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    Adjudicator 
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An extradimensional being who has taken it upon himself to judge worlds and then destroy them across multiple universes at once when they fail his tests, which he does not allow any to pass no matter how they fare.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #291. (1982)
Created By: Paul Levitz · Gene Colan
Universes: Earth-One, Prime Earth

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The extra-dimensional world destroying Sufficiently Advanced Alien Adjudicator is taller than the Washington Monument.
  • Deadly Gaze: The Adjudicator can turn disintegrate people or cause them to fade right out of existence with his gaze if he so chooses.
  • Dem Bones: The henchmen the Adjudicator created as manifestations of his will modeled after the Horsemen of the Apocalypse were each skeletal figures wearing cloaks.
  • Elective Mute: The Adjudicator lets his thoughts and subsequent actions do the talking for him, which infuriates Diana given he's decided to destroy every version of earth and all inhabitants. While Diana thinks he can talk he never actually does, even after he's been defeated and is being torn away from his intended victims by his peers so it's unclear if he can verbalize his thoughts.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: The Adjudicator's eyes are split into a check pattern of many constantly changing swirling colors each square of which seem to reflect bits of shadow from different scenes.
  • Eye Beams: If the rays of multicolored light the Adjudicator can emit from its eyes hit a person they go through a quick transformation of turned crystalline solid and then disintegrated.
  • Heart Light: The Adjudicator is an extra-dimensional Omnicidal Maniac who has a bright glowing light in the middle of his chest.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: When the Adjudicator decided to judge earth—which in his case meant he'd already decided to destroy every earth in the multiverse—he formed four deadly horsemen based on the Biblical ones as his agents through which to judge humanity via their reaction to them.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Adjudicator appears as 600' tall blue man with something like a star for a heart. He's also a mad ancient thing that exists between realities and goes around "judging" and casually destroying planets and all their inhabitants, by which he means all versions of a planet and its inhabitants across the multiverse at once after "judging" five representative versions. He's only stopped because his keepers let him play with worlds as a way to keep him from annoying them by thinking of them and Diana's use of her lasso on him while questioning who gave him the authority to destroy earth makes him think of his keepers, who summon him for punishment in response.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Ever since his Sufficiently Advanced Alien people kicked him out for being nuts the Adjudicator has been traveling the multiverse "judging" the worthiness of planets, then wiping out every single version of said planet across the multiverse in one go when it inevitably fails.
  • Obliviously Evil: The Adjudicator does not see his actions, which are the destruction of populated worlds by destroying a planet across multiple dimensions, as anything but just even after it's learned that he was given the duty of "judging" worlds by his fellows who couldn't stand him and essentially gave him the "task" of playing with worlds they didn't care about so long as he didn't annoy them by thinking of them.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The Adjudicator justifies his actions as judgement on the peoples of whatever world he's currently destroying across the multiverse, but he "judges" the planets on a skewed scale only sometimes sending minions to test the inhabitants of a handful of the representative versions of the planet and that judgement always calls for the destruction of the planet(s) and its/their inhabitants.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: The Adjudicator is a multi-dimensional being who goes around destroying planets, across all dimensions at once. Right when the coalition of super-heroes from four different earths fail to stop him from destroying earth his more powerful overseers step in and save the planet, considering him to have overstepped his bounds.

    Aegeus 
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AKA: Nikos Aegeus

"I've had to scrape and fight... for everything... I always knew I was destined for something better. Well, I won't be denied any longer. It's time I got what I deserved."

A terrorist from Greece who received magical weapons from the goddess Athena. Nikos revived a magical bridle, the Vulcan's Six Daggers that could cut through anything and a flying stallion named Pegasus. In the New 52, he is introduced as a usurper to Wonder Woman's role as the God of War.

First Appearance: Wonder Women (Vol 1) #297 (1982)
Created By: Paul Kupperberg & Curt Swan
Universes: Earth-One, New Earth, Prime Earth

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Aegeus carries Vulcan's Daggers: blades forged by Vulcan himself that can slice through virtually any substance or material. They were able to cut through Wonder Woman's own lasso with ease and create a deep hole simply through slicing the ground a short number of times.
  • Pegasus: Bellerophon gifted Aegeus with the winged horse Pegasus.
  • Perfect Poison: Lernaean Hydra Venom Spear is a spear that can use its venom to stop a high-powered regenerator and slowly kill them.
  • Shock and Awe: Aegeus carries the Thunderbolts of Zeus, which transform into ligtning bolts when he throws them.
  • Teleportation: As wells as Shock and Awe, the Thunderbolts of Zeus can be used for teleportation.

    Alkyone 
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“You were not there. You can’t know. What this place was like before she, before the dragon, was born. ”Paradise Island”, we called it. And it was. Since then, it’s been endless war and invasions and death and pain. And yet the Amazons still love her. Still see her as the helpless baby in the rain.”

A member of The Circle, Hippolyta's elite blood-sworn bodyguards, and a former weapons master. Alkyone calls Diana "The Dragon" and was convinced that she would destroy Themyscira, and tried to kill the infant, resulting in her imprisonment with the other members of The Circle.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 3 #14. (2008)

  • Bald of Evil: Has no hair and no sense of benevolence in her.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: After taking some of Genocide's powers, along with Red Eyes, Take Warning. For extra emphasis on "evil", her pupils now look like skulls.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Betrays Hippolyta by trying to kill her daughter.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Hippolyta, which drives her turn to villainy.
  • Dark Action Girl: Like any evil Amazon.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Hinted to be a major reason she despises Diana as she is the child all the Amazons wanted but could never have. Upon being defeated by Diana the first time, her words were "You could have been mine."
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Her justification for killing the Amazon Gennes after she went mad and thought a doll was her child.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: A major source of angst not just for Alkyone, but all the Amazons, since none are able to have children.
  • Interservice Rivalry: Was frequently at odds with Philippus, Captain of the General Guard.
  • Knight Templar: The Circle was well-known for being overzealous about protecting Hippolyta. Alkyone takes it even further with her obsession with defending what she sees as proper Amazon culture by destroying Diana.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Her secret love and intense loyalty to Hippolyta and the Amazon way of life led her to commit increasingly immoral actions to the point she became set on destroying anything that she felt threatened the "proper" Amazon way of life.
  • Necessarily Evil: How Alkyone views her own actions.
    Alkyone: I did this to save our people, Diana! I have made terrible choices. I never wanted to be queen. I just wanted... I just wanted things to never change. Your beautiful mother, and my Circle to watch over her until the end of time!
  • Never Found the Body: Meaning she comes back.
  • Praetorian Guard: She leads Queen Hippolyta's bodyguard, and like the real Praetorian Guard, ultimately betrays the person she is supposed to protect.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Sadly, the first in Amazon history. For Hippolyta, no less.
  • Super Speed: As a Post-Crisis Amazon she's been granted faster than human speed by the goddesses.
  • Straw Feminist: Takes her misandry far further than even most other Amazons.

    Angle Man 
Angle Man
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AKA: Angelo Bend

Originally an Italian conman and master thief obsessed with knowing all the angles, Angelo Bend later gained a magic Penrose triangle that enabled him to warp space time, manipulating geometry to his advantage. He has fought Diana, Donna, and Cassie at various points in his career, and has a bit of a crush on Donna.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #62. (1953)
Created By: Robert Kanigher & Harry G. Peter

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Post-Crisis he did most of his crimes in a suit and tie, though he did eventually redone his Pre-Crisis green and orange tights.
  • Con Man: The original Golden Age Angle Man was a con man and thief with no powers or magic items.
  • Gentleman Thief: As of Wonder Woman (1987) Angle Man has gotten a revamp that includes a nice suit and hat and become a friendly if more unpredictable thief who always does his best to compliment the ladies. He also pays back his debts when Donna helps save his life.
  • Killed Off for Real: The original Angle Man died in the first "Crisis", apparently as a result of attempting to use his Angler during the massive dimensional upheavals caused by that event. His death is undone as a result of Wonder Woman's Post-Crisis reboot.
  • Phantom Thief: A Gentleman Thief who likes challenging himself by announcing he what he's going to steal, and then pulling of flamboyant theatrical heists often right in plain view while avoiding capture. He does however steal for a profit, he just likes clients with more odd requests.
  • Reality Warper: His magic angle can warp geometry.
  • Related in the Adaptation: The New 52 version is the son of Vandal Savage.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Became more associated with Catwoman for a time after Donna's death, before returning to Wonder Woman's rogues.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His original costume was green and was a surprisingly competent criminal.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: "Angelo Bend"? Seriously?
  • Space Master: His magic angle can warp geometry.
  • Villain Team-Up: Headed the Secret Society, and was a member of Circe's massive collective of Wonder Woman villains.
  • Villainous Crush: He was caught by Donna Troy while trying to steal an ancient artifact from a museum. Despite this, Angle Man formed a bit of a crush on the Amazon. He became so enamored with her that he instinctively transported himself to Themyscira seeking Donna's help when he was savagely attacked by a Fury possessed Barbara Minerva.
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    Arachne 
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A.K.A.: Richard Agoras

An ordinary office worker, kidnapped and experimented upon by Doctor Poison. Under influence of the Pandora virus, he could transform into a massive spider.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman vol. 2 #151 (1999)
Created By: Gerry Conway & Don Heck
Universes: New Earth

    Armageddon I & III 
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Armageddon was Nazi mastermind who used advanced technology, such as boots that enabled him to stomp powerful vibrations and a toxin that turned men into mindless ogres he called Muutorrs.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman vol. 1 #234 (1977)
Created By: Gerry Conway & Don Heck
Universes: Earth-Two, New Earth

  • An Axe to Grind: Carried a doubled-bladed executioner's axe as his personal weapon.
  • Badass Normal: He actually doesn't have any powers but his strength with the axe makes him more than a match.
  • The Faceless: Never seen without his mask.
  • Psycho Serum: Stole an experimental biochemical formula, which was capable of turning human beings into hulking, berserker-type monsters that would be more effective in combat that he called Muutorrs.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: He dresses in black and red and he's an enforcer of the Nazis and an evil mastermind.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Wore boots that enabled him to stomp powerful vibrations.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: Wore boots that enabled him to stomp powerful vibrations.

Armageddon III
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Armageddon is a descendant of an unknown race of Ogres. Her father and grandfather had both been enemies of Wonder Woman. Making her home in the wilderness of Canada, Armageddon was tracked down by Warmaster and recruited into her Four Horsewomen.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman vol. 1 #753 (2020)
Created By: Steve Orlando & Max Raynor
Universes: Prime Earth

    Blue Snowman 
Blue Snowman
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(Post-Flashpoint)
AKA: Byrna Brilyant

“Ha ! My telescopic snow ray has caught Wonder Woman ! Even if she can get out of her plane, she’ll freeze to death instantly !”

A foe of the Golden Age Wonder Woman, gender-fluid mad scientist Byrna Brilyant used their father's invention of "blue snow" to paralyze an entire farming community in exchange for a ransom. They later joined Villainy Incorporated.

For tropes relating specifically to their Golden Age/Earth-Two iteration see their entry here.

First Appearance: Sensation Comics #59. (1946)
Created By: Joye Murchison & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-Two, New Earth, Prime Earth, Earth-508

  • Adaptational Badass: Byrna "Blue Snowman" Brilyant has never posed a huge physical threat as they're a mad scientist fighting the Amazon's champion, and originally used their artificial snow to hold a farming community's fields for ransom. As of Wonder Woman (Rebirth) they are far more dangerous and given a mecha to pilot rather than a small powered suit, though Wondy still doesn't have too hard a time taking them down. Byrna is a much more deadly threat to civilians and non-powered opponents.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Byrna's Post-Crisis iteration is a joke compared to their original self. They were originally something like an evil more secretive Iron Man with multiple suits, experimental weapons and remote controled robots while their Post-Crisis self is killed offhand without ever posing a threat in their fist appearance.
  • Alliterative Name: Byrna Brilyant.
  • Ascended Extra: Post-Crisis Blue Snowman was just a joke character brought in to get unceremoniously eaten, but Post-Rebirth Blue Snowman is back to being an acceptable threat, even appearing in Tis the Season to Be Freezin', which doesn't feature Wonder Woman.
  • Back from the Dead: Byrna was revived in the post-Flashpoint continuity after being unceremoniously eaten alive in Power Girl.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When they first appear, Byrna is acting as a secretary at the Fair Weather Valley town meeting and voices their disgust at how childish the people are acting. Then they're revealed as the Blue Snowman.
  • Cerebus Retcon: People have repeatedly joked about the ridiculousness of an apparent woman calling themselves "Blue Snowman." Then Byrna appeared in DC Love Is A Battlefield and was revealed to be gender-fluid, having already spent a lot of time being mocked and rejected for "not being able to decide if they're a boy or girl." Suddenly the jokes in Power Girl aren't funny anymore.
  • C-List Fodder: Their official Post-Crisis debut in Power Girl #7 lasted long enough for her to be eaten alive. They're actually listed as being cannon fodder with a life expectancy of a few pages.
  • Color Character: Blue Snowman.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Created a masculine supervillain persona. They're listed in Power Girl as "C-List Wonder Woman villain with gender issues." Byrna was later established to be gender-fluid and crafted their identity as "Blue Snowman" because sometimes they feel like a man.
  • Humongous Mecha: Byrna Brilyant's snowstorm creating "Blue Snowman" Powered Armor of prior incarnations is leveled up to a giant cyclops Motion Capture Mecha in Wonder Woman (Rebirth).
  • An Ice Person: Byrna's Blue Snowman suit has the power to create localized snowstorms.
  • Mad Scientist: A power-hungry scientist who takes the old and abandoned projects of other scientists and completes and perfects them for their own use, usually by combining them into their suit of powered armor.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Subverted. They're father was a scientist and they're's beautiful, but they're a mad scientist in their own right. Byrna's also gender-fluid.
  • Non-Action Guy: Once the battle came down to them, Wonder Woman, and their respective fists it was a dead issue.
  • Powered Armor: Byrna used a snowman themed "Blue Snowman" mechanized snow creating armor in the Pre-Flashpoint continuity, though given who they're normally up against it didn't do them much good.
  • Sadist Teacher: Subverted. They used to be a school teacher but they're never shown acting maliciously to their students.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Subverted in the Post-Crisis continuity. They're redesigned with a suit of robotic armor and a pipe that fires icicles but they're still taken down by Power Girl and Dr. Mid-Nite, and then eaten alive.
  • Uncertain Doom: Their DC Rebirth incarnation was wired into her Exo-Mecha, and their brain "crashed" when Diana took down the suit. Byrna later reappeared in DC Love Is A Battlefield alive and well and back in the armor they wore in Power Girl.
  • Villain Team-Up: Served as a founding member of Villainy Inc. In the DC Rebirth continuity, they were part of the new unnamed interaction of the same team, this time put together by Veronica Cale.

    Cheetah (I-IV) 

Cheetah (I-IV)

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Cheetah is a Legacy Character and one of the major contenders for the title of Wonder Woman's Arch-Enemy. There have been four people who have taken up the mantle of Cheetah, and the first version, Priscilla Rich, a wealthy but troubled socialite with a Split Personality who donned a cheetah costume and fought Diana (or Hippolyta who was Wonder Woman back in the 1940s in the Post-Crisis continuity), was created by Wonder Woman's creator William Moulton Marston.

For tropes relating specifically to Priscilla Rich's Golden Age/Earth-Two iteration see her entry here.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #6. (1943)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter

    Chuma 
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Urzkartaga's high priest and faithful manservant to Barbara Minerva, the third Cheetah.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman (1987) #7. (1949)
Created By: Len Wein & George Pérez
Universes: New Earth

  • Affably Evil: He's extremely polite to Diana, so it's easy to forget he's the High Priest to a very evil deity who demands Human Sacrifice and Chuma is very much willing to kill for either his god or Minerva's sake.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: He's the one who performs the Ritual Magic necessary for the Cheetah transformation, which includes various alchemy concoctions and potions.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Has become immune to the own poisons that he uses due to using them on himself for many years.
  • Back from the Dead: He was killed by the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall, but was later brought back to life when Minerva sold her soul to Neron in exchange for his life.
  • Bald of Authority: The bald High Priest of the Urzkartaga tribe.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Minerva doesn't treat him with much respect and is often an impatient Bad Boss, but he takes it in stride and cats as her faithful manservant.
  • Blow Gun: His Weapon of Choice, with the darts coated with poison of his own making.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His last appearance in Wonder Woman (1987) was shortly before Minerva dealt with Sebastian Ballesteros and regained her powers as Cheetah. He never appears again and Minerva never explains what happened to him. Both New 52 and Rebirth continuities also didn't bring him back, and his role as Urzkartaga's main worshipper was replaced by African warlord Andres Cadulo in Rebirth.
  • Devoted to You: Due to Minerva being The Champion and bride to Urzkartaga, he's completely devoted to helping her achieve whatever she wants.
  • Ethnic Magician: An African who's connected to occult magic and dark rituals.
  • Funetik Aksent: He is an African man who often speaks with a phonetic accent, and seems particularly unable to pronounce the "th" sound. But despite this trope of having the implication that the character is dumb or uncultured, Chuma is portrayed as a very intelligent and sophisticated man.
  • High Priest: He used to be the religious leader of the cult of Urzkartaga, serving as the high priest. Now that the tribe is gone, he doesn't do much in that position other than tending to Urzkartaga's plant.
  • I Owe You My Life: Part of the reason he's so devoted and loyal Minerva is that she saved and spared his life when she found him in the aftermath of the surprise attack in Urzkartaga's tribe.
  • Magical Negro: A black African with vast mythical knowledge.
  • Master Poisoner: He's an expert at making poisons and other deadly concoctions.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's a very old and extremely diminutive man.
  • Only One Name: He's only ever known as Chuma.
  • Religion Is Magic: All his mystical powers come from his dedication to Urzkartaga.
  • Sidekick: Acts one to Minerva, assisting in her evil plans and when they seemingly have little to do with Urzkartaga, such as helping her steal Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth
  • Sole Survivor: The only survivor of his tribe and of Urzkartaga's cult.
  • Squishy Wizard: He can use his occult magic and some weapons to defend himself, but is very physically frail.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite Minerva often being a Bad Boss to him and the mighty enemies she makes, it doesn't shake the loyalty he has towards him being her servant. Notably, he sides with her against Sebastian Ballesteros even though Urzkartaga himself favored him.
  • Witch Doctor: Was basically this to his African tribe, serving as their mystical guide, healer and spiritual leader.
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    Circe 

Circe

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Circe's preferred appearance as of DC Rebirth. Wonder Woman #20 (vol. 5), 2017. Art by Bilquis Evely

"When I heard you had killed Ares and began strutting around as the "God of War," I thought to myself... now that is the arrogance of an Amazon. Taking what doesn't belong to them all while acting like a god's gift to women."
— Circe to Wonder Woman, Superman/Wonder Woman #16

DC Comics' version of the Ancient Greek sorceress from Classical Mythology and Homer's The Odyssey. Circe would at first only make a variety of scattered and intermittent appearances in multiple DC Comics books, not just Wonder Woman's, but when the Wonder Woman title would be relaunched under George Pérez, Circe would go on to become one of Diana's most persistent and dangerous foes note , being the source of a many calamitous events in her history.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman (1942) #37. (1949)
Created By: Robert Kanigher & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-Two, Earth-One, New Earth, Prime Earth, DCAU


