YMMV / Wonder Woman

Examples from Wonder Woman in Comics

  • Adaptation Displacement: The Lynda Carter TV series, especially since unlike her famous teammates, Diana hasn't had any really well-known adaptations since. When ABC News reported on The Movie, they claimed it would be an adaptation of the TV show with absolutely no mention that, you know, it's a comic book.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: There's an entire blog dedicated to exploring the interpretation of Wonder Woman as a murderous, bigoted sociopath who casually kills people she could easily take alive.
    • This article is a detailed analysis on how Hercules is most likely Wonder Woman’s biological father by comparing the original mythos with DC Comics adaptation of it.
  • Anvilicious: Wonder Woman's status as a feminist icon means that sometimes, a warped and ridiculous version of feminism leaks into her books. When that happens this is usually the result. At its worst we get Diana unironically spouting off lines like "Out of the way sperm bank!". Gail Simone mocked the tendency for the character to be depicted as this in her run on the book; Wonder Woman sees a movie based on herself and is embarrassed to discover that it depicts her as a Straw Feminist who constantly gives Narm-filled rants about the superiority of women.
  • Awesome Music: Her teammates have been in more adaptations and thus have more music, but her theme from Batman v Superman has gotten pretty iconic, having more views than the other music from the film and being featured in all the trailers for her solo movie.
  • Broken Base:
    • Many of the New 52 costume changes, Superman's in particular, have come under a lot of fire from fans. Likely to curb these complaints, Wonder Woman's costume had the Painted-On Pants shown during the reboot's promotion removed. However, many fans actually prefer and defend the costume with the pants, partly due to reasons like Diana being too dignified to wear a one-piece swimsuit around and the pointed subduing of out-of-place American flag elements (remember that the character is Greek and is introduced to the United States late in life). It helps that the pants look much better drawn by Cliff Chiang, while the fuss-raising promotional artwork was by Jim Lee.
      • And now she's getting yet another costume change after Convergence. While most like that she looks more like a warrior, many feel that it went too far in the opposite direction, with her looking less like a superhero and more like some kind of gladiator. The spiked gauntlets are especially divisive, as it seems to indicate that DC will be continuing with the unpopular depiction of Wonder Woman as casually killing villains. Should be noted that her more armored look in Azzarello's run has been much better received.
    • Wonder Woman's haughty and short-tempered characterization in the New 52 outside of her own book has also drawn many complaints.
    • Also in the New 52, the recasting of the Amazons as a people that procreate by seducing and then murdering sailors and then selling their male children as slaves (albeit ones apparently well-treated by Hephaestus) has provoked a great deal of controversy. Some say that this is accurate to Greek myths, while others see it as perhaps the most blatant Straw Feminization in DC history, and question how such a morally corrupted society could produce a hero like Wonder Woman, and how she could grow up knowing nothing about it.
    • Wonder Woman dating Superman - with their traditional love interests Lois Lane and Steve Trevor cast aside - has caused a lot of Ship-to-Ship Combat.
    • Wonder Woman being the biological daughter of Zeus in the New 52 has also been quite the hot button topic among fans. Some see it as an interesting twist and updating of the character while others see it as a violation of everything Wonder Woman was ever meant to represent.
      • Likewise, her not being made of clay anymore (instead being a normal birth) is a heavy topic.
    • With exceptions of Marston's, Greg Rucka's and George Perez's runs, which are mostly beloved and Merdith's Finch's and all Wonder Woman runs in her third volume prior to Gail Simone's, which are generally disliked, all runs on Wonder Woman fall under this as a whole.
    • The identity of Wonder Woman's Arch-Enemy is often debated between fans. One side says it's Ares, another say Cheetah, others say Circe.
    • The revelation of her bisexuality becoming canon has become a hot topic in the fandom.
    • The UN's decision to make Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador proved to be a divisive one, with many claiming that it's nothing more than a publicity stunt which undermines the work that real women do. Plenty of people still support the decision, citing that it's a symbolic gesture and that this isn't the first time a fictional character has been honored in this manner.
    • Wonder Woman being characterized as the only one of the "Big 3" to kill, not the least because of how Depending on the Writer it is and how she can easily be as Thou Shall Not Kill as Superman and Batman. Some feel her willingness to kill is limited to extreme situations and characterizes her as a warrior who is willing to make the tough calls. Others feel that it has opened the door to the same Darker and Edgier antics that DC has been criticized for and that too many writers make her either too violent or crowbar in too many Shoot the Dog situations for bloodshed.
