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Series: Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman!
All the world's been waiting for you
And the power you possess
In your satin tights
Fighting for our rights
And the old red, white and blue!
— Series theme

Wonder Woman is an American live-action TV series that originally aired from 1975 to 1979, based on the comic book superhero Wonder Woman. It starred Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman and Lyle Waggoner as Steve Trevor.

The movie-length pilot episode and first season aired on ABC, and were set during World War II.

From the second season, the series moved to CBS, was retitled The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, and the setting moved to the present day (ie. The Seventies). Wonder Woman, being an ageless Amazon, hadn't aged a day, while Lyle Waggoner switched to playing the remarkably familiar-looking Steve Trevor Jr.

An unrelated failed Pilot Movie was broadcast about a year earlier, in 1974, starring Cathy Lee Crosby as a non-powered Wonder Woman in a very loose adaptation (verging on In Name Only). Even earlier, in the mid-1960s, William Dozier produced a five-minute Wonder Woman screen test which portrayed Diana as living with her mother.

In 2011, David E. Kelley attempted to produce a pilot for a new Wonder Woman series starring Adrianne Palicki, best known for her role in Friday Night Lights, although the project was cancelled before the pilot had been completed. The unfinished pilot attracted poor reviews and has a page here.


This series provides examples of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Wonder Woman, obviously. Also Formicida.
  • Action Girl: Well, naturally.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The TV show simplified the comics (none of Wonder Woman's supervillains ever appeared, for example, though some of her Nazi opponents did) but still had a charm of its own.
  • Advanced Ancient Acropolis: Paradise Island is an uncharted island within the Bermuda triangle. In 1942, the Amazons wear togas and use bows and arrows, but they had an invisible plane, a truth serum, and guns to use in her “Bullets and bracelets” challenge.
  • Agony Beam: These appeared more than once in the series.
    • In "The Man Who Made Volcanoes", Wonder Woman endures the prolonged laser blast of a weapon designed to cause volcanic eruptions.
    • At the climax of "IRAC is Missing", Diana encounters an artificially intelligent security program which uses a laser in an attempt to thwart her heroics.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Most of the AIs Diana meets seem to function as programmed, except possibly for Cori. When Havitol betrayed his robot secretary in "IRAC Is Missing", she quickly did a Heel-Face Turn and used her knowledge of Havitol's escape plans to lead the authorities right to him.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Used by Havitol to steal IRAC in "IRAC Is Missing".
  • Alliterative Name: Wonder Woman.
  • Appropriated Appellation: In the pilot:
    Queen Hippolyte: Go in peace my daughter. And remember that, in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman.
    Princess Diana: I will make you proud of me... and of Wonder Woman.
  • Arch-Enemy: None of Wonder Woman’s villains in the TV series ever recurred, but it’s implied that Marion Mariposa did appear in a previous, unbroadcast adventure, as he is talked about last seen presumably drowned in the North Sea. The interesting part is that he is not Wonder Woman’s enemy, but IADC agent Diana Prince’s enemy. For Diana Prince and Marion Mariposa, It's Personal.
    Marion Mariposa: Oh, why are you so unpleased to see a familiar face? Did you enjoy the candy I sent you?
    Diana Prince: [waking from her induced sleep] Not in the least, and I enjoyed the flowers even less.
    • The above exchange is make the more remarkable given that Diana/WW generally maintained a "no killing" policy, yet here she openly talks about trying to kill someone.
  • Argentina Is Naziland: Foreshadowed in "Formula 407". Played straight in "Anschluss '77".
  • Art Evolution: While Diana's spinning into her WW outfit had been there since the first episode, it wasn't until few episodes in that the lens-flare coverup was added.
  • Audible Gleam
  • Audible Sharpness: Wonder Woman's TV series tiara makes a strange sound when she uses it as a boomerang. Her lasso of truth makes an "snap" sound when she lassoes someone, and there is always a thunder when Diana Prince spins to change clothes into Wonder Woman.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Let's just say the Nazi's war effort was not helped by repeatedly attacking Diana.
  • Badass Princess: Diana is a member of the royal family of Paradise Island. She could easily enjoy a comfortable life in a utopian society as the universally-adored heir to the throne. Instead, she devotes her life to saving Man's World from Nazis, mad scientists, alien monsters, criminal masterminds, and one disembodied brain in a jar with telekinetic powers.
  • The Baroness: Baroness Paula Von Gunther, though given the child-friendly tone of the show they obviously couldn't show any of the less savory aspects of the trope. She did like tying people up, though.
