley rather tan the mess they have right now
chili19 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Love this idea so much
anime-underdog Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, those are big weapons. :D
cfakatsuki Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Dawwww she looks so cute XD
IronBatMaiden91 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
:iconwantplz: that outfit! :icontakemymoneyplz:
WindyWolf95 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
wow that is amazing :D love it :3
Alex-Ghost Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome!!! :D
astrocitizen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I've been thinking of redesigns of numerous comic book villains and heroes, and it ccured to me to use the Golden Age Daredevil by Lev Gleason as a basis for Harley. Same checkerboard costume, but she's mute, either observing a "don't speak unless spoken to" rule that underlines her abusive relationship with the Joker, or perhaps due to some physical damage caused by a "prank" that her "puddin'" had played upon her. Making her mute also made me think of such classic Bond henchmen like Oddjob and Jaws; that and the occasional display of her as a karate champin addition a gymast made me think of making her the Joker's muscle, sort of like Mercy and Lex Luthor.
MatthewRHumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I can see what you're getting at there. For me though, silencing Harley would be like a deadpan joker. She's unnerving because she's fun and bombastic which for a moment makes you forget she's homocidal. Her tragedy in my mind is that she's like the bad kid who's actually bad because he did something bad, but can't turn it off and the only way to cope is to never slow down so he doesn't think about it. Like whenever Harley slows down and actually talks with Batman her good side sometimes eeks out, and then she'll lash out because if she has time to think about it, it makes her feel really bad about being evil. It's a weird dichotomy but I like it better that way personally.
astrocitizen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Your analysis of Harley is dead on, and one that should probably be required of _anyone_ writing for her. That being said, often she's there to provide a mote of comic relief for the Joker, particularly in TAS and likewise canons. While not a standard Batman fan, I've seen enough to know that the Joker's complete monster, and as such I often do little things that infer that Harley's basically caught in a bad relationship whenver I do little redesigns of her in my head.

BTW, her silence, willingly or not, I mentioned is also influenced -- I realized later -- by Robin's transmogrification into "J.J." during the flashbacks of BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER, where he could only giggle creepily.
Rblue Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Sounds good.
blondie-a-go-go Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Such a cute design! Great job, very Harley.
RobotMaster3 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I love this cute version of her. Very nice and smooth!
BeyondYou13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wait is this in "the batman" or is this just your take on her?
MatthewRHumphreys Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Just my take
Jokerz-1824 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Are you making a fanfiction with these remade characters or is it just something you drew for fun?
BeyondYou13 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awsome i thought it was from the series. that just proves how good you are.
SanaMax99 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
EricTheWhitelion Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
harleyquinnfan1 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Artist
shes so cute!!!
hectorsoul Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
My favorite so far!! the custom!!...
AndYouThoughtICared Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Writer
Damn. Well done.
DeathShyte Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Amazing design! you're really good.
blairthewitch400 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
you watch soul eater too? im looking at your usermame and profile pic
DeathShyte Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
It's one of my favorite series.
DarkPanik Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist just too cute. I love it!
Saya-Aria Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
She is so funny. :)
Kenda-Oh Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing!!!!!
Im very in love with this version of her!:heart:
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Coool, and cute!
jackalphoenix Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the re-imagining of the character as much as your design in this one.
dinshino Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
I take her piko piko is partially hollow?
TheUnwantedNinja Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   Artist
did you make this for a new batman series cause I saw some on google and it really looks authentic
Ophelianime Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I like how you've made her kind of a foil for batgirl
etile Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
wow I like your self orientated characters also hoods make every thing better!
SoftFishy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
She looks like a teen titain!!! How adorible!!!
FlorescentMoon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
I love the hood!
Joker-Enygma88 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Hey there, I don't know if you'll read this or not, might just gonna post this anyway. This idea of yours is amazing, if Warner Bros./DC comics where to approach and give you thumbs up on this project, it'll be awesome, I'll watch it. I posted this and your vision of Batgirl over at the Arkham City's forums.


So far you got thumbs up on your idea with Batman fans. I'm a writer, wanna make a living out of it and so you'll notice in one of the pages (if you actually read it) a possible scenario your version of Harley make me envision. If that's what you have in mind, awesome, but if you didn't and you wanna use it, be my guest haha! I personally feel you nailed Harley Quinn's profile, his relationship with Joker can't be described by logical means, that's something awesome that I liked from your description, well anyway, good luck and may this actually sees the light~
SP85 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Digital Artist
Yes, please! :love:
The-blade-of-bane Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Well at least she doesn't dress like a total sperm-dumpster in this rendition.
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