  • Absolute Cleavage: Some of her costumes have featured this look, especially the floor-length green dresses with V-necks criss-crossed in gold chain she likes to wear at home.
  • All Women Hate Each Other: She expresses this view in issue #14 of Superman/Wonder Woman.
    What is it with women? With men I know what to expect. An initial spurt of bravura teamed in the end with cowardice. Even the best of men are driven by—at most—two or three desires. Easily manipulated. Like putty, but with too much hair. But women... women are as baffling and as dangerous to each other as we are to man. You can make no predictions on what we will do next, who we might crush... Who we might love.
  • Arch-Enemy: She, Ares, and the various incarnations of The Cheetah are the three contenders for this title, as Diana's longest-running, most consistently dangerous, and deeply personal adversaries. When Luthor assembled the first Injustice Gang, Post-Crisis, he wanted it to include the worst enemies of every Justice League member and chose Circe to fill that spot for Wonder Woman.
  • A God Am I: In Justice League Dark (vol. 2), she becomes the new Goddess of Magic of the DC Universe following the death of Hecate. Thanks in part due to her manipulations of events that led to Hecate's death that led to Circe inheriting her powers.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: As of DC Rebirth and as one can see in the page image above Circe seems to have gone in this direction, adopting a cream blazer/long coat, black leather slacks, and Waistcoat of Style ensemble paired with a bright red pixie cut.
  • Bad Boss: Treats her Bestiamorphs like crap.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Does this to most people, and especially men, turning them into the animal she feels they most resemble.
  • Barrier Warrior: Often creates shields in combat, once erecting one around a city.
  • Becoming the Mask: When disguising herself as Donna Milton, the spell works a bit too well, and she comes to be Diana's good friend.
  • Been There, Shaped History: States she almost gave Homer his eyesight back for including her in The Odyssey
  • Berserk Button: Wonder Woman's idealism and speechifying is one for her. Mentioning her daughter Lyta, even indirectly, is an even bigger one. She fried an Amazon to the bone with magic lightning just for mentioning her.
  • Big Bad: If somebody is screwing with Diana's life it will be one of Ares, Cheetah II, or Circe. She's been the mastermind behind Amazons Attack, War of the Gods, and more than a few other ugly little plots.
  • Braids of Action: Sports two of these in a form she takes in the New 52 and DC Rebirth
  • The Chessmaster: The most consistent when it comes to this of all of Wonder Woman's major rogues;
    • During War of the Gods she manipulated the several pantheons of the DC Universe into war with one another
    • She orchestrated the events of Amazons Attack! by mind-controlling Hippolyta into believing Diana was being held captive by the U.S.
    • In Justice League Dark (vol. 2) she manipulated the JLD into killing the Goddess Hecate so she could take over as the DC Universe's Goddess of Magic.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Originally a princess from the island of Colchis as of Justice League Dark (vol. 2) she has become the new Goddess of Magic of the DC Universe.
  • Does Not Like Men: Depending on the Writer. Other times she's a Misanthrope Supreme.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Her end goal regardless of her motives has been to create a chaotic world of misery, conflict, and all-around vileness where she reigns supreme.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her daughter, Lyta, is the only person ever shown that Circe genuinely cares about and loves enough to hold off on attacking Wonder Woman. She mentioned that Lyta is the only thing that makes her feel her long life was worth living.
  • Evil Counterpart: Wonder Woman loves everyone. Circe hates everyone. Both are magical and mythological superwomen empowered by higher beings who strive to change the world with their beliefs and powers. However, Wonder Woman wants a peaceful world of kindness and virtue, whereas Circe desires a world of cruelty and depravity. Even their behavior marks the contrast of a Madonna–Whore Complex perception seen against women.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: She goes out of her way to keep Lyta away from her villainous activities.
  • Evil Redhead: And we are talking crimson more often than not.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Has clashed with other Wonder Woman villains, and with the likes of Lex Luthor and The Joker on occasion.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her arrogance and sadism have often proven to be her downfall.
  • Flaming Hair: Has this in her'' Goddess of Magic form in Justice League Dark (vol. 2)
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    • Circe's attitudes towards men and the world are played in deliberate contrast to Diana's more compassionate view. Really exemplified after Circe briefly stole Diana's powers and became an Evil Counterpart to Wonder Woman.
    • In her first Post-Crisis story, she herself points it out. Much like her, she too came to be to fulfill a mission from the gods - namely, Hecate, who wished to punish humanity for her mistreatment, which Circe did by driving divides between men and women further. She later invokes their similarities again when she explains how both she and Diana are powerful women who are outsiders feared by humans because the causes they fight are hidden beneath blood shed by their hands (Circe fought and killed to get her daughter back, while Diana fought and killed others like Maxwell Lord to protect her friends and herself).
  • Friendly Enemy: Sometimes behaves this way towards Diana. Like many other things about Circe, this is dependent upon the writer.
  • Gendercide: Not the first Wonder Woman antagonist to try this, and she won't be the last either.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: She was one of Diana's best friends once, in disguise.
  • Hot Witch: A very conventionally attractive witch who often wears revealing clothes.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: In post-crisis. She started out as a villain. Then she tried to infiltrate Diana's life by posing as a woman named Donna Milton only to end up Becoming the Mask. For a brief time she was an ally to Diana but went back to being a villain. The end of Allan Heinberg's Who Is Wonder Woman? miniseries ended with her and Diana reaching a truce of sorts only for her to go back to being evil again in Jodi Picoult's run.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wore a very revealing all-black leather getup in Rucka's first run.
  • Hero Killer: Actually manages to kill Wonder Woman during War of the Gods by using a spell designed to revert her into clay. This makes her the only villain amongst the DC Trinity's rogues gallery who has actually succeeded in killing the hero she opposes in main continuity.
  • Hot Witch: Circe is often depicted as wearing outfits that flatter her beautiful figure.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Her misandry hasn't stopped her from conducting affairs with Hercules, Ares, and Ballesteros. Despite her pride and distaste in men, she even tried to seduce Lex Luthor to gain perks while he was acting as President of the United States.
    • She hated Diana for separating her from her daughter Lyta. Diana points out that Circe did the same thing to Julia Kapataelis and her daughter Vanessa.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Circe is easily the most notable Wonder Woman villain who wasn't in the original Marston/Peters run (ex. Cheetah, Ares, Dr. Psycho, Giganta). Debuting under the subsequent writer Robert Kanigher in 1949 and not becoming fully integrated into Wondy's mythos until the George Pérez reboot in the 80s.
  • Immortality Immorality: Circe is one of the oldest humans in the DC Universe, and is among the most dangerous.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Villainous version. Circe packs enough magical power to level cities and affect hundreds of people at once with her transformation curses.
  • Mama Bear: She's dangerously obsessive over her daughter Lyta, especially after Wonder Woman emphasized Lyta was the one person on Earth who unconditionally loved her despite her nasty personality. As such, she becomes thoroughly vicious to anyone who threatens her relationship with Lyta or Lyta herself, to the point she manipulated many of Wonder Woman's enemies like Veronica Cale, along with instigating "Amazons Attack" simply for revenge that the Amazons and the Gods took her daughter away from her.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Believes that all humans are beasts at their core and should be treated as such.
  • Mooks: The Beastiamorphs serve as Circe's monstrous minions.
  • Mook Maker: She turns people into Beastiamorphs to serve her.
  • Most Common Super Power: Circe is quite buxom and busty, fitting for a seductive sorceress.
  • Motive Decay Okay so... why is she still trying to kill Wonder Woman? Sometimes it's because she hates the world of peace and equality that Diana wants to create, sometimes it's because she hates everything Diana stands for which she sees as lies and attacks her out of hate-filled cynicism, sometimes it's because of prophecy, sometimes it's because she thinks the Amazons stole her daughter, sometimes it's because she thinks that Wonder Woman doesn't do enough to stop the oppression of women despite the fact that directly contradicts one of the main reasons she gave for hating Wonder Woman's message of peace and tolerance during one of her Motive Rants. Most of all her actions simply just revolve around her hating Wonder Woman and just wanting to watch her squirm. Best exemplified by her banter:
    Circe: Come back home. To New York. I've been making some changes to the Big Apple while you've been here. Turning Men into Animals. Women against Men. Lovers against Lovers. All the things you despise and fight against with a passion.
    Wonder Woman: What! Why?!
    Circe: Because it's what I do, sweetheart. It's the kind of world I want to live in. And because I hate you.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Circe is a buxom, leggy sorceress with a penchant for wearing very revealing outfits. Her appearance in Men Of War has her naked with only her Godiva Hair preserving her modesty.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Played straight and then subverted in Justice League Dark. She seemingly drops her hatred of Diana when she and JLD come to her asking for assistance on defeating the goddess Hecate but the end of the story however it's revealed Circe had been manipulating the team the whole time into destroying Hecate (and Diana as a possible bonus).
  • Practically Joker: This has been Circe's depiction since the 90s. In addition to being a Straw Nihilist who enjoys spreading chaos, Circe also enjoys striking at Diana through her loved ones like the time when she brainwashed Vanessa Kapatelis into becoming the Silver Swan. During the 90s and early 2000s she was even depicted with purple hair and a green outfit, a visual inversion of the Joker's iconic look.
  • Public Domain Character: Modeled the sorceress who sought to bewitch Odysseus' crew in The Odyssey. Since the original Circe is one of the oldest characters in fiction, she's well into the public domain.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her signature purple hair. In the Post-Crisis continuity although she changed her appearance frequently her hair remained the same color. In Rebirth however it's become more reddish-purple.
  • Put on a Bus: Following Amazons Attack! where Circe was banished to the Underworld, Circe would not appear in the main Wonder Woman book until Wonder Woman almost 10 years later. note 
  • Really 700 Years Old: Dates back to at least 1200 BC.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She instigated all the events of the Amazons Attack arc, including the massive death toll of Americans and Amazons alike, irreparably damaging the reputation of the Amazons, and having Hippolyta banished as an exile. Why? Because when the gods left the mortal realm, Ares permanently took Lyta with them and Circe wanted to get revenge on the gods by tarnishing the reputation of their most ardent followers.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Purple and green are Circe's most reoccurring Color Motifs. Sometimes she will be depicted with purple hair and a green outfit or wearing a purple robe. When she first appeared in the Perez run, she had black hair and a green dress.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: In the post-Crisis continuity, Circe originally became an enemy of Diana because of a prophecy that the Amazon would kill her. In trying to prevent this prophecy however, Circe set in motion the very events that led to her death at Diana's hands. She got better though.
  • She's Got Legs: Often wearing clothing that emphasizes or bares her legs.
  • Sins of the Father: Circe having run-ins with Hippolyta in the past that ended for poorly for her has occasionally been presented as reason for her hatred of Diana;
    • In Justice League Unlimited, Hippolyta had her banished to Hades for turning people into animals.
    • In the Superman/Wonder Woman title from The New 52 it's revealed Hippolyta and Circe made an arrangement where Circe would enchant Themyscira's weapons so it could defend itself from invaders in-exchange for the Amazon's male children. Hippolyta than double-crossed Circe and made a deal with the Smith God Hephaestus where he would get the male children in-exchange for weapons that would defend Themyscira from Circe.
  • Squishy Wizard: Circe has a lot of magical firepower but lacks Diana's strength, speed and fighting skills. She can magically empower herself to match Diana in strength but even then the Amazon can still beat her with proper training.
  • The Starscream: Was this to the Hecate, the Goddess of Magic, in Justice League Dark (vol. 2). In her past she originally became an acolyte of Hecate as a means of enacting a Roaring Rampage of Revenge but eventually manipulated Wonder Woman's Justice League Dark team into killing Hecate so her powers would be transferred to her, allowing her to become the new Goddess of Magic.
  • Straw Feminist: Sometimes portrayed this way.
  • Straw Nihilist: By the end of her story, she begins to describe how everything in life from Wonder Woman to humanity live under illusions of falsehood, leaving actions of love and murder as the only things that could be called reality. As such she kills other indiscriminately in pursuit of her daughter, Lyta, the only being she loves.
  • Stripperiffic: Frequently dresses this way. Mainly as a way of throwing off male enemies through sex appeal.
  • Troll: Enjoys dicking with people out sheer amusement, especially Diana.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Ares, Hercules, and Sebastian Ballesteros on occasion. She even tried to invoke this with Lex Luthor, but he flatly denied her.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Circe's costumes are subject to change, even in the midst of battle.
  • The Vamp: Not afraid to use her sex appeal to get what she wants, at one point trying to seduce Green Arrow II on Luthor's orders.
  • Villain Team-Up: Has often been either involved or the leader of such groups.
  • Villain Teleportation: Circe, as one of the most powerful magic users in the 'verse, is fully capable of jumping between points and dimensions at will, though Paradise Island has defenses against this. Interestingly her most notable use of teleportation may have been when she used it to help the heroes by teleporting Diana and herself to try to save Artemis from the White Magician.
  • Warrior vs. Sorcerer: Circe is an evil witch whose archenemy is an Amazon Warrior Princess.
  • Wicked Witch: One of the wickedest witches in comic books in fact.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Circe is several thousand years old.
  • You Have Failed Me: One of Circe's Bestiamorphs failed to accomplish his assignment. What does Circe do? She turns him into a chicken dinner and eats him.

    Cottus 
Cottus
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One of the Hekatonkheires (Hundred-Handed Ones) of ancient Greek myth, Cottus was sealed behind Doom's Door under Themyscira long ago, and watched over by the Amazons in case he ever escaped, which he has a few times. If both he and Alkyone are to be believed, he is Wonder Woman's father (the clay she was created from supposedly came from he).

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #10. (1987)
Created By: George Pérez
Universes: New Earth

  • Creepy Centipedes: As originally designed Cottus is essentially a giant centipede made of humanoid arms of shadow with different sized faces all down his stomach/front and a back made up of rectangular bone pieces that are mistaken at one point as a marble staircase while he's asleep.
  • Eldritch Abomination: He's a hundred handed nigh-unkillable avatar of natural disaster who looks like he's made out of shadow save for his glowing eyes and mouths. In his and Diana's first encounter she breaks what looks like a huge staircase he's clinging to the underside of only for it to turn out to be his spine.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The clay that was used to create Wonder Woman came from his imprisoned body.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Is made of nothing but arms.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He and his brothers were Anthropomorphic Personification(s) of natural disasters.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He is not nice at all and has glowing red eyes.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: He and his brothers were actually on the Gods' side during the Titanomachy and served as the Titans' jailers in Tartarus.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He is the main thing sealed behind Doom's Doorway that the Amazons have spent many centuries combating and keeping contained as their mission and purpose.
  • Shapeshifting: Starts out as a centipede-like monster made of shadow, light and stone, but can become a writhing mass of arms and light.

    Crimson Centipede 
Crimson Centipede
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Silver Age
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Post-Flashpoint

The Silver Age Crimson Centipede was created by the God of War as a super powerful entity to plague Wonder Woman. He would rob banks to fund widespread criminal enterprises to undermine Wonder Woman's efforts to bring peace to Earth.

The current version of the Crimson Centipede is a bio-engineered weapon created by S.T.A.R. Labs and accidentally unleashed by a terrorist group.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #169. (1967)
Created By: Robert Kanigher & Ross Andru
Universes: Earth-One, Prime Earth

    Cyborgirl 
Cyborgirl
AKA: LeTonya Charles
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“Back up ! I *can* control my power ! I just needed help for a minute.”

LeTonya Charles was a young woman who had destroyed her body with the drug Tar, but was granted a second chance when her aunt, Sarah Charles, one of the scientists who helped repair Cyborg, saved and augmented her with powerful cybernetic implants. Rather than use her newfound gifts to earn herself a Heel–Face Turn, LeTonya chose to focus on personal gain as Cyborgirl. Soon after, she joined the Cyborg Revenge Squad and was one of several such beings to wage an attack against Wonder Woman, and later on, Cyborg himself.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #179. (2002)
Created By: Phil Jimenez · Roy Allan Martinez

  • Afro Asskicker: Possesses an afro and became a member of Villainy, Inc., teaming up with several seasoned Wonder Woman villains. She and her teammates tried to overthrow Skartaris, but were stopped by Wonder Woman.
  • Arm Cannon: She has a gauntlet implanted in her arm that fires electrical blasts. And she can morph her hand into the barrel of a powerful white sound generator packing the punch of a cannon.
  • Artificial Limbs: Much of her body has been replaced with mechanical parts, as she destroyed her human body with the drug Tar.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Being repaired with advanced cybernetics has made her more machine than human. And much like Victor Stone, being part-machine is something she hates. She resents the people who saved her life but turned her into this. But unlike Cyborg, who has since been well-adapted to his cybernetics to become a force for good, LeTonya chose to remain in her old habits.
  • Cyborg: LeTonya Charles destroyed her body with the drug Tar, so her aunt replaced much of her body with robotic parts. But rather than use them to reform herself, she was back into her old habits. Most of her body has been replaced with advanced prosthetics that grant superhuman strength and numerous other functions, such as sensors and built-in weapons. These built-in sensors can scan in infrared, ultraviolet/night vision, densimetry and electricity detection.
  • Dark Action Girl: One whose cybernetic enhancements let her be a physical threat to Wonder Woman.
  • Descent into Addiction: A former drug addict, LeTonya destroyed her health and body due to overusing a drug called Tar, a concoction that provides users with temporary super-strength. Though she was saved by her aunt by replacing much of her body with robotic parts, she took on the name Cybergirl, opting for a life of villainy rather than heroism. Although her initial target was Wonder Woman, Cyborgirl later joined the Cyborg Revenge Squad, teaming with other cybernetic bad guys to attack and destroy Vic Stone.
  • Electronic Eyes: She has an electronic implant attached to her left eye.
  • Evil Counterpart: While she is an foe of Wonder Woman, Cyborgirl also happens to be an evil version of Cyborg, as she had permanently damaged her body by overdosing on the drug Tar. But her aunt, who happened to be one of the scientists who repaired Victor Stone, saved her with powerful cybernetic implants, hoping that this would reform her and give her a second chance in life. However, rather than use her newfound gifts for redeem herself, LeTonya chose to focus more on personal gain, essentially becoming more machine than human, unlike Cyborg, who accepted his fate and chose to use his cybernetics to become a force for good, eventually joining the Teen Titans and later on, the Justice League.
  • Evil Nephew: Evil Niece but fits, since she rejected her aunt Sarah's good intentions to help her rehabilitate by becoming a supervillain.
  • Fatal Flaw: Impulsiveness, irresponsibility and Greed. Her life is just a haphazard mudslide over which she has relatively little control due to her own failures, and choosing to destroy her body with Tar is what led her to become a cyborg. The only thing she can do is blindly let her past control herself and allow current excesses, mistakes and self-indulgences catch up with her. She bribes, she steals, she plunders – and she’s still out for a rush due to her greed.
  • Jerkass: Even after being robotized, she still has an abrasive attitude.
  • Made of Iron: Parts of her are made of metal, making her much more durable thanks to being automated.
  • Never My Fault: Although she resents the people who turned her into a cyborg, part of the blame lies within her, as she destroyed much of her body through drug addiction. Despite this, Cyborgirl seems to be constantly jonesing for Tar, but since the physical component of the addiction has been removed, this has left her with just the psychological craving. And she is well aware that actually using Tar would slowly but surely tear her apart.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her cyborg body is now purple and she's quite strong.
  • Psycho for Hire: She was first drafted by Queen Clea to become a member of the newly reformed Villainy Inc. as Cyborgirl. The team attempted to overthrow Skartaris, however they were ultimately defeated by Wonder Woman. Cyborgirl was then seen as a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains. Later, in DC Special: Cyborg #6, it shows her as a member of the Cyborg Revenge Squad to destroy Vic Stone.
  • Redemption Rejection: Rather than use her newfound gifts to earn herself a Heel–Face Turn, LeTonya chose to focus on personal gain as Cyborgirl.
  • Robot Girl: A dark example. What she is now, having chosen to go on a path of villainy, becoming more machine than human.
  • Robotic Psychopath: Unlike Cyborg, Cyborgirl is more machine than human. For all intents and purposes, she's an insane psychopath even after being robotized.
  • Super Strength: Her cybernetic enhancements make her stronger than the average human.
  • Technopath: She has "computepathic" abilities, which enables her brain to communicate with all sorts of computers, even unusual ones such as ancient Atlantean tech. And her built-in sensors can scan in infrared, ultraviolet/night vision, densimetry and electricity detection. Plus, her hands can morph into other configurations, as it once became ten tentacle-like computer connectors for a technology she just came into contact with.
  • Telescoping Robot: She has a wide array of gadgets and weapons housed within her robotic body, including her Swiss Army Appendage.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Cyborgirl destroyed much of her original body with the drug Tar, but was granted a second chance when her aunt, Sarah Charles, one of the scientists who helped repair Cyborg, saved her with powerful cybernetic implants.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: The major impetus behind giving LeTonya robotic body parts was to save her life, as she destroyed much of her body with the drug Tar.

    Dark Angel 
Dark Angel
AKA: Donna Troy of Earth-7
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"We both can't exist any longer ... I'm going to remove you from this world and take your place in the cosmic balance."