  • Beach Episode: Diana spends some time in a swimsuit on the beach in "Skateboard Wiz". It's a somewhat unnecessary bit of fanservice, considering that her iconic outfit is already a Leotard of Power.
  • Beauty Contest: In the "Beauty on Parade" episode, Diana Prince enters a beauty contest to covertly expose some villains.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Wonder Woman always looks like she's just won the Miss World pageant (which Lynda Carter actually did in 1972) regardless of the death-defying experiences she frequently endures.
    • The most blatant example occurs in "The Man Who Made Volcanoes." At the episode's climax, Wonder Woman places herself in the firing range of a laser beam that causes volcanoes to instantly erupt on the other side of the Earth. Despite being hit by this weapon, which would release up to 25 megatons of energy, for the better part of a minute, Wonder Woman barely has a hair out of place afterwards.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Mei Ling and Lin Wan in "The Man Who Made Volcanoes."
  • Biker Babe: Wonder Woman rides a motorcyle in several episodes, and even has a special outfit for doing so.
  • Bound and Gagged: Wonder Woman herself in multiple episodes.
  • Brain in a Jar: In "Gault's Brain."
  • Brainy Brunette: While Diana's genius intellect is far from her sole defining attribute, her apparent knowledge of every spoken language (including birdsong!) and her ability to solve complex scientific problems within seconds indicate she is certainly a brunette who is brainy.
  • Butt Monkey: Harold Farnum.
  • The Caligula: Marion Mariposa is wildly irrational, violently moody, very intolerant of being told anything he doesn't want to hear, and totally in control of a micronation, submarines and his mercenaries. He infiltrates the US by sky diving, kidnaps Olympic athletes in an attempt to gain popularity for his own micronation, Mariposalia, and his Arch-Enemy is not Wonder Woman, but IADC agent Diana Prince
  • Captain Patriotic: Wonder Woman's outfit was initially based on Steve Trevor's American flag insignia.
  • The Cast Showoff: Carter sang two songs in the episode "Amazon Hot Wax" that were taken from an album, Portrait, that she released in real life around that time.
  • Cat Fight: Occasionally.
  • The Champion: Invoked by Queen Hippolyta: The Amazon winner of a tournament will escort Steve Trevor to his country. Subverted because this is less for his safety that to preserve the Lady Land in Paradise Island.
    Queen Hippolyta: For his safety - and ours. One of our young Amazon girls will escort him to his country, and then return to Paradise Island.
    Princess Diana: But all the girls will want that task.
    Queen Hippolyte: I know. To forestall any ill feelings, I have planned a tournament of athletic games, by which I alone will determine the strongest, nimblest, and most likely candidate for the assignment.
    • Princess Diana / Wonder Woman is the champion for Paradise Island, for Steve Trevor and for Liberty and Democracy while she stays in man’s world.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: This adaptation introduced the world to the way Diana Prince could spin to change her clothes, and even Wonder Woman could change back into Diana Prince (in the episode "The Feminum Mystique Part 1)".
  • City of Spies: Going by this show, it would seem like half the population of Washington DC were Nazi double agents.
  • Clark Kenting: Almost always played straight as pulling her hair back and wearing big glasses fools everyone. However, it was notably averted in "Mind Stealers from Outer Space (Part 1)" when the Skrills, an alien race who steals minds to sell them into slavery, discovers easily Diana Prince's secret with only a slide projector:
    Unquestionably, the same human.
    • In later episodes, the trope is lampshaded by the fact that Diana often appears without her glasses and with her hair loose, yet no one makes the connection.
  • Cliffhanger Cop Out: The episode “Phantom of the Roller Coaster: Part 1” ends with Diana Prince (Wonder Woman's depowered Secret Identity) inside her car looking back, just before an enormous truck smashed it... with her inside. Part 2 begins with Wonder Woman outside the car lassoing the perpetrators.
  • Combat by Champion: "Wonder Woman’s return": After being in a stalemate with Dr. Solano, he proposes to Wonder Woman a Sword Fight. “Winner gets all”. It’s a trap.
  • Combat Stilettos: Wonder's Woman's official uniform includes red boots with white trim and fairly high heels. Any viewer paying special attention during action sequences, however, can clearly see that both Lynda Carter and her stunt double used otherwise-identical heelless boots for running, fighting, etc.
  • The Commies Made Me Do It: The villainness Paula von Gunther who worked for the Nazis was revealed as doing so because they had her daughter captive. (In the comics she was a willing accomplice, until her Heel-Face Turn.)
