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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Harley Quinn with sound clips and images.


Created by Pokejedservo on Thu Sep 3 2009, 164 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Foxwolf, NCZ for additional sound clips.
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Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Harley QuinnArleen Sorkin
Arleen Sorkin
The Batman (2004)
Harley QuinnHynden Walch
Hynden Walch
Batman Black and White (2008)
Harley QuinnJanyse Jaud
Janyse Jaud
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Harley QuinnMeghan Strange
Meghan Strange
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
Harley QuinnTara Strong
Tara Strong
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012)
Harley QuinnLaura Bailey
Laura Bailey

EDITOR'S OPINION

The good Doctor Harleen Quinzelle shall be with us today namely the Joker's lovely assistant Harley Quinn!

Yes Harley Quinn, one of the most prominent examples of a "Canon Immigrant" and also a reason why the Batman Animated series is deemed so good it made Canon in the comics. Nevertheless her original (and current) VA Arleen Sorkin.

While Arleen's handiwork isn't exactly all that well known outside of voicing Harley but its not hard to see why Arleen's performance as Harley much like Harley herself is quite renowned. (And its not too hard to tell that Harley was made for Arleen by her good buddy the ever-so renowned Paul Dini.) But still Arleen was definitely able to bring out Harley's gleefully eccentric side rather well lets just say.

While Arleen voiced Harley though the majority of her animated appearances except for the not-so well received series "The Batman".

In "The Batman" she was in a couple of episodes or so voiced by Hynden "Starfire" Walch and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. When I heard that she was voicing Harley in that show I was feeling a bit uneasy but I was quite surprised on how Hynden sounded an awful lot like Arleen for sure. Both Harley voices are great but I will of course go with Arleen but Hynden is surprisingly a very close second.

(Update: In the Motion Comic "Batman Black And White" she is voiced by known Ocean VA Janyse Jaud, while I admit Janyse wouldn't be my first choice for this role when it comes to the Voice Actresses whom ever worked in Vancouver. But this worked out pretty well as her performance works out just fine as well. While I am still going with Arleen but alike Hynden I would say Janyse is pretty close as well.)



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chaosincarnate
said at 3:49 PM on Sun Aug 16 2015
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I hate to bag on Arkham Knight all the time, but good lord did someone amp up the annoying level on Tara Strong as Harley in that game. I didn't think it was any more possible to get worse than Arkham City, but she's more grating than ever before.

I mean no disrespect to Tara Strong at all, because if Arkham Origins, Injustice:Gods Among Us and Justice League:Gods and Monsters are anything to go by, she is clearly capable of capturing every aspect of Harley imaginable: the traditional, insane sidekick, reformed villain, professional psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel, and full on nutcase serial killer.

Just.... don't make her force her performance so much, guys. When Tara does her own thing without impersonating Arleen, she's pretty darn amazing. In fact, I think I'm going to vote for her on how well she's capable of doing a fantastic Harley.
Soldierkei
said at 9:55 PM on Sat Jul 25 2015
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
I think my deal with Tara's performance is that she lacks some of the more subtle aspects of Harley's voice that Arleen and Hynden have. And it can at time fluctuate. It's not a...bad performance at all, but something about it can come off too much like an "impression." And even when she goes for a more original take, as we see in the Justice League Gods and Monsters minisode on Machinima, it still has that impression vibe. I suppose it could be the sheer amount of characters she's played, and how the mind can ink of those characters when she does the voice.

Hynden Walch though...I can't give her enough praise. Aside from her sound a lot like Arleen, she's able to capture most of those subtleties in the voice, yet add enough of herself to make it a great synthesis of nostalgia and new hotness. It's really a shame she isn't getting more love as Harley. No disrespect to Tara, she's proven to be a damn fine actress. I just feel Hynden is the better Harley after Arleen.
myopinion1
said at 11:03 PM on Thu Jul 23 2015
I think Tara's version is fantastic. No disrespect to Arleen, her version just gave me a bad vibe. Hynden is somewhere in between.
spidey1994
said at 3:46 AM on Wed Jul 22 2015
1. Arleen Sorkin
2. Tara Strong
3. Hynden Walch
4. Laura Bailey
5. Janyse Jaud
6. Meghan Strange
WittyUsername
said at 12:55 PM on Sun Jul 19 2015
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
I never was the biggest Harley Quinn fan. I've warmed up to her a bit in recent years, but there are still times when I find her a bit annoying, particularly in the Arkham games. Anyway, I'll go with Arleen Sorkin. No offense to Tara Strong, but part of the reason I didn't like Harley in the Arkham games had to do with the way Strong delivered some of her lines.
Swixer
said at 8:55 AM on Wed Jul 8 2015
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Arleen Sorkin is an obvious first place so I'm not really going to touch on her.

But I think Hynden Walch is a far better replacement Harley than Tara Strong.

All of Tara's lines sound so forced and tired and her accent sounds way too excessive. There's no subtlety.

