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Captain/Lieutenant/General Steven Rockwell Trevor is a DC Comics character created by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter, first appearing in All Star Comics #8 (dated December 1941).

A military man and intelligence operative, Steve Trevor is classically associated with his longtime ally (and frequent love interest) Wonder Woman. In most iterations, he's the first man Diana has ever seen, and is considered a rare male ally to the island of Themyscira.

Throughout the years, Steve's involvement in the Wonder Woman mythos has varied. Though originally introduced as a World War II-era figure, his origin has taken him as far back as World War I, or into the present-day.

Because of his prominence as a supporting character in The DCU, Steve has appeared often in other media. In live-action, he's been portrayed by Kaz Garas in the 1974 TV films, by Lyle Waggoner in the 1970s series and by Chris Pine in the DC Extended Universe.


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He provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Steve is a high-flying, death-defying manly man—but unlike many other such characters, who are often womanizing pigs, he has the utmost respect for Wonder Woman and consistently defers to her.
  • Ace Pilot: His characterization as varied over the years but his excellent piloting skills generally remain consistent. In the post-Crisis continuity his mother was also an amazing pilot, and served as one of the Women Airforce Service Pilots and a flight trainer during WWII.
  • Action Dad: Pre-Crisis Steve and Diana had a daughter named Hippolyta or "Lyta," while Steve was still serving in the Air Force as an intelligence officer.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the earlier comics, Steve was mainly a Distressed Dude. In more modern works, Steve is now an Ace Pilot with hand-to-hand combat skills (though still not on Wonder Woman's level), a gun expert, and even a spy.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In some adaptations, Steve isn't the same humble, Nice Guy but a boorish, selfish jerk.
  • Adaptational Skill: While the original Steve was an Ace Pilot and a crack shot his spy activities always had him as an Overt Operative which often resulted in him being captured and injured since his idea of a disguise was to walk into a villain's party in his full dress uniform. His Wonder Woman (Rebirth) iteration is far better at disguising his identity when doing espionage work.
  • The All-American Boy: Steve's backstory has been subject to alterations over the decades, but usually he is from a rural background, though he moved more than most due to being a Military Brat, idolized his mother and followed in her footsteps to become an Ace Pilot, has an older brother and a distant but caring veteran father and is a charming man who is incredibly respectful of everyone, save Nazis, for his entire life.
  • Amazon Chaser: Steve is an Ur-Example of this trope. In the pre-Crisis DCU, he rarely showed concern about being overpowered.
  • The Artifact: Since Marston left, the book has been adrift, but lingers (especially in adaptations) based on the name retaining some currency. Completely averted as of the New 52 and DC Rebirth, however, where Trevor has been upgraded to being the DCU's version of Nick Fury.
  • Babies Ever After: In three separate realities, he and Diana have a daughters — two are named Lyta while the other is named Stephanie aka "Stevie".
  • Badass Beard: Returned to his super spy origins and given a beard post-Flashpoint.
  • Badass Normal: Steve has battled against supernatural forces on a regular basis.
  • Battle Couple: With Wonder Woman aka Diana of Themyscira. They're usually in a relationship and fought side-by-side in most continuities including Earth-Two, Earth-One, Prime Earth.
  • Because Destiny Says So: During the Rebirth storyline, Etta notes that Steve and Diana have an odd habit of getting caught up in the other's business, and wonders (har-har) whether something's drawing them together.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Post-Crisis to Diana.
  • The Captain: Steve usually ends up promoted—in the Pre-Crisis days all the way to General before retiring after the Vietnam War—and has acted as the leader of several military units, including rather secretive ones containing superpowered agents.
  • Chick Magnet: Steve is usually considered very attractive in universe and despite him being a proper gentleman who only has eyes for Wonder Woman plenty of other women have made advances on him. This is played up in The Legend of Wonder Woman where newspapers comment on how attractive he is when interviewing him and Etta Candy calls him a "dreamboat".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Steve has shown to have a quick, dry sense of humor.
  • Death Is Cheap: Resurrected twice during the Bronze age. Specifically, he was killed by Doctor Cyber, causing Wonder Woman to relinquish her powers. Seeing her grief, the god Eros inhabited the lifeless body with his spirit and operated as Steve Howard, until his spirit was extracted from the body and Steve "died" again. Several years later, Aphrodite extracted Steve's essence from her son's memory and implanted it in the body of a Steve from another universe, overriding that Steve's (already altered) personality.
  • Demoted to Extra: Steve's visibility in comics varied through the 1970s to the 1990s, with his character either absent or sidelined in favour of fantasy and action-adventure Wonder Woman stories without romantic interests.
