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. While often regarded as campy and cheesy in hindsight, it's still somewhat of a Cult Classic.

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 '70s). 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 (who produced Batman and The Green Hornet) 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.

In January of 2015, a digital comic continuation à la the Batman '66 comic kicked off under the title Wonder Woman '77, written by Marc Andreyko of Manhunter and Batwoman fame. Print anthologies are being released a couple of times a year. November 2016 saw the release of digital crossover miniseries Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77, co-written by Andreyko and Batman '66 writer Jeff Parker, followed in December 2016 with another crossover mini, Wonder Woman '77 Meets Bionic Woman, written by Andy Mangels.

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. As far as public perception goes, this show was to Wonder Woman what the Adam West Batman was to Batman; everything the public knows (or thinks it knows) about Wonder Woman comes from either this show or Super Friends.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Steve Trevor, blond in the comics and most adaptations, is here played by the brunet Lyle Waggoner. The same thing happens to Paula Von Gunther.
    • And the exact opposite happens with Fausta Grables, who was brunette in the comics but played by the blonde Lynda Day George on the show.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the original Golden Age comics, Etta Candy was a one-woman cavalry, routinely beating up Nazi spies with her bare hands (and the occasional judicious use of candy), Willing Suspension of Disbelief be damned. Here, she's little more than flighty comic-relief, and even her love of sweets is downplayed.
  • 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.
  • Amazon Chaser: Steve Trevor, obviously. Trevor is shown to be very interested in Wonder Woman, but somewhat oblivious to Diana Prince (romantically speaking).
  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: "The Deadly Toys", featuring Frank "the Riddler" Gorshin as the Big Bad!
  • Animated Credits Opening: Used in the first two seasons, but dropped by the third.
  • 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.
    Marion Mariposa: By now you should know that I have my entrances and exits carefully choreographed, Diana. I had one of my submarines pick me up.
    • The above exchange is made the more remarkable given that Diana/WW generally maintained a "no killing" policy, yet here she openly talks about trying to kill someone.
      • Or possibly just failing to rescue/capture someone.
  • Argentina is Nazi-Land: 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 a few episodes in that the lens-flare coverup was added. The spin was also initially depicted in slow-motion, but this was sped up (hence the need for the lens-flare).
    • It's also stated in the commentary on the first episode that the transparency effect of the transformation in the pilot was too expensive to film over and over again, and the lensflare was a cheaper alternative.
  • 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 a "snap" sound when she lassoes someone, and there is always thunder when Diana Prince spins to change clothes into Wonder Woman.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Let's just say the Nazis' war effort was not helped by repeatedly attacking Diana.
  • 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 competing in 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.
  • Being Good Sucks: Used sparingly, which isn't surprising for escapist entertainment made during the 1970s. There were situations, however, when it seemed like Diana got the raw end of the deal by becoming a superheroine. Especially considering that prior to repeatedly risking her life to save the world, she enjoyed the life of a royal princess. Of a place called Paradise Island.
    • In "Mind Stealers from Outer Space, Part II", Andros asks Diana to join him on a cosmic trip to the most romantic planets in the galaxy. She declines, not because she doesn't want to join him, but because she's needed on Earth.
    • In "The Man Who Could Not Die", Diana Prince chides the despairing eponymous character by noting that, "in a lot of ways, Wonder Woman is more alone than you are."
  • 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.
  • 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 than 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 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 incredibly 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 of 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 of 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."
  • 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."
  • Demoted to Extra: Steve Trevor (Jr.) during the last leg of the CBS era, where he was made Diana's commander instead of field partner; the never-materialized fourth season probably would've written him out entirely.
    • To an extent, this happened to Wonder Woman herself in the CBS era, which (probably to compete with NBC's The Bionic Woman) became increasingly focused on Diana as a non-powered government agent and only had her turn into Wonder Woman when some bad-guys needed punching (even the iconic invisible jet was gone by Season 3). In contrast, the ABC-era episodes frequently referenced Diana's Amazon background, and their villains would make specific plans and contingencies for Wonder Woman rather than treating her as a random annoyance.
  • Disguised in Drag: Starker in "Death in Disguise."
  • Distressed Dude: Steve Trevor is captured and/or knocked out almost every single episode.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Not to Batman extents, obviously, but Wonder Woman took a certain pleasure in destroying the bad guys' guns during the first season, and when she goes skeet-shooting in a later season, turned down the shotgun in favor of throwing the shells with her bare hands.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Hoo boy, "Skateboard Wiz". A vice-loving man desperate for money finds an unattended, prepubescent girl at the local arcade and sweet-talks her into using her talents to "help out" at his vice-den of choice. This "helping out" requires that the girl wear a revealing dress to look more "mature". And it's the '70s, so everyone and his brother is wearing a Porn Stache. Really, the episode feels a lot like an hour-long Stranger Danger PSA.note 
  • Downer Ending:
    • Averted in most episodes. As a fairly campy show in both its WWII and 1970s eras, most episodes concluded with either Diana Prince or Wonder Woman presenting a broad smile to the camera.
