"If it means interfering in an ensconced, outdated system, to help just one woman, man or child... I'm willing to accept the consequences."
Created for her mother with the wisdom of Athena, the strength of Demeter, the speed of Hermes, the beauty and loving heart of Aphrodite, the sisterhood with fire of Hestia and the hunters skill of Artemis, Princess Diana of the Amazons was sent to Patriarch's World to defeat Ares, and afterward stayed to deliver her message of love and peace.
Action Girl: The archetypical comic book Action Girl, created for just that purpose in 1941. Not the first female superhero, but a true cultural icon and never out of print in 67 years. (Since until recently, if DC didn't keep making it they would lose ownership).
All-Loving Hero: Pre-Nu52, it was emphasized in her Blackest Night tie in, where even decapitating an enemy, the only emotion within her was love. In the Nu-52, where Diana is a much harder person, she still tells Hades that she really did love him after the forced marriage deal he put her through, because:
Cool Plane: The Invisible Jet. Nowadays, it's only used if she needs stealth or to carry passengers or loads.
Determinator: Other more powerful members of her team may decide to step back or retreat in order to strategize a solution. Wonder Woman's plan is to plow headfirst into the situation and kick the living shit out of it.
Good Is Not Soft: She has always been an icon of kindness and nobility, preferring peace and diplomacy to war and aggression. Yet, of all of the members of the Justice League of America, she alone has never hesitated to use lethal force when it was needed, reminding everyone the Amazons are, at heart, still a Proud Warrior Race.
More Hero Than Thou: On one occasion, after hearing a prophecy that said the entire JLA would perish while fighting an ancient evil, Diana decided to decommission the League (by force) and fight the monster solo, as a League of One, reasoning that her one death was preferable to the death of every one of her teammates.
Pride: Part of her Royal Heritage, and a strength and weakness in one.
Primary-Color Champion: A red and blue Leotard of Power, blue on bottom, red on top, yellow accents such as the WW logo, belt and golden lasso. Her New 52 design replaced the yellow accents with silver ones, but the red and blue (being the primary component of the trope) still stayed.
"We are indeed a race of wonder women."Reincarnations of abused women given incredible strength, the Amazons were charged to lead Ancient Greece into a better way of life. Unfortunately, when the Amazons were captured and violated by Heracles' tribe, they grew vengeful in their payback. The Gods charged them to keep guard of the demon Cottus on Themyscira as restitution. The Amazons are a race of warrior women, but they are very diverse and generally compassionate. The Egyptian sect, the Bana-Mighdall, was much more misandrist and kill-happy. Now that the Amazons are free from Cottus, they act as their own sovereign nation.
Nothing ambiguous about it, it's canon that the majority if not all of the Amazons are either lesbian or bisexual and that Io was in love with Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman's own bisexuality has only been hinted at though, at least so far
Lady Land: Whether men are even allowed on the island is a question that is answered in different ways over the years. (The typical answer is "No, unless Wonder Woman invites them"; however, unlike the page image they will usually let a drowned, starving man into their hospital before deporting him). Also, there are occasional jokes about what the Amazons do for fun on an island inhabited only by women...
Straw Feminist: In a few stories, much to the annoyance of the fans... don't even mention Amazons Attack.
Artemis / Wonder Woman II
Artemis was raised by the Bana-Mighdall, a rough and misandrist Egyptian sect of Amazons. She briefly took Diana's place as Wonder Woman, and was promptly killed. She got better, and despite her disdain towards men and warrior attitude, she's become a close and loyal ally of Diana's and a true hero. She eventually becomes one of two leaders of Themyscrira alongside Philippus as the Polemarch (military leader).
Unexpected Successor: Eventually becomes Polemarch (leader of the military, essentially), one of two joint leaders of Themyscira after Hippolyta steps down and dissolves the monarchy.
Etta Candy is Diana's best friend and plucky sidekick. Pre-Crisis, she was a college student who led the Holiday Girls, a sorority devoted to Wonder Woman. Post-Crisis, she is married to Steve Trevor and is a snarky Air Force lieutenant colonel.
Depending on the Artist: Etta's hair color has shifted back and forth from being red and blonde in her various (Pre-Flashpoint) appearances, while her height and weight are also subject to vary.
Fat Best Friend: She was originally introduced as a sidekick during the 1940s-1950s. She became more a Type B in the Silver Age, but has mostly been restored to her original personality in modern comics, where she is Wonder Woman's best friend and Steve Trevor's new Love Interest.
The Queen of the Amazons always longed for a child, because out of the Amazons, it was she who was reincarnated from a pregnant woman. In reward for her service and leadership, the Gods gifted her with Diana. Hippolyta is a stern leader, but she is also a nurturer who loves her daughter.
Action Mom: Never mind the fact that Diana is an adult...
Adaptation Dye-Job: Was originally black-haired like her daughter in the Golden Age, then blonde after the Silver Age reboot in the 1950's, then became black-haired again after the Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot in the 1980s, and is back to blonde again after the New 52 reboot. Was blonde in Justice League but dark-haired in the direct-to-video movie.
The Atoner: Hippolyta's stint as her daughter's replacement was part of her penance for inadvertently causing Diana's death in the first place. (She had an Amazon sorceress cast a spell to transfer some of Diana's power to Artemis, and never had the spell reversed.) She later started to enjoy the role.
Ax-Crazy: When she's written badly, most famously in Amazons Attack.
Bi the Way: Hippolyta is canonically bisexual, having been in love with both men (Wildcat of the JSA) and women (Phillipus).
The Amazon Guard Captain, military leader of Themyscira, and Hippolyta's lover. Something of a second mother to the Princess, Philippus took and active role in raising Diana, most notably teaching her an early lesson in using one's wits instead of strength alone. Eventually becomes one of the two leaders of Themyscira alongside Artemis as both Chancellor and Archon Eponymous (head of civic affairs).
Gentle Giant: Huge even for an Amazon, but she's a total sweetheart.
It's What I Do: During a time where the gods forbade the presence of weapons on Paradise Island, Io persisted in crafting blades knowing they would instantly disappear upon completion. Why? Because it's her job.
Former vigilante and member of the Suicide Squad. Diana's coworker in Washington DC. He eventually learned her secret and became her lover. Holds the honor of being the only man to be officially inducted as an Amazon, with the title: Sir Thomas of Cleveland.
