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Avenger Goddess by Reyel is a crossover between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Wonder Woman (later adding at least some elements of the X-Men Film Series into the plot), transplanting Wonder Woman and some of her direct unique adversaries into the MCU. The storyline starts with a "flash-forward" to the final battle against Ares, and then goes on to both look at how Wonder Woman bonded with the Howling Commandos in the Second World War and some notable events that happened to her in the late nineties/early 2000s as the Avengers come together.


The author has also written Avenger of Steel, a story that serves as a Foil to this one as it adds Superman to another version of the MCU.

Avenger Goddess provides examples of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: In flashbacks to the ancient world, Sekhmet muses that she would not be surprised to learn that people only look at Hathor's heart because of her massive cleavage.
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: In chapter 24, Tony kills a Grootslang- a giant creature that is half-elephant and half-snake- by dropping a diamond stalagtite on it in such a manner that the elephant and snake halves are cleanly separated.
  • Action Girl: When the story-line features Wonder Woman it would be surprising if this didn't apply, but Peggy gets her moments, and Natalia takes an extra level of badass when she is essentially adopted by Diana as a child, becoming the leader of a S.H.I.E.L.D. team known as "the Amazons" consisting of her former "classmates" in the Red Room..
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  • Affably Evil: The Skull and Paula von Gunther each make an attempt at this to win Diana to their side, although they always make their military intentions plain and Diana swiftly rejects their offer to join them.
  • All Myths Are True: Diana explains as such to Tony, though she also makes it clear that many details have been warped or invented over the centuries.
  • Anachronic Order: The story so far has primarily focused on Wonder Woman's first meeting with Steve Rogers in 1944 and her subsequent role in the Second World War, but certain chapters have also looked at her life in the early nineties after Howard Stark's death as she hunts for the Winter Soldier and essentially adopts the future Black Widow, and the conclusion of that story-line sees the secondary story "jump" to her peripheral role in the events that led to Tony taking his first steps to becoming Iron Man.
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  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Quite a few people call Howard in particular out on this, as he is willing to accept the reality of Schmidt's advanced weaponry but still tries to find a scientific explanation for the Amazons' abilities despite Diana's insistence that it's magic.
  • Arc Welding: Diana reveals that the Ten Rings draw their name and origins from a set of magic rings stolen from K'un L'un by the founders of the Hand when they were exiled.
  • Badass Adorable: After Diana captures/rescues Natalia during the Red Room's initial assassination attempt, she muses that the small assassin is actually adorable even as she's yelling angrily at Diana; Natalia uses this to her advantage during a later trip to Disneyland when she confronts a group of terrorists wearing a borrowed Captain America costume.
  • Badass Normal: The Howling Commandos and Peggy Carter might only be human, but they continue to fight alongside Captain America, Wonder Woman, and James Howlett as the war escalates.
  • Bi the Way: Diana had brief dates with other Amazons while she was growing up, but she swiftly falls in love with Steve after meeting him.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: According to Diana, this is what makes the fae so dangerous, in addition to their magic — their sense of right and wrong, or punishment and reward, is utterly alien and nearly impossible for anyone else to understand.
  • Body Horror:
    • The Red Skull has created his own version of the Super Soldier Serum using the energy of the tesseract that mutates its subjects into Hulk-esque monsters.
    • A lesser example in Auschwitz, as the only way for James Howlett to get a radio in with him was to hide a specially designed radio inside his own body that would shock him when the time comes for him to take it out and communicate with Peggy Carter.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Hinted at in chapter 24; Diana observes that Tony needs to learn some actual combat techniques so that he isn't purely reliant on the more obvious advantages of the armour in case he ever faces someone who can match the armor physically.
  • Brainy Brunette: Diana and Peggy qualify; by the 1990s, Diana has gathered a wide range of knowledge of ancient cultures and artifacts, and Peggy, despite approaching retirement, still has enough contacts to provide Diana with everything currently known about the Winter Soldier.
  • Broken Bird: A lesser example of this in the 1990s story-line, as Diana felt that many of her allies in the Howling Commandos lost their way after Steve's death, such as with Howard's role in the Manhattan Project or Peggy condoning the plans to recruit Nazi scientists after the war ended, prompting her to withdraw from S.H.I.E.L.D. and her role as Wonder Woman after the war ended as she no longer knew if mankind was worth fighting for.
  • Bullet Catch: Diana demonstrates this when she, Howard and Peggy are attacked by HYDRA agents (with her bracelets).
  • Canon Welding: As well as bringing Wonder Woman into the MCU, this fic also includes elements of the X-Men Film Series, starting when the Howling Commandos meet James Howlett and Eric Lensherr in Auschwitz.
