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. Most notably, he's portrayed by Chris Pine in the 2017 Wonder Woman film, and by Lyle Waggoner in the classic 1975 series.
Steve Trevor has appeared in:
- Sensation Comics (1942 — 1951)
- Wonder Woman (various runs):
- Flashpoint (2011)
- Justice League of America vol. 3 (2013 — 2014)
- DC Comics Bombshells (2015 — 2017)
- The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016)
- Wonder Woman: Earth One (2016)
- Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor Special (2017)
- The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985), voiced by Sidney Miller
- Justice League (2001 — 2004), voiced by Patrick Duffy
- Wonder Woman (2009), voiced by Nathan Fillion
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2011), voiced by Sean Donnellan
- DC Animated Movie Universe, voiced by various actors:
- Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015), voiced by Tahmoh Penikett
- DC Super Hero Girls (2015 — 2018), voiced by Josh Keaton
He provides examples of:
- 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.
- The Ace: Steve is a high-flying, death-defying manly manbut unlike many other such characters, who are often womanizing pigs, he has the utmost respect for Wonder Woman and consistently defers to her.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, Diana wanted to escort him back to United States because she was in love with him...despite she did not see him awoken since then.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.