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Center: Diana herself.
L - R, top to bottom: She-Ra, Xena, Nariko, Sif
Wonder Woman is more than well known for being the first comic book superheroine and for setting the stage for more female heroes to come after her, whether as original characters or a Distaff Counterpart to a male hero. However, some comic writers in other companies take some inspiration from the character herself when creating their own superhero universe. Indeed, most creators often copy from Diana's origins, powers, costume, and even her whole supporting cast to make essentially an Expy.

Across various comic companies, there are many a Captain Ersatz of Wonder Woman in some form. No matter if this character in question is played straight, parodied, or deconstructed, there will be a female superhero that takes cues from the Amazing Amazon.

These characters often include the following traits:

See also: Superman Substitute, Batman Parody, Spider-Man Send-Up, The Fantastic Faux, HULK MASH!-Up, and Wolverine Wannabe for more superhero expies.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Sailor Moon: Much like Goku is noted to be similar to Superman, people have suspected Usagi draws influence from Wonder Woman. Since they both use their tiaras as weapons, are strong physical fighters, have magic powers, have a Transformation Sequence, get Bound and Gagged a lot, have big red boots and use The Power of Love. Though the similarities end there. Wonder Woman and Sailor Moon are also connected in a roundabout way as Naoko Takeuchi revealed she was partly inspired by She-Ra while making Sailor Moon and She-Ra is inspired by Wonder Woman herself.
  • Project A-ko's parents are Lawyer Friendly Cameos of Superman and Wonder Woman. The manga adaptation even calls them Diana and Clark.
  • One Piece’s Boa Hancock checks most of the Wonder Woman boxes she’s the World's Most Beautiful Woman, she’s a unmatched hand to hand combatant and she’s the leader of a tribe of Amazons the Kuja who live on a secluded island populated by women and her powers are directly inspired by Greek Mythology. Though Hancock’s personality is much crueler and more man-hating than most depictions of Diana. Though like Wonder Woman, Hancock does falls for one good hearted man whom she leaves her island for.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics:
  • Big Barda from the New Gods created in 1971 by Jack Kirby. Though Barda exists the same universe as Wonder Woman she has been noted to be very similar, being a Statuesque Stunner and powerful melee fighter who serve as the Action Girlfriend to their physically weaker partners Steve Trevor and Mister Miracle respectively. Fittingly Barda has frequently been a Friendly Rival to Diana in their several encounters together.
  • Alan Moore's Promethea has some elements in common with Diana as both are warrior women whose stories focus on mythology and magic.
    • Promethea is actually based on Moore's plan for Extreme Entertainment Glory - see below - but company went bankrupt. So, Moore took his ideas and founded a new company, America's Best Comics, and created Promethea. This is origin story for several other ABC books, like Top 10 (based on an unnamed concept of making a superhero police procedural) and Tom Strong was based on Moore's ideas for Prophet.
  • Winged Victory from Astro City. She's empowered by the Council of Nike (the collective Hive Mind of several women) to defend women's rights and empowerment.
  • Glory from Image Comics was always based around Wonder Woman (a Greek demi-goddess [who was also half-demon] who went to Earth and became a superhero), but it became even more blatant once Alan Moore began writing her. Moore did so through introducing characters based off of Wonder Woman (specifically the the Golden Age version)'s own supporting cast, like "The Danger Damsels" being counterparts of the Holliday College girls, archenemy Madame Melissa Von Manacle an Expy of Paula Von Gunther and Glory's boyfriend Trevor is also a blatant Steve Trevor copy.
  • Queen Maeve from The Boys is a Corrupted Character Copy of Wonder Woman. She is an alcoholic Broken Bird who genuinely wanted to be a hero, but various terrible circumstances have driven her to complete apathy. Despite that, though, she's still the Token Good Teammate of the rest of the Seven.
  • Isis from the Captain Marvel comics, a Canon Immigrant from the TV series is a pretty blatant Wonder Woman-analogue with Greco-Roman origins being swapped for Egyptian mythology. Granted Isis’ powers at least fairly different to Diana with control over nature and telekinesis besides the usual enhanced strength, toughness and flight.
  • Zealot (Zannah of Khera) from Wild CATS is a Darker and Edgier version of Wonder Woman, a superpowered swordswoman from an all-female warrior sect of the Kherubim alien culture, who is a tough soldier with no hesitation about dicing her enemies.
  • Eric Stanton created a pornographic parody called Blunder Broad that played up the bondage elements with her constantly getting captured and tied up by villains.
  • Freya (no not Marvel’s Freya) from WildStorm’s The American Way while she started off as an Thor analogue, she becomes closer to Wonder Woman as comic goes on being a honourable fighter and one of the few members of her team with redeemable traits.
  • The Pro has one called "The Lady" amongst a team of Justice League expies.
  • The Multiversity has a few Wondy clones. Earth 34 has Herculina whose outfit is nearly identical to Diana with the only difference being she’s got a Lion helmet. Earth 35 has Venus who is a homage of the aforementioned Glory who was a pastiche of Wonder Woman. Earth 36 has War Woman (not to be confused with Invincible’s War Woman) like Diana she’s an Amazon blessed by the gods.
  • Planetary:
    • An unnamed one appears in issue #10 who came to America from a Lady Land. The Four assassinate her before she makes landfall to prevent her becoming a threat to their plans.
    • Jakita Wagner is a Long-Lived attractive dark haired woman who is a super strong hand to hand combatant from ancient civilisation, in this case the Lost City of Opak-Re in Africa. Granted Jakita‘s personality is quite different from Wondy being less patient and more cynical and violent along with a strong dislike of boredom.
  • The Filipino superhero Darna has a costume and powers similar to Wonder Woman's, including magic bracelets. Her later expy Zsazsa Zaturnnah is based on Wonder Woman as well, with the twist that Zsazsa is actually a man who transforms into a Super Gender-Bender.
  • Big Bang Comics which is a send up to Golden Age and Silver Age comics has Venus, not to be confused with the aforementioned Multiversity’s Venus who’s a pastiche of the aforementioned Image Comic’s Glory who’s a ripoff of Wonder Woman.
  • Invincible has War Woman, a very blatant expy of Wonder Woman right down to having a similar sounding name.

