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Olympians in their Greek and Roman guises
The Olympians
The mythical Greek & Roman gods, who created the Amazons and Diana (well, only the female gods—sans Hera—and Hermes, but Zeus liked to pretend it was his idea afterward).
Long ago the Greek deities split off avatars of themselves as the Romans to keep from being permanently altered and driven mad by the two civilizations worshiping them as similar but different gods due to the overwhelming power of being worshiped by two major civilizations at once. Over time these avatars developed into their own persons but most ended up rejoining with the originals in the present to defeat the Godwave as this overwhelming number of worshipers has long since faded into the past. While there are a number of gods that reside on Olympus there are only twelve, the Dodekatheon, that the term "Olympian" usually stands for.


  • All Myths Are True: While a limited number of the many Greek Gods have been seen it's no surprise to have any new ones or their stories show up as true as any bit of mythology is available to be pulled into the story-weaving of the DCU.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The Wonder Woman Rebirth issue implies the New 52 Greek Gods are impostors when Diana easily crushes Ares' helmet, something which should be impossible. This gets strengthened when she heads to Olympus and discovers it's not only deserted, but falling apart. When it's later confirmed in Wonder Woman #11 that the New 52 Themyscira is not the real deal, this calls into question that everything having to do with the New 52 Gods as they appeared in Brian Azzarello's run was a hoax meant to confuse Diana. The Year One storyline is implicitly contradicting the looks into Diana's past in the New 52 continuity. Wonder Woman #23 revealed these were creations of the real Olympians in an effort to make sure Ares' sons Phobos and Deimos can't find his prison within Themyscira.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The Olympians derive their power from their worshipers to maintain their strength but there are conditions to how much strength they can maintain. They can maintain their godhood by drawing strength from worship and feeding on the acts of others as a form of worship, drawing power directly from the Fates, or staying within Olympus to maintain what power they have left. If they lose those three options, they disappear for good. It's for that reason Gods like Ares, Athena, and Aphrodite became the new Big Three, since their respective domains of war and conflict, knowledge and craftsmanship, and love and passion grew over time, while those of the previous three simply degraded.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In the New 52, none of the gods wear shoes, not even Apollo, who otherwise wears a suit. Though these versions of the gods are later revealed as fakes.
  • Dysfunctional Family/Big, Screwed-Up Family/Royally Screwed Up: Inevitably, but it's actually a plot point in the New 52.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Prior to the New 52 some writers felt that this excused or explained why Ares was such a potential danger to the rest of the deities, they are thought of mostly like fairy tales and no longer have a large group of worshipers sacrificing to them and losing power while he's adapted to be able to pull strength from any conflict. Aphrodite adapting to draw power from all acts of love has also kept her as a top god when others in the pantheon had their power wane.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Much like their mythological counterparts they're a bunch of squabbling meddlers who are easily offended and tend to interfere with human lives on a whim and produce illegitimate children like Cassandra Sandmark with human women. Some of them are even worse than others, with Eros and his brothers essentially insisting on being teenagers despite their actual age.
  • Incest Is Relative: Well of course. There's Zeus and his sister/wife Hera to start with. Eros even hangs a lampshade on this at one point:
    Eros: —I was right in the middle of something!
    Ares: You do know that she's your great-aunt, right?
    Eros: Like that's ever stopped anyone in this family from getting game.
  • Jerkass Gods: Typical of the Greek Pantheon sadly, and in ways like you wouldn't believe in comics. Really highlighted in the New 52 where the story line is more intertwined with the gods and their actions than normal. Most of their decrees range from disproportionate to downright nonsensical but are handwaved as acceptable due to being gods.
  • Physical God: Their titles come with devastatingly immense strength and abilities.
  • Shapeshifting: They're all shapeshifters who can choose their forms, with the 12 Olympians, the ruling and top gods, having the most flexible control over their forms. Their forms are still often dictated by how their perceived.
  • Super Empowering: The members of the Dodekatheon can bestow their own power and strength on mortals, and traditionally several of them help empower Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: If an Olympian kills another Olympian they gain their attributes. If a human kills one it doesn't stick as only other gods can kill them. Most of the time it doesn't stick even when killed by a fellow Olympian, partially because they're rarely all in one place since they've got avatars, aspects and champions running about with parts of their power.
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    Ares 

Ares/War/Mars

DC Rebirth Ares https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ares_1.png
New 52 Version: 
Pre-Flashpoint Version: 

War is many things Diana of Themyscira. It is a crucible by which mortals may discover and abandon their humanity. It is a forge by which they build and destroy their civilizations, but like [fire] war is always hungry. [...] Unfettered war becomes unending, madness...and I was long past the borders of sanity.
Ares, Wonder Woman Vol 5 #23


Arguably Wonder Woman's archnemesis, Ares, the God of War, is a cunning schemer who thrives on conflict and seeks to perpetuate endless war. Despite his bloodthirsty nature, Ares is a genius tactician and master manipulator.

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman #1. (1942)
god of: War. Courage. Battlelust. Conflict.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon.

  • Adaptational Heroism: He's more an ally than enemy in the New 52. Which is played straight when the genuine Ares is introduced, having been healed by the influence of Aphrodite and wishing to stay in his prison inside Themyscira so his sons don't unleash his power and plunge the world back into war. Ares reveals it was Phobos and Deimos posing as him whom Diana fought in "Year One."
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Ares in Greek Mythology was a Dumb Muscle bruiser who left the thinking to Athena, and occasionally got his rear handed to him by mortals. This version, on the other hand, is bright, motivated, and extremely dangerous.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Mythological Ares wasn't a big believer in clothes. At all. He often wore a helmet, maybe added a cape, carried a shield and called it good. DC's Ares is usually fully covered in layers of blued armor.
  • Animal Motifs: Unlike most of the gods who get whittled down to one correlated animal Ares keeps all of his from mythology:
    • Snakes, carrying over from the original mythology where snakes often adorned his shield, were one of his sacred animals and one of his beloved daughters was turned into one. In his fist DCU appearance there were snakes on his breastplate and his iconic helmet has a snake motif down each side wrapped around the spikes and horns. DC Rebirth upgrades this to twisting living snakes like those on his son Demios' helmet.
    • Dogs were one of his sacred animals in mythology and here he is often accompanied by a pair, who are the chosen form of his sons, the gods of fear Deimos and Phobos.
    • Vultures show up the least often, but he uses them to aid Diana after she defeats him and he swears not to try to destroy humankind again.
  • Archenemy: One of the top three classic contenders for the title, alongside Circe and the various incarnations of The Cheetah. Of the three of them, he's easily the most powerful, with the furthest reaching plans. This makes his Post-Crisis relationship with Diana not unlike that of R'as Al-Ghul and Batman or Darkseid and Superman—he's not her most frequent adversary, but when he does show up it's on a whole other scale.
    • Not so much anymore in New 52.
  • Ax-Crazy: But slightly less ax crazy, since Wonder Woman pointed out to him that destroying the human race, including his own worshipers, would effectively lead to his own disappearance. Now instead of trying to start World War III, Ares sticks to smaller goals such as trying to overthrow his fellow gods on Mount Olympus.
  • Big Bad: The biggest bad in the pre-New 52 comics, and the man behind more than a few major arcs.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He's not human and doesn't think like one, even if he might pretend to for a brief while.
  • The Chessmaster: He had to adapt with the times you know, it's also an element he gained from Mars and something he needed to survive centuries of tiffs with Athena. In modern times they play against each other, to the detriment of most everyone else.
  • Cool Helmet: His iconic item is his indestructible helm, which is usually blued and horned. He will occasionally change up it's appearance to fit with whatever form he's chosen at the moment this change is always temporary.
  • Consummate Liar: Wonder Woman calls him the Deceiver for a reason. Here's a lovely spiel he sprouts when he walks as a guest into Hades to murder Hades and take the throne, managing to threaten everyone present with Hades and Poseidon thinking he's still allied with them and keep them from realizing his timing just saved Diana's life, and his forces grabbing Cassie and Ferdinand is to save their lives as well:
    Ares: Dear naive Cassandra, there's a reason Diana calls me "Deceiver". Now pay attention because you and the man-beast are next. Uncle... pray continue.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Ares snarks it's often gold, for example:
    Aphrodite: If you ache for something to hold, you'll find I'm much more yielding than that axe of yours.
    Ares: Softer, perhaps, but my axe is marginally less dangerous.
    Wonder Woman, Vol 2 #214.
    Ares: Oh, good. I made it in time for the murder.note 
    Wonder Woman, Vol 2 #217.
  • Evil All Along: The DC Rebirth Wonder Woman series has been implying the New 52 Ares and the rest of the Olympians were not the real deal, and that Ares is still one of Diana's enemies. The Year One storyline has Diana explicitly tell Barbara Minerva that the Amazons have never considered Ares an ally, saying "His is the way of madness." Ares then appears before Diana for what is supposedly their first meeting ever, saying he's waited aeons to meet her, effectively subverting all the tropes pertaining to New 52 Ares as lies and misdirection aimed at Diana. It helps that his appearance is once again similar to the blue armor George Perez designed. It's later revealed this also wasn't the real Ares, but Phobos and Deimos using his image. The real Ares has pulled a Heel–Face Turn inside his prison in Themyscira.
  • God of Evil: He's Diana's archnemisis because (originally) he's become cruel and cunning and loves bloodshed.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Ares has had a rather complex history with Wonder Woman in post crisis. During the Perez run, she was able to convince him that starting World War 3 was a bad idea and he left her with the task of "saving mankind from themselves". During the Messner-Loebs run, he returned as a villain and was possessing the body of a criminal who sold weapons for gang wars. During the Rucka run, he reinvented himself as the "God of Conflict" and was more of a neutral character. He also served as a mentor of sorts to Cassie Sandsmark for a time. The Simone run saw him as an out and out villain again post crisis.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Starting with DC Rebirth it's revealed that Ares was imprisoned on Themyscira. At some point in the past, Ares became comsumed by war and was straight up Ax-Crazy. The other gods realized that he needed to be stopped so Hephaestus forged binding manacles similar to the Golden Perfect (the lasso of truth) which could hold Ares. Aphrodite was the one to place them upon Ares and in doing so also suffused them with her love of him (items touched by gods become god-touched and imprinted with their power). The manacles not only bound Ares but power of Aphrodite's love dispelled his madness. He even held her and cried Tears of Remorse afterward. In modern times, he's still imprisoned but by choice, wanting to spare the world his power unchecked and unrestrained.
  • Hijacked by Jesus: In George Perez's run Ares plays The Devil—a diabolical figure with his own domain called the Areopagus, and a powerful threat to his sibling Olympians.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Ares firmly believes this and views his own continued existence as a testament to mankind's capacity for evil or propensity for slaughtering one another to validate his misanthropy. He can grow weary of it from time to time, even growing disgusted by the warring tendencies that fuel his power.
    Ares: God of War? HAH! I am quaint! A mere dabbler compared to these modern men!
  • Kill All Humans: Came within a few minutes of starting a world-ending nuclear war before Diana pointed out the flaws in that plan. Did it again years later when he didn't need to worry about running out of people to worship him by becoming the God of the Underworld.
  • Knight Templar: When he attempts to pull a Heel–Face Turn he instead turns into a horrific pastiche of "justice", judging all crimes as equal and worthy of punishment by death. He's at his best when he tries to just stay apathetic.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's lost a chunk of this characteristic following Flashpoint, but his scheming and clever use of lies to manipulate others to get what he wants is more dangerous than his nearly unparalleled fighting prowess.
  • Necromancer: Pre-Flashpoint, after killing Hades and inheriting his powers. This has been taken away post New 52, where Hades is alive again.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: What Diana does after the whole Genocide affair by grabbing a battle axe and splitting his head open.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When Athena had her champion Diana, who was blind and recovering from serious injuries at the time, fight against Zeus' champion, the Eldritch Abomination Hekatonkheires, Ares strolled in to try and interfere. While he was stopped by Aphrodite he still made biting comments at Athena to try and get her to aid her champion.
    • When Cassie lost her powers, Ares offered to restore them. Instead of a Deal with the Devil, all he wanted in return was for her to call him brother and to say "I love you" to him. Though this was kind of subverted when it turned out that his powers were driving her crazy. Though he may not have known that, so it could still count.
    • In the New 52 after helping Diana rescue Zola's baby he leaves, making it seem like he had kidnapped the kid for his own purposes, but it turns out he went straight back to Zola to give the kid back.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: With a little help from Wonder Woman, he realized that, thanks to nukes, starting World War III would destroy the world and leave no one left to fight his wars. He eventually focused his efforts to becoming the God of Conflict, making him more powerful and more dangerous than before.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Easily mistaken as the god of evil and often has glowing red eyes when they're not pitch black pits. Even when he's in a suit with cropped hair and otherwise looks human his eyes are usually solid red. In a twist when he has human looking eyes it's best to just run since this generally only happens when he tries to turn good, which turns him into a horrific Knight Templar.
  • Smug Snake: In Rucka's run.
  • The Strategist: Oddly a twist on the original myth, since Ares was said to encompass brute force and untempered violence. Mars on the other hand was something of a strategist in the myths, but was also heroic and revered rather than the unloved Ares usually acts as.
  • Tin Tyrant: Has frequently adopted this look, with layered blued armor covered in spikes and occasionally adorned in skeletal motifs.
  • The Unfavorite: Just like in the original Greek myths, Ares isn't favored by Zeus or Hera. This actually doesn't faze him that much, maybe because neither are presented as exactly being parents of the year.
    Hera: Of all my children, you're my least favorite.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Firmly Averted and then Subverted. Post-Crisis Ares originally started off as considerably powerful by feeding off the warfare of mankind over the centuries and tried to kickstart World War III to make himself supremely powerful among the Gods. When Diana defeated him by showing him that such a war would render him powerless by killing everyone on Earth, Ares modernized himself to become the God of Conflict, making him one of the top three most powerful gods on Olympus after Zeus and the rest of the former Big Three lost power due to lack of worship or activity in their domains, to the point Wonder Woman was no longer a threat to him. He later went about killing Hades to secure his place as God of the Underworld and Conflict, meaning he could now kill off everyone on Earth like originally planned and become stronger for it by taking everyone's souls. Feeling secure, Ares went about trying to kill off all the Amazons and Wonder Woman's coterie to remove any threats to his next scheme. However, despite his newfound power, he still somehow ended up being killed by an axe to the head by an already injured Wonder Woman.
  • Villains Blend in Better: Unlike most of the other Gods and even Wonder Woman herself, he has quickly adjusted to the modern world and is comfortable with wearing modern clothing if the situation calls for it.
  • Villain Respect: He tells Io he'll kill her if she insists on trying to prevent him from reaching his daughter, but he just knocks her out when she fights him anyway. He later says it's because he respected her fighting abilities and her attempts to protect one of his children even if he thinks it misguided to protect his kids from him.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He likes to lounge about and snark in black dress pants and a open button-up black shirt. It's part of the understated more human look he adopts, and the open shirt is just as much about showing off his chiseled good looks as it is about the quiet threat of all the thin scars on his torso.
  • War God: His actual portfolio is war, though you could be forgiven for thinking he was the God of Evil.
  • War Is Glorious: He will occasionally espouse such views but it's always either a sign that he's up to something or that his sanity is slipping because at his core he's of the opinion that War Is Hell, and he revels in it even if some things which occur during wars disgust him. He also feels that mankind's best and worst can only be seen in war.
  • Worf Effect: Even after becoming a God on the equal level of Zeus, he still ends up being killed by an axe to the head by Wonder Woman.