    • Played straight in 'The Girl From Islandia'. The character in question was stuck in Man's World without any known way of returning to her home.
    • The ending to 'Mind Stealers From Outer Space, Part II' was bittersweet at best. The world was saved from the alien invasion, but Diana's refusal to accept Andros' romantic offer was clearly not an easy decision for her to make.
  • 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.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The fact Steve and other characters seem unable to recognize Diana is Wonder Woman simply by her putting on glasses, covering her legs and putting her hair into a bun is one thing, but in later episodes where she a) stops wearing glasses even as Diana, b) has no qualms about wearing Wonder Woman-esque swimwear at the beach and c) doesn't even bother changing her hairstyle anymore ... and people still don't make the connection? That's textbook failing a spot check.
  • 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" from the first season) and to show more leg, and her civilian clothes were sexier than the bulky military uniform she wore in the first season. A (very) skin-tight lycra catsuit was also added to her wardrobe for use when Diana needed to swim or ride a motorcycle. Towards the end of the series Diana wore her hair down Wonder Woman-style more frequently, too, and also got away with losing the glasses, too (meaning Carter basically pretty much looked like Wonder Woman in every scene).
    • 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.
    • Very much downplayed, if not ignored, when Diana returns to America in the 1970s.
  • 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 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".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: While the actual show was pretty cuddly and harmless even for '70s TV, its digital-comic revival is somewhat less so. The first story arc has Diana and Steve investigating a thinly-veiled version of Manhattan's Studio 54, complete with a recreation of the infamous "Man in the Moon With the Cocaine Spoon" sign, and a customer snorting "cola" through the nose.
    • On a more literal note, the comic allows profanity a lot more easily than, say, what the Batman '66 comic will allow. In her debut issue, Cheetah even gets to growl "bastard" under her breath!
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Steve's inability to see that Diana was gorgeous was largely due to her glasses.
    • Taken literally in later episodes where Diana ditched the glasses herself.
  • The Good Guys Always Win: Almost always in effect. Averted in the conclusion of the first half of each two-parter.
  • Good Is Not Nice: In "Anschluss '77", Wonder Woman alters a scientific device sustaining a clone of Hitler, which effectively kills the reborn dictator before he can unleash his plans to conquer the world. In most episodes, Wonder Woman prefers to use non-fatal techniques to defeat the bad guys, but there are some enemies who are too dangerous for the proverbial kid gloves.
  • 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 B.S.O.D. 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 represented the USA in 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.
  • If You Can Read This: The smaller-print newspaper headlines in the pilot episode are variants on the "New Petitions and Building Code" format and the articles are filled with text that, while coherent, has no contextual meaning.
  • 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 blonde 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.
  • Instant Costume Change: Nobody ever put a better spin on this Trope than Carter did. Nobody.
  • 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.
    • Gault's brain returns in the digital comic, where he's finally captured and incarcerated.
  • Kid Sidekick: Princess Drusilla, a.k.a. Wonder Girl. She was mostly able to avoid the radioactive continuity that plagued her comics counterpart Donna Troy, though there is the minor issue that episodes set before and after her adventures keep implying her older sister Diana is an only child.
  • Knockout Gas: Season 1 episode "Judgment from Outer Space (Part 1)": Wonder Woman is taken down by knockout gas.
    • Several other episodes as well; knockout gas was about the only fairly reliable way the villains had of defeating Wonder Woman.
  • 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 its 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.
    • There's another, less obvious weakness - Diana Prince needs enough freedom of movement to spin to turn into Wonder Woman. No villains deliberately exploited this (since very few knew about her secret identity in the first place), but several accidentally used it when they handcuffed Diana to a support beam or something similar.
  • Lady Land / One-Gender Race: The Amazons that live on 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."
  • Laser Hallway: In "IRAC is Missing", Wonder Woman has infiltrated the villain's lair when she enters a room guarded by a sentient computer armed with laser weapons.
  • 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?
  • Latex Perfection: Erica Belgard disguises herself as Wonder Woman with a latex mask and removes it at the beginning of Wonder Woman vs. Gargantua.
  • 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: 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.
  • Monster Misogyny: In "Wonder Woman vs. Gargantua", the eponymous foe is a Nazi-trained gorilla that has been brainwashed for one purpose: to destroy Wonder Woman.
    • In "Mind Stealers from Outer Space", the Zardor is reserved solely for attempts to capture or kill Wonder Woman. The Skrill never use him against Andros — the Zardor even peacefully walks past Andros at the start of the second episode — but are quick to use him against the Amazon princess.
  • Most Common Superpower: Until the television series, Wonder Woman was 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.
  • Nightmare Face: Formicida's expressions are terrifying.
  • 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: Some of Lynda Carter's doubles were not-particularly-effeminate men. 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.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: Season 3's last-produced episode, "The Man Who Could Not Die", was meant to set up a fourth season set in L.A. with an entirely new supporting cast for Diana (including the titular Man, the first male character who could keep up with Wonder Woman physically). It didn't work.
