Ohhhhhh yes. He’s been depicted slapping her across the face, insulting her intelligence, throwing her out of their hideout, referring to her as property, etc. In Mad Love, which is considered to be the quintessential Joker/Harley comic, Harley almost dies after Joker pushes her out of a window.
There’s a great quote by Paul Dini that sums up their relationship well:
"We’ve all selected the wrong partners, all gotten hurt, and hopefully all moved on wiser for the experience. But there are those who, even in the face of constant disappointment, continue to believe that the intensity of their desire will be rewarded by an eventual jackpot of affection. And if that’s the slot machine you’re playing, friend, you’d better leave the casino, ‘cause that one don’t pay out."
I’m a big fan of the ship, but I hate when people downplay Harley’s abuse.
Who’s a good boy? You’re a good boy!
Who devours the flesh of mortals? You devour the flesh of mortals!
Poseable “Cerberus in a Can” now available in our Etsy shop.
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