New 52 Version
  • Adaptational Heroism: Although neutral, he's much more of an ally than an enemy in New 52. Year One reveals this wasn't the real Ares.
  • Badass Beard: War personified has worn a long beard in a few of his chosen forms, including a red one that he allowed to decay into grey for the splintered avatar of him that held his title in the New 52.
  • Cynical Mentor: In the New 52, he was one to Diana when she was younger, but not for that long, kicking her out when she refused to kill someone. Year One reveals the real Ares was never a mentor or ally to Diana, as it's implied she never even met him until after she left Themyscira.
  • Evil Old Folks: In the New 52 Universe.
  • Grandpa God: In the New 52 he's an old man with a long white beard.
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • In the New 52 he makes comments that suggest he's either not Zeus' son or doesn't consider himself as such. It's kind of unclear which it is, but Apollo at least refers to Zeus as "our" father when speaking to Ares, so it might just be Ares disowning Zeus.
    • His relationship with the Amazons is quite different from the original myths where he was their patron god, consort to their queen Otere, the father of Hippolyta and her sisters and furious when any of his children were killed.

    Aphrodite 

Aphrodite/Venus

Aphrodite post-Rebirth https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/aphrodite.png
Pre-Flashpoint Version: 

Goddess of love and beauty and patron goddess of the Amazons. Her adaption with the times has made her more often benevolent than she was in mythology and has provided her with strength those of her fellows who did not so quickly or easily change with the eras lack. She was central to the creation of the Amazons as their own separate and immortal nation and was one of the goddesses to help gift Hippolyta with a daughter, granting a part of her power to the child's construction.

First DCU Appearance: All-Star Comics #8. (1941)
goddess of: Love. Beauty. Procreation. Passion.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon. Themyscira.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Most DC dipictions of Aphrodite were golden haired blondes but after Rebirth she's become a brunette.
  • Big Good: When the gods were included in the Golden Age huge liberties were taken, with them often ruling over the planets named after them, but Aphrodite was the Big Good to the Amazons as the goddess of love.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: She usually wears or is draped in pink, though her aspect as Venus switches out this signature color for purple.
  • Love Goddess: Like her mythological namesake, but with an expanded repertoire reflecting modern ideas about love as a more all encompassing and positive thing.
  • Sadly Mythcharacterized: Aphrodite of myth saw love as a weapon and purpose, both glorious and deadly and was feared and revered by her worshipers as an avatar of madness, unrivaled beauty and passion that drove men mad. In the comics Eros is able to say, "To her, love is a wimsy thing, all gossamer and moonlights tender sighs!" without lying. This gets explained away as her widening her repertoire of love and becoming a more positive character over the many years of her existence by later writers.
  • Stripperiffic: (Pre-DC Rebirth) She's usually not actually wearing anything. Instead she just has a long strip of semi-translucent pink cloth floating curled around her just right to prevent the exposure of any naughty bits.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: Aphrodite is firmly this most of the time, regardless of the fact the Amazons and her champion Diana are constantly being plagued by the evil plans of her lover Ares. Even after becoming one of the most powerful Gods of Olympus, she's content to laze around in the sun on Olympus and offer Ares sex rather than actually help Diana or the world.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She has at least four children with Ares, some of whom were conceived while she was still married to Hephaestus.

New 52 Version
  • Godiva Hair: New 52 Aphrodite opts for long hair to cover her breasts on her otherwise naked top half.
  • Demoted to Extra: Aphrodite and Mars were the only two Olympians to feature heavily in the original Wonder Woman mythos where she was the Big Good, subsequent adaptaions kept her as integral to Diana's fatherless birth and one of the most important Olymians up until this reboot, where she's only spotted in group shots of the Olympians and Diana owes her nothing and instead owes eveything to Zeus.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: In the New 52 she had Eros with Hephaestus instead of Ares, though her romantic entanglements with the war god remain.

Rebirth Version
  • Brother–Sister Incest: G. Willow Wilson's decision to make this version of her a daughter of Zeus means that all of her love intrests are now her brothers.
  • The Load: She's a Physical God and the Goddess of Love, but despite her power she barely does anything to assist Diana and mostly lazes around Steve Trevor's apartment after Olympus mysteriously disappeared.
  • Related in the Adaptation: While there are a very few sources that claim Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus she has never been such before in DC's continuity. This also causes adaptational incest as she is now the sister of all of her love interests.
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • While there are a few ancient mythological sources that claim Aphrodite as the daughter of Zeus and Dione the father of the Dione in question was the Titan daughter of Aether. This claim also only appears in a handful of lists and one of Aphrodite's most famous myths is of her birth/emergence from the sea foam as a daughter of Uranus when his son Cronus cut off his genitals. Uranus is the father of Chiron, Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Posiedon and Zeus, meaning Aphrodite is fairly older than Zeus according to her more famous myths.
    • Atlantiades/Hermaphroditus was in mythology the son of Aphrodite and Hermes who was not born with the attributes of both sexes but gained them later on in life. Here they're presented as a creation of Aphrodite's who has always been intersex.
  • Took A Level In Cynicism: At some point she grew heavily disenchanted with the concept of Love to the point she decided it was inevitably harmful and better off discarded.
  • Truly Single Parent: G. Willow Wilson decided to make her Atlantiades' only parent.

    Apollo 

Phoebus Apollo/Sun

New 52 Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/3060b05034d2ab345cffddc70ecd72e4.png

Greek god of light, prophecy and healing and twin brother of Artemis, who is more integral to Diana's story.
His New 52 version becomes King of the gods after Zeus' disappearance and Hera's banishment, until he is dies fighting the First Born.
Not to be confused with the DC hero who has used his name, Apollo of Stormwatch, or the Legion of Super-Heroes villain Apollo (Tal Obrin).

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman 3. (1943)
god of: Music. Prophecy. Healing. Light.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon.

  • Beneath Notice: No one really forgets he's got the potential to be insanely dangerous but the rest of the Dodekatheon has gotten so used to him being in the background that they'll discuss things he can then pass on to his sister that they would never talk about in front of her.
  • Dirty Coward: When the gods of Olympus are about to be forced into oblivion Apollo chooses to knock himself into a dreamless sleep rather than face it. This infuriates Artemis as it leaves the remaining gods without a reliable easy way to contact the Amazons, essentially abandoning them even though Diana is currently fighting to save the gods.
  • Non-Action Guy: He will show support for his sister's plays but he stays out of the action himself, preferring to act as an observer and messenger.
  • Satellite Character: He's never seen without it being in conjunction with his sister Artemis and almost all his lines are responses to things she's said.