  • Distressed Dude: His defining trait.
  • Do-Anything Soldier: During the Golden Age of Comics Steve Trevor's job with the USAAF seemed to be a mishmash of spy, commando and ace pilot.
  • Dumb Blonde: Inverted. Steve is often depicted as a clever man who keeps his wits about him when in dangerous situations.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In one 1968 issue, Steve took a temporary Super Serum in the form of pills which gave him Flying Brick powers, and he took the name of "Patriot". Although the story ended with a hint of possible future adventures, "Patriot" never appeared again, likely due to the all-new mod Wonder Woman just being around the corner.
  • A Father to His Men: Steve started out working solo missions and rarely with the same group twice (outside of Di and Etta) but was always a firm believer in No Man Left Behind. With his promotions and eventually gaining a constant squad he's in charge of on espionage missions, he looks after them like family.
  • First Love: To Diana in the New 52 Universe.
  • Love Interest:
    • Pre-Crisis and in the New 52 Universe to Diana. Also in adaptations centered on Wonder Woman, such as the 2009 animated movie.
    • During George Perez's run, Steve was too old for the teenaged Diana; he and Etta Candy had a romantic relationship instead.
  • Generation Xerox: Steve is not the first member of his family to be a daredevil pilot that ended up washed ashore on Themyscira, the first was his mother who ended up dying there helping the Amazons defend Doom's Doorway.
  • Ghost Memory: The version of Steve that was brought to Earth-One after the local Steve seemingly died a second time eventually gains the memories of the Earth-One Steve, who had not actually passed on but was trapped in Eros' mind until what was left of him merged with his multi-verse counterpart. Multi-Verse Steve's mind was already a mess, due to injuries sustained in his home dimension and false memories crafted by the Amazons without his or Diana's knowledge, so the merger actually made him feel like a more complete person.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Steve is usually a blond, humble, self sacrificing kind of fellow.
  • Happily Married: To Wonder Woman on the Earth-2 verse (Golden Age), he was the father of their daughter Lyta/the Fury.
  • Honey Trap: To Diana's displeasure, Steve has been playing this part since Sensation Comics #10 (1942) where he went on a number of dates with and acted the foolish drunk to "Dolly", an Axis spy. It's only occasionally but he does act as a date to get close to and feed misinformation to his targets.
  • Humble Hero: Steve has shown to be a self-effacing person.
  • Hunk: Seems most prominent in Wonder Woman's Rebirth run, you should see how many times he loses his shirt between issues.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Steve Trevor is a crack shot with his service weapon, and has been shooting chains off of imprisoned allies and similar feats since the early days of Wonder Woman (1942).
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Steve has lived up to his Ace Pilot status fairly spectacularly on multiple occasions including when having to pilot while his co-pilot was possessed and on fire, while in a plane crashing into the sea, and while in a plane being torn apart by being ripped betwixt dimensions.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He usually has blue eyes and is a gentleman.
  • Interspecies Romance: The main love interest of Wonder Woman. He's a Badass Normal human while she's an Amazon demigod.
  • Living MacGuffin: Was the reason why Diana left her island, Pre-Crisis.
  • Lone Survivor: His rebirth incarnation was the only one to survive the crash onto Themyscira.
  • The Lost Lenore: Was this to Wonder Woman during her "I-Ching" period.
  • Love at First Sight: In the Golden Age, Steve fell in love with Diana at first sight, though he was suffering from a concussion and also had the knowledge that she had just saved his life. His further interactions with his "Angel" only cemented his affections.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Unlike many instances of the trope, he never suspected Diana Prince was Wonder Woman until being told.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: An ordinary human who also happens to be an Air Force pilot and spy whose main love interest is an immortal Amazon warrior.
  • Memory Wipe Exploitation: When the Steve Trevor of Earth-One (seemingly) died a second time, Hippolyta sought out a version of him from the multiverse who had suffered brain damage due to injury and brought him over and implanted false memories and patched him up to appear to be the local Steve so that her daughter would not mourn him.
  • Military Brat: Steve grew up with two parents in the military, even though WASPs like his mother wouldn't be recognized as veterans until long after the service was disbanded. Steve himself is a noted Air Force pilot and military intelligence officer.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Tall, blonde, muscular, and good-looking. Diana is a lucky woman.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: Him (an ordinary human) and Diana (an Amazon warrior blessed by Greek gods).
  • Nice Guy: Steve is usually incredibly kind and humble. In The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016) Lt. Trevor is such a genuinely kind, honorable, self-effacing guy that when a ritual was done to magically pull in an innocent to sacrifice, he was the one the magic grabbed.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: In the Golden Age Steve was usually on solo missions or paired up with Diana, but he absolutely refuses to leave anyone behind when on missions with larger groups. On missions to locate captured troops this has gotten him caught and/or injured on multiple occasions.