Pre-Crisis, Steve was Diana's love interest, and Diana decided to stay in America after delivering him back from crashing near her island. After years of dodging his advances (she'd only marry him when she got rid of all evil in the world, y'see) she eventually did get married to him.Post-Crisis, Steve crash landed on Themyscira thanks to the machinations of Ares, and when Diana's mission was both to go to America to fight Ares, and deliver Steve to the hospital. Though initially distrustful, she struck up a close friendship with the older man, and he came to regard her as like a sister.
The Ace: Steve is a high-flying, death-defying manly man—but unlike many other such characters, who are often womanizing pigs, he has the utmost respect for Wonder Woman and consistently defers to her.
Donna Troy's past is... complicated. But basically, she's Diana's sister. She is known for being a sweet woman and a good listener, but she's faced much tragedy and a tangled past in her life. She was originally Wonder Girl of the Teen Titans, and now she forges her own path as simply Donna Troy. Comes equipped with the same bracelets as her sister, and a lasso that can override the mind of its victim, provided that Donna's will is stronger than their own.
Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Has to wear a significantly different uniform from Diana, in order to differentiate them as adults (physically they're twins). During one story arc, when all three Wonder Women donned full Amazonian armor, Diana's was gold, Donna's silver, and Cassie's pink.
Death Is Cheap: Died and came back, much like half the heroes out there.
Determinator: Which is really bad news for anybody caught in her lasso. Chances are guys, that Donna's will is stronger than yours.
Cassie Sandsmark was the president of the Wonder Woman fan club in Gateway City. When she actually met Wonder Woman, she was so enthusiastic that she took artifacts from her mother's museum to help Wonder Woman fight. Impressed with her bravery, the Gods granted her powers of her own. Cassie became leader of Young Justice and the Teen Titans, and she eventually discovered that Zeus was her father.
A member of The Circle, Hippolyta's elite blood-sworn bodyguards, and a former weapons master. Alkyone calls Diana "The Dragon" and was convinced that she would destroy Themiscyra, and tried to kill the infant, resulting in her imprisonment with the other members of The Circle.
Originally an Italian conman and master thief obsessed with knowing all the angles, Angelo Bend later gained a magic Penrose triangle that enabled him to warp space time, manipulating geometry to his advantage. He has fought Diana, Donna, and Cassie at various points in his career, and has a bit of a crush on Donna.
Badass in a Nice Suit: Post-Crisis he did most of his crimes in a suit and tie, though he did eventually redon his Pre-Crisis green and orange tights.
A foe of the Golden Age Wonder Woman, crossdressing mad scientist Byrna Brilyant used her father's invention of "blue snow" to paralyze an entire farming community in exchange for a ransom. She later joined Villainy Incorporated.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When she first appears, Byrna is acting as a secretary at the Fair Weather Valley town meeting and voices her disgust at how childish the people are acting. Then she's revealed as the Blue Snowman.
C-List Fodder: Her official Post-Crisis debut in Power Girl #7 lasted long enough for her to be eaten alive. She's actually listed as being cannon fodder with a life expectancy of a few pages.
A wealthy, but troubled socialite with a Split Personality, Priscilla Rich donned a form fitting Cheetah costume to become a frequent foe of Hippolyta, the Golden Age Wonder Woman in both Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis continuity. She eventually retired from supervillainy, and let go of her grudge against Wonder Woman. She was killed by Barbara Minerva in her old age, as the latter sought to make herself the only Cheetah.
Badass Normal: Managed to take on the Golden Age Wonder Woman with only her gymnastics skills.
Driven by Envy: Her entire grudge against Wonder Woman goes back to the superheroine upstaging her at a party.
Femme Fatalons: Sometimes pictured with these (as in the page image), sometimes not.
Inferiority Superiority Complex: Needed to feel superior to everyone else, because deep down she hated herself. Wonder Woman upstaging her at a party was what prompted her to develop her alternate personality and become a supervillain.
It's All About Me: When you become a major supervillain because another woman got more attention than you did at a party, you are definitely a little on the self-centered side.
The Mentally Disturbed: In addition to being a pretty obvious narcissist, Priscilla suffered from dissociative episodes, psychotic breakdowns, and a split personality. Not a mentally well woman.
Narcissist: A fairly obvious one at that. Priscilla's need to dominate the room would brook no rivals, which is why Hippolyta's being the centre of attention was enough to trigger the psychotic break that transformed her into the Cheetah.
Retgone: Tricky example. Pre-Crisis there were two versions of Priscilla—one, the active villain on Earth-2 who remained a foe of that world's Wonder Woman, and two, the retired villainess on Earth-1, whose niece became a foe of the Silver Age Wonder Woman. The Crisis combined these two versions of Priscilla into a single retired supervillainess and former foe of the Golden Age Wonder Woman, who was killed by Barbara Minerva. Then Flashpoint erased her completely, reducing her to nothing more than an alias of Barbara's.
Villain Team-Up: Was a member of the original Villainy Incorporated, both Pre-and-Post-Crisis.
Cheetah II (Pre-Crisis)
AKA:Deborah "Debbie" Domaine
The niece of Priscilla Rich, the Golden Age Cheetah, Deborah Domaine was kidnapped by the supervillain Kobra, and brainwashed into becoming the second Cheetah. Driven insane, and equipped with a more lethal version of her aunt's costume, Deborah proved to be a formidable foe of the Silver Age and Bronze Age Wonder Woman, Diana Prince. She was retconned out of existence following the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The Mentally Disturbed: Deborah was declared unfit to stand trial, and remanded to Arkham Asylum upon her defeat. Given her fragile mental state, emotional instability, and bouts of berserk rage, this is not surprising.
Tragic Villain: Debbie should never have been a supervillain in the first place, and wouldn't have been if it weren't for Kobra's meddling in her life. The entire affair is just sad.
Barbara Minerva was an archeologist who ran across an ancient ritual that gave her power, speed and immortality as the Cheetah, an avatar of Urtzkartaga's will. This had a price—because she was not a virgin as the god Urtzkartaga required, her body was frail and painful when not in Cheetah form. Her interest in rare artifacts caused her to clash with Diana when she tried to steal the magic lasso... the rest is history.