  • Child Soldiers:
    • From a certain perspective; Eric Lensherr stays with the Howling Commandos after they rescue him from Auschwitz, but this is clearly stated to be because they recognise it would be dangerous to leave him anywhere else and risk him getting recaptured by HYDRA rather than because they want to use his powers.
    • The victims of the Red Room are a straight example, preteens brainwashed to such an extent they will kill or even suicide bomb on demand.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: As in the original film, Diana adopts glasses as part of a disguise while in London.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When she is called out on her lack of honour in combat while fighting Temujin, the son of the Mandarin, Natasha muses that Diana has taught her that the goal of any battle should be victory at any cost, with rules only mattering in tournaments rather than genuine conflict.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Particularly shown in the 1990s storyline, when Diana lives up to her "Godkiller" alias by tearing through the forces of anyone with any kind of connection to the Winter Soldier to try and find the assassin who killed her last living brother.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: What Diana ends up doing for a very young Natasha, breaking her brainwashing and teaching her there is more to life than obedience to the Red Room and Madame B. That's not to say adult Natasha isn't as lethal as her canon self but she fights for a just cause and having been saved much earlier doesn't have the "red in her ledger."
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Natasha uses this to her advantage in the 1990s story-line when she and Diana intercept a terrorist attack on Disneyland, and Diana keeps a photograph from that trip showing Natasha being hugged by Pluto as a demonstration of how Natasha isn't always a badass.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In chapter 24, Diana attempts to use this to convince a Grootslang to stand down after it reveals that it attacked a nearby village only because the locals destroyed its last clutch of eggs, but the Grootslang will not be satisfied unless all humans are destroyed.
  • Drunk with Power: Paula Von Gunther attempts to use Ares's Gauntlet to match Diana in battle, but the Gauntlet enhances power at the cost of sanity, which leads to Paula becoming so enraged that she loses her focus on the fight, allowing Diana to outmaneuver and defeat her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Indirectly; Diana witnessed a fight between Happy Hogan and Battlin' Jack Murdock in the early 1990s, and Happy mentions that Murdock was reportedly killed by the mob.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Apep is presented as this, being described as massive enough to devour stars whole, having Complete Immortality (something even the gods lack), being powerful enough that only Ra (who is a Celestial) can match him in power, and being of unclear origins, with no one having any idea where he came from.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The Wakandans have no fear about giving Howard access to their technology, as they recognise that Howard would prefer to create his own inventions inspired by what he has seen and working to surpass Wakanda on his own, rather than try to steal anything to reverse-engineer it directly.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • The Red Skull clearly demonstrates this when he initially learns of Diana's appearance in the war; despite the fact that she was clearly fighting alongside Captain America, Schmidt is certain that he can win this "goddess" to his side by offering her power, incapable of comprehending the idea that she might not want that.
    • Paula von Gunther is genuinely incapable of understanding why Wonder Woman would object to the death of Howard Stark, one of her last still-living allies from the Second World War and a man Diana considered a brother; Diana explicitly tells Paula that if she has to ask why Diana would care if a particular mortal died, no answer she can give would make Paula understand.
    • Ares makes it clear that he believes Diana will inevitably serve him as she is nothing but Zeus's weapon against him while he is the master of all weapons, unable to comprehend how her humanity will drive her to oppose him.
  • Evil Former Friend: Flashbacks in chapter 23 confirm that Sekhmet and Bast were close when they first came to Wakanda before Sekhmet tried to lead Wakanda on a path of conquest.
  • The Fair Folk: Diana confirms to Tony that they exist, and are very much the traditional fearsome kind rather than the Disney version.
  • Fish out of Water: Diana essentially assumes this role early in the 1944 portion of the storyline, as she has to learn how the rest of the world works once she has left Thermyscira.
  • Foil: This entire fic is essentially a foil to the author's first fic, Avenger of Steel, which saw Superman joining the Avengers; where Diana is active as a hero long before the Avengers are formed, Kal-El only goes public when Zod comes to Earth after the Battle of New York, with the result that he is essentially the Avengers' over-powered "little brother", learning from the rest of the team despite being far more powerful than any of his teammates.
  • For the Evulz: Under the Lasso, Madame B admits that she ordered one of her students to shoot the girl's own little sister because she thought it would be funny.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Witnessing Schmidt's experiments at recreating the Super Soldier Serum using the energy of the Tesseract, Howard recalls some of his and Erskine's earlier experiments with the serum, recalling a time he contemplated using gamma rays with the serum before he dismissed them due to the potentially mutative side-effects...
    • It can hardly be a coincidence that Sekhmet, the violent cat-goddess of Wakanda, is represented by a cheetah.
    • Howard devises a set of gloves with vibranium sheaths for Logan's claws.
