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Wonder Woman

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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"If it means interfering in an ensconced, outdated system, to help just one woman, man or child...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."
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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.

Specific iterations of this character on other character sheets include:

The Golden Age/Earth-Two daughter of Hippolyte and Aphrodite here.
The Earth One daughter of Hippolyta and Hercules here.
The New 52's daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus here.
The Earth-16 Wonder Woman as voiced by Maggie Q here.
The DC Extended Universe's Wonder Woman as played by Gal Gadot here.
The DC Animated Universe's Wonder Woman as voiced by Susan Eisenberg here.
The DC Super Hero Girls's Wonder Woman as voiced by Grey Delisle here.
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The Diana from the Elseworld depiced in The Legend of Wonder Woman here.
The Diana from the Elseworld depiced in Wonder Woman: Warbringer here.

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    #-F 
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Wonder Woman may rarely have a city to call her own, but wherever she ends up for long enough she will always find herself loved by those around her.
  • 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!"
  • The Ace: Possibly the best fighter in all of DC, one of the most powerful heroes, beautiful, intelligent, and can fly a plane.
  • Ace Pilot: She flies the Invisible Jet and is a skilled pilot.
  • Action Fashionista:
    • Vol 1: During Diana's depowered "Mod" phase she was constantly getting new hip outfits to fight in.
    • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: "Venus Rising": Diana claims having a "different Wonder outfit for every occasion" is one of the "perks of the job" when she changes into a Wonder Woman themed spacesuit.
  • 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).
  • Action Girlfriend: Anyone who dates her is going to fall into this trope, save maybe for Superman or Batman. Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman's golden age love interest, was a World War II U.S. intelligence officer, but couldn't exactly hold his own against Greek gods, sorceresses, or several hundred feet tall women.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Zigzagged. Wonder Woman's first costume included culottes which sometimes looked like a skirt. Her look after that included tight shorts. As of 2016, she is drawn with action-like skirt.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Angel" by Steve.
  • The Ageless: Due to her semi-divine origin.
  • Allegorical Character: Women's Strength & Courage (often associated with Feminism).
  • Alliterative Name: Wonder Woman.
  • 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."
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Wonder Woman is commonly depicted as a calm and dignified Lady of War. For added bonus, she's surrounded by other women, being an Amazon and all.
  • 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. As of recently, Diana is confirmed to be bisexual.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In recent adaptations, Diana is presented with olive-tanned skin.
  • Animal Motifs: Eagles. Her original costume had an eagle design. While her recent superhero outfits are 2 stylized "W"s, they also resemble an eagle. She also is known to be brave, loyal, and inspiring, traits attributed to eagles.
  • Anti-Magic: Wonder Woman has shown to have a notable resistance against magic.
  • Archer Archetype: Because of her extensive training, Diana is proficient with the bow and arrow.
  • 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.
  • As Long as There is Evil: Diana has pledged that as long as there is evil and injustice, she will be there to fight it.
  • Asskicking Pose: As Lynda Carter demonstrates, the "Wonder Woman Pose".
  • 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.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Diana is the princess of Themyscira and the best fighter among them.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Downplayed, but one comic showed she could mimic another person's voice through strict muscle control. It's obviously more difficult for her when she pretends to be a man.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Most comics show Diana as being the only child of her home.
  • Badass Bisexual: 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.
  • 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, Cassie and any other Amazon who is part of the cast at the time. Sometimes written as such with Batman and Superman as well.
  • Battle Couple: She and Steve Trevor were in a relationship and fought side-by-side in most continuities including Earth-Two, Earth-One, Prime Earth.
  • The Beastmaster: Through her empathy and communication with animals, Diana can ask them for their help.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Wonder Woman is once of the nicest, selfless, and open-minded people in the DC world...but should you cross her in anyway, she's not afraid to fight, even kill.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Diana could, would and has fought gods and monsters to protect her fellow Amazon sisters, especially Donna Troy whose her actually her sister or clone in some continuities. To a lesser extent Diana also cares for Cassie Sandsmark whenever they meet.
  • 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.
  • Born During a Storm: Volume 3 posits that Wonder Woman was "born" on the night of a hunter's moon with an impressive electrical storm rolling in over the ocean.