Hynden's accent and delivery sounds so much more natural and smooth, like the original but distinct enough to be its own thing.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:34 AM on Tue Jul 7 2015
 1 Shout Out! [?]
1. Arleen Sorkin
2. Hyden Walch
3.Tara Strong
4. Janyse Jaud
5.Meghan Strange & Laura Bailey.
peroxide
said at 8:49 AM on Tue Jul 7 2015
No one will ever surpass Arleen Sorkin because like many have said, the role was literally *made* for her, but Hynden Walch proved again in Assault on Arkham that she is the worthy replacement! She perfects the "ditzy dame" shtick that Harley is known for without losing the subtleties in her voice when she's seductive, manipulative, sad, etc. Bravo!!! Here's to more performances with Hynden! #hyndenasharley
Silly Sally
said at 10:25 AM on Sun Jul 5 2015
Arleen Sorkin has no equal!
TaylorJosephB
said at 9:25 PM on Thu Jul 2 2015
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Hynden Walsh's Harley is much better in Assault on Arkham.
Harlquin
said at 12:46 AM on Mon Apr 6 2015
1) Arleen the character was literally made for her.
2) hynden welch because I liked her on assault on Arkham she did a great job.
3) Tara strong she did a great job for what she had.
4) Laura Bailey she is a great voice actor and once you get pass her sounding like maka from soul eater she was good.
5) Meghan strange voice is a bit annoying but she did good for the show she was in.
6) janyse Jaud seemed like she wasn't really playing harley I mean the accent went in and out sounded like somebody imitating a fan imitating Tara strong.
BioZero216
said at 3:29 PM on Sat Mar 28 2015
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Arleen was awesome in TAS, but am I the only one who thought she got a bit worse in Arkham Asylum? Maybe it's just because the character herself took a huge nosedive in the Arkham games. In TAS, she was likeable and sweet for a villainess, but in the Arkham games, I just wanted to smash her face in, just to shut her up. In City, I could rip that tape from her mouth and put it back on for hours. She just lost so much of her likeability. Don't get me wrong, the Arkham games are masterpieces, but they just butchered Harley's character IMHO. They took a very likeable character and turned her into one of the most obnoxious, fanservice focused female characters I've ever seen. Still, Tara Strong did good with what she was given.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 9:11 PM on Tue May 12 2015
@BioZero216 - And sadly they're STILL doing that with Harley in everything she appears in as of late.
BioZero216
said at 4:48 AM on Wed May 13 2015
@HyperVoiceActing I know! It's ridiculous and robs her character of all likability and individuality.
Shaun Ince
said at 5:33 PM on Sun May 17 2015
@BioZero216 I agree.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 1:51 PM on Wed May 20 2015
@BioZero216 Same goes for me. I actually said something very similar further down this page.
Fulgore2005
said at 2:42 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy @BioZero216 @HyperVoiceActing @Shaun Ince

I agree with you four. I think TAS did a better job with Harley as Joker's sidekick than the Arkham games.

And not to go off-topic, but I personally prefer what Assault on Arkham did with Harley. I like how she's more of a crazy villainess who can be a badass on her own.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:31 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@Fulgore2005
Well how Assault on Arkham's first half handled Harley.
Fulgore2005
said at 3:38 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@Music Meister Yeah, the first half anyway.
Starscreamsfan
said at 3:57 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@Fulgore2005 @PsychicVoiceSpy @BioZero216 @HyperVoiceActing @Shaun Ince @Music Meister (Doing an impression of KMR's Happy) Isn't it fun when we all agree on something? :D
Silly Sally
said at 10:29 AM on Sun Jul 5 2015
@BioZero216 TAS was the best rendition of the character so I agree.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:49 AM on Sun Jul 5 2015
@BioZero216 While your viewpoint is a valid one, the violent nature of your thoughts toward Arkham Harley is kind of disturbing.
BioZero216
said at 1:33 PM on Sun Jul 5 2015
@NCZ Yeah. I was joking for the most part, but Harley in City just never fails to irritate me.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:31 AM on Tue Jul 7 2015
@Starscreamsfan It's a rare sight indeed :)
HyperVoiceActing
said at 1:14 PM on Thu Aug 20 2015
@BioZero216 - I imagine Knight didn't help those feelings...
BioZero216
said at 1:43 PM on Thu Aug 20 2015
@HyperVoiceActing No. Just listening that screeching, obnoxious voice infuriated me even more. And God, when she tries punching you while yiu carry her. Just torturously annoying. Someone at Rocksteady needs to realize how badly they ruined her character.
Starscreamsfan
said at 10:58 AM on Wed Mar 4 2015
1) Arleen Sorkin
2) Tara Strong
3) Laura Bailey
4) Meghan Strange
5) Hynden Walch
6) Janyse Jaud
NoxiousSludge
said at 7:24 AM on Sun Feb 15 2015
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Arleen Sorkin: Arleen IS Harley, almost literally since if memory serves, Harley was created so Arleen could take the role. :p Either way though, Arleen's take on Harley is nothing short of iconic: there's almost no unhearing the cute, almost innocent sounding Brooklyn accent of that lovestruck little psycho. Along with Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as Joker, Arleen as Harley is one of the best cases of perfect casting in any kind of cartoon.

2. Hynden Walch: I think her take on Harley deserves more love than it gets. While I can hear a bit of Hynden's natural voice whenever she's acting calmer/irate, for the most part she sounds almost exactly like Arleen to the point to where if I wasn't listening to separate takes showing who voiced her, I'd think I was listening to Arleen! I personally think that Hynden should have picked up voicing Harley instead of Tara.

3. Janyse Jaud: She seemed to be doing her own thing instead of imitating Arleen Sorkin, and in Janyse's case it works really well! She ditched the accent for a more generally adorable and energetic performance, and she does a great job at it!

4. Tara Strong: I'll be perfectly honest, I've never been a big fan of Tara's take on Harley, especially in Arkham City. She sounds more like Timmy Turner trying to imitate Arleen Sorkin and doing poorly at it. And while Harley is generally annoying yet obnoxious at times, Tara's Harley is just plain obnoxious. I will concede however that from Injustice onward, she is fitting better in the role, but I still think Hynden should have gotten her role.

5. Laura Bailey: I'll admit, I love Laura as a voice actress, but her Harley is kind of lacking. I hear potential in her voice as she sounds suitably cute, but she also sounds far too much like her Kid Trunks for my liking.

