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Western Animation: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is an animated film from 2009 and part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, involving a kind of Superhero Origin for the title character. It stars Felicity's Keri Russell as Diana/Wonder Woman, and Firefly's Nathan Fillion as Steve Trevor. The film involves Diana's first venture into the outside world in order to stop Ares, the Greek god of war, from gaining all the powers of Olympus and using them to destroy the world.

Along the way, she is helped by Steve Trevor, and the two become involved in a somewhat complicated partnership whilst trying to track down Ares.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Action Dress Rip
  • Action Girl
  • Action Prologue
  • Adaptation Distillation
  • Adipose Rex: Hades, who's so large that his throne is a lounge sofa!
  • Amazons Speaking English
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Hippolyta's tryst with Ares. Lampshaded by Steve.
    Steve: Your mother and Ares? Really? The whole God of War thing didn't raise any red flags? I guess it's not surprising. Women always go for the bad boy.
  • Almost Kiss: Steve tries this on Diana twice. The first time, he's very drunk and she rejects him (by moving out of the way as he leaned in, letting his head fall onto a bar stool). The second time, it looks like itís about to happen after Steve both points out the hypocrisy of the Straw Feminism that some of the Amazons possess and expresses his true feelings for Diana... then she slaps him in the face (supposedly for attempting to make another move on her).
  • Amazon Chaser: Steve's first reaction to Diana trying to beat him up was to hit on her.
  • Ancient Grome: Minor example, but the Amazons' battle armor is based on Roman armor.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The movie ends with Diana changing into her costume to fight The Cheetah.
  • Badass Army: The Amazons.
  • Badass Normal: Steve Trevor.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Hades helps Ares by breaking his restraints, secretly anticipating his defeat and subsequent enslavement in the Underworld.
    • Diana tricks Ares into using Zeus' lightning to finish her rather than doing it the old-fashioned way. This lets her pull him into the blast using her lasso, weakening him long enough for her to behead him.
  • Big Bad: Ares.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Amazons coming to help Diana and handle Ares' army in Washington DC.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Diana and Steve after Ares is killed and his army retreats.
  • BFS: Artemis wields one. Lampshaded by Hippolyta.
    Hippolyta: And you could not find a bigger sword Artemis?
    Artemis: Sword? This is but my dagger.
  • Black Girl Dies First: In the dogfight above the island.
  • Blondes are Evil: Played straight with Ares and Thrax, averted with Steve and zigzagged with Persephone.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Used and averted regularly, most notably in both decapitations.
  • Blood Knight: Artemis.
  • Book Ends: In the battle at the beginning of the movie, Hippolyta is seen slicing off the head of the son that she was forced to conceive with Ares. In the last battle of the movie, Diana beheads Ares in a similar manner.
  • But Liquor Is Quicker: Implied with Steve Trevor's attempt to get Diana drunk, though he might have just been trying to get her to loosen up a bit. Too bad for him that Amazons don't get drunk.
  • The Cameo: Cheetah makes a brief appearance at the end.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Inverted with Steve whenever the Lasso of Truth is used on him. He really hopes the Amazons can't mass produce that thing.
  • Canon Immigrant: Persephone shows up later during Gail Simone's run on the comic, as well as Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Averted. Notable because the comic version of Diana once provided the page image.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: The film's version of Steve Trevor comes across as one.
  • Combat Pragmatist: A sparring match seems to be over when Artemis poises a sharp, broken staff at Diana's neck...until Diana throws Artemis to the ground by yanking on her ponytail from behind.
  • Composite Character: Artemis is equal parts Artemis and Philippus.
  • Conflict Ball: Ares' mere presence forces one upon the entire world. It also leads to the President approving a missile strike on Themyscira without a second thought.
  • Cool Plane: Her iconic invisible jet. Its missiles are invisible too.
  • Creepy Monotone: Hades speaks like this quite a few times.
  • Cultured Badass: Wonder Woman discusses Greek theatre with Steve at the bar.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Hippolyta.
    Artemis: I could have shot her in the leg. Not near an artery, of course.
    • Steve as well. It's all he does in his non-action scenes.
