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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Harleen Quinzel
Harley Quinn
of Batman's Rogue's Gallery

Harley Quinn, who was introduced as a comical but potentially dangerous enemy on television's Batman: The Animated Series, subsequently became a significant member of Batman's "Rogue's Gallery."

Harley Quinn, whose real name is Dr. Harleen Quinzel, is identified as Jewish not simply because of her name but because she has explicitly told people she is Jewish in various published comics that feature her. We have in our possession examples of comics in which Harleen Quinzel tells people she is Jewish, and we will post representative scans from these scenes on this page as soon as time allows. On this website, characters are never identified as "Jewish" (or as adherents of any other religious organization) based solely on their name.

Discussion

From: "Who's Jews in the Marvel & DC Universe?", posted on Orthodox Union website (OU.ORG - Your Gateway to the Jewish Internet), (http://www.ou.org/ncsy/projects/kp/5763/kpwint63/thing.htm; viewed 20 December 2005):

The Thing may be the heaviest hitter to announce his Jewish roots, but he's far from alone. There are plenty of fellow Israelites in tights to join him at the Seder table.

Several characters were created with the obvious intention of being Jewish heroes (as opposed to heroes who happen to be Jewish)...

At DC, Batman villainess Harley Quinn is Jewish, but she has a Christmas tree. (Batman Adventures Holiday Special -- this should be enough to quiet down anyone who says the Thing can't be Jewish just because he is also assimilated enough to have one.)

From: "Comic Book Characters Listed by Religion" forum discussion started 7 March 2006 on "Truth and Beauty Bombs" website (http://www.truthandbeautybombs.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5569; viewed 10 May 2007):

Professor Stevie Freezie
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:28 am

http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html


[http://www.truthandbeautybombs.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5569&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=60]

justinpie
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:03 pm

Also, where exactly is it established that Harley Quinn's Jewish?


Eidam
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:05 pm

She's a psychiatrist, Justin.


Beth
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:08 pm

justinpie wrote: IAlso, where exactly is it established that Harley Quinn's Jewish?

It isn't. If you click on the link, it's basically someone posted on a message board that Harley Quinn was Jewish. (But they mentioned she has a Christmas tree in the Batman Adventures Holiday Special?) That is not enough evidence for me, thank you!

Unless they think "Quinzel" sounds Jewish maybe?


timdemeter
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:11 pm

My guess is because she uses a lot of Yiddish slang.

I know she says "Oy" a lot but I doubt Harley knows what the hell she thinks about anything.


Timefishblue
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:25 pm

She just SOUNDS Jewish.

And have you ever seen her eat a bacon double cheeseburger?


Dezro
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:20 pm

...there should be a superheroes who eat pork list.


Forsyth
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:26 pm

Do you mean in the sense of actual pig based meat products, or in the euphemistic sense?


Dezro
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:13 pm

Pork isn't a very good euphemism as a noun.

As a verb, though... Magic happens.

From: "Here, God exists in Four Colors and Two Dimensions", posted 7 March 2006 by grabbingsand on Metafilter website (http://www.metafilter.com/49827/Here-God-exists-in-Four-Colors-and-Two-Dimensions; viewed 11 June 2007):

Jimmy Olsen is a Lutheran. Really. And Clark Kent? Methodist, it seems. Daredevil, Gambit, Huntress and The Punisher? Catholics, all of them, though I have to wonder when Frank Castle last went to Confession. With about half of DC Comic's line-up heading to church in the latest issue of Infinite Crisis and knowing that Civil War is imminent in the House of Marvel, what better time than now to contemplate the particular faiths of our two-dimensional heroes.


[User comments:]

Harley Quinn is Jewish? New Yorker, yeah, but what the heck??

posted by Smedleyman at 4:51 PM on March 7


re: Harley Quinn is Jewish?

I know that it's canon in the Batman Advertures comic, and I assume by extension, the tooniverse as a whole...

posted by kosher_jenny at 6:54 PM on March 7


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