6. Meghan Strange: I appreciate her trying something different, but I'm not big on how she sounds like she inhaled a ton of helium before recording.
NoxiousSludge
said at 7:47 AM on Sun Feb 15 2015
@NoxiousSludge *Harley is generally adorable yet obnoxious, I mean
Soldierkei
said at 9:46 PM on Sat Jul 25 2015
@NoxiousSludge I agree with you 100 percent, especially wig Tara and Hynden. So glad someone else got what I got, because I didn't find anyone else. It was always Tara, Arleen, or go die.
weaponxoxo
said at 10:30 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015
I think Harley's voice is such an integral part of her character that anybody who isn't Arleen Sorkin (or someone that sounds like her) sounds wrong in the role. Even when I read Harley in the comics, I can't help but hear Arleen's voice.
Starscreamsfan
said at 4:44 AM on Fri Nov 21 2014
My Top 5:

1) Arleen
2) Tara
3) Meghan
4) Janyse
5) Laura
RobZ92
said at 1:15 PM on Mon Sep 22 2014
1-Arleen
2-Tara
3-Hynden
4-Janyse
5-Laura
6-Meghan
The Doctor
said at 4:45 AM on Wed Sep 10 2014
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Arleen Sorkin
The character was build around her performance! How could I vote anyone else?!

2. Hynden Walch
In The Batman she proved that she can do good Arleen impersonation. In Assault on Arkham she proved that she can make the character her own while still keeping the core of the character intact.

3. Tara Strong
I personally don't like Taras as Harley all that much and I feel that she is really overrated in the role, but the rest are so bad that she gets the third place by default. I actually believe that she could be really good Harley, but something never seems to click right. In Arkham games she is clearly giving her all to sound like Arleen, but her impression is not IMHO all that great, so I never hear the character, but rather a actor giving performance. In Injustice, where Tara got a chance to do her own thing with the role, she didn't feel right either. In that game, Harley felt more like stereotypical hyper-fangirl rather than psychiatrist that got turn into crazy stalker with a crush.

4. Janyse Jaud
I think that she could work, if she would make her voice higher and performance more over-the-top.

5. Laura Bailey
It is just me or does Bailey's take (especially at the end of the clip) sound like typical "woman playing pre-puberty boy" - voice?

6. Meghan Strange
I don't want to be too harh to Meghan since her character being named Harley was probably just little wink at the audience and she didn't have a chance to really play the character. So I just say that if you try to imagine this voice for traditional Harley, it's too cute and doesn't have any crazyness (not even in campy way like in Jeff Bennett's Joker).
Bookman230
said at 7:25 PM on Tue Sep 9 2014
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Sorkin /is/ Harley, forever and ever, but with Assault on Arkham, she's solidified pretty easily as second place. Some Sorkin influence, but with her own touch instead of a straight impression. It's something new, while still using some of the good from past performances. Tara, while getting better like in Injustice, still feels... lackluster is a harsh word, but... don't get me wrong, I love Strong a lot in general, her Raven is one of my fav roles ever, but with her Harley, she sounds like an impression that ultimately fails and hearkens way too much to some of her other performances. When I can hear her Bubbles and Truffles in her Harley, it ruins Harley's effect. It /is/ better than Meghan, Laura and Janyse though.

TL;DR Sorkin first, Walch a close second, Strong a distant third.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:51 PM on Tue Sep 9 2014
@Bookman230
Couldn't have said it better myself
Bookman230
said at 8:06 PM on Tue Sep 9 2014
@Bookman230 Whoops, meant to say 'Walch's solidified pretty easily as second place'. And just as little addendums, I love a lot of Walch's lines in Assault, particularly the locomotion one and "I'm fine. We're done. He's a /jerk/. /Whatever/." She displays great humor throughout, but it's with lines like the latter that shows she can hit Quinn's darker, more serious, and sensitive sides as well.
Harlquin
said at 5:40 PM on Sun Apr 12 2015
@Bookman230 totally agree Tara is great but her voice can be more annoying when you can hear other characters she played but all her voices are a little like that.
Soldierkei
said at 9:47 PM on Sat Jul 25 2015
@Bookman230 can't agree more. So happy to see some Hynden love here, because I thought I was alone in thinking she's the best Harley we've gotten since Arleen.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 3:20 PM on Thu Aug 28 2014
I still choose Arleen as my definitive Harley, but lately I've been warming up to Hyden's take as well. Especially with her performance in Assault on Arkham.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 7:11 AM on Mon Nov 10 2014
@Slick - Eh, I can't really see her doing that well in the role without her slipping into her Jimmy Neutron voice (she has a habit of doing that)

Carolyn Lawerence has a better shot than Debbi.
manskerm8027
said at 6:04 PM on Mon May 26 2014
Arleen Sorkin is Harley Quinn, so of course she is my first pick. Hynden does a great job as Harley, and so does Tara, but Tara's Harley sometimes comes across as Timmy Turner on Helium. Meghan Strange did an interesting Harley, it was not my favorite, but it had a unique charm. Janyse does a great Harleen Quinzell, but she needs to push it a little more in order to pull off a great Harley, but she did okay. Laura Bailey has the potential to do a great Harley, but certainly not as good as Arleen. On a side note, I would actually like to see Grey Delisle do Harley. I bet it would be interesting.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 7:14 AM on Mon Nov 10 2014
@manskerm8027 - If you want to get technical, Grey did supply the "voice" of Harleen in the first Lego Batman. But I agree I'd love to see her really voice Harley
Polyester Funk
said at 11:48 PM on Thu May 1 2014
I have to go with Arleen Sorkin since she literally is Harley Quinn. With that said, Hynden Walch and Tara Strong do very good at replicating her and are good as Harley.

