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In Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020), she changed Joker’s name to Puddin. Why did she do that?

  • Because he's her puddin – Valorum May 8 at 13:24
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All in all, it's just a nickname she gives him, just like some people call their loved ones "honey" or "sweetie".

Out-of-universe, there doesn't seem to be any special reason. It predates the DCEU and the comics, Harley Quinn having debuted in Batman: The Animated Series. When Dr. Harleen Quinzel became Harley Quinn, her very first line contained it:

Knock knock, puddin'! Say hello to your new, improved Harley Quinn!

The nickname just stayed afterwards, in various cartoons, comics and movies.

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Because that’s her nickname for him. She calls it him several times in Suicide Squad, for example:

Harley Quinn: Puddin'! You got all dressed up for me?

The Joker: Oh, you know I'd do anything for you.

Suicide Squad

She even wears a “Puddin” choker.

Harley Quinn face with Puddin choker

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