A psychotic witch/a wandering, demonic spirit who's got it out for Donna Troy, Dark Angel first appeared to vex the Golden Age Wonder Woman (Hippolyta, given her Post-Crisis origin) after being summoned by Paula von Gunther. She returned years later to try getting revenge on Hippolyta by cursing her daughter to live an infinite amount of lives, all ending in tragedy. She snatched her daughter's doppelganger, Donna Troy by mistake. Dark Angel had now made it her life's effort to make Donna as miserable as possible, either as revenge or just for the hell of it. Last seen under the employ of the Monitors. It turned out she's really the Donna Troy of Earth-7, from the Multiverse that was destroyed in Crisis on Infinite Earths. The Anti-Monitor saved her in order to make her his own harbinger, but she was too difficult to control and fled.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #131. (1998)
Created By: John Byrne

  • Aborted Arc: It was implied at some point during Countdown she was going to find Donna's group and fight her, but the confrontation never happened.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Donna Troy. She wants nothing more than to see Donna squirm.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: No matter how one looks at it, Dark Angel basically succeeded at destroying Donna's past. The poor woman's backstory has become such a tangled mess it'll likely never be fixed, and it only ever got that bad thanks to Dark Angel's curse.
  • Captain Ersatz: It was very likely this wasn't intentional, but Dark Angel racks up a lot of comparison points with Queen Nehellenia from Sailor Moon. She considers herself the dark to Donna's light and the way she says it mirrors a similar conversation Nehellenia had with Queen Serenity in the manga. Like Nehellenia sought to hurt Queen Serenity through her daughter, Dark Angel sought revenge on Hippolyta by cursing her daughter Diana. She operates out of an otherworldly dimension she has total control over like Nehellenia, and it's reached the point that she wants to make Donna suffer for no reason other than she enjoys it, just as Nehellenia wants Sailor Moon to suffer. What further strengthens this is that Donna is linked to the moon, and was at one point the literal goddess of the moon.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Was last seen escaping from Earth-33 in Countdown to Adventure #4. At this point, we've no idea what her status is now that the Monitors are gone, but does manage to come back no matter what happens to her...
  • Dark Action Girl: She's an insanely powerful witch capable of using advanced spells and disguises, but she's also willing to get her hands dirty and physically engage her foes.
  • Demonic Possession: First manifested on Earth by possessing Paula von Gunther's body.
  • Determinator: It's possible to incapacitate her and even kill her, but she'll always get back up for more. The only way the Titans were able to stop her second attempt on Donna's existence was by sealing her inside Nightstar's "tree house" dimension.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: In Teen Titans, she was able to make five alternate copies of herself to go into different points in Donna Troy's lifetime and kill her, including a cyborg, an old woman, a bat-like demon, a glam punk, and a teenage girl.
  • The Dragon: Was this for Adolf Hitler, currently for the Monitors. The Anti-Monitor groomed her to be this, but she escaped into the time stream.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She made it clear that, while she was occupying the body of Paula von Gunther and under Hitler's control, she did not share in his Nazi dogma. Subverted as, while she has no racial beliefs personally, she'll personally engage the genocide of an entire race if ordered to do so. Just ask the Forerunners-oh wait.
  • Evil Counterpart: She was supposed to be one to Harbinger, under the Anti-Monitor's control, but she escaped before it happened.
  • Evil Twin: To Donna Troy. She's really the Donna of a destroyed parallel Earth.
  • For the Evulz: It isn't clear if what she's doing to Donna Troy is simple revenge, because she likes screwing with her, or because she's jealous that Donna is living a life she could have had if not for the Anti-Monitor kidnapping her.
  • Hot Witch: Although a temporal doppelganger of herself was a white haired hag.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In Countdown to Adventure #4, she could grow to giant size. This was the first and last time she ever demonstrated this power. She also demonstrated the power to bring the dead back to life in Supergirl.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Wiped out the entire Forerunner race of Earth-48 with the shadow demons, then gloated to Viza Aziv that she enjoyed watching them die.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Characterized by her long black hair and red dress and she's incredibly dangerous.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes shift from black with red pupils, to black with white pupils.
  • The Resenter: The source of her hatred of Donna Troy is due to the fact she got to live the life that was forever taken from Earth-7 Donna after the Crisis of Infinite Earths which wiped her world from existence. All efforts by her have been made for the sake of either destroying Donna out of resentful jealousy or taking Donna's life as her own.
  • Ret-Gone: She did this twice to Donna Troy. The first time, when she still believed Donna was really Diana and subjected her to a multitude of lives ending in tragedy. The second time, as revenge for killing her, she erased the memory of Donna from everyone in the DCU, but did so to every other version of Donna before the one in the main DC timelines. However, the trick doesn't work on time travelers because it means they're outside of the revisions when they occur.
  • Secret Test of Character: In Supergirl, she was ordered by the Monitors to test the current Kara Zor-El to see if she deserved the right to exist in the current DC Universe. She didn't take Kara passing the test with grace.
  • Unexplained Recovery: There's been no explanation offered as to how she came back after Donna Troy killed her in Wonder Woman.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Was more than willing to harm Donna Troy when she was a young girl. It's implied that she was responsible for the crash that killed Donna's ex-husband, her son, and stepdaughter.

    Decay 
Decay
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A creature born from the heart of Medusa, Decay was sent by Phobos, son of Ares, to destroy Wonder Woman.

"How ironic, Amazon - that this new refuge should become your final resting place!"

First Appearance: Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #3
Created By: George Pérez

  • Evil Counterpart: Decay was shaped from the Gorgon's seething heart much as Diana was shaped from clay. She shares many of Diana's powers including Flight, Super Strength and Super Toughness.
  • Flight: Decay can fly.
  • Golem: Phobos shaped Decay from the molten material of Medusa's heart.
  • Lean and Mean: Looks like a skin suit draped over a skeleton.
  • Make Them Rot: As indicated by her name, Decay's touch causes things to decompose.
  • Reduced to Dust: Decay's touch can do this.
  • Revive Kills Zombie: Decay, who is a essentially a zombie made from Medusa's heart, is destroyed by the restorative powers of Diana's lasso.
  • Super Strength: Decay possesses superhuman strength equivalent to Wonder Woman's.
  • Super Toughness: Decay possesses durability equivalent to Wonder Woman's.
  • Touch of Death: As the embodiment of Death, Decay can kill with her touch.

    Devastation 
Devastation
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AKA: Deva

A clay golem brought to life by the Titan Cronus, Devastation is effectively an evil Wonder Woman, possessing all of her powers and more, and none of her morality. Realizing that Diana would be too difficult to defeat on her own, Devastation has repeatedly tried to strike at her through Cassie Sandsmark.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #143. (1999)
Created By: Eric Luke & Yanick Paquette

  • Arch-Enemy: She was created to oppose Wonder Woman, but takes it upon herself to torment Sandsmark, often without even considering her long term mission against Wonder Woman.
  • Enfant Terrible: Often takes this form, though she can be as old as she wants.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Diana, having been created by Cronus in the same way that Diana was created by Aphrodite, Athena and Artemis. They even share DNA.
  • Human Shifting: Her default height is an imperial 4'11. She can make herself smaller, though nowhere near as small as Atomia, and make herself larger, but no where near as large as Giganta, being limited to realistic human proportions. But when coupling this ability with a few illusions she can impersonate any number of people.
  • Made of Evil: Defied, as Wonder Woman made use of time travel to alter Devastation's creation. She can choose to be good now, even if she usually doesn't.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Doctor Poison II during the latter's first appearance.
  • Mundane Solution: She can't beat Wonder Woman with her powers during their first fight, but manages to send her into retreat with serious injuries after shooting her with a handgun. Wonder Woman being seriously injured by low caliber round was retconned after fans complained, but Devastation making use of mundane weaponry was not. Even if it does prove ineffective against her superpowered opponents she'll still put it to great use against their intended targets.
  • Super Power Lottery: A major winner. She is a Flying Brick and Master of Illusion with More Than Mind Control and Nigh-Invulnerability. She has Super Reflexes, Super Speed and Super Strength.

    Doctor Cyber 
Doctor Cyber
AKA: Cylvia Cyber
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Doctor Cyber, Pre-Crisis

"I'm a fully realized, entirely liberated, cognitive neural-network in digital form... what you would call an artificial intelligence... so, I'm not just a machine... I'm the woman of your dreams, baby, I'm a digital goddess in a quantum-optical mainframe."

A scientist turned crime boss, Doctor Cyber replaced parts of her body with cybernetic implants and donned a power suit to battle Wonder Woman. A major enemy during the Bronze Age, she's faded from the public eye since then, battling Wonder Woman only once in Post-Crisis continuity. Most of her plots revolve around global conquest and large-scale extortion schemes.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #179. (1968)
Created By: Dennis O'Neil & Mike Sekowsky

    Doctor Poison (I-IV) 
Doctor Poison I
AKA: Maru (I)
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Doctor Poison I

"I am the Princess Maru. My genius shall destroy America."

An outcast member of the Japanese imperial family, Doctor Poison is a diabolical genius who specializes in toxins and disease. The first Doctor Poison, alias Princess Maru, fought Diana (later retconned to be Hippolyta, as the Golden Age Wonder Woman), during World War II, both on her own as an agent of Imperial Japan, and as part of Villainy, Incorporated.

First Appearance: Sensation Comics Vol 1 #2. (1942)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-Two, Earth-One, New Earth

  • Ambiguous Gender: Used bulky clothing and a mask to conceal her gender from the world.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The original Doctor Poison was the Princess Maru, member of Japanese Imperial family, a spy and chief of the Nazi Poison Division. So, not really a fairy tale princess.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wrapped head to foot in a concealing greatcoat in her first and second incarnations.
  • Badass Normal: Poison was a reasonably competent threat, despite lacking any innate superpowers, or even advanced combat training.
  • Deadly Gas: Retconned into deploying it in the Post-Crisis era.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: The first Doctor Poison was an archetypal diabolical mastermind, operating at the top of a network of spies. Her successors also shares her penchant for operating through henchmen, though they typically do so at the behest of others.
  • Domino Mask: Worn by Doctor Poison I atop the false face that concealed her gender.
  • Evil Genius: Plenty of brainpower, no morals.
  • Fair for Its Day: She's still evil, no doubt about it, but at the very least her portrayal lacks a lot of the more offensive traits often given to Japanese characters at the time, which is both unusual and refreshing for this era.
  • Gonk: Subverted. While she seems very unappealing, this is merely a mask worn to disguise her identity as a Japanese princess and she is revealed to be more conventionally attractive.
  • Green and Mean: Dr. Poison and all of her successors dress in green, and they're all very dangerous villains.
  • Hypocrite: As a strong-willed, independent woman fighting for a regime that valued subservience in women (even members of the royal family), Doctor Poison I was inherently hypocritical.
  • Karmic Death: Maru was killed by her own concoction, Reverso, which aged her down to a fetus, then out of existence all together.
  • Knife Nut: Favours a scalpel for close combat.
  • Mad Doctor: Holds a legitimate doctorate, and uses it as an excuse to perform unethical modifications on patients.
  • Mad Scientist: Willing to harm anyone in the name of scientific progress.
  • Master Poisoner: An expert in the use of poisons, toxins and plagues.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: A pretty classic example, dating back to the 1940s.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: In the modern era she's become a Distaff Counterpart to real life Japanese war criminal Ishii Shiro, who experimented on Chinese civilians with bubonic plague, smallpox, anthrax, and other biological and chemical agents.
  • Retcon: Much of what Doctor Poison II talks about, and various flashbacks would indicate that Doctor Poison I, originally a fairly standard Golden Age villain whose plans involved stopping plane engines and reverting people to infancy, has been retconned into having been as vile as her grandchild.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Outed as a woman at the end of her first story, after having been assumed to be a man.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Dressed head to foot in dark green.
  • Villainous Princess: The original Doctor Poison was a member of the Japanese Imperial family during WWII. While the entire family was, in some ways, complicit in Japan's actions, Maru's willingness to personally participate in experimentation on human beings, coupled with her own ambitions, marked her as the most evil of the lot.
  • Villain Team-Up: A founding member of Villainy Incorporated Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: Her entire motif involves chemical and biological weaponry, two of the three weapons types classed as WMDs.
  • Yellow Peril: A renegade member of the Japanese imperial clan out to destroy the United States of America, she hits plenty of the tropes. That said, she lacks the caricatured appearance and speech patterns that afflicted so many of the Asian characters of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, and as such her portrayal can be regarded as Fair for Its Day.

Doctor Poison II
AKA: Unknown
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Doctor Poison II

“The subject was a carrier. The virus will disseminate. The nightmare of myth shall invade the world of man. This is only the beginning.”

Decades after WWII, Doctor Poison I's unnamed grandchild would take on the identity of Doctor Poison to battle Diana in the Post-Crisis era, and would also join a new version of Villainy, Incorporated. Charitably described as a maddened sadist, this version of Doctor Poison has made it clear that she does not share her grandmother's ideological convictions, and would gladly kill every man, woman, and child on Earth in the name of her research.

First Appearance this version: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #151. (1999)
This Version By: Eric Luke · Matthew Clark

  • Ambiguous Gender: Dr. Poisons I & II have used bulky clothing and masks to conceal their genders from the world. The original Dr. Poison was eventually revealed as a woman, but the second one's gender has never been confirmed either way, though most people assume that it is female.
  • Blue Blood: The original Doctor Poison was an Imperial Japanese princess. While Doctor Poison II is not a member of the royal family, their blood still flows in her veins.
  • Body Horror: Self-inflicted. She uses drugs and surgical wires to fix her eyes and mouth into a permanent stare and grin. She's also made other, less visible modifications that let her exhale poison gas.
  • Breath Weapon: Doctor Poison II is able to exhale Deadly Gas, thanks to modifications to her own saliva.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a creepy looking leather mask.
  • Deadly Gas: A major fan of the stuff, using it as her Weapon of Choice.
  • Evil Genius: Plenty of brainpower, no morals.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Doctor Poison II is an arcanobiologist, devoted to the study of the biology of demigods, techno-organic beings, etc. This has led her to mutate humans into monsters using the DNA of supernatural or otherworldly beings, and to derive toxins and diseases from the genetics of such beings.
  • For Science!: Doctor Poison II is far more interested in the results of her experiments than she is in ideology.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Features a scar in the shape of a caduceus around her eye. Her mask has a caduceus design in the same place.
  • Hired Guns: Has hired out her services to Devastation, Circe, and Clea among others.
  • Knife Nut: Like her grandmother she favours a scalpel for up close work.
  • Legacy Character: Took over the role from her grandmother.
  • Mad Doctor: Holds a legitimate doctorate, and uses it as an excuse to perform unethical modifications on patients.
  • Mad Scientist: Willing to harm anyone in the name of scientific progress.
  • Master Poisoner: An expert in the use of poisons, toxins and plagues.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Holds the same one her grandmother did.
  • No Name Given: The second Dr. Poison's name has never been revealed.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Released a lethal virus in the hopes that it would multiply and destroy the world. It failed, but not from lack of effort on her part.
  • Poisonous Person: Doctor Poison II can excrete poisons from her skin and saliva, thanks to modifications she made to herself.
  • Psycho for Hire: Doctor Poison II has hired out his/her services to other members of Wonder Woman's rogues gallery.
  • Slasher Smile: Doctor Poison II uses a drug to lock her face in this position so that nobody can read her expression.
  • Slave Mooks: Tortured the citizens of Skartaris into becoming zombies slaved to her will.
  • Villain Team-Up: The second Doctor Poison joined the Secret Society of Supervillains and aided in the creation of Genocide, in addition to joining Queen Clea's second Villainy Inc.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: Her entire motif involves chemical and biological weaponry, two of the three weapons types classed as WMDs.
  • Yellow Peril: Averted. While she's at least partly Japanese, she doesn't share her grandmother's connection to the home country and her mask makes the full extent of her ethnic make up almost impossible to determine.

Doctor Poison III
AKA: Unknown
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A Russian woman with a grudge against the USA and a habit of funding terrorism served as the New 52 Doctor Poison before she was erased from continuity via being revealed to have been part of Wonder Woman's false implanted memories at the start of DC Rebirth.

First Appearance this version: Wonder Woman Vol 4 #48. (2016)
This Version By: Meredith Finch · David Finch

  • Race Lift: Post-Flashpoint, Doctor Poison was revamped from a dark haired Japanese woman to a blonde, white Russian woman.
  • Western Terrorists: She funds and works with such groups, at one point attacking a summit in the hopes of assassinating the US president.

Doctor Poison IV
AKA: Marina Maru
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"If I learned anything as a child...it's that you always need a backup plan."

A version of the character created after DC Rebirth, Marina Maru is a former Japanese colonel who leads a mercenary gang known only as "POISON".

First Appearance this version: Wonder Woman Vol 5 #13. (2017)
This Version By: Greg Rucka · Renato Guedes

    Doctor Psycho 
Doctor Psycho
AKA: Edgar Cizko
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"Ladies, gentlemen, others, creatures of indeterminate inner demons and fixations—My name is Dr. Psycho. And you're going to help me with a little experiment. All I ask? That you keep an open mind. "

Diana's most disgusting and diminutive foe can control people's minds and broadcast illusions. He's a misogynistic sadist with serious problems when it comes to interacting with women... and it doesn't help that he has a creepy crush on Wonder Woman.

For tropes relating to his slightly differently powered Golden Age version see here.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #5. (1943)
Created By: William Moulton Marston
Universes: Earth-Two, Earth-One, New Earth, Prime Earth, Earth 1, DCAU, DCUAOM, BTBATB, Earth-496, Earth-1927, Teen Titans, DC Universe Online, Wonder Woman '77, Powerless (2017), Harley Quinn (2019)

  • Ax-Crazy: A completely unhinged monster.
  • Bald of Evil: In the mid-2000s. He grew his hair back in time for The Odyssey.
  • Beard of Evil: Most modern depictions of Psycho feature this look.
  • Berserk Button: Being embarrassed in any way will set Psycho off. Commenting on his height, or lack thereof, will do it even faster.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He once went on a rampage because a woman called him "normal". He loves being a villain.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Of the psychological variety, mostly, but he doesn't exactly shy away from the physical variety either. He once threatened to use his psychic powers to force Catman to eat his own intestines.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting
  • Defiant to the End: Averted at the last second. When Psycho was about to be killed by The Morrigan, a pair of goddesses who had already captured and tortured him, he used what he thought would be his last seconds to laugh in their faces and tell them that Wonder Woman was coming for them.
  • Depending on the Artist: How disfigured he is varies. Sometimes he's a twisted little troll of a man, as in the page image. Other times he's still a dwarf, with short legs and an outsized head, but is more or less good looking.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether his Freudian Excuse is given any play or not, and if his crush on Diana is a redeeming quality or just makes him worse.
  • Depraved Dwarf: Stunted and twisted in both body and spirit summarizes Doctor Psycho pretty well. We're talking an evil midget who once used Mind Control to make a bunch of people commit cannibalism, an act that not only sexually aroused him, but inspired him to Mind Rape them by letting them feel his arousal as if it were their own and then let them go once he was bored. Even beyond that, he's defined by his hateful misogyny.
  • Enemy Mine: Actually aids Wonder Woman during Odyssey because he hates the new timeline as much as she does.
  • Frame-Up: In the Golden Age he was framed for theft by a college rival, who subsequently stole Psycho's fiancé while he was in prison.
  • Freudian Excuse: Has a lifetime of rejection and mistreatment behind him, though whether this is played for sympathy at all depends upon the writer.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Dr. Psycho is too powerful to ignore, so he gets plenty of team-ups. He's also too unhinged and malevolent to trust, so nobody minds when he gets screwed.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: His are grotesquely wide and constantly bulging almost clear out of his head.
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: He was framed for a crime he did not commit and ended up in prison as a result, all while a colleague stole his fiancee. His time in prison seems to be the last straw that turned him into what he was.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Without the he-man part.
  • I'm a Humanitarian
    • In Secret Six, they find out they're eating Solomon Grundy. Cheshire throws up. Psycho asks for more.
    • Infamously mind-controlled a crowd into cannibalizing people. He found it arousing.
  • Kick the Dog: He does this a LOT.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His execution of one of The Morrigan is this during Odyssey.
  • Little People Are Surreal: Invoked by Psycho's mental powers and penchant for making people live through what essentially qualifies as an acid trip.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Usually dressed in a suit Post-Crisis.
  • Mass Hypnosis: One of his main super powers.
  • Master of Illusion: Another major super power. Dr. Psycho can create powerful illusions that are influential enough to damage or kill others.
  • Messy Hair: Pre-Crisis. Today he's more likely to have it slicked back.
  • Mind Rape: He's a fan. Especially the rape part.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: The very name says it all.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Would you trust in an explicitly-psycho doctor?
  • The Napoleon: Hates being reminded of how small he is.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: In one infamous incident, he used More Than Mind Control to enslave multiple people and turned them on each other in a frenzy of cannibalism. He got sexually aroused from watching this! And he broadcast his sexual pleasure from the act into the minds of all his victims, resulting in a case of serious Mind Rape in those who survived.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: During his time in the Society leadership, he attempted to mind control the others in Luthor's inner circle. All of them did a No-Sell, knowing full well Psycho's reputation.
  • Pet the Dog
    • During his Enemy Mine with Wonder Woman in the altered timeline of Odyssey he not only helps restore Diana's memories of the regular timeline, but gives a long speech on how much she means to the world, and how much he admires her personally and wants to be a part of her life. His freeing Ajax later in the same arc may also qualify, even if it was in his best interests to do so.
    • Genuinely likes children for their innocent curiosity about them. This is subverted in that he happily harms these same children as an attack on their parents.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: One of the premiere examples in comics. He dates back to the Golden Age, where misogyny was his primary reason for becoming a supervillain, and it still forms a cornerstone of his persona.
  • Psychic Powers
    • Dr. Psycho is a potent telepath which grants him ability to create astral projection, ectoplasmic conjurations, Mind Control via hypnosis and illusions.
    • Mind over Matter: Averted, actually. For all his nasty power over the human mind, Cziko cannot affect the physical world with his powers.
  • Psycho for Hire: When employed by The Duke of Deception, Circe, Veronica Cale, Alexander Luthor Jr, or any of the other masterminds who have used his services.
  • Psycho Psychologist: In his original depiction he was a psychiatrist. Indeed, he has a particular talent for taking an opponent's fears and inhibitions and turning them against them. And well... for the psycho part...
  • Red Right Hand: Psycho's dwarfism is played this way.
  • The Resenter: Resents normal sized men and women alike.
  • Sinister Shades: A part of his costume in the mid-2000s.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports it more than once.
  • The Sociopath: Under some writers he's played as an absolute psychopath.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Diana, as well as Kate Spencer.
  • Tragic Villain: Initially, as he was born deformed, bullied all of his life because of it, framed for a crime that he did not commit, had his fiancee stolen from him, and was led to believe that she was complicit in the Frame-Up. As the years went on, though, he became crazier and crazier and sympathies dwindled accordingly.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Heroes and villains alike are prone to doing this to Psycho on account of his small size. It rarely ends well for them.
  • Villainous Crush: Often written as having one on Wonder Woman. During The Odyssey he comes to her assistance because he can't stand living in a world where he isn't a part of her life.

