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Wonder Woman

Alter ego: Princess Diana of Themyscira / Diana Prince

Species: Amazon

First appearance: All Star Comics #8 (October 1941)

"If it means interfering in an ensconced, outdated system, to help just one woman, man or child... I'm willing to accept the consequences."

Created for her mother with the wisdom of Athena, the strength of Demeter, the speed of Hermes, the beauty and loving heart of Aphrodite, the sisterhood with fire of Hestia and the hunters skill of Artemis, Princess Diana of the Amazons was sent to Patriarch's World to defeat Ares, and afterward stayed to deliver her message of love and peace.

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  • Abandoned Catchphrase: In the old days, Wonder Woman would say "Suffering Sappho!" This was writer Charles Moulton Marston's tongue-in-cheek Take That! to Moral Guardians who claimed she was secretly a lesbian, and it fell out of use when Moulton left the book. She had about a half dozen similar exclamations that lasted her throughout the Silver Age, though, including "Great Hera!", "Thunderbolts of Jove!", "Neptune's Trident!", and "Shades of Pluto!" Nowadays she is more likely to say "Great Hera!" or "Holy Hera!"
  • Action Girl: The archetypical comic book Action Girl, created for just that purpose in 1941. Not the first female superhero, but a true cultural icon and never out of print in 67 years. (Since until recently, if DC didn't keep making it they would lose ownership).
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Angel" by Steve.
  • The Ageless: Due to her demi-divine origin.
  • All-Loving Hero: Pre-New 52, it was emphasized in her Blackest Night tie in, where even decapitating an enemy, the only emotion within her was love. In the New-52, where Diana is a much harder person, she still tells Hades that she really did love him after the forced marriage deal he put her through, because:
    Wonder Woman: "Hell . . . I Love. Everyone."
  • All of the Other Reindeer: In the New 52, most of the other Amazons thought Diana was an abomination because of her unnatural birth, and would mockingly refer to her as "Clay."
  • Amazonian Beauty: She is a literal Amazon and she is definitely beautiful. Even when she's portrayed as possessing a very muscular (yet voluptuous) figure for her body.
  • Ambadassador: Ambassador of Themyscira.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She's been this for years, Depending on the Writer, when it's not explicit. After all, she grew up in a Lady Land called Paradise Island.
  • Artificial Family Member: Her original origin story was that she was crafted from clay by Hippolyta who yearned for a child and was given life by the Greek Gods. Post-Crisis all the Amazons are women whose bodies were crafted from clay and brought to life by the Amazon's patron gods, and their souls were from women in Hades who had been murdered by men.
  • Astral Projection: As written by Marston Di ended up in the astral plane frequently, though not always by her own choice.
  • Author Appeal: With the bondage.
  • Badass Cape: Part of her royal regalia/battle armor. Serves a dual purpose as diplomatic garb.
  • Bad Liar: To the surprise of nobody, the Spirit of Truth sucks at lying.
  • Bash Brothers: With Donna and Cassie. Sometimes written as such with Batman and Superman as well.
  • Battle Couple: With Superman as of the New 52.
  • Bi the Way: Issue 2 of Wonder Woman DC Rebirth implies Diana was The Casanova during her life on Paradise Island. (Or to be more accurate, some gossiping Amazons speculate that she is.) It is canonized that she was closer than friends with at least one peer. Finally confirmed as bisexual by Greg Rucka in 2016 and backed up by Gail Simone.
  • Bling of War: Sported a gold suit of Greek-style armor in a few stories.
  • Blood Knight: She shows this tendency in the New 52 Universe, mostly in the Justice League title.
  • The Chick: In the 1950s and 1960s, she was this for the Justice League.
  • Combat Stilettos: Her boots are generally heeled.
  • Cool Plane: The Invisible Jet. Nowadays, it's only used if she needs stealth or to carry passengers or loads.
  • Determinator: Other more powerful members of her team may decide to step back or retreat in order to strategize a solution. Wonder Woman's plan is to plow headfirst into the situation and kick the living shit out of it.
  • Dude Magnet: Wonder Woman has men falling for her left and right.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She's a princess who happens to be a member of the Justice League.
  • Fake Memories: DC Rebirth has retconned Diana's New 52 history by establishing that the version of Themyscira she's visited during Brian Azzarello and Meredith Finch's runs was a fake. The Year One story being written by Greg Rucka reestablishes Diana's past as closer to what it was Post-Crisis, effectively meaning the stories about her past in the New 52 continuity are fabrications.
  • Flanderization: Pre-New 52, Diana was fairly unique amongst DC's heroes in that she was willing to kill enemies, but only when absolutely necessary and when there is zero other options available. As of the New 52, this has been exaggerated into her ruthlessly killing any villain she confronts, which makes it pretty hard to believe that the other heroes would want anything to do with her. Her pre-New 52 willingness to kill is also an example of this, if a more gradual one. Originally she was the one of DC's Big Three who would not kill. She made an exception when it came to gods, because (as she herself pointed out) during Marston's run all gods had Resurrective Immortality. When the Silver Age came around she kept her no-killing rule as Batman and Superman also jumped on that train. When George Perez rebooted her after Crisis on Infinite Earths he brought back her willingness to kill gods (and expanded it to include other supernatural creatures as well), but never addressed whether they were still immortal. Later this was rationalized as her being willing to kill "when it was absolutely necessary". Then that was expanded to hypothetically include humans as well as non-humans. Then she snapped Maxwell Lord's neck and the rest is history.
  • Flying Brick: Slowly evolved into this from a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Friend to All Children: Diana is nothing but love when children are concerned. If a child is threatened, she can be scarier than Batman.
  • Friend to All Living Things: One of her least utilized powers is the ability to communicate empathically with animals.

