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Artemis of Bana-Mighdall is an Amazon who briefly took on the title of Wonder Woman and acts as a more violent contrast to Diana. She is a DC Comics character who was created by William Messner-Loebs and Mike Deodato, Jr. and first appeared in Wonder Woman Vol 2 90, which was published in 1994.

The Bana-Mighdall are a tribe of Amazons who split from those on Themyscira in antiquity because they chose revenge against the surviving perpetrators of the brutal attack on their people led by Hercules and lost their immortality as a result. Their culture is extremely misandrist and more violent than that of the Themyscirans, who value peace, ingenuity and the message of love above all. The rediscovery of the Bana-Mighdall led to Artemis challenging Diana for the responsibility and title of Wonder Woman, as she felt Diana's approach to her mission was too passive.

She is also known as Requiem, Artemis Grace and temporarily as Shim'Tar, Champion of Bana-Mighdall while Akila was incapacitated.

She is not to be confused with her namesake Greek deity Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, or with Artemis Crock, who started out as the villainous Tigress before being made famous as a young hero in Young Justice.


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Artemis provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: She's an Amazon after all.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Prior to Flashpoint most of Artemis' costumes included at least a little bit of green, and green combined with her red hair was her signature look. After her reintroduction she's in red and black. She's been seen decked in red before, but only in Elseworlds style tales and Flashpoint.
  • Adaptational Modesty: She achieved that pinnacle of Amazonian costuming and acquired pants in DC Rebirth, something even Wonder Woman can't claim. Both she and Di previously got pants in Wonder Woman: Odyssey, but those costumes didn't last beyond the storyline and her pants there were a part of her costume being a recoloring of Diana's to highlight their status as rivals.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Her exact ethnicity is never specified but the Bana-Mighdall Amazons are from Egypt and have been there since antiquity, making her red hair really stick out when she's with her tribe.
  • An Axe to Grind: In Rebirth she has a giant god forged battle axe she names Mistress.
  • Archer Archetype: Well known for using a bow and arrow in combat. In Redhood And The Outlaws Rebirth title she gains a magical Bow with fire powers made by the god Ra.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: Took over as Wonder Woman for a brief time during The '90s.
  • Black Magic: Has some working knowledge of demonic sorcery after her time in Hell.
  • Blood Knight: She absolutely loves a good fight.
  • Breakout Character: Was initially just an antiheroic replacement for Diana. Now one of the most beloved Amazon characters in the WW mythos. She even had her own miniseries.
  • I Call It "Vera": She likes to name her weapons, if they're not already named when she gets them. For instance her axe is Mistress, and her lasso, which was previously called the Lasso of Submission, she and Diana renamed to the Golden Promise.
  • Character Development: While she started out as one of the Bana lest likely to turn their misandrist views into outright murder and was perfectly willing to save men from danger she still considered men inferior and distasteful. The longer she spends with the Themyscirans and society at large the more she starts losing some of her misandrist views.
  • Demon Lordsand Archdevils: After dying and ending up in Hell, she briefly serves as a general/fiance of a demon lord named Dalkriig-Hath. Diana convinces her to quit and return to Earth.
  • Does Not Like Men: One of the more vocally misandrist Amazons, though she gets over it soon enough by getting sexually involved with various males.
  • Escaped from Hell: Basically resurrected herself by escaping Hell and crawling out of her own grave, also rescuing an unconscious Diana in the process.
  • Expy: Of Zealot from Wild CATS. Both are super powered members of female warrior tribes and both debuted in the 90s. Artemis' hairstyle is even based on Zealot's.
    • She is also based on an Amazon character from the 70s named Orana. Like Artemis, Orana was a red-haired Amazon who challenged and defeated Diana for the role of Wonder Woman and was killed in the line of duty. Unlike, Artemis, Orana was not resurrected.
  • Fiery Redhead: Redhead with a well deserved reputation for jumping into things half-cocked, and loudly with a particular love of a good fight.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The general public does not take kindly to this more vicious and abrasive Wonder Woman to the point the Justice League refuses to acknowledge her as a viable replacement for Diana.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Debuted in 1994, six decades after Wonder Woman's conception. She is also the most popular of the Bana-Mighdall despite not debuting in the comic run where the Bana introduced.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Her Mistress and later in Rebirth she gains the Bow Of Ra.
  • Improvised Weapon: She once made a weapon similar to a meteor hammer out of her hair and one of the skulls on her outfit. Since the skull was made of silver, she was able to use it to injure the demon lord Neron.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Artemis is brash, violent, ruthless, crass, and spiteful. Even so, she still cares about defending innocents and takes her short tenure as Wonder Woman seriously.