New 52 Version
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Prior to Flashpont his more humanoid guises were always blonde and blue eyed, while in the New 52 his hair and skin is a shiny bluish black paired with glowing orange eyes when he's not glowing in his entirety. This version of him is later revealed to have been a fake.
  • Depending on the Artist: (New 52 Apollo) He appears in Superman/Wonder Woman wearing loafers.
  • Hypocrite: In the New 52, claims he wants Olympus to enter a new age of enlightenment free of the bloodshed and family feuding of the past. Yet he waste no time in trying to kill family members he deems a threat and going so far as to torture and cannibalize parts of the First Born.
  • Playing with Fire: God of the sun naturally.
  • Power of the Sun: Fittingly for the sun god, whether he is burning hot or cool depends on whether the sun is out and his preferred attack is to incinerate his targets with solar blasts. Doesn't work out too well against Superman becomes stronger by absorbing the blast.
  • Pun: Holds the insulting title 'Bastard Sun' in the New 52 series.
  • Jerkass: (New 52 Apollo) He was less than impressed when he first met 'Diana's new conquest' in Kal-El, stating he wasn't even human; just some thing who came from the stars, even going so far as to insult her par of choice by not caring for whom she sluts around with. When Superman called him out on being a dick to his girlfriend he even smacked him into Hephaestus' forge.
    • Laser-Guided Karma: Que supes rising out of the molten lava pit as Strife gloatingly demeaned him in front of Diana and knocking his ass to the ground. A royally pissed Bastard Sun snaps at Clark blasting him with concentrated solar rays, resulting in the presently overcharged kryptonian proceeding to grab him by his shirt scruff belting him right out of the smith gods mountain and into upper orbit.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Cannibalism was a huge grievous offense to the Greek deities and one of the few abhorrent acts that they universally despised. In the New 52 Apollo casually eats parts of the First Born while trying to torture him into submission.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: (New 52 Apollo) Always wears a suit (sans shoes).
  • Too Dumb to Live: (New 52 Apollo) Refuses to execute or permanently imprison the First Born despite the prophecy stating the latter will kill the king of Olympus. Instead, he tries to torture him into obedience. The First Born escapes and quickly exacts his revenge.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: (New 52 Apollo) The only real reason he opposes Wonder Woman is because he heard a prophecy that one of Zeus' children (which he believes to be Zola's baby) would one day kill one of their family.

    Artemis 

Artemis/Diana/Moon

Post-Crisis Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/artemis_8.png
New 52 Version: 

Goddess of the hunt, wild animals, maidens and the moon, it is from her Roman title that Wonder Woman gets her name. Artemis is one of the twelve Olympians. She was central to the creation of the Amazons as their own separate and immortal nation and was one of the goddesses to participate in granting Hippolyta a daughter with no father.
Not be be confused with the several other DC characters named after her, including the Amazon who replaced Wonder Woman for a time.

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman 3. (1943)
goddess of: The Hunt. Wild Animals. Virgins. the Moon.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon. Themyscira.

  • Animal Motifs: Deer, carrying over from the original mythology where deer were sacred to her.
  • Archer Archetype: Her unsurpassed skill with a bow is carried over from the original mythology, and she can act quite harsh and aloof when her family or humanity gives her cause to be upset, which they do constantly. She does get a bit giddy sometimes when plotting with Athena though.
  • Archnemesis Dad: The goddess of virginity and women who helped create a paradise where women would be protected from predation by men does not at all get along with her misogynistic serial rapist father. At times it takes Athena, Demeter and Apollo to keep her from outright attacking Zeus on his throne as he makes arrogant proclamations about his intentions and superiority.
  • Asexuality: She has no interest in sex whatsoever, and retains her status as a maiden goddess while also getting rid of the bit from mythology where she did fall in love once with Orion only for her jealous brother to trick her into killing him.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Editorial mandate said she got written out of the books when the Amazon named for her, Artemis, became a member of Diana's supporting cast. Originally a mystery was being built up where her disappearance would be explored and explained but Infinite Crisis happened and this storyline was one of many casualties.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: (Post-Crisis) Her color is red, she most often wears a red chiton with a himation.
  • Friendly Sniper: Can reliably hit a target from an entirely separate dimension, and while she can be quite serious she's generally pretty upbeat and personable to those who matter to her.
  • Nature Spirit: She is deeply tied to nature, and is most in her element in the forest and away from civilization.

New 52 Version
  • Adaptational Curves: (New 52) Her previous DC incarnation had a lean somewhat androgynous body with a small bust, narrow hips and a whole bunch of chiselled lean muscle, in the New 52 she's given an hourglass figure with wide hips, a bigger bust and greatly reduced muscle tone.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: She's an archer, whose ranged attacks are incredibly powerful, but when she's sent to kill or delay people she always tries punching them instead. Heck this version is never seen using her bow except for practice and she seems to just leave it on Olympus.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Flashpoint gave this traditionally brunette character white hair.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: This version of the character is not nice at all, she likes to dominate and embarrass others and gets a kick out of being sent to murder an infant.
  • Adaptational Skimpiness: (New 52) Artemis of myth only undressed to bathe, handy since she visited horrific retribution on those who dared to see her naked even if it was an accident on their part. Here she often walks around completely nude.
  • Horned Humanoid: In her glowing form she often adds a pair of thin deer-like antlers to her head.
  • Sadly Mythcharacterized: She was the virgin goddess of virgins, and took pleasure in finding creatively cruel deaths for those who saw her naked form, DC's crush on her brother and exhibitionist ways are comic original.
  • Sex Is Violence: She is very noticeably and unabashedly turned on by a good fight.
  • Solar and Lunar: Paired with her sun god twin they have this contrasting dynamic.

    Athena 

Pallas Athena/Minerva

Pre-Flashpoint Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/athena_5.png
Granny Goodness Impersonating her: 
First DCU Appearance: All-Star Comics #8. (1941)
goddess of: Wisdom. War (military strategy). Skill. Craftmanship.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon. Themyscira.

Diana's patron goddess is Athena, the daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom, skill, defense of towns, just causes and military strategy. She's as wise and warlike as in myth, and even once dethroned her father and took over Olympus. Even when she hasn't usurped the throne Athena remains one of the twelve Olympians. She gifted Hippolyta's fatherless daughter with wisdom and later made Diana into her champion.
  • Adaptational Skimpiness: Athena of myth was one of the most consistently well covered goddesses as she wore her mantle and armor over her dress in pretty much all appearances. When DC's is impersonated by Granny Goddness she has a habit of showing up wearing hilarious chest, midriff and leg exposing pastiches of armor.
  • Animal Eye Spy: Can see through the eyes of her unnamed pet owl.
  • Batman Gambit: Her plan to usurp the throne of Olympus depends largely on her knowledge of how Wonder Woman will react to certain situations.
  • Benevolent Boss: Sort of. Despite crassly manipulating her, Athena does treat her champion well enough. She did grant her the resurrection of a murdered child as a reward for defeating Hades on her behalf. Then she gave Diana her lost eyesight back, just to be nice.
  • Big Good: As Diana's main patron.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She keeps her hair cropped short, which shows more pragmatism about her appearance than most DCU gods bother with and is in keeping with many depictions of her Roman counterpart Minerva.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's one of the cleverest out of the Greek Pantheon and a brunette.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: (Pre-Flashpoint) Her color is blue, and she often wears a light blue turtleneck of a rich blue toga inspired dress.
  • Disney Death: Supposedly dies, but keeps appearing by possessing random people.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: After she usurps the throne she ditches shoes for most of her subsequent appearances.
  • Gray Eyes: Frequent attention is called to her grey eyes, which see all.
  • Jerkass Gods: One of the more benevolent members of the pantheon. She's still a jerk though.
  • Lady in a Power Suit: Athena's preferred outfit is a slightly baggy suit with her owl perched on her shoulder. She's also got several toga inspired dress or her aegis and armor should the occasion call for it, but her normal look is businesswoman attire.
  • Lady of War: One of the original Ladies Of War. In Greek Myth, Athena represented the positive aspects of warfare, like courage and military strategy.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Tends to use Diana and other mortals as pawns in her schemes.
  • The Chessmaster: Traditionally known as the more strategically minded of the Greek war gods, and does not disappoint here.
  • The High Queen: She is a far more kindly ruler than her father.
  • The Mentor: Athena is one of the five deities who created the Amazons and bestowed upon them part of her wisdom and strategic thinking.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Owls, of course, are the emblem of Athena.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: The Athena of myth did not care for Amazons and supported Achilles when he killed Penthesilea, one of Hippolyta's sisters, in the Trojan War. In some versions Thetis got Zeus to bring Achilles back to life after Penthesilea killed him in combat before he killed the Amazon, and in some it was his son Pyrrhus who killed her, but in all versions Athena was on the side of the war opposing the defenders of Troy.
  • The Usurper: Takes over Olympus with the (reluctant) aid of Wonder Woman, her champion.
  • War God: Just like her little brother, Ares, but with a focus on the strategy and planning aspects.

New 52 Version
  • Have You Seen My God?: In the New 52 continuity Athena has gone missing.
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • Much is made of the prophecy that one of Zeus' children will usurp the throne, but unlike the original myths and pre-Flashpoint continuity this prophecy does no refer to Athena since she's busy being dead.
    • The Athena of myth is one of the three virgin goddesses, is a strong willed strategist, and is fated to overthrow her father, so the fact that this version had sex with her father in order to give birth to his reincarnation and assure that he remains on the throne and has weak plots she's easily talked out of flies in the face of everything her mythological counterpart stands for.
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    Demeter 

Demeter/Harvest/Ceres

Post-Crisis Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/demeter_6.png
New 52 Version: 

The goddess of the harvest and one of the five Amazonian patrons. Her most famous myth relating to her daughter Persephone's marriage to Hades has been addressed several times in the comics.

First DCU Appearance: Adventure Comics #193. (1953)
goddess of: Harvest. Grain. Agriculture.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon. Themyscira.

  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: (Pre-Flashpoint) Her color is green, tying to her connection to plants.
  • Composite Character: As a result of the executive mandate that Artemis, goddess of the hunt had to be jettisoned from the books since they thought readers would be confused with two Artemis' running around Demeter took on her neice's portfolio. This was originally planned to be turned into an arc discovering how Demeter gained Artemis' powers and where Artemis and Apollo disappeared to but then Infinite Crisis barreled through and destroyed all of the arcs that had been set up and Rucka was kicked off the book.
  • Green Thumb: Control over plants on a massive scale.
  • Team Mom: She plays a motherly role to the Amazon's other matron goddesses (Athena, Artemis, Aphrodite and Hestia) and to the Amazons themselves.

New 52 Version
There's birth and there's death, and in between it's all improvisation.
Demeter, Wonder Woman Vol 4 #11

    Hera 

Hera/Juno

Post-Crisis Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hera_0.png

Hera is the haughty and jealous Queen of Olympus, and mother of Ares, Hephaestus and sometimes Eris.
Her New 52 counterpart plays a key role after being banished from Olympus and is also the mother of the First Born.