  • Good Is Not Soft: She has always been an icon of kindness and nobility, preferring peace and diplomacy to war and aggression. Yet, of all of the members of the Justice League of America, she alone has never hesitated to use lethal force when it was needed, reminding everyone the Amazons are, at heart, still a Proud Warrior Race.
  • Heroic Bastard: In the New 52, she's the result of Hippolyta's affair with Zeus. DC Rebirth revealed the New 52 Hippolyta is not the real deal, calling into question if Zeus really is Diana's father.
  • Honor Before Reason: One of her vices is that she absolutely refuses to retreat or surrender, and a big enough Zerg Rush could occupy her until she collapses from exhaustion.
  • Hot Librarian: Poses as one occasionally.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Sometimes among her or the Lasso of Truth's powers, Depending on the Writer.
  • Lady of War: Some of her incarnations. She is a master of many forms of combat and stated by Batman to be the best melee combatant in the world. She uses her bulletproof bracelets and Lasso of Truth to great effect and, while unarmed, graceful maneuvers and powerful blows, all while having a regal demeanor as Princess of Themyscira.
  • Leotard of Power: She is the classic example, which is lampshaded in Justice League, where Gordon Godfrey snarkingly compares her to a showgirl. Also played with in the movie, when Steve Trevor says "Let's get you into an outfit that doesn't get me arrested for solicitation."
  • Lightning Bruiser: Not as invulnerable as Superman, or as fast as the Flash, but easily more dangerous than either to take on in a fight thanks to her strength and near-unparalleled combat skills.
  • Living Lie Detector: Thanks to her enchanted lasso, it is probably one of the most well-known examples. The Lasso is able to force people to tell the truth - it takes godlike willpower to prevent this, and the subject will not be able to lie, only avoid saying anything at all.
    • As she is the living embodiment of truth, being around Wonder Woman at all makes people slightly more truthful but this effect is easier to resist than being in contact with her lasso.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In the New 52 Universe, it's revealed by Eris in issue #2 and later confirmed by Hippolyta in the next issue than Diana is the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus. However, DC Rebirth has established that New 52 versions of Olympus and Themyscira are fakes, as is the New 52 Hippolyta, casting doubt on whether Diana really is Zeus' daughter or if this was something she was tricked into believing.

  • Made of Indestructium: Not even Superman or Captain Marvel can break her lasso. Her bracelets can withstand even Darkseid's Omega Beam, which is one of the few things that can harm Superman.
    • Her bracelets are ineffective against Eros' guns.
    • Pre-Crisis, her bracelets were made of "amazonium," a metal found only on Paradise Island. Depending on the Writer, it was one of or the hardest metals in the DCU.
    • Canonically her bracelets are made of the same material (the Golden Fleece) as the Aegis, Zeus' indestructible shield, and are literally unbreakable. They have withstood the combined divine power of the entire Greek pantheon and never broken.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Unlike her male colleagues Superman and Batman, she lacks a no-kill policy, which leads to much conflict between her and the other two (though she only does this after exhausting all other options).
  • More Hero Than Thou: On one occasion, after hearing a prophecy that said the entire JLA would perish while fighting an ancient evil, Diana decided to decommission the League (by force) and fight the monster solo, as a League of One, reasoning that her one death was preferable to the death of every one of her teammates.
  • Most Common Superpower: Depending on the Artist, Diana's large breasts can rival Power Girl.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Wonder Woman is a tall, very beautiful raven-haired Amazonian woman (and also the World's Most Beautiful Woman) who wears outfits (such as a revealing strapless leotard or a bustier-hotpants combo) that present her skin and highlight her muscular yet voluptuous body, large breasts, strong toned muscles (especially her large biceps), ripped broad shoulders, nicely toned buttocks, and long muscular legs.
  • Nice Girl: She was designed to be an embodiment of love and peace in The Golden Age of Comic Books who first tried finding peaceful solutions and reforming her enemies compared to the more aggressive methods of her male counterparts. Most incarnations since have followed suit by making her surprisingly humble and an All-Loving Hero that can find compassion even for the most vile of her enemies.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Though not to the same level as Superman, which is why she has those wristbands. While she can take biblical amounts of blunt force and impact on par with Superman, she can be wounded by sharp or piercing objects.
  • No-Sell: In the New 52, she is immune to Eros's bullets because she already loves everyone.
  • One-Woman Army: Can and has taken on whole armies and superhero teams single-handed.
  • Painted-On Pants: During the J. Michael Straczynski run. She soon went back to the Leotard of Power. This was also planned for the New 52, but was ultimately scrapped for another version of the Leotard of Power. Certain covers and promotional images were even released with "pants" and "no pants" versions.
  • Politically Active Princess: Themiscyra's ambassador to Man's World.
  • Power Limiter: Diana's bracelets in the New 52.
  • Pride: Part of her Royal Heritage, and a strength and weakness in one.
  • Primary-Color Champion: A red and blue Leotard of Power, blue on bottom, red on top, yellow accents such as the WW logo, belt and golden lasso. Her New 52 design replaced the yellow accents with silver ones, but the red and blue (being the primary component of the trope) still stayed.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: A Themysciarian warrior.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: Her consistent speechifying and pontificating makes her come off as this to villains and fellow heroes alike. This "perfect" image she gives off tends to earn Diana the ire of many and other female heroes like Power Girl have voiced a desire to at punch her for it at least once.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's a princess and her people's champion.