  • The One Guy: He was the first man to visit Themyscira and is often the only man in a group in Wonder Woman stories.
  • One True Love: Wonder Woman's central love interest who she falls for in most media they're in.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He could be a pretty good Action Hero of his own, but he just happens to have what might be the most powerful Action Girlfriend in the entire DC Universe.
  • Pretty Boy: Steve often gets comments in-universe about his attractive pretty features, though whether or not the artists get this across is another story. He becomes more ruggedly handsome over the years with his more "pretty" days tending to have been during WWII. In The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): Steve's pretty eyes and boyish charm are emphasised in this iteration, with newspapers even commenting on his pretty eyes.
  • Race Lift: One comic storyline has him as an African-American man.
  • Real Men Cook: His original (Earth-Two) iteration does most of the cooking at their home after he and Diana get married. His food seems to be universally liked by the household and guests.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: He and Diana seem back together again in DC Rebirth, but how long it lasts is up in the air.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Under Marston's pen Steve acting like he doesn't know "Di" and his "Angel" are one and the same is highly suspect, given he can recognize her by voice, can recognize her with her hair up, can recognize her with glasses on, regularly teases her about the similarities between the two and has called her by the wrong name while drugged or waking before taking note of what she's wearing. He maintains plausible deniability by never actually confronting her or confirming his "suspicions". Under later writers Steve seems to be legitimately clueless.
  • Sexy Man, Instant Harem: While most of the women besides Diana who show interest in Steve Trevor are people he'd lock in prison or shoot in the face before speaking to if he didn't have to play Honey Trap to try to learn their plans the Holliday Girls pretty much all agree he'd delectable and spend a lot of time around him, even though they'd never make a move on him and he'd never reciprocate since they all know he's in love with Diana.
  • Shirtless Captives: Steve loses his shirt a lot, and ends up captive without one rather often:
    • When Queen Clea captured Steve, Wonder Woman and the Holliday Girls she had him dressed in not but a loincloth before having him fight monsters in an arena for what she intended to be an amusing execution. He killed all her monsters and escaped alongside Diana instead.
    • When Giganta captured Steve after his mind had been thrown for a loop by Zool's malfunctioning evolution machine his shirt was nothing but tatters.
    • When the Saturnians nabbed all the men in the DC intelligence office after drugging them to sleep the next time Steve was seen he was in shorts and chains, and he and Wonder Woman broke each other's chains and freed all the slaves together.
    • When he tried to arrest Clea without knowing she'd teamed up with Giganta and was knocked out by the larger woman he woke to find himself bound to a stake with his clothing torn to bits.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: While Wonder Woman has had several boyfriends, and at least one girlfriend in most continuities Steve Trevor is interested in her and her alone, with exceptions being his post-Crisis iteration who was interested in Etta Candy and Etta Candy alone and his Adaptational Jerkass New 52 iteration.
  • The Sneaky Guy: Steve is quite good a scouting out an enemy fortification or hideout and then returning with the information without being noticed. As it's not his book though he usually finds that Diana's tactic of allowing herself to be captured and brought along by the bad guys has gotten her there first and on the rare occasions the villain has stumbled across a way of restraining her that is tricky for her to escape from he helps her out. In most modern stories, he's now a spy.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Zigzagged with Wonder Woman. Both are skilled fighters and neither one is dumb but Diana is the obvious powerhouse of the two while he's The Sneaky Guy.
  • Talented Princess, Regular Guy: Zigzagged with Wonder Woman. He's no ordinary guy, being an Air Force pilot and sometimes a spy but pales in comparison to Wondy's profile — An immortal Amazon warrior princess with divine powers who goes on to be a famous superhero.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Depending on the Artist, as Diana can be seen as taller than Steven by an inch.
  • Two First Names: "Steve" and "Trevor" can both be first names.
  • Undying Loyalty: Steve has made it clear that he will follow Diana anywhere and will always trust her.
  • Useless Boyfriend: Before Crisis On Infinite Earths he was this trope's poster boy. He ended up rescued by Wonder Woman as often as Lois Lane was by Superman (which, of course, makes him no more "useless" than Lois, but sexist expectations are a thing). Eventually (pre-Infinite Crisis) they wrote him out of the series, even marrying him to Wonder Woman's female sidekick, Etta Candy.
  • Working with the Ex: With Diana in the Justice League in the New 52 Universe.


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