  • Born of Magic: Her origin has been that her body was sculpted from clay, which Aphrodite breathed life into. This was discarded in favor of Zeus putting his dick in yet-another-thing for the New 52, in the process removing Cassie's status as one of Zeus' bastards while giving it to Diana. Wonder Woman (Rebirth) went back to the fatherless birth concept for Diana.
  • Brainy Brunette: Usually depicted with raven-black hair and is an intelligent superhero with tactical combat knowledge.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": She has two stylized "Ws".
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: A powerful warrior with a soft spot for children and animals.
  • Cain and Abel: In most continuites Ares is her grandfather and one of her biggest enemies. She wants peace and love while he's all about war and destruction.
  • The Casanova: Issue 2 of Wonder Woman DC Rebirth implies Diana was something like this, though it could've been just gossip.
  • The Chick: In the 1950s and 1960s, she was this for the Justice League.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Diana will always help those in need.
  • Clark Kenting: In the Golden-era comics, Diana would wear glasses and a Prim and Proper Bun to disguise herself. The New 52 revisits the former.
  • Combat Medic: At least, in the Golden era. Besides being a hero she was also a nurse.
  • Combat Pragmatism: Prior to the Max Lord incident Wonder Woman had one of the strictest no killing codes in the DCU, but it only applied to humans meaning that when she felt it necessary she could use force intended to kill against non-human foes. Following said incident her code was changed without in universe explanation to her not killing save as a last resort no matter who she's facing.
  • Combat Stilettos: The red boots she wears while performing superheroics were originally heeled.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Originally, Diana's abilities came from Supernatural Martial Arts which granted her enhanced strength, speed, agility and durability, telepathy and the ability to glide on air currents. Post-crisis, Diana possess the standard flying brick abilities, a strong healing factor, the ability to communicate with animals, enhanced senses, the beauty of Aphrodite, restoring her health and strength by becoming one with the earth and the ability to astral project herself into various lands of myth.
  • Cool Crown: A golden tiara with a big, red star on the front. It's even sharp enough to be used as a weapon.
  • Cool Plane: The Invisible Jet. Nowadays, it's only used if she needs stealth or to carry passengers or loads.
  • Cool Sword: In DC Rebirth she keeps the very sharp decorated sword which had replaced her lasso as her weapon of choice during The New 52.
  • Cosmic Motifs: Stars are seen throughout Wonder Woman's outfit (i.e., tiara, spandex).
  • Cultured Badass: Wonder Woman is a princess, and thus remains very well-schooled in the ways of etiquette and grace even whilst fending off an alien invasion with her bare hands.
  • Cunning Linguist: One of Wondy's most consistent traits is her wide array of known languages. Growing up on a peaceful island that promotes intellectual pursuits is helpful and Athena granted her an unnatural ability to pick up new languages quickly.
  • Determinator: Wonder Woman quite simply does not ever give up or retreat.
  • Dodge the Bullet: She regularly deflects bullets and any kind of energy weapon with her bracelets. The bracelets are Immune to Bullets, but moving her arms to block the bullets definitely counts as dodging. Justified by being "faster than Mercury" since her earliest appearances.
  • Dude Magnet: Wonder Woman has men falling for her left and right. Even as a teenager on Paradise Island she had multiple teenaged boys courting her, despite the fact that she had never left her all female home meaning said boys were Cute Monster Boys.
  • Eternal Hero: While she can die, she's also from an ageless Amazon home. Thus, she can live a very long life.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: A number of women have commented on Diana's good looks.
  • Experienced Protagonist: A trained warrior and tactician.
  • 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.
  • The Fettered: Zigzagged in some ways. Her own moral code is just as stringent as Superman's or Batman's. Since Kingdom Come, she is implicitly called a warrior it allows for killing to serve the greater good. This difference is played for dramatic tension in the prelude to Infinite Crisis, where she is forced to kill the villain Maxwell Lord and then condemned by both Superman and Batman for it.
  • Fish out of Water: An immortal Amazon warrior is both amazed and baffled at Man's world.
  • 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 Pérez 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.
  • Flight: She has the ability to fly.
  • 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.

    G-L 
  • Genius Bruiser: A masterful tactician as she is a combatant. In the Golden comics, she was also a nurse and scientist.
  • Go-Getter Girl: She's defined by her determination to do what she thinks is right, hates to lose, and won't stop on a course of action one's she's made her decision, unless by extreme intervention by her outside forces. This trait has been used against her at times by her enemies and even by her allies such as Batman in the Tower of Babel arc.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: (Post-Crisis) Diana is a pure and all-loving hero who can't understand why villains would do horrendous things.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: A little naive she may be about Man's World, Diana is an intelligent warrior not to be trifled with.
