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Wonder Woman

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Real name: Diana

Species: Amazon

Abilities: Superhuman strength, superhuman durability, superhuman speed, superhuman agility, superhuman reflexes, superhuman stamina, flight, highly skilled hand to hand combatant, amazonian training

Weapons: Indestructible bracelets and tiara, magic lasso

Voiced by: Susan Eisenberg, Dakota Fanningnote 

Appearances: Superman: The Animated Seriesnote  | Justice League | Static Shocknote  | Justice League Unlimited | Justice League vs. The Fatal Five

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"I am Diana, Princess of the Amazons, I won't be denied!"

"Hera, give me strength!"

Wonder Woman, known also as Diana of Themyscira, was the princess of the Amazons and one of the original seven founders of the Justice League. She defied her mother's admonition to leave matters of Man's World alone despite the fact that the Imperium were attacking them at the time and stole her outfit from Athena's temple before venturing out in response to J'onn J'onzz's telepathic summons. Due to her efforts on behalf of Earth during the invasion, Diana was invited aboard the Watchtower and she took part in the formation of the Justice League. She took on the name Wonder Woman and continued to serve as a hero with the Justice League.


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    A-F 
  • Action Girl: Diana has consistently been portrayed as a strong and powerful hero, especially among females in the DCAU (as shown in "Grudge Match").
  • Adaptational Jerkass: While this Wonder Woman is still unambiguously heroic, she is this compared to her comic book counterpart, who - especially under the iconic post-Crisis George Perez run - was the kind of Friend to All Living Things Technical Pacifist that would apologize for punching Darkseid and was downright eager to rub elbows with non-Amazons. More than one fan has noted that this Diana acts more more like her comic book counterpart’s '90s Anti-Hero Substitute, Artemis of Bana-Mighdall.
  • Adorkable: She occasionally slips into this. At times, she can be a bit naive and childish when faced with something earth related that she's not familiar with. Who can forget how, when she and the other Leaguers turned into kids in "Kids’ Stuff", she tried flirting with Batman as if a school girl crush? She's just precious.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Angel" by Steve Trevor in "The Savage Time".
  • The Ageless: In the Static Shock episode "Future Shock", she was mentioned to still be alive and active in some way during the 2040s. Also, in an alternate future created by Chronos, Warhawk informed Diana that her future self had been killed during the destruction of the Watchtower along with many other members of the Justice League.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her prejudices against men do not seem to count with Batman, as her interactions with him have from the beginning, been based on admiration and absolute trust. This relationship has evolved as well, from an almost sense of awe when dealing with him ("Batman designed this ship; if its sensors say something is there […]," in "The Brave and The Bold") to a mutual respect and what appears to be a complete understanding of his personality and motivations ("He doesn’t handle loss very well", "Don’t let him fool you; your death hit him as hard as it did any of us" in "Hereafter"). This fascination with the Dark Knight led to her being the only member on the team to figure out his secret identity (other than Superman) in "Maid of Honor". It's likely that this admiration could stem from attraction, but it is equally possible that her respect for him comes from the fact that, even as a human lacking no special powers or abilities, he is able to stand on equal ground with the League's demigods using only his training, technology, and indomitable will.
    • "The Brave and the Bold", though, shows Bruce in fear when he fears Diana was crushed by a missile, and tries to dig her out and shouting her name. So he's Not So Different.
    • While it's implied that Batman has mutual feelings for her, he refuses to explore further, much to her frustration in "This Little Piggy".
    Wonder Woman: No, no dating for the Batman. It might cut into your brooding time.
    Batman: One, dating within the team always leads to disaster. Two, you're a princess from a society of immortal warriors, I'm a rich kid with issues — lots of issues.
    • Despite this, he digs into his Hidden Depths to sing "Am I Blue?" for Circe, and in front of Zatanna as well once he realizes all fighting is doing is hastening Diana's (now a Porcine Baleful Polymorph—aka "Wonder Pig"—thanks to Circe's magic) demise as Circe isn't going to give up how to turn Diana back with hostility. He might not explore too far down, but there's very little he wouldn't do for Diana when it comes to it.
  • Alliterative Name: As per usual, Diana's superhero alias is Wonder Woman.
  • Ambadassador: In the final season, Diana (at her mother's request) represents Themyscira at the world global warming conference.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Diana is a literal Amazon and she is definitely beautiful. She is also tall and has a voluptuous yet toned body.
  • Animorphism: In "Dead Reckoning", she is transformed into an ape by Grodd's Evil Plan, but Superman manages to destroy the generator, turning everyone back into humans.
  • Art Evolution: Diana received a minor redesign for the second and Unlimited seasons through the fact that she does not have the cheekbones that she had in the first season.
  • Artificial Human: Just like her comic book counterpart during the Silver Age, Diana was sculpted out of clay by Hippolyta. This is hinted at in "Maid of Honor" where Princess Audrey teases Diana about having "feet of clay," to which Diana replies, "You have no idea."
    • Hades later claims her origins to be a bit different than what she believed.
  • The Artifact: In this adaptation, her costume's design makes even less sense than it does in most others, but (of course) it's far too iconic to change. In "Secret Origins, Part 2", Diana finds it laid out on an altar in an ancient Themysciran temple built to honor Athena; apparently, the American flag and the letter "W" both existed in Ancient Greece.
  • Badass Boast: She delivers one to Felix Faust in "Paradise Lost".
    "If you break your vow, no magic in the universe will save you from me."
  • Backported Development: Justice League vs. The Fatal Five sees Diana now carry a sword with her, like her New 52, DC Extended Universe, and DC Animated Movie Universe counterparts.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In "This Little Piggy", she is transformed into a pig by the sorceress Circe. Batman managed to return her back into her normal form by making a Deal with the Devil.
