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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Of all people, you know who I am Who the world needs me to be. Im Wonder Woman."'']]

->''"Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Franchise/{{Superman}} plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman."''
-->-- '''William Moulton Marston''', 1943

''[[TitleThemeTune Da da, da, da da, DA! Wonder WOMAAAAAAN!]]''

The Spirit of Truth. The Princess of the Amazons. TheHeart of Franchise/TheDCU. '''''[[TropeCodifier The]]''''' [[ActionGirl Female]] {{Superhero}}.

The first prominent female superhero in the history of comic books, and generally considered the greatest of the superheroines, was created in the [[TheForties 1940s]]. ''Wonder Woman'' is distinguished by her indestructible bracelets, which deflect bullets, and her enchanted lasso, which compels men to tell the truth and puts animals to sleep.

She was created in 1941 by psychologist William Moulton Marston (then an educational consultant to DC Comics) along with his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston, as a deliberate counterpoint to the all-male stable of "''Übermenschen''" published by DC at the time. Marston was remarkably free of the era's usual prejudices about and disdain for women, and intentionally designed the character to embody his image of an idealized strong, unconventional and independent female. The character first appeared in ''All-Star Comics'' #8 (December, 1941).

Marston was also vital in the development of the polygraph ("lie detector") -- which may be why Wonder Woman's lasso forces criminals to speak the truth. Marston also had unconventional views on psychology and sexuality. He and his wife had a third partner, Olive Byrne -- unconventional by today's standards, grounds for potential arrest in 1941. A central part of his (and Wonder Woman's) worldview was the idea "submission to loving authority," which shares some elements with UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} and/or bondage, which many modern commentators have noticed - e.g., the [[http://www.superdickery.com/tag/suffering-sappho/ "Suffering Sappho!"]] section of [[http://www.superdickery.com Superdickery.com]]. Marston's writing is still [[BrokenBase hotly debated]] in fandom spaces; some people criticize his work as {{fetish}} fuel, others characterize this as a gross oversimplification.

He also had very unconventional views on how the world should be run for the time he lived in, believing a Matriarchy would be superior to the male-dominated world of the 1940s. This was the basis for Paradise Island.

Due to the deal Marston struck with DC, for a long time (at least through 1986), DC had to publish at least four issues of ''Wonder Woman'' each year or lose the rights to the character. This may have been one of the reasons that she was one of the few {{superhero}}es who continued publishing during UsefulNotes/TheInterregnum, along with Franchise/{{Superman}}, {{Franchise/Batman}} and a handful of others. Her longevity is certainly one reason that contributed to her being one of DC's "Big Three" -- as Frank Miller described it -- Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman, are all the "gods" of the DC Universe, and the rest are all "just" heroes (something that is taken to its logical extreme in the Creator/KurtBusiek[=/=]Mark Bagley year-long series ''Trinity''). Also playing a big role: her 1970s TV series with Lynda Carter and her visibility in the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' cartoon, as noted below.

Originally, Wonder Woman's powers were relatively limited, compared with her contemporaries. [[JackOfAllStats She was strong, but not as strong as Superman. She was fast, but not as fast as]] ComicBook/TheFlash. She couldn't fly, but she could "[[NotQuiteFlight glide on air currents]]". Most of her powers were gadget-based; the bullet-deflecting bracelets, the Lasso of Truth, the invisible jet. The [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] version of the character was stated as having the Strength of Hercules and the Speed of Hermes, deities who were shown to be a match for Superman and Flash, respectively, in other series. Wonder Woman herself battled Superman to a standstill in the tabloid-sized special comic "Superman versus Wonder Woman".

The bosomy [[note]]like ComicBook/PowerGirl, exactly how bosomy depended on the artist - by the 1990s she became positively {{Stripperific}}[[/note]], raven-haired Amazon heroine was never as well-known by the general public as the other "big heroes" until the 1970s, thanks to Shannon Farnon, her voice actress on ''Super Friends'', and Lynda Carter, who portrayed her in prime time. In addition, feminists loved her, as evidenced by her being on the cover of the premiere issue of the movement's flagship magazine, ''Ms.''

At the same time, however, Wonder Woman was undergoing a ReTool; with the popularity of shows like ''Series/TheAvengers'', and its visions of strong {{Action Girl}}s, she lost her powers, took up martial arts under inscrutable old Oriental guy I Ching, and became Undercover Agent Diana Prince. Ironically, this period was mostly ended by the above feminists, such as Gloria Steinem, who protested the depowering of a strong female character (the aforementioned ''Ms.'' cover was the vanguard of this). Plus, the stories themselves were generally considered below-par and no longer relevant with ''The Avengers'' having ended. As a result, Diana was repowered and rejoined the Justice League, and the whole episode is considered a DorkAge, though it is referenced from time to time.

Later, she was revamped for ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' by the comics legend George Perez. She was powered-up, giving her flight, and tying her much more to Greek mythology and a mission as a messenger of peace to "Patriarch's World". Furthermore, she considered a SecretIdentity obviously counterproductive in that role, so she stayed with her new friends, Julia Kapatelis, a classical Greek scholar, and her daughter Vanessa. Furthermore, Steve Trevor was revised to be old enough to be Diana's father, thus precluding the cliché romance; instead, he romanced Etta Candy. However, it turns out that he is indirectly linked to Diana's home since his mother, Diana Trevor, crash landed there and died helping the Amazons defeat a monster, making her a deeply honored hero to them.[[note]]It was also Perez's way of explaining why Wonder Woman's outfit was an American motif - they assumed Diana's insignia was her standard, and emulated them.[[/note]]

In addition, she was simultaneously made much more naïve and tougher. The naïveté is such that Wonder Woman could not conceive of a woman being an enemy, which made the time when the Cheetah tried to con her out of her lasso an extremely upsetting moment. The toughness comes from being a classically trained warrior who is ready to kill as necessary and with no regrets, such as when she decapitated the villainous god Deimos. At the same time, her supervillain enemies became much more credible threats as in how the Cheetah was changed from a normal woman in a silly cheetah suit to a villain who became a powerful and deadly were-cheetah who is a real challenge to Diana in battle.

A popular (and therefore cheapened) way to escalate the drama in Wonder Woman stories (or {{Crisis Crossover}}s) recently has been to threaten Paradise Island... and then make good on the threat. The Amazons have been all-but-destroyed by Darkseid, themselves (in two civil wars), Imperiex, Hera, [=OMACs=], Granny Goodness in the wake of ''Amazons Attack'', and in AlternateUniverse by the removal of the gods' protection.

In the mid-2000s run written by Creator/GregRucka, she suffered from a negative reaction in-universe, between escalating her role as emissary, leading to accusations of forcing her beliefs on people, and snapping the neck of a villain who had [[{{Brainwashed}} telepathic control]] of {{Franchise/Superman}} because [[IDidWhatIHadToDo she felt it was the only way to stop him]]. In the middle of all this, she fought shadowy corporate schemers, resurrected Gorgons, participated in the hostile takeover of Olympus by her patron, Pallas Athena, and faced the destruction of her home by [=OMACs=] (the whole OMAC's storyline, as well as much of the universe-changing crises that ultimately led to the "New 52" continuity reboot, can be seen as indirectly resulting from the killing). There was some delight at Wondy's appearance in ''Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}'', when she enlisted Kate Spencer's services as a lawyer during her trial for the killing which occurred during Rucka's run.

After Rucka's run and the OMAC crossover event, Wonder Woman regained (or rather gained for the first time in this continuity) her Diana Prince: Secret Agent identity in order to connect with people. [[DorkAge Many fans were not pleased]], although others noted that it was very much a shout out to the Lynda Carter series which cast Diana as a spy. Soon after, she reluctantly got involved in a war between the Amazons (along with her newly resurrected mother) and Patriarch's World.

In the late 2000s, Wonder Woman's series was in the hands of Creator/GailSimone. Her supporting cast was revisited and she went up against a series of monsters including the ultrapowerful Genocide, her mother's former bodyguards, a grief-stricken Franchise/GreenLantern, her own pantheon, and some long-lost family members who were abducted by a vicious alien race. The tales were epic, twisty and generally well received, and Gail's deep love for the character is evident.

However, she was not the first woman to write the comic, as has sometimes been claimed. That distinction goes to William Moulton Marston's assistant, Joye Hummel Murchison Kelly, who became increasingly involved in the plotting and writing of scripts during the 1940s as Marston's health declined. Ultimately she scripted many Wonder Woman stories on her own under the "Charles Moulton" pseudonym. Other women to write on the comic have included Dann Thomas (who cowrote ''Wonder Woman'' #300 in 1983, making her the title's first credited female writer), Mindy Newell in the 80s and 90s, and Jodi Picoult in 2007.