  • 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: In her fight against Medusa, Diana blinds herself with the acid of one of the former's cut off snakes. She then proceeds to chop off Medusa's head.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Men and women have to do a double take when first meeting Diana.
  • The Heart: Some comics paint Wonder Woman as the one everyone gets along with. Ted Kord even lampshades it.
  • Healing Factor: Wonder Woman is pretty tough to injure in the first place but if she is she recovers incredibly quickly. For example in Generations Cheetah impales her with a spear, and when Wondy yanks it out and throws it back in Cheetah's direction the gory hole is almost entirely closed by the time the spear hits.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Wonder Woman is a master swordswoman and recent comics depict her carrying a sword at all times.
  • 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: When she's posing as "Diana Prince" she's an attractive uptight prim secretary wearing glasses with her hair in a bun.
  • Humble Hero: Wonder Woman is not only a superhero but also a princess, but doesn't brag and takes everything and everyone seriously and earnestly, seeing for instance no shame in taking a job as a Burger Fool in Wonder Woman (1987) and after being late on multiple occasions due to her heroics considering herself unworthy to keep coming to work when her coworkers are trying so hard to make ends meet.
  • Ideal Hero: Depending on the Writer. She can be a paragon of justice, humility, kindness, and peace. In the New 52 she starts off as arrogant, hot-headed, sexist towards men, and a Blood Knight before Character Development.
  • Immortality Bisexuality: Confirmed bisexual and is a member of ageless Amazons.
  • Immune to Bullets: She even provides the page image. She is, strictly speaking, not immune to bullets — she's simply fast enough to block them with her armored bracelets. If a smart criminal (like Lex Luthor) had the sense to simply shoot her in the foot, she'd be hopping mad. Thanks to Power Creep, Power Seep, Diana's relative invulnerability changes depending on the story being told and the title it's being told in. Sometimes (such as when she needs to fight Superman) it's up to Superman's levels. Other times... yeah, she needs those bracelets. There was some attempt to explain that bullets because they're much smaller and put pressure on a smaller area of skin, are much more dangerous to her, but it's a pretty feeble handwave for someone being vulnerable to bits of lead yet able to take a punch from a Physical God.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Sometimes among her or the Lasso of Truth's powers, Depending on the Writer.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Wonder Woman is usually written as this (especially during the Golden Age), being the chosen Amazon to lead humanity to a better place, since (Post-Crisis) she’s only one of her people who saw good in mankind. Diana is also a friend and protector of all children and frequently frees women from oppression even literally breaking them free from chains. This characterization started to slip when she killed Max Lord, and was tossed out entirely for the New 52, but Wonder Woman (Rebirth) brought Diana back to her roots as an idealized pure hero.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Piercing, blue eyes to match her pure, heroic nature.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Her main love interest is Steve Trevor, a mortal human.
    • As a teenager Diana went on a handful of dates with Renno, a merman and "Wingo," a male harpy, but neither of these relationships were serious.
  • Invincible Hero: She's just as strong as Superman with more combat experience. And unlike the Man of Steel, she doesn't have an obvious or known kryptonite weakness.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Given she's a Friend to All Living Things, Diana has a soft spot for felines. Ironically, one of her biggest enemies is a cheetah-themed woman.
  • Knows the Ropes: Her Lasso of Truth is her most iconic weapon.
  • 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.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Uses a shield in current works and thus uses it as a way to protect herself.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Diana is quite upset to learn that Ares is Hippolyta's father and even starts to deny that he could possibly be her grandfather before her innate connection to the truth and the lasso force her to accept it.

    M-R 
  • 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.
  • Mama Bear: Diana has a strong Mama Bear streak fuelled by her love of children. Also unlike her Justice League colleagues who hold to Thou Shall Not Kill, since her Darker and Edgier revamp Diana believes anything that hurts the innocent should be dealt with using lethal force. So any foe suicidal enough to hurt children around Diana will usually be swiftly turned into mincemeat by a pissed off Demi-Godesss.