  • Berserk Button: Do not question what she wears (or doesn't in that matter), EVER.
  • Blood Knight: She has shades of this on occasion. In "Hawk and Dove", she is livid at a gang of bank robbers for disrupting her "day off" and was about to give the leader a very severe beating until J'onn J'onzz intervened and called her back for a mission.
  • Boobs of Steel: Diana is very buxom in addition to being capable of most of the super villains that she faces.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In "Grudge Match", she is mind controlled along with other female Leaguers to fight in Roulette's underground ring.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The letters "WW".
  • Chainmail Bikini: Her Chest Insignia, which is designed to resemble two W's. Also see the trope immediately above.
  • Character Development: She initially began with having a low, sexist opinion for all men. Her time in the Justice League has dropped those views. She also gains an appreciation for man's world and men in general and gradually learns to integrate into other societies while retaining her cultural identity as an Amazon.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: This is one of her notable traits in the DCAU. During the Thanagarian Invasion, she risked blowing her cover while hiding to save a couple from falling debris. Also, when they traveled back in time to the old west, she insisted they save a man taken to jail even though it hardly had any significance.
  • Cool Plane: Her invisible jet, which is unveiled in Unlimited.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: An animated example. She is usually referred to either as "Diana" or "Princess" by the League members and people who know her personally. It is only the public at large and some enemies (along with the League members at times) who refer to her as "Wonder Woman". However, this is Averted in second and Unlimited seasons of Justice League through the fact that she address herself as Wonder Woman just like most of the other characters do.
  • Continuity Snarl: In Justice League, she's presented as new to Man's World and a rookie. However, earlier in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Blasts from the Past, Part 1", Lois makes a snarky remark while talking with Mala that suggests that Diana was already active in the DCAU.
  • Costume Evolution: Justice League vs. the Fatal Five still sees her in the same costume, but her attire now includes a sword and its scabbard.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Despite being super strong, she sometimes exclaims "Hera give me strength!", which maxes her strength out to the point where it rivals Superman's. She even states that there were times that without her belief in Hera, she would not have been successful.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In "Grudge Match", Wonder Woman is matched against Shayera, Vixen, Black Canary, and Huntress. They all have an Oh, Crap! reaction. Luckily, Black Canary and Huntress are able to break the trance before Wonder Woman is able to smash Shayera and Vixen's heads together.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Eventually after spending five seasons with the Flash in "Dead Reckoning", after being transformed into an ape by Grodd's Evil Plan.
    Superman: Is everything okay?
    Wonder Woman: Well, I'm sort of missing Flash's obligatory joke about how Grodd made a monkey out of us...
    Superman: Just couldn't let it go unsaid.
    Wonder Woman: Obligatory!
  • Defector from Paradise: When "Man's World" came under attack by the Imperium, she proposed to her mother Hippolyta that they send help. When Hippolyta refused to intervene, Diana still felt it was her duty to help. Diana took the goddess' magic armor. Urged on by the distress call of the J'onn, Diana left Themyscira and traveled to where she felt the summons originating.
  • Determinator: Oh, yes. Just watch her fight against Mongul—he's thrashing her all across the Fortress of Solitude, yet she still refuses to stay down even when it becomes clear that she'll die if she suffers any more punishment.
  • Does Not Like Men: Now surrounded by men, both on her team and the general population, Diana often finds that her Amazonian prejudices are confirmed in the thoughts and actions of those she would protect. However, she has also discovered that not all men act in the way her mentors have taught, as her adventures have brought her into contact with men who embody the virtues and nobility of her Amazon sisters, such as Steve Trevor. In particular, Diana has developed a strong connection to Batman, as she identifies with his warrior spirit and deeply respects his fierce determination.
  • Dude Magnet: Just like her comic book counterpart and most versions, she is most certainly this as many men have commented on their attraction to her throughout the series.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Much like Superman, Diana sported cheek bones during season one, but lose them in season two and Unlimited.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Wonder Woman has no problem working together with Hawkgirl. That is, until "Starcrossed" when she finds out the latter had been spying on Earth for the Thanagarians. Later on in the series, when Hawkgirl is back in the titular team, Wonder Woman is still raw about the betrayal and has issues trusting her. Luckily, in "The Balance", Diana and Shayera make peace, they may not be friends, but they are both content with being good teammates..
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Diana grew up as the princess of her people, beloved by everyone on Themyscira.
  • The Exile: She is exiled from Themyscira in "Paradise Lost" for violating the crime of bringing men onto the island (which was necessary, as her teammates aided in preventing the release of Hades from his underworld prison). She is eventually removed from exile in "The Balance".
  • Fantastic Racism: Following "Starcrossed", she holds this against Hawkgirl for her participation in the Thanagarian invasion. She likely now has this against Thanagarians in general due to the events of "Starcrossed".
  • Flight: One of the powers that Diana has.
  • Flying Brick: Diana can fly and possesses enormous superhuman strength, though she's not quite as tough as Superman, as she still has to block piercing weapons with her bracelets if she doesn't want to be hurt.
  • Fountain of Youth: In "Kids’ Stuff", Wonder Woman alongside Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern are transformed into eight-year-olds in a desperate attempt to save the world from the magic of Mordred. Wonder Woman's personality is now that of a bossy big sister, but still with a crush on Batman.
  • Future Badass: Several episodes across the DCAU imply that Diana is still an active superhero and Justice League member well into the Batman Beyond era.