  • Decapitated Army: Literally. Once Diana beheads Ares, his soldiers just look on for a moment, then turn around and walk off.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Artemis learns to slow down and enjoy a philosophic book.
  • Double Standard: A major plot point. The reason Persephone defects is her frustration and resentment at being forced to live a military life while Hippolyta was allowed to have a baby and raise a family.
  • Dressed in Layers: Diana goes out with Steve in a dress. She had her costume on the entire time underneath it, as the fight with Deimos demonstrates.
  • Dual Wielding: Some Amazons, with zombie!Alexa being the most notable one.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Ares sees his son lifeless in Hades, he's visibly upset.
    • Fridge Brilliance when you recall that in the original mythology, Ares was actually a pretty loving dad to his kids.
  • Even Evil Has Standards
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Played with. Hades looks like he's agreeing to free Ares so the restored god of war can kill, well, everyone on Earth and provide Hades with their souls, but it turns out there's only one soul Hades is really interested in, revealed when his Batman Gambit comes to fruition. Given he looks more like Bacchus than Hades, perhaps this isn't surprising.
  • Exact Words: Hades informs Ares that Zeus "begged me not to help you" when Ares asks him to remove his Restraining Bolt. At the very end of the movie, when Ares has been killed and is another helpless slave to Hades, Hades reveals that the reason Zeus asked for that was that Zeus would not be able to save Ares again.
  • Eye Scream: Persephone loses her right eye in the opening battle.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Persephone falls in love with Ares during her time guarding his cell and helps him escape.
  • Fanservice: Plenty.
    • When the Amazon army is described as "a group of armored supermodels", then yeah.
  • Fat Bastard: Hades again, at least towards the dead who serve him if his treatment of Ares' dead son is any indication.
  • Feed It a Bomb: How Steve defeats a demon earlier in the film.
  • Finishing Stomp: Diana delivers a barefoot one to Deimos' face.
  • Foreshadowing: Alexa says to Persephone that "the heart wants what the heart wants, even that which is worst for it", referring to Diana's wish to see the world of man. However, it foreshadows Persephone's affair with Ares and impending betrayal.
  • A God Am I: Ares. Yeah, he was already a god to begin with; but then he becomes "as fast as Hermes, as strong as Hercules and [able to] control the dead like Hades" at the beginning of the final battle.
  • Grapes of Luxury: Hades is depicted as an overweight slob who enjoys eating grapes served to him by the damned whom he has enslaved.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Persephone's arguments about the wrongness of Hippolyta's hiding the Amazons away from Man's World:
    Hippolyta: "You were given a life of peace and beauty!"
    Persephone: "And denied one of families and children. Yes Hippolyta, the Amazons are warriors, but we are women too."
    • In his "The Reason You Suck" Speech, Steve also points out that while a lot of Diana and the Amazons' criticisms of the patriarchal mores of Man's World might be justified, their way of life and methods haven't helped the situation much either; their attitudes are just as elitist as the attitudes they condemn, but rather than do anything that might change Man's World for the better, they hid themselves away.
  • Groin Attack: Diana does this to Steve when they first meet (right after they have a brief sparring match in which Steve says that he thinks he "likes her"). Artemis also threatens to castrate him herself if he doesn't leave Diana alone.
    • Also in the opening by a couple of Amazons; seems Jewel Kick is a standard Amazon skill.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Themyscira.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Ares gains the powers of the Olympian pantheon, with the intention of using them to overthrow Olympus and destroy the world. In his fight against Diana, he attempts to use Zeus' lightning to finish her, but she uses her lasso to pull him into it and jumps out of the way. The blast of lightning depowers Ares long enough for Diana to decapitate him. Seconds before this, Ares calls out to Zeus to save his life (like he did in the prologue), but it seems dear old daddy wasn't too pleased with the "overthrow Olympus and destroy the world" plan.
  • Honor Before Reason: Steve saves Diana instead of stopping Ares. Diana promptly calls him out on his decision.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Etta Candy.