  • 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: Diana wore a fur jacket a few times.
  • 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.
  • Rebellious Princess: Against the orders of the Queen Mother, Princess Diana participates in the tournament that allows her to become Wonder Woman. Doing so results in her leaving Paradise Island and venturing to Man's World, much to her mother's dismay.
  • 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.
  • Sauna of Death: In "I do, I do", Diana succumbs to knockout gas while in a sauna.
  • Say My Name: The theme tune starts out with shouting her name.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: The villain of "The Starships Are Here" is a rich, powerful Right-Wing Militia Fanatic who wants to ensure American supremacy by tricking the US into nuking China. He attempts this by using Phony Newscasts to create the illusion of an Alien Invasion.
  • 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 having met 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 Hippolyta teaching Wonder Woman how to change her 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 '70s: The first episode of the second season was at 1977, which was the present day at the time.
  • 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.
  • The Show Goes Hollywood: "Wonder Woman In Hollywood", which doubles as the finale to Season 1 and the entire WWII era of the show.
  • 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.
  • Songs in the Key of Lock: In the 1st season two-part episode "Judgment From Outer Space", Wonder Woman meets a space alien named Andros. During Part 1 she hears him whistle a six note musical phrase, and in Part 2 she uses that same phrase to both open the outer hatch on his space ship and deactivate a force field inside the ship.
  • 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: are. So, Princess: until whenever.
    Wonder Woman: Until whenever.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Wonder Woman in "Fausta,The Nazi Woman."
  • 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.
  • Talking to Themself: Bleaker, the villain of "The Girl from Ilandia," talks to no one but himself, which he does out loud. Apparently this is because he's so brilliant that he finds himself to be the only worthy conversation partner.
  • Teen Idol: Leif Garrett plays a thinly veiled version of himself in an episode appropriately titled, "My Teenage Idol Is Missing."
  • 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.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: With a couple of exceptions (such as an early WWII-era episode in which she destroys a German sub, and a later modern-era episode referencing a villain she apparently killed), Diana is generally never shown using deadly force.
  • Transformation Sequence: The now-iconic twirl transformation was actually Lynda Carter's idea, which she suggested during the filming of the pilot episode. The transformation sequence has been so strongly associated with the character that it has since been incorporated into the comic book and the Justice League Unlimited cartoon.
  • Twinkle Smile
  • Typhoid Mary: In "The Pluto File", The Falcon is an unknowing carrier of the bubonic plague and manages to infect several people he comes into contact with before he develops symptoms himself. Sure, he's a villain, but he still has no idea he's carrying the plague.
  • 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".
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: While most of the villains were captured (and a few killed) at the end of their episodes, two notable exceptions include Harlow Gault('s brain) and the scientists from "The Man Who Could Not Die" (who were presumably meant to be the Myth Arc of the never-materialized fourth season).
  • 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.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: These traps showed up a few times on the show.
    • In "Fausta, The Nazi Wonder Woman", Steve Trevor is held captive in such a room to lure Wonder Woman to her doom. The lure succeeds. The walls, however, don't.
    • In "The Man Who Made Volcanoes", Diana's snooping in a place where she's not welcome when she falls through a trap door. She quickly finds herself in a narrow pit with the walls closing in to crush her. There is, however, enough room for her to spin and transform into Wonder Woman.
  • Warrior 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.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Diana's tiara is for more than just looks. When necessary, she can throw it as a boomerang weapon.
  • We Do the Impossible: A short list of the eponymous heroine's feats includes: wrestling a gorilla; stopping a tank with her bare hands; running 47 miles in four minutes; saving the world from several alien invasions; and preventing World War III from starting by destroying Hitler's clone. She's called Wonder Woman for a reason.
  • 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.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Judgement from Outer Space" is basically The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) set during WWII and Andros taking the place of Klaatu. There's even a scene at the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The third-season episode "The Man Who Couldn't Die" features a man desperately trying to get the scientist who somehow made him immortal to reverse the process. Even though it's been a short time, he's already freaked out about feeling no pain.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: One-Shot Character Bonnie Murphy, the "girl with a gift for disaster", produces bad luck whenever she's agitated. Her episode comes up with a lot of Techno Babble to try and justify it, but she might as well be an actual (if reluctant) witch.
  • Women Are Delicate: 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 canonically acknowledged as the world's most beautiful woman, due to the blessing she received from Aphrodite. In real life, Lynda Carter had already represented the USA in the Miss World pageant prior to being cast as Wonder Woman.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Although the bad guys try to kill Wonder Woman in various ways, no one ever really is shown taking a swing at her, much less connecting.
    • Largely true as Wonder Woman overwhelms the majority of her opponents to the point they can't even start an attack although they sometimes swing wildly over her head. Averted in "Going, Going, Gone" when a karate guy punches her twice in the no effect and his own Oh Crap! moment and "The Girl with a Gift for Disaster" when a thug attacks Diana with a huge boulder...that she breaks in half before dispatching him.
  • 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, though this implies that our Diana is destined to experience a true Crapsack World experience for a while.