  • Crapsaccharine World: Queen Hippolyta claims Paradise Island is a Utopia because it is a Lady Land. Once Princess Diana had seen a man for the first time, she dares to disagree: Paradise Island is a Crapsaccharine World for the very same reason.
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: All the amazons use multicolor vaporous dresses and use bows and arrows even if they live in an Advanced Ancient Acropolis
  • Cultural Posturing: Queen Hippolyta remembers that women were slaves for the Romans and the Greeks. After some thousands of years being an immortal, she is not fond of any culture in the patriarch world:
    Queen Hippolyta: We are stronger, wiser and more advanced than all those people in their jungles out there. Our civilization is perfection!
  • Damsel in Distress: Wonder Woman in "The Starships are Coming."
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Queen Hippolyta knows that Steve Trevor will be worshipped by the Amazons at Paradise Island. To avoid that, she plans to send one of the amazons with him to his own country. And then:
    Princess Diana: But all the girls will want that task.
    Queen Hippolyta: I know. To forestall any ill feelings, I have planned a tournament of athletic games, by which I alone will determine the strongest, nimblest, and most likely candidate for the assignment.
    • Princess Diana is denied access to the tournament, so she throws a tantrum and retires to the summer palace… only to participate in secret and win, to show her commitment and knowing that her mother will forgive her.
  • Darth Vader Clone: In "Mind Stealers From Outer Space", the alien Skrill unleash the Zardor, a monster that is even stronger than Wonder Woman. Despite all the trouble that the Zardor gives Wonder Woman, his outfit resembles what happens when a Sith Lord gets his clothes from a craft store.
  • Decoy Damsel: George in "The Murderous Missile."
  • Disguised in Drag: Starker in "Death in Disguise."
  • Distressed Dude: Steve Trevor is captured and/or knocked out almost every single episode.
  • The Dreaded: The Zardor.
    • Also seen with the shape-changing alien in "The Boy Who Knew Her Secret". When it transforms into its final form, Wonder Woman visibly shudders with fear as it advances towards her.note 
  • Earn Your Title: Princess Diana had to compete in a contest on Paradise Island to earn the right to return Steve Trevor to Man's World and fight injustice as Wonder Woman.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: Wonder Woman has a habit of lifting up heavy items and opponents in a display of her super-strength. When she's using clearly superhuman strength a bionic style Signature Sound Effect plays.
  • Enemy Mime: In "Diana's Disappearing Act."
  • Every Episode Ending: Each episode ends with a close-up of Diana smiling, followed by a freeze-frame.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: "Wonder Woman vs. Gargantua".
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: The famous spin-change was proposed by Carter; the producers were nervous about having Wonder Woman simply take off her clothes every episode.
  • Fanservice/Ms. Fanservice/Parent Service: Carter herself, of course. And it only got better as time went on; in the second season the costume was tweaked to flatter her bust a bit more (she was never fond of the "bullet bra" pictured above) and to show more leg, and her civilian clothes were sexier than the bulky military uniform she wore in the first season. Towards the end of the series Diana wore her hair down Wonder Woman-style more frequently, too.
    • Debra Winger as Wonder Girl.
  • Faux Action Boy: War hero Steve Trevor will suddenly be surrounded by Nazi spies. He decks one with a punch, then a second spy will pull a gun on him and he meekly goes into captivity to be rescued by Wonder Woman later that episode.
  • Fish out of Water: Especially in the first season, Wonder Woman didn't entirely know how the world outside Paradise Island worked, and did things like reading books on slang so she could blend in better.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Definitely present in this portrayal of the character. If you want Wonder Woman to stay out of your secret compound, you'll need more than guard dogs. On one episode, she could mentally communicate with pigeons.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Inter-Agency Defense Command (IADC), which employs Diana Prince from Season 2 onward. Kind of an FBI/CIA combo.
  • Gainaxing: There's a reason some say ''the Baywatch run" was invented by this series. Observe.
  • Gamer Girl: Jamie in "Skateboard Wiz," who can easily beat anyone at everything from arcade games to blackjack as a result of her math-savant abilities.
  • Gender Rarity Value: The unconscious Steve Trevor is the only man that had reached the Lady Land / Hidden Elf Village Paradise Island in millennia. There was fear that he would become worshipped, so Dangerously Genre Savvy Queen Hippolyta declares an amazon will escort him to his country.
    Princess Diana: But all the girls will want that task.
  • Genius Bruiser: Diana is shown to be exceptionally skilled at math.
    • In "The Pluto File", Wonder Woman casually solves an equation that was befuddling one of the world's foremost experts.
  • Gentleman Thief: Evan Robley in "The Queen and the Thief".