First DCU Appearance: All-Star Comics 8. (1942)
goddess of: Women. Marriage. Queens. Sky.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Pre-Crisis she gets along with and aids the Amazons, while in the original myths she's the one that turned Hercules' visit to acquire the Golden Girdle from a diplomatic chat into a murderous bloodbath.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Rucka had her wear blue in all of her appearances under his pen, fitting given she's the queen of the sky. It is also consistent with her appearances in real life ancient mosaics where she's usually wearing blue.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the post-Crisis continuity, Hera destroyed the island of Themyscira in fit of jealousy after catching her husband Zeus spying on the Amazon Artemis while she bathed.
  • Iconic Item: Her gold and emerald diadem with it's peacock centerpiece framed by two horn-like points. Some artists simplify the central peacock into a gold spike, especially in interior art, to make is easier to draw.
  • Never My Fault: She doesn't see how the Amazon's patrons could possibly think it's her fault she destroyed Themyscira, obviously the blame lays entirely with Zeus.
  • Regal Ringlets: A queen who usually wears her hair in ringlets, though she keeps the ends in a more relaxed wave.
  • Sadly Mythcharacterized: (Pre-Crisis) All of her cruel underhanded tricks and characteristic Disproportionate Retribution against her husband's illegitimate children and the women he rapes do not at all fit with the kind goddess of the DCU. It's exceptionally glaring as her jealously was her defining characteristic and helped lead to all out wars in the mythology she originates from.
  • Stealing the Credit: She likes to try to act like she was involved in gifting the Amazons with their strength, immortality and island home and pretend she's one of their patrons but she's really not and did not.
  • Yandere: It's noted that she loves Zeus, and is still highly possessive of him, but her affection has very noticably waned over the centuries of his philandering ways and by the time Diana meets her she has very little left for him.

New 52 Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/72677d041d839bb41e22bc01ba225d2a.jpg
New 52 Version
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Flashpoint turned this traditional DC brunette into a blonde.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When the First Born takes over Olympus, she is given her powers back by Apollo, allowing her to come to the rescue of Wonder Woman.
  • Break the Haughty: What happens to her after Apollo de-powered her.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Apollo eventually banishes her from Olympus, turning her into a mortal in the process. his last action when he is about to die at the hands of the First Born is to restore her powers and position.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She turns Hippolyta into a stone statues and the other Amazons into snakes after learning Zeus cheated on her with the former (Which to be fair is in line with her classic mythology counterpart). she reverts them back to normal after her Heel–Face Turn and recovery of her powers.
  • Evil Matriarch: In the New 52 Universe, unlike her previous incarnations whom were more helpful if relatively temperamental at times. She eventually warms up to the rest of Diana's Party and was against the exile of her First Born
  • Ret Gone: This version was revealed to have been a fake in DC Rebirth.
  • Stripperiffic: (New 52) Wears a peacock feather cloak and nothing else. Most of her appearances show her as being naked, though she does own a marvelous dark blue dress with a plunging neckline and peacock feathers across the shoulders.
  • Yandere: (New 52) To the point that she keeps trying to kill the children her husband fathered with other women out of spiteful jealousy, even after said husband is presumed dead.

    Hermes 

Hermes/Mercury

Pre-Flashpoint Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hermes_9.png
I suppose Zeus will be quite angry with me. But I couldn't allow Diana to think that all the gods had abandonded her. I had to intervene. She should have been warned about Circe. We gods owed her that much. Sometimes I don't think we deserve followers like Diana.
Hermes, Wonder Woman (1987) #19

The messenger of the gods. He is Zeus' son and the fastest of the Greek deities. In his roman guise of Mercury he lends his speed to Captain Marvel. Hermes was the only male god to bestow power on Diana. He bequeathed the Amazonian princess with speed.

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman 105. (1959)
god of: Thieves. Trade. Messengers. Athletics.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon. Themyscira.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Ares and Athena certianly thinks so, though Ares also seems more fond of Hermes than he is of most of his other siblings which helps Hermes keep his life
    Ares: And thus my brother returns and, like all younger siblings is promptly annoying.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He usually seems like one of the most pleasant and happy-go-lucky of the Olympians, but he is the god of thieves and is just as capable of jealous overreaction as his siblings, he's just usually more chill, like all of Diana's patrons who are the "nice" ones in the Dodekatheon.
  • Cool Helmet: His spiked and winged petasus shaped helmet.
  • Defector from Paradise: Following Darkseid's attack, Hermes refuses to quit Earth with the other Olympians, and eventually joins Diana's (mostly mortal) supporting cast. At first it's pretty clear he's trying to have his cake and eat it too, zooming around and using his remaining powers to dazzle and bribe the Puny Earthlings into worshiping him, but he undergoes some pretty brutal Break the Haughty and starts losing his powers entirely.
  • Distressed Dude: Diana and Ares had to save him from Hades after Athena took the throne and Hades, Poseidon and Zeus teamed up to get back at her.
  • Iconic Item: His caduceus of course, a staff with twinned snakes wrapped around its length topped with little wings.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Hermes is super fond of humans and their idiosyncrasies, quirks, and ingenuity, though he definitely considers himself our superior. In Volume 2 hung out with Steve Trevor and Diana in a mostly human guise.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: There was a period in the early 2000s where Greg Rucka seemed to confuse Apollo's status as a healer with Hermes, probably because of the caduceus (a staff used by messengers in Greek mythology) which Americans love to mistake for the Rod of Asclepius, a symbol of medicine.
  • Skewed Priorities: He tends to focus on the little things. When Ares killed Hades and became lord of the dead and returned Hermes to life, and then he learned that Athena had usurped Zeus while he was out of it too he started asking questions and was promptly distracted by the fact that Athena had set up a laptop to work with the internet in Olympus. Before anyone could explain anything he zipped over to play with it even though Athena was asking him not to. It might be partially because Hades kept him strung up in Tartarus for years and his father is a compassionless jerk.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Atlantiades was his son by Aphrodite before becoming the Trope Namer for Hermaphrodite in mythology while the DC Rebirth version of the Erote is presented as having no father. Atlantiades is even named for Hermes' grandfather, though writer G. Willow Wilson misunderstood the sources giving Zeus and Dione as Aphrodite's parents and thought Atlas was Aphrodite's grandfather through Dione. Dione is given variously as the daughter of Uranus or Aether, and Aphrodite herself is famous for being born from the sea foam as a daughter of Uranus.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He doesn't seem to have any interest in shirts and the closest he gets to covering his top half is a sash or scarf. His New 52 version keeps all covered up, but that version was a fake.

New 52 Version

    Zeus 

Zeus/Jove/Jupiter

New 52 Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/56638812401dca57c5d94880c93246eb.jpg

Generally leader of the gods, and he acts just like in myth, complete with the jerkass tendencies and the Attempted Rape. Even so, he's among the most powerful beings in the cosmos and commands the respect (if not the admiration) of every pantheon of gods, even Darkseid. He's spawned countless offspring over the ages, including the gods Ares, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, and Hephaestus; and the demigods Hercules and Cassandra Sandsmark (the second Wonder Girl) and Diana in the New 52. Just as the goddesses of Olympus lend their powers to Diana, Zeus has also empowered other heroes, such as the Olympian and Captain Marvel.
The New 52 made Diana his illegitimate daughter, when she'd previously been fatherless, but later arcs made all of her early interactions with the gods into an elaborate ruse of lies to prevent her from realizing she couldn't get back to Themyscira.

First DCU Appearance: Superman #28. (1944)
god of: Sky. Weather. Kings. Fate.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon.

  • Abusive Parents: His treatment of his kids varies from bragging about them, to not caring (or knowing) about them, to being an outright dick depending on how he feels that day.
    Apollo: I have some surprising news about our father.
    Ares: That he loves us?
    Apollo: I said surprising, not shocking.
  • Aesop Amnesia: He never learns from a lesson in benevolence for long, and is quit to revert right back to his jerkass self in his next appearance.
  • Attempted Rape: He was going to try this on WONDER WOMAN of all people.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal: He is hugely offended by Diana resisting his attempts to rape her, and does not at any point ever see how his doing so could ever be seen as anything more than a wonderful boon. Most of his children are disgusted by his refusal to change with the times and accept the mere concept of consent.
  • Grandpa God: An embarrassing grandpa even, with his outdated misogynistic notions.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Hypocritically enough, Zeus hates it when the services and loyalty of those who served him happen to serve someone else. Especially another God. When Zeus came to a benevolent Hawaiian God who appointed Wonder Woman as his champion after the Olympians were lost in space, he demanded that Wonder Woman be handed over to him as his servant. When the Hawaiian God refused and pleaded her loyalty was not Zeus' to take, he spitefully killed the God and tore out his heart to make a new champion loyal to him alone.
  • Jerkass: Even when he acts nice it ends up being a Double Subversion as his jerkassness comes back tenfold whenever he doesn't get what he considers to be the proper gratitude for his "gifts", which have included the chance to be impregnated with yet another one of his illegitimate children, or having your society be pushed aside to make way for his newest favorites.
    • Really his only redeeming trait is that he does at least sometimes learn from his mistakes and eventually accepts that his daughter has taken over from him when he realizes that she deserves it more than he does.
  • Literal Split Personality: Prior to Zeus and Jupiter joining back together in a single body they were two different personalities split off from one person with their own forms and lives. Their personalities never fully merged afterwards and Jove has occasionally been the primary personality in control of the merged Olympus but usually Zeus is in charge as the stronger and original one.
  • Really Gets Around: It wouldn't be Zeus if he didn't, and fathered Cassandra Sandsmark among other illegitimate demi-god children.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: (Pre-Crisis) Zeus is a wise and good-natured god in Wonder Woman, instead of the petty serial rapist of the original myths. He became much more like his hypocritical, self centered Jerkass God mythological self Post-Crisis.
  • Truly Single Parent: Zeus gave birth to Athena by himself.

New 52 Version
  • Abusive Parents: His treatment of the First Born in the New 52 makes him the embodiment of this trope.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His offspring are now evidently all the result of consensual relationships and he seems to have lost the serial rapist aspect entirely.
  • Animal Motifs: While he doesn't appear often, the New 52 version of him has an Eagle motif.
  • Everybody Loves Zeus: This version is pretty well loved by everyone despite retaining his rampant adultery, he's also not a rapist. Athena goes out of her way to help revive him, even having sex with him in order to give birth to his new reincarnation despite her being a virgin goddess who is, in mythology, fated to usurp him and all the other gods besides Ares being upset at his apparent death.
  • Have You Seen My God?: In the New 52 continuity Zeus has gone missing.
  • Really Gets Around: The New 52 has Diana teaming up with a bunch of his illegitimate children and Diana herself being one.
  • Reincarnation: Evidently Zeke is his reincarnation. In an exceptionally messed up version of this concept Zeke is still his own cute tiny little person, just Zeus needs a new body so he's taking over that of his infant son and burning Zeke's soul out to take his body for himself.

    Dionysus 

Dionysus/Dio/Bacchus

New 52 Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dionysus.png

Dionysus rarely interacts with Diana, and his casual relationship with driving people to life ending madness means they don't get on very well when he does. Dionysus is the youngest of the twelve Olympians, having been granted a seat by his aunt Hestia who stepped down from the position.

First DCU Appearance: Adventure Comics #193. (1953)
god of: Wine. Festivity. Madness. Comedy. Tragedy.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon.

  • Beneath Notice: He can hang out among his fellows slouched and drinking without them ever taking note of him unless he brings attention to himself. You'd think they'd know better; he's the god of theater and madness after all.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He's got purple hair.