    G-L 
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: In "Maid of Honor", Diana says a variation of this trope when she disagrees with Audrey and Vandal Savage's wedding.
    Wonder Woman: Like Hades it is.
  • The Heart: Averted. Unlike the comics, Flash fills this role instead.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: A Downplayed example. In "Hawk and Dove", Wonder Woman becomes frustrated about how senseless and belligerent humans are, but J'onn warns her that she is becoming dangerously hostile herself towards humans. At the end she learns aggression in a situation only furthers the conflict.
  • Heroic Bastard: Her parents, Hippolyta and Hades, sculpted her out of clay despite the fact that they were not married.
  • Hot-Blooded: This is one of her defining characteristics on the show. When she's enraged, she doesn't back down or repress her anger or contempt.
  • Hypocrite: Some of the faults she sees in men are those she shares herself, something Hawkgirl called her out on in "Secret Society":
    Wonder Woman: Men! Unless you do it yourself, it doesn't count!
    Hawkgirl: It's not just the men, you stuck-up...
  • Immortal Immaturity: If anything, she often acts significantly less mature than she looks, despite actually being thousands of years old.
  • Immune to Bullets: She herself is not, but her bracelets are.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Diana usually wears a strapless leotard that highlights her impressive hourglass figure as well as her voluptuous yet toned athletic body and buxom breasts.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She somehow manages to throw a dagger with her mouth and hit a tiny button on a control panel in "Starcrossed".
  • Improbable Weapon User: She has silver bracelets that could deflect all sorts of projectiles, an indestructible golden lasso, and a tiara that could be thrown like a boomerang.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: This exchange from "Eclipsed" where her outfit has been criticized by a talk show host who's giving the League a bad name.
    Wonder Woman: (angrily) ...And what's wrong with the way I dress?!
    Flash: (to Green Lantern) You wanna take that?
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: She's one of the heavy hitters for the Original Seven members of the Justice League, but doesn't really have anything she excels at compared to the others. She can catch up to a flying jet, but she's not considered as fast as the Flash. She's strong enough to go toe to toe with the likes of Mongul (briefly) or Aquaman, but not in Superman's league. She can take a punch, but apparently she still needs to block bullets. She's also not as intelligent as Batman and lacks the special abilities of Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter. Maybe she's a fanservice specialist?
  • Jerkass Ball: She presents this in "Hawk and Dove". See He Who Fights Monsters above.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Since she is accustomed to being treated like royalty, Wonder Woman has a sense of entitlement. With her deep sense of honor, she is easily offended when she is not accorded the respect that she feels she deserves and she does not suffer fools gladly. Yet beneath this imposing exterior, she has a deep level of respect and concern for her teammates.
  • Jumped at the Call: When Earth was in danger, she rushed to defend Man's world.
  • Knight Templar: On at least two occasions, someone has had to stop her from breaking the Thou Shalt Not Kill maxim (The Flash prevents her from killing Toyman in "Hereafter" and J'onn stops her from killing a random crook and later calls her out on it in "Hawk and Dove").
  • Lightning Bruiser: Not as strong or invulnerable as Superman, or as fast as the Flash, but still fits the role.
  • Living Lie Detector: Her golden lasso contained the power to force the truth out of anyone wrapped in it.
  • Love Interests: In "The Savage Time", she traveled back in time with the rest of the League in order to stop Savage. During this time, she met Steve Trevor, who gave her first taste of romance. After successfully stopping Savage and restoring the timeline, she visited an aged Trevor, who still remembered her as his "angel."
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In "The Balance", Hades claims that he and Hippolyta worked together in sculpting her from clay. Shayera assures Diana that Hades is lying and she can use her lasso on him. Diana says she doesn't need to since she knows who her real family is.
  • Leotard of Power: Just like her comic book counterpart and most versions, Diana tends to wear her trademark red, white, and blue star-spangled strapless leotard.

