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Real Identity: Not Applicable
Appearances (Comics): Harley Quinn and Batman (The Last Laugh Part 5) and Batman and Harley Quinn (Poison Ivy: A New Leaf)
Powers/Skills: Not Applicable
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Dr. Harleen Quinzel worked at Arkham Asylum as a psychologist for five years until she was seduced by the Joker and became Harley Quinn. Then she became a recurring patient. Harley was released into outpatient programs twice but it failed to rehabilitate her.
One year after sabotaging the Joker's killer hot sauce scheme, Harley was brought before Arkham's board and asked what it meant to be sane. She answered it was an awareness of shared reality and a sense of responsibility for her choices and actions. She admitted she wasn't sure how large a percentage of the population that definition applied to. Dr. Leland noted she was a model patient for the past year, had no contact with past associates, and had no negative episodes even after she was taken off medications. Dr. Bartholomew believed Harley's case represented a tremendous success for Arkham. The board concurred and Bartholomew revealed she was to be released at noon the next day. The next day, Bartholomew asked Harley if anyone was meeting her at the front gate. Harley recalled that would get her in trouble then admitted she thought Batman might have showed up but mused she couldn't rely on him anymore. Bartholomew reminded her she had to rely on herself and be proud of the work she accomplished. Harley stated she was and vowed to put her past behind her. Bartholomew was happy for her and saw a bright future for her. She was glad someone did.
Two days after the Weinwright Swamp battle, Poison Ivy received steak dinner from a new orderly named Ken. Ken honored her request and came back with chocolate pudding, a geranium, and a phildendron. Ivy manipulated the geranium and it sprayed Ken, paralyzing him in place. A vine swiped Ken's card and Ivy was free but Batman was waiting. Batman instructed Ken to never bring a plant in the same wing as Ivy and never tell her what other plants were in the building then ordered him to go to the medical center. Ivy was suprised she wasn't back in her cell. Batman revealed they were taking a walk first. As they passed Two-Face and Scarecrow, Batman stated she should be kept somewhere else but Arkham was the only facility around that was equipped to hold powerful people. Ivy thought he was kidding and stated Arkham was where all the freaks. Killer Croc saw Batman and became irate. Batman wondered if she was striking back at everyone through all the pain she felt or if she was like Clayface and wasn't even sure who she was anymore.
Ivy deduced his point was she wasn't as bad as some of the others. She suggested she just wasn't committed enough or genuises can't relate to other people. Batman responded with a "maybe" but added maybe she lost the thing that connected her to everyone else. Riddler tried to issue a riddle but Batman told him to shut up. Batman suggested the roof. Ivy found it nice and was surprised Batman was thinking of requesting her cell to be moved up there. Batman amused her with saying prisons keep people around those who make good choices. Ivy retorted she only hung out with Harley Quinn. Batman didn't think she was the worst friend to have, who was making an effort to go straight. Ivy appreciated he was trying to show he cared in his own weird way and knew she didn't make the world a better place but only cared about the most effective path to saving it. She then pointed out how hard a time Harley had with being hired and even recalled she just tried to break out.
Batman pointed out they on the roof, there were no guards, and the walls were covered with tons of ivy. At any point she could have crushed or strangled him. He stated change was hard but she was good at doing hard things. Ivy conceded and promised to give it more serious thought. Batman revealed he would look into the possibility of a work release option that kept her out of Arkham but added she to do him a favor, don't tell Harley he said she wasn't the worst. They shook on it. Ivy found that a hard request but agreed to it.