  • Martial Pacifist: Traditionally this was part of being an Amazon. They are sworn to avoid violence and harming others whenever it is feasible, but play "games" like bullets and bracelets, have frequent archery and martial arts tournaments for fun and will easily take down any opponent they feel they must fight but they will absolutely not kill. The Amazons' backstory and motivations were then thrown out and they were reinvented for Volume 2, and they still avoid killing if at all possible even in situations where lives are at risk.
  • Master of All: Wonder Woman was specifically designed as a woman with enough powers to keep up with Superman, and therefore has Super Strength, Super Speed, Nigh-Invulnerability, Not Quite Flight, and an impressive Healing Factor along with powers authors often ignore like low level Telepathy which ties into her ability to talk to animals. Her ties to truth also mean she's far more successful at redeeming and befriending her villains than most heroes.
  • Master Swordsman: Diana was trained in the art of swordsmanship.
  • Modest Royalty: She may be a princess but her jewelry is usually limited to her tiara, which doubles as a weapon, and her "bracelets" which are unquestionably designed as protective armor rather than for looks and her clothing tends to be jeans or very simple gowns.
  • 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. Her revealing outfits make sense in the context of Greek athletics where both sexes would be naked.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Diana is proficient with a wide array of weapons as while the Amazons are a peaceful society they understand the need for defense and really like archery and fighting competitions for fun. When the need arises she'll usually compliment her lasso with a sword, spear and bow. Batman even stated that Diana is the best melee fighter in all of the DC universe.
  • Nerves of Steel: She never hesitates to do what she must.
  • 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: Those attempting to use mind control on her are always quite surprised at how entirely ineffective it is.
  • Not Quite Flight: Wonder Woman was originally unable to fly directly in the manner of Superman but (as with original Superman) they simplified all the handwaves to just give her flight. In Vol 1 during the The Silver Age of Comic Books, and the tail end of the The Golden Age of Comic Books, Wonder Woman used to "glide on air currents"—which somehow always seemed to be going in the right direction unless it became a plot point (like one story in which the villain encased a city in ice, which apparently meant that there were only downdrafts). This was retconned into full flight in the 1986 revamp, thanks to magic sandals donated by the god, Hermes, and has remained so ever since, though she can still glide on air currents which she now has more control over even without the sandals.
  • Omniglot: She can speak her native Themysciran, Ancient and Modern Greek, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mandarin Chinese (she expressed "difficulty" with the tones of Cantonese during an interview with Lois Lane), Russian and Hindi.
  • 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.
  • Playing with Fire: Downplayed. Diana can't control fire but she's immune to it since she was blessed by the goddess, Demeter.
  • Politically Active Princess: Themiscyra's ambassador to Man's World.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Her lasso of truth. Gift from the gods. Unbreakable weapon beyond mortal understanding. Really good for making your friends embarrass themselves by blurting out the truth at inopportune moments.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Diana is the Princess of Themyscira and is one of the strongest heroes of the DC Universe.
  • Pride: Part of her Royal Heritage, and a strength and weakness in one.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: In the Golden era, Diana wore a tight bun in her civilian guise.
  • 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. Though her characterization as a "warrior" is relativley recent.
  • Raised by Dudes: Gender-inverted. Diana was raised by the all-female Amazons.
  • Raised by the Community: In most continuities, Wonder Woman was raised in a loving group effort by the Amazons as she was the first child in their isolated community in centuries
  • Rapunzel Hair: Usually depicted with waist-length hair.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Zigzagged. She usually has white skin and raven-black hair. In recent works, her skin has been given a olive tone.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Wonder Woman will fight when if she has to, she comes from an island of warrior women after all. But She'll try to go for the peaceful approach first, or trickery or another creative solution if that won't work. As Gail Simone wrote it:
    Wonder Woman: We have a saying, my people. 'Don't kill if you can wound, don't wound if you can subdue, don't subdue if you can pacify, and don't raise your hand at all until you've extended it.'
  • 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.
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    S-W 
  • 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.
  • Semi-Divine: She is Ares' granddaughter and depending on continuity and writer she can be considered the daughter of Aphrodite or Athena rather than Hippolyta being her only parent.
  • 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.
  • Shield Bash: She's now seen using a shield in battle not only for defense by offense.
  • Ship Tease: With Superman, Batman and Aquaman at various times.
  • Shock and Awe: The New 52 has her gain electric powers thanks to her relation to Zeus. Even after this was retconned, Diana kept her immuneness to lighting by usually using her bracelets.