Legacy Character: Was the second person to bear the title of Cheetah in Post-Crisis continuity, and the third character to use the identity overall. Post-Flashpoint she is the only villain to have ever been called Cheetah.
Religion of Evil: She and Chuma are the last worshipers of Urtzkartaga, though Barbara herself is only in it for the power being the god's avatar provides.
In the Nu52, she was raised in an evil cult.
Retcon: As of the New 52, Barbara has become the only person to ever bear the title of Cheetah, with Priscilla Rich, Deborah Domaine, and "Sabrina" (rather than Sebastian) Ballesteros all being aliases she has employed.
Ritual Magic: Barbara must undergo a dark ritual involving human sacrifice to become the Cheetah. The ritual was no longer necessary after Circe made the transformation permanent.
Sebastian Ballesteros was a corporate raider who learned early on that true power inevitably trumps riches. Making a deal with Urtzkartaga, he had the powers of the Cheetah transferred from Barbara Minerva to himself. He later cut a deal with Circe, and had one of Diana's closest friends transformed into the third Silver Swan. Easily overpowering Minerva when she tried to regain the Cheetah powers from him, he was eventually killed by her while in human form.
Of all of Diana's mortal enemies, Circe is the most persistent and dangerous. The ancient Greek sorceress had a mad on for Diana thanks to an ancient prophecy. This hatred only got worse when Diana actually made Circe see the goodness inside her when Circe went into deep infiltration mode and became Diana's friend.
Archenemy: She, Ares, and the various incarnations of The Cheetah, are the three contenders for this title, as Diana's longest-running, most consistently dangerous, and deeply personal adversaries. When Luthor assembled the first Injustice Gang, Post-Crisis, he wanted it to include the worst enemies of every Justice League member, and chose Circe to fill that spot for Wonder Woman.
Baleful Polymorph: Does this to most people, and especially men, turning them into the animal she feels they most resemble.
Barrier Warrior: Often creates shields in combat, once erecting one around a city.
Becoming the Mask: When disguising herself as Donna Milton, the spell works a bit too well, and she comes to be Dianas's good friend.
Big Bad: If somebody is screwing with Diana's life it will be one of Ares, Cheetah II, or Circe. She's been the mastermind behind Amazons Attack, War of the Gods, and more than a few other ugly little plots.
Foil: Circe's attitudes towards men and the world are played in a deliberate contrast to Diana's more humanistic view. Really exemplified after Circe briefly stole Diana's powers and became an Evil Counterpart to Wonder Woman.
Friendly Enemy: Sometimes behaves this way towards Diana. Like many other things about Circe, this is dependent upon the writer.
Gendercide: Not the first Wonder Woman antagonist to try this, and she won't be the last either.
Motive Decay Okay so... why is she still trying to kill Wonder Woman? Sometimes it's because she hates the world of peace and equality that Diana wants to create, sometimes it's because of prophecy, sometimes it's because she thinks the Amazons stole her daughter, sometimes it's because she thinks that Wonder Woman doesn't do enough to stop the oppression of women despite the fact that directly contradicts one of the main reasons she gave for hating Wonder Woman's message of peace and tolerance during one of her Motive Rants.
Public Domain Character: Modeled the sorceress who sought to bewitch Odysseus' crew in The Odyssey. Since the original Circe is one of the oldest characters in fiction, she's well into the public domain.
The Vamp: Not afraid to use her sex appeal to get what she wants, at one point trying to seduce Green Arrow II on Luthor's orders.
Villain Team-Up: Led a Legion of Doom made up of Wonder Woman's enemies, all of whom she empowered. She's been romantically involved with Sebastian Ballesteros as well, with the two of them acting as a Big Bad Duumvirate, and has allied herself with the likes of Luthor's Injustice Gang in order to take on the Justice League.
One of the Hekatonkheires (Hundred-Handed Ones) of ancient Greek myth, Cottus was sealed under Themyscira long ago, and watched over by the Amazons in case he ever escaped, which he has a few times. If both he and Alkyone are to be believed, he is Wonder Woman's father (the clay she was created from came from he).
A psychotic witch, or a wandering, demonic spirit who's got it out for Donna Troy, Dark Angel first appeared to vex the Golden Age Wonder Woman Hippolyta after being summoned by Paula von Gunther. She returned years later to try and get revenge on Hippolyta by cursing her daughter to live an infinite amount of lives, all ending in tragedy. She snatched her daughter's doppelganger, Donna Troy by mistake. Dark Angel had now made it her life's effort to make Donna as miserable as possible, either as revenge or just for the hell of it. Last seen under the employ of the Monitors. It turned out she's really the Donna Troy of Earth-7, from the Multiverse that was destroyed in Crisis on Infinite Earths. The Anti-Monitor saved her in order to make her his own harbinger, but she was too difficult to control and fled.
Doppelgänger Attack: In Teen Titans, she was able to make five alternate copies of herself to go into different points in Donna Troy's lifetime and kill her, including a cyborg, an old woman, a bat-like demon, a glam punk, and a teenage girl.
The Dragon: Was this for Adolf Hitler, currently for the Monitors. The Anti-Monitor groomed her to be this, but she escaped into the time stream.
Even Evil Has Standards: She made it clear that, while she was occupying the body of Paula von Gunther and under Hitler's control, she did not share in his Nazi dogma.
Evil Twin: To Donna Troy. She's really the Donna of a destroyed parallel Earth. Also to Harbinger, as she was meant to serve a similar role to the Anti-Monitor.
For the Evulz: It isn't clear if what she'd doing to Donna Troy is revenge or just because she likes screwing with her.
Hot Witch: She couldn't possibly pass for a Wicked Witch. Although a temporal doppelganger of herself was a white haired hag.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: In Countdown to Adventure #4, she could grow to giant size. This was the first and last time she ever demonstrated this power. She also demonstrated the power to bring the dead back to life in Supergirl.
Omnicidal Maniac: Wiped out the entire Forerunner race of Earth-48 with the shadow demons, then gloated to Viza Aziv that she enjoyed watching them die.
Ret Gone: In universe, she did this twice to Donna Troy. The first time, when she still believed Donna was really Diana. The second time, as revenge for killing her. However, the second time she took the opportunity to do this to every single Donna Troy in Hypertime, before doing it to the mainstream Donna. Both times the trick only worked on people currently in the main timeline.