    M-R 
  • Male Gaze: Diana tends to get subjected to these, mainly through camera shots that present her body, breasts, back, legs, and buttocks.
  • Most Common Superpower: Diana has very large breasts. This is lampshaded not so discretely in when she went to visit Hephaestus, a Greek god who had designed her armor. He notes that he created it originally for her mother, who doesn't quite have her... um... build, and offered to take it out a little sometime.
    • This is lampshaded again when the Atom found out in "Dark Heart".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Diana is a tall, very beautiful raven-haired Amazonian woman who gets a significant amount of Male Gaze in the series due to the fact that she usually wears a strapless leotard that highlights her very large breasts, voluptuous yet toned athletic body, impressive hourglass figure, long toned yet shapely legs, toned broad shoulders, and nicely toned buttocks. "Secret Origins, Part 2" features Wonder Woman pretty obviously getting naked when she drops her robe to put on her costume. In "Dark Heart", The Atom gets a ride to the fight in Wonder Woman's cleavage.
  • Murderous Thighs: She has very long toned yet shapely legs that are strong and have a lot of strength.
    • In this screencap of "Starcrossed", Wonder Woman has her arms and upper body tied to a metal pillar and appears to be defending herself with a bodyscissor. Judging by the Thanagarian's grimace, it hurts.
    • In "To Another Shore", Wonder Woman defeats Devil Ray while underwater through swimming behind him, wrapping her long legs around his stomach, and squeezing until it causes his helmet to crack. Judging by the way that Devil Ray's moans, this move is very painful.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She is portrayed as this in the first season being unfamiliar with earth society. In "Maid of Honor", she begins to venture into "Man's World" for reasons other than to protect it and befriended Princess Audrey of Kaznia.
  • Noble Bigot: In "The Balance", she reluctantly lets Hawkgirl to join her on her mission, despite Diana's grievances against her following the events of "Starcrossed". By the end of "The Balance", Diana finally fully forgives her for her past sins.
  • Power Limiter: The absence of her lasso's truth-forcing magic is conspicuous. It turns out her armor's power was limited because she stole it. Hippolyta unlocks the armor's full-potential, including the lasso's magic, in "The Balance".
  • Oh My Gods!: "Great Hera!" is a serial offender, that's pretty much her Catchphrase. Parodied by Flash in the first part of "The Savage Time": "Great Jumpin' Hera!"
  • One-Gender Race: Themyscira.
  • Politically Active Princess: She has adopted the role of ambassador of the Amazons at her mother’s request in the final season.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Her tiara. She used it to known down her Justice Lord counterpart in "A Better World".
  • Primary-Color Champion: As per tradition, her superhero attire consists of red, yellow, blue, and silver.
  • Rapunzel Hair: As always, Diana has long black hair that reaches down her waist.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She acts young, but if she was crafted/conceived by Hades and Hippolyta then she has to be thousands of years old.
  • Rebellious Princess: Diana is the Princess of Themyscira, but she willing to defy Hippoloyta's edict to leave matters of Man's World alone for the reason being to to interfere in the Imperium invasion and help the other founding members of what's become the Justice League.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia:
    • Her tiara.
    • She dons a more extravagant outfit of white and gold that possibly crosses over with Bling of War to attend Superman's funeral in "Hereafter".
  • Royal Brat: She was this in the early episodes. It caused Green Lantern and Hawkgirl to address her as "princess" in a decidedly unflattering manner at times.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She is a Princess from an island of immortal warriors who is a very powerful member of the Justice League.