Laura Bailey sounds too young here, but if she made her sound a little older I think she could do quite well.

Meghan Strange sounds like Betty Boop and Janyse did do something different for her which is interesting, but it's not stellar.
SharpShot Shockwave
said at 3:28 PM on Thu Apr 24 2014
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I've been Re-evaluating my First Comment on Harley's Voice comparison.

I Still Primarily Favor Arleen for Already Explained reasons and more.

I have become more comfortable with Tara's Portrayal Since Injustice, but she still needs minor refining. (e.g. A little high pitched)

Hynden has almost entirely mastered Harley's Strong Brooklyn Accent, though Her voice is a little soft at times. If Hynden Does Reprise Harley in Future, I'm Easy with that.

Laura Has Decent Potential for a more Serious Portrayal given the chance.

Janyse Was decent, but sounded a bit too Sane & relaxed

Nothing Specific to say about Meghan.

(I have wanted to say this for quite some time, Tara, Hynden & laura all have Certain Qualities in each of their Voices That if mixed together, Could be a near Perfect Replication of Arleen's Distinctive Voice)
Troodon2
said at 8:12 PM on Sun Mar 30 2014
Oh shoot I already posted that!! Ignore what I said!
Troodon2
said at 8:11 PM on Sun Mar 30 2014
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
Kari Wahlgren as Halrey, anyone?!
MaskedMarvel89
said at 1:00 PM on Sun Jan 26 2014
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Arleen Sorkin- She IS Harley. She made her sound both evil and totally childish and innocent at the same time. Infinity/10

2.Hynden Walch- She sounded almost exactly like Arleen! 9/10

2. (draw) Tara Strong- I didn't like her at first in Arkham City, but she improved in Injustice and I think is about as close to a worthy successor to Arleen as we can get. 9/10

3. Laura Baily- You can't tell from the clip, but she did a great job as the character in the game. She reminded me of a cross between all of the actresses which I previously mentioned. 8.8/10

The other 2 were terrible.
d123
said at 2:11 AM on Tue Jan 21 2014
1) Arleen Sorkin
2) Tara Strong
3) Hynden Walch/ Meghan Strange
4) Laura Bailey
5) Janyse Jaud
CrazeeXD
said at 8:21 PM on Wed Jan 8 2014
Laura Bailey made her Quinn sound too much like Maka from Soul Eater IMO. Arleen Sorkin is my absolute favorite out of all of these. Also Meghan Strange's just sounded.... strange.
TaylorJosephB
said at 1:06 AM on Thu Jan 2 2014
I think Laura would make a good Harley if she had more material to work with. Arleen is pretty amazing, but Tara's my pick.
Ross123
said at 9:04 AM on Fri Dec 20 2013
Janyse just sounds plain & boring in my opinion while Meghan sounds like a squeaky voiced baby.

Laura does an ok job at voicing Harley.

Tara was a worthy successor to Arleen.

It's hard for me 2 pick between Arleen & Hynden because they both sound so good but I'm going with Arleen because I really like the Commissioner Gordon rhyme and also it's really not Harley Quinn without her but like I said above with Tara.
Troodon2
said at 5:23 PM on Thu Nov 14 2013
 7 Shout Outs! [?]
I wouldn't mind if Kari Wahlgren plays her. Anyone else?!
chaosincarnate
said at 3:41 PM on Fri Nov 1 2013
Arleen Sorkin IS Harley Quinn. I like Janyese Jaud for sounding unique and not impersonating Arleen. Tara Strong sounded too high pitched in Arkham City and got in my nerves, but she improved and did a great job in Injustice.

Arleen easily gets my vote, but Tara Strong is a more than worthy successor at this point.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 4:01 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Arleen Sorkin - She MADE this character.
2. Hynden Walch - THE best Arleen imitation. I mean, wow. Aside from sounding a bit younger, it's almost identical.
3. Tara Strong - Second best imitation. Sounds a tad nasally and not crazy enough, but it's still good.
4. Meghan Strange - Very high and squeaky, but has a certain charm to her.
5. Laura Bailey - Way too rough sounding. Like her Kid Trunks but with an accent.
6. Janyse Jaude - No, you cannot do Harley Quinn without the accent!
Soldierkei
said at 6:05 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
Arleen is first of course, but surprisingly, I give 2nd to Hynden Walch. Her voice is just so friggin' adorable, and she's actually sounds pretty damn close to Arleen. No offense to Tara Strong, but her performance as Harley never wow'd me. I know she love playing the role, and I can hear she loves it and that's good....but man, I think Hynden is better. She even perfectly matched Arleen's squeal "EEE!" that she'd do on occasion.
Axx
said at 3:25 PM on Mon Nov 11 2013
@Soldierkei I don't think it's all that surprising. It's pretty much Arleen 2.0 and Tara is just general Harley. As in not really trying to sound like a specific Harley other than the accent.

And the other 3 are extreme takes on the character.
Axx
said at 3:29 PM on Mon Nov 11 2013
@Soldierkei I think I should reword what I said a moment ago.

Tara is like Arleen's Harley but younger.

And Hynden is just as close to Harley as possible in general, so she's like Arleen 2.0 and could be her natural understudy or something. lol idk anymore XP
HyperVoiceActing
said at 9:37 AM on Tue Sep 24 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I have nothing against Tara, but why doesn't DC want to bring back Arleen to voice Harley anymore? It's pretty clear she's the favorite to everyone, and for good reason.