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Steve's inability to see that Diana was gorgeous was largely due to her glasses.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: The IADC (Inter Agency Defense Command), of which Steve Trevor Jr, was an agent.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Wonder Woman often tried to reform bad guys rather than defeat them, and sometimes she would succeed.
  • Hero Does Public Service: In Season One, Diana was particularly active in encouraging the American public to support the war effort against the Nazis. She'd often show up at charitable events and display her powers, such as attempting to lift an enormous weight or deflecting bullets with her bracelets.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Wonder Woman typically has a significant advantage against most of the villains that she encounters. But there were a few situations in which she came back from the brink of defeat.
    • In "The Feminum Mystique, Part 2", Paradise Island is conquered by the Nazis, and Diana is enslaved along with the rest of the Amazons. She and her sister manage to rally and defeat the invaders.
    • In "The Boy Who Knew Her Secret, Part 2", Diana has been brainwashed into forgetting that she is Wonder Woman. After she's told of her true identify, she struggles to overcome her disbelief in order to transform before the final battle.
  • Hero Killer: The Zardor seen in "Mind Stealers from Outer Space" was designed to be this. It was a large, nearly mindless humanoid monster that the Skrill only kept with them for the few threats that they couldn't overwhelm with their laser weapons or mind-stealing technology. When the Skrill-possessed-Johnny declared, "He will tear Wonder Woman apart", he meant it literally.
    • Even more noteworthy was Diana's reaction to the Zardor. In her first encounter with it, Diana was temporarily stunned by a Heroic BSOD as she tried to comprehend the bizarre abomination that had just burst into her apartment. She then tried to flee in utter terror before it caught her, and when it did, there was nothing she could do to break free of its grip.
    • In her second encounter with the Zardor, she attempted to fight it as Wonder Woman. The struggle had some give-and-take, but as the battle waged on, it was clear that Wonder Woman was fighting against something even more powerful than herself. After it bearhugged her and backhanded her, Wonder Woman tried to run away from the battle, only to have the Zardor still catch up with her.
    • Indeed, Diana only managed to prevail against the Zardor by using her mind to outwit the monster. If the Zardor had been a little smarter, Johnny's earlier threat would have been prophetic.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Paradise Island is an uncharted island within the devil’s triangle. Queen Hippolyta had decided to hide Paradise Island from the world: In the pilot, she claims that no one in the last thousand years has ever found it. She also claims that any amazon who leaves the island may lose her immortality and become a mortal again.
  • Hot Librarian: Diana Prince poses as one more than once. And while not actually a librarian, Diana has something of the general aesthetic in the 1970s.
  • Ideal Hero: Wonder Woman possesses super-strength, super-speed, bullet-deflecting bracelets, an invisible plane, a golden lasso that can compel people to tell the truth and obey other commands, a tiara that can be used as a boomerang weapon, and the ability to communicate with animals. She is also a compassionate hero who fights honorably and strives to redeem her adversaries whenever possible. And after Season 1, her two known weaknesses on the show (i.e. being stripped of her magic belt or being exposed to chloroform) were almost never used again. And she was played by an actress who previously won the Miss World competition. There's a reason that Wonder Woman remains the iconic superheroine of the genre.
  • Identical Grandson: After disappearing from "man's world" after World War II ended, Diana meets Steve Trevor Jr. in the first episode of the second season, "The Return of Wonder Woman", a Setting Update in 1977 (which was then the present day). At first, she is confused, thinking he hadn’t aged, but given she is an immortal amazon warrior, Queen Hippolyta explains the concept of "sons" to her.
  • IKEA Weaponry: The old sniper-rifle-in-a-briefcase in "Time Bomb."
  • I'm Not Afraid Of You: In "Seance of Terror", seemingly unseen poltergeists destroy Diana's car, summon flames out of nowhere, and try to scare her with their haunting cries. This has the opposite effect.
    Wonder Woman: Whatever you are, mortal or otherwise, I challenge you to show yourself!
  • Impersonating the Evil Twin: Seen in "The Deadly Toys". Wonder Woman faces off against a robot version of herself that has been designed to defeat Diana and take her place. The battle ends with Wonder Woman being knocked unconscious by the aforementioned robot, who then follows the bad guy to enact his evil plan. Or so it seems.
  • In a Single Bound: Episodes regularly featured Wonder Woman jumping a superhuman height/distance at least once.