    • Aside from Schmidt, the sole survivor of HYDRA's attack on Wakanda is Colonel Fritz Klaue, who vows vengeance on the country even if his descendants have to carry out his vow.
  • Fusion Fic: Between Wonder Woman (2017) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Chapter 23 reveals that Sekhmet only became the figure of violence she is now in an attempt to stop Ares by letting herself be consumed by Wrath in the belief that she could defeat him.
  • Groin Attack: When confronting terrorists at Disneyland in 1992, Natalia stabs one of them in the groin with a broken plastic copy of Captain America's shield.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Disregarded as Diana prefers to fight hand-to-hand, to the point of explicitly stating that she doesn't like guns.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Diana is constantly unable to accept that humanity could commit the Germans' crimes of their own accord, when canon affirms that all Ares did was give everyone involved a nudge. This is particularly referenced in chapter 21, when Tony first learns of Diana's real history and finds himself wondering how she must have felt when her desperate hope to end war by killing Ares proved to be impossible.
  • Info Dump: A large chunk of Chapter 24 is Diana explaining to Tony the true nature of the world's mythological beings.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Comes up from Diana more than once after her centuries of living on Thermyscira, to the point that she doesn't realize why Eric Lensherr became uncomfortable at the idea of accompanying her and Peggy to the baths in Wakanda.
  • Internal Reveal: The moment when Tony discovers a photograph of the Howling Commandos among his father's things and recognizes Diana from the day after his parents' funeral.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Howard Stark might come across as sexist, but even after Diana parted company with him for his role in the Manhattan Project and similar weapons programs, she was one of the first people he contacted after Tony was born, and Diana still considered him as much her "brother" as the rest of the Howling Commandos, swiftly acknowledging Peggy's point that Howard wouldn't recreate the super-soldier serum just because he wanted to make money from it.
  • Kill the God: The story opens with Diana's battle against Ares. No surprises what she does to him. She's even refered to as "the Godkiller".
  • Love Triangle: Comes up when Diana admits to Peggy that she's in love with Steve, but Peggy uses the Lasso to affirm that she might care for Steve, but she isn't in love with him, and she assures Diana that she will accept Diana pursuing him.
  • Mad Doctor: Zola and Schmidt explore this from different angles as they combine their expertise to create new weapons, both technological and biological.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Fury tries to be this, but his efforts are thrown because he has no knowledge of the Godkiller/Wonder Woman beyond that Howard Stark and Peggy Carter must have edited S.H.I.E.L.D. records about her to keep such knowledge secret.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The 1944 story-line sees Diana meeting Erik Lensherr, the future Magneto, and T'Chaka, who will become the father of Avengers ally T'Challa, while both are just children.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Diana's relationships have been subject to this on a few occasions:
    • When Diana visits Tony immediately after his parents' funeral, he initially assumes that she is Howard's mistress before she violently corrects that assumption.
    • When meeting Diana for the first time, Clint wonders if she and Natasha are dating as he's ignorant of their more detailed history, prompting exaggerated expressions of disgust from both.
    • When Diana attends Tony's charity gala, everyone assumes she's his newest fling. With Pepper, at least, she takes steps to correct this misconception.
      • Of course, this doesn't stop at least one tabloid later speculating that Diana, Tony and Pepper left a party to have a threesome...
  • Monster Sob Story: In chapter 24, Diana and Tony face a Grootslang, a monstrous creature that is part-elephant part-snake in appearance; the creature argues that it has been hunted by gods for centuries when its ancestors were the ones who committed crimes when it has done nothing, but although Diana has some degree of sympathy when it reveals that it destroyed a nearby village after the locals destroyed its last clutch of eggs, she cannot countenance its declared intent to kill all humans in response.
  • Mythology Gag: In his first meeting with Diana, Clint observes that half the problems that occurred in Greek mythology are the result of Zeus being unable to keep it in his pants.
  • Noodle Incident: Between the end of the Second World War and her adopting Natalia, Diana acquired various powerful artefacts, recalling how she battled the minions of Arachne and a Sphinx to retrieve the Sword of Athena and the Shield of Achilles respectively.
  • Oblivious to Love: Flashbacks show that Thoth was oblivious to Maat's interest in him, much to Sekhmet's amusement.
  • One of the Boys: The Howling Commandos soon become used to having Diana on the team with them, treating her as a valued comrade even as they witness her more impressive feats, showing no serious concern about her gender or greater powers.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Diana explains that "demon" is a broad term for beings from many different worlds and Realms.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: According to Diana, there are many different types of dragons.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Diana states that there are many different breeds of vampire in the world.
  • Physical God: Ares counts as one, though the Olympians now fall under the category of sufficiently advanced aliens.
  • Place of Power: It is strongly implied that Wakanda is this for Eric Lensherr, as he is keenly aware of the vibranium all around him.