  • Common Knowledge: It's widely "known" that Wonder Woman wore a skirt in the Golden Age. And it's true... sort of. In her very first story (All-Star Comics #8), she wears what appears to be a skirt, but isn't. It's actually a pair of culottes — a style popular among athletic young women at the time that resembles a skirt, but is actually shorts. And even those shorts evolved quickly into tight shorts that lost the "skirt" look entirely. Nevertheless, whenever a modern artist wants to evoke a "Golden Age Wonder Woman" look, she's almost invariably drawn wearing a skirt.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Edgar Cizko, better known as the infamous Doctor Psycho, is the epitome of a Depraved Dwarf and a raging misogynist with a long and memorable rap sheet. Psycho introduced himself by psychically torturing a guidance counselor who confronts him over subtly manipulating the minds of a school's students and attempting to murder her and her unborn baby in the process. After this incident, Psycho would go on to wreak swaths of death and mayhem with his powers, often teaming up with others, racking up a count of driving and attempting to drive people to suicide on numerous occasions, molesting and raping women he fancies, going on a psychotic rampage after being called "normal" and, in possibly his worst moment, hypnotizing an entire crowd of people into partially cannibalizing each other. Psycho, aroused by this, allowed the people to live as an act of sheer torture, even condemning them to feel his own sexual pleasure as their own. A man whose diminutive, nonthreatening stature is vastly disproportionate to his evil, Psycho is one of Diana's most shamelessly wicked rogues.
    • Doctor Poison II has only had a few appearances, but has made up for that with the sheer ugliness of the crimes she commits. The granddaughter of a Japanese war criminal, the original Doctor Poison, she has continued her grandmother's research, creating new toxins and diseases with which to infect the world. Kidnapping a man named Richard Agoras, Doctor Poison subjected him to lengthy torture and experimentation, ultimately using the Pandora Virus to mutate him into a hideous monster, and unleashing him on Wonder Woman. When captured following this incident, Doctor Poison released the Pandora Virus into the atmosphere, endangering millions of lives. Escaping custody, Poison joined Queen Clea's new Villainy Incorporated, and helped to overrun the Pocket Dimension of Skartaris, requesting that any prisoners they took be turned over to her for further use in her experiments. Using drugs and prolonged torture, Poison transformed her victims into living zombies, and forced them to battle their friends and relatives when Skartaris rose up against Clea's despotic regime. When Trinity betrayed Clea and attempted to eliminate all sentient life in Skartaris, Poison tried to prevent Wonder Woman from stopping Trinity, hoping to see the dimension destroyed by Trinity's new virus; she later willingly loaned her talents to the collective responsible for producing the monster Genocide. Obsessed with producing the perfect toxic agents and little else, and making her appearance as horrible as possible in order to maximize fear in her victims, Doctor Poison II is as bad as a Mad Scientist can get.
    • Sebastien Ballesteros, aka Cheetah III, quickly proved himself the worst person to ever hold the title. An Argentine robber baron who made his fortune collaborating with the National Reorganization Process, Ballesteros decided real power trumped riches and stole the power of the Cheetah from Barbara Minerva, leaving her for dead. Kidnapping Diana's foster sister, Vanessa Kapatelis, Ballesteros psychologically and surgically modified her into becoming the Silver Swan, then unleashed her on Cassie Sandsmark's school, leaving dozens of students injured or dead. He subsequently forced Vanessa to join in his and Circe's plot to murder half of New York, and personally captured Superman so that Circe could brainwash him into believing that he was Doomsday and turn him loose on Diana. After this plan failed, Ballesteros retreated to his base in Buenos Aires, where he plotted to slaughter protestors with his Cheetah powers, and burned down much of the city in battle with the returned Barbara Minerva. Escaping with his life, but not the whole of his fortune, Ballesteros again kidnapped Vanessa, who had been briefly freed by Wonder Woman, and put her through another round of torture, surgery, and psychological conditioning, before selling her to Veronica Cale for ten million dollars. Murdered by Minerva shortly afterwards, Ballesteros left behind a legacy of misery and shattered lives.