  • Indy Ploy: In "Light-Fingered Lady," Diana poses as a thief to infiltrate a gang of criminals. They say she can earn their trust by stealing some plans they need. She uses her powers as Wonder Woman to complete this theft, but is caught doing so by one of the criminals, who was following her to make sure she was who she said she was. Thinking fast, Wonder Woman tells him she is on the trail of her criminal alter-ego, and when he won't tell her where she is, she locks him in a closet. Then she goes back to her street clothes and frees him, and the fact that she completed her mission even while Wonder Woman was supposedly after her convinces most of the group she's legitimate.
  • In Name Only: The Cathy Lee Crosby Pilot Movie featured a non-powered blond Wonder Woman in a track suit. While it does mention Diana's Amazon home and invisible plane, it generally plays more like a superspy knockoff of The Avengers than a superhero story.
    • To be fair, however, the TV movie was based upon an era of the comic book in which Diana was depowered and made into an Emma Peel clone. In other words, the comic book itself had become In Name Only. But by the time Crosby's movie was made, the comics had returned to the status quo.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: It never occurs to Wonder Woman that she is basically wearing a strapless bathing suit everywhere she goes (well, except in water), or that there is anything wrong with this.
  • I Was Beaten By A Girl: In a real behind-the-scenes incident, Bubba Smith (yes, that Bubba Smith) refused to let his character be thrown by Wonder Woman in the episode "Light Fingered Lady". Lynda proposed that if she could actually throw him in real life, he would agree to move forward with the script. Not only did Lynda successfully throw him, but that first attempt was the shot that was actually used for the episode.
  • Karma Houdini: Happens a lot. If someone is participating in a crime and seems to not really want to do it, or better yet does anything to thwart the rest of the criminals, they will never be punished at the end for the crimes they committed.
    • Also some villains escaped: Marion Mariposa in Screaming Javelins, Count Cagliostro in Diana's Disappearing Act, Bleaker in The girl from Ilandia and... Harlow Gault's brain in Gault's Brain
  • Knockout Gas: Season 1 episode "Judgment from Outer Space (Part 1)": Wonder Woman is taken down by knockout gas.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Initially, Wonder Woman would lose her superhuman strength if her magic belt was removed from her uniform. Similarly, she possessed no resistance to chloroform, which conveniently made it's way into a number of Season 1 episodes. When the show was moved to the 1970s, the former weakness was addressed only once (and only then when she willingly removed her belt, lasso, and bracelets to assure an enemy that she did not wish to fight him), and the chloroform was used far less often.
  • Lady Land / One-Gender Race: The Amazons that live in Paradise Island are an all-female society, but still human (they just don't age on Paradise Island). However, Queen Hippolyta remembers the patriarchal societies of the past very well and she doesn’t want these to spoil her paradise, so she forces the expulsion of the only man that had reached the island in millennia by assigning an amazon to escort him to the exterior world.
  • Large Ham: Mariposa in "Screaming Javelins."
  • Last Villain Stand: At the end of "The Boy Who Knew Her Secret", a shape-changing alien criminal has been cornered by Wonder Woman after his elaborate plan has failed. Desperate and outraged, he changes his form into one that can rival Wonder Woman in power.
    Wonder Woman: You see, you didn't get rid of me after all. You slipped up. That's what usually happens at the beginning of the end.
    Alien: Beginning of the end for whom, Wonder Woman?
  • Leotard of Power: The iconic uniform.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her super-strength was obvious (notably when she stopped a tank in its tracks). Her super-speed was implied by feats like catching a bazooka shell in her hand, and her tendency to run rather than use a car when she needed to get somewhere quickly.
    • In "Death in Disguise," she runs forty-seven miles in less than four minutes.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Season 1 features Steve Trevor, a brave hero played by Lyle Waggoner who sometimes needs Wonder Woman to save him. Seasons 2&3 feature Steve Trevor Jr., a brave hero played by Lyle Waggoner who sometimes needs Wonder Woman to save him.
  • Male Gaze: Wonder Girl in her first appearance.
    • Surprisingly rarely invoked with Wonder Woman herself, mainly due to the character so dominating every scene (especially when in costume) that any additional "help" is unnecessary.
  • Martial Pacifist: Wonder Woman prefers to use non-violence whenever possible, but she is a skilled martial artist who is more than capable of defeating numerous villains in combat.
  • Mathematician's Answer: In "Spaced Out," Diana throws a thug into a pool, then quickly changes to Wonder Woman, interrogates him with her golden lasso, and makes him forget the conversation. A little later the thug runs into his boss, who's shocked to see him soaking wet.
    Rohan: Where on Earth have you been?!
    Munn: ...Swimming.
