HBO Max’s Harley Quinn Made The Mad Hatter More Disturbing Than Ever

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It seems that Harley Quinn’s Mad Hatter elevated his status as one of Gotham’s most disturbing villains. The more unsettling version of him involves sexual violence.

HBO Harley Quinn’s Jervis Tetch aka The Mad Hatter

Other versions of the Mad Hatter present a lighthearted and often comical character with an unstable mind. Harley Quinn’s version seems to have crossed the line and evolved into someone gross, indecent, and alarming. The strange appearance and slight perversion are already given traits, but Jervis Tetch of HBO’s Harley Quinn is one hell of a perpetrator.

The Mad Hatter And His Ominous Tricks In Harley Quinn

In Season 3 Episode 7, Harley Quinn and Batgirl teamed up after being kidnapped by the Mad Hatter. The former said to Tetch that the last thing Gotham wants is a “run-of-the-mill perv” to which the Mad Hatter responds that he only uses mind control to torture and murder, “nothing gross.”

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The Mad Hatter sniffing Harley’s hair

Tetch sniffed on Harley’s hair and grossly enough, cleaned his ear with his long pinky fingernail, an indication of cocaine addiction. The Mad Hatter has been experimenting with medicinal and psychedelic drugs, which affected his perception of reality and enabled him to go back and forth to Wonderland.

The Mad Hatter And His Extreme Sexual Perversion

Harley Quinn Batgirl The Mad Hatter

In a more disturbing scene in Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman and Commissioner Gordon rescued Barbara Gordon and other children who were drugged by the Mad Hatter. Tetch was implied as a child molester, and Batman could not help but think that even The Joker could not do such evil things.


Undoubtedly, this is the most unsettling version of the Mad Hatter. The other counterparts are quirky enough to be this disturbing. Despite so, this dark form of Jervis Tetch created an interesting twist in Harley Quinn.


Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.