  • Legacy Character: During the 1990s, the Wonder Woman mantle was briefly passed to Artemis before she was killed off.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark feminine to Diana's light. Where Diana is warm, friendly and kind, Artemis is brash, crude and impulsive.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Her go-to weapon is a bow when she has one, but she's usually carrying a pair of sai, a broadsword and giant battleaxe as well and she's very good at wielding them which gives her Super Strength a multiplier in a fight.
  • Nineties Antihero: Is much more violent and brooding than Diana, and very quick to use lethal force and irreverent over civilians who end up in harms way. Bonus points for being introduced during the 90s run.
  • Noble Bigot: Her dislike of men and rampant misandry doesn't stop her from saving them from danger. She has also expressed romantic interest in multiple men despite outwardly decrying all men as stupid and inferior.
  • Nothing but Skulls: Had a prominent skull motif prior to being retgonned by Flashpoint.
  • One Steve Limit: Not only does Artemis share her name with the Greek goddess of the hunt, but she also shares her name with three other characters; Amazon character named Artemis whose corpse was reanimated and forced to fight Diana in a pre-crisis story; Artemis Crock aka Tigress from Justice Society of America and Young Justice; and Artemiz a Female Fury who first appeared in John Ostrander's Suicide Squad.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Bana prize fighting skills above all else and Artemis is one of their best fighters.
  • Rapunzel Hair: To a ridiculous extent, almost to Starfire levels in some panels and beyond in others where it makes no sense that she's able to walk around without at least a foot of it dragging on the ground.
    • Hilariously parodied here.
  • Redhead In Green: Prior to Flashpoint most of her costumes and armor contained a significant amount of green to look nice with her red hair. In animated adaptions and group shots of Amazons fighting she's usually easy to pick out as the grinning Amazon with a long red ponytail wearing green.
  • Red Is Heroic: Her red hair is her most distinguishing feature. She also wears red and black currently.
  • Retgone: At the start of the New 52, Artemis was replaced by a similar looking Amazon named Aleka, who was actually much more crueler and contemptuous of Diana, frequently mocking her by calling her "Clay." As part of DC Rebirth, Artemis was brought back in Red Hood and the Outlaws.
  • Rise from Your Grave: She crawled out of her own grave after fighting her way back to life.
  • The Rival: She was introduced as a less scrupulous rival for Diana, who believed she could better carry out Wonder Woman's mission than the princess and challenged her for the title and responsibility.
  • Sai Guy: One of her preferred weapons are a pair of sai.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She's a major player with ludicrously long red locks and bright green eyes.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Her costume is decorated with spikes. Subverted, as she's not evil.
  • Stripperiffic: Her outfits tend to be quite a bit skimpier than Diana's, showing off much of her shapely rear end. Thankfully averted as of DC Rebirth where she finally gets pants as part of her default outfit.
  • Sucksessor: Artemis' tenure as Wonder Woman was marred criticism from the public and even other superheroes due to her antisocial personality and excessive use of violence which often made situations worse. Batman refused to let her sit in at Justice League meetings and Diana's own sister Donna Troy voiced her disapproval of Artemis. To add insult to injury, the only reason Artemis was actually given the title of Wonder Woman was because Hippolyta was trying to prevent a vision of Diana's death from coming true.
  • Super Strength: The Bana-Mighdall lost their immortality when they split from Themyscira but passed down the strength granted to the tribe to their descendants. While that strength is waning for many members of the tribe Artemis isn't one of them, and is considered their strongest member.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Was this to Orana as mentioned above. Has one in Aleka from the New 52 Wonder Woman run.
  • Token Heroic Orc: One of the only Bana characters to ever be portrayed positively.
  • Tom Boy And Girly Girl: When teaming up with Diana she is the Tomboy to Diana's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: How she usually wears her hair.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Eventually becomes this with Diana.
  • Unexpected Successor: Eventually becomes Polemarch (leader of the military, essentially), one of two joint leaders of Themyscira after Hippolyta steps down and dissolves the monarchy.
  • White Sheep: While Bana-Mighdall Amazons in general were treated as more of a persecuted race than Always Chaotic Evil after George Pérez left the book, Artemis remains the White Sheep of the tribe... comparatively speaking. Akila, their champion, is also more decent than the average, preferring scholarship to war.

Artemis: Requiem provides examples of:

  • Demon Slaying: The title sees the titular character team up with an organization of demon hunters known as the Hellenders.
  • Spin-Off: Her own six issue miniseries called Artemis: Requiem spun out of her Wonder Woman appearances.

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