  • Meaningful Name: Invoked by Queen Hippolyta:
    Queen Hippolyta: I named this island "Paradise" for an excellent reason. There are no men on it. Thus, it is free from their wars, their greed, their hostility, their... barbaric... masculine... behavior. [bites her hand]
    • Diana's nomenclature for her alter-ego is meaningful as well. On Paradise Island, she is Princess Diana. In Man's World, her alter-ego goes by the name of Diana Prince.
  • Meganekko
  • Mildly Military: Reasonably well averted, especially compared to her comic book counterpart at the time.
  • Mind Control: More than one example.
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: Wonder Woman did something like this in the episode "The Queen and the Thief", hanging from a rope tied to her ankle so she could get into a safe in the middle of a room with an explosive floor. One wonders how many takes were ruined by Carter falling out of her top, because she looked about a centimeter away from it the whole time.
  • Most Common Superpower: Until the television series, Wonder Woman as portrayed in the comics as a slim, athletic figure. And then Lynda Carter filled out the costume (and then some!) on this show. Ever since, the comics portray her as the (second) bustiest, curviest superheroine in the DC Universe.
    • Fausta the Nazi Wonder Woman may have been even bigger, though far more covered.
  • Mugging the Monster: The first couple of times the Nazi's attack Wonder Woman, they have no idea what she's capable of. However, it quickly becomes Bullying a Dragon as they fail to learn their lesson.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: The robot "Cori" in "IRAC Is Missing" has a feminine voice and a rectangular protrusion on her chest that is suggestive of breasts.
  • Not Quite Flight: Instead of flying, or even "riding air currents", Diana can only jump really far and high.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: "Just George," who turns out to be the mastermind in "The Murderous Missile."
  • Obvious Stunt Double: Lynda Carter's doubles were all not-particularly-effeminate men.
    • Actually, Jeannie Epper took on most of the stuntwork for Wonder Woman. It's still fairly obvious when Jeannie is playing the part, as those sequences typically obscure Wonder's Woman's face.
    • Lynda did perform many of her own stunts as well, including the incident wherein she held on to the bottom of a helicopter in actual flight without a harness. The producers reportedly flipped out when they learned that Lynda had risked her life to get that shot.
  • Oh Crap: A common experience for the mook of the week when encountering Wonder Woman. On very rare occasions, Wonder Woman's reaction to a surprising foe.
    • Diana's encounters with the Zardor in "Mind Stealers From Outer Space".
    • Diana's discovery that a bomb is guarded by an amazon-seeking laser in "Irac is Missing".
    • Wonder Woman reacts this way when the alien shapeshifter in "The Boy Who Knew Her Secret" changes into his final form.
    • Chloroform. This was used so frequently during the first season that it's surprising there wasn't a worldwide shortage by season two.
  • Outside Ride: Wonder Woman (naturally) in "Mind Stealers From Outer Space" and "Death in Disguise."
  • Parent Service: For an entire generation of children, the Wonder Woman series was their first exposure to a superheroine who could save the world entirely on her own. For the fathers of those children, the series had an entirely different kind of allure.
  • Pop The Tires: Steve in "Gault's Brain."
  • Power Glows: There is always one of those just when Diana Prince spins to change clothes into Wonder Woman. (Notice that there wasn't any Audible Gleam nor Power Glows in "The Feminum Mystique Part 1", the only episode in the series where Wonder Woman is actually seen changing back into Diana Prince.
  • Pretty in Mink
  • Primary-Color Champion: Wonder Woman's outfit is almost exclusively made of primary colors. Red bustier and boots? Check. Golden tiara, bracelets, belt and lasso? Check. Blue star-spangled bottoms. Check. When she wears a cape, this color scheme is enhanced even further.
  • Proud Scholar Race Guy / Perfect Pacifist People: In this incarnation, Paradise Island’s amazons are this. In contrast with the Proud Warrior Race Guys from the comics, the amazons were overpowered by the Nazis in “The Feminum Mystique”. However, the Amazons easily overpower the Nazis once Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl came back to liberate the Isle.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Episode "The Nazi Wonder Woman". While being attacked by two Nazi guards Wonder Woman grabs their shoulders and knocks their heads together, knocking them out (they were wearing helmets at the time).
  • Really 700 Years Old: At the start of Season Two, Wonder Woman is 2,526 years old.
    Steve Trevor: You can't be more than 23 or 24 years old.