New 52 Version
We're gods Hermes. We live forever, but twas mortals made this—and if you give them a chance? They'll never stop astounding you—learn to savor the moments.
Dio, Wonder Woman Vol 4 #31
  • Animal Motifs: Foxes, which comes out of nowhere as his sacred animals in mythology were panthers, bulls and serpents.
  • Badass Boast: "I am the god of vines, of madness, reality like a sot on his knee—bends to me. [...]Should I turn his blood into wine, or honey?"
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: When his sclerae are black he's not tamping down enough on his power for mortals to be safely near him and those who are have their sanity and inhibitions start slipping.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He drives the people he's with to start prepping for an orgy, then when he realizes the person he's actually supposed to be protecting isn't comfortable with it turns the disrobing people into pigs to make them look for a truffle for her and has to go running after his protectorate when she flees in terror.
  • Fingerless Gloves: His New 52 version is never seen without a pair of short black fingerless gloves.
  • Power Incontinence: His New 52 version has a bit of an issue in that just being around him makes people's inhibitions go right out the window. He can control it if he's trying to but he normally isn't, if his sclerae are black it's not safe for mortals to be near him.
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    Hephaestus 

Hephaestus/Smith/Vulcan

New 52 Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/28ad8c8672fed425374f2e93c1ae4515.jpg
First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman #226. (1976)
god of: Smiths. Fire. Metalworking.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon.

Blacksmith of the gods. His forge and home are located within Mount Etna in Sicily.
  • Badass Beard: Tough no-nonsense Olympian with a full beard.
  • Handicapped Badass: He may have a lame leg, but he's still a Physical God and should not be trifled with.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: As usual. He is the one who built Wonder Woman's invisible jet and magic lasso, amongst other things. Though the jet is sometimes—and was originally—built by Amazons in those continuities where their culture didn't stagnate after they secluded themselves from the world.

New 52 Version

  • A Father to His Men: (New 52) He rescues the male children born to Amazons when they would otherwise be put to death and puts them to work in his forge. Wonder Woman initially believes he has them as slaves but when she tries to "free" them, they ask her to release Hephaestus because of all he's done for them.
  • Bald of Awesome: His New 52 lacks any form of hair.
  • Gonk: Hephaestus is consistantly described as ugly in greek mythology, but his New 52 incarnation flat-out looks like an Orc/Troll-like creature.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Averted; he actually uses them to cover his eyes when he is blacksmithing.
  • Pet the Dog: Two particularly notable ones.
    • (New 52)As mentioned above, he agreed to take the male children born to Amazons as workers in his forge, thus saving them from death, and treats them well enough for them to genuinely care about him. This is canceled out some by the revelation that this version of him and Themyscira are both fakes and no Amazons were running about habitually raping and murdering dudes and then killing any male offspring from the unions.
    • When explaining how Eros' guns work, he snarks that "Nobody loves Eros more than himself". When Eros tries to protest, he promptly had the following line with a smile:
      "And I love you even more than that, son."
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • Eros is not his son in any version of any myth. Mythological Eros is either the son of Ares and Aphrodite or a primordial god, older than the Titans. While Eros is always tied to Aphrodite as part of her retinue he has little interest in Hephaestus.
    • Mytological Hephaestus is usually written to have gotten divorced from Aphrodite because he couldn't deal with her infidelity. He then married Aglaea, one of the Charites, with whom he had four children. He wouldn't still be married to Aphrodite in modern times.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The ugly husband of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite.

    Poseidon 

Poseidon/Neptune

New 52 Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fcacdba900b1d188a576a32efb776443.jpg
First DCU Appearance: Flash Comics #9. (1940).
god of: the Sea. Flooding. Earthquakes. Horses.
Affiliation: Dodekatheon.

God and physical manifestation of the seas, and king of a mythological element of it, however King Arthur is the true king of the physical sea.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Pre-New 52 he often manifested as a green skinned merman.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: His Pre-New 52 self once tried to do this to Aquaman's wife Mera.
  • Making a Splash: Obviously, being the God of the Sea.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Before Flashpoint one of his favorite forms was a green-skinned merman with a beard that looks like it's made of sea foam.
  • Slashed Throat: Cheetah does this to him in his human guise using the Claws of Extinction, a power that negates his ability to heal from it, in the lead up to the Justice League/Aquaman crossover "Drowned Earth".

New 52 Version

     Achilles Warkiller 
Achilles Warkiller/Olympian
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/achilles.jpg
First DCU Appearance: Whiz Comics #2. (1940)
Affiliation: Elysium. Olympus. Gargareans. Outsiders.

The war hero who helped invade and sack Troy who was deified after his demise. In an effort to take control of Themyscira Zeus tried to create a Themysciran King loyal to only himself and used the ancient warrior's soul to make "Achilles Warkiller". Achilles ended up freeing Wonder Woman himself once he realized how he was being used. He later joined the Outsiders with the code name Olympian.
Unlike Hercules he's tried to adapt with the times and has done his best to become heroic in a modern sense of the word rather than remaining a violent, proud and self obsessed Greek hero.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Achilles is trying his hardest to be a hero in the modern sense of the word, and has little in common with the narcissistic Straw Nihilist of the original myths.
  • Back from the Dead: Resurrected by Zeus to be the leader of his new anti-war mission.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Against the Citizenry's snake.
  • Cool Pet: What else do you call an elephant that flies and has two trunks?
  • Flight: Achilles can fly, though he seems to like riding Mysia.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Abandons his mission from Zeus to side with Wonder Woman.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Alkyone. Luckily, Achilles had the heart of a God and healed from it.
  • Public Domain Character: He's from The Iliad. It doesn't get much more public domain than that.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Wonder Woman. Both created by Gods? Check. Both attempting to stop conflict, despite different methods? Check. Both the rulers of one gender races? Also check. You see where I'm going with this.
  • Straight Gay: You wouldn't know it from the way he looks or acts, but Achilles is this. His marriage to Alkyone was merely a political one and he later hooks up with his realtor, Patrick Cleese, who turns out to be the reincarnation of Patroclus.
  • Super Strength: On par with Wonder Woman.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Alkyone. He figures it out and eventually kicks her ass.

    Eros 
Eros/Steven Howard
New 52 Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eros52.png
First DCU Appearance: DC Comics Presents #32. (1981)
god of: Love (love at first sight). Sexual Desire. Attraction.
Affiliation: Aphrodite. Olympus. Daemones. Erotes.

A diety of love, though quite less encompassing than Aphrodite. He is the son of Aphrodite and Ares, though his New 52 version was fathered by Hephaestus instead.
  • '90s Hair: The '90s hit poor Eros hard (if a little late) as he went from having a curly top of blonde hair to having blonde dreadlocks.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Mythological Eros did not wear clothes. He sometimes had a sash slung over his shoulders, wore a necklace, or wore a leather harness for pulling Aphrodite's chariot with another of the attractive men in her retinue but he wasn't modest in the least.
  • Bed Trick: It's a bit murky but when Doctor Cyber killed Steve Trevor Eros inhabited the lifeless body with his spirit and operated as Steve Howard after seeing Diana's grief. Just how much of Steve Howard is really Eros instead of Trevor is up to interpretation, but Eros had claimed to love Diana and forced a kiss on her before.
  • Cupid's Arrow: Well he is the trope maker. Diana tries to keep him from using this trick around her through as she feels it cheapens romance and takes away choice and autonomy. In the New 52 he's upgraded his bow to a pair of guns with ammunition that has the same effect.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His dedication to maintaining a persona that correlates to traditional manliness waxes and wanes over his appearances but he's usually wearing at least some pink, be it a scarf or the strap to his quiver.
  • Sadly Mythcharacterized: Oh so so much. Mythological Eros was a cruel playful trickster and prankster who only. maybe, matured out of playing horrifying deadly jokes with peoples emotions only after he himself fell in love and got married. He never stopped being a trickster though, just maybe stopped casually making people fall madly and irreversibly in love with those he ensured would rather die than be with them. Comics Eros claims to represent the dark fierce side of love and passion in the way Aphroditie did in the original myths, while claiming "To her, love is a wimsy thing, all gossamer and moonlights tender sighs!". (This is zig-zagged under different writers though)
  • Winged Humanoid: He's depiced as a handsome youth with feathered wings just like in mythology.

New 52 Version

  • Dual Wielding: In the New 52 he dual weilds gold plated handguns rather than the traditional bow and arrow set up.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: New 52 Eros is said to be Hephaestus' son, in the original myths Eros is either the son of Ares and Aphrodite or a primordial god, older than the Titans.

    Atlantiades 
Atlantiades/Hermaphroditus
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/atlantiades.png
"I am the union of opposites."
Wonder Woman Vol 5. #69

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman (Rebirth) #69. (2019)
god of: Androgyny. Unions. Sexuality. Sexual Desire/Lust.
Affiliation: Erotes.

One of the Erotes, and a child of Aphrodite. They have a number of half-siblings through their mother including Eros, Deimos, Phobos, and Harmonia. Atlantiades left Olympus and moved to Summergrove, Connecticut and resents Aphrodite's pride.
  • Gender-Neutral Writing: They are both sexes and go by "they" and variations thereof rather than gendered terms.
  • Hermaphrodite: The mythological figure from whom the term was derived Atlantiades is physically both sexes.
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • In mythology Atlantiades was born to Aphrodite and Hermes, the gods of female and male sexuality respectively, while here they were created by Aphrodite alone.
    • In mythology Atlantiades name comes from Hermes' mother being a daughter of Atlas, while here Aprhodite's mother Dione was mistaken for one of Atlas' daughters when her father was given variously as Uranus or more commonly Aether, never Atlas.
    • Getting rid of their father Hermes makes their more commonly known name of Hermaphroditus entirely nonsensical, as the name is a combination of their parents names Hermes - Herm and Aphrodite - aphroditus.
    • Hermaphroditus was one of the Erotes in mythology, but was the god of hermaphrodites, effemate men, and androgyny while lust, sexual desire and mutual love were aspects of other Erotes: lust/desire an aspect Himeros and Eros and mutual love of Anteros.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Hermes is their father in mythology, while here they're presented as having no father.
  • Winged Humanoid: Atlantiades is depicted with feathered wings.