That being said, I also enjoyed Hynden Walch as well.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:52 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
@HyperVoiceActing Arleen's voice has aged considerably. You can hear it in "Arkhan Asylum". They wanted someone new, though I think Hynden Walch would be the better replacement.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 9:31 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus - I dunno, I didn't think her voice sounded too aged. But that's just me.
Axx
said at 3:28 PM on Mon Nov 11 2013
@HyperVoiceActing

Batman and Joker's voices were also done by someone else in Arkham City. This site just hasn't posted it yet.

I think they were trying to make her sound a bit younger. But that aside it's not that big of a difference and I think Tara Strong, Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker did a nice job at soundly very close to Arleen, Kevin, and Mark Hamill as Harley, Batman and Joker respectively. c:
Nightmare Crusher
said at 3:32 PM on Mon Nov 11 2013
@Axx "Batman and Joker's voices were also done by someone else in Arkham CITY. This site just hasn't posted it yet."
You mean Arkham Origins, right?
Spider-Fox
said at 8:28 PM on Wed Aug 21 2013
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
Let's get this out of the way. Arleen Sorkin IS Harley Quinn. She introduced the character and played her perfectly for almost 19 years and most damning to any other portrayal of the character is Harley was created by Paul Dini specifically FOR HER. That being said losing my vote won't hurt her in the least, so I'm going to look at all other portrayals. So my favorites, in reverse are;

5) Meghan Strange (Defiantly an interesting take on Harley. Not bad but I feel hard judging it since its SO different from a typical Harley. Really not too bad for a hypothetical "Silver Age Harley".
4) Tara Strong (I honestly thought if Arleen wouldn't be returning for Arkham City, Tara Strong would honestly be my first choice to take the role. And while I do think she does a good job emulating Arleen and is good in her own right, she did get annoying at times, her voice just getting too high pitched in her emulation. She did get better in Injustice and will always be happy if she returns but there have been better Harley VAs IMO. And IMO her Harley is 1000x better then her Mary Jane.)
3) Janyse Jud (Janyse is rather different from Arleen's Harley. While bubbly she's not quite as off beat or unstable as I think Harley could be which Arleen gave her. I honestly see Janyse as being an awesome Harleen Quinzel but a decent Harley. Why does she get a higher rank from me then Tara Strong in spite of Tara's overall good Arleen impersonation? Wait and see...)
2) Hynden Walch (Oh my god... surprised doesn't begin to cover how I felt when I first heard Hynden's Harley. A near spot on impersonation of Arleen's Harley. Everything was just right. The humor, the craziness, edge. Everything was spot on. I wouldn't hear an attempt to impersonate another actor go this insanely right again until I heard Eric Loomis first proclaimed he was Iron Man and most shockingly this was coming from Starfire and Princess Bubblegum. Seriously DC, I know Tara is a very talented and very prolific VA but you really need to get Hynden on the phone come Arkham Ashes or whatever. However, she is not my favorite Harley VA. Why? See below.)
1) Laura Bailey (Pretty much every other portrayal of Harley usually uses an impersonation of Arleen for the reasons I stated in the prelude to this little essay. However, Laura does her own thing, making Harley adorable, violent and yet still that undercurrent of being that one person crazier than even Joker, she did attack Robin AND BATMAN head on without losing her smile. Heck I think she sounds even cuter than Arleen and I think that works. But what I've been alluding to and why I like her above all the other Harleys is that she drops the standard Arleen impersonation, does her own thing and IMO OWNS the role just as well as Arleen. Laura does what many VAs normally have to do with a comic character, take the backstory, personality and everything done with him/her and bring their own flavor to it. Sure it might not be the same as previous portrayals but others like Josh Keaton/Spider-Man, Steve Blum/Wolverine, Kevin Conroy/Batman and Mark Hamill/Joker were all just putting their spin on a character and became the "definitive" takes on the characters because of that. Laura did her own thing, did awesomely, even for a Lego Game, and for me at least she owned the character without copying Arleen and wins my vote for Harley hands down.)
Lpfan120
said at 4:26 PM on Sat Nov 9 2013
@Spider-Fox
I agree with Everything you just said. What you said about Laura Bailey is exactly what I think.
SharpShot Shockwave
said at 6:50 AM on Mon Aug 5 2013
My Favorite voice Actress for Harley is No Doubt Arleen Sorkin.
She Is The Template for the character & Her Singing Say That We're Sweethearts Again Touched My Heart. I Love Harley Because Of Arleen!

Tied For 2nd Are Hynden Walch & Laura Bailey
Granted Laura had few lines in Lego Batman 2, However her expanded performance in the Lego Batman Movie fitted rather well (I Won't Spoil it for anyone).

I Wasn't Certain about Tara at First, but thinking it over, they have more in common than some may know...
.They are both Jewish (I See nothing wrong with that at all)
.Harley isn't a natural blonde.(I don't know about Tara)
.Both can be unpredictable in performance.