  • 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.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: A trained warrior new to the world of Man.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her usual love interest, Steve Trevor, is a humble and friendly man who has the utmost faith and respect in her.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Seldom wears sleeves and hardly needs them.
  • Smash Sisters: With her baby sister and the original Wonder Girl 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.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Talking to animals is one of the lesser-known powers of Wonder Woman, though this is sometimes just written as her being a Friend to All Living Things and is usually a low level psychic power.
  • Star-Spangled Spandex: She wears a red top with blue shorts that have white stars on them.
  • 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: Diana possesses strength and speed that rivals if not equals that of a Kryptonian and is also a highly 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.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Originally most of Wonder Woman's abilities (outside of immortality) were the result of being a master of Amazonian martial arts, which included training in mild telepathic abilities and were implied to be something any human could learn with enough patience and time.
  • Superpower Lottery: Not only does Wonder Woman have strength, speed, and impact resistance within a hair of Superman, but she has a huge array of gear and minor abilities. Most people know about the block-anything bracers and the lasso that's unbreakable and made of truth (which is a "downgrade" from its old 'compel the target to do anything' powers, though recent writers have revealed it works by reaching down and grabbing someone's soul, which is fun), but did you know her tiara can cut anything? That she can speak with animals, and heals at an accelerated rate due to her connection to Gaia? That she's immune to fire? That thanks to the goddess Athena sharing her visions that she can see through illusions? That's not a complete list.
  • Super Reflexes: How else can she deflect machine gun fire with only her bracelets?
  • Super Senses:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Diana can sense magic and her normal senses are enhanced beyond those of a baseline human as well.
    • A good demonstration of Diana's enhanced senses is in Wonder Woman (1987) where she was blinded and it did little to affect her ability to fight and act as a crimefighter, and she continues on almost as if nothing had happened.
  • 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.
  • Super Toughness: Being a Flying Brick on par with Superman means she's got toughness to spare. While its often inconsistent about whether she needs to use her bracelets to defend against things like bullets and energy blasts, the fact that she can take hits from people like Superman and the like puts her firmly in the nigh invulnerable category
  • Sweet Tooth: Many takes on her first interactions with America have her discovering, and loving, ice cream.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth. In addition to it's ability to compel the truth out of people, it protects Wonder Woman from the effects of mind control, dispel illusions, exorcise demons, allow Diana to read the minds of whoever is bound in it and remove impurities from the body.
  • Technical Pacifist: Pre-Crisis. These days, not.
  • Telepathy:
    • Under the writing of her creator Diana was a mild telepath, but she couldn't read minds only perceive and fight back when another telepath was trying to trick her or mess with her mind and send messages. Gail Young on the other hand can read minds and not much else, and can only really concentrate enough to get a clear read when she's blindfolded.
    • An overlooked telepathy power she has is a low level one with animals, in which she can communicate to them, to an extent.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The Post-Crisis version of Wonder Woman has trained as a classical Greek warrior with a fighting practicality of that time. That means while she is willing to control herself in combat when possible when she decides that lethal force is necessary, she will use it without any regrets as seen when she beheaded the god Deimos in order to help her friends in peril. Notably at this point it was unclear if the gods retained their Resurrective Immortality from the previous continuity.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ice-cream, as she is often seen eating the food in different types of media.
  • Transformation Sequence: Wonder Woman can sometimes change clothes by spinning.
  • Twofer Token Minority: In some current issues, Diana is shown to be Ambiguously Brown and has been confirmed to be bisexual.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: Traditionally Wonder Woman's upbringing just helped to reinforce her naturally stellar personality and sense of responsibility but on some Elseworlds, such as Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: Generations, it's made clear that her heroic nature is due to her mother's careful guidance and the fact that she and the other Amazons worked hard to instill the Amazon's code of ethics, which rejects killing if at all feasible even if it endangers themselves, into the superpowered child on their island.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Justified since she's the Action Heroine of the DCU and her traditional love intrest is The Sneaky Guy and no stronger or more durable than any other human but attracts a lot of attention from superpowered foes.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her Lasso of Truth will be Diana's main tool in fights.
  • 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 Best Warrior: Zigzagged. She's certainly the Amazon's greatest warrior, but other characters have been shown to defeat her in pure skill. However, she's also demonstrated that if she gets serious and trains enough, she can match anything anyone can throw at her.
  • 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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