     Heracles/Hercules 
Heracles/Hercules/Wonder Man
Hercules post-Rebirth https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hercules_6.png
Pre-Flashpoint: 

The son of Zeus, now an immortal himself with powers on par with Wonder Woman's. In ancient times, Hercules seduced and raped Diana's mother, Queen Hippolyta, a source of constant enmity between the Amazons and this brute. Over the centuries, Hercules has become slightly nobler, but his rash nature and love of violence make him a frequent thorn in Wonder Woman's side.
In the 1970's Hercules carried his own title, Hercules Unbound, for twelve issues. Unbound was set in a post-apocalyptic future and tied into other post-apocalyptic books like Kamandi. That version of the character was destroyed in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

First DCU Appearance: All-Star Comics #8. (1941)
Affiliation: Olympus. Zeus.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Sometimes. Generally Heracles' is simply a case of Deliberate Values Dissonance, but at times—such as during Amazons Attack he acts as a straight up villain, a very different role from that of the mythical character.
  • The Atoner: Typically displays this attitude when in heroic mode, and finished the Post-Crisis, Pre-New 52 run this way.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: When Zeus and the other gods were abducted by Darkseid's minions, he suggested to his sister Cassandra that they might have to start a new pantheon themselves.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Originally he always wore green. This became less prevalent over the years, partially because Marvel's version of the character also wears green.
  • Cool Helmet: Sometimes uses the head of the Nemean Lion as such.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: In the Greece of the 1200s BC, Heracles would have been a genuine hero. He hasn't evolved much, however, and this makes him a pretty dark character by modern standards.
  • Dumb Muscle: Not dumb, per se, but Herc rarely thinks before he swings his fists.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He truly cares about his mother, Alcmene, and his sister, Cassie Sandsmark. A little TOO much in Cassie's case. Squick.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Was revealed to be working with Circe in a plot to conquer the entire world. And then tried to rape Circe and Wonder Woman. And worst of all seems to have got a Karma Houdini as he's never actually faced justice for anything he did.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: It's mentioned his punishment to lift and hold the lower foundations of Themyscira for centuries, feeling every bump, crack, and force from the strenuous activity of the Amazons over the years, drove him completely nuts. He mentioned the trauma from that imprisonment to be the reason behind his crazy behavior.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Heracles is trapped in a cycle of transgression and repentance, making him sometimes a hero, and sometimes a villain. He first started off mildly heroic before being convinced to rape and pillage the Amazon nation, before being cursed to hold up the new Amazon homeland, set free thousands of years later and repented for his awful ways, returned as a hero under the moniker of "Champion" to secretly drug Wonder Woman with a love potion to eventually seduce her as vengeance for his imprisonment before repenting after genuinely falling in love with her, and returning again under the moniker of "Wonder Man" to take over after Wonder Woman passed on her mantle before betraying Wonder Woman and trying rape her.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Hippolyta forgave him in the end for what he did and he was actually a (sort of) hero for a little bit. Until... well, see above.
  • Iconic Item: The skin of the Nemean Lion, slung about his shoulders.
  • Love Mother, Love Daughter: Heracles seduced and eventually raped Hippolyta before enslaving and doing the the same to her people, before being punished to hold up Themyscrira for centuries. When he came back, he eventually seduced and fell in love with Wonder Woman, daughter of Hippolyta.
  • Nominal Hero: He tries to be heroic, but this is hampered by Deliberate Values Dissonance and the fact he cares little for the people he is supposed to save, expecting them to pretty much grovel at his feet.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero/Politically Incorrect Villain: Has been both. He's not a misogynist like some of Wonder Woman's adversaries, but he does display a large degree of casual and ingrained and thorough disrespect for the female gender.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: What he and his men did to the Amazons. They have not forgotten and many have not forgiven.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: A large part of Hercules' Adaptational Villainy comes from changes in the myth of his ninth labor which was to retrive Hippolyta's girdle. In myth, Hercules and Hippolyta got along quite well (even developing a potential romance) until Hera instigated the Amazons into attacking leading him to kill Hippolyta in the battle. In the Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis, Ares convinces Hercules into attacking the Amazons leading to the bad blood between the Amazons and him.
  • Super Strength: He's Hercules. This is to be expected.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He elbowed Superman in the face for saving him from Gog, the Godslayer. Not to mention he keeps betraying and sometimes trying to sexually assault Wonder Woman in his reappearances, the same woman who freed him from his punishment after he enslaved and raped her mother and her people.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hercules delivered one to Wonder Woman during One Year Later after he found out that she had run away from her duties as a superhero and left Donna, Cassie and himself to do all the work.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: A skilled Greco-Roman style wrestler actually.

    Hestia 
Hestia/Vesta
Pre-Flashpoint Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hestia_3.png
"I am pleased that you too did come, Hestia. I know you usually avoid that which divides the gods."
Athena, Wonder Woman (1987) #1.

Once one of the twelve Olympians Hestia gave up her chair on Zeus' council to her nephew Dionysus. Hestia is the eldest of Cronus and Rhea's children, and when her brother Poseidon tried to marry her she chose to enter the hearth of Olympus and remain unwed eternally.
Hestia is one of the matron goddesses of Themyscira and was one of the goddesses to help grant Hippolyta a fatherless daughter.

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #1. (1987)
goddess of: Hearth. Home.
Affiliation: Olympus. Dodekatheon (formerly). Themyscira.

  • Bit Character: She occasionally interacts with Wondy but she largely keeps out of the chaos and drama her siblings and their broods generate and doesn't have to put up with them if she doesn't want to since she gave up her seat on the council.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When introducing or speaking about the Olympians she sometimes gets tacked onto the end of the list, even though she's no longer part of the twelve and doesn't participate in their manipulative backstabbing.
  • Only Sane Man: Among her backstabbing incestuous siblings.

Chthonians

    Hades 

Hades/Hell/Pluto

Post-Crisis Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hades_59.png
New 52 Version: 

King of Hades and ruler of the dead, in DC his realm includes Tartarus. Usually keeps out of the family drama the his siblings and their broods kick up. In some DC tales he's made one of the Dodekatheon to the exclusion of Hephaestus.

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman #329. (1986)
god of: Death. Wealth.
Affiliation: Underworld (Hades. Tartarus. Elysium.). Olympus.


New 52 Version

    Persephone 
Persephone/Kore/Proserpina

The queen of the underworld and daughter of Demeter and Zeus. She is the only god in the pantheon to truly be a denizen of both Hades and Olympus, but given she's queen of the former that's where she is sorted on this sheet.

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman #328. (1985)
goddess of: Spring. Death.
Affiliation: Hades. Tartarus. Elysium. Olympus.

  • Green Thumb: Perhaps not as powerful as her mother but Persephone can control plants.
  • Happily Married: Prior to flashpoint she was quite happy with her husband, especially since he pretty much bowed to her wishes. Very thoroughly averted in the New 52 where she tried to kill herself to get away from him. For those curious the first interpretation has more in common with the original mythology.
  • The Scottish Trope: Her name "Kore" is no name at all, it means simply maiden, relating to her connection to spring. It's a way of referring to her for those who fear drawing her attention by use of her name or title.

New 52 Version
  • Sadly Mythcharacterized: While the consent involved in the beginning of her and Hades' relationship is unclear in the original myths, due to alternate tellings and a different concept of what constitutes consent for the culture that wrote them by the time heroes were coming to Hades to try and make bargains they had one of the most solid marriages of the gods and Hades allowed Persephone to make decisions on how to run Hades and to make bargains with their living visitors. This version was so devastated and unhappy with her unequal marriage with Hades she killed herself to escape their marriage.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Her wrists are still bleeding open wounds centuries after her suicide.

    Charon 

The ferryman of Hades. His parents are Erebus and Nyx, making Nemesis his sister.

First DCU Appearance: More Fun Comics #56. (1940)
god of: Ferrymen. Transport for the Dead.
Affiliation: Hades.

  • Adaptational Modesty: His mythological counterpart genrally wears a hat and short Doric chiton fastented at a single shoulder, showing off his arms, a large chunk of chest, and his legs while in the comics he's fully covered in a draping oversized robe.
  • Black Cloak: Charon wears a dark deep hooded cloak, such that usually it is unknown whether he bothered to manifest a face for himself during his appearances.
  • The Ferryman: DC's version of the trope maker. He ferries the dead, and most anyone else willing to pay that hasn't offended Hades, across the River Styx.
  • Psychopomp: He transports the dead.

    Erinyes/Furies 
Alecto. Megaera. Tisiphone.

The three Erinyes who serve Hades and Persephone and whose wrath can only be placated by ritual purification and assigned tasks of atonement. They enforce the completion of sacred oaths and tear apart those who break them, and take vengeance upon murders and those harboring them. A victim can evoke them to take vengeance, especially against those who have betrayed or murdered a member of their own family.

First DCU Appearance: New Teen Titans #12. (1981)
goddess of: Vengeance. Retribution.
Affiliation: Hades. Persephone.

  • Animal Motifs: Vipers, which they have a mass of atop their heads.
  • Sibling Team: The three sisters Alecto, Megaera and Tisiphone always work together.
  • Winged Humanoid: The sisters have tattered feathered wings, though when they are waiting and ominously watching over oaths they do not always manifest them as they usually only bother with wings in their less human more demonic forms.

    Harmonia 
Harmonia/Concordia

The goddess of Harmony. She is the daughter of Aphrodite and Ares and sister to Eros, Deimos and Phobos. In versions where Ares' parentage of Hippolyta is maintained—that is most versions—Harmonia is Wonder Woman's aunt.

First DCU Appearance: DC Comics Presents #32. (1981)
goddess of: Harmony. Concord.
Affiliation: Aphrodite. Ares. Elysium. Daemones.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In her first appearance she wears a deep hooded tattered cloak and unraveling mummy-like bandages with only her cracked uneven fingernails showing. In her subsequent appearances she looks like a pretty young woman with light reddish hair piled atop her head. Of course she is a shapeshifter and she was trying to be creepy the first time Wondy met her.
  • Animal Motifs: Vultures, strangely enough despite her clear ties to snakes in the myths. Both animals are sacred to her father Ares.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: She is the counter to Eris.
  • Bit Character: She doesn't show up relevant to the plot as often as her siblings, because she doesn't bring any drama or strife to the table and therefore doesn't facilitate new plots as easily. It also helps that her abode is in Elysium where few ever bother traveling in the DCU.
  • The Face: Out of her father's children. After Ares agrees to stop trying to destroy or take over humanity he starts sending Harmonia as his representative to gatherings of the Olympians, which is helpful since it is in her nature to act as the voice of reason and the Olympians are backstabbing, conniving and dramatic at the best of times.
  • Only Sane Man: Her siblings, and parents, can be a little extreme being a batch of war and love deities. She's much more mellow than them and sees things through a less one-sided lens. She tries to talk sense into her siblings repeatedly, and while Eros occasionally tries to listen he's not good at remembering the lessons she imparts about forcing people to "love" each other for very long.

    Eris/Enyo 
Eris/Strife/Discordia/Enyo/Bellona
New 52 Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/307097e210f993846bf0308b10aa3634.jpg

The goddess or personification of discord and the strife of battle, her New 52 version is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. Her most famous act from mythology was tossing the golden apple betwixt Hera, Aphrodite and Athena claiming it to be for the "fairest", and the three of them starting the Trojan War over it. She and Enyo are (usually) one and the same in the comics, which happened occasionally in mythology though Enyo/Bellona was usually a separate war goddess from Eris/Discordia. At least one comic has presented her as Ares' daughter and another as the daughter of Nyx.
She is not traditionally strongly associated with the underworld but in Wonder Woman she emerges from it to try to destroy the Amazons after Diana defeats Ares.
In Wonder Woman: Odyssey she, as both Enyo and Bellona, is revealed to have joined the trifecta of war goddesses known as the Morrigan in the service of Nemisis.

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman #183. (1969)
goddess of: Discord. Strife. War. Destruction. Conquest. Bloodlust.
Affiliation: Ares. Daemones. The Morrigan.

  • Affably Evil: In the New 52 Universe, although she is more Affably Amoral.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: In the New 52 she's lavender skinned.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: She is traditionally the daimona of the conflict/strife of war.
  • Braids of Action: A war goddess who wears her hair braided into battle.
  • Me's a Crowd: While everyone in the pantheon can split into their different aspects as individual guises Enyo and Bellona are on the same team and saw each other as friends before Bellona killed Enyo.
  • Mythology Gag: (New 52) Eris' reaction to Ares' death gets a comment from Aphrodite about Eris acting as though they were lovers even though they weren't. As Enyo and Eris are one and the same in this reality it's a sly nod at the fact that in Roman mythology Bellona was Mars' consort.
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • Eris/Discordia and Enyo/Bellona are two distinct goddesses (save for when Homer was writing them), the first the daimona of strife and discord and the second a war goddess with the portfolio of bloodlust and destruction.
    • Enyo's parents were the primordial sea god Phorcys and primordial sea goddess Ceto, this means Enyo's potential siblings were a host of mythological monsters including the Gorgons and Scylla, and that she was descended from no Olympians least of all her lover Ares/Mars. Although she is sometimes termed "the sister of War" neither of his parents are ascribed to her. She was his mother in one telling, but never was he her father.
  • War God: The strife she relates to is usually specifically that of war, and she traditionally haunts battlegrounds. This is part of the reason she cares for Ares and has a—sometimes uneasy—friendship with him.