Secret Test of Character: In Supergirl, she was ordered by the Monitors to test the current Kara Zor-El to see if she deserved the right to exist in the current DC Universe. She didn't take Kara passing the test with grace.
Unexplained Recovery: There's been no explanation offered as to how she came back after Donna Troy killed her in Wonder Woman.
Would Hurt a Child: Was more than willing to harm Donna Troy when she was a young girl. It's implied that she was responsible for the crash that killed Donna's ex-husband, her son, and stepdaughter.
A clay golem brought to life by the Titan Cronus, Devastation is effectively an evil Wonder Woman, possessing all of her powers and more, and none of her morality. Realising that Diana would be too difficult to defeat on her own, Devastation has repeatedly tried to strike at her through Cassie Sandsmark.
Enfant Terrible: Often takes this form, though she can be as old as she wants.
Evil Counterpart: To Diana, having been created by Cronus in the same way that she was created by Zeus. They even share DNA.
A scientist turned crime boss, Doctor Cyber replaced parts of her body with cybernetic implants and donned a power suit to battle Wonder Woman. A major enemy during the Bronze Age, she's faded from the public eye since then, battling Wonder Woman only once in Post-Crisis continuity. Most of her plots revolve around global conquest and large-scale extortion schemes.
An outcast member of the Japanese imperial family, Doctor Poison is a diabolical genius who specializes in toxins and disease. The first Doctor Poison, alias Princess Maru, fought Hippolyta, the Golden Age Wonder Woman, during World War II, both on her own, and as part of Villainy, Incorporated. Decades later, her as yet unnamed grandchild would take on the identity of Doctor Poison to battle Diana.
Ambiguous Gender: Both Dr. Poisons have used bulky clothing and masks to conceal their genders from the world. The original Dr. Poison was eventually revealed as a woman, the second one's gender has never been confirmed either way, though most people assume that it is female.
Diabolical Mastermind: The first Doctor Poison was an archetypal diabolical mastermind, operating at the top of a network of spies. Her successor also shares her penchant for operating through henchmen, though typically does so at the behest of others.
The Evil Princess: The original Doctor Poison was a member of the Japanese Imperial family during WWII. While the entire family was, in some ways, complicit in Japan's actions, Maru's willingness to personally participate in experimentation on human beings, coupled with her own ambitions, marked her as the most evil of the lot.
Evilutionary Biologist: Doctor Poison II is an arcanobiologist, devoted to the study of the biology of demigods, techno-organic beings, etc. This has led her to mutate humans into monsters using the DNA of supernatural or otherworldly beings, and to derive toxins and diseases from the genetics of such beings.
For Science!: Doctor Poison II is far more interested in the results of her experiments than she is in ideology.
Hypocrite: As a strong-willed, independent woman fighting for a regime that valued subservience in women (even members of the royal family), Doctor Poison I is inherently hypocritical.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: In the modern era she's become a Distaff Counterpart to real life Japanese war criminal Ishii Shiro, who experimented on Chinese civilians with bubonic plague, smallpox, anthrax, and other biological and chemical agents.
No Name Given: The second Dr. Poison's name has never been revealed.
Poisonous Person: Doctor Poison II can excrete poisons from her skin and saliva, thanks to modifications she made to herself.
Psycho for Hire: Doctor Poison II, who has hired out his/her services to other members of Wonder Woman's rogues gallery.
Retcon: Much of what Doctor Poison II talks about, and various flashbacks would indicate that Doctor Poison I, originally a fairly standard Golden Age villain whose plans involved stopping plane engines and reverting people to infancy, has been retconned into having been as vile as her grandchild.
Samus Is a Girl: Done with the first Doctor Poison, who was outed as a woman at the end of her first story, after having been assumed to be a man.
Slasher Smile: Doctor Poison II uses a drug to lock her face in this position so that nobody can read her expression.
Villain Team-Up: The first Doctor Poison was a founding member of Villainy Incorporated. The second Doctor Poison joined the Secret Society of Supervillains and aided in the creation of Genocide, in addition to joining Queen Clea's second Villainy Inc.
Weapon of Mass Destruction: Her entire motif involves chemical and biological weaponry, two of the three weapons types classed as WMDs.
Yellow Peril: In her Golden Age appearances (later revealed to have been the modern Dr. Poison's grandmother).
AKA: Edgar Cizko
Diana's most disgusting and diminutive foe can control people's minds and broadcast illusions. He's a misogynistic sadist with serious problems when it comes to interacting with women...and it doesn't help that he has a creepy crush on Wonder Woman.
Bald of Evil: In the mid-2000s. He grew his hair back in time for The Odyssey.
Beard of Evil: Most modern depictions of Psycho feature this look.
Berserk Button: Being embarrassed in any way will set Psycho off. Commenting on his height, or lack thereof, will do it even faster.
Card-Carrying Villain: He once went on a rampage because a woman called him "normal". He loves being a villain.
Cold-Blooded Torture: Of the psychological variety, mostly, but he doesn't exactly shy away from the physical variety either. He once threatened to use his psychic powers to force Catman to eat his own intestines.
Defiant to the End: Averted at the last second. When Psycho was about to be killed by The Morrigan, a pair of goddesses who had already captured and tortured him, he used what he thought would be his last seconds to laugh in their faces and tell them that Wonder Woman was coming for them.
Depending on the Artist: How disfigured he is varies. Sometimes he's a twisted little troll of a man, as in the page image. Other times he's still a dwarf, with short legs and an outsized head, but is more or less good looking, as in this link here.
Nightmare Fetishist: In one infamous incident, he used More Than Mind Control to enslave multiple people and turned them on each other in a frenzy of cannibalism. He got sexually aroused from watching this!And he broadcast his sexual pleasure from the act into the minds of all his victims, resulting in a case of serious Mind Rape in those who survived.
Pet the Dog: During his Enemy Mine with Wonder Woman in the altered timeline of Odyssey he not only helps restore Diana's memories of the regular timeline, but gives a long speech on how much she means to the world, and how much he admires her personally and wants to be a part of her life. His freeing Ajax later in the same arc may also qualify, even if it was in his best interests to do so.