    Wonder Woman: I will be 2,527 years old on my next birthday
  • Reluctant Warrior: Partly as a result of Executive Meddling. The producers didn't want Wonder Woman to be too violent, thinking that it would alienate viewers, which is why you're more likely to see her tossing a thug into a pile of cardboard boxes than punching him in the face. Also see Heel-Face Turn above. During the entire run, there are only a couple of cases where she kills anybody (i.e. destroying a German U-boat and its crew in one of the first episodes, and she later encounters one villain who she thought she'd killed in an earlier encounter).
  • Retool: Besides the update to the 1970s at the beginning of the second season, there was a planned retool that showed up in one episode of the third season (which should have been the season finale but was shown out of order). Diana was transferred to the Los Angeles branch of the IADC, with a new boss and supporting cast. The show never got a fourth season, so that was all we got.
  • Robot Master: Hoffman in "The Deadly Toys."
  • Rules Lawyer: Invoked by the IADC's main computer, oddly enough, during "Seance of Terror". IRAC gave Diana information that she wasn't (technically) cleared for. But after all...
    IRAC: Major Trevor said nothing about clearance for Wonder Woman.note 
  • Samaritan Syndrome: When Season 1 begins, Wonder Woman is a naive idealist whose lack of experience is exceeded by her willingness to help others and fight for justice. By the end of Season 3, she seems far less naive, and her snappy one-liners to the bad guys are often laced with snarky cynicism. While she still fights to make the world a better place, it's apparent that dealing with would-be supervillains gets old fast.
    • The reason for Wonder Woman being written this way during the latter seasons may be more than mere character development. The CBS incarnation of the show was supposed to be less campy than its WWII-era precursor on ABC, and Wonder Woman was written to have "more modern" dialogue.
  • Scullery Maid: Diana in "The Queen and the Thief".
  • Secret Identity Change Trick: Diana Prince has a tendency to run away from trouble the moment she realizes that she can't handle the danger as her alter-ego, only to secretly transform into Wonder Woman when no one is looking, and then return to save the day. This need to protect her secret identity does seem a little absurd, given that: (1) as a princess from Paradise Island, she literally has no loved ones in Man's World to protect with a secret identity; and (2) she makes no effort in the latter seasons to conceal Diana Prince's uncanny resemblance to Wonder Woman.
  • Series Continuity Error: The pilot establishes that Paradise Island, in 1942, is a Hidden Elf Village of amazons who had never seen a man in a thousand years. Princess Diana is elected The Champion to travel to man’s world. She is the first amazon to leave Paradise Island in a thousand years. However, in the third season episode Diana's Disappearing Act, Cagliostro claims that Wonder Woman has stopped all his lineage plans since the original Cagliostro (born in the 18th century) and in Screaming Javelins, Diana remembers to have meet Napoleon Bonaparte, implying not only that she was in Europe those years, but that she was already doing her superhero job.
    • At the pilot and the first episodes, Wonder Woman uses spinning to change clothes into her costume. Later episodes show how she changes by spinning with Audible Sharpness and Power Glow. At the “Feminum Mystique part I”, Wonder Girl remembers Queen Hypolita teaching Wonder Woman how to change his clothes with Audible Sharpness and Power Glow before leaving Paradise Island.
  • Setting Update: The first episode of the Second Season, "The Return of Wonder Woman": Wonder Woman disappeared when World War II ended, but another plane incident at Paradise Island forces her to return to man's world, by which time it's now:
  • The Seventies: The first episode of the second season was at 1977, which was the present day at the time.
  • Sidekick: Wonder Girl serves this role to Wonder Woman.
  • She's Got Legs: And how. Completely unavoidable given the context of the series and that costume, but while the camera rarely lingers too long on her legs, the directors did seem to try and work in full-length shots of Wonder Woman whenever possible, and there is one episode where W.W. is shown strung up and her legs dominate the shot throughout.
  • Ship Tease: Diana and Steve would occasionally have a "moment" in the first season. They backed off from this in subsequent seasons (possibly nervous about the obvious 16-year age gap between Carter and Waggoner) to the point of making Steve Diana's boss so they wouldn't be working directly together anymore.
  • Shout-Out: The sci-fi convention in "Spaced Out" has Shout Outs to Robby the Robot and Logan's Run, among others.
  • Small Secluded World: The amazons claim Paradise Island is this: the youngest of these immortals have never seen a man before. However, Princess Diana recognizes a parachute, and the Queen can read Trevor’s english written documents without any problem.
  • Smoke Out: Count Cagliostro (a descendant of THE Count Cagliostro) in "Diana's Disappearing Act," one of the few bad guys to just flat-out escape Wonder Woman.
  • Special Guest: Many episodes were written around a guest star. For example Roy Rogers.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: On one episode, she could mentally communicate with pigeons. In another, she does the same with a dog.
