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Cosplay of the Day: This Villain’s Name is Very Punny

Tara Strand
DC/Gotham Public Works

Harley Quinn, formerly known as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, is the focus of today’s Cosplay of the Day, as we continue to check out some of the most beloved comic book characters in honor of San Diego Comic Con.

Harley started her career as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, where she happened to fall head-over-heels in love with the Joker. After she goes mad and adopts the name of Harley Quinn, she dresses up in a jester’s outfit and serves as the Joker’s main squeeze and sidekick. She was supposed to be a one-shot character in ‘Batman: The Animated Series,’ but proved so popular that she became part of the Batman canon.

Here is Tara Strand as the original, animated version of Harley Quinn, complete with cork gun. Even without the mask, she looks every bit like Harley, blonde pigtails, red lipstick and all. With an outfit this accurate, she may as well have jumped straight out of an animation cel and into the real world.

You can check out more pictures of her Harley Quinn outfits, along with her husband Donald Strand’s Joker costumes, on her Facebook page. This couple is so serious about portraying the Joker and Harley that they even had a themed wedding based on the characters! If that isn’t mad love, then we don’t know what is.

Tara Strand
Gotham Public Works
Tara Strand
Gotham Public Works
Tara Strand
Gotham Public Works
Tara Strand
Gotham Public Works

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