    Drakul Karfang 
Drakul Karfang
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AKA: Drakul Karfang Drankoni Serpente

The main antagonist of the graphic novel League of One. An ancient dragon queen prophesied by the Oracle of Delphi to slaughter the Justice League should they face her in battle. Learning of this, Wonder Woman decides to disable the team to face the dragon herself. She goes on a rampage across Switzerland, killing many people and turning neighbors against each other out of both revenge for the destruction of her kind, and out of sadism.

First Appearance: ''JLA: A League of One''
Created By: Christopher Moeller

  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Drakul Karfang Drankoni Serpente.
  • Bad Boss: Treats her gnome servants like crap, having no regard whatsoever for their well being.
  • Breath Weapon: Three different ones. Fire, magic green Mook Maker fire, and poison gas.
  • Can't Live Without You: She is brought back to life by Circe, but that life only lasts so long as Circe's magic is acting on Karfang. Removing Circe returns Karfang to a dead pile of bones.
  • Consummate Liar: Knows of the prophecy, and temporarily convinces Diana that she misinterpreted it. She didn't. Is also just dishonest in general.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Well, "cutie" is pushing it, but according to one gnome the main reason she's so evil is that the gold she ate to become strong was tainted with the essence of its wicked former human owners.
  • Draconic Abomination: Drakul has consumed so much wicked gold over her long lifespan that she's stated to have essentially become an embodiment of hatred and lies.
  • The Dreaded: Feared by all who know of her, and for good reason.
  • Heavy Sleeper: After her first defeat, she slept for six hundred years.
  • Hate Plague: Her mere presence instills paranoia and hatred within people.
  • Fatal Flaw: Sees everyone as beneath her, and thus fatally underestimates Diana.
  • Giant Flyer: One of her teeth is roughly as big as Wonder Woman's head, the rest of her body is in proportion to them, and she can still fly.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The Queen of the Dragons is evil to the core.
  • Heel Face Doorslam: Wonder Woman offers Farfang mercy and protection if she will just surrender, but Drakul refuses, and in attacking stumbles right into the trap Wonder Woman had laid in case the offer was rejected.
  • I Know Your True Name: If she knows a person's real name, she can push their mind into believing lies. If her own full name is revealed, she becomes weakened.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Offers to allow Wonder Woman to keep her heart for insurance that she will no longer cause trouble. It's a ploy of course, and leads directly to Karfang's death.
  • Last of Her Kind: Well, the last of her particular breed of dragons anyway.
  • Mook Maker: Can turn gnomes into monstrous Drakugnomes with her green flame.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: A classic western style six-limbed dragon. Breathes two kinds of fire, one semi-normal flame, and a magic green flame that creates monsters. Collects gold to use as a bed, and also consumes it to strengthen outer armor, but this gold is tainted by the spirit of its owners, influencing the dragon in question.
  • One-Shot Character: She only shows up for a single, if memorable, graphic novel. Defied. She was revived courtesy of Circe, albeit temporarily, in the pages of Justice League Dark (vol.2)
  • Poison Is Evil: She can expel toxic gas, but allegedly wasn't evil until she got her teeth on gold that had been held by greedy people.
  • The Power of Hate: Her flames are instilled with the power of pure hatred, which takes the fear and hatred within a person's soul and uses it to burn them from within. This is how Diana is ultimately able to defeat her. Wonder Woman has no hatred to speak of.
  • Resurrect the Villain: In Justice League Dark (vol.2) Circe, possessing Wonder Woman's body at the time, resurrects Drakul to serve her and in exchange she'll allow her to destroy Wonder Woman's body.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After Wonder Woman kills Karfang she creates a special tomb for the skeleton and invokes the Gods Of Olympus to seal it, to ensure the dragon can never come back. Unfortunately, Circe is of the same godly lineage as the Olympians and is able to open the tomb.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Her secondary fire attack is green, and can infect gnomes.
  • Smug Snake: Arrogant and self-centered, to the point she acts without thinking and loses to foes she could have beaten with sound strategy.
  • Soul Jar: Her lineage of dragons is effectively invincible unless their heart is destroyed.
  • Stronger with Age: As long as she maintains a healthy diet she will continue to get stronger
  • Super Strength: She is much stronger than her size and musculature would suggest, and Karfang is pretty large to begin with
  • Technicolor Fire: Has a special green fire that forcibly transforms gnomes into Drakugnome minions.
  • Thematic Rogues Gallery: A villain themed around deception and lies. Fitting for the Spirit of Truth.
  • This Looks Like A Job For Wonder Woman: Ultimately, Diana was really the only person who could've stopped her.

    Duke of Deception 
Duke of Deception
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Disguised
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True form

The Duke of Deception is Ares' right hand man and most trusted disciple. He has the ability to create illusions.
For the version of this character in The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016) see the corresponding character page.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #2. (1942)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter

  • The Corrupter: Like Ares' other associates in the Golden Age he was portrayed as influencing people to commit deception, apparently influencing Imperial Japan and Hitler. This gets to the point that when he's imprisoned Imperial Japan becomes more honest with their allies.
  • Demonic Possession: Is apparently able to possess humans... though he often possesses bodies he has created.
  • The Dragon: To Ares naturally, one of his most trusted allies.
  • Gonk: His Golden Age incarnation was pretty danged homely. Of course, he's a master of illusion, so he can look like whatever he wants.
  • Master of Illusion: He uses his illusions to spread falsehoods among humanity to provoke them into conflict and war. He often vainly projects an attractive illusion of himself.
  • The Starscream: Perhaps unsurprisingly, he's repeatedly attempted to betray Ares.
  • Thematic Rogues Gallery: The Duke of Deception versus the wielder of the Lasso of Truth.

    Earl of Greed 
Earl of Greed
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The Earl of Greed was an agent of Mars, the Greco-Roman God of War. He lived and worked on the planet Mars, alongside two other confederates named the Count of Conquest and the Duke of Deception and helped to facilitate Mars' ongoing efforts to perpetuate a never-ending state of warfare on the planet Earth.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #2 (1942)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-Two, Earth-One

  • The Corrupter: Like Ares' other associates in the Golden Age, he was portrayed as influencing people to act greedily, apparently influencing Imperial Japan and Hitler.
  • Fat Bastard: As befits his status as a glutton, he is noticeably corpulent.
  • Greed: Is the living embodiment of this sin, and exists to encourage others to act greedily.
  • Villainous Glutton: His passion for consumption extends to food and drink, and he is constantly eating.

    Echidna 
Echidna
AKA: The Mother of Monsters
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Known as the Mother of All Monsters, Echidna is a monstrous creature with the upper torso of a woman and the body and tail of a serpent. With her mate Typhon, Echidna birthed legendary monsters such as Cerberus, the Sphinx, the Chimera, and the Hydra, among others. At some point, Echidna was imprisoned underneath Themyscira.

First Appearance: DC Comics Presents #46 (1982)
Universes: Earth-One, New Earth, Prime Earth

  • Green and Mean: Her snake half is green and she's certainly not nice.
  • Monster Progenitor: As indicated by her title, she birthed most of the most famous monsters of Greek Mythology.
  • Snake People: Echidna is a monstrous creature with the upper torso of a woman and the body and tail of a serpent.

    Egg Fu 
Egg Fu
AKA: Chang Tzu
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"You must remain conscious while I work. The tremendous pain this will cause you is incidental, but, if consolation concerns you, it is in the name of research."

Debuting in the Silver Age; Egg Fu was a Chinese Communist agent (and horrible racial stereotype) who inexplicably took the form of an egg the size of a house, and used his Fu Manchu mustache as a weapon. Killed in combat with Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, he was replaced by his descendant, Egg Fu the Fifth, who menaced Wonder Woman in another issue, and his robotic duplicate, Doctor Yes, who fought the Metal Men.

Post-Crisis, Egg Fu was reimagined first as an Apokoliptian super computer, and then as a centuries old criminal mastermind and mad scientist (and horrible racial stereotype) named Chang Tzu. The Chang Tzu incarnation was the head of a collective of mad scientists on Oolong Island, and produced weapons and technology for Intergang, until he was seemingly slain by a revolt among the other scientists. Returning to life four months later, he went on to menace both Checkmate and the Outsiders, before facing Wonder Woman, Power Girl, and Cassandra Cain in ''Wonder Woman #600."

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #157. (1965)
Created By: Robert Kanigher & Ross Andru

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Morrison's version of Egg Fu was a giant flying head inside a cybernetic apparatus who killed henchmen on a whim and acted as Intergang's top scientist. It's a pretty obvious parallel to Marvel's M.O.D.O.K., a giant flying head inside a cybernetic apparatus who kills henchmen on a whim and acts as AIM's top scientist.
  • Ambiguously Human:
    • The original Egg Fu is egg-shaped and the size of a house, but apparently human as he's specifically a Chinese Communist agent (as racially depicted as he may be). Though his descendent, Egg Fu the Fifth references "other Egg Fus" being "hatched" which begs the question of just what process was used to create them.
    • What exactly Chang Tzu is was also kept up in the air. He spoke as if he was human, but didn't look it in the least, and his condition doesn't resemble any real life deformity. Though it could be the result of self-mutation.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Egg Fu the First, Egg Fu the Fifth, and Doctor Yes all spoke this way in the sixties, mangling tenses and sentence structure and swapping "L" and "R".
  • Ax-Crazy: The Chang Tzu version is a violent lunatic who kills off anyone who irritates him.
  • Bad Boss: Chang Tzu murders a henchman for snickering.
  • Berserk Button: Surprisingly, "Egg Fu" isn't for Chang Tzu - it is merely one on his "nine thousand and ninety-nine unmentionable names." Thinking the name is funny, however, gets you immediately killed.
  • Body Horror: His physical condition was played for full horror in the Chang Tzu version.
  • The Cameo: Briefly appears in the background during Dark Knights: Metal (specifically, the Wild Hunt one-shot, which was co-written by Grant Morrison, the guy who pushed to reintroduce him in the modern day).
  • Cephalothorax: The Chang Tzu version has mechanical arms built into his "body" which is otherwise just a head.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Chang Tzu puts Sasha Bordeaux and Captain Boomerang through excruciating torture in order to understand their abilities.
  • Combat Tentacles: Chang Tzu uses his mechanical tentacle arms as his main weapons. In Wonder Woman #600, two of them are fixed to his face in "honour" of his sixties prehensile moustache.
  • Darker and Edgier: Post-Crisis (in 52), Egg Fu was transformed into the horrific and monstrous Chang Tzu, who killed a henchman because he might have once called him "Egg Fu." According to the Word of God, Morrison was begging them to retain the prehensile mustache, but he was voted down.
  • Death Is Cheap: Though he has been killed on more than one occasion he never fails to reappear eventually. He has hinted that his "resurrections" are accomplished through cloning.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Both in the Silver Age and the Modern Age.
  • Dirty Communists: In his first incarnation, he was a former communist agent.
  • Evil Cripple: The Chang Tzu incarnation can only move with the aid of his cybernetic arms and legs.
  • Evil Laugh: "Hee-ho!"
  • Funetik Aksent: Went on and on about "Amelicans" and his "Doomsday Locket" in the sixties. It was as painfully racist as it sounds.
  • Immortality Immorality: The Chang Tzu version, who regenerates after every death.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: In Wonder Woman #600, he becomes the subject of an All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles joke, despite supposedly being from China.
  • Legacy Character: The original Egg Fu's relative, Egg Fu the Fifth, and his robotic duplicate, Doctor Yes.
  • Mad Scientist: He also established an entire collective of "mad" scientists dubbed the Science Squad.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Chang Tzu incarnation features multiple mechanical arms, strong enough to tear even superhumans apart and temporarily restrain the likes of Wonder Woman and Power Girl.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Not most of the time, but in Wonder Woman #600, Diana tells Power Girl they will both have to strike with all of their might in order to put Chang Tzu down. Power Girl questions this, noting "that's a lot of might," and Wonder Woman tells her to just do it. In the end, both their full power blows prove enough to knock Chang Tzu out, but only crack his shell enough to give him the equivalent of a nosebleed.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The "modern" Chang "Egg Fu" Tzu can not be described without using the terms "giant egg", "cyborg", "mutant", and "no sense of humor."
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: The original Egg Fu actually killed Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, requiring Hippolyta to use a special machine to resurrect them. The Chang Tzu version was briefly able to subdue Diana, Cassandra Cain, and Power Girl before being taken out.
  • Obviously Evil: The Chang Tzu incarnation is a giant yellow face with a Slasher Smile and various robotic arms hanging off his sides.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We only arrived in time to see his defeat, but Chang Tzu apparently fought Wonder Woman, Power Girl, and Batgirl all at once in Wonder Woman #600, something few villains can boast of.
  • Prehensile Hair: The sixties incarnations of Egg Fu the First and Egg Fu the Fifth both had prehensile mustaches. This was referenced in Wonder Woman #600 where some of Chang Tzu's tentacles are fixed to his face in the same place.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Chang Tzu version.
  • Robotic Psychopath: The version that was an Apokoliptian supercomputer.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Despite being teamed with fellow WW villain Veronica Cale, the Chang Tzu incarnation initially fought the Outsiders and Checkmate, not Wonder Woman. He would eventually face her in the Issue #600 anniversary addition.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Chang Tzu could be shot to death by Will Magnus, yet a few years later could tank anything short of full powered blows from both Wonder Woman and Power Girl.
  • Yellowface: Invoked by every version of the character, who is always drawn with features reminiscent of white actors in yellow make up.
  • Yellow Peril: One of the most racist villains of the 1960s, no way around that. Seriously...a gigantic yellow egg with stereotypical Oriental features and a "mustache tlap". John Byrne later tried to retinker him as a supercomputer from Apokolips (and one that was deemed culturally insensitive within the story), but Grant Morrison brought back all the Unfortunate Implications when he named him Chang Tzu and made him part of a Chinese super team.

    Emperor Sangtee 
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Emperor of the Sangtee Empire, the group that enslaved Diana when she was sent spinning uncontrolled into space on a broken space station.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #69. (1992)
Created By: William Messner-Loebs & Paris Cullins

  • Alien Hair: The Emperor, like all kreel, has no hair but does have a set of barbels on the end of each brow and a flat hair substitute.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: They are an excellent fighter and general. This is only seen in flashbacks and holographic records since when they confront Diana one-on-one they let her talk and then lower their weapon and concede defeat.
  • Boomerang Bigot: The Emperor is a woman but practices their society's violent and horrific misogyny.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The Emperor never seems quite as militantly obsessed with the Empire's rampant misogyny as the P'Q'Rort (noble governors approx.) and after admitting defeat is seen walking arm-in-arm with Diana while discussing the Empire's plans moving forward. The Emperor also arranges for Diana and Natasha to be safely returned to earth and doesn't renege on the terms of the Empire's defeat, making slavery outlawed permanently.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Emperor Sangtee or Majesty are the closest this character gets to a name.
  • Galactic Conqueror: The Emperor is popular with the people due to their efforts in the expansion of the Empire, and the televised depictions of them brutally putting down slave rebellions.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: Kreel biology means that attempting to clone a man may result in a female infant, as is the case for the Emperor.
  • Pointy Ears: Kreel have ears that are sort of similar to a human's, with the back edge more rounded and flattened with notches and coming up to a point at the top.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Before the deception is revealed the Emperor intends to have Sakritt executed for betraying Diana to the Empire.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Emperor is an active warrior and keeps informed of the rest of the nobles activities, occasionally showing up on their doorstep to take them to task for failure.
  • She Is the King: The Sangtee Emperor is a woman in disguise.
  • Slouch of Villainy: The Emperor is mostly seen slouched gracefully in their throne.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Emperor is as close to a name as they answer to, though they'll answer to "Majesty" as well.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: The Emperor is a woman. Not even just her sex, once she's accused of such she agrees it's her gender.
  • Warrior Prince: The Emperor rose to fame as a warrior putting down rebellions prior to ascending to the throne.

    El Gaucho 
El Gaucho
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One of five assassins controlled by a mysterious entity called the Prime Planner. He originated from the wild pampas of South America and dressed much like South American gauchos. He is equipped with a flying silver robot horse, an electrified lasso, projectiles, and bolas which consist of three balls attached to a long rope that he throws at his victims.

First appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #265 (1980)
Universes: Earth-One

    Genocide 
Genocide
AKA: Princess Diana of Themyscira/Wonder Woman from the future (reanimated corpse)
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Created by the Secret Society of Super Villains from the soil of the sites of the world's worst atrocities, using them to empower a corpse of Wonder Woman from the future, Genocide has the strength of a god and nothing even resembling human compassion.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 3 #26. (2009)
Created By: Gail Simone & Aaron Lopresti

    Giganta (I-II) 
Giganta I
AKA: N/A
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Golden Age Giganta

“Wonder Woman’s bonds were subduing me, but now that I’m free, I’m savage again ! With [my now] human brain, I’ll destroy this golden age of love and establish a new order – a rule by force !”

An exceptionally large and aggressive gorilla, the Golden Age Giganta was the largest ape in captivity. After she broke out and went on a rampage (only to be stopped by Wonder Woman), Steve Trevor ordered her destroyed, despite the objections of her keepers. When well-meaning scientist Doctor Zool offered to change Giganta into a human being rather than killing her, Trevor agreed, hoping the experiment would kill the ape. Instead Giganta was changed into a seven foot tall woman who nevertheless retained all the strength and savagery of her original form.