    • Astarte, the renegade Amazon, swiftly proved herself the nastiest villain of Gail Simone's run. After usurping command of the nomadic intergalactic army known as The Citizenry, Astarte transformed what had been a largely pacific collective into a rampaging horde that destroyed and cannibalized the populaces of entire planets, kidnapped, genetically modified and raped men for reproductive purposes, and indoctrinated stolen girls into becoming loyal slave-soldiers for Astarte's wars. Having put her daughter, Theana, through Training from Hell—forcing her to murder one hundred other children or starve—Astarte kept her caged like an animal, only turning her loose when Wonder Woman threatened her invasion of Earth. When Diana started getting through to Theana, Astarte ordered her daughter executed.
  • Creepy Awesome: Dr. Psycho, Dr. Poison
  • Designated Hero: Her New 52 incarnation who lectures people in danger for being weak instead of saving them (at first), and casually kills villains and is proud of it.
  • Dork Age: The I Ching kung fu period.
    • Some fans go further and treat everything between William Moulton Marson's Golden Age stories and the George Perez reboot (around 40 years of material!) as one. It's certainly difficult to name an "iconic" Wonder Woman story from that period, even for sheer goofiness, with the Lynda Carter show as a possible exception.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Legend of Wonder Woman version of Etta Candy has become very popular and arguably the most well-known aspect of the already well-received miniseries. It helps that unlike most versions after the Golden Age, she is neither slim nor does she feel particularly insecure about her weight, being simply a modern take on her original Big Fun Action Girl version.
  • Evil Is Cool: Circe, Ares, and Cheetah.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: WW or the Amazons being depicted as Straw Feminists. Also, the Amazons getting massacred, yet again.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: The second post-crisis Cheetah a.k.a Barbara Minerva. Those, uh... let's call them chaps, are not very flattering.
  • Foe Yay: Dr Psycho has a twisted, sick inflatuation on Wonder Woman. Of course, it's not reciprocated.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Wonder Woman (vol. 1) #296 featured a villain by the name of... Commander Video.
    • An Episode of Justice League had Wonder Woman meeting Hermes with him saying her formality was unnecessary since she was practically part of the family. Come the New 52 Diana is now the daughter of Zeus.
    • Gail Simone once wrote an issue during her run where Diana was annoyed with a film that turned her into the daughter of Zeus and made her and the rest of the Amazons into a bunch of Straw Feminists. Now, not only has the New 52 retconned Wonder Woman into being the daughter of Zeus and given the Amazons a rather violent disdain towards men, but the upcoming Wonder Woman movie has decided to use this version of Diana's origin.
  • Informed Real Life Fame: Her status as being one of DC's "Big Three", the other two being Superman and Batman. The sad fact is is that they're both far more popular than she is, and the details of their series are far more well known. Wonder Woman's mythology and supporting cast have often suffered inconsistencies, with even the writers struggling to figure out what her driving motivation is. As detailed elsewhere, most potential adaptations of her end up never being made, with the live action series being the only one that's really well known. She is undeniably famous—but mainly in the sense that most people know of her, less so in the sense that many people know that much about her. She's also currently the only member of the trio to be of the LGBTQ persuasion. Hopefully with the success of Wonder Woman (2017) her popularity will grow.
  • Informed Wrongness: Anytime the subject of Diana using lethal force is brought up in stories featuring her and other heroes, chances are her willingness to kill will be treated as a moral failing on her part regardless of the context. The Maxwell Lord issue is a prime example of this. While the public freaking out is excusable since the video tape that showed her killing Max was edited to look like she'd killed an innocent, unarmed man, Superman and Batman treated her like the Anti-Christ despite having full knowledge of the situation and having even broken the no-kill rule themselves in the past.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Hera in The New 52.
  • Love to Hate: Dr. Psycho and Circe.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Dr. Psycho, Depending on the Writer.
  • Memetic Psychopath: Has started to get this in recent years, mainly because she's always been more willing to kill than most of DC's other heroes.
  • My Real Parents: For the modern generation, Gail Simone and Greg Rucka. For a generation ago, George Perez. Brian Azzarello's current run may take him to this status as well.
    • Peter David is often considered this for Cassandra Sandsmark/Wonder Girl II.
    • Similarly, John Byrne is this to Artemis.
