- Fridge Logic: From reading the Useless Boyfriend page, specifically the line by Steve Trevor that "being a secret agent is a cinch when you have a super-powered girlfriend". The line seems to qualify for that page, since it implies that he doesn't do anything. Then I realized that he's not so much James Bond as he is Micheal Weston, who shows that good secret agents (or as he terms them, spies) are less about shooting people and stealing secrets, as they are about manipulating assets into shooting people and stealing secrets. Steve Trevor is a great spy/secret agent, seeing as his asset is Wonder Woman. The only downside is his preferred tactic to motivate his asset is to put himself in danger.
- Unlike Superman, Wonder Woman isn't actually bullet-proof, but has those bracelets that she can deflect bullets with. So, has no one ever tried aiming for her legs?
- To be fair, most soldiers are trained to aim for the center of mass, meaning her chest where she can easily maneuver her arms to block most rounds. Besides, she's fast enough to keep up with The Flash and strong enough to match blows with Superman, the lack of utterly invulnerable skin is more of a plot device than anything else.
Examples from Wonder Woman in the 2009 DTV Animated Movie
- Fridge Logic: Ares was shown to clearly have the upper hand against Hippolyta, and yet after she kills their son, she defeats him with only a single punch. Diana was almost killed by a harpy, and yet manages to take much more damage from the empowered Ares without suffering any lasting injuries. The Invisible Plane came literally from out of nowhere. And finally, there was no explanation for why Diana was much stronger and more skilled than the other Amazons - the movie never explicitly says she has "the speed of Hermes", for example, or "strength drawn from Gaia herself".
- The first one may be somewhat justified as Ares was BSODing right after his son died.
- Being borne from clay, blood, and a lightning bolt is at least an implicit explanation for her abilities.
- Also, Diana wasn't portrayed unrealistically stronger than all the other Amazons. She is implied to have repeatedly defeated Artemis, and she won the contest to send Steve back to the outside world, but I saw it more as there's always that one person who is better, and that person happened to be Diana.
- In later adaptations, most if not all of the Amazons were depicted with similar abilities, able to match blows with Supergirl in sparring matches. So her depiction in the film isn't all that far-fetched...
- Fridge Brilliance: While they were shocked when Steve said "excrement", most of the Amazons didn't react to Steve commenting on Diana's rack. Given that he had to define "crap" for Hippolyta a minute before, none of them are aware what he's talking about.
- Speaking of racks...one of the main plot points of Wonder Woman is she was granted a gift by each of the Greek Gods (in some stories, only the female ones) and the gift of Venus was superhuman physical beauty. So when he says "God your daughter has an incredible rack" the more literal interpretation is she has an incredible rack BECAUSE of the gods. This also handily explains her Most Common Superpower and Boobs of Steel traits, in universe, BTW.
- Hmmm...the bad guy escaped captivity by seducing a woman who worked at the prison. A blonde woman. Seems to be a recurring strategy for DC villains.
- This isn't Are's first time either. He managed to seduce Aphrodite in the original myths (but was punished for it as she was already married to Hephaestus under Zeus's orders). Dear old Dad was quite the womanizer too...
Comic Book Examples
- Ares' plot to use Genocide and the Olympians to start World War III and kill everyone on Earth during "Rise of the Olympian" at first seems like a spectacularly stupid thing to do, given that Diana established waaaay back in the first Perez arc that doing so would end all war and cause Ares to fade away himself. And then you remember that Ares spent most of Greg Rucka's run "re-inventing himself," first as the God of Conflict (not just war), and later usurping Hades as the Lord of the Dead, and you realize that he always intended to go through with the original plan. He just wanted to get himself in a safe position first. If you rule over the dead, and everyone is dead, that's what you call job security.
- When comics depict a conflict between Wonder Woman and Superman, they typically give Diana a magic weapon, since magic entirely bypasses Superman's invulnerability... except since the Silver Age and unless stripped of her powers, Wonder Woman's been a divine champion empowered by the gods and created out of clay.