In the Silver Age, Giganta's story was changed somewhat so that she was a colossal ape who had tried to kidnap Steve Trevor. Doctor Psycho intervened and forced Doctor Zool to change her into a human being at gunpoint. The two then teamed up against Wonder Woman, aiming to destroy Diana and win Steve for Giganta.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #9. (1944)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The Silver Age version has blonde hair.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Almost every version of Giganta is nicer in some way than the Golden Age Earth Two original. The Silver Age Earth One Giganta retained the ability to love even as a human, and her love extended to more than just children. The post crisis Giganta mostly cares about her health and her money. She had a desire to bash Wonder Woman after losing to her once, but got it out of her system and mostly became docile so long as she was living comfortably.
  • Alliterative Name: In the Silver Age she was Giganta the Gorilla Girl.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She certainly looked the part, though her attitude would put even the most brutal Brawn Hilda to shame.
  • Baleful Polymorph: As far as Giganta is concerned. She didn't ask to become human and she's not thrilled about it. Since she's stuck she tries to bring everyone down into savagery with her.
  • The Berserker: Pretty much always in a rage and all the stronger for it.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Doctor Psycho's Brains in the Silver Age.
  • The Brute: Played this role as part of Villainy Incorporated and always featured the personality.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Sometimes wielded a club in the Golden Age.
  • Dark Action Girl: An incredibly powerful hand-to-hand combatant.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She prefers to be barefoot.
  • Dumb Muscle: Giganta was smarter than your typical thug but not by much, and was always at her most dangerous when someone else was directing her fury.
  • Evil Redhead: Has fiery red hair as a human being, at least in the Golden Age. In the Silver Age she was blonde.
  • Freudian Excuse: Golden Age Earth Two Giganta became abnormally violent for a gorilla after going crazy with grief when her child died. Still, Giganta had a soft spot for children of any species and would not hurt them. After being turned into a human she became crazier to the point she wanted to ruin the entire world, making even the children in it suffer.
  • Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: When she allied with Doctor Psycho in the Silver Age. She's seven feet tall, he's a dwarf.
  • Humanity Ensues: A gorilla transformed into a girl via mad science.
  • Killer Gorilla: A huge, vicious minded gorilla before being transformed into an equally huge, vicious minded woman.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Giganta's transformation into a supervillain is entirely the fault of Steve Trevor.
  • Pelts of the Barbarian: When allowed to choose her own clothes she favoured a leopard skin dress.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Can still communicate with apes as a human. To call her "fluent" would be a stretch, as a brief translation showed she was nowhere near as articulate as she thought she was.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Seven feet of redheaded beauty.
  • Super Strength: Giganta's strength was ridiculous even for a gorilla, and it remained that way after she became human. Most of her strength came from being larger than the other gorillas in the golden age though.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Seemed to draw strength from her anger.
  • Uplifted Animal: Gained human intelligence when she was transformed into a person.
  • Villainous Crush: The Silver Age one had one on Steve Trevor, in an inverse King Kong situation.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Steve Trevor wasn't a superhero but he was certainly heroic, and Silver Age Giganta was motivated by her interest in him.
  • Villain Team-Up: Golden Age Giganta joined Villainy Incorporated. She worked most closely with Clea, and the two of them ended up ditching Eviless to carry out their own plans, also helping Zara and Hypnota get back to "Man's World". Silver Age Giganta briefly teamed with Doctor Psycho and even developed a bit of a crush on him, though it never overrode her interest in Steve.

Giganta II
AKA: Doris Zeul
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"Don't take this the wrong way, but I often get the urge to crush you in my grip. With affection, though. Like a fatal hug. Endearing and enduring, at once. Feel your bones turn to powder just a little bit. Yum."

Post-Crisis, Giganta is Doctor Doris Zeul, a mousy scientist who was dying from a fatal disease. After trying and failing to place her mind in Wonder Woman's body, Dr. Zeul instead switched bodies with a circus strongwoman who just happened to have mystical size-changing powers. In addition to her feud with Wonder Woman, Giganta is also a long-time member of the Secret Society of Super-Villains and Injustice League and has a crush on her one-time colleague Ryan Choi, the fourth Atom. She was also a member of Secret Six until the New-52 reboot.


  • Adaptation Species Change: Pre-Crisis, she was a gorilla-turned-human. Post-Crisis, she's a human who put herself in a gorilla body in a last-ditch attempt to save herself, then she put herself in another human body.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Is often depicted as being quite muscular, although how attractive she is depends on the artist.
  • Anti-Villain: More recent depictions seem to be pushing her towards this role. She's still a villain, but usually one who causes more noise than actual harm, and is quite willing to act civilly with certain heroes, when they don't stand in her way. While she was dating Ryan Choi, she had a definite sense of sultry danger going for her, but her commitment to the relationship seemed based out of genuine interest.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Attack of the 50-Foot Woman, actually. Though in truth she can get much, much larger than that, reaching heights in excess of several hundred feet.
  • The Brute: Often plays this role in team ups, especially when she's stupid.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Her reaction in Secret Six when she discovered that the shrinking killer, Dwarfstar, has hired Deathstroke and his Titans to kill Ryan Choi? She lures Dwarfstar to her bedroom with the promise of sex, strips him of his belt (the source of his powers) and beats him into submission. She is last heard covering Dwarfstar's mouth with duct tape to stifle his screams, telling him that she plans on keeping him alive so that she can prolong his suffering.
  • Composite Character: She has the powers and supervillain identity of the original Giganta, but the name of the scientist (Zool/Zeul)note  who created her.
  • Dark Action Girl: Giganta's a capable enough fighter at her regular height. When she grows to full size she becomes an even more formidable adversary, with strength on par with Wonder Woman's.
  • Deal with the Devil: Cut a deal with Circe that allowed her to keep her intelligence when she grew.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Once the Metal Men defeated Giganta by (accidentally) ripping her clothes off, and agreeing to act as a makeshift bikini in exchange for her turning herself in.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Before wearing her jumpsuit, she's always barefoot while wearing the loincloth.
  • Doing In the Scientist: Despite being Dr. Zeul, her abilities are explicitly magical in nature. One issue of the original Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle run that featured her as a Monster of the Week had Jaime's mentor note that he hated dealing with size-shifters, because they're always at least somewhat magical, because trying to grow a person to such sizes using purely scientific means never ends well.
  • Dumb Muscle: Back when she lost IQ points for every foot she grew, Giganta often ended up in this role.
  • Evil Redhead: A redhead and regular villain.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has a noticeably short temper, and auburn hair.
  • Friendly Enemy: Under Gail Simone she's relatively friendly to Wonder Woman when they aren't in combat.
  • Genius Bruiser: Minus the bit described in Weaksauce Weakness below, there's a reason she's Dr. Doris Zeul.
  • Giant Woman: She certainly lives up to her name.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser:
    • She went on a few dates with the Atom even after they found out each others' identities. It seemed to be going pretty well, until he got murdered by her coworker (she didn't take it kindly).
    • She is perfectly willing to just sit down and chat with Wonder Woman when they've both had a crummy day.
  • Going Commando: In one Justice League of America story, after Black Canary defeats Giganta, she goes, "If you insist on wearing a skirt into battle, put on some underpants, or at least learn to sit like a lady."
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: To a degree. She's definitely not a good person (though she's gotten nicer over the years and generally wasn't horrible even at her most villainous), but she's not very good at being a supervillain and frequently falls victim to The Worf Effect. Plus the whole fatal illness part of her backstory.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: She tortured and crippled the supervillain Dwarfstar after he killed her boyfriend.
  • Killer Gorilla: Was briefly trapped in the body of a gorilla in a shout out to her Golden Age self.
  • Mad Scientist: Though this has more to do with her origins than how she currently operates.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Giganta's suit is specialized to grow with her and enhances her invulnerability. Even at normal size, it is bulletproof and resistant to extremes of heat and cold.
  • Pretender Diss: When Donna Troy took up the mantle of Wonder Woman, Gignata beat her up and went on a rampage looking for the "real" Wonder Woman while wearing a chained up Troy as a necklace.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Is more of a mercenary than diabolical supervillain. If she's not on the clock, she probably has no beef with you and is more than happy to leave you be, and she is generally very willing to live and let live when encountering heroes. She also personally has no animus towards Wonder Woman and is often cordial with her off the clock, and on her end, Diana also doesn't really have an issue with her and typically treats her as someone with a job to do that just so happens to be incompatible with her own occupation.
  • Sizeshifter: Bigger than normal only.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Even at her shortest, Giganta is still six and a half to seven feet tall (Depending on the Writer). And there is no doubt that she is a good looking woman.
  • Stern Teacher: Sometimes has a legitimate job as a very strict college professor at Ivy University.
  • Super Strength: Big and strong in her normal form, Giganta's strength increases exponentially when she grows, giving her muscular power far in excess of her already considerable size.
  • They Call Me Dr. Zeul
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Ryan Choi (Atom). Even with both at normal size, she has several inches on him.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Infected and controlled by M'Nagalah, the monstrous Cancer god, she was sent to seduce and capture Ryan Choi, the fourth Atom, in the process even going so far as to swallow the miniature hero alive (he escapes). Free of M'Nagalah's control, she approached Ryan for a second chance creating a real relationship despite difficulties. In a bit of irony, their powers are opposite.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Originally, the bigger Giganta got, the stupider she became, making her easier to defeat. She lost this problem thanks to Circe (and got a more sensible outfit out of the deal).
  • What Happenedtothe Mouse?: So, whatever happened to the circus strongwomen who had her mind placed in the body of a gorilla?

    Glop 
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The Glop was an alien creature which could metamorphose into any form that it could digest. This creature was dreamt by a young Diana Prince.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #151. (1965)
Created By: Robert Kanigher & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-One

    Grail 
Grail
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"I've been hunting it my whole life. Searching for my tool of vengeance. Suffering through unspeakable horrors. I sacrificed everything to the darkness. All for this."

The Daughter of Darkseid and the Amazonian Myrina, prophesied to cause great destruction at the behest of the Anti-God. At the same time as the birth of Diana to Hippolyta, the Amazonian assassin Myrina gave birth to the daughter of Darkseid in secret, aided by Penelope and watched by the oracle Menalippe. Upon the birth of the young girl, Grail was defended by her mother from Penelope, who heard of the prophecy from Menalippe of the destruction that would be caused by the girl when she grew. After murdering Menalippe, Myrina fled Themyscira, bringing her daughter with her as the first Amazons to leave the island.


  • The Corrupter: Grail can infect and corrode the emerald energy of willpower emanated from the Green Lantern Rings, causing great harm and pain to the ring wielder.
  • Evil Counterpart: Grail to Wonder Woman, more so than even Superwoman.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Grail can perform occult Amazon rituals for various purposes.
  • Eye Beams: Inherited her father's Omega Beams. Capable of injuring the likes of New Gods and destroy the unbreakable bracelets of Wonder Woman.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Grail is the hybrid offspring of Darkseid (New God) and Myrina (Amazonian).
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Grail was introduced as a villain and true Big Bad in Darkseid War; she later become an antagonist to Diana and the Amazons in Wonder Woman (Rebirth).

    Gundra 
Gundra
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" I was one of Odin's finest. A Valkyrie full of fire and strong mead. On a wager, I sought to discover—by myself—what the Jotuns were planning... And like a fool, I was captured... A victim of Groa's mad scheme to improve her race."

Queen of the Valkyries, and one of the Norse gods' representatives on Earth, Gundra was summoned by Adolf Hitler to do battle with the Golden Age Wonder Woman. They clashed several times, most notably during Gundra's assassination attempt on President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She's been seen a few times since, and has come to blows with the modern Wonder Woman on occasion.

First Appearance: Comic Cavalcade Vol 1 #17. (1946)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-Two, New Earth, Prime Earth

  • Adaptational Heroism: Gundra is a good guy post-Flashpoint and she even befriends Wonder Woman.
  • Adaptational Villainy: First of all The Valkyries, who have unpleasant methods but ultimately work for the good of humanity in Norse religion, being antagonistic villains is this already. Furthermore, Golden Age Earth Two Gundra is just the servant of a War God collecting souls for Valhalla, and just so happens to side with The Axis over the Allies because the Axis were the ones to summon them. Post Crisis Gudra is a Nazi lover and continues to fight for them after they lose the war and Odin rejects her for it.
  • Blade on a Stick: Possesses a magic lance that can kill with a touch.
  • Boobs of Steel: As stacked as Wonder Woman, and every bit as strong.
  • Breast Plate: One she wears over a suit of mail, as if she just wants to let people know she has boobs.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: In the Golden Age both Gundra and Odin wanted Wonder Woman dead, but Odin wanted her dead on a much shorter schedule, so Gundra had to save Wonder Woman from him to keep her plans on rails.
  • The Champion: Was originally the champion of Wotan/Odin. Later could be said to be the champion of Adolf Hitler.
  • Dark Action Girl: The Valkyries, like the Amazons, are a race of warrior women. So when one goes bad, you get this trope.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pre-Crisis Gundra was a major enemy of the 1940s Wonder Woman. Post-Crisis she's appeared only once in the modern era, as part of Circe's vast collective of Wonder Woman villains.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Young All-Stars she falls in love with Ubermensch, convincing Iron Munro to spare him in exchange for reviving recently slain Tigress. Gundra explains that she views Ubermensch as the Teutonic warrior befitting a Valkyrie such as herself.
  • Evil Counterpart: As a Valkyrie who fought for the Nazis during WWII, Gundra makes for a solid Evil Counterpart of Hippolyta, the Golden Age Wonder Woman, who was an Amazon who fought for the Americans and the British. When Axis Amerika formed their first lineup, she was even brought in to serve as their equivalent of Wonder Woman.
  • The Exile: Exiled from Valhalla for allying with the Nazis.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: When portrayed as the (former) Queen of the Valkyries.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Golden Age Gundra filled Valhalla with atomic power sources because the Norse gods were immune to the radiation they produced. She even tried to poison Wonder Woman by sabotaging one. Wonder Woman not only escapes unscathed but accidentally sets off a chain reaction that leaves Valhalla in ruins.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Pre-Crisis Gundra tried this on Steve Trevor after stealing his soul and taking it back to Valhalla with her.
  • Lightning Bruiser: To what degree depends on the writer. When she first appeared in the comics she was obviously stronger and faster than the axis and allied soldiers, but strongly implied to not be as strong as Wonder Woman, the Valkyries in general only having an edge because the Golden Age Wonder Woman couldn't fly on her own. In the Justice Society Of America books she's able to give both The Flash(Jay Garrick) and Green Lantern(Alan Scott) trouble but can't break Superman's grip when he intervened and restrained her. Post Crisis Gudra is roughly equal to Wonder Woman.
  • Master Swordsman: One of the best swordfighters associated with the Norse pantheon.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Golden Age Gundra's ultimate goal, after humiliating the hypotenuse in front of the other leg.
  • Necromancer: Can raise the dead to do her bidding.
  • Pegasus: Has a winged horse named Stormwind.
  • The Power of Love: Golden Age Gundra can alter Steve Trevor's memories by manipulating his captured soul, but she cannot remove his love for anyone, that's something he has to do on his own. So she sets about trying to make him stop loving Wonder Woman, so that she can have this spot in his heart instead. Aphrodite wasn't having it.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the Rebirth universe, she's the ancestor of the von Gunther family, who were originally "von Gundra".
  • Revision: In Wonder Woman's books no one seems to know where The Valkyries came from or when they started helping the Axis Powers. Hippolyte thinks all the figures of "Nordic Myth" were the creation of the Nazis, which is proven false when we see things from Odin's point of view but it's not until The Justice Society Of America that we learned Hitler summoned the Valkyries using The Spear Of Destiny to kill the JSA. Jay Garrick believes Hitler didn't actually know what he was doing, as the Valkyries don't follow his orders, taking it upon themselves to attack the allied nations, only fighting the JSA where opposed.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: A Golden Age Wonder Woman villain who became a Justice Society Of America villain. While the Wonder Woman stories were published first, the Justice Society stories took place earlier chronologically. From an in universe perspective she started as a Justice Society foe but became an Wonder Woman enemy.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: In-universe. Gundra sees the Nazi neo-Norse Wotan worship as being a valid expression of the religion she represents. Her own gods would disagree.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Has been Gundra and Gudra depending upon the writer.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Golden Age Gundra was the same height as Wonder Woman, so about five foot eight. Post Crisis Wonder Woman is six inches taller and still shorter than Gudra, meaning she's over six feet tall, and still very good-looking.
  • Super Reflexes: Agile enough to dodge bullets or deflect them with her sword.
  • Super Speed: Much faster than normal humans.
  • Super Strength: Her strength is comparable to Wonder Woman's.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Was originally summoned by the Nazis, and continues to espouse their ideals long after the end of WWII (which caused Odin to disown her).
  • Unholy Matrimony: Developed a crush on Ubermensch, the leader of Axis Amerika.
  • Valkyries: Depending on the Writer she may in fact be their Queen.
  • Villain Team-Up: Has been a member of both Axis Amerika and Circe's collective of Wonder Woman villains.
  • Villainous Crush: Pre-Crisis Gundra had one on Steve Trevor.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: As a Valkyrie she is supposed to recruit heroes for the service of Valhalla. She is not supposed to fall in love with, much less pursue relations with those heroes, but that's exactly what Golden Age Gundra did with Steve Trevor.
  • Winged Humanoid: In her first appearance she and her valkyries can fly without wings. In her second appearance, she and all other Valkyries have wings, and their wings even become a plot point. Since then Gundra and The Valkyries are usually drawn without wings.
  • Your Soul Is Mine!: Can steal the souls of those she kills.

    Human Tank 
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The Human Tank either acquired or developed an enamel-based compound that rendered his skin tougher than the hardest metal.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #63. (1954)
Created By: Robert Kanigher & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-Two, Prime Earth

    Hypnota 
Hypnota
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And now, my friends, I weel hypnotize anybody who daires step upon thees stage – I challenge any man or woman to reesist my hypnotic powair !”

A magician and hypnotist who hides behind a male disguise. Hypnota was accidentally shot in the head by her assistant and twin sister Serva and received an experimental brain surgery to save her life. The surgery unlocked the ability to release a "blue hypnotic ray" from within her brain which she used on her sister and unsuspecting thousands to steal military secrets and sell people into slavery. She later joined Villainy Inc..

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #11. (1944)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-Two, New Earth

  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: (Pre-Crisis) Hypnota is physically female but she and her sister usually use male pronouns to refer to Hypnota, they spend most of their time disguised as a male, and when they're not hiding their femininity wear a mustache and goatee anyway. Hypnota was like this long before surviving a gunshot to the head changed their personality and turned them villainous.
  • Beard of Evil: It's fake, but even after her gender is exposed she keeps it included in her costume.
  • Combination Attack: No matter how many times she fails to hypnotize Wonder Woman she never comes up with any new plan of attack. She's able to successfully do it once however when her blue ray with Zara's crimson flame.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: She wears fake facial hair and dons a phony French accent to pass herself off as a man. In the Post-Crisis stories, this aspect was dropped and she's referred to as Hypnotic Woman.
  • Evil Genius: Blue Snowman and Dr. Poison qualify more for the evil geniuses of Villainy Inc., but when she, Giganta, Clea and Zara break away to do their own thing, she more comfortably fits into the role of the makeshift group.
  • Evil Twin: She once worked side by side with her sister but after getting shot and gaining powers quickly went drunk on the dark side, partially because she believed her sister had legitimately attempted to kill her for no apparent reason.
  • Freudian Excuse: She turned bad after she was shot in the face and believed Serva had legitimately tried to kill her.
  • Girls With Mustaches: And beards. Subverted because they are fake.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Her Blue Hypnotic Ray can be projected from her eyes and hands.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She tried to instigate a war between Earth and Saturn.
  • Mass Hypnosis: Though Wonder Woman is strong enough to resist Hypnota's power.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Inflicts blue ones sometimes, courtesy of her "blue hypnotic ray".
  • Not Himself: To their identical twin sister Serva the switch from being a considering, careful person in private to a sadistic villain after surviving a gunshot to the head is a huge change for Hypnota, and unfortunately one that seems permanent. The public don't notice as Hypnota and Serva have always presented a different persona to the public as a part of maintaining their stage magic act.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Hypnota is her stage name for her and her sister's magic act; her true name is never revealed.
  • Stage Magician: Her job, at which she ended up getting accidentally shot which led to the development of her powers.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Hypnota was accidentally shot in the head by their sister Serva while practicing for their stage show. While they survived their personality was drastically altered and they became a villain.
  • Twin Switch: With Serva. Originally it was part of their magic act, but later used her power to make Serva forgot they were twins to further conceal herself whenever they switch places.