Politically Incorrect Villain: One of the premiere examples in comics. He dates back to the Golden Age, where misogyny was his primary reason for becoming a supervillain, and it still forms a cornerstone of his persona.
Underestimating Badassery: Heroes and villains alike are prone to doing this to Psycho on account of his small size. It rarely ends well for them.
Villainous Crush: Often written as having one on Wonder Woman. During The Odyssey he comes to her assistance because he can't stand living in a world where he isn't a part of her life.
AKA: Drakul Karfang Drankoni Serpente
The main antagonist of the graphic novel League of One. An ancient dragon queen prophesied by the Oracle of Delphi to slaughter the Justice League should they face her in battle. Learning of this, Wonder Woman decides to disable the team to face the dragon herself. She goes on a rampage across Switzerland, killing many people and turning neighbors against each other out of both revenge for the destruction of her kind, and out of sadism.
Mook Maker: Can turn gnomes into monstrous Drakugnomes.
Our Dragons Are Different: A classic western style six-limbed dragon. Breathes two kinds of fire, one semi-normal flame, and a magic green flame which creates monsters. Collects gold to use as a bed, and also consumes it to strengthen outer armor, but this gold is tainted by the spirit of its owners, influencing the dragon in question.
Technicolor Fire: Has a special green fire which forcibly transforms gnomes into Drakugnome minions.
The Dreaded: Feared by all who know of her, and for good reason.
The Power of Hate: Her flames are instilled with the power of pure hatred, which takes the fear and hatred within a person's soul and uses it to burn them from within. This is how Diana is ultimately able to defeat her. Wonder Woman has no hatred to speak of.
The Starscream: Perhaps unsurprisingly, he's repeatedly attempted to betray Ares.
Debuting in the Silver Age; Egg Fu was a Chinese Communist agent (and horrible racial stereotype) who inexplicably took the form of an egg the size of a house, and used his Fu Manchu moustache as a weapon. Post-Crisis, Egg Fu was reimagined first as an Apokoliptian super computer, and then as a centuries old criminal mastermind and mad scientist named Chang Tzu.
Yellow Peril: One of the most racist villains of the 1960s, no way around that.
AKA:Princess Diana of Themyscira/Wonder Woman from the future (reanimated corpse)
Created by the Secret Society of Super Villains from the soil of the sites of the world's worst atrocities, using them to empower a corpse of Wonder Woman from the future, Genocide has the strength of a god and nothing even resembling human compassion.
Even Evil Has Standards: Causes this reaction even among the Secret Society of Super Villains, especially with Dr. Morrow who reveals that being of Polish descent means that he can't stomach having anything to do with Genocide.
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: An undead Amazon corpse from the future infused with the souls of victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing, and reinforced with Felix Faust's enchantments, Dr. T.O. Morrow's cybernetics, and Ares' blessings. What exactly do you call her at this point?
Exceptionally strong even at her normal height of 7 feet, Giganta has the power to grow to over 50 feet tall.Pre-Crisis, Giganta was a gorilla who was transformed into a human by a well-intentioned Mad Scientist only to go on a rampage.Post-Crisis, Giganta is Doctor Doris Zeul, a mousy scientist who was dying from a fatal disease. After trying and failing to place her mind in Wonder Woman's body, Dr. Zeul instead switched bodies with a circus strongwoman who just happened to have mystical size-changing powers. In addition to her feud with Wonder Woman, Giganta is also a long-time member of the Secret Society of Super-Villains and Injustice League and has a crush on her one-time colleague Ryan Choi, the fourth Atom.
Amazonian Beauty: Giganta is commonly drawn with a fair amount of muscles, at least until One Year Later where she got a lot slimmer in a lot of (but not all) depictions.
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Attack Of the 50 Foot Woman, actually. Though in truth she can get much, much larger than that, reaching heights in excess of several hundred feet.
The Brute: Often plays this role in team ups, especially when she's stupid.
Dark Action Girl: Giganta's a capable enough fighter at her regular height. When she grows to full size she becomes an even more formidable adversary, with strength on par with Wonder Woman's.
Dating Catwoman: She's the Catwoman in this case; she was once involved with Ryan Choi, the fourth Atom. In a bit of irony, their powers areopposite.
Deal with the Devil: Cut a deal with Circe that allowed her to keep her intelligence when she grew.
Dumb Muscle: Back when she lost IQ points for every foot she grew, Giganta often ended up in this role.
Weaksauce Weakness: Originally, the bigger Giganta got, the stupider she became, making her easier to defeat. She lost this problem thanks to Circe (and got a more sensible outfit out of the deal).
Queen of the Valkyries, and one of the Norse gods' representatives on Earth, Gundra was summoned by Adolf Hitler to do battle with the Golden Age Wonder Woman. They clashed several times, most notably during Gundra's assassination attempt on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She's been seen a few times since, and has come to blows with the modern Wonder Woman on occasion.
The Champion: Was originally the champion of Wotan/Odin. Later could be said to be the champion of Adolf Hitler.
Dark Action Girl: The Valkyries, like the Amazons, are a race of warrior women. So when one goes bad, you get this trope.
Demoted to Extra: Pre-Crisis Gundra was a major enemy of the 1940s Wonder Woman. Post-Crisis she's appeared only once in the modern era, as part of Circe's vast collective of Wonder Woman villains.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Young All-Stars she falls in love with Ubermensch, convincing Iron Munro to spare him in exchange for reviving recently slain Tigress. Gundra explains that she views Ubermensch as the Teutonic warrior befitting a Valkyrie such as herself.
Evil Counterpart: As a Valkyrie who fought for the Nazis during WWII, Gundra makes for a solid Evil Counterpart of Hippolyta, the Golden Age Wonder Woman, who was an Amazon who fought for the Americans and the British. When Axis Amerika formed their first lineup, she was even brought in to serve as their equivalent of Wonder Woman.
The Exile: Exiled from Valhalla for allying with the Nazis.
An enemy of Queen Hippolyta when she went back in time to World War II, Baroness Paula von Gunther was a Nazi spymaster whose plots to undermine America were constantly defeated by the queen and her allies in the JSA. Finally, though, von Gunther was shown the error of her ways and became Hippolyta's closest friend and ally. She retired to Themyscira, where she became an honorary Amazon and created the healing Purple Ray. At one point, she was the host of the evil spirit Dark Angel.
