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YMMV: Wonder Woman

Examples from Wonder Woman in Comics

  • 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.
    • Wonder Woman's haughty and short-tempered characterization in the New 52 outside of her own book has also drawn many complaints.
  • 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:
    • What Dr. Psycho lacks in height, he makes up for in depravity. A psychotic dwarf who bears a grudge against nearly everyone, Psycho is a violent misogynist, Serial Killer, cannibal and rapist, and he combines this with incredibly potent Psychic Powers that include More than Mind Control and some minor Reality Warper traits (his classical "create and shape ectoplasm" abilities). His crimes are myriad, but one that truly cements his classication as a Complete Monster is this: he once used his psychic powers to take control of dozens of innocents, promptly forcing them to engage in cannibalism of each other. Not only did this turn him on, he decided to force the victims he was controlling to experience his sexual pleasure as if it were their own. Eventually, he grew bored and let the survivors go free, condemning them to associate those traumatic memories with arousal and to suffer with it forever-more. Dr. Psycho gleefully participates in such atrocities and remembers them with the relish a normal human being would associate with savoring delicious food.
    • 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, 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 unleashed 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 nation of Skartaris, requesting that any prisoners they took be turned over to her for further use in her experiments. Obsessed with producing the perfect toxic agents and little else, and making her appearance as horrible as possible in order to maximise fear in her victims, Doctor Poison is as bad as a Mad Scientist can get.
  • Dork Age: The I Ching kung fu period.
  • Fan Dumb: An infamous 1972 case and a permanent black eye for first-wave feminism. As penalty for taking away Wonder Woman's powers and having her adventuring as a normal woman, an entire writing staff was shown the door. The replacement writer promptly mashed the reset button and introduced an evil, race lifted clone of Wonder Woman called "Nubia". The original arc was planned to culminate with Wonder Woman clashing with pro-life activists, but was killed by Gloria Steinem, who didn't know where things were headed, but objected to the writers taking away the character's iconic outfit.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: WW or the Amazons being depicted as Straw Feminists. Also, the Amazons getting massacred, yet again.
    • A huge sticking point for many fans is the complete lack of a live-action Wonder Woman movie. With superhero movies being a staple of current Hollywood productions, fans have several reasons to feel like Wonder Woman is getting over-looked.
      • Adding insult to injury is Marvel making Guardians of the Galaxy, which features Rocket Raccoon of all people appearing in a live-action movie before Wonder Woman. Giving the entire world this gem:
  • Fetish Fuel Station Attendant: Blatantly S&M during the William Moulton Marston era, and T&A during the current age of comics.
  • Foe Yay: Dr Psycho has a twisted, sick inflatuation on Wonder Woman. Of course, it's not reciprocate.
  • God-Mode Sue: Sometimes, Depending on the Writer.
  • Hate Dumb: A lot of people with a vocal negative view on the character and/or comics believe they know about Wonder Woman from the TV show, a few poor comics, the Super Friends cartoons, or assumptions. These people didn't check their facts, yet are listened to by the editors and writers more than is logical. The fact that she did not get a singular guiding purpose until 20+ years ago makes it that much more frustrating.
  • 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 where Diana is now the daughter of Zeus.
  • 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.
  • Ink Stain Adaptation: 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.
  • My Real Parents: For the modern generation, Gail Simone and Greg Rucka. For a generation ago, George Perez.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Right from the start of the comics, as befits something that was basically an Author Tract from a man in love with female dominant BDSM. Whilst definately more female empowering than other comics from the 40s, there are times it goes around the other way and comes off as misandric (such as the many alien races, like the Venusians and Atlanteans, where males are literally weaker, feebler, stupider and generally totally dependent on the females to survive). There's also the unnervingly frequent emphasis under Marston's run about how all people "need to submit to authority".
    • The Post-Crisis reboot established that the Amazons are all the resurrected souls of women who were murdered by men. That's right, it takes the Amazons, who were always intended to be feminine strength incarnate, and makes victimhood the very core of their identities. Bafflingly, this was considered very progressive.
    • And the Amazons get hit with this yet again in the New 52 reboot by Brian Azzarello: instead of being an enlightened feminist utopia, like in the Golden Age, or a society with realistic flaws but still a fairly decent civilization that sent Wonder Woman to carry the best of their ideals into the rest of the world, like in the Modern Age, these new Amazons maintain a veneer of the latter... while going out thrice a century to rape and murder male sailors, while Hephaestus buys off their male children with weapons to save them from being drowned at birth. With all the awesome reinterpretations of the mythological elements, this is the one that's played straight? However, this version of the story was told by Hephaestus, and the Gods aren't known for their honesty. Also, the series is known for its continuous, two-years-running plot arc and increasing Continuity Creep, so there's a definite chance that this plot point may be explored again.
    • The ongoing difficulty in getting a Wonder Woman film made even after comic book movies have gotten huge, to the point that The LEGO Movie constitutes her first feature film appearance, really doesn't speak well to Hollywood's view of the viability of female superheroes.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit:
    • 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...
    • Because there have been so many failed live-action adaptations of the show, there are a lot of rejected treatments, film scripts and that infamous 2011 pilot floating around the internet. Despite the fact that fans are scrambling for something to happen (considering there have been 8 live-action Superman adaptations and 5 of Batman, fans are afraid that a live-action WW is quickly entering the Duke Nukem Forever territory of being physically impossible to live up to the hype around it), they just cannot agree on what it should be.
  • The Woobie: Hades in The New 52 continuity, believe it or not.

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.
  • 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 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.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: In the episode "The Pied Piper", casting comedic nebbish Martin Mull to play a flamboyant rock star.

Examples from Wonder Woman in the 2009 DTV Animated Movie

  • Les Yay: Inevitable given the source material, but practically everyone seems to agree that Artemis is a lesbian in this version.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Hades, dear Lord Hades. He initially refused to remove Ares' shackles, claiming that Zeus had asked him not to. What he neglected to mention was that Zeus asked him not to because he foresaw that it would get Ares killed.
    Hades to Ares when he appears in the Underworld after his death: A tragedy. A terrible terrible tragedy. How it weighs on my heart to see you like this. When my brother asked me not to remove your bands he said I was only dooming you, that he could not save you from yourself yet again. Perhaps, I should have listened.
  • Narm: Alexa as a zombie finally decides to fight. Awesome! Oh, no. Wait. Ares simply returns all the Amazon zombies to death ten seconds later.
  • Squick: Hippolyta and Ares have a child, Thrax. In the comics and the myths, Ares is Hippolyta's father...
  • 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."
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Hippolyta and her Amazons battle to defeat the god of war's forces... in front of The Vietnam War Memorial (which fortunately did not suffer Monumental Damage).

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