    Kung 
Kung
AKA: Thomas Morita
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Born in the USA, Thomas Morita blamed the death of his Japanese immigrant parents and his other troubles on the alleged racial prejudice they encountered during the Great Depression. Hating America, Morita went to Japan and trained to be a Samurai. He also underwent a mystical experience that enabled him to transform into animals. Now known as Kung, the Assassin of a Thousand Claws, he was sent by the Japanese government during World War II on various missions in America.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman' (Vol 1) #237 (1977)
Created By: Gerry Conway & Jose Delbo
Universes: Earth-Two, New Earth

  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His costume is mostly purple.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Kung had the ability to transform himself into animal forms through concentration. Among the animals he transformed into were a man-sized insect, a tiger, and a rhinoceros. Kung was able to retain his human intelligence when transformed but reverted back to his human form if he somehow lost his concentration.

    Liar Liar 
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A.K.A.: Emma Deropalis

Emma Deropalis is the terrorist Liar Liar. Daughter of Maxwell Lord, she started her criminal career to be acknowledged by her dad, trying to break him out of jail and also help him kill Wonder Woman.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman' (Vol 1) #759 (2020)
Created By: Mariko Tamaki & Mikel Janín
Universes: Prime Earth

  • Daddy's Little Villain: Daughter of Maxwell Lord, she started her criminal career to be acknowledged by her dad.
  • Enfante Terrible: She's only a girl and has become a pretty big threat for Diana.
  • Master of Illusion: Emma inherited psychic powers from her father, and with her voice she's able to make people see what she generates.
  • Mind Control: Thanks to her abilities related to creating hallucinations and her intelligence, Emma is able to manipulate people controlling their minds.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Just like her father her nose starts bleeding when she uses her powers.
  • Psycho Pink: Her hair is dyed pink and she can be even more unstable than her father.

    The Mask 
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A.K.A.: Nina Close

Nina Close was an abused wife who murdered her husband and now uses his fortune to empower similarly victimized wives and mothers.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman' (Vol 1) #24 (1947)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-Two, Earth-One, New Earth, Prime Earth

  • Deadly Gas: Trapped people in S/M style masks that would release poisonous hydro-cyano gas when removed improperly.
  • Domestic Abuse: An abused wife that killed her husband.
  • Split Personality: The Golden Age version of the character was an oppressed and frail wife of a billionaire industrialist. She developed a split personality that was patterned after the bold explorer Fancy Framer and began to extort millions for her husband and the U.S. government
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Targets men who abuse their partners.

    Maxwell Lord IV 
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Founder and former leader of Justice League International who eventually came into conflict with the superhero community after the destruction of Coast City. He eventually became the malevolent leader of the Checkmate spy organization while eventually deciding to mind control Superman for his own ends, before Wonder Woman dealt out his infamous death scene.


See his page here.

    Mayfly 
Mayfly
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A.K.A.: Moon Robinson

Mayfly was contracted by Ares Buchanan to assassinate Wonder Woman and Flash. With her superhuman speed, she was able to put up a good fight with the heroes, but was inevitably defeated. When imprisoned, Mayfly accidentally killed herself while trying to escape. She suffered from a rare form of hemophilia, and was obsessed with death.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #78 (1993)
Created By: William Messner-Loebs & Lee Moder
Universes: New Earth

  • Fragile Speedster: Emphasis on the "fragile", as she is in many ways less durable than the average adult woman. And it's all due to her own lack of foresight. Still, she's quite quick.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: She incorporated some optics into her helmet to aid her aiming.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Wonder Woman is able to successfully reform the Rebirth Mayfly, who seeks out redemption from their. The Post Crisis Mayfly lives up to her name and dies two issues after appearing.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Mayfly was an expert markswoman, able to shoot the Flash as he was running at full speed.
  • Professional Killer: Killing people is her job, but she doesn't get employed through legal channels so she ends up imprisoned for it.
  • Psycho for Hire: The money is simply to make living in society easier. If it wasn't possible to get paid doing it Mayfly would still be killing things, preferably other people. DC Rebirth Mayfly does begin to see more value in the stages of life between birth and death though.
  • Skewed Priorities: She is hemophilic, and rather than solve that problem she sought out super powers that exacerbate her medical condition. Appropriately, the Post Crisis Mayfly accidentally kills herself! Wonder Woman is able to save the Rebirth incarnation of Mayfly though.
  • Super Speed: Her speed originally came from Velocity 9, but the Gene-bomb granted her real super-speed. She was shown to be at least as fast as the Flash.

    Medusa 
Medusa
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Medusa is the chief of the Gorgons. She could turn people into stone with her eyes, a punishment from Athena for making love to Poseidon in a temple of the goddess of Wisdom. She was eventually beheaded by the hero Perseus. Through the actions of a jealous Hera, Medusa's two gorgon sisters were set free from their prison on Themyscira, and immediately schemed to resurrect their sister.

First Appearance: Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #52. (1964)
Universes: Earth-One, New Earth, Prime Earth

  • Acid Attack: The gorgon's serpentine locks produce their own corrosive toxin which debilitates and sears those affected by it.
  • The Ageless: Being of divine blood, she and her sisters do not age.
  • Compelling Voice: Has been blessed by Circe with a vocal allure that compels others to turn towards her gaze when calling to them.
  • Curse: Her powers are a result of a curse placed on her by Athena.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: Is the leader of the Gorgons, is smoking hot, and likes to flaunt her body.
  • Losing Your Head: Her head has survived multiple decapitations.
  • Medusa: The original.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Twice. Despite her origins in Greek mythology, Medusa first appeared in an issue of Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane before going to become a regular opponent of Wonder Woman. On Prime Earth, she has primarily been a foe of Batwoman.
  • Siblings in Crime: Is frequently assisted by her sisters Euryale and Stheno.
  • Super Strength: Can go toe-to-toe with Wonder Woman.
  • Super Toughness: Can go toe-to-toe with Wonder Woman.
  • Taken for Granite: Can turn people to stone with her gaze.
  • Winged Humanoid: Has feathered wings which enable her to fly.

    Minister Blizzard 
Minister Blizzard
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An ice-themed villain who debuted in the Golden Age as the Prime Minister of Iceberg Land, he was reimagined Post-Crisis as a radical environmental terrorist with ambitions of creating a new ice age. He wields both a cold-gun, and a climate change machine.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #29. (1944)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-One, Earth-Two, New Earth, Prime Earth, DCAU, Earth-508

  • An Ice Person: In some continuities which don't want to rely on machinery he seems to have innate ice wielding powers.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Characterized by his twirly mustache. When reintroduced in the Post-Flashpoint continuity he has a full beard instead.
  • Evil Chancellor: In his first appearances he was an archetypal one.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Minister Blizzard's actual name hasn't been revealed.
  • Pungeon Master: As seems to be the rule for all ice-themed villains at DC.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: His second major Post-Rebirth appearance has him go against the Justice League Queer, which doesn't include Wonder Woman.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Mister Freeze, Captain Cold, Killer Frost, and a number of other ice-themed villains.
  • Western Terrorists: Post-Crisis.

    Mouse Man 
Mouse Man
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A criminal who shrunk himself to the size of a mouse, he often battled Wonder Woman during the Silver Age.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #141. (1963)
Created By: Robert Kanigher & Ross Andru
Universes: Earth-One

    Osira 
Osira
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An alien with mind control powers, Osira (and her husband Hefnakhti) crash landed in Ancient Egypt, where she used her powers to gain control of the country, before being sealed away by a priest. She was released during WWII, and fought the Golden Age Wonder Woman; she later came into conflict with Diana Prince and Donna Troy in the modern era.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #231. (1977)
Created By: Martin Pasko & Bob Brown
Universes: Earth-Two, New Earth

  • A God Am I: A self-proclaimed goddess.
  • Brainwashed: Male variant. Osira saw that Steve Trevor looked like her dead husband and hypnotized him into believing that he was Hefnakhti.
  • Dark Action Girl: She will personally beat the life out of you for world peace.
  • Demoted to Extra: Post-Crisis she is basically a footnote.
  • Evil Is Not Pacifist: Averted. While Osira is certainly willing to use violence to achieve her ends, those ends are a peaceful world.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Blames violence on free will.
  • Foil: Her methodology isn't that different from the Golden Age Wonder Woman, but Osira happened to appear in the Bronze Age and thus faced a distinctly different Wonder Woman. But even if she hadn't, Golden Age Wonder Woman restricted her brainwashing to problematic individuals rather than the entire populace.
  • Hand Blast: Osira can shoot blasts of energy from her hands.
  • Human Aliens: From another galaxy, that exists in Another Dimension, and still managed to crash on a planet where people look just like her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The first time the Egyptians try to imprison her it just makes Osira more powerful, but they eventually construct a tomb she cannot break out of.
  • Psychic Powers: A powerful telepath who was able to use her abilities to keep a nation under her control.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Granted, it was supposed to be a tomb, but Osira managed to survive for thousands of years before she was accidentally released.
  • Stripperiffic: She has been seen wearing what is best described as a bikini cape.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Is willing to use violence and mind control to achieve a peaceful world.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Honestly believes that she was doing the right thing by bringing peace to the world.

    Paula von Gunther 
Paula von Gunther
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"I am the champion of my line, she is the champion of her people...the Amazon blood debt will be settled."

In the Post-Crisis continuity Paula was an enemy of Queen Hippolyta when she went back in time to World War II, Baroness Paula von Gunther was a Nazi spymaster whose plots to undermine America were constantly defeated by the queen and her allies in the JSA. Finally, though, von Gunther was shown the error of her ways and became Hippolyta's closest friend and ally. She retired to Themyscira, where she became an honorary Amazon and created the healing Purple Ray. At one point, she was the host of the evil spirit Dark Angel.

First Appearance: Sensation Comics Vol 1 #4. (1942)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter

  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • The original Golden Age Paula had orange hair; her later iterations, including the pictured Post-Crisis version, were blonde.
    • Blonde in the comics, she was made a brunette in the Lynda Carter TV series (funnily enough, the exact opposite happened to Fausta Grables, the only other comics villain adapted by the series).
  • Anti-Villain: (Pre-Crisis) She only worked for the Nazis because they were holding her daughter Gerta hostage. Once the girl was rescued, Paula defected to Paradise Island with Gerta in tow, and then helped the Allies fight the Nazis with relish once her daughter was safely settled on the island.
  • The Baroness: Nazi spymistress.
  • Blowing Smoke Rings: (Pre-Crisis) Paula would blow smoke rings, but she gave up smoking after her Heel–Face Turn. When she later pretended to have returned to villainy to infiltrate a villain organization she casually blew smoke rings and twirled her signature cigarette holder while telling the conspirators that her friendship with Wonder Woman was all a ruse to find weaknesses in the hero.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: (Pre-Crisis) Her daughter, Gerta.
  • Evil Genius: (Pre-Crisis) Paula was an evil scientist and created many unimaginable inventions. She was executed by the electric chair and later revived by an electric machine that she invented.
  • Ghostapo: Post-Crisis. Seeking arcane knowledge, she unleashed a spell which freed Dark Angel, who took over Paula's body.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: (Pre-Crisis) Prior to her Heel–Face Turn Paula von Gunther's smoking habit was so constant that her long stemed dragon cigarette holder was her Iconic Item, but after her daughter was returned to her and she swiftly dedicated the rest of her life to wrecking Nazis she gave up the vice.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Determined to reform her most brilliant adversary, Wonder Woman braved enemy lines to rescue Gerta, winning Paula's gratitude and friendship. Almost immediately after, Paula returned to the United States and risked her own life to stop a gang of Nazi arsonists, saving countless lives but suffering severe burns in the process. She retired to Paradise Island, where she became an honorary Amazon, and had her health restored. She quickly returned to Washington D.C. to help Wonder Woman and the Allies fight the Nazis and Axis powers.
    • Her Post-Crisis version also renounced her ties to the Nazi party and relocated to Themyscira where she became a prominent scientist, inventing the Purple Healing Ray.
  • How Unscientific!: She eventually builds a shrinking device of her own to observe Atomia's Kingdom directly. Paula is still appalled and disgusted by everything she sees. Wonder Woman, who knows even less about how nuclear physics and quantum mechanics are "supposed" to work nonetheless has wisdom comparable to Athena and is thus able to work out a way to stop Atomia based on the way things are working while von Gunther is having trouble putting her thoughts into words.
  • Iconic Item: (Pre-Crisis) In universe Paula von Gunther's dragon cigarette holder. It even gets her caught when spotted during an escape attempt when her disguise had otherwise fooled everyone.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Paula von Gunther refused to work for the Nazis so they made her watch as they murdered her husband and then took her daughter Gerta hostage. In response Paula decided that even if she'd probably never see her daughter again that Gerta was worth more to her than the rest of the world and came to enjoy her sadistic torture and experimentation on people for the Nazis, even if she never did stop hating the Nazis themselves.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: (Pre-Crisis) Former villain turned stalwart lifelong ally Paula starts out as seemingly an evil Psychologist who is able to brainwash people into becoming her slaves and acting out her plans. She later develops a chronoscope—that is sometimes treated as an outright Time Machine—, is able to treat Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor's mystical and bizarre injuries and ailments and is suddenly an expert in micro-biology, nuclear energy and anything else Diana may need to consult an expert on.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In Rebirth, the von Gunthers take their name from their descent from Gundra, above.
  • Ret-Gone: Pre-Crisis Paula, including all history and corresponding appearances, was initially erased from existence following the first Crisis event.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: (Golden Age/Pre-Crisis) Paula seemed like a cruel and sadistic Nazi spy, until Diana forced her to tell her story with the magic lasso, at which point Paula revealed that she hated the Nazis and was only working for them because they'd murdered her husband right in front of her for her refusal to work for them and then taken her daughter hostage. Her apparent sadism was a result of her feeling she had no other way to help her daughter, but no hope of actually rescuing or seeing her little girl again, so she hardened her heart and felt furious with those who seemed to be living happy or meaningful lives.
  • Those Wacky Nazis:
    • Subverted with Pre-Crisis version. The Nazis forced Paula to become a spy and saboteur against the United States using her daughter as hostage. Though hating her new role, Paula could not bear to endanger Gerta, and thus drove herself to become a cold, cruel schemer.
    • Played straight with the Post-Crisis version where she was a ruthless Nazi occultist and a personal assistant to Adolf Hitler during World War II.
  • Vengeful Widow: (Pre-Crisis) The Nazis killed her husband Gottfriend before kidnapping her daughter Gerta and holding the young girl hostage to ensure Paula's cooperation. Once Gerta was safe Paula dedicated the rest of her life to helping the Nazis' enemies and developing much more fantastic new inventions with her knowledge of science than she'd ever done for the Nazis.
  • Villainous Lineage: The Rebirth incarnation of Paula believes she is defined by her descent from a) Nazis and b) Amazon-haters. Ironically, Wonder Woman kept this from her because she thought it was too great a burden for a young girl — but when Paula learned the truth, she inevitably concluded that Diana was scared of the von Gunther legacy.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: (Pre-Crisis) Paula acts as a sort of prototype voice with an Internet connection, as the Internet was not yet invented. Diana, Steve and the Holliday Girls would call Paula up on their Mental Radios while in the field to ask for her help and advice as she was an Omnidisciplinary Scientist. Sometimes this resulted in them needing to bring something, or someone, back to her lab. She was also Mission Control for extraterrestrial adventures since the mode of transportation was usually her teleporter.

    Professor Menace 
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Professor Menace would create robotic duplicates of Wonder Woman and control them through his brain impulses. He would later join with other rogues from the JLA in creating explosive robots.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #111. (1960)
Created By: Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru & Mike Esposito

    Queen Atomia 
Queen Atomia
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"The miserable earthlings will learn that only total annihilation results from defying me!"

The Mad Scientist "Queen" of the Atomic World, who wants to steal uranium to further her plots and allow her to start taking over and enslaving the world at large.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #21. (1947)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-One, Earth-Two, Dimension Chi

  • Adaptational Heroism: Her Rebirth counterpart in Dimension Chi led an attack on the Themysciran Empire because they invaded her subatomic world first, and relented when Diana showed her mercy.
  • Adaptational Skimpiness: Her Silver Age iteration swapped out the green dress with a mid-calf red skirt for a midriff revealing tiny green top and a skirt with slits all the way up the sides. She kept her pointy shoulder pads though.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: In her debut story, she was meant to represent the dangers and the benefits of the newly honed nuclear power following the creation of the atom bomb. This was dropped in her later appearances where she's a simple bad guy.
  • Bad Boss: She treats her slaves like complete garbage, killing them when they fail to follow her orders or when they mindlessly embellish them. She even casually tells two of them to go immolate themselves and they do it without any hesitation. The fact that she has slaves who'll blindly follow her every whim and it only makes her bored shows what a horrible person she is.
  • Depending on the Writer: Under Marston's pen she seemed to be a human scientist who created an Atomic Universe from which she eventually planned to conquer the world. She was inadvertently caught in the act by Wonder Woman before her invasion could truly begin. Later writers instead treated her as a native of an Atomic Galaxy who conquered it and then set her sights on Earth after being accidentally enlarged. These can be reconciled, as the wording is vague enough for Atomia to be so heavily modified and have spent so much time conquering the Atomic world that she no longer identifies with humanity or the planet Earth, but they never have been thanks to retroactive continuity.
  • Emperor Scientist: Well Queen Scientist, and every single one of her "subjects" has been unwillingly subjected to her experimentation and forced to become mindlessly loyal to her.
  • Evil Redhead: So evil she ends up welded into a mind control device to facilitate her reformation.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: She seemed like she was genuinely trying to reform, and then started a riot and tried to kill a bunch of people, which led to her getting permanently welded into a mind altering device to force her to behave.
  • Femme Fatalons: Queen Atomia always has sharp fingernails about as long as her fingers themselves. They don't hurt Wonder Woman, but they don't break when Atomia fights her either.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Of the horrifically evil variety rather than incompetent, as it's implied she created her own country and she rules over it with an iron fist, forcing all of her unwilling subjects through horrific experiments.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She started out as evil until eventually one of the Venus Girdles was permanently locked onto her body when it was shown she was irredeemably evil. The Legend Of Wonder Woman miniseries revealed she somehow managed to get the device off and went back to being evil. Then in Wonder Woman (Rebirth) she was rewritten as a Well-Intentioned Extremist who only attacked the alternate dimension version of Themyscira because they invaded her world first.
  • It's All About Me: She only desires power and to control everything.
    Queen Atomia: I take what I like, Wonder Woman, and I keep it forever!
  • Knock Out Gas: Her shrinking gas also knocks the target unconscious, though It Only Works Once on Wonder Woman, who deifies the knockout effect every time after she knows its coming.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Subverted. All of Atomia's clothing superficially looks the same, but she changes from green wizard boots to green high heels between issues, for one example.
  • Lilliputians: It's never clearly addressed if Atomia is meant to have always been microscopic, but given her extensive laboratory takes up almost her entire "kingdom" and her ability to shrink down normal humans it's likely she and her "subjects" started out as human before she decided to create a minuscule world to hide her work in. The subtext for this is strongest in Marston's original Golden Age stories. The 1986 Legend Of Wonder Woman implies she is not a human, but doesn't completely debunk the suggestion that she may not be native to the Atomic world.
  • Mad Scientist: She has a laboratory in which she has two self invented machines which turn people into her permanent Slave Mooks, a Shrink Ray and is trying to steal uranium in order to take over the world.
  • Minion Master: She has a large number of Proton and Neutron slave mooks.
  • Mook Maker: Queen Atomia has two sets of machines for turning humans into her near robotic slaves. There is one for her "Neutron Slaves" and one for her "Protons" and both work disturbingly quickly to permanently alter people mentally and physically.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Wonder Woman likely would have defeated Queen Atomia again, eventually, seeing as she was a Play-Along Prisoner when re-imprisoned in her kingdom, but Atomia certainly sped up her defeat when she betrayed Leila from The Land Of Mirrors and ensured there would be no Leila to help her in the future since even if Wonder Woman never challenged Atomia again someone else inevitably would have. More Leila, who was a Falsely Reformed Villain like Atomia, was motivated to reform for real after the betrayal.
  • Psychic Powers: Powerful enough to mind control an entire universe worth of soldiers stationed on multiple planets, even if those soldiers have been modified to be easier to control. Whether these powers are innate or come from technology in her crown is not clearly established but her psychic powers are weaker than Wonder Woman's either way. Wonder Woman can't control people normally, and certainly not over such vast distances, but she can overpower and override Atomia's commands if she can keep Atomia's Neutron cyborgs in her line of sight.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: She's a redhead who dresses in green.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Queen Atomia has always worn curved decorative green shoulder pads over her dress, giving her incredibly tall pointed shoulders in silhouette.
  • Shrink Ray: It's more of a gas, but works the same way and turns humans microscopic.
  • Slave Mooks: Her Proton and Neutron Slaves are outright called her slaves and are transformed into two sets of identical powered mooks.
  • The Sociopath: A remorseless, manipulative, power hungry tyrant who demands to be ruler of everything no matter how big or small.
  • Take Over the World: She wants more power, and uranium, in order to expand her little self created empire to include the earth rather than only things of a microscopic scale.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Queen Atomia has green eyes with brighter green scleras, though in some panels it looks more like she has black eyes with bright green scleras.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In her first three or five attacks on the macroscopic world Queen Atomia mostly relied on her technology and the subjects controlled by it. While she was unfazed by the punches and hair pulling of the Holliday Girls, this possible super human toughness may as well have not existed against Wonder Woman, who easily trounced Atomia in spite of Atomia having an army of Slave Mooks AND Wonder Woman's lasso. In the 1986 Legend Of Wonder Woman Queen Atomia instantly recovers from being Punched Across the Room by Wonder Woman, survives a falling ceiling and suddenly has enough super human strength and combat skill to wrestle with her for a prolonged period of time. Even as Wonder Woman starts to gain an advantage Atomia is able to force a stalemate by mixing in her "atomic bolts" until Atomia is distracted by Suzie, who is decided Atomia's plans can't continue.
    • Atomia did have mind control powers, but these only worked on her slave mooks and Wonder Woman could easily take control of any Neutron soldiers visible to her, against Atomia's will. In the 1986 Legend Of Wonder Woman Atomia can now easily read minds of any humans near her who don't have psychic defenses and use their thoughts to rapidly metamorphosize creatures and transmute matter with "atomic bolts" from her eyes and finger tips, so long as she has the right thoughts and physical material to work with. Even without sufficient ingredients or building material these atomic bolts can still bring down aircraft and collapse buildings.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When Atomia attacks The Land Of Mirrors, her nuclear bolts just so happen to undo Leila's mental blocks and cause her to descend into evil again. Rather than leave well enough alone Atomia proceeds to kick her gift horse in the mouth, but not before Leila helps her demolish The Land Of Mirrors, defeat its armies, appropriate its main power source and imprison its citizens.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Lampshades at one point that she should've killed Leila when she had the chance instead of letting her simply suffer an ironic fate, since Leila helped completely topple her plans.
    Queen Atomia: That's it! I've sworn off irony forever!
  • Would Hurt a Child: Was fine with kidnapping children, including young Suzie.
  • You Got Spunk!: She takes a liking to little Suzie in The Legend of Wonder Woman when the kid mouths off and calls her a mean old lady even though Atomia could kill her. This quickly vanishes as Atomia's plans fall apart and Suzie proves to be a hindrance.