Anti-Villain: She only worked for the Nazis because they were holding her daughter Gerta hostage. Once the girl was rescued, Paula defected to Paradise Island with Gerta in tow.
A magician and hypnotist who hides behind a male disguise. Hypnota was accidentally shot in the head by her assistant and twin sister Serva and received an experimental brain surgery to save her life. The surgery unlocked the ability to release a "blue hypnotic ray" from within her brain which she used on her sister and unsuspecting thousands to steal military secrets and sell people into slavery. She later joined Villainy Inc..
Beard of Evil: It's fake, but even after her gender is exposed she keeps it included in her costume.
Twin Switch: With Serva. Originally it was part of their magic act, but later used her power to make Serva forgot they were twins to further conceal herself whenever they switch places.
Villainous Crossdresser: She wears fake facial hair and dons a phony French accent to pass herself off as a man. In the Post-Crisis stories, this aspect was dropped and she's referred to as Hypnotic Woman.
An ice-themed villain who debuted in the Golden Age as the Prime Minister of Iceberg Land, he was reimagined Post-Crisis as a radical environmental terrorist with ambitions of creating a new ice age. He wields both a cold-gun, and a climate change machine.
A foe of the Golden Age Wonder Woman, and the Post-Crisis founder of the original Villainy Incorporated, Clea is an Atlantean Queen who stole the Trident of Poseidon as the first step in her plans for conquering all of Atlantis. She has faced the modern Wonder Woman as well, both with a new Villainy Incorporated, and on behalf of Circe.
Amazonian Beauty: Clea may be an imperious bitch, but there's no denying her physical prowess or her attractiveness.
Dark Action Girl: As an Atlantean, Clea has most of the same powers as the likes of Aquaman and Mera, and can consequently get physical with the best of them.
Demoted to Extra: In the Post-Crisis world, where she faced Wonder Woman only twice, once as the leader of a new Villainy Incorporated, and once as part of Circe's massive supervillain collective.
Evil Matriarch: Her daughter Ptra is one of her enemies, and teams with Wonder Woman to bring Clea down.
The Exile: Exiled from the Atlantean continent following her invasion of Aurania.
Flying Brick: Circe grants Clea the power to fly, which when coupled with her Atlantean superstrength and durability transforms her into one of these.
God Save Us from the Queen!: The outpost city of Venturia essentially fell apart during Clea's reign, prompting her attack on nearby Aurania. Later exiled from Venturia, she tried to become Queen of Skartaris, nearly destroying that country in the process.
The Leader: Of two versions of Villainy Incorporated, Post-Crisis. She's a combo Type I and IV.
Making a Splash: Holding Poseidon's trident enables Clea to manipulate the ocean.
Villain Team-Up: Clearly has a thing for these Post-Crisis, having led two versions of Villainy Incorporated. The first one was made up of Cheetah I, Zara, Doctor Poison I, Hypnotic Woman, and herself, the second of Cyborgirl, Doctor Poison II, Giganta, Jinx, and Trinity. She's also been a member of Circe's collective, and Pre-Crisis, joined Eviless' Villainy Inc.
The Queen of Fables
Tsaritsa was the actual evil queen from "Snow White". Awakening in modern times, this cruel tyrant hopes to reawaken her empire.
Mage in Manhattan: She can conjure up any storybook creature or prop to do her bidding. She can also trap people inside fairy tale worlds.
Refugee from TV Land: She could manifest any fictional character into the real world. She also came out of a story book.
She started off as an evil sorceress who got Trapped in TV Land (a magical story book). This, we are told, made her fictional, and since fictional things are per definition not true, her reign of terror in Dung Ages Europe never happened.
Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: She thinks Wonder Woman is Snow White and Superman is Prince Charming. Nothing can convince her that she is mistaken, not their powers, not the fact that the story of Snow White happened hundreds of years ago, nothing.
An alien with mind control powers, Osira crash landed in Ancient Egypt, where she used her powers to gain control of the country, before being sealed away by a priest. She was released during WWII, and fought the Golden Age Wonder Woman; she later came into conflict with Diana Prince and Donna Troy in the modern era.
AKA: Helmut Streicher (1st); unknown (2nd and 3rd); Justin (4th, last name unknown)
Originally a Nazi general, and a foe of the Golden AgeWonder Woman, the Red Panzer's legacy has long survived his death, and the fall of the Third Reich, being adopted by various Neo-Nazis and fanatics. All of them have, at some point, come into conflict with Wonder Woman and Donna.
Captain Ersatz: While the individual Red Panzer's have been original characters, the concept, of a red suit of armor associated with a particular ideology, and handed down from successor to successor, is very similar to that of the Crimson Dynamo, a long-running Iron Man villain.
Four-Star Badass: Red Panzer I was an actual Nazi general, and a capable fighter. The later versions have been Neo-Nazi thugs.
Freudian Excuse: Red Panzer III watched his father kill his mother over supposed imperfections in her bloodstream. This screwed him up pretty badly to say the least.
Gratuitous German: The name. It should either be "Rote Panzer", or "Red Armor," not the mishmash that is "Red Panzer."
Handicapped Badass: Streicher had a cataract in one eye. This didn't stop him from being able to take on two Wonder Women at once. Similarly, Red Panzer III had a missing arm, but could still face off against Diana and Donna.
Hypocrite: The third Red Panzer had African-American ancestry. He was aware of this, and loathed himself for it. Then there's IV who's actually an anarchist, but wears the Red Panzer armor because Vandal Savage told him to.
There have been four of these of these so far. They pack metallic armor and wings, and a powerful scream. They each have a Freudian Excuse to fight Wonder Woman, except for the fourth who didn't even get an origin story. Although it's believed the fourth might have been a reintroduced Helen Alexandros, who had been put in comic book limbo after the first Crisis.
Deal with the Devil: Helen Alexandros made a deal with Ares to become the first Silver Swan. She regained her talent as a ballet dancer; in exchange Ares would use her as a weapon against Wonder Woman.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Vanessa's story was finished in Wonder Woman #600 at her graduation, having completely recovered from her time as a cyborg and grown as a person.
Freudian Excuse: Helen became Ares' weapon against Wonder Woman out of frustration for having been born with sub-par looks in a world that values beauty over everything else.