Sales on the book continued to drop, so when Wondy's 600th overall issue (and a renumbering of the current series to reflect that) came around, Creator/JMichaelStraczynski [[http://comics.ign.com/articles/110/1102826p1.html shook things up.]] In his year-long storyline "The Odyssey" (completed by Phil Hester), the gods went back in time to remove their protection from the Amazons. As a result, Paradise Island fell when Diana was a little girl, and a handful of Amazons smuggled her out and raised her on the streets of Man's World. During the story, Diana struggles to regain her powers and understand why the world seems disastrously wrong around her.

After "The Odyssey" ended, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang took over the title and relaunched as part of DC's ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' reboot. Their run on the book shoots for a much darker and more horror-influenced tone than previous runs. Wonder Woman once again sports a new costume, though it is much closer to the original than the suit from the JMS run. Azzarello and Chiang's ongoing work has met with both critical acclaim and controversy for their handling of the mythical and gender themes of Wonder Woman's world. Like Creator/GregRucka's run, Azzarello and Chiang approach Wonder Woman's world through the myths of the Greek gods, though the difference between the two approaches is quite clear. In the current continuity, Superman is dating Wonder Woman, who was involved with Steve Trevor in the past. Additionally, in 2014, she started headlining a relaunch of ''Sensation Comics,'' meaning that, alongside ''Action Comics'' and ''Detective Comics,'' each member of DC's Trinity had their own "X Comics" series running alongside their solo book until ''Sensation'' was cancelled with issue #17.

In 2016, Creator/GrantMorrison released centered around Wonder Woman set in the Earth One continuity, naturally titled as ComicBook/WonderWomanEarthOne.

The 2017 {{biopic}} ''Film/ProfessorMarstonAndTheWonderWomen'' is based on the lives of William Moulton Marston, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston, and their domestic partner Olive Byrne, the people who created and inspired her.

Needless to say, the cheesy 1973 grindhouse film ''Film/WonderWomen'' has nothing to do with the superheroine, but we wish it did.

