Molly Mayne Scott:
However, as Molly aged into an old woman while Alan remained youthful, a rift emerged between them. Molly eventually sold her soul to Neron the demon in exchange for the restoration of her youth. Her soul remained trapped in the underworld, but her body was rejuvenated and provided with the ability to create nightmares. Alan Scott, accompanied by the new Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, fought his way through hell to rescue Molly and restore her soul to its body. Molly aged again, but Alan soon returned himself to his true physical age, allowing the couple to live together in peace. After their reconciliation, the couple appeared in the Green Lantern event Brightest Day.
Kingdom Come Harlequin/Joker's Daughter:
Joker's Daughter II appeared in the miniseries Kingdom Come, identified by creator Alex Ross as both Joker's Daughter and Harlequin in his annotations for the series. Unconnected to the Joker, Duela Dent, or the other Harlequins, Ross described her as a "riot girl" and "one of many to follow in the Joker's chaotic style."
Harley Quinn (Dr. Harleen Quinzel):
My love for the Joker was stronger than their madhouse walls. - Harley Quinn
I always wanted my dame in lights. - The JokerIntroduced in "Joker's Favor," a 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn was originally intended as a one-shot character, conceived simply because the writers wanted someone to jump out of a cake and thought that it would be strange to have the Joker perform the stunt (though he ended up doing it anyway). However, Harley became both a fan favorite and a regular to the series, eventually working her way into the comics as the Joker's sidekick and girlfriend.
Despite Harley's presence in the DC Universe for twelve years this September, reader response to her is still mixed. Those who watched her in the animated universe tend to love her, while those who have only seen her in comics tend to have a more lackluster response. Some find her fun, entertaining, tragic, and a breath of fresh air, while others consider her an endorsement of domestic violence, or an irritating bimbo created solely for the purpose of proving that the Joker and Batman weren't having illicit affairs off panel. And there is much debate over whether or not she truly understands the Joker and he loves her as she loves him, or if she's just a hopeless pawn in his games.
I love Harley Quinn, as all the photos of myself dressed as her at the first ever Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo can attest. I could argue for hours on all the things that make Harley a worthwhile, meaningful character, but others have done that far more eloquently than I could ever hope. So instead, have a few pages from the one-shot story Emperor Joker, in which the Joker gains omnipotence and takes control of the universe, altering all reality to his will - though he leaves Batman untouched and his only alteration to Harley is making her skin all white, like his own. After ruling everything for a while, however, the Joker realizes that a universe that allows someone like him to exist is not a universe worth having, and so decides to destroy it, leaving Harley to ask why:
Lady Joker Week concludes tomorrow with a look at the Joker's tendency to cross-dress.