Heel-Face Turn: Valerie and Vanessa. Valerie actually kept the Silver Swan name for a while and acted as a member of the superhero team called the Captains of Industry, as well as the Suicide Squad.
I Just Want to Be You: Helen's story was continued thirty years later in DC's Retroactive line via the Wonder Woman - The 80s issue, which had Dr. Psycho using his powers to make Helen into Wonder Woman, albeit temporarily. Psycho stated he would make her Wonder Woman forever if she brought him the real Wonder Woman. The story ended with Helen's transformation being undone and falling to her death.
Legacy Character: The Silver Swans, like the Cheetahs and the Red Panzers apparently come in fours.
Loves My Alter Ego: Helen fell in love with Dr. Psycho's projection Captain Wonder, and Psycho fell in love with Helen's Silver Swan form.
An evil Amazon from an alternate universe. There have been two main versions.Pre-Crisis Superwoman was renegade Amazon from Earth-3 who was exiled from her people, and cursed with aging. Turning criminal, she founded the Crime Syndicate of America, alongside Ultraman, Owlman, Johnny Quick, and Power Ring, and proceeded to terrorize the people of the American Empire for years, before being imprisoned by first the Justice League of Earth-1, and then Alexander Luthor Senior. She, alongside her teammates, died defending Earth-3 against the Anti-Monitor.Post-Crisis Superwoman hailed from an Antimatter Universe. She was an Amazon who lived undercover as her world's Lois Lane, before joining up with the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, and conquering the world. A dominatrix who maintained a harem for her personal amusement, she was married to Ultraman but maintained numerous affairs with both her victims and teammate Owlman, and was essentially every "bad woman" stereotype rolled into one.
Amazonian Beauty: Pre-Crisis. Post-Crisis she is supposed to be this, but art style and her sneering facial expression sometimes make her downright ugly.
Dark Chick: In both versions of the Crime Syndicate
Designated Girl Fight: Pre-Crisis. While the rest of the Crime Syndicate and the Justice League mixed it up in their first clash (Superman facing Power Ring, and The Flash, Ultraman, etc), Superwoman fought Wonder Woman, then Black Canary of the JSA, then Wonder Woman again.
Evil Counterpart: To Wonder Woman, complete with lariat. Not an Evil Twin however; she is explicitly not Diana of Themyscira in either version.
Eviler than Thou: Pre-Crisis with the Anti-Monitor and Post-Crisis with Antimatter Universe Brainiac.
Eye Beams: Post-Crisis Superwoman has these for some reason.
Villainous Friendship: Pre-Crisis, when she and the other members of the Syndicate were genuinely friends and would try to help one another.
Your Cheating Heart: Post-Crisis where she constantly cheats on Ultraman with Owlman and various others.
A trio of depraved lesbians led by Top Hat, the bizarre group known as THEM fought against Wonder Woman during her non-powered mod days. With Moose Mama and Pinto by Top Hat's side, THEM began a campaign of harassment against Diana for harboring a young woman they used as a slave. They only made one memorable appearance before disappearing completely after being arrested.
Psycho Lesbian: All three of them are implied to be this, especially Top Hat.
Slave Collar: They make Cathy wear a dog collar around her neck and regularly used to beat her.
Terrible Trio: Wonder Woman dealt with them during her days as a non-powered boutique owner in the 1960s. They started harassing Diana when she began sheltering a young woman they had been keeping as a slave. THEM were stopped by the combining efforts of Tony Petrucci, a young man living in the same neighborhood, and Diana who had taken on Top Hat by herself after the other two and their brutish henchmen were taken care of. They were about as bizarre as Wonder Woman's villains could get, but only made one appearance.
A billionaire perfume magnate that just happens to also be an Omnidisciplinary Scientist, Veronica Cale worked her way up from poor beginnings to become one of the richest women in the world. On account of this, she loathes Wonder Woman, whom she sees as a far inferior icon of female empowerment when compared to herself. She is currently the leader of Oolong Island, a commune of Mad Scientists in the Yellow Sea off the coast of China.
Big Bad Wannabe: Veronica has aspirations towards being the Lex Luthor to Diana's Superman, but her lack of combat skill or any real superhuman leverage, and her less than stellar planning skills tend to leave her at the mercy of more powerful villains like Circe, the Gorgons, and Dr. Psycho. She's still a very dangerous threat, but tends to find herself sidelined as soon as somebody worse shows up.
Driven by Envy: Much as Luthor wants to be Superman, so too does Cale want to be Wonder Woman, claiming that if a Wonder Woman exists, it has to be her, and not Diana.
Even Evil Has Standards: She's committed murder purely to discredit Wonder Woman. Even she's disgusted by the actions of the Four Horsemen, and the carnage that their actions indirectly caused. She's also very specific about Medusa staying away from the President when she attacks Wonder Woman at the White House because she 'loves her country', and finds Dr. Psycho revolting.
Green-Eyed Monster: Her motivation for loathing Wonder Woman is essentially this—Wonder Woman is an immortal superpowerful princess who can talk to animals while Veronica had to work her way up from being white trash.
Hypocrite: Rails about female empowerment. Employs Dr. Psycho, a convicted rapist. Bashes Wonder Woman for promoting "perverse sexuality". Sleeps with a Senator in order to get her way.
It's All About Me: Veronica is willing to try and kill one of the world's greatest superheroes, endangering thousands in the process, just to make sure that the media talk about her when they think of powerful women.
You Go Girl: Clearly thinks she's the heroine of one of these sorts of stories, when she's actually the villain in a comic book.
High Priestess of the Cult of the Hidden Flame, Zara harbors a burning hatred for humanity, having been sold into slavery as a child. She clashed with the Golden Age Wonder Woman on a few occasions, and was a founding member of Villainy Incorporated.
Arguably Wonder Woman's archnemesis, Ares, the God of War, is a cunning schemer who thrives on conflict and seeks to perpetuate endless war. Despite his bloodthirsty nature, Ares is a genius tactician and master manipulator.
Adaptational Badass: Ares in Greek Mythology was a Dumb Muscle bruiser who left the thinking to Athena, and occasionally got his rear handed to him by mortals. This version, on the other hand, is bright, motivated, and extremely dangerous.