    Hecate 
Hecate/Brimo
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hecate_prime_earth_0002.jpg

The goddess of magic. She has served as an enemy to Wonder Woman and the Justice League Dark. Her abode is in Hades and her king and queen hold no grudge against her nor act to stifle her frequently villainous behavior.

First DCU Appearance: Superman Family #218. (1982).
goddess of: Magic. Witchcraft. Ghosts. Night. Necromancy. the Moon.

  • Blue and Orange Morality: The closest thing Hecate has to a sense of morality is her belief that stagnation is bad, and anything that shakes up the status quo should be applauded.
  • Lady of Black Magic: The powerful and fearsome goddess of magic.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Mythological Hecate was a virgin unmarried goddess and confidante and friend to Persephone. DC's was supposedly Hades' first wife that he got tired of and resents Persephone for taking her place.
  • Wicked Witch: Usually, but sometimes not so much. It depends on her mood.
  • Wild Card: Hecate takes no sides and does whatever she wants. Occasionally, that's aiding the protagonists she's interacting with.

Titans

    Titans 
The titans were the gods who ruled before the Olympians, and from whom most of the Olypians and Chthonians decended. Most of the time all them but Themis are considered to have died or been trapped permanently in and merged with Tartarus during the Titanomachy, but writers occasionally ignore this and have them free to wander and influence the mortal world if it fits the story they're trying to build, such as with one of Donna Troy's origins after her rescue by Wonder Woman and being adopted and raised by the Amazons no longer fit into DC shortened timeline.
  • Adaptation Distillation: DC's version of the Titanomachy is streamlined and simplified and involves far fewer players when it is discussed.
  • Adapted Out: Most of the titans do not make it into the comics, Styx for instance is only the name of a river in the underworld instead of also being the name of a titan who sided with the Olympians during the Titanomachy.
  • Composite Character: Several of their roles are subsumbed by Olympians, which also happened to an extent with the original myths over time. Notable examples are Helios, god and Anthropomorphic Personification of the sun, a title and role which DC's Apollo usually claims, and Selene, goddess and Anthropomorphic Personification of the moon, a title and role which DC's Artemis often claims.
  • Death of the Old Gods: As in mythology most of them were killed in the Titanomachy, and they were replaced in their positions of power by the Olympians.
  • Our Titans Are Different: Some writers continue the long tradition of making the titans giants, best seen with Atlas who is the most commonly shown of their number and whose ankle is usually above the height of any humans.

    Cronus 
Cronus
King of the Titans and father of Chiron, Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Posiedon and Zeus who consumed all his children but the youngest who was hidden from him. Zeus killed him and rescued his siblings, thus becoming the new Top God.

First DCU Appearance:
Titan of: Kings. Time.
Affiliation: Titans.

  • Abusive Parents: He ate his children. This is not something good parents do.
  • Generation Xerox: Cronus was tasked by his mother Gaea with killing his brutal Top God father Ouranos. Zeus was tasked by his mother Rhea with killing his brutal Top God father Cronus. The cycle is prophesied to repeat itself with a twist when Athena deposes Zeus.

    Atlas 
Atlas
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/atlas_2.png
Atlas is one of the Titans and granted his strength to Captain Marvel. He is amused by Hercules' failures, especially his failure to mature. In the Golden Age he and Superman's strength was compared on several occasions, as Atlas' immense strength was a part of the public psyche and therefore a draw for readers. Zeus condemned him to carry the weight of the heavens after the Titans were usurped.

First DCU Appearance: Spy Smasher Vol 1 #3. (1942)
Titan of: Astronomy. Endurance.
Affiliation: Titans.

  • Badass Beard: Sports a full curly beard, while joking and carrying the weight of the heavens.
  • Super Strength: Such that in raw strength alone he is usually considered the most powerful out of all the Titans and the Olympians. He's holding up the weight of everything in the celestial sphere and is therefore unquestionably one of the strongest characters in the DCU.
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • Sometimes DC's Atlas is depicted as carrying the weight of the earth rather than the weight of all that is visible from earth in the celestial sphere.
    • Somehow when Donna Troy's backstory was modified (again) so that the Titans rescued her Atlas is now able to move about and influence things and be part of a team of titans, making his creative prison entirely pointless.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: The immense weight he's holding and cannot release lest he be crushed by it is the method Zeus used to punish and imprison him.

    Themis 
Themis/Justitia
Pre-Flashpoint Version https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/themis.png

Last of the Titans. Themis is the Titan goddess of divine law and daughter of Uranus and Gaea, she is called the last of the Titans as she remains on Olympus and was not imprisoned or killed when the current batch of gods took over like her fellows.

First DCU Appearance: New Teen Titans Vol 2 #11. (1985)
Titan of: Divine Law. Justice.
Affiliation: Olympus. Athena. Titans.

  • Blind Justice: She wears a blindfold in most of her appearances, especially when she's in Olympus.
  • Composite Character: She's more a combination of mythological Themis (divine law) and her daughter Dike (justice, moral order, societal customs) than just Themis.

Other Greek dieties

    Deimos 
Deimos/Metus/Formido/Fear

Demios is the son of Ares and Aphrodite and twin of Phobos. He has faced off against Wonder Woman across several iterations of the character.

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman #183. (1969)
god of: Terror. Dread.
Affiliation: Ares. Daemones.

  • Always Identical Twins: It's obviously a choice considering their shapeshifting capabilities but he and Phobos take care to appear quite identical in their various forms, usually with only hair to differentiate them. They cared less about this pre-Flashpoint.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • (Post-Crisis) Deimos adopted a snake motif in reverence of his father, specifically cobras. It's a comic original animal connection since he had no sacred animals in mythology, and could only really be equated with birds since he and Phobos had feathered wings. It seems in practice he also stole his sister Harmonia's snake motif from mythology, as she is now associated with vultures instead.
    • (Rebirth) Deimos and Phobos both pick up a dog motif, and spend a lot of time manifesting as dangerous dogs.
  • Brains and Brawn: (Post-Crisis) Deimos acts as the brains to Phobos' resentful brawn.
  • Fusion Dance: He and Phobos can combine to create a really spot on duplicate of their father, even though apart they don't have enough power for their attempts to mimic dear old dad to mean much to other deities.
  • Killed Off for Real: Prior to Flashpoint Diana killed him in her first outing to "Man's World" and he stayed dead for decades, through several reboots of the universe, despite being a god. Her lasso is a god touched and created weapon so it bypasses the gods can only be killed by other gods rule.
  • Love God: Demios is technically a love god like his mother in addition to the traits he picked up from dear old dad. He's just a really dark kind representing the fear of the loss of loved ones.
  • Sibling Team: With Phobos—and Eris when she's considered his sister. All three of them have an undying loyalty to their father, even though this loyalty sometimes manifests as them going against his apparent wishes to try and restore him to glory or take revenge on Wondy.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In his first appearance in DC's more concrete universe that emerged from Crisis on Infinite Earths Diana killed him rather quickly to save Steve and Etta, his Rebirth incarnation is still going strong. Of course in the end that killing didn't stick anyway, it took him out for years but didn't really have any of the elements needed to put down a Greek deity in the DCU for good.
  • Supernatural Fear Inducer: He's the god of terror, and he can impose dread on those unfortunate enough to stand in his way.
  • Visual Pun: He and Phobos are war gods who spend a lot of time in DC Rebirth looking like either hellish hounds with skeletal faces or doberman pinschers. they're dogs of war
  • War God: The fear he strikes is most commonly tied to the fear brought on by war, and he often accompanies his father on the battlefield.
  • Weird Beard: In his first appearance he manifested with a vaguely human upper face, mostly hidden by his cobra adorned helmet, and a writhing beard of thin snakelike tentacles that started almost directly beneath his eyes.

    Nemesis 
Nemesis/Rivalitas
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ww_nemesis_goddess_001.jpg

The Goddess of Retribution. Nemesis was driven mad by the cries of the unjustly slain, while simultaneously being empowered by them. Every murder, and every casualty of war made her stronger and more fanatical, until she was strong enough to drive all other gods out of reality itself. Seeing Diana as the last obstacle to her own domination, Nemesis sought to remove her by any means necessary.

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman #611. (2011)
goddess of: Retribution. Indignation.
Affiliation: Daemones.

  • Artifact of Doom: The Flashing Blade, created by the Titans to kill gods themselves. It's a semi-sentient sword that longs to punish murderers and warmongers.
  • Big Bad: Of the Odyssey arc.
  • Demonic Possession: To the Wonder Woman of Earth-0, or most of her, anyway.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: She couldn't exist without it and it's that very fact the fuels her virtually infinite power.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Since humanity is the source of murder, Nemesis reasoned that she could only fulfill her purpose by destroying them entirely.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: In mythology the dead were of no consequence to her. She saw the measure of happiness and fortune in a person's life and if they had what she considered was too much she'd deal out suffering for those in question, as a direct counter to Tyche (the goddess of fortune). She was also far more concerned with getting revenge for jilted lovers in myths than the murdered dead.
  • Suicide by Cop: Her ultimate goal. She considers allowing Diana to kill her and become the new Nemesis to be her ultimate victory.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: With every unjust death, her power grew until she could reign alone out of all the gods to the point all the gods fled the mortal plan in terror of her and went into hiding to escape her wrath. It also drove her completely mad.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Either Diana joins her as part of the Morrigan, allowing Nemesis to Kill ’Em All, or Diana kills her and is forced into the position herself. Either way Nemesis gets what she wants.

    Phobos 
Phobos/Pavor/Terror/Panic
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/phobos.png

Phobos is the son of Ares and Aphrodite and twin of Deimos. He has faced off against Wonder Woman across several iterations of the character, and usually teams up with his siblings Deimos and Eris.

First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman #183. (1969)
god of: Fear. Panic. Rout.
Affiliation: Ares. Daemones.

  • Always Identical Twins: It's obviously a choice considering their shapeshifting capabilities but he and Demios take care to appear quite identical in their various forms, usually with only hair or their very different helmets to differentiate them. They cared less about this pre-Flashpoint.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • (Post-Crisis) Phobos' mythological ties to lions has been used to inspire some of his looks.
    • (Rebirth) Deimos and Phobos both pick up a dog motif, and spend a lot of time manifesting as dangerous dogs.
  • Brains and Brawn: (Post-Crisis) Deimos acts as the brains to Phobos' resentful brawn.
  • Dumb Muscle: (Post-Crisis) Phobos' most common manifestation looks like a large troll, and he seems to bumble along angrily following Deimos' plans while Deimos belittles him and calls him dumb. Ultimately he surprises the reader by proving he's not dumb when he comes up with a plan to get revenge for his brother that causes a lot of destruction and death.
  • Fusion Dance: He and Demios can combine to create a really spot on duplicate of their father, even though apart they don't have enough power for their attempts to mimic dear old dad to mean much to other deities.
  • Love God: Phobos is technically a love god like his mother in addition to the traits he picked up from dear old dad. He's just a really dark kind representing the fear of the loss of loved ones.
  • Sibling Team: With Demios even though they don't often get along they're also rarely seen without each other.
  • Supernatural Fear Inducer: He's the god of fear, the kind which can rout an army, and he can impose it on those unfortunate enough to stand in his way.
  • Visual Pun: He and Demios are war gods who spend a lot of time in DC Rebirth looking like either giant hellish hounds with skeletal faces or doberman pinschers. They're also the actual sons of someone who goes by War. they're dogs of war
  • War God: The fear he strikes is most commonly tied to the fear brought on by war, and he is specifically the god of rout.