[[AC:She has appeared in these other media:]]
* A four-and-a-half-minute pilot reel was produced by [[Series/{{Batman}} Greenway Productions]] in 1967 -- planned as an ultra-campy SitCom, with Wonder Woman (Ellie Wood Walker) as a delusional HollywoodHomely single girl who imagines herself a beautiful superhero. It was never aired, but can now be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRS5Bsf3l9c here]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyKids'' (1972): The character's first appearance in animation. The Brady kids meet Wonder Woman and together they are accidentally transported back to the time of the ancient Olympic Games. The kids plan to compete in the marathon and beat the Greek athletes to qualify for the race. Wonder Woman persuades the kids to disqualify themselves, explaining that if they win the race they will change the course of history. [[TheSeventies It's all kind of surreal.]]
* ''Wonder Woman'' (1974): The TV movie pilot starring Cathy Lee Crosby as a (mostly) non-powered Wonder Woman who earned the nickname "Blonder Woman". The film was based upon a period in the comics when Diana had given up her superpowers and instead worked as an Emma Peel-esque crimefighter, though by the time it aired Wonder Woman had become a superhero again in the comics. Failed to sell as a ''Franchise/ModestyBlaise''-style TV series, so a do-over was ordered resulting in...
* ''Series/WonderWoman'': A 1975-79 show starring Creator/LyndaCarter. A more faithful adaptation of the comics, it is [[NarmCharm dated, particularly its early episodes set in World War II, but fondly remembered]]. And Lynda Carter managed an eerie resemblance to the original character as drawn by Gibson Girl artist Harry G. Peter.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'': Alongside the male heroes of Creator/DCComics.
* A PoorlyDisguisedPilot in ''WesternAnimation/RubySpearsSuperman'', titled ''Superman and Wonder Woman vs. the Sorceress of Time''.
* Promotional materials for a show (and accompanying toy line) titled ''Wonder Woman and the Star Riders'', aimed at young girls, which never came to be.
* ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse'':
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Voiced by Creator/SusanEisenberg as a princess fresh from Paradise Island (Themyscara), and a little bit naive. She had a [[UnresolvedSexualTension budding]] [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys relationship]] with {{Franchise/Batman}}. Her origin story was retooled to fit with the series narrative, which left out much of the comic origin, though it was revisited in later episodes. Fans of the DC Comics generally consider this particular version of Wonder Woman to be the definitive version of the character ever to exist outside of the comics.
* ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]'': An animated DirectToVideo based on the acclaimed comic series by Darwyn Cooke. This Wonder Woman was closely tied with her classic origin but examined the change from the Golden Age to the Silver Age. She was voiced by Lucy Lawless of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' fame -- and her personality was a little Xena-ish too.
* ''WesternAnimation/WonderWoman2009'': A newer DTV produced by Creator/BruceTimm but set in its own continuity and focusing exclusively on her, intending to embrace the classic origin in full. She is voiced by Keri Russell.
** Several other WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies also star Wonder Woman, including ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse'', and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom''. She is voiced by Creator/VanessaMarshall in the former while Susan Eisenberg revisits the role in the latter two. There is virtually no between-film continuity as each DCU film tends to be a reboot. She also appears in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'', reprised by Marshall. She also appears ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueThroneOfAtlantis'' voiced by Michelle Monaghan and Creator/RosarioDawson [[TheOtherDarrin respectively]].
* ''[[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot Wonder Woman]]'': An attempted pilot for NBC's 2011 season by David E. Kelley, focusing on Wonder Woman fairly established in Man's World and running the Themyscira Corporation to get her word out in between fighting crime, starring Adrienne Paliecki as Diana. It wasn't picked up, and fans weren't happy with what word leaked out - partially because Diana seemed to be a [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] hero set loose in a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] world, complained about the size of her breasts, and straight up murdered security guards.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': She appears in the ColdOpening of an episode and in the main story of another. Her design is an homage to the Golden Age and has a lot of canon references to the [[Series/WonderWoman TV series]] - including the theme music.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': She appears in bit parts in several episodes as a member of the Justice League. Due to rights issues that were not cleared up until after the show had already begun production, her sidekick Wonder Girl was excluded from the show's roster of teen superheroes during the first season. Wonder Girl (Cassandra Sandsmark) becomes a recurring character in Season 2, with Diana getting an expanded role. She is voiced by Creator/MaggieQ of ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' fame.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperBestFriendsForever'': The series of animated shorts by Creator/LaurenFaust which feature the first animated appearance of ComicBook/WonderGirl (Donna Troy) in several decades.
* A series of ''WesternAnimation/DCNation'' shorts that take a Film/JamesBond-esque, California beach girl approach to the character.
* ''Amazon'': in light of the success of the CW's ''{{Series/Arrow}}'', the network looked at developing possible {{Series/Smallville}}-like approach to Wonder Woman, focusing on her teenage years and her emergence into the world outside Themyscira. In mid-2013 it was announced that the project had been cancelled and The CW instead commissioned ''{{Series/Gotham}}'', which took ''Amazon's'' prequel concept and gave it to Batman.
* ''Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines'': A 2012 documentary on the history of Wonder Woman and other superheroine and ActionHeroine characters, from a feminist perspective.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'': Minifigures of at least five DC heroes played roles of varying prominence in this 2014 Franchise/{{Lego}}-inspired film, including Wonder Woman. She only had two or three lines (recorded by Creator/CobieSmulders), but this still marked the first time she appeared in a theatrical movie.
* The DCExtendedUniverse: The first live action movie Wonder Woman. She's played by Creator/GalGadot.
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': Wonder Woman appears in this 2016 sequel to ''Film/ManOfSteel''. A relatively smaller role compared to the main story featuring the conflict between Batman and Superman, she nonetheless largely takes part in the action in the FinalBattle, in full costume.
** ''Film/{{Wonder Woman|2017}}'': The long-overdue solo film focusing on the superheroine, it followed ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'' and came out before the ''Justice League'' movie in 2017. Beforehand a live action theatrical film was [[DevelopmentHell "almost about to be made" for about one and a half eternities]]. It takes place during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
** ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' (2017), the long overdue movie about the [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica the iconic superhero team]].
** A ''Wonder Woman'' sequel is scheduled.
** ''Flashpoint'': Wonder Woman might appear in this movie based on [[ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}} the eponymous comic book series]].
* ''WebAnimation/DCSuperheroGirls'': A web-series tie-in for [[Toys/DCSuperheroGirls the toyline]]. It is set in a SuperheroSchool and features teenage versions of multiple superheroes and supervillains. Wonder Woman is the main protagonist and is the NewTransferStudent who rooms with ComicBook/HarleyQuinn.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'': A new animated series featuring Wonder Woman as one of the three main characters (along with Batman and Superman).
!!Tropes associated with Wonder Woman include:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Diana sometimes carries the Sword of Hephaestus, which can shave electrons off an atom.
* ActionGirl:
** Diana has consistently been depicted as a strong and powerful hero, equal to Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** George Perez's reboot saw Etta as an overweight Army soldier. She would work out, becoming muscular stocky instead of fat.
* ActionMom: Diana's mother, Hippolyta is the queen of the Amazons, so you have to expect she'd be just as badass as the others. She's even stood in for her daughter and has used the name Wonder Woman for herself in the past.
* AdaptationalModesty: Her original costume had knee-length star-spangled culottes that looked like a skirt unless she was in action. This was revised to the familiar star spangled [[WhoWearsShortShorts short shorts]] and a strapless halter top. Over time it became [[{{Stripperific}} a leotard and a corset]] with varying amounts of cleavage, and was otherwise not protective wear. Even within the comics through all sorts of redesigns they've experimented with adding pants and fully covered armor, but often revert to something closer to the classic appearance due to fan outrage of changing the costume too much (making her look like a generic female warrior rather than Wonder Woman). The Film/DCExtendedUniverse included a Grecian/Roman inspired combat skirt that ended up well received, emphasizing the heritage of the outfit both in the comics lore and in real world comics history. [[RetCanon Comics and other adaptations quickly followed their lead]].
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} Paradise Island.
* AllLovingHero: Diana, all the way. Pre-ComicBook/New52, it was emphasized in her Blackest Night tie in, where even decapitating an enemy, the only emotion within her was love. In the New-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:
-->'''Wonder Woman:''' "Hell . . . I ''Love''. ''Everyone''."
* AlternateUniverse: ''WonderWoman'' was officially the first DC comic to run an AlternateUniverse story, predating even Franchise/TheFlash's famous meeting with [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Jay Garrick.]] Diana helps her counterpart from another universe fight the race of giants that are tyrannizing her world.
* AmazonianBeauty: She is a literal Amazon and she is definitely beautiful. Even when she's [[DependingOnTheArtist portrayed]] as possessing a very muscular build for her body.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Some depictions of her will portray her as such, since logic sets in and they'll occasionally realize her backstory would indicate she's either Greek or South American (the home base of the Amazons).