  • Hypocrite: In his angry rejoinder to Diana's "The Reason You Suck" Speech after he saved her life (and her frequent and vocal dismissiveness towards himself and Man's World in general), Steve accuses the Amazons of this. While they pride themselves on being brave and fearless warriors, in fleeing from and hiding themselves away from the rest of the world they made themselves look cowardly. They sneer at the patriarchal systems of Man's World and the power imbalance between men and women it results in, but their own matriarchal system has created a similar power imbalance, just with women at the top. And while they hold Man's World in contempt, rather than do anything to change the way it worked they just threw up more barriers between men and women.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: The 'female warning male' variant. When Steve Trevor asks Artemis what Wonder Woman's "deal" is, he's met with this reply.
    Artemis: Her deal is that I will personally castrate you if you come within five yards of her.
  • Immortality: The Amazons and Ares are all immortal. Ares even has followers who have been waiting patiently for him to return since ancient times.
  • Ironic Echo: In the opening battle, Artemis rebukes Alexa for relying on wisdom from "some dead philosopher" rather than fighting with her sword. Later, during the battle in DC, Alexa saves the Amazons from their own dead sisters by revealing to Artemis a chant which releases the undead Amazons from Ares' control... a chant that Alexa learned in a magic book by "some dead philosopher".
  • Lightning Can Do Anything
  • Marionette Motion: The Amazon zombies.
  • Monumental Damage: Including the Lincoln and Washington Memorials, the Reflecting Pool (at least from getting blood in it, maybe), the White House and the Capitol Building. That first one pisses Steve off.
    Steve: No one messes with Lincoln!
  • Most Common Superpower: Lampshaded by Steve Trevor to the point of almost making a Gag Boobs joke.
    Hippolyta: What other depraved thoughts might you be thinking?
    Steve: God, your daughter's got a nice rack.
  • Mugging the Monster: A bunch of thugs try and mug Diana and Steve outside a bar. Bad idea.
  • Mythology Gag: Possibly. In the closing scene, Diana is seen wearing glasses as part of a new secret identity and begins changing for combat by pulling opening her shirt to reveal her costume underneath.
  • Neck Snap:
    • Steve neck snaps an Ares cultist during his and Diana's infiltration.
    • Cheetah manages to do one with her feet during the ending.
  • Non Action Girl: Alexa, much to the bane of her sister Artemis. Until she comes back from the dead, that is.
  • No Social Skills: Wonder Woman. She's less naive than her portrayal in Justice League—while she questions things just as often, it's not because she doesn't understand what's going on, it's because she finds social mores that are borne of patriarchy annoying and pointless.
  • Not so Above It All: For all the crap the Amazons give men, as Steve points out they're not so perfect themselves.
  • Offing the Offspring: Heroic example: Hippolyta beheads the son Ares "forced on her", who was murdering her fellow Amazons for his father.
  • Off Model: Upon Deimos's appearance, Diana immediately dons her tiara. In the next shot, it's gone, only to return in the shot following that.
  • Off with His Head!: The fate of Ares' son and Ares himself.
  • Oh, Crap:
    • Used repeatedly throughout the film. Particularly effective when Diana herself uses it.
    • A hilarious one is when Steve tries to prevent the missile strike on Themyscira. He panics when it seems that the jet won't shoot anything...before realizing that the invisible jet's missiles are also invisible.
  • One-Winged Angel: As soon as the President of the United States orders a nuke against Themiscyra, the psychic energy of the destructive force and hate that went into deciding to use it transforms Ares, making him twice as tall and bulky as he was before and giving him some very demonic looking armor.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: A trigger-happy one who jumps to conclusions rather quickly. However, it's mentioned that Ares' mere presence inspires violent thoughts in man, and he was standing on the White House roof for a while.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Controlled by the god of war, who has gained the powers of Hades. All of them are Amazons. Any more who are killed instantly come under Ares' control. They are freed from his control by an ancient chant, however, and seem to have most of their former minds intact when that happens.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: Steve Trevor when he first arrives on Themiscyra.
  • Panty Shot: Diana gets one during the fight with Deimos. Arguable, since the "panties" are the bottom half of her normal costume.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Persephone. They cover up her injured eye.
  • Physical God: Ares.