  • Precision F-Strike: How Diana sums up her explanation to Tony about The Fair Folk.
    Diana: Fuck Tinkerbell is what I'm saying.
  • Properly Paranoid: Fury is so paranoid he is even concerned about his lack of knowledge of Wonder Woman despite the fact that he knows that only Howard Stark and Peggy Carter could be responsible for the lack of information on her he's found so far.
  • Reality Ensues: A Super Soldier's Healing Factor works so fast that it occasionally has its drawbacks, like broken bones knitting themselves back together in the wrong place and then having to be broken again so that they can be reset properly. As seen when Schmidt suffers this during the fight in Wakanda.
  • Red Baron: Diana is known as The Godkiller.
  • Relative Error: In a sense; Diana might not be a biological relative of Howard Stark or Natasha, but she considers them her family to the point that she is disgusted and outraged at the implication that she might have been romantically involved with either
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Hinted at for Peggy; she starts to show signs of her future senility when she says that Howard always gets into trouble when she and Diana were talking about Tony.
  • Shipper on Deck: Diana actively encourages Pepper to hook up with Tony, after seeing the mutual feelings they have for each other.
  • Shipping Torpedo: When she realizes that Diana is in love with Steve, Peggy puts her own feelings aside after "testing" herself with the Lasso of Hestia, recognizing that Diana's love for Steve is stronger than what Peggy feels for him at this point.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Heliopolitans (the Egyptian gods) used a Stargate to make travel between their world and Earth easier.
    • When asked if vampires are real, Diana confirms that there are several vampire species in existence but they are generally dealt with by their own enemies, privately musing that the Daywalker has things under control most of the time.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: When Stane double-crosses Raza like in canon, the attempt by his men to finish the terrorist off are interrupted by what appears to be Circe, who saves Raza and takes him with her.
  • Spit Take: When she overhears Clint's comment that most problems in Greek mythology stem from Zeus being unable to keep it in his pants (to Diana, who is of course Zeus' daughter), Natasha chokes on her champagne.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: The Olympians and the Egyptian gods (including Bast, who's also worshiped in Wakanda) are revealed to be, like the Asgardians, merely visitors to Earth from other worlds. Later, this is stated to also be the case with the Tuatha de Danann (the Celtic gods) as well.
  • Team Mom: Diana seems set to become this for at least a third of the original Avengers, as she is essentially the adopted mother of the Black Widow and has all-but-explicitly stated that she considers Tony to be her nephew due to her regarding Howard as a brother.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Through training from Diana (received in the 1940s and the 1990s respectively), Peggy and Natasha each enhance their already-formidable combat skills with Amazon fighting techniques, allowing Peggy to defeat the Hydra assassin Warrior Woman and Natasha to battle the son of the true Mandarin, each woman winning their respective fights with far greater ease than if Diana hadn't taught them anything.
    • On a negative note, Ares gives Schmidt a few subtle prompts that allow him to use the Tesseract to teleport himself and others, rather than just using it as a power source, although it is doubtful Schmidt is aware of this to the point that he could do it on his own.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: In 1944, the Howling Commandos arrive at Auschwitz while Erik Lensherr is still learning what he is fully capable of, and witness him hurl a mass of metal at the HYDRA soldiers.
  • Tyke Bomb:
    • Natasha is raised as this for the early years of her life by the Red Room, but she and the other students are rescued by Diana in 1992, and by 2010 have become a special "Amazon" division of S.H.I.E.L.D. loyal to Diana above all else and taught how to fight the Amazon way.
    • Could also apply to Eric, except that HYDRA were just curious about his DNA rather than trying to use him as a weapon himself, and the Howling Commandos have never shown any interest in having him become a weapon even if they recognize his power, keeping him back from the Battle for Wakanda and only asking for his help when Howard and Peggy need to evacuate the royal family and the hanger door is sealed shut by every means other than Eric's powers.
  • Unstoppable Rage: During the Battle of Wakanda, Logan tears his way through HYDRA's Iron Cross legion — essentially WW2-era Iron Men — because his powers and rage mean that he literally won't stop until they're dead despite their greater physical power.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Chapter 23 confirms that for all his grand ambitions, Schmidt is just Ares' unknown pawn, provoking conflict to test or break Diana.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Diana starts out like this, believing that all the evils in the world came from Ares and all she had to do was kill him and everything would be okay. After Steve's death and half a century of horrors following her killing Ares, she's long past this. She even muses how foolish and naive she was back then.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Ares engineering Sekhmet's awakening and Diana being there to fight her is this. No matter what happens, it will end with a goddess dying in combat, thus massively empowering him. Bast outmaneuvers him on this, instead intervening so that Sekhmet is instead banished from Earth back to Heliopolis, ending the fight in a draw.


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