     The First Born 
The First Born
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In the New 52, Zeus and Hera's first born child. Foretold to one day rule Olympus on his own, Zeus deemed the child a threat and ordered the witch who delivered him (and the prophecy) to kill him. Hera's pleading led the witch to abandon the child in the wilderness. The child grew up and eventually challenged Zeus only to be buried in the center of the Earth where he spend the last seven thousand years digging his way out. Now, desires to claim the throne of Olympus and destroy everything else out of hatred.
  • Ax-Crazy: His life has made him insane to the point he wants to kill everything and nothing will stop him.
  • The Beast Master: Having had a way with the feral beasts of ancient Africa since his birth to adulthood.
    • Bestiality Is Depraved: He even went so far as to mate with the animals who took him in and raised him, spawning for himself a cadre of demi-god hyena-men to serve as his soldiers in the various armies he would raise throughout history.
  • Evil Overlord: Used to be one in his backstory at least. Its revealed that he conquered several civilizations in ancient times and ruled as a brutal and cruel tyrant over them. The Olympians crushed all his armies when he tried to wage war on his parents and practically erased his empire from existence.
  • Expy: Has more than a few similarities to Kratos.
  • Foil: Oddly enough, to Wonder Woman of all people. She even lampshades this fact when she states while both possess a broiling fire within; Diana clarifies her torch flame aspires to inspire undying love for any and all things, while the First Born's Firepit seeks only to consume and destroy whatever comes in contact with it.
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: As the first child of Zeus that is, he serves as this to Diana.
  • Humanoid Abomination: After his grueling battle with Apollo over the throne of Olympus The First Born had most of his flesh incinerated by the sun god's wrath. He got better; sort of, having embraced his own philosophy of nothingness had left him an exposed hunk of cardiovascular flesh heaping with bits and pieces of still evident charred skin bits, eventually growing out a flowing cape composed of veins and arteries from his own body. While finally entering the last stages of his evolution he became covered in the ashes of his own seared off skin while growing a bloody crown of horns and antlers out of his head to give himself a much more horrific appearance.
  • Implacable Man: Determined to become the king of Olympus even if he must spend 7,000 years digging his way out from the Earth and climbing over the corpses of anyone who would try and stop him.
  • The Juggernaut: Everything Wonder Woman, Orion, and Apollo throws at him barely slows him down including having most of his flesh burned off.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: As the newly christened God of Oblivion, First Born gains a slew of new abominable divine abilities at his command, controlling his own flesh to channel his foul magics and the new flesh-like appearance of Olympus under his reign is just the start.
  • Made of Diamond: Takes the best shots from Wonder Woman and Orion barely flinching.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: So full of hate he desires to destroy everyone and everything leaving nothing but ash.
  • The Power of Hate: The only emotion he feels any more and what gives him the strength to overcome nearly anything.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: There is indeed a prophecy that Zeus will be overthrown by one of his children in the original myths but that child is Athena, his favorite daughter. It's the reason he tired to kill her before her birth.
  • Super Strength: A good deal stronger than Wonder Woman or New God Orion.
  • Straw Nihilist: Due to the utter dickishness of his own father and being left to die in the middle of a harsh Sahara environment surrounded by predators. The First Born grew into an apathetic, abysmal and utterly amoral mindset that life was cruelty and decadence which only served to eat itself out of existence in the long run. Putting it simply, not only were abstracts such as love, compassion, kindness and all around common decency foreign to him; but he was so utterly warped and twisted that he rebuffed such notions as a platitudinous redundancy.
  • Un-person: Following his failed rebellion against Olympus, all remnants of his existence - including his vast empire he conquered in ancient times - were erased and nobody knew of his existence, except for four people: his parents Zeus and Hera, and his uncles Poseidon (who drowned his empire) and Hades (who took the souls of his army).
  • Villainous Crush: He even went so far as to try and take Wonder Woman as his new mate due to the odd contradictory similarities they share, as seen above.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Yeah, he wants to destroy everything and has no understanding of compassion or mercy, but given how Zeus and life in general has treated him its easy to understand where he comes from and hard not to pity the guy.

Ogdoad, Ennead & other Egyptian dieties

    Bast/Bastet 
Bast/Bastet/B'sst/Baast/Ubaste/Baset
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"Gods can't die. We merely fade away."
Bast
First DCU Appearance: The Sandman Vol 2 #24 (1991)
goddess of: Cats.
Affiliation:

Bast was one of the goddesses to grant protection to the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall, helping magically hide their city from detection.
  • Animal Motifs: The cat headed goddess of cats with powers relating to cats.
  • Cat Folk: She's occassionally appears as an actual cat but her usual look is that of an anthropomorphic black cat that's mostly human outside of the head and tail.
  • Sizeshifter: All the Egyptian gods can alter their size dramatically at will.

    Isis 

Isis/Ēse

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First DCU Appearance: All-Flash Vol 1 #19 (1945)
goddess of: Fertility. Maternal Healing. Birth. Protection of Mummies.
Affiliation: Ennead.

Isis was one of the goddesses to grant protection to the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall, helping magically hide their city from detection. She is often accompanied by her sister Nephthys.
Not to be confused with Isis, a hero connected to the Captian Marvel mythos who is named after the goddess.

    Neith 
Neith/Nit/Net/Neit
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First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #176 (2002)
goddess of: War. Hunting.
Affiliation: Amazons

Neith was one of the goddesses to grant protection to the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall, helping magically hide their city from detection in a trade for worship.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She can alter her size at will, but in her default form she is by far the shortest of the goddesses who protect the Amazons, and as a war goddess with little interest in ceremony or tradition she packs quite the punch.
  • Sizeshifter: All the Egyptian gods can alter their size dramatically at will.
  • War God: Yes indeedy, though these days she focuses her looks and behavior more on the hunting element of her portfolio.

    Nephthys 

Nephthys/Nebthet/Nebet-Het

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First DCU Appearance: Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol 2 #2 (2016)
goddess of: Protection. Defense of the Monarch. Death. Protection of Mummies.
Affiliation: Ennead.

Nephthys was one of the goddesses to grant protection to the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall, helping magically hide their city from detection. She made a deal with Artemis of Bana-Mighdall to grant her young acolyte a weapon of her own.
  • Holy Halo: Depicted with a vibrant disk of light as an aureola behind her desiccated head.
  • Sizeshifter: All the Egyptian gods can alter their size dramatically at will.

Other Deities

    Urzkartaga 
First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman (1987) #605. (1989)
god of: Plants. Blood.
Affiliation: the Temple of Urzkartaga.

Urzkartaga is the god from whom Cheetah derives her powers, by acting as his an avatar/consort.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Barbara finding Urzkartaga works out poorly for her in both continuities. In the first her desire to become the latest Cheetah works out as a curse since Urzkartaga only desires virgins and as she is not one he makes her transformation painful and unpleasant. In Rebirth Barabara was trying to find proof that old gods were actual entities and upon locating him was forcibly and painfully transformed into the Cheetah.
  • Death by Adaptation: Barbara is freed from Urzkartaga in Wonder Woman (Rebirth) through his destruction.
  • Fantasy Pantheon: Urzkartaga is a DC original god from a DC original country.
  • God of Evil: A cruel god who requires sacrifices of blood and takes virgins as his avatars and consorts and whose own worshipers turned against him to try and seal him away.
  • Super Empowering: Urzkartaga grants powers of Cheetah to the women who become his consorts through ceremony.

     Tezcatlipoca 
Tezcatlipoca
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The trickster god of the Aztecs, Tezcatlipoca faced Wonder Woman during her intervention in the South American republic of Tropidor.


  • I Have Many Names: Says this word for word during his first meeting with Wonder Woman.
  • Physical God: A trickster deity with all the dangerous unpredictable power that entails.
  • The Trickster: He can manipulate and lie and twist the meaning of words and play dangerous pranks with the best of them.

    Anann 
Anann/Anand
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First DCU Appearance: Wonder Woman #605. (2011)
goddess of: War.
Affiliation: The Morrigan.

Celtic warrior goddess. In Wonder Woman: Odyssey she is revealed to have joined the triumvirate of war goddesses known as the Morrigan in the service of Nemisis.
  • Affably Evil: She's trying to turn Diana into another war goddess, but even then the affable bit is come and go.
  • Cool Helmet: She's got a marvelously spiky helm.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: While the Morrígan is often (though not always) described as a trio of goddesses there were specific sister goddesses who composed that trio, even if there were three separate options for which trio of goddesses it may be in any given manuscript. Anand is the only member of the DCU's trio who is ever claimed as part of the trio in mythology, though that name was also used interchangeably with Morrígan. There's also the fact that while she/they were a warrior they were more a goddess of guardianship than razing other places to the ground unprovoked.
  • Throat Light: When she's unleashing one of her fiery flesh melting screams her throat and eyes light up green.
  • War God: A Celtic one, who was sometimes paired with Badb (war goddess) and Macha (sovereignty goddess) to make the triumvirate of the Morrigan, though sometimes the trio excluded Anann and had Nemain (havoc of war) in her place, or was comprised of a different three sister goddesses. Sometimes Anann was the Morrigan rather than a single component thereof.

    Odin 
Odin/Wotan
First DCU Appearance: Comic Cavalcade #17. (1946)
god of: Wisdom. Poetry. War. Death. Divination.
Affiliation: Asgard. Valhalla.

Pre-Crisis Odin was rather one-dimensional as the father of the antagonistic Valkyries who acted as Wonder Woman's enemies under the leadership of Gurda. He gained a great amount of strength from the conflict of WWII and Diana first confronted him when Valkyries kidnapped Steve Trevor from the battlefield to Valhalla, which was a planetoid over which Odin ruled. Wonder Woman led a contingent of Amazons against Valhalla, which was aiding the Axis powers, and destroyed it.
Post-Crisis Odin was far less one note, being the Highfather of the Norse gods rather than a lone figure with only the Valkyries as allies. He was also far less antagonistic, teaming up with Zeus/Jupiter and Ares/Mars to fight Darkseid, and Wonder Woman traveling to him to ask for aid though he declined to give it out of fear of Athena.
  • Driven to Suicide: (Pre-Crisis) After Aphrodite took his Valkyries and Odin was left alone in his fortress he killed himself out of shame at his defeat.
  • Eyepatch of Power: His eyepatch is always present, and he is a Physical God.
  • Sore Loser: After the Amazons defeated him he decided to target them and try to turn them into Valkyries with no choice but loyalty and servitude to him. It took Aphrodite stepping in to save those Amazons he managed to grab.
  • Top God: So far as Norse gods are concerned he's their ruler.
  • War God: He derives strength from ongoing wars, especially those involving his worshipers or their descendants.


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