  • Stage Magician: Several in "Diana's Disappearing Act."
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Played literally with Andros II. Despite the obvious chemistry between him and Diana, their conflicting responsibilities in different solar systems prevent them from taking their relationship to the next level.
    Wonder Woman: The last time we said goodbye was when? 1943?
    Andros: Perhaps we should keep track of our hellos instead. Even better...
    Wonder Woman: Don't ask me that.
    Andros: I know a planet with eight moons. They fill the night sky like jewels in a crown. You'd look beautiful under that sky.
    Wonder Woman: Andros...I can't. I'm needed here.
    Andros: Yes...you are. So, Princess: until whenever.
    Wonder Woman: Until whenever.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Wonder Woman in "Fausta,The Nazi Woman."
  • Stunt Double: Fairly easy to spot, even from behind; the stunt doubles did not have Carter's wasp waist.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: While not extreme, they did have very advanced animal training and plastic surgery. They would have become this had they captured the feminum mine.
  • Superheroes Stay Single: In Season One, Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor were clearly attracted to each other, but nothing serious came of their flirtations. In Seasons Two and Three, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman had several other potential-suitors-of-the-day that appeared for just an episode, but no long-term love interest.
  • Supernormal Bindings: Subverted in one episode when after being caught by Nazis, she's wrapped in chains that had survived being tested by teams of elephants. For a while she just sits there as they monologue, but when the time comes she breaks the chains easily.
  • Think Unsexy Thoughts: After immortal Princess Diana of Paradise Island invokes What Is This Thing You Call Love? when she sees a man for the first time, her mother hilariously invokes this trope:
    Queen Hippolyta: There are some things that are better not known. Young Amazon minds are best occupied with athletic discipline, higher learning.
  • Twinkle Smile
  • Undercover as Lovers: In "I Do, I Do", Diana and Christian Harrison pose as newlyweds because they suspect someone has been manipulating the wives of high government officials to gain information, and Christian works in the White House.
  • Undercover Model: Diana Prince went undercover as a beauty pageant contestant, although Steve didn't think she was pretty enough to pull it off...
  • Unobtainium: "Feminum".
  • Very Special Episode: The war orphans in The Bushwackers.
  • The Villain Knows Where You Live: When the Skrill determine that Diana Prince and Wonder Woman are the same person, they send two of their alien-possessed humans to Diana's apartment. Diana is surprised and shocked to see them there, but she almost manages to fight them off. Then the third Skrill envoy, the seven-foot tall monster called the Zardor, arrives.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor were never officially dating in the show, but in Season 1, it was clear that they both had strong feelings for one another. Due to Steve's role in the U.S. military, he was often a target for Nazi operatives and secret agents, who would quickly discover that it was unwise to provoke Wonder Woman.
  • Voice Changeling: Wonder Woman displayed this power occasionally.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Diana's tiara is for more than just looks. When necessary, she can throw it as a boomerang weapon.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Used in the conventional sense by the Nazi villains in the first season, albeit in a family-friendly version that never got worse than a PG-rating level in intensity.
    • Also used by Diana herself. Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth allowed her to command people ensnared within it to honestly answer any question she posed to them. The lasso could always give people temporary amnesia or command them to do other things.
    • The original creator of the Wonder Woman comic book, William Moulton Marston, also invented the systolic blood pressure test, aka the polygraph. He also had a penchant for bondage. Three guesses as to where the idea of the Lasso of Truth came from...
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: In the pilot, the reason why Steve Trevor cannot stay any in Paradise Island.
    Princess Diana: When I look at Steve Trevor, I feel things. Things I've never known before.
  • Women Are Delicate: Heavily averted. Wonder Woman deflects bullets, wrestles gorillas, catches mortars in mid-air, and stops tanks in their tracks with her bare hands.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: In the comics, Wonder Woman is acknowledged as the world's most beautiful woman, due to the blessing she received from Aphrodite. In the show, this is never overtly stated, but it doesn't need to be.
  • World War II: The first season.
  • You Cloned Hitler!: "Anschluss '77"
  • Your Days Are Numbered: In one of the later episodes, Diana meets a time traveller from the future who, rather nonchalantly, reveals that much of the world will be destroyed in 2007 due to a nuclear war. Aside from a brief Oh Crap reaction, amazingly this is never referenced again in the episode or in subsequent episodes, considering Diana has just been told that the world she knows has only about 30 years left. At the same time, however, the trope is inverted as it's stated that Diana herself will still be alive - and still be active as Wonder Woman, apparently - in the 22nd century.

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