    S-Y 
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The contest to send an Amazon into Man's World was Adapted Out, with Diana instead deciding to defy Hippoloyta's edict not to interfere in the invasion and help the other founding members of what'd become the Justice League.
  • She's Got Legs: Diana tends to wear a strapless body suit or other outfits (such as beautiful dresses, skin tight pants, Themysciran armor, or dress skirts) that highlight her long toned yet shapely legs.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: As with most versions, she wears an strapless body suit that shows off her toned arms.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: In "For the Man Who Has Everything", Wonder Woman grabs a BFG and fires it at Mongul, just as her comic book counterpart does in the story of the same name.
  • Statuesque Stunner: As with most versions, Diana is tall (as she stands just inches below Batman and Superman) in addition to being very toned and beautiful.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In a single episode, she can go from only just fast enough to catch a helicopter to being able to catch up to a stealth bomber after stopping to talk to Hawkgirl first.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With the exception of her hair style and color, Diana gained all of her physical attributes from Hippolyta. It turns out that her black hair comes from her father, Hades.
  • Super Reflexes: She is adept at providing cover for her allies, utilizing her "bullets and bracelets" routine to deflect artillery fire, lasers, and Green Lantern-style energy beams.
  • Super Speed: Just like her comic book counterpart, Diana was "blessed by the gods" with amazing speed.
  • Super Strength: The gods also blessed her with amazing strength.
  • Token Religious Teammate: She is the only member of the League who openly shows her (Greek pantheon) religion.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She becomes this in the "Kids' Stuff" as a result of being transformed into a little girl:
    Little Girl: You can't tell us what to do! You're not our mom!
    Young Wonder Woman: No, but I promise you, we will find all your moms. And I'm gonna TELL!
  • Tragic Bigot: Given what the Thanagarians did to her and her planet in "Starcrossed", it can be understandable why she ended up more aggressive then usual and was more distant with Hawkgirl following her return to the League.
  • Transformation Sequence: She performed this only once in the series in "To Another Shore", Diana transforms into Wonder Woman using the old Lynda Carter effect: spinning into her uniform.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Batman, to her frustration. Given how Batman Beyond occurs, she was never going to end up with Bruce anyway.
  • Unstoppable Rage: In "Hereafter", when Superman was seemingly murdered by Toyman, Diana very nearly killed the villain in revenge. She was only dissuaded by Flash when he reminded her that Superman would never have advocated murder.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: "Dark Heart" features a sequence where she carried The Atom in her cleavage. Good thing she didn't inhale...
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Diana implies that she would be one for Batman if he ever finally agreed to date her.
    Batman: And three, if my enemies knew I had someone special, they wouldn't rest until they'd gotten to me through her.
    (Diana crushes the head of the gargoyle statue her hand is on)
    Wonder Woman: Next.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Shayera, especially after the Thanagarian Invasion.
  • Warrior Princess: She is probably the strongest princess of the world.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: In "Paradise Lost", she gets banned from entering Themyscira due to violating the island’s edict forbidding men to be brought there. It's eventually revoked out of necessity in "The Balance". Having saved the day, Hippolyta rescinds Diana's exile at last, stating that she will face the gods when it comes to it.
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