Poison Ivy/Harley Quinn

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Pairing: Poison Ivy/Harley Quinn
Pamela Isley/Harleen Quinzel
Alternative name(s): Harley/Ivy, Harlivy
Gender category: femslash
Fandom: DC Comics, DC Comics Animated Universe, Batman
Canonical?: Canon[1]
Prevalence: popular
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Poison Ivy/Harley Quinn is a pairing of Pamela Isley and Harleen Quinzel in the DC Comics that was made popular due to their close friendship in canon.


Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn's friendship first began in the Batman: The Animated Series and was later included inside canon DC Comics comicsverse.

In 2019, both characters appeared in the Harley Quinn animated series.


Harley/Ivy is one of the more popular femslash pairings in the Batman/DC Comics fandoms. As Harley was introduced into the comicsverse, there was often discussions around whether the pairing was considered canon or not. Over time this became less necessary as their relationship, within comicsverse at least, moved away from subtext and into plain old text.[2]

Some fans want the relationship to be supported as they feel it is much healthier than Joker/Harley Quinn, which has generally shifted into being seen as abusive rather than played for laughs as it was in its inception. This has sometimes lead to push-back from Joker/Harley fans who find their relationship to be iconic and fundamental to Harley's character.

In 2020, Harley/Ivy became canon in season 2 of the Harley Quinn animated series, much to the delight of shippers. Gifs and screengrabs from the season finale were widely shared on Tumblr and Twitter. Harlivy is the most popular pairing in that fandom, but the fandom remains small.

Common Tropes & Storylines

  • AUs often involve alternate first meetings for these two. This includes stories where these characters are not super-villains, or Harleen met Pamela before the Joker. Flower Shop AUs have also becoming more common, given Ivy's love of plants.
  • Many works include Joker's abusive relationship with Harley. In these works Pamela sometimes rescues a near dead Harley, or provides a safe harbor for her friend while hiding what she believes to be unrequited feelings. Many works are Hurt Comfort, as Ivy helps Harley get over the Joker. Sometimes Harley's decision to leave the Joker is because she is pregnant, and Ivy supports her during her pregnancy.
  • Many works are set when these two were both at Arkham Asylum. In most works they are both patients, and sometimes roommates, but a small number of works focus on Dr. Harleen Quinzel's interactions with Ivy. Excaping from Arkham is also a common trope.
  • There are domestic fics focused on their lives together, but also works featuring these two at their most villainous.







Archives and Communities


Deviantart search: Harley/Poison Ivy


Tumblr tags: Harley x Ivy, Ivy x Harley, Harlivy



  1. ^ It's mainly shown in subtext in various scenes of BTAS and in the comics, however fans consider it canon due to the words of the writer, Paul Dini stating it was. See: [1] [2]. As of 2020, Harlivy is canon in most comics and the Harley Quinn animated series.
  2. ^ DC Comics: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy Are Girlfriends “Without Monogamy”