Don't get me wrong, I Love Tara's Vocal variety, But I'm just an Old School Lad & afraid of change.
Shiny Raticate
said at 4:23 AM on Mon Jul 15 2013
Arleen Sorkin is what made me absolutely love Harley Quinn. She made Harley the vivacious, mischievous, and brilliant henchgirl that could never be replicated.
Hynden Walch did a good job for "The Batman", but I wouldn't want to hear her doing Harley in general.
I was NOT a fan of Tara Strong in "Arkham City"; her take completely ruined the character for me. I know a lot of people on here agree with me in the sense that she was not the best pick for the role, but I think the main reason why she gets so much love from people is because of the Brony community (no offense to any Bronies out there); they tend to overpraise her for EVERYTHING.
To put it in terms, it's like that episode "Joker's Millions":
"Harley?"
"The one and only." ;D
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:45 PM on Tue Apr 30 2013
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To be fair, Tara did a lot better in Injustice.
chaosincarnate
said at 8:58 PM on Fri Jun 7 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Agreed. I wasn't a big fan of her in Arkham City, as she sounded a little too high pitched, but I enjoyed hearing her in Injustice. She deepened up a little and had some nice lines. I look forward to her eventual reprisal of Harley.
jonhardwick
said at 8:53 PM on Fri Jul 12 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight yeah in that game she did her own voice instead of an impression.
sck_phantom
said at 12:36 PM on Tue Apr 30 2013
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The original is always the best. Arleen Sorkin IS Harley Quinn, hands down.
RenoRebirth
said at 2:29 AM on Thu Apr 25 2013
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I honestly think that Tara Strong's performance as Harley is overhyped. It's not bad, but I don't think there's anything too spectacular about it.
Arleen owns this role.
VctrBnsn
said at 2:39 PM on Tue Apr 30 2013
@RenoRebirth Overhyped? Everybody I hear is always complaining that Arleen's not doing the voice. I've heard very little love for Tara. Just look at these comments.
VctrBnsn
said at 2:40 PM on Tue Apr 30 2013
@RenoRebirth Well, there is some love, but I still see a lot of hate.
RenoRebirth
said at 2:44 PM on Tue Apr 30 2013
@VctrBnsn I wasn't referring to this site necessarily. I was mostly referring to the newer generation of kids on YouTube or Twitter talking about how Tara Strong is so fantastic in the role, when really, they don't know anything about Batman besides what they've played in the video games and have seen in the Christopher Nolan films. The games are good and get the point across, but most of these kids that think they know everything have missed out on many previous generations of Batman and assume "if it's newer, it must be better."
VctrBnsn
said at 6:02 PM on Tue Apr 30 2013
@RenoRebirth I see what you mean. Arleen is the superior Harley, but personally, I kinda like Tara. This is based on the voice clips I'vr heard of her hear and on Youtube, I've never actually played the games.
RenoRebirth
said at 6:39 PM on Tue Apr 30 2013
@VctrBnsn Well it's not a fair comparison in all honesty. Harley Quinn was written specifically for Arleen. It goes without saying that she fits the bill better than anyone.
And don't get me wrong, Tara Strong did a fine job. I just see a lot of fan boys who aren't seasoned enough to know that Tara Strong isn't the ONLY person to voice Harley, and certainly isn't the best.
VctrBnsn
said at 11:26 PM on Tue Apr 30 2013
@RenoRebirth I see. That sometimes gets me pissed too. But I will agree with VengeanceKnight that she got better in Injustice. But Arleen is THE Harley Quinn.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:29 PM on Sun May 12 2013
@RenoRebirth One of the big problems is that Harely's modern interpretation, in my opinion, sucks. In TAS she had some charm, warmth, and lovableness to her and although she was clearly a bit annoying at times she wasn't just a squeaky-voiced psycho chick in sexualized costumes who was obsessively infatuated with The Joker.

In TAS you actually cared about her somewhat and she could be genuinely funny, in Arkham City you just want to break her jaw. If Tara actually had a chance to play the version of Harley that had more charm and humanity to her (Haven't played Injustic and I'm not planning to, so if she's different there I wouldn't know) she would probably be much, much better.
VctrBnsn
said at 10:25 AM on Fri May 17 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Well in Injustice, you don't see her as Joker's pawn. She's actually working with Batman and the rebel heroes to take down Superman's tyrannical rule. Yet, she has to face what side she wants to be on once Joker returns to her life. Although her personality wasn't heavily explored, I do feel this gave more her more to the character. You saw her more independent, and when she did go with the Joker, I felt the same Harley charm that Arleen gave her. So I feel she did better.
Darklion
said at 1:01 AM on Sat Apr 20 2013
1.arleen is still perfect for quinn
2.tara makes quinn really annoying but her voice kindof fits her look in Arkham city
3.sorry the rest is a no-no
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 6:27 PM on Mon Mar 4 2013
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Arleen Sorkin. Hynden Walch is my favorite after her, but in this clip she shows almost none of the classic Harley attitude. Once again, I agree with Pgirts that Tara Strong is not the greatest successor to Arleen and her version of the character was a little annoying because of it being squeaky and lack of comedic timing, but I can't disregard it because I think she did a fair job regardless.

For me, Arleen Sorkin is obviously the best, Hynden Walch is second, and Tara Stong is third.
VctrBnsn
said at 6:28 PM on Sun Mar 3 2013
I love Arleen's performance, but I think Tara is a worthy replacement. Hynden was great too.
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 11:59 PM on Sun Feb 17 2013
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This is Arleen's role. She literally made the character worth remembering. She gets my vote for sure.

Hynden Walch does an impression that is damn near flawless. If Arleen is unavailable, Walch should be her replacement. No-brainer.

Tara's impression is lacking. It sounds way too squeaky and lacks comedic timing.