* AmbiguouslyGay: Paradise Island has fueled SlashFic for decades, long before it was called slash. (Fan imaginings of lead characters in gay relationships did not begin with ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.)
** Diana introduced a male suitor, Nemesis, to the courtship rituals of Themyscira. When he points out that Themyscira is filled with women, she says, "Yes, exactly."
** It's been acknowledged that many Amazons are lesbian since George Perez's run in the late 1980s, in keeping to the Classical Greek roots.
*** 'There's a reason it's called '[[GirlOnGirlIsHot Paradise Island]]'.'
** There have been hints and implications over the years that Wonder Woman herself is bisexual, and several writers have said they consider her so. Nothing has been directly stated in the comics themselves, though.
*** At least until Comicbook/DCRebirth, where issue 2 of Wonder Woman not only heavily implies Diana has had female partners but that she is TheCasanova.
** For years there has been subtext between Hippolyta and Phillipus, the captain of the royal guard. On her Tumblr page, Creator/GailSimone claimed she had planned to have the two women officially get married, an idea which was even supported by Creator/DanDiDio. [[http://gailsimone.tumblr.com/post/23615421496/ape-in-a-cape-wow]].
** Creator/GrantMorrison, in his ''Wonder Woman: Earth One'', makes the subtext text, as his Diana is openly in relationship with another woman, and she confirms all the Amazons to be lesbian, bisexual or pan.
** Ambiguous no more: Creator/GregRucka [[WordOfGod recently officially came out]] saying that [[WordOfGay that Wonder Woman is bisexual]].
** Back in the GoldenAge, when sexist MoralGuardians accused her of being a lesbian because she was doing all these "masculine" activities, Marston delivered an amusing TakeThat by giving Wonder Woman the catch phrase, "Suffering Sappho!"
* AncientGrome: Especially in the Golden and Silver Age, several gods use their Roman names, especially Mars, Mercury and Minerva. Averted by Perez.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Reoccurring villain, The Cheetah.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: Artemis took over as Wonder Woman for a brief time during TheNineties.
* TheArtifact:
** Steve Trevor, since Marston left the book, has been adrift, but lingers (especially in adaptations) based on the name retaining some currency. Completely averted as of the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'', however, where Trevor has been upgraded to being the DCU's version of ComicBook/NickFury.
** The Invisible Jet has been of dubious usefulness ever since the writers decided Diana should be able to fly on her own. But the plane is [[RuleOfCool cool!]] Besides, it lets her transport things and people.
*** In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', Franchise/TheFlash points out that Diana doesn't need a plane to fly. GreenLantern returns that ''he'' drives a car.
--->'''Wonder Woman:''' [[{{Plunder}} Spoils of war.]]
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: When Wonder Woman goes back in time and finds a Tyrannosaurus rex terrorizing some cavemen, she figures out it must have somehow escaped the ice age.
* AuthorAppeal: The bondage situations, as mentioned in the main description. His other domestic partner was noted for always wearing metal bracelets when outside the house.
** In fact, according to ''The 10 Cent Plague'' by David Hajdu, Wonder Woman was originally created to help the author "deal with his persistent fantasies of being dominated by women" or some such thing.
** There is a lot more about this in Les Daniels' ''Wonder Woman: The Complete History''. He genuinely believed in female superiority.
** Marston had developed his belief in female superiority in part as a result of his experiments with polygraphs; due to his experiments he came to the conclusion that women were inherently more ethical and honest than men. Wonder Woman's main weapon is a lasso that can compel people to tell the truth, and that some later writers would call Diana the "Goddess of Truth".
* AuthorTract: One of the reasons [[BunnyEarsLawyer William Moulton Marston]] created Wonder Woman was to convince everyone to come under "submission to loving authority" and how a "loving matriarchy" would be a superior, peaceful world government. Oh, and [[AuthorAppeal bondage is highly enjoyable]].
* BaldWomen: Alkyone, a former Amazonian guard of Hippolyta.
* TheBermudaTriangle: The native home to Wonder Woman and her sister Amazons, the fictional nation Themyscira (a.k.a. Paradise Island), is currently located in the Bermuda Triangle, but the island can teleport to any different location or time whenever the island's inhabitants desire.
* BigBad: Ares, the Greek god of war.
** In the New 52, Ares is more of an AntiVillain. The first new BigBad was Hera, who was then succeeded by First Born -- Zeus and Hera's unnamed first son, who was sealed away by Zeus due to the prophecy stating that he would be dethroned by his own child. Once he breaks free, he's not too pleased.
* BigBraToFill: Inverted. Originally, Wonder Woman had a normal athletic figure for the 1940s, with a breast size that was actually quite modest compared to her [[MostCommonSuperpower peers]]. Then the TV series came along where she was played by the very buxom Lynda Carter, and she was drawn to follow suit.
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: A plot point. Her bracelets are divinely created to block anything.
* BodyguardBabes: Alkyone, Myrto, Charis and Philomela ("The Circle") were named Queen Hippolyta's personal guard. It didn't work out too well.
* BodyguardingABadass: As a diplomat, Wonder Woman has at least once had a division of Secret Service agents (unpowered people with pistols and radios, not other Amazons) assigned to protect her. It is hard to imagine a threat they could defeat which would even scratch her skin.
* BoobsOfSteel: Yeah!
* BoringInvincibleHero: The 70s depowerment was an attempt to rail against this. Resulted in TheyChangedItNowItSucks.
* BornOfMagic: For most of Wonder Woman's history, her origin has been that her body was [[{{Golem}} sculpted from clay]] by Hippolyta, which Aphrodite breathed life into, like the legend of Galatea. This was discarded in favor of Zeus putting his dick in yet-another-thing, which has since been retconned away.
* BoundAndGagged. Her creator may have into bondage himself, but he ''definitely'' wrote it into the job description. The original Wonder Woman has all those abilities... unless her bracelets were chained together (specifically by a man), at which point she became de-powered. So you can expect incredible amounts of bondage throughout the first couple decades of her comic. It's such a common occurrence - to the point of once suggesting that the villains threaten to ''untie'' her - that the [[http://www.superdickery.com Superdickery website]] has an [[http://www.superdickery.com/tag/suffering-sappho/ entire gallery]] devoted to it.
* CanonImmigrant: The magic lasso originally did more than compel telling the truth -- in the Golden and Silver Age, the captive of it had to obey ANY instruction the holder gave. As this was too squicky for family hour, both ''Super Friends'' and the television series changed it to the current version, based on William Moulton Marston's pioneering work with the lie detector. It stayed that way when DC rebooted the character after ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.
** It was retooled again at some point: the lasso now not only compels people to tell the truth, it also automatically ''reveals'' the truth about anything it's attached to: Diana can use it to find pressure points on giant monsters, etc. This evidently comes from the lasso being some kind of manifestation of the ''concept'' of Truth. [[spoiler: Which may be why using it on Darkseid in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' canceled out the Anti-Life Equation.]]
** The lasso, per Creator/GailSimone's run, also doesn't just force people to tell the truth. It sees ''into their soul'' and reveals their deepest secrets.
* CanonDisContinuity. The reboot made the original Wonder Girl an awkward character; she was later {{retcon}}ned as a Wonder Woman magic clone with a literal MultipleChoicePast.
* CaptainGeographic: For America, despite not being born there.
** In the original story, her mom designed her outfit after Aphrodite showed her Steve's mission that brought him to the island in the first place.
** In the George Perez reboot, it's explained that when Steve Trevor's mother washed ashore Paradise Island, they thought her American badges were crests, and created an outfit to honor her death based on the American flag.
** And in Creator/GailSimone's run, it was explained that she was "born" on a night with a red Hunter's Moon and the constellation Cassiopeia visible.
** In the film, it's explained that she is Themyscira's ambassador, and honors where she's going by wearing their colors (how they knew that Steve's flag patch was the American ensign is not explained).[[note]]This was taken from Perez's run, as Diana would honor the country she was visiting by wearing ''their'' colors when she was officially made an ambassador to the UN.[[/note]]
** Averted in the New 52, where her suit is usually depicted as crimson and black and with much, much less stars.
* CaptainSuperhero: Some of the RoguesGallery, like Steve Trevor's one time alias Captain Wonder.
* CatchPhrase: Not so much these days, but back in the day she had "Merciful Minerva!", "Great Aphrodite!", "Holy Hera!" and "Suffering Sappho!"
* TheChampion: A sometimes forgotten part of Diana's character. She is the personal champion of the Goddess Athena. She has been to seen to go through with Athena's plans wholeheartedly, regardless of the risks. She is also called the Champion of the Amazons.
* CharlesAtlasSuperPower: The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] explanation. Amazonian disciplines allowed any woman to channel [[LifeEnergy mental energy]] into muscle, giving super strength and speed. It was a learned skill. In one early issue, it's even taught to some girls from the outside world -- one adolescent is seen lifting five tons without strain. The [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] {{Retcon}} made WW TheChosenOne, [[ArtificialHuman sculpted out of clay]] and given life and powers by the gods, making her the most powerful Amazon by far -- strong as Hercules, swift as Mercury, etc. In other words, [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] with a uterus.
* ChestInsignia: In various ages, her [[BreastPlate bustier of justice]] has been decorated with either a gold eagle with Wonderbra wings, or a gold "WW". Alex Ross believably combined the two in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''.
* {{Chickification}}: In the 2011 TV series much was made about her going through Xenafication and becoming more ruthless; on the other side, some people didn't like the fact that the normally tough Wondy was sitting on her couch, crying into a bowl of rice cakes.
** She also got pretty Chickified in the late 1950s. [[http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2012/08/steve.jpg Some issues looked more like Teen Romance Comics]].
* ClarkKenting: Originally on par with the TropeNamer [[Franchise/{{Superman}} himself]], and sometimes worse as she won't even wear glasses as Diana Prince, yet even Steve Trevor didn't figure it out. Averted since UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks when she didn't have a disguise at all, but brought back in UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks when she resumed her Diana Prince secret identity. At least she wears glasses and changes her hair style now.