Archenemy: One of the top three classic contenders for the title, alongside Circe and the various incarnations of The Cheetah. Of the three of them, he's easily the most powerful, with the furthest reaching plans. This makes his Post-Crisis relationship with Diana not unlike that of R'as Al-Ghul and Batman—he's not her most frequent adversary, but when he does show up it's on a whole other scale.
Ax-Crazy: But slightly less ax crazy, since Wonder Woman pointed out to him that destroying the human race, including his own worshipers, would effectively lead to his own disappearance. Now instead of trying to start World War III, Ares sticks to smaller goals such as trying to overthrow his fellow gods on Mount Olympus.
Big Bad: The biggest bad in the pre-New 52 comics, and the man behind more than a few major arcs.
Hijacked by Jesus: In George Perez's run Ares plays The Devil—a diabolical figure with his own domain called the Areopagus, and a powerful threat to his sibling Olympians.
Kill All Humans: Came within a few minutes of starting a world-ending nuclear war before Diana pointed out the flaws in that plan. Did it again years later when he didn't need to worry about running out of people to worship him.
In the New 52 after helping Diana rescue Zola's baby he leaves, making it seem like he had kidnapped the kid for his own purposes, but it turns out he went straight back to Zola and to give the kid back.
Pragmatic Villainy: With a little help from Wonder Woman, he realized that, thanks to nukes, starting World War III would destroy the world and leave no one left to fight his wars.
Sadly Mythtaken / I Have No Father: In the New 52 he makes comments that suggest he's either not Zeus' son or doesn't consider himself as such. It's kind of unclear which it is, but Apollo at least refers to Zeus as "our" father when speaking to Ares, so it might just be Ares disowning Zeus.
The Unfavorite: Just like in the original Greek myths, Ares isn't favored by Zeus or Hera. This actually doesn't faze him that much, maybe because neither are presented as exactly being parents of the year.
Hera: Of all my children, you're my least favorite.
Villains Blend in Better: Unlike most of the other Gods, he has adjusted to the modern world and is comfortable with wearing modern clothing if the situation calls for it.
War God: His actual portfolio is war, though you could be forgiven for thinking he was the God of Evil.
Diana's patron goddess is Athena, the daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom, skill, and military strategy. She's as wise and warlike as in myth, and even once dethroned her father and took over Olympus.
Batman Gambit: Her plan to usurp the throne of Olympus depends largely on her knowledge of how Wonder Woman will react to certain situations.
Benevolent Boss: Sort of. Despite crassly manipulating her, Athena does treat her champion well enough. She did grant her the resurrection of a murdered child as a reward for defeating Hades on her behalf. Then she gave Diana her lost eyesight back, just to be nice.
Generally leader of the gods, and he acts just like in myth, complete with the jerkass tendencies and the Attempted Rape. Even so, he's among the most powerful beings in the cosmos and commands the respect (if not the admiration) of every pantheon of gods, even Darkseid. He's spawned countless offspring over the ages, including the gods Ares, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, and Hephaestus; and the demigods Hercules and Cassandra Sandsmark (the second Wonder Girl) and Diana in the New 52. Just as the goddesses of Olympus lend their powers to Diana, Zeus has also empowered other heroes, such as the Olympian and Captain Marvel.
Abusive Parents: His treatment of his kids varies from bragging about them, to not caring (or knowing) about them, to being an outright dick depending on how he feels that day.
Apollo: I have some surprising news about our father.
Ares: That he loves us?
Apollo: I said surprising, not shocking.
Attempted Rape: He was going to try this on WONDER WOMAN of all people.
Jerkass: Even when he acts nice it ends up being a Double Subversion as his jerkassness comes back tenfold whenever he doesn't get what he considers to be the proper gratitude for his "gifts", which have included the chance to be impregnated with yet another one of his illegitimate children, or having your society be pushed aside to make way for his newest favorites.
Really his only redeeming trait is that he does at least sometimes learn from his mistakes and eventually accepts that his daughter has taken over from him when he realizes that she deserves it more than he does.
The son of Zeus, now an immortal himself with powers on par with Wonder Woman's. In ancient times, Hercules seduced and raped Diana's mother, Queen Hippolyta, a source of constant enmity between the Amazons and this brute. Over the centuries, Hercules has become slightly nobler, but his rash nature and love of violence make him a frequent thorn in Wonder Woman's side.
Cool Helmet: Sometimes uses the head of the Nemean Lion as such.
Deliberate Values Dissonance: In the Greece of the 1200s BC, Heracles would have been a genuine hero. He hasn't evolved much, however, and this makes him a pretty dark character by modern standards.
Dumb Muscle: Not dumb, per se, but Herc rarely thinks before he swings his fists.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He truly cares about his mother, Alcmene, and his sister, Cassie Sandsmark. A little TOO much in Cassie's case. Squick.
Face-Heel Turn: Was revealed to be working with Circe in a plot to conquer the entire world. And then tried to rape Circe and Wonder Woman. And worst of all seems to have got a Karma Houdini as he's never actually faced justice for anything he did
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Heracles is trapped in a cycle of transgression and repentance, making him sometimes a hero, and sometimes a villain.
Heel-Face Turn: Hippolyta forgave him in the end for what he did and he was actually a (sort of) hero for a little bit. Until... well, see above.
Yandere: To the point she keeps trying to kill the children her husband fathered with other women, even after said husband is presumed dead.
The Goddess of Retribution. Nemesis was driven mad by the cries of the unjustly slain, while simultaneously being empowered by them. Every murder, and every casualty of war made her stronger and more fanatical, until she was strong enough to drive all other gods out of reality itself. Seeing Diana as the last obstacle to her own domination, Nemesis sought to remove her by any means necessary.
A Father to His Men: He rescues the male children born to Amazons when they would otherwise be put to death and puts them to work in his forge. Wonder Woman initially believes he has them as slaves but when she tries to "free" them, they ask her to release Hephaestus because of all he's done for them.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: The only real reason he opposes Wonder Woman is because he heard a prophecy that one of Zeus' children (which he believes to be Zola's baby) would one day kill one of their family.
The trickster god of the Aztecs, Tezcatlipoca faced Wonder Woman during her intervention in the South American republic of Tropidor.
I Have Many Names: Says this word for word during his first meeting with Wonder Woman.