    Queen Clea 
Queen Clea
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“Give [his tongue] back to him, Jinx. I want him to say my name. I want Travis Morgan and his insufferable daughter to say the name of the monarch of Venturia who had conquered Skartaris…”

A foe of the Golden Age Wonder Woman, and the Post-Crisis founder of the original Villainy Incorporated, Clea is the Queen of an Atlantean outpost who stole the Trident of Poseidon as the first step in her plans for conquering all of Atlantis. She has faced the modern Wonder Woman as well, both with a new Villainy Incorporated, and on behalf of Circe.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #8. (1944)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-Two, New Earth

  • Apparently Human Merfolk: She's Atlantean and lives underwater, but looks entirely human.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears what is essentially a bullet bra for a top.
  • Big Bad: Of both versions of Villainy Incorporated (though in the Pre-Crisis timeline she was actually The Dragon to Saturnian villain Eviless).
  • Dark Action Girl: As an Atlantean, Clea has most of the same powers as the likes of Aquaman and Mera, and can consequently get physical with the best of them.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the Post-Crisis world, where she faced Wonder Woman only twice, once as the leader of a new Villainy Incorporated, and once as part of Circe's massive supervillain collective.
  • Evil Matriarch: Her daughter Ptra is one of her enemies, and teams with Wonder Woman to bring Clea down.
  • The Exile: Exiled from the Atlantean continent following her invasion of Aurania.
  • Flying Brick: Circe grants Clea the power to fly, which when coupled with her Atlantean super strength and durability transforms her into one of these.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The outpost city of Venturia essentially fell apart during Clea's reign, prompting her attack on nearby Aurania. Later exiled from Venturia, she tried to become Queen of Skartaris, nearly destroying that country in the process.
  • Large and in Charge: She's much taller than most of her subjects. Double Subverted with Villainy Inc, where Clea and Giganta both serve Eviless but then ditch her to do their own thing at the earliest opportunity.
  • The Leader: Of two versions of Villainy Incorporated, Post-Crisis. She's a combo Type I and IV.
  • Making a Splash: Holding Poseidon's trident enables Clea to manipulate the ocean.
  • Minidress of Power: Given the option, Clea will choose a green minidress everytime
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Wielded Poseidon's own trident briefly.
  • Retcon: The disappearance of Eviless from the timeline after the Crisis resulted in Clea, and not her, being the leader of the original Villainy Incorporated.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Clea stands six feet five inches, making her taller than the likes of Superman and Batman. In the Golden Age she's even taller.
  • Stripperiffic: Her costume is barely there.
  • Super Speed: Both on land and in the water.
  • Super Strength: Comparable to that of Wonder Woman or Aquaman.
  • Take Over the World: Aims to conquer Atlantis and then the surface world.
  • Villain Team-Up: Clearly has a thing for these Post-Crisis, having led two versions of Villainy Incorporated. The first one was made up of Cheetah I, Zara, Doctor Poison I, Hypnotic Woman, and herself, the second of Cyborgirl, Doctor Poison II, Giganta, Jinx, and Trinity. She's also been a member of Circe's collective, and Pre-Crisis, joined Eviless' Villainy Inc.

    The Queen of Fables 
The Queen of Fables
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AKA: Tsaritsa

Tsaritsa was originally a sorceress from another dimension until she was exiled to our world and then trapped in the Book of Fables (she was the actual evil queen from "Snow White"). Her time in the book allowed her to use bring any work of fiction to life. Awakening in modern times, this cruel tyrant hopes to reawaken her empire.


See Justice league villains page.

    Red Panzer (I-IV) 
Red Panzer (I-IV)
AKA: Helmut Streicher (1st); unknown (2nd and 3rd); Justin (4th, last name unknown)
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Originally a Nazi general, and a foe of the Golden Age Wonder Woman, the Red Panzer's legacy has long survived his death, and the fall of the Third Reich, being adopted by various Neo-Nazis and fanatics. All of them have, at some point, come into conflict with Wonder Woman and Donna.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #228. (1977)
Created By: Martin Pasko & Jose Delbo

  • Arm Cannon
  • Avenging the Villain: Red Panzer III sought to avenge his father, Red Panzer II.
  • Boomerang Bigot: The third Red Panzer had African-American ancestry. He was aware of this, and loathed himself for it.
  • Captain Ersatz: While the individual Red Panzer's have been original characters, the concept, of a red suit of armor associated with a particular ideology, and handed down from successor to successor, is very similar to that of the Crimson Dynamo, a long-running Iron Man villain.
  • Four-Star Badass: Red Panzer I was an actual Nazi general, and a capable fighter. The later versions have been Neo-Nazi thugs.
  • Freudian Excuse: Red Panzer III watched his father kill his mother over supposed imperfections in her bloodstream. This screwed him up pretty badly to say the least.
  • Gratuitous German: The name. It should either be "Rote Panzer", or "Red Armor," not the mishmash that is "Red Panzer."
  • Handicapped Badass: Streicher had a cataract in one eye. This didn't stop him from being able to take on two Wonder Women at once. Similarly, Red Panzer III had a missing arm, but could still face off against Diana and Donna.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Red Panzer.
  • Legacy Character: Four men have worn the Red Panzer's armor: Nazi General Helmut von Streicher (I), an unrevealed father (II) and son (III) and teenage Justin (IV).
  • Mad Scientist: Helmut Streicher not only wore the Red Panzer armor, he designed it, along with much of his time travel equipment.
  • Made of Indestructium: The metal alloy that forms the armor is one of Streicher's own design. It can take hits from anything.
  • No Name Given: Red Panzers II and III.
  • Only One Name: Red Panzer IV is known only as Justin.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: I, II, and III are all Nazis, and IV has to pay the idea lipservice.
  • Powered Armor: The Red Panzer armor is the one consistent thing about the men who have taken its name. It grants Super Strength, Nigh-Invulnerability, and the ability to fire concussive blasts.
  • The Power of Hate: Red Panzer II's hatred was so strong and ingrained via being distorted by the xenophobic ideologies of Adolf Hitler that he was able to resist the effects of Wonder Woman's lasso to see the truth of his actions and actually cause a fiery feedback. Not even Ares, the God and physical embodiment of War itself, could resist the effects of the lasso. His hatred actually terrified Donna Troy who was using it on him at the time.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Red Panzer IV, who doesn't believe in Nazism at all, but wears the Red Panzer armor because Vandal Savage told him to.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Where'd he get Powered Armor in 1940?
  • Tank Goodness: Panzer is German for armor; it's also short for Panzerkampfwagen, aka "Armoured War Vehicle", aka the tank.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Teenage anarchist Justin was recruited by Vandal Savage to become the fourth Red Panzer.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: There is one Red Panzer who is an anarchist and only wears the armor because it is useful. The rest are a bunch of Nazis.
  • Time Travel: Helmut Streicher first encountered Diana courtesy of one of his time travel jaunts. This ultimately resulted in a clash between him, Diana, and Hippolyta.
  • Villain Team-Up: III and IV are part of Vandal Savage's Tartarus organization.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: All the Panzers have had the swastika on their armor somewhere, typically in the middle of the helmet.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Serious elements of this with Red Panzer III towards Red Panzer II.

    Savage Fire 
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A goddess of war from the Dark Multiverse, who embodies war waged for power, profit and blood.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 5 #58. (1944)
Created By: James Robinson & Jesús Merino
Universes: Prime Earth

    Silver Swan (I-IV) 
Silver Swan I
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AKA: Helen Alexandros

Silver Swan is an enemy of Wonder Woman specializing in sonic attacks and aerial combat. As a Legacy Character, there have been four of these of these so far and each have a Freudian Excuse to fight Wonder Woman, except for the fourth who didn't even get an origin story. Formerly a ridiculed Greek ballerina, an accomplished dancer turned seductive supervillainess, the first Silver Swan, alias Helen Alexandros, fought Wonder Woman on her own as part of Ares’ pawn before joining other villains.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #288. (1982)
Created By: Roy Thomas & Gene Colan

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Helen Alexandros made herself Diana and Etta Candy's roommate to get closer to Wonder Woman.
  • Charm Person: Helen had a version of this ability that worked on men. Any man who saw her was instantly awestruck by her beauty.
  • Deal with the Devil: Helen Alexandros made a deal with Ares to become the first Silver Swan. He made her extremely beautiful, gave her Super Strength, flight and destructive audio powers, and in exchange Ares would use her as a weapon against Wonder Woman.
  • Divine Parentage: According to Ares when he granted her powers, Helena was a descendant on her mother Leda’s side from Helen of Sparta, daughter of Zeus and Leda, aka the same Helen of Troy from which she was named, giving her some degree of divine blood.
  • Does Not Like Men: Absolutely despises men for ragging on her about her looks throughout her lifetime and gleefully takes any chance to bring about their destruction, even joining Ares partially because he promised to destroy Man’s World. However she was still enamored when she encountered Dr. Psycho in his Wonder Man persona.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: As part of her blessing, Ares granted her functioning feather plumage as part of a prima ballerina costume that grants her flight.
  • Freudian Excuse: Helen became Ares's weapon against Wonder Woman out of frustration for having been born with sub-par looks in a world run by men where beauty is valued over everything else; even her own mother had bullied her because of her homely appearance. She had danced her heart out in the ancient Greek Amphitheater and overheard her superb performance dismissed out of hand by the men in charge; they consider her for Odetta in Swan Lake but rule that out because she's "ugly" and "in real life the ugly duckling never gets to play the swan." She screams out that she hates men, and Ares hears her. As part of a deal, Ares allowed Helen to change into the Silver Swan for an hour at a time, but would allow her to stay as the Swan permanently if Helen killed Wonder Woman.
  • Hollywood Homely:
    • Helen Alexandros is made out to be practically a hag in the dialogue but except in the initial origin story, in which she's small, nondescript, mousy, has stringy hair and is covered with acne, she's hardly as hideous as the men around her describe.
  • Hypocrite: Bemoans the fact the world only cares about beauty and physical looks, while later falling in love with Dr. Psycho for his looks as Wonder Man and completely overlooking him after turning back into his repulsive diminutive self. Showing despite her hatred of a superficial world, she is superficial herself.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Her whole descent into villainy was formed out of a desire to be beautiful and praised after being driven to intense bitterness over being overlooked and cruelly treated because of her homely appearance.
  • I Just Want to Be You!: Helen's story was continued thirty years later in DC's Retroactive line via the Wonder Woman - The 80s issue, which had Dr. Psycho using his powers to make Helen into Wonder Woman, albeit temporarily. Psycho stated he would make her Wonder Woman forever if she brought him the real Wonder Woman. The story ended with Helen's transformation being undone and falling to her death.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Part of her blessing from Ares grants her the ability to flight at near lightning speeds and increased strength and durability.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Helen fell in love with Dr. Psycho's projection Captain Wonder, and Psycho fell in love with Helen's Silver Swan form. After her powers were removed, Helen searched for Captain Wonder but found Dr. Psycho instead who repulsed her, continuing her search despite the fact Captain Wonder did not exist.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Each Silver Swan has the ability to create powerful sound waves with her voice. Their "swan songs" are capable of devastating a small area of land with their destructive force.
  • Ret-Gone: Helen Alexandros after Crisis on Infinite Earths where she mysteriously regained her powers, with Valerie Beaudry becoming the first Silver Swan in-universe even if she was the second version of the character.
  • Villain Team-Up: Joined with Ares and later Dr. Psycho as Wonder Man against Wonder Woman.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Helen failed to kill Wonder Woman, a disappointed Ares revoked her powers after deeming her unworthy

Silver Swan II
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AKA: Valerie Beaudry

"This pitiful circus has not concerned itself with the needy children of this city - but with promoting Princess Diana as some sort of feminine ideal no real woman could ever hope to become!"

The second Silver Swan was formerly disfigured hermit turned beauteous metahuman via a company weapons project manipulated and abused by its CEO to serve as a weapon due to a one-side infatuation.


  • Barrier Warrior: By emitting a low-level hum, Valerie can use her powers to generate a sonic shield around her body that protects her from most forms of conventional attack, including energy attacks.
  • Body Horror: Valerie Beaudry's parents were both exposed to harmful levels of radiation following a series of nuclear tests while Valerie was in the womb. As a result, Valerie was born with severe physical deformities.
  • Domestic Abuse: Valerie often underwent this while married to Armbruster, even wearing shades in civilian guise to hide her bruises.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Valerie possessed great jealousy of other women, which Armbruster encouraged Valerie's jealousy, intent on using her as a weapon to destroy the Amazon princess.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Valerie actually kept the Silver Swan name for a while and acted as a member of the superhero team called the Captains of Industry, as well as the Suicide Squad.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Her motivating trait that led her into villainy as a result of her loneliness and deformities.
  • Love Redeems: Thanks to Diana and her pen pal, Maxine Sterenbuch, who had formed a true friendship with Valerie over the years as a pen pal during her years of isolation, Valerie saw Armbruster for who he truly was and divorced him.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Each Silver Swan has the ability to create powerful sound waves with her voice. Valerie’s in particular is dependent on her willpower which at their peak could sheer a Ferris Wheel in half.
  • Put on a Bus: After offering her aid against Circe during War of the Gods event, Valerie retired her identity as the Silver Swan and eventually settled for a quiet life in suburbia, not far from her good friend Maxine.
  • Stripperiffic: Even moreso than the previous Silver Swan, with a focus on midriff cleavage and legs.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Collectively, the Silver Swans after Helen Alexandros were much more sympathetic, tragic, and ultimately turned out to not be so villainous.
  • Tragic Villain: Due to being born with severe physical deformities, Valerie isolated herself, longing for friendship and love. She was offered by a CEO Armbruster of a company to be made beautiful by volunteering to undergo treatments in a program called Project: Silver Swan. The project transformed her from the next Silver Swan, but also left her emotionally vulnerable to the amoral Ambruster of the company who mentally and physically abused her into loving and marrying him.
  • Winged Humanoid: Has luminescent wings that grant her flight and maneuverability in the air.

Silver Swan III
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AKA: Vanessa Kapatelis

A long-time fan and sidekick to Wonder Woman while she was staying in her home alongside her mother who became captured, physically augmented as a cyborg, and mentally abused into serving as the next Silver Swan.


  • Ax-Crazy: Highly volatile and sadistically destructive due to her brainwashing, to the point she openly targets civilians just to make Wonder Woman notice the deaths.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Often used as a weapon against Wonder Woman and mentally abused in showing nothing but aggression while steadily being mutilated by cybernetics.
  • Closer to Earth: Before being turned into Silver Swan, George Perez wrote and illustrated Vanessa as a realistic teenage girl.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Vanessa's story was finished in Wonder Woman #600 at her graduation, having completely recovered from her time as a cyborg and grown as a person.
  • Karma Houdini: Vanessa was never legally punished for her acts of destruction or murdering Cassandra Sandsmark’s friends after destroying her school.
  • More Than Mind Control: In Vanessa's case. Circe and Dr. Psycho played on her feelings of resentment and abandonment towards Wonder Woman in order to turn her into the third Swan.
  • Tagalong Kid: Vanessa used to be this when she was younger for Wonder Woman. She acts as a deconstruction of the trope when it’s shown how much damage is done to her and her personal life because of her affiliation with Wonder Woman to the point her mother regrets Wonder Woman being around at all. The negative aspects fueled her descent into villainy besides the mind control.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Vanessa was a victim of Circe, Doctor Psycho, and Sebastian Ballesteros, who manipulated her into becoming the third Silver Swan.
  • Winged Humanoid: Has metallic wings to fit her cybernetic enhancements.

Silver Swan IV
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AKA: Unknown

A version of the character created before the eventual DC Rebirth, this Silver Swan appeared as part of Circe’s army of rogues against Wonder Woman after the Infinite Crisis event.


  • No Name Given: The fourth Silver Swan’s name has never been revealed. Although it's believed the fourth might have been a reintroduced Helen Alexandros, who had been put in comic book limbo after the first Crisis.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her screams have been described as having the power to level cities at a time.

    Superwoman 
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Superwoman is an evil doppelganger of Wonder Woman from an alternate universe. She is a member of the Crime Syndicate, a team of super-villains paralleling the Justice League. See their page.


    Theana 
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AKA: The Beast of Hold 17

“Compassion. We have studied this. It won’t work on me, mudling.”

The daughter of Astarte, leader of the Citizenry. Theana was raised from the age of two to be a remorseless killer, by being forced to kill another child every day in order to receive food rations.