* Myth/ClassicalMythology: Though the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] had TheThemeParkVersion, often liberally [[SadlyMythtaken simplifying them, mixing in other mythologies]], and [[HijackedByJesus Westernizing them]]. More modern incarnations are generally more faithful about their adaptations... DependingOnTheWriter.
* ClingyCostume: ''Wonder Woman'' #80 has her fall asleep one day (near a pond, no less) then wake up to find herself trapped in a mask that's rigged to explode.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend
* CombatPragmatist: Not feeling bound to ThouShallNotKill, Diana feels perfectly free to use deadly force if the situation calls for it; while Superman and Batman will not cross that line.
* CompositeCharacter: During Rucka's run, goddesses Demeter and Artemis seem to be merged into one.
* ContinuitySnarl: The Wonder Woman Family, as discussed [[http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/index.php?page=fanboy&articleid=20 here]] and [[http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/index.php?page=fanboy&articleid=21 here]]. Donna Troy had so many problems over the years that she got [[ContinuitySnarl/DonnaTroy her own page]].
* CoolPlane: Her invisible jet. Just [[MST3KMantra don't think too hard]] about the way it works (or [[FridgeLogic why she needs it if she can fly]], though at first it was because she couldn't fly (UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks), then she can only [[strike:fly]] [[NotQuiteFlight glide]] short distances (UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks) and needs the jet for long-distance flight. This hasn't been true since the 1980s, though). In UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks, she occasionally uses it to transport cargo or passengers, but for the most part, it hangs around due to historic value and RuleOfCool.
** More recent versions have depicted the jet as a stealth plane.
*** Which ''was'' its original purpose, back in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. Why else make a plane invisible?
* CostumeEvolution: She's gone through several minor costume changes, but she tends to return to her red and blue leotard. Other outfits give her pants or battle armor, or just add darker colors.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Azzarello's run on the comic has been said to be darker than other previous WW comics.
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Vance Trotter. His twin brother Globe kept his death a secret as part of a plan to get their uncle's fortune.]]
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler:In a story at Issue #43, Globe Trotter uses a fake beard to impersonate his deceased twin brother and use him as a cover-up to get rid of his cousins and inherit their rich uncle's estate.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: He begged her to take one, but she declined.
* DefectorFromParadise: Wonder Woman would count as this consider she chose to leave Themyscira, an all-female utopia where women can practice a peaceful way of life and cultivate their minds, to become a worldwide superhero and diplomat in order to make the "Man's World" more like her home. However, this case could count as an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] considering many stories present Themyscira as not being as perfect or flawless as previously believed.
* DemotedToExtra: She hasn't been able to keep a stable supporting cast together in decades. Even [[OfficialCouple Steve Trevor]] got PutOnABus years ago.
* DependingOnTheWriter: As with most superheroes, her personality and powers vary every time a new writer is brought in.
* {{Depower}}: The I Ching kung fu period.
* DepravedDwarf: Recurring villain Dr. Psycho, with emphasis on the ''depraved''. We're talking an evil midget with PsychicPowers who once [[spoiler: used MindControl to make a bunch of people commit cannibalism, an act that not only sexually aroused him, but inspired him to MindRape them by letting them feel his arousal as if it were their own and then let them go once he was bored]]. Even beyond that, he's defined by his hateful misogyny.
* DeusExMachina: Her lasso of truth, making it somewhat difficult to tell mystery stories.
* DifficultButAwesome: Using her lasso in a brute-force fight. It's a favorite candidate for the WorfBarrage, because [[OhCrap if her target turns out to be stronger than her]], she's usually yanked through the air into his fist. But if Diana's stronger--or she gets the villain off-balance first--she can whip the villain around at the end of a giant EpicFlail that inflicts leverage-enhanced GreviousHarmWithABody on him ''and'' any other villain underneath. [[spoiler:See what happens to Doomsday in the finale of BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice. Supes ''wishes'' he could hit that hard.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: One memorable story has Diana appearing on "The Scene," a talk show hosted by various female journalists such as ComicBook/LoisLane and Linda Park. The name, logo, and premise of the series are extremely similar to those of the real life female talk show "The View."
* DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal: During Creator/GeorgePerez's run, Ares managed to focus Zeus' attentions on Wonder Woman, still a naive young woman. Zeus put [[https://multiframe.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/screen-shot-2015-04-03-at-1-56-37-pm.png rather direct moves on Wonder Woman]], and royally pissed him off when she refused harshly, and attempted to rape her -- in front of her mother Hippolyta no less.
-->'''Wonder Woman:''' Please, Lord Zeus -- do not force yourself upon me! Though I live to serve you -- I am not your '''''toy'''''!
* EnfantTerrible: Ares' sons and Devastation.
* EraSpecificPersonality: It's been noted by writers that there isn't much of an iconic personality associated with Wonder Woman, who has ping ponged between demure, naive, gritty warrior, a women's liberation mouthpiece, ambassador to man's world, elegant royalty and military general. Unlike Batman or Superman, who's various incarnations tend to evolve on what came before, new writers have more room to experiment with her personality and mythology.
* EverybodyHatesHades: Largely averted, instead making him a patient shepherd with an epic combover. Sporadic appearances tied to Artemis portray him as a regular Satan, however.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Diana
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler:Vance Trotter's twin brother Globe kills their uncle for the inheritance.]]
* {{Expy}}: Tom Tresser/Nemesis, as portrayed in ''Wonder Woman'', was a 21st Century analogue of Steve Trevor.
* FadSuper: She was created to be timely as both a super-patriot and a fightin' first-wave feminist. Writers have gradually divorced her from the patriot angle while struggling to define what sort of feminist she is.
** Supporting character Nubia was introduced as a painfully inept attempt at creating a heroine to reflect the Black Power movement of the 1970s.
* FatGirl: Franchise/WonderWoman's sidekick, [[MeaningfulName Etta Candy]], in the '40s. Woo woo! Etta is a notable {{aver|tedTrope}}sion for being not the slightest bit insecure, and frequently important to the plot; although still serving as PluckyComicRelief. Since the dawn of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, her rare reappearances usually either depict her as insecure, or else emphasize her ability to take care of herself status while slimming her down a fair bit. However, the recent ''The Legend Of Wonder Woman'' miniseries has finally returned her original personality, with some modern polish that's actually quite appealing.
* FeministFantasy: The reason William Marston created Wonder Woman, as he explains in the page quote.
* FlagBikini
* FlightStrengthHeart: As she actually was given a [[TheHeart loving heart]] [[CharmPerson and the power to make friends easily]]. [[BeautyEqualsGoodness She was also given beauty]], [[SpeaksFluentAnimal the power to talk to]] and [[FriendToAllLivingThings calm animals]]; and [[CoolAirShip has an invisible plane]], [[{{Flight}} even though she can fly]], and [[FridgeLogic it doesn't actually make anyone within it invisible]].
** The [[Series/WonderWoman TV series]] also introduced us [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wonderwomanspins.jpg to the way]] Wonder Woman could [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spin]] to [[ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction change clothes.]]
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Averted to a degree in a [[ComicBook/JusticeLeague JLA Classified]] arc, where during a League meeting, Wonder Woman (one of the team's toughest warriors) bakes a plate of Themiscryan pomegranate-flavored pastries. In the last scene of the issue in question, Batman says, "And one more thing. Diana, Alfred will need this recipe."
* FlyingBrick: Slowly evolved into this from LightningBruiser.
* FunnyAnimal: "Wonder Wabbit", a FunnyAnimal rabbit counterpart of Diana who lives on [[Franchise/TheDCU Earth-C-Minus]]. Wonder Wabbit is a member of her world's "JLA" (the "[[Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew Just'a Lotta Animals]]").
* GentleGiant: In spite of being among [[StatuesqueStunner the biggest]] [[AmazonianBeauty and toughest]] League members, she is also among the most loving among them, to the point where she fights only to protect, prefers solving conflicts via diplomacy, and is even fond of animals.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The B&D content of UsefulNotes/{{The Golden Age|OfComicBooks}} comics was so blatant and ever-present, it [[DoubleEntendre stomped on the "sub"]] part of "Subtext".
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Played with. In the post-Flashpoint continuity, Hera explains that the gods have a three-layered backup plan to retain their immortality. Step one involves the worship of humans--however, if there aren't enough worshippers to sustain them, step two is to rely on the magic of The Fates to keep them immortal. However, if the Fates are weakened and/or killed, then their only remaining source of immortality is to remain on Mount Olympus as, anywhere else, they will become mortal.
* GoKartingWithBowser: In ''Wonder Woman'' (vol. 3) #36, over a few pages, Wondy goes from fighting Giganta (who it turns out, was merely waiting for her date with The Atom) to commiserating about [[spoiler:Tom Tresser telling her their relationship is over]] to beating up the Olympians together. Giganta these days is more of an AntiVillain or PunchClockVillain at worst.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: One story features [[HonestCorporateExecutive Art Fairdeal]] and his DistinguishedGentlemansPipe versus his {{cigar chomp|er}}ing rival [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Josh Slicker]].