  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Diana has swung totally across the spectrum on this Depending on the Writer. Her creator and other writers like Grant Morrison favor her explicitly being a very happy BDSM enthusiast, whereas other writers omit that character trait entirely. Most stories will include subtle visual references to this at least, what with her classic metal bracelets and collars/chokers appearing fairly often in her costume designs.
  • She's Got Legs: Wonder Woman wears a revealing strapless leotard or other outfits (such as a bustier-hotpants combo or a form-fitting body suit) that highlight her long muscular legs.
  • Ship Tease: With Superman, Batman and Aquaman at various times.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Speechifies quite often to villains in an attempt to make them see the error of their ways. Unfortunately, due to the nature of superhero comics, this rarely works.
  • Sibling Team: With Donna Troy
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her interest in Superman in the New 52 comes not from his strength, but because of his good nature.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Seldom wears sleeves and hardly needs them.
  • Smash Sisters: With Donna Troy. They sure do kick ass together.
  • The Social Expert: Being a diplomat, she's very good at getting to know the languages and customs of various groups she deals with.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's always widely considered extremely beautiful, and Depending on the Artist she's quite tall.
  • Straw Feminist: If written badly, Diana can become this. Sometimes, though, it's used to explore values dissonance or as a foundation for character development, such as with Diana's origin story.
  • Strong and Skilled: Possesses strength and speed that rivals if not equals that of a Kryptonian and is also a trained combatant, strategist, tactician and diplomat. During the Golden Age, she was also a scientist and nurse.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Diana can come off as this many times during her superhero tenure due to the combination of being an All-Loving Hero and a consummate warrior woman. This aspect of her becomes badly deconstructed when it starts to sabotage her personal relationships by coming off as superficially loving and coldly manipulative. An example would be when Diana got into a passionate relationship with the roguish Nemesis, who was deeply in love with her, but revealed she never had romantic feelings towards Nemesis at all; she was just exploiting his feelings towards her to get him to father her daughters and replenish the Amazon population.
  • Super Reflexes: How else can she deflect machine gun fire with only her bracelets?
  • Super Speed: Not to the same level as The Flash, though she does still run much faster than normal humans.
  • Super Strength: Granted by Demeter (Goddess of the Earth). Diana is literally as strong as the Earth because of her link to the planet granted to her by Demeter. She is said to be "stronger than Hercules". Her strength depends on the writer and the era; in some appearances, Wonder Woman is as strong as Superman himself and able to physically outmatch other beings such as Supergirl.
  • Sweet Tooth: Many takes on her first interactions with America have her discovering, and loving, ice cream.
  • Technical Pacifist: Pre-Crisis. These days, not.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ice-cream, as she is often seen eating the food in different types of media.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Justified since she's the Action Heroine of the DCU.
    • In the New 52, she's this even with Superman!
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Has been integral to her character from the beginning. Diana is the princess of the Amazons, as well as a symbol of female empowerment both in- and out-of-universe. As such, men who abuse women are THE LOWEST FORM OF SCUM ON EARTH for her. And if it's a little girl that is abused? Doubly bad.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: She was the Goddess of Truth at one point, and still sticks to that ideal whenever possible.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: She is canonically supposed to be this, having been blessed at birth by the goddess Aphrodite.
  • World's Strongest Woman: While her Super Strength was more modest in her first appearances, she is eventually generally portrayed as the strongest woman in the DC universe. Depending on who's writing her, she sometimes matches Superman's strength.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: She tends to pull out a lot of wrestling moves in adaptations. She is ancient Greek, after all.


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