  • Abusive Parents: Her mother is horrifically abusive, and treats her daughter as a weapon and animal rather than a person. When Theana shows signs of thinking about being something more Astarte had her executed.
  • Animal Motifs: Like all the Citizenry, snakes.
  • Blood Knight: Lives to fight, as it's the only time she's ever let out of her hold. She doesn't seem to actually enjoy it though, it's just what she does.
  • Emerald Power: Wonder Woman notes that Citizenry weaponry looks and feels a lot like a Green Lantern attack. That is because unbeknownst to her the Citizenry have encountered and defeated Green Lanterns, incorporating the Oan technology into their armor. This would have given a powerful fighter like Theana quite the advantage over Wonder Woman if Wonder Woman wasn't using Citizenry tools herself during their fight, and if Theana ever figured out how to do anything besides bolster her physical attributes and attack range...which is all Wonder Woman herself figures out during her brief time with it.
  • Farmer and the Viper: Subverted. She goes for Wonder Woman's neck the moment she thinks her guard is down and gets a bruised rib for it. This is when Theana legitimately considers Wonder Woman's words, and is legitimately ready to concede either way.
  • Graceful Loser: Twice over. When beaten down by Wonder Woman, she awaits her death grimly but with dignity. When spared and even given another "chance" to kill Wonder Woman again Theana is willing to concede as she realizes this adversary who can very well kill her really can give her a better life.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: When Theana, who has had no chance to learn anything other than a mass murderer due to her horrific upbringing and enforced isolation, steps back from attacking Diana after Diana is able to talk to her about her abuse and that she could be something more Theana's mother orders her executed immediately.
  • No Social Skills: She wasn't allowed to develop any, and her interactions with those outside her mother are meant to just be her killing them.
  • One-Man Army: She is about as strong and fast as Wonder Woman and has been taught that killing is her reason for living.
  • The Spartan Way: Starting as a toddler she had to kill or be killed as part of her mother's horrific interpretation of training.
  • Transhuman: After proving herself "worthy" Theana's mother experimented on her in various ways in an attempt to make Theana as strong, tough, fast, tireless and insightful as possible. That last part is what makes it possible to reason with Theana.
  • Training from Hell: Her "training" begins with being forced to kill another child every day to receive food and escalates into forced fights with all sorts of dangerous beasts and renowned warriors
  • Tyke Bomb: Her mother conditioned her to kill from the time she was two.

    THEM! 
THEM!
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A trio of depraved lesbians led by Top Hat, the bizarre group known as THEM fought against Wonder Woman during her non-powered mod days. With Moose Mama and Pinto by Top Hat's side, THEM began a campaign of harassment against Diana for harboring a young woman they used as a slave. They only made one memorable appearance before disappearing completely after being arrested.


  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Moose Mama is very mannish in appearance and stature, and is implied to be a Drag Queen.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: Cathy, the young girl they mistreated, is seen as Cinderella while THEM are seen as the evil stepmother and stepsisters and Diana as the Fairy Godmother.
  • Parasol of Pain: Top Hat wields one.
  • Psycho Lesbian: All three of them are implied to be this, especially Top Hat.
  • Slave Collar: They make Cathy wear a dog collar around her neck and regularly used to beat her.
  • Terrible Trio: Wonder Woman dealt with them during her days as a non-powered boutique owner in the 1960s. They started harassing Diana when she began sheltering a young woman they had been keeping as a slave. THEM were stopped by the combining efforts of Tony Petrucci, a young man living in the same neighborhood, and Diana who had taken on Top Hat by herself after the other two and their brutish henchmen were taken care of. They were about as bizarre as Wonder Woman's villains could get, but only made one appearance.

    Trinity 
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Trinity is the woman with three faces, Time, War, and Chaos. Each face has its own power: Time can slow the timesteam, War can fire powerful and deadly bolts of energy, and Chaos can project illusions. Originally a member of the Society of Sin, and later Villainy, Inc., it was eventually revealed that Trinity is a living computer virus created by the Atlanteans a millennium ago inhabiting an android.

First Appearance: The New Titans Annual #6 (1990)
Created By: Marv Wolfman
Universes: New Earth

    Veronica Cale 
Veronica Cale
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" I am the American success story, Kimberly, I am rags-to-riches, I am everything the Wonder Woman pretends to be. And the difference is that I earned all of it. Through my blood, sweat and tears, I earned it. I made myself who I am. If there is a Wonder Woman in this world, and I stress if... it's me."

A billionaire perfume magnate that just happens to also be an Omnidisciplinary Scientist, Veronica Cale worked her way up from poor beginnings to become one of the richest women in the world. On account of this, she loathes Wonder Woman, whom she sees as a far inferior icon of female empowerment when compared to herself. She later become the deputy leader of Oolong Island, a commune of Mad Scientists in the Yellow Sea off the coast of China.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #196. (2003)
Created By: Greg Rucka · Drew Johnson

  • Adaptation Name Change: Veronica was placed in a Earth-Two throwback story as Veronica Callow.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Cale's ambitions and desire to be the ultimate female role model are at the core of her villainy.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Veronica has aspirations towards being the Lex Luthor to Diana's Superman, but her lack of combat skill or any real superhuman leverage, and her less than stellar planning skills tend to leave her at the mercy of more powerful villains like Circe, the Gorgons, and Dr. Psycho. She's still a very dangerous threat, but tends to find herself sidelined as soon as somebody worse shows up.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Cale is a CSA to Priscilla Rich the original Cheetah. Both are rich and famous women who are Driven by Envy of Diana's fame to become her enemy and both do so without any super powers. However, while Priscilla was shown to be a severely mentally ill woman whose actions were brought about by how society pitted women against each other, Cale was simply a petty, cynical Jerkass who simply hated Wonder Woman for daring to be more accepted than her.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Heads up a major company and uses her money to flagrantly violate the law while being highly philanthropic to hide her misdeeds.
  • Demoted to Dragon: By Chang Tzu on Oolong Island. Veronica's totally unable to stand up to him and winds up as his henchwoman for most of the arc.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father vanished after getting her mother pregnant. He appeared again when she tracked him down and blackmailed him into giving her money.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Lex Luthor.
  • The Dragon: Rebirth Cale is forced to attack Diana by Phobos and Deimos, who want to gain access to Themiscyra, and by extension Ares.
  • Driven by Envy: Much as Luthor wants to be Superman, so too does Cale want to be Wonder Woman, claiming that if a Wonder Woman exists, it has to be her, and not Diana.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her Rebirth version is a loving mother, and the plot would never have happened if Phobos and Deimos hadn't got at her daughter to get to Veronica.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She's committed murder purely to discredit Wonder Woman. Even she's disgusted by the actions of the Four Horsemen of Apokolips, and the carnage that their actions indirectly caused. She's also very specific about Medusa staying away from the President when she attacks Wonder Woman at the White House because she 'loves her country', and finds Dr. Psycho revolting.
  • Evil Genius: She certainly fancies herself one. In reality while Cale is very smart, she's not really cut out for supervillainy.
  • Expy: She's effectively Wonder Woman's version of Lex Luthor, with similar resources and motivations—though a far poorer success rate. Her envy of Diana's fame and popularity also makes her similar to Priscilla Rich, the Golden Age version of the Cheetah.
  • Freudian Excuse: Grew up as poor white trash, with a stripper mom and a deadbeat father. She clawed her way to success, while building a massive Inferiority Superiority Complex along the way.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Her motivation for loathing Wonder Woman is essentially this—Wonder Woman is an immortal superpowerful princess who can talk to animals while Veronica had to work her way up from being white trash.
  • Hypocrite: Rails about female empowerment... and employs Dr. Psycho, a convicted rapist. Bashes Wonder Woman for promoting "perverse sexuality"... and sleeps with a senator in order to get her way.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Cold and chilling.
  • It's All About Me: Veronica is willing to try killing one of the world's greatest superheroes, endangering thousands in the process, just to make sure that the media talk about her when they think of powerful women.
  • Mad Scientist: Heads up a conglomerate of them.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Very good at manipulating employees and the press. When it comes to supervillains, her record gets a lot weaker.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Rocks extremely stylish business wear and an immaculate manicure, is pictured on one cover leading a guy on a leash and has the attitude to match. She also seems to get tied up by other villains enough to make William Moulton Marsden proud.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She came to really regret her part in the construction of the Four Horsemen of Apokolips, enough to attempt a Suicide by Cop.
  • My Greatest Failure: She admits to Diana that she's deeply ashamed of her role in the creation of the Four Horsemen, which given how much she hates her is saying a lot.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Cale's not a fighter, which is why she employs others to do it for her. Given what the rest of Wonder Woman's rogues are like, this is often a problem for her.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Notably averted. She's a brilliant scientist and businesswoman, but she lacks the ingenuity and natural ability to create complex devices like Mad Scientist types such as Lex Luthor and has to rely on buying or manipulating others to do the work for her.
  • President Evil: Of Oolong Island, post-52.
  • Propaganda Machine: Tried to turn the media against Wonder Woman on several occasions.
  • Rabble Rouser: Cale's plan revolved around turning the public against Wonder Woman and the Amazons, starting by creatively selecting portions of the book Diana had just published and framing sentences and partial sentences about abortion, faith and gay marriage as attacks on American values. She manages to create a mob lead by her puppet whom she then has assassinated outside the Themyscirian Embassy to make a martyr of him and multiple clubs whose members have tied their altruistic efforts to inspiration from Wondy are forcibly disbanded by outsiders.
  • Rags to Riches: A villainous version.
  • The Resenter: Believes herself to be a far better female role model than Wonder Woman is, and deeply resents Diana for being the one that women the world over idolize.
  • Self-Made Man: Cale got where she was under her own efforts, a fact that she'll never let anybody forget.
  • Single Mom Stripper: Has this for a backstory
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Her speech is still peppered with "ain'ts" and other mannerisms that betray her poorer origins.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Veronica hails from Texas and still has the accent to prove it.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Her Rebirth counterpart is this to Paula von Gunther. Both become antagonists because of their daughters being used against them (Paula's daughter was held hostage by Nazis so she could make weapons for them, while the soul of Cale's daughter was taken by Phobos and Deimos, the sons of Ares so she could find Themyscira for them).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her Rebirth incarnation is far more competent and dangerous, though with a more sympathetic excuse for her villainy.
  • Tragic Keepsake: That rope of green pearls was her mother's costume jewelry; she's been wearing them since she was fourteen and her mother died when she was sixteen.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Despite her undoubted brains, Veronica's alliances with the likes of Dr. Psycho, Ares, and Circe tend to see her forced into this role, fulfilling their agendas instead of her own.
  • The Vamp: Sleeps with a senator to manipulate him into going along with her agenda. She also has sex with a couple of scientists (Will Magnus and Baron Bug) to manipulate them into sharing their scientific designs for her own purposes.
  • Villain Team-Up: Has aligned herself with the likes of Doctor Psycho and Circe, even briefly acting as the legal guardian for Circe's daughter, Lyta. These team ups never end well.
  • Villainous Crush: On Will Magnus of the Metal Men.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Cale thinks she's Wonder Woman's Lex Luthor and accordingly, tries to act the part. Unfortunately, this consistently gets her into trouble when dealing with the actual supervillains in Wonder Woman's rogues gallery.
  • You Go, Girl!: Clearly thinks she's the heroine of one of these sorts of stories, when she's actually the villain in a comic book.

    White Magician/Mister Magik 
Thomas Asquith Randolph
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A hero whose heroics have been arranged by himself by selling stolen Star Labs and Apocalyptian tech to criminals, and those he intends to frame as villains. While it seems he may have started out as a legitimate hero he lost his way in his quest for power long before Diana came into the picture. He sees Wonder Woman as a threat to his operation, especially given her relationship to truth and unveiling lies.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2. (1992)
Created By: William Messner-Loebs
Universes: New Earth

  • Arms Dealer: The White Magician makes a living selling pilfered experimental weapons and magical upgrades to criminals in Boston.
  • Blatant Lies: Frequently, he likes to set himself up as a hero after all. An example was when he claims he set Brian on fire by accident while trying to restrain him after gleefully setting the teen alight and claiming Brian had intentionally styled himself as a super-villain with the code name "Central Processor of Death". Brian was rather a terrified if mislead teen who was completely at the mercy of Randolph through the tech he'd bought which had implanted itself in his body.
  • Big "NO!": When the White Magician's misuse of magic backfires on him and his body starts burning from the inside out he screams "NOOO! Burning- " before he loses the ability to speak as he dies.
  • Deadly Upgrade: The White Magician upgrades his physical form with dark magic in anticipation of a fight with Artemis, and it ends up burning his body out and leaving only a pile of ashes for his remains.
  • Deal with the Devil: In his quest for power he makes a deal with a demon for powerful Dark Magic.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Thomas Randolph keeps finding more and more questionably ways to increase his magical power, which eventually warps him into an inhuman monster and kills him.
  • Evil Sorcerer: White Magician is a villainous magic user whose Deal with the Devil didn't work out to his advantage.
  • Fallen Hero: By the time Diana comes across him the White Magician is a black market arms dealer working for the mob using his girlfriend in the press and engineered heroics to maintain his reputation as a hero, but in the past he really was a superhero before giving in to his desire for power and fame. When he was a hero he went by Mister Magik, before changing it to "The White Sorcerer" and then the "The White Magician"
  • Greed: While his lust for power is a powerful motivator he also really wants to make money and sees power as a means to that end. This is the reason he sells the items he then uses to frame his "villains" and the reason he ends up on the mob's payroll.
  • Hero Killer: He beat Artemis to death in his One-Winged Angel form, and Diana was in trouble against him and his puppets until Circe (as Donna Milton) showed up to even the odds.
  • Horned Humanoid: In his final form he ends up with demon like horns, reflecting the source of his ill gotten new power with Dark Magic.
  • Magic Enhancement: Randolph was already on his way to looking less than human due to his attempts to increase his dark magical power before he took from Cheetah and Cassandra Arnold's life-forces to go full One-Winged Angel.
  • Mystical High Collar: The White Magician is a magic user who wears a red-lined white cape with a popped collar that reaches just past the top of his ears.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Revealed to his Ignored Enamored Underling after his demonic transformation that he had Cheetah as his prisoner and planned to use her as a Sex Slave when it suited him.
  • Reduced to Dust: After using magic to twist himself into a musclebound demonic thing in order to defeat and kill Artemis the White Magician ends up burnt out and killed by his own dark magic and is reduced to a pile of ashes.
  • Tagalong Reporter: Deconstructed with Cassie Arnold, who tags along with White Magician and gets to be the first reporter at incidents he takes care of because he keeps her in the loop. The problem is she's reporting what White Magician tells her to in order to control public opinion on him and most of it is lies to make his murders look like acts of heroism.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The White Magician is a straight up villain masquerading as a hero with the support of his pets in the press.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: The White Magician, the villain who sabotaged Wondy's attempt to save Natasha in the last arc, has been posing as a hero in place of the missing Wonder Woman but it quickly becomes clear he's murdering people and arranging a media circus to make himself look a hero before the criminals and other unfortunates he's targeting even start their attacks.

    Widow Sazia 
Julianna Sazia nee Hutöff
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The wife of the most powerful mob boss in Boston. After her husband was assassinated by Paulie Longo she declared that she, not Paulie, would be inheriting his position. She then proved to have been the mastermind behind her husband's more clever acts and brutally hunted down those who opposed her. While she did send a trio of incredibly powerful assassins after Wonder Woman she specifically ordered them not to try and kill her to prevent bringing other heroes down on her and instead wanted them to hold her as long as possible, keep her occupied and give Sazia an opporunity to see if she could talk Diana into letting the mob war play out without intervening.

First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #84. (1994)
Created By: William Messner-Loebs
Universes: New Earth

  • The Chessmaster: She plays a long game. She pulls in multiple assassins to help her, even developing ways of traveling between dimensions to recruit new players and carefully manages the organized crime in her city even when those she's manipulating are her opponents.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Julianna decides that her husband's mob position is going to her rather than the men who killed him she starts a gang war and prepares for all sorts of contingencies, though her shining moments were the reveal she'd turned her house into a near impenetrable death trap manned by androids and her planting a bomb in her own car, which she was eventually able to use to kill her rival.
  • Karma Houdini: She orchestrates and wins a brutal mob war and the closest thing she gets to punishment was The Joker taking an interest and forcing her to work with him in chains for a couple of days which she escapes at the first opportunity.
  • Join or Die: Julianna personally makes this offer to small groups of the men once under her husband's direction, starting with those who switched loyalties to Paulie right after her husband's murder. Those who react indignantly are swiftly stabbed through the chest.
  • The Queenpin: A ruthless and clever mob boss who does away with her competition, hires superpowered temps, builds a cross dimensional portal and knows better than to start vendettas against or kill Justice League members which means she actually gets away with everything.
  • Vengeful Widow: She has the men responsible for her husband's death hunted down relentlessly, though they are also standing in her way of getting her husband's position as they killed him in order to take it themselves.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Messner-Loebs left the book she was never seen again, and while she certainly wouldn't have targeted heroes the fact is she has superpowered help, has proven incredibly hard to catch and was last seen gaining control of most of the organized crime in Boston so without Diana catching her it seems she's just gotten away with everything.

    Zara 
Zara
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" Followers of the Flame, you shall see tonight how the avenger consumes its enemies!"

High Priestess of the Cult of the Hidden Flame, Zara harbors a burning hatred for humanity, having been sold into slavery as a child. She clashed with the Golden Age Wonder Woman on a few occasions, and was a founding member of Villainy Incorporated.

First Appearance: Comic Cavalcade Vol 1 #5. (1943)
Created By: William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter
Universes: Earth-Two, New Earth, Prime Earth

  • Adaptational Badass: Golden Age Zara is a stage magician who produces unnatural fire and plays with malleable metal through tricks that make it appear as though she has unnatural powers. Most versions of Zara following this have legit fire powers.
  • Combination Attack
    • Keeps using her crimson flame on Wonder Woman no matter how many times it fails to work. But thanks to Eviless a constricting flaming chain almost kills Wonder Woman and Hippolyte when combined with the lasso of submission, as the lasso prevents them from breaking the chain and the chain from slipping the rope.
    • The combination of the crimson flame and blue hypnotic ray finally allows Hypnota to successfully hypnotize Wonder Woman.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Golden Age Zara is a glutton for everything money can buy but food, with no patience for saving or investing. While Eviless is out for conquest and revenge, Zara sets her sights on taking the fanciest possessions of the Amazons she can get her hands on, and then selling them when she gets bored.
  • Cult: Leads one
  • Evil Redhead: Pre-Crisis. Post-Crisis she's Arabic, and consequently dark haired.
  • Fiery Redhead: Pre-Crisis. She is hot-tempered, harbours a burning hatred for all of humanity, and uses flame based weaponry and attacks.
  • Foil: To Blue Snowman. While Blue Snowman seeks to build up wealth for its own sake Zara cares more about using and enjoying material goods themselves, quickly burning through any money she does come across and just as quickly discarding possessions as she gets bored of them. When left to her own devices, Blue Snowman tries to prevent as many people from getting hurt as possible in her pursuits of money, while Zara is all about hurting people because she hates the world beyond what joys she can indulge herself in. Blue Snowman prefers to hide herself away from the world in armor while Zara likes to show off her body and try out various new fashions. Blue Snowman does not like direct confrontation while Zara enjoys beating people with chains and cutting heads with swords. Blue Snowman sticks around with Eviless while Zara bails at the earliest chance. And of course unnatural blue snow to unnatural red flame.
  • Freudian Excuse: Sold into slavery as a child.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Her philosophy
  • Limited Wardrobe: Subverted, as when she's allowed to choose her own clothing she turns out to be very experimental.
  • Made a Slave: Sold into slavery as a child.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Hates all of humanity after being sold into slavery.
  • Multi-Melee Master: She specializes in wielding chains, sometimes chains that constrict to crush the bones of those they ensnare, sometimes coated in the chemical that produces her red flames, as well as swords that are always on fire.
  • Personality Powers: When Zara actually has powers, it's hard to think of many that are better represent the evils of rampant consumerism that fire.
  • Playing with Fire: Both Pre-Crisis, when it was done with pyrotechnics, and Post-Crisis when she seems to have been a genuine pyrokinetic.
  • The Resenter: Zara hates everyone on some level, but hates people in positions of authority and power most of all, regardless of what they do with it. The fact that she herself leads a cult, and a Scam Religion cult at that, has slipped her by.
  • Revenge Against Men: Subverted, she hates women just as much. Zara mostly targets men simply because there are more men in positions of power and authority to knock down, and there are more men with money to steal from.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Zara is a firm believer in it. That's why she herself deals in slavery, because she hates life that much.
  • Villain Team-Up: A founding member of Villainy Incorporated in both the Pre-and-Post-Crisis worlds.

Alternative Title(s): Circe

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