    Films (Animated) 

    Films (Live-Action) 
  • The Post Credits Scene of Brightburn mentions that more villainous versions of DC heroes exist, including a woman who strangles her victims with a rope.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Princesses of the Pizza Parlor: From Princesses Don't Play Nice, Princess Isabel Coeur de Lion Solaire, who, before a few edits, is effectively Wonder Woman:
    celestial heritage [...] flying unicorn mount, the bridle of invisibility, the lasso of truth.
  • Hero by Perry Moore has Warrior Woman. She's a female Flying Brick with a magic sword and is implied to come from a Lady Land.
  • Damsel from Soon I Will Be Invincible is more of a Wonder Girl expy being a second generation superheroine who derives her invincibility from the ability to create forcefields. Though she does fit the role, being the settings most famous superheroine. And one of the main heroes alongside more blatant Superman and Batman expies.
  • A few of the characters in The Quorum are fans have comics parodying DC superheroes with Amazon Queen being based on Wonder Woman.
  • Minister Faust's From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain has Iron Maiden who's this setting's Wonder Woman with shades of The Mighty Thor.

    Puppet Shows 

  • Ninfowoman from Lo Zoo Di 105 was supposed to be a parody of Wonder Woman but she acted more like a slutty, female Batman.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Mutants & Masterminds:
    • In the Halt Evil Doer! setting, Athena is the Wonder Woman counterpart, being a defector from the Olympian pantheon with the usual Flying Brick powers and wearing a costume that "deliberately invokes the American flag despite her international outlook".
    • In the Freedom City setting Lady Liberty fills Wonder Woman's role as a Captain Patriotic Amazonian Beauty Flying Brick, but has a very different backstory, with the same origin as DC's Uncle Sam.
    • The fan setting "World Half Empty" (it was on the now-defunct M&M discussion boards) had an interesting attempt at a Rare Male Example (presumably to counterbalance the setting's female Superman Substitute) with the Green Knight, who left an extradimensional version of Camelot to quest in the modern world. The parallel was most obvious with his rogue's gallery, which included the sorceress Morgana la Fey (Circe) and an eco-terrorist who transformed himself into a beastman (Cheetah).