* TheHeart: Diana has consistently been recognized as the most loving member of the Justice League, always motivated by her love of others. In fact, it's been revealed that she loves everybody: she is a fighter who loves even her enemies. This means that she fights because it's necessary, never out of anger or revenge. In fact, during ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', her enormous capacity for love earned her a Violet Ring, turning her into a Star Sapphire. Also during ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', when she faced Black Lantern Maxwell Lord, she reads his aura during the fight and realizes she's feeling love for him while they fight.
** She and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} kind of share this position during DC teamups.
* HeroicBSOD: She's not prone to these, but one instance happened when she was forced to confront two equally valid but conflicting truths (which of the parents had the rights to a child, one of whom was a supervillain dictator). The lasso actually snapped and for a brief time, truth itself became unbound on the world.
** During George Perez's run, the younger, more naive Wonder Woman underwent one when she found out that Myndi Mayer's death was not the result of a shotgun attack, but of a cocaine overdose; the killer had unknowingly shot a corpse. Diana did not take it well.
-->'''Diana:''' Oh Dear Gaea, ''why''? She was so young, so vital!
* HiddenElfVillage: Paradise Island, though it is accessible to the outside world in certain arcs. In ''Comic/JLAAvengers'', Wonder Woman finds Asgard through the same general way she finds Paradise Island. She can't quite explain to Aquaman how she does it - she just ''does it''.
* HideYourLesbians: Greg Rucka, the man responsible for re-imagining Wonder Woman for the 21st century and re-inventing the character, has said publicly that he imagines [[https://inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/books/wonder-woman-creator-confirms-comic-book-character-bisexual/ she would have had same-sex relationships]] as her upbringing in a matriachy with no men would practically demand this. But this aspect of her character may well be seriously down-played for the reboot.
* IHaveManyNames: The invisible jet was often called the "robot plane" (or "see through robot plane") in pre-Crisis stories.
* {{Immortality}}: DependingOnTheWriter. The Lynda Carter version "remembered the Greeks and the Romans". In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', Franchise/{{Batman}} points out that she's from "a society of immortal warriors". In some comic incarnations, her immortality was lost when she left Paradise Island; in ''ComicBook/TheKingdomDC'', she loses it [[VirginPower due to pregnancy]]; in still other continuities, she is still and always immortal, and may even eventually become a goddess herself.
* ImmuneToBullets: Sometimes. Frequently her bracelets are, but she herself is not. Despite being completely able to take on [[ShootingSuperman Superman]]...
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Even [[DependingOnTheArtist the versions]] that are muscular and athletic generally have a wasp-waisted hourglass figure.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The Golden Lasso, Bracelets of Submission and Sword of Hephaestus.
** DependingOnTheWriter her tiara can be a bladed throwing weapon which always returns to her.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: A lie-detecting rope, a tiara, bracelets and an invisible telepathic airplane that (in the Silver Age version at least) used to be a flying horse. All perfectly normal.
** In the Golden and Silver Age comics, she also possessed devices such as the Purple Healing Ray (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) and the Mental Radio, a two-way radio/TV device that transmitted messages via telepathy.
* ImprovisedWeapon: In addition to her standard armament of [[ImprobableWeaponUser improbable weapons]], she'll use whatever is available, including the invisible plane as a battering ram against larger foes.
** In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', as a last resort to stop [[spoiler:Brainilex]] from destroying the world, she threw a [[CoolPlane Javelin]] at the building he was in. [[VisualPun Like a javelin]].
* InNameOnly: In the foreword to the Trade Paperback "Gods and Mortals", George Perez mentions that there were several proposals for the ComicBook/PostCrisis reboot of Wonder Woman, some of which had nothing in common with the original but the name.
* InheritanceMurder: A story in Issue #43 features a villain planning to kill his relatives for their family's fortune.
* IntimateMarks: Her costume qualifies DependingOnTheWriter. The Eagle-shaped "WW" on her costume is typically drawn low cut enough to expose lots of cleavage.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: After Genocide stole her lasso and went on to kidnap Etta Candy, Wondy resorted to this with Cheetah. She used the tiara to cut Cheetah's face and then threatened to cut off pieces of her tail if she didn't reveal where Etta was being held.
* InsistentTerminology: Nemesis in "Who Is Wonder Woman?":
--->'''Sarge Steel''': "... You'd still be one of Circe's pigboys."
--->'''Nemesis''': Wolfmen. A small but important distinction."
* IslandOfMystery: Themyscira, or Paradise Island.
* KangarooCourt: Ghorkos, Dread Master of Phobos, inner moon of Mars, is holding a trial for Steve Trevor where Steve "will be shot if he tells the truth, hanged if he lies, but can name his own execution if he pleads guilty". When Steve chooses Wonder Woman to be his lawyer since no one in Phobos will defend him, the prosecutor, unable to outright prohibit her from doing so, sets an ImpossibleTask to "prove her fitness to practice law on Phobos" and says she'll be killed if she accepts the challenge and fails. [[spoiler:Upon Wonder Woman's advice, Steve says "You're going to hang me!". Hanging is the punishent for lying and it cannot be done without turning Steve's statement into the truth. Shooting is the penalty for telling the truth and it cannot be done without turning Steve's statement into a lie. Because the statement won't be considered a guilty plea either way, he's acquitted.]]
* KillItWithFire: One of her oft-ignored abilities, in the comics, is immunity to fire.
* KryptoniteFactor: In UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, in keeping with the bondage undercurrent, she lost her powers whenever [[strike:she was tied up]] her bracelets were chained together by a man (she was tied up "incorrectly" on several occasions. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued.]]) She (like all other people, supposedly), could also be knocked out by hitting them on the right spot in the back of the head. In addition, ''removal'' of an Amazon's [[RestrainingBolt bracelets]] would send her into UnstoppableRage. In UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, this was expanded to being bound in ''any'' way by a man. All these vulnerabilities were removed ComicBook/PostCrisis; not being [[NighInvulnerable bulletproof]] was sufficient.
* TheLadette: During the Golden Age, Etta Candy's Beta Kappa sorority were a bunch of feminine female {{Frat Bro}}s who liked beating up Nazis and singing {{Bawdy Song}}s about their sexual desire for men.
* LadyLand: Paradise Island/Themyscira
* LadyOfWar: Some recent reimaginings.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Wonder Woman (as Diana Prince) gets into an argument with a superhero memorabilia seller about why WW is not considered cool. He says "all I know is she's never sold as well as Superman or Batman...".
* LegacyCharacter: During the 1990s, the Wonder Woman mantle was briefly passed to Artemis before she was killed off. Later, the mantle again changed hands, this time to Queen Hippolyta. This lead to a series of confusing events where Hippolyta went back in time to the 1940s and retroactively became the "original" Wonder Woman, making Diana a legacy heroine herself. This idea was [[CanonDisContinuity ignored by subsequent writers]] and done away with when DC rebooted its history during the Comicbook/{{New 52}}.
* LeotardOfPower: The classic example
* LifeDrinker: A comic had a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Creator/WaltDisney named Wade Dazzle who was being kept alive by life force drained from visitors to his theme park and fed into his preserved body.
* LightningBruiser
* LivingLieDetector: With help from her magic lasso. It's also canon that she's the spirit of truth, and it's hard to tell a lie around her even without the lasso. As Creator/MercedesLackey pointed out in the foreword to "The Circle" TPB, the lasso doesn't just make someone ''tell'' the truth, it makes them ''see and confront'' the truth.
** Traditionally [[CompletelyMissingThePoint (before the odd recent decision to make her the]] ''[[CompletelyMissingThePoint most]]'' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint violent of DC's]] [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Big]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Three),]] when she was very focused on ''redeeming'' villains who could be redeemed, the lasso was a wonderful tool because if she got it around the villain and asked him the [[ArmorPiercingQuestion hard questions about his motivations,]] he not only couldn't lie to Wonder Woman, ''[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he couldn't lie to himself.]]''
* LongLostRelative: The leader of the Citizenry is Astarte, Hippolyta's forgotten older sister, who was taken by the Citizenry in Hippolyta's place. The sisters are not fond of each other these days.
* MadeOfIron: Her skin's not so tough [[ImmuneToBullets against some things]] as other {{Flying Brick}}s, but she's still far more durable than normal humans. While pointy objects and bullets seem to annoy her a lot, blunt stuff and lava or other such things don't bother her any more than they do Superman.
* MagicalGirlWarrior: Even more so as depicted in an anime-style Japanese statuette seen by Diana and [[ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey Black Canary]] when the two visit Tokyo. The price tag reads "Wonder Woman: Happy Magic Fun Sword Girl - Sexy! Sexy! Fight! Fight!"[[note]]''Wonder Woman'' (vol. 3) #35[[/note]]
* MagicSkirt: Her original look, but only in her ''very'' first story. Even there, a couple of panels make it clear that Wonder Woman is actually wearing culottes, not a skirt. The skirt became popular in later eras, however, whenever an artist wanted to evoke a "Golden Age Wonder Woman" look and feel (e.g., in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' and ''ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier'').
* MamaBear: It doesn't matter if you're some EldritchAbomination or one of the Gods themselves, you do ''not'' mess with Hippolyta's daughter.
* MasterPoisoner: Doctor Poison.
* MetronomicManMashing: Wonder Woman gets this done to her by TheDevil. It succeeds in pissing her off. Well, more so than she already was at him.
* MildlyMilitary: In the early [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], you would never have guessed that being a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force required Diana Prince to do anything more onerous than wear a blue uniform.
