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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 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.


Steve Trevor has appeared in:

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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 the Air Force as an intelligence officer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Two First Names: "Steve" and "Trevor" can both be first names.
  • Undying Loyalty: Steve has made it clear that he 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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