  • Positive Discrimination: Every man in this movie is evil or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Part of Ares' One-Winged Angel form is his hair going from short and close-cropped to ankle-length.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Subverted. Body language right before the fact strongly implies that Ares will to sacrifice Persephone—who betrayed her fellow Amazons to free him—to open the gates of Hades, but he simply uses one of his cultists as a sacrifice instead.
  • R-Rated Opening: The movie opens with a brutal battle sequence that includes the above-mentioned beheading, and the first line is about sex (Hippolyta taunting Ares about not being good in bed).
  • Rule of Three: Steve finally gets that kiss on his third try.
  • Running Gag: The vulgarity of "crap." At first, the Amazons are disgusted by it (including Diana) but she ends up using it later after seeing a powered up Ares.
  • Screw You, Elves!: Steve gives a rant to Diana about how the Amazons are not as perfect as she makes them out to be, saying, among other things, that they were cowardly to seclude themselves from the rest of the world.
  • Second Person Attack: The ending has Diana lassoing Cheetah and pulling her in, the camera then switches to Cheetah's POV to see Diana winding up.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Artemis and her sister Alexa.
  • Soft Water: Steve falls a long way into a river while he's being chased by the Amazons, but vines and tree branches slowing him down as he falls pay lip service to the inaccuracy of the trope.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Don't ever launch a nuclear missile, or Ares will turn into a giant samurai with the powers of all the gods at his command.
  • Straw Feminist: Wonder Woman and some of the other Amazons have tendencies in this direction, but mostly seem to get over them by the film's end.
  • Stab the Scorpion: Diana and Steve manage to do this to each other simultaneously as they infiltrate the Cult of Ares—Diana with her tiara, Steve with a jackknife.
  • Stripperiffic: Wonder Woman's outfit; lampshaded a few times by Steve Trevor.
    Steve: Let's get you changed into something that won't get me arrested for solicitation first.
  • Tempting Fate: "What other depraved thoughts must you be thinking?"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Given by Trevor to Diana after Steve saves her instead of stopping Ares from opening the gates of Tartarus.
    • Trevor gets his own on her and the Amazons soon after.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Critics of the 2011 TV pilot called the writers out on having Wonder Woman killing bad guys in cold blood, but she'd already gone there with this movie which at one point shows her slicing the throats of two security guards with her tiara. (Steve also does a Neck Snap on a guy from behind.)
    • There were a few critics of that here too, according to That Other Wiki, to the extent that the Novelization leaves out them murdering the guards. The producers of the 2011 pilot were either warned too late about this reaction or just didn't listen.
    • Security guards is a debateable description - they were armed members of the Cult of Ares rather than people just doing their jobs which was the main objection the 2011 killings.
  • Throw Away Guns: Steve uses one in the fight with the cultists. Oddly, he is seen with the exact same gun later.
  • Title Drop: By the little girl at the end. Up until then, the titular character had been called "Diana".
  • The Unfair Sex: Played with but deconstructed over time as Diana and later Hippolyta realize that gender doesn't matter when it comes to certain decisions.
  • Unfazed Everyman: While Steve is a Badass Normal, he otherwise fits this trope quite well. He takes Greek gods, immortal Amazons, magic lassos, and invisible aircraft with the exact same response: be surprised for a moment, move on.
  • Villainous BSOD: Ares has one after his son Thrax is beheaded by Hippolyta.
  • Villain Has a Point: Persephone's arguments about the wrongness of Hippolyta's hiding the Amazons away from Man's World:
    Hippolyta: You were given a life of peace and beauty!
    Persephone: And denied one of families and children. Yes Hippolyta, the Amazons are warriors, but we are women too.
  • Vorpal Pillow: Alexa. Justified in that she had just been stabbed and the hand over her face doing the smothering was Ares'.
  • Waterfall Shower: Alexa takes one alongside some other girls.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Wonder Woman's outfit, of course. Hippolyta explains it as donning the colors of a foreign country as a sign of goodwill.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: See Honor Before Reason above.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Artemis is not happy with her sister Alexa's non-warrior ways. Instead of grieving for her death, she's angry at her failure. When Alexa comes back as a zombie, Artemis curses her for all her mistakes. However, they reconcile after Artemis realizes she's trying to speak a spell to free them from Ares' command.

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