    Video Games 
  • Maiden Justice from City of Heroes was given a magic girdle that gave her the powers of a goddess, which she passed down to her daughter, Miss Liberty who then passed it to her own daughter, Ms. Liberty. Ms. Liberty is a cross between Wonder Girl and Supergirl and both Liberties also inherited powers from Maiden's Superman Substitute husband, Statesman.
  • The Soul Series has Sophitia Alexandra, a female Greek warrior who’s compassionate and brave, leaves her home to fight evil and who prays to the gods for strength and wisdom. Although Sophitia has actually fought with a sword and shield from her debut, whilst Diana has only had that as her main fighting style in more recent comic continuity.
  • Nariko from Heavenly Sword has a few similarities to Wonder Woman especially in the latter’s earlier continuity, she’s the best fighter of her tribe, wears a tiara and has weapons blessed by the gods and a Les Yay bond with another woman. On the flip side she’s a much edgier character than Diana and despite being the daughter of her clan’s leader is a outcast for being born female and isn’t regarded or treated like Princess like Wonder Woman is with her people. Nariko is also very similar to the aforementioned Angela from Marvel as well as Artemis from DC.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • In the episode "The Big Superhero Wish", Trixie Tang's superhero identity is Wonder Gal, with a near-identical outfit, lasso, and bullet-deflecting bracelets.
    • In the episode "Power Pals!", one of the eponymous Power Pals is Joan Jet, a Composite Character of Wonder Woman and The Flash.
    • Less directly, the Tooth Fairy's design is in many ways a Palette Swap of Wonder Woman, and even holds the title of (Fairy) World's Most Beautiful Woman. The connection is played up a lot more in her debut episode, where she equips Timmy with gadgets like bulletproof braces and a floss lasso of truth.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power was inspired by Wonder Woman and Adora shares many similarities to Diana being a super strong warrioress who wears a gold headdress, possesses a Cool Sword and fights in a skirt similar to Golden Age Wonder Woman. The 2018 show if anything strengthens the connection by having Adora be in a lesbian relationship with Catra similar to Wonder Woman’s same sex relationships with Mala and Kaisa in the comics.
  • League of Super Evil has the hero "Wow Woman", whose abilities and appearance is similar to Wonder Woman, except her outfit being colored green, white, and aqua instead of the usual red, blue, and gold.
  • The Tick: American Maid is a pastiche of both Wonder Woman and Captain America, being an Amazonian warrior who dresses in a maid outfit patterned after the American flag. Instead of a lasso, she uses her high-heeled shoes as throwing weapons. Unlike most examples here, she has no superpowers.
  • The Venture Bros. has Warriana, a Wonder Woman expy that is more based on the classical ideal of an Amazon (ex. her right breast has been noticeably cut off, a mythological tradition for all Amazons) than the character herself.
  • On The All-New Popeye Hour, toward the end of the short "Popeye's Self-Defense", Olive Oyl becomes one after she eats Popeye's spinach, enabling her to repair her gymnasium single-handedly.
    Olive: W.O.W., Woman of Wonder! I like it, I like it!
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In "The Just-us League of Supertoons" (part of "New Class Day"), Babs Bunny's superheroine alter-ego is Wonder Babs, featuring a near-identical outfit and lasso.
  • Atomic Puppet has a recurring hero named Princess War Tickle, whose appearance and powers are very similar to Wonder Woman (and to a lesser extent Xena) Like Wonder Woman she has a lasso of truth, reflective bracelets, and a magic sword; is a Lightning Bruiser known for being one of the strongest superheroes of the show's universe; and lives in a mystical palace with strong Greco-Roman influence.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: In the episode "Super Zeroes", the girls decide to reimagine themselves heroines. Blossom becomes "Liberty Belle", based on her favorite heroine "Freedom Gal", who is pretty much a blonde Wonder Woman expy.
  • As in the original comic, Invincible (2021) has a Wonder Woman expy in the form of War