* MirrorSelf: John Byrne retold Donna Troy's origin so that she was originally the mirror self of Princess Diana as a teenager, but given a separate personality by the sorceress who owned the mirror. Donna Troy was then captured by Queen Hippolyta's nemesis Dark Angel, who mistook her for Diana, and subjected her to live multiple lives that all ended in tragedy, ultimately leading to the one where Donna becomes Wonder Girl/Troia of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. This origin has recently been retconned out of her history since 2006.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}} both have codes against killing. ComicBook/PostCrisis, however, Diana explicitly doesn't, which has led to conflict between them on a few occasions.
** [[DependingOnTheWriter Under most writers]], however, she still only kills as a last resort.
* MostCommonSuperpower: DependingOnTheArtist, her breasts can rival ComicBook/PowerGirl.
** As The Atom found out in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', the lucky bastard.
** Creator/GailSimone's run states that her breasts are the second biggest in DC's superhero community.
** Averted in the early part of her run; see BigBraToFill above.
* MotiveDecay:
** Cheetah III, Giganta, and Circe all have severe cases of this.
** Diana herself, since the 1990s: see ThouShaltNotKill, below.
* MsFanservice: Wonder Woman is a [[StatuesqueStunner tall]], very beautiful raven-haired Amazonian woman (and also the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman) who wears outfits (such as a revealing strapless leotard or a bustier-hotpants combo) that display her skin and highlight her muscular yet voluptuous body, [[MostCommonSuperpower large breasts]], [[AmazonianBeauty strong toned muscles (especially her large biceps)]], ripped broad shoulders, [[MaleGaze nicely toned rear]] and [[ShesGotLegs long muscular legs]].
* MugglesDoItBetter: Zig-zagged depending on the writer and story, but there have been a number of occasions where mortal weapons proved not-so-useless against magical/mythological enemies.
* MultipleChoicePast: Her origin and history have been {{retcon}}ned at least half a dozen times.
* NamesTheSame: [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily That other Princess Diana]] gets invoked in the Perez reboot several times. Myndi Mayer initially tries to get Diana (of Themyscira) to call herself "Diana Prince" instead, but gets refused.
* NeverMyFault: Mona Menise cracked up her car while speeding and says it's the policeman's fault for trying to make her stop.
* NiceGirl: DependingOnTheWriter, of course, but emphasis will often be placed on Diana being one of the kindest and friendliest members of the league.
* NotQuiteFlight: For most of UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks. Finally they just said "screw it, she flies".
* OhCrap: Both the trope and the words used by Diana in the animated movie.
* OnOneCondition: In "Andy Gorilla - Prize Pupil", unless Ms. Gates' school meets Mr. Scragg's in its annual baseball game, she must close and merge with his in accordance with the terms of Mr. Scragg's grandfather's will.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: Long-time [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] writer Creator/RobertKanigher seems to have liked stories about giants, so giants of one sort or another kept showing up (usually as villains) all through UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}.
* PaintedOnPants: Wonder Girl traditionally wears these. During the Messner-Loebs run, WW also wore something like bike pants.
** Wondy herself follows this trope in [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited "The Once and Future Thing"]], with her disguise in TheWildWest. Which is [[FridgeLogic odd]], since she swiped it from a ''man'', and it was still form-fitting, including in the crotch.
* PerspectiveFlip: Wonder Woman's origin is one of Hercules' Ninth Labor specifically and Myth/ClassicalMythology in general. The Amazons were the good guys, it was Hercules who betrayed their trust, they worshiped female gods (and Hermes) rather than the generally disliked Ares, etc. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] during Marston's run as we are never shown these events directly, only told them by Hippolyta or from an "ancient Amazonian scroll". (Although it is heavily implied that Amazon version is the "true" one in Wonder Woman's universe.) Marston also gave their mythology DivineRanks that would make more sense for a group of female warriors often fighting male-dominated people than that of the Greeks; having a good goddess (Aphrodite) fighting over dominance with an evil male [[TheAntiGod anti-god]] (Ares/Mars) rather than there being a patriarchal TopGod. Most later authors have tried to "fix" this to various extents however.
* PimpedOutCape: Wonder Woman doesn't wear capes often, but when she does, they usually fit this trope.
* PinballProjectile: Her tiara (See PrecisionGuidedBoomerang below)
* PlotParallel: In ''The Once and Future Story'' Diana slowly realizes that the archeologist Moria is trapped in an abusive relationship which is mirrored in the legend she's translating for the researchers, in which a princess travels to Athens to save her mother from being abused by Theseus.
* PowerLossMakesYouStrong: Part of the thinking behind the {{Depower}}. Feminists shouted back "No it doesn't!"
* PowerTrio: Forms DC's "Holy Trinity" Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}}. There was even a short-lived comic featuring the three called "Trinity".
* PragmaticHero: Diana is willing to kill if necessary and will do so without ever losing sleep about it, unlike Batman and Superman.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Her tiara, though she rarely uses it this way because it can kill people.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Wonder Woman herself is not the case, but much of her supporting characters are. The Greek gods, Circe, the Amazons in general (not specific Amazons) and their queen Hippolyta are all OlderThanFeudalism.
* PunnyName: Ubiquitous for lesser characters in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks; most notably Etta Candy for [[AcceptableTargets the chubby girl]].
* PutOnABus: Anyone seen Julia Kapatelis anywhere?
* RaceLift: Etta Candy was black in the failed pilot. It was {{RetCanon}}ed into the DCU with The Comicbook/{{New 52}}.
** The Wonder Woman of Earth-D in the {{Multiverse}} was of Arabic descent, while the Wonder Woman of Earth-23 is black. [[ComicBookFantasyCasting And also looks an awful lot like]] Music/{{Beyonce}}.
** The Wonder Woman of Azzarello and Chiang's run has a distinctly olive skin tone, though it doesn't seem to have spread to the rest of the New 52.
* Really700YearsOld: On the '70s TV show she claimed to be more than 2,500 years old.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sarge Steel, at least while not [[spoiler: having his body inhabited by Dr. Psycho]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When she started to lose [[spoiler: her soul]] in "Ends of the Earth", her eyes turned red until she got it back.
* ReluctantWarrior: She may be an Amazon, but she constantly advocates diplomacy. At one point, she is [[spoiler: forced to kill Maxwell Lord since he had telepathic control over Superman, and (while under the Lasso of Truth's effects) refused to not use it to kill other heroes.]]
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Her tiara.
* {{Retraux}}: Issue #0 of the New 52 reboot is styled after Golden Age Wonder Woman comics.
* TheRival: Artemis of the Bana-Mighdall (later becomes TheLancer)
* RoguesGallery: [[PhysicalGod Ares/Mars,]] [[CatGirl Cheetah,]] [[WickedWitch Circe,]] [[GiantWoman Giganta,]] [[PsychicPowers Dr. Psycho,]] [[HollywoodCyborg Dr. Cyber,]] [[AlienGeometries Angle Man,]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Paula Von Gunther]]
** Paula Von Gunther eventually makes a HeelFaceTurn, however.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Queen Hippolyta of Themyscira isn't above getting her hands dirty (and, in one bit of comics continuity, was Wonder Woman during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Her daughters, Diana and Donna, are more than happy to follow in their mother's footsteps, Diana as the current Wonder Woman and Donna as the first ComicBook/WonderGirl (now Troia).
* SadlyMythtaken: ''Wonder Woman'' is only loosely based on Greek Mythology with writers often taking liberties...sometimes very generous liberties.
** In mythology, the Amazons were fierce warriors not any more peaceful than any other group of the time.
** In mythology, Hippolyta held the favor of Ares (or was his daughter) instead of being his enemy.
** Most mythological versions of the meeting between Hippolyta and Hercules have it being peaceful until Hera stirred the Amazons against the hero. In most comic versions, Hercules attacked the Amazons at the behest of Ares.
** It was even more blatant in the original Golden Age comics; aside from Aphrodite as the Amazons' BigGood, Marston rarely bothered bringing in any of the other Gods... but when he did, it would ''always'' be mixed in with CasualInterplanetaryTravel sci-fi, with Ares literally ruling a kingdom on Mars, Hades literally ruling Pluto, etc.
* SanitySlippage: Pre-Crisis, if Wonder Woman or any Amazon lost their bracelets, they slowly turned batshit crazy. Justified in that they were a ''punishment'' for the Amazons sins.
* SchizoTech: Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}}, Paradise Island had both magic ''and'' advanced technology. For instance, they built the Invisible Jet. Since they had a magic [[SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands scrying device]] that let them observe developments on the outside world at will, and they were a scholarly culture with nothing but time on their hands to invent things, [[JustifiedTrope this actually makes perfect sense.]] ComicBook/PostCrisis, this was deemed confusing, and the Amazons were cast solidly back into the Bronze Age.
* SecretIdentity: Though not much anymore. Lampshaded in the Simone run, with Tom Tresser even telling her that she's the worst person at keeping a secret identity he's ever known.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Diana's mission in new story arc.
* SexSlave: In the backstory Diana's mother Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, was once enslaved by the demi-god Heracles ([[DivineConflict sent by Ares in his war against Athena]]) along with her people for his sexual desires. Athena freed Hippolyta on the condition that [[WomenAreWiser she would not seek revenge]], but Heracles escaped anyway.
* ShesGotLegs: Wonder Woman usually wears a revealing strapless leotard or other outfits (such as a bustier-hotpants combo or a form-fitting body suit) that highlight her long muscular legs.
* [[ShootingSuperman Shooting Wonder Woman]]: Maybe a sniper would have a chance, but most goons like to stand directly in front of her before shooting at her.
* ShoutOut: In ''Who Killed Myndi Mayer?'', apparently [[Series/StElsewhere St. Eligius]] exists in Wonder Woman's Boston, too - thus bringing the series into that massive IntercontinuityCrossover of the show. Jeez, that autistic kid included ''everything'' in it!
* {{Sidekick}}: Wonder Girl, Etta Candy.
