Bud and Lou
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceBatman: The Animated Series[1]
"The Man Who Killed Batman (February 1, 1993)[1]"
First comic appearanceHarley Quinn #4 (March 2001)[1]
Created byPaul Dini
Bruce Timm
In-story information
SpeciesSpotted hyena
Place of originGotham City
PartnershipsHarley Quinn

Bud and Lou are a pair of spotted hyenas that appear in American comic books published by DC Comics, originally created for Batman: The Animated Series. Their names are references to the comedy duo Abbott and Costello.

Fictional biography

Bud and Lou are spotted hyenas who are the pets of Harley Quinn. Initially owned by The Joker, they bonded to Harley because she was usually the one who fed them. When Harley Quinn wanted to go solo and formed her gang, their first mission was to free Bud and Lou from the Gotham City Zoo.[2]

At some point, white collar criminals stole Bud and Lou from Harley Quinn so that they can auction them off as exotic pets. Upon locating the place of the auction, Harley Quinn reclaimed her hyenas and had Poison Ivy wreck the place.[3]

In The New 52 reboot of DC's continuity, Bud and Lou are still featured as Harley Quinn's pets. In the "Death of the Family" storyline, in an attempt to drive Harley mad, Joker gives them rabies and sics them on her, forcing Harley to (apparently) kill them in self-defense.[4] In Harley Quinn's solo series, it is revealed that Bud and Lou survived the ordeal and recovered at a zoo, where they sired puppies with several of the zoo's female hyenas.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Melrose, Kevin (September 5, 2019). "Birds of Prey Movie May Introduce Harley Quinn's Hyenas". CBR. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  2. ^ Harley Quinn #4
  3. ^ Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Catwoman #1
  4. ^ Suicide Squad (vol. 4) #15 (2013)
  5. ^ Harley Quinn (vol. 3) #34 (2016)
  6. ^ Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4: "To Laugh So Not to Cry". DC/IDW; February 15, 2017.