Strange and Jaud act well, but their voices are little uninspired. I'll give them credit for not trying to do impressions, though.
jonhardwick
said at 7:30 PM on Sat Mar 2 2013
@Pgirts Arleen actually retired from Harlee
DaltonioSpidey94
said at 8:00 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
Arleen Sorkin, followed very very closely by both Hynden Walch and Tara Strong.
ChloeKitten
said at 3:34 PM on Thu Jan 3 2013
Strange's Harley doesn't even call Joker "Mr.J" or "Puddn'" which bugs me. Tara's is okay but it's kind of too Tara and missing something. I think Walch had the closest too the original. But Arleen IS Harley. Without her there would be no Harley right?
CindyMad
said at 7:46 PM on Mon Nov 26 2012
Like the best female villan ever!!!
coolgeek176
said at 10:12 PM on Tue Nov 20 2012
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Obviously Arleen is the best. She originated the role. Hynden would probably be my second favorite because she has the best impression.
MrParadox
said at 12:04 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
Arleen is partially based on Harley Quinn so naturally she is the best out of everyone. While I think Tara does a good job, the only one who is worthy to replace Arleen is Hynden since while it sounds a bit different, it captures the spirit of Arleen's take on the character perfectly.
TrippedB
said at 6:24 AM on Fri Sep 28 2012
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I only see Hayden worthy of replacing Arleen so far. :/ Everyone else was either too high pitch, accented wrong... When I heard Harley speak in Arkham City I cringed... that shouldn't happen to anyone at all. I think Harley is one of those characters who can give up and coming VA's a chance.
CLG
said at 12:52 PM on Sun Sep 23 2012
The only ones I dont like are Mehgan and Janyce.
Torak
said at 9:06 AM on Sat Aug 11 2012
Yeah, I can't argue that Arleen Sorkin IS Harley Quinn, however Hynden Walch and Tara Strong are very good in this role too.
PeruAlonso
said at 7:22 PM on Fri Aug 3 2012
2 Teen Titans actresses + Harley Quinn = FTW
Cheesyfeet106
said at 7:12 PM on Mon Jul 23 2012
Laura Bailey isn't too bad, she's down there with Judd and Strange.
Cheesyfeet106
said at 4:10 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
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Arleen Sorkin: It’s pretty hard to fault her, as the role was actually made specifically for her.

Hynden Walch: Another reason to love the Batman, even if nobody else does. I think Walch really nailed this character too.

Janyse Judd: Well, yeah, not my first choice for the role but she was ok, I guess.

Meghan Strange: I feel that her voice was just a bit too high-pitched by my image of Harley.

Tara Strong: Like Hynden before her, she really nailed the Arleen Sorkin impression.

Arleen Sorkin is my favourite because she was the original, and Hynden Walch and Tara Strong tie for second. For third and fourth, Strange and Judd are pretty much interchangeable.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:34 AM on Tue Jun 5 2012
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Arleen, Hynden, and Tara are my favourites. I do think it's interesting that unlike other characters, whose voices are usually different interpretations of the character and people are fine with that, with Harley it's expected that the voice will be either Arleen's or an imitation. Maybe it's because, unlike the others who first appeared in comics, Harley debuted in a voiced medium.
MegaMac
said at 3:15 AM on Fri Jun 1 2012
Arleen, Tara, and Hyden have very similar takes to my ears. The style of voice Harley has is somewhat generalized but it still takes a certain understanding to get right. Arleen gets the kudos for establishing it with Harley though. The others do a great job of maintaining it...but I'm not so sure with Janyse or Meghan.
Singyousinner
said at 1:47 PM on Sat May 26 2012
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I would have to say Arleen Sorkin is the best voice actress for Harley Quinn.

Two best voices for Harley in my own opinion:
1. Arlene Sorkin
2. Hynden Walch


Truths about other voices:

Tara Strong:
I usually like her voice roles, but she sounds nothing like the original.

Meghan Strange:
She also sounds nothing like Harley. She sounds more like Betty Boop. I understand both characters speak in a bronxy type voice, but betty's is usually squeaky and high pitched, Harley's is usually in the middle.

Janyse Jaud:
I dont hink her voice suits the character.

My vote would have to be on Arlene Sorkin.
SparklyShake12
said at 3:55 AM on Thu May 24 2012
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Arleen Sorkin wins this one. Hands down the BEST Harley Quinn ever. Like Kevin Conroy is to Batman, Arleen is to Harley Quinn. Though if I had to pick a runner up, it'd be Tara Strong.
EmpireGrotesk
said at 1:42 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
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Arleen Sorkin is Harley so no real question here. But Hynden Walch and Tara Strong did a great job even if they were essentially imitating Sorkin's voice rather than adding their own spin on Harley.
AMT
said at 11:55 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
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After Arleen, I think Hynden is the best! Tara being third, mostly because while she does do a good impersonation, her voice is a tad too squeaky, though not as much as Meghan's.
curtis13
said at 12:33 AM on Fri Mar 23 2012
All is great at their version of Harley Quinn but my favs are Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong
Singyousinner
said at 1:51 PM on Sat May 26 2012
@curtis13
People would say Tara Strong due to the fact that she is a well known voice actress, so if you are a fan of her you're basically going to like all her roles. I think Tara will be doing the voice for Harley Quinn again in the new lego game that's coming out in june. It's entitled Lego Batman 2.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 4:16 AM on Sun Mar 11 2012
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Ummm... Arleen Sorkin IS and always WILL be Harley Quinn... The role was literally created for her. Everyone else voicing this character will only be "filling in" in my book. So yeah, Sorkin FTW. I guess the best imitator is Tara Strong, Hynden Walch put a unique spin on the character, even if she sounded a little ditzy, and Janyse Jaud was unique. Meghan Strange was a little too cutesy for my tastes.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 1:14 AM on Wed Aug 14 2013
And Laura Bailey is too rough-sounding IMO.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 2:19 AM on Sat Jan 28 2012
1. Arleen Sorkin
2. Hynden Walch
3. Tara Strong
AustinTheVoiceKing
said at 7:47 PM on Thu Dec 29 2011
1. Arleen
2.Tara
Celeste
said at 12:10 AM on Mon Nov 28 2011
I don't like any of these voices either. :(
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:22 AM on Sat Nov 19 2011
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Arleen Sorkin without a doubt, though Hynden Walch and Tara Strong do a good job, too, even if they're emulating her.
Anicomicgeek
said at 2:16 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
@Anicomicgeek Laura Bailey was okay, but I'll sticking with Sorkin.
MatthewC17
said at 8:54 PM on Wed Nov 2 2011
Janyse Jaud sounds like a grown up version of Sarah from Ed Edd n' Eddy
MatthewC17
said at 9:11 PM on Tue Nov 1 2011
I like Tara Strong
Devbinks
said at 1:11 AM on Tue Oct 25 2011
1. Arleen Sorkin- I completely fell in love with this character the moment I saw her and Arleen helped make that happen in a big way! She'll always be THE Harley Quinn to me.