  • Narm Charm: Wonder Woman working at fast food restaurant subplot from William Messner-Loebs's run. It is ridiculous and circumstances leading to it make no sense, yet many find it charming and fun, mostly for just how seriously Diana takes her job.
    Wonder Woman: I am unworthy to work at Taco Whiz.
  • Never Live It Down: DC's lengthy refusal to make a movie about her, especially the statement that it would be "too confusing" (at the same time that Marvel was giving us a raccoon with a machine gun). Even though she finally received her stand-alone movie in the DC Extended Universe which would prove to be a extremely successful smash-hit, the fact that her big screen debut was in The LEGO Movie rather than a DC film will remain a pretty big embarrassment.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Between those who prefer Wonder Woman being with her usual love interest Steve Trevor, those who prefer her with Superman and those who ship her with Batman.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: None of her Post-Crisis romantic interests have been well-received, unless you count Artemis.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Subverted in the Infinite Crisis storyline "One Year Later". It had Diana suddenly involved in a relationship with Nemesis (Tom Tresser), a new co-worker and long-time minor DC character. Many fans felt this new hookup was rushed at best, especially since Tom was considerably more boorish than in previous appearances. Eventually, in Wonder Woman #32, It's revealed that Diana never had romantic feelings towards Tom at all; she was just exploiting his feelings towards her to get him to father her daughters and replenish the Amazon population.
  • True Art Is Angsty: In the New 52, DC seems bizarrely obsessed with depicting Wonder Woman as an edgy Anti-Hero who kills her enemies rather than arresting.
  • Unfortunate Implications: This essay points out that the Wonder Woman's New 52 series and origins not only miss many of the ideas behind the original series, but also manage to portray nearly all the Amazons as vicious harpies, completely undermining Marston's vision of a community of women who supported each other.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
    • The Dork Age where she went from a superhero to a powerless pantsuit wearing, kung fu fighting detective because that was popular at the time.
    • The pants-and-leather-jacket costume introduced in Odyssey has come under fire for this. Especially since that for a 2010 retool, the style seems awfully Nineties...
  • The Woobie: Hades in The New 52 continuity, believe it or not.
    • Also Persephone.
    • Blue Snowman. She's such a loser it's almost impossible to not pity her.

Examples from Wonder Woman in Live-Action TV

  • Ear Worm: The TV theme song. Sure, Batman and Superman get full orchestras, but only WW gets a funk bassline and backup singers.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "By the power of Isis". *sharp inhale* Ooooohh...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: An episode from season 3 ("Spaced Out," originally aired 1979) features a sci-fi convention with typical shots of crazy con-goers in their (mostly) horrible home-made cosplay togs. One of these is astonishingly similar to the now-infamous "brass bikini" slave-girl costume Leia wore as Jabba's attendant in Return of the Jedi.
  • Hollywood Homely: Mocked a bit in "Beauty on Parade". Diana proposes infiltrating a USO beauty pageant to find a saboteur. Steve objects, thinking they would need somebody really gorgeous to pull off an undercover like that. Diana does it behind his back, and the enthusiasm from the pageant organizers reveals that Steve is, well, kind of a moron.
  • Narm: The bottom half of her outfit looks like a blue diaper.
  • Narm Charm: Reaches its peak in "Skateboard Whiz", when Wonder Woman — you guessed it — chases a fleeing car on a skateboard. It is impossible not to love it.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "The Man Who Could Move the World" was about a bitter man with telekinesis convinced modern day Wonder Woman had done him wrong in World War 2. This pulpy plot becomes a lot more serious when you find out he and his family were held in one of the internment camps built by the US government to hold Japanese-American citizens during the war. For a lot of younger viewers, this was probably the first time they'd ever heard of the camps, and while Wonder Woman has to beat him, she acknowledges that what happened to his family was wrong and should never have happened.
  • Special Effects Failure: Not uncommon - the show had a somewhat higher budget than what Adam West's Batman got, but the show's premise required more fantastic plots, and unlike Batman, it couldn't hide its cheapness behind the "just a silly comedy" excuse. Special mention goes to the swimming sequence from "The Bermuda Triangle Crisis".
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: In the episode "The Pied Piper", casting comedic nebbish Martin Mull to play a flamboyant rock star.
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