** And the Holiday Girls, young women from Holiday women's college who assisted WW, did investigative work, got caught and tied up and rescued a lot. Many of them were from Etta's "Beeta Lamda" sorority, where a common pledge prank was that you had to walk around campus in baby outfits with diapers and a bottle.
* SkilledButNaive: Mixed with a dollop of GoodCannotComprehendEvil in George Perez's run, which had her fresh off Themiscyra. In her late teens, she had been endowed with great intelligence, but she struggled with the concept of Barbara Minerva being deceptive and wanting to steal her lasso, or Myndi Mayer unable to break her cocaine addiction, leading to her drug-induced suicide. Those things were utterly foreign to her, though they helped her become OlderAndWiser.
* SomeNuttyPublicityStunt:
** Wonder Woman provoked what may have been the first comic book appearance of this trope, in one of her earliest adventures. Stealing a car from some Axis agents, they start shooting at her. As Wonder Woman deflects the bullets of one bad guy's tommy gun (with one hand) while driving off, the other says "I saw her on the stage! Let her go, she's probably doing some publicity stunt!" Which shows you how they lost the war.[[note]]''Sensation Comics'' #2 (1942)[[/note]]
** ComicBook/PostCrisis, it's {{Deconstructed}}. She's a novelty, so much so that Myndi Mayer appoints herself as Diana's agent, which both Diana and Julia reluctantly agree is necessary. Myndi really does admire Diana, though, so it isn't the same exploitation that Rex Leech had with Superboy.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Diana has the [[DependingOnTheWriter infrequently acknowledged]] ability to talk to animals.
* StarSpangledSpandex: Along with Wonder Girl, Donna Troy.
* StatuesqueStunner: And HOW!
* StrappedToABomb: This happened at least once. She wasn't just tied to the bomb, the bomb was dropped on a city. It was on the cover of a comic. [[http://tytempletonart.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/wonder-woman-da-bomb-bigger1.jpg This one, in fact]].
* StrawFeminist: When written badly. The PetPeeveTrope of a lot of WW fans.
** Two words: ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack''.
** [[ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder "Out of the way, sperm bank!"]]
** In ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'', ComicBook/TheJoker's depiction of her is as an angry housewife armed with the RollingPinOfDoom.
** Parodied in a Creator/GailSimone issue showing a [[StylisticSuck really bad movie]] of Diana's life (actually created by a villain):
-->'''Old Amazon:''' I say to you, that beast is man! See its lust for alcohol, and raw meat, and sex!\\
'''Wonder Woman:''' ''(ThoughtCaption)'' Well, ''this'' is a diplomatic nightmare. Why do people think a belief in women equals a hatred of men?\\
'''Old Amazon:''' They love war! Them, and worse, [[AllMenArePerverts their women!]] And worst of all...\\
'''Wonder Woman:''' ''(ThoughtCaption)'': Please don't say it, please don't say it.\\
'''Old Amazon:''' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking They leave the toilet seat up!]]\\
'''Amazons:''' Kill the men! Kill the men!\\
'''Wonder Woman:''' ''(ThoughtCaption)'' Urgh. Kill the scriptwriter.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: JMS tried to deliberately avert this when redesigning the costume for his run. It's debatable as to his success; true, her legs are covered up, but her new breastplate actually shows off more cleavage than the old one, and the jacket usually comes off when she fights (and was eventually abandoned).
* StrongAndSkilled: Even when she's not portrayed as strong as Superman, she is still stronger than everyone else, and more than makes up for the rest by being a consummate master of martial combat.
* SuperheroOrigin: She's [[TheChosenOne the chosen champion]] of the Amazons and their patron goddesses, tasked with spreading the message of love, peace, and justice.
* SuperSenses: Diana can sense magic! In some versions her normal senses are enhanced as well.
* SuperSpeed: She has the speed of Hermes, and according to a recent issue of ''Justice League'', can hit and dodge faster than Superman thanks to her warrior training.
** She'd still lose in a race, though. As Batman put it, "Who's faster: Bruce Lee or Usain Bolt?"
** In another, older issue, a variant of when she first met Flash, she showed off how fast she was. He countered... by running backward and still beating her. She was amused.
--->'''Wonder Woman:''' I warn you, the gods granted me the speed of Mercury.
--->'''Flash:''' Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you were '''fast'''.
** According to an issue of ''JLA'', the speed of Mercury is around mach three. Pretty fast by most standards... but the Flash has been quoted as saying, "Can we pick up the pace? Mach ''ten'' is a ''crawl!''"
* SuperStrength
* SuperToughness: Exactly how much toughness she has depends on the writer, but generally she'll fall under this trope. She usually likes to block bullets with her bracelets instead of her skin, though.
* SuperheroSpeciation: Nowadays, Diana has found her distinctive place in the DC trinity: while Superman provides the inspiration of good and Batman with his cunning, Wonder Woman provides an element of pragmatic power willing to go a step further than them and kill her enemies if necessary, while also using her diplomatic/political power as Themyscira's representative to the rest of the world to advocate for peace whenever possible.
* TakeThat / ShoutOut: In one of the issues following ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'', Steel tells Nemesis to spy on suspected Amazons because "we don't want an Amazons Attack 2".
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Gals]]: the cynical Amazons Hellene, Oenone and Iphthime. They double as BlondeBrunetteRedhead.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Averted with the current version series, considering Diana is perfectly willing to kill if she judges it necessary and will never second-guess making that decision. [=* =][[MemeticMutation NECKSNAP]][=* =]
** Which makes sense since Wonder Woman is a dedicated warrior, though she always tries for peace first.
*** Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}}, she was one of the most devout TechnicalPacifist types in the DCU. That was part of the point of having a lasso (aside from Moulton's [[AuthorAppeal interests]]) -- it was a ''non-lethal weapon.'' Back then, the Amazons certainly knew ''how'' to fight, but only for self-defense. Paradise Island was a "paradise" with lessons to teach us because unlike man's world, it was ''peaceful.'' There's a reason they were aided by [[ThePowerOfLove the goddess of love]] and the [[ArchEnemy arch-enemy]] of Amazon society was [[WarIsGlorious the god of war]].
*** ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Wonder Woman has a slow HeroicBreakdown as she keeps pointing out she's a warrior - why else would she have a sword? - culminating in her killing of Von Bach. Franchise/{{Batman}} gives her a WhatTheHellHero.
*** This has led to {{Flanderization}} by people CompletelyMissingThePoint that she was acting violently out of character in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome.'' That's ''why'' Batman and everyone were so shocked by her killing Von Bach. Since then, readers and writers alike seem to have pegged her as the one member of DC's Big Three who is willing to kill--which, in light of most of her history, may count as pretty drastic MotiveDecay.
*** In fact, the Amazons in ComicBook/PostCrisis were cursed ''because'' they took lethal vengeance on Heracles' men for their crimes. Athena gave them a WhatTheHellHero TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to them, and forced them to eternally guard the world from monsters on Themiscyra apart from the World of Men.
*** In ''ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier'', she frees a group of south-east Asian sex slaves and has no qualms about allowing them to kill the men who enslaved them, causing a big argument with Superman.
* ThreateningShark: Themyscira is protected by Megalodons in the sea around it, and the giant sharks have even offered themselves for a HeroicSacrifice to help protect the island.
* TokenMinority: Nubia, who was even explicitly called the "Black Wonder Woman" in TheSeventies. Later years have shown the Amazons to be more racially diverse, so Phillippus, while the most ''prominent'' black Amazon, doesn't stick out quite so much.
** Nubia ''was'' the black Wonder Woman. In this version of the story, Hippolyta had originally been directed to make two figures, one dark, one light. The black baby was stolen by Ares and thereby hangs the tale.
* ThroneMadeOfX: Hades' throne is actually his father, Cronus, who's [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ma2o7r1B5I1qb25suo1_500.jpg chained in place]].
* TookALevelInBadass: What happens when Wondy wields ComicBook/{{Thor}}'s {{Mjolnir}}? '''[[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/12/128825/2549733-165334-36022-mjolnir_super.jpg This.]]'''
* UnstoppableRage: For Wonder Woman and other Amazons in their pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} incarnations, the Bracelets of Submission acted as a check against the use of unrestrained power. If Wonder Woman's bracelets were removed, she became intoxicated with power, violent and nearly unstoppable. Like some readers, villains could be confused about the "rules" of Wonder Woman's bracelets, thinking that their removal would also remove her strength (cue OhCrap moment for the bad guys).
* VerySpecialEpisode:
** One of the few well-handled varieties dealt with the drug induced suicide of Wonder Woman's publicist Myndi Mayer early in Perez's run in ''[[http://www.comicvine.com/wonder-woman-20-who-killed-myndi-mayer/4000-30029/ Who Killed Myndi Mayer?]]'' It was so well-done it became one of the stories included in the ''Greatest Wonder Woman Stories Ever Told'' omnibus.
** ''[[https://www.comics.org/issue/66065/ The Once and Future Story]]'', published in 1998, has a story dealing with abusive relationships as its theme. The plot details how a princess of a tribe of warrior women saves her mother from an abusive relationship with Theseus, while Wonder Woman notices that the archeologist Moria is likewise in a similar relationship with her husband being the abuser. The back cover also has some information and phone numbers for dealing with such relationships.
* WaterfallIntoTheAbyss: Themyscira is a set of floating islands with waterfalls.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Her tiara and leotard.
* WillNotTellALie: As the Spirit of Truth, even a secret identity is difficult for her.
* WorldsBestWarrior: Certainly the strongest Amazon warrior. In general, she's one of the biggest threats in the Franchise/DCUniverse. She's Superman with combat training.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Supposed to be this in DC, due to Aphrodite's blessings.
* WritersCannotDoMath: In Issue #96, Angle Man traps Wonder Woman inside a TimeMachine and sends her to the year 4457 but later says he sent her 2700 years into the future. By that math, he sent her from the year ''1757''.
* {{Xenafication}}: Xena herself was ten times as compassionate and sympathetic than the 2011 TV version of Wondy. This version of Wondy seems to have been built around the notion that "strong women need to be more ruthless than anyone else!"
* ZorroMark: As of the new ReTool, her bracelets leave a "W" imprint on enemies. To quote JMS, "This is a Wonder Woman who signs her work... letting her enemies know that she's getting closer." It went over about as well as the Batman-branding did in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.