2. Tara Strong- Sure, her voice sounds a bit higher in pitch than Arleen's but I think she does a very good job.
curtis13
said at 10:58 PM on Tue Oct 18 2011
Well since it came on in 92 I've loved Batman TAS and 1. is Arleen for sure but I have to say that Tara Strong is great at Harley.Janyse,Hynden and Maghan all did a good job in there version of Harley
Brian
said at 1:08 AM on Tue Oct 11 2011
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I like Arleen's and Walch's being that they are very similar. Then Tara's in between the two stylistically. So I like all three of those ones pretty equally.
Cartoon_fan87
said at 1:48 AM on Sun Oct 2 2011
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Tara does a pretty good impression.
AMT
said at 12:25 AM on Sun Oct 2 2011
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1) Arleen
2) Tara and Hynden
3) Janyse
4) Meghan
pete
said at 11:23 PM on Fri Sep 30 2011
Terra did do the voice she knew fans woukd want and really tried to please them and probably worked very hard on that impression. I'll give her my vote.
GothamRed
said at 10:32 PM on Fri Sep 30 2011
tara sounds okay, she's no arleen, and she definitely sounds like Tara strong (for obvious reasons), but it's overall not a bad job
Xattm
said at 8:58 PM on Fri Sep 30 2011
tara sounds a little higher pitched otherwise she passes for arleen very well!
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:32 PM on Fri Sep 30 2011
Been waiting for Tara to be added. I'll be doing my post a little differently.
1. Arleen Sorkin is the clear winner. She does Harley as a kinda ditzy but shows off her range during more dramtic or serious scenes. Seriously she goes to sudictive, to ditzy, to threatening, ect. If not for Arleen we wouldn't even have Harley.

2. Tara Strong- She does an amazing impression of Arleen. Granted it isn't too hard to tell it's Tara but she does very well.

3. Hynden Walch- Basicly the same thing with Tara. Good impression but you can tell it's her. Only reason she's third is because Tara's impression is like .9 better.

4. Janyse Jaud- She does make Harley sound a little cutsey and younger than the others and it's...alright. The biggest issue is how calm she sounds. Not the best voice in that motion comic.

5. Meghan Strange- What the hell were they thinking? I don't know why she sounds like a 1970s show girl or why she looks like one. I guess for what they were doing with Harley Meghan does alright but she clearly gets last place.
VocalChameleon
said at 8:39 PM on Fri Sep 30 2011
@Music Meister Yeah, I'd say the same thing.
SM Scorx
said at 11:03 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
@Music Meister
That pic for Harley from Batman: Brave and the Bold looks like she is from the 1920s or 30s, a flapper.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 5:48 PM on Sun May 27 2012
@Music Meister Actually after playing the game again I'm actually switching Tara and Hynden. Tara's impression felt forced out at times and didn't sound like Arleen most of the time.

Hynden impression feels natural since it's a slight varation of her real voice.
MissAdrianna
said at 9:36 AM on Sun Jun 3 2012
@Music Meister Tara was actually asked specifically by the directors to not do a complete Arleen impression. They wanted her to do her own take on it.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:49 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
I like Laura as Harley, it's a little cutesy but it sounds like she's having fun with the role plus I actually like shes not doing an impression of Arleen. I'd put her above Juad.
pete
said at 1:07 PM on Mon Jul 23 2012
@Music Meister It sounds like a bit of an Arleen impression with me mixed with an original performance. Same goes for Joker.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:17 PM on Fri Sep 30 2011
Added Tara Strong from a recent trailer!
multivoice
said at 8:21 PM on Tue Sep 13 2011
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Arleen is the obvious choice
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:18 AM on Tue Aug 2 2011
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#1 Arleen Sorkin
#2 Hynden Walch
Downloadsbacon
said at 1:41 AM on Sun Jul 31 2011
1.Arleen
2.Janyse ( sounds like tara strong a little)
3.tie
Staplerman
said at 11:31 PM on Fri Jul 22 2011
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Arleen OWNS this role!
crystal_raye
said at 1:19 AM on Fri Jul 22 2011
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Sorkin and Walch sound almost identical. Love them both.
PeruAlonso
said at 6:03 PM on Wed Jun 1 2011
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Arleen Sorkin and Hynden Walch have the best voices for Harley Quinn.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:54 PM on Mon May 2 2011
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I hope Meghan isn't the real Harley because that's just embarassing
AMT
said at 2:40 AM on Mon Apr 25 2011
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1) Arleen Sorkin
2) Hynden Walch
3) Janyse Jaud
4) Meghan Stange
TFG1Mike
said at 5:26 PM on Mon Jul 26 2010
yes walch does starfire.

Hey Admins you are missing one! Mia Sara from Birds of Prey :-)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 4:20 PM on Mon Mar 15 2010
@jonhardick do any of the characters in the Lego games actually speak? Or do they just make noises?
pokemastanumba1
said at 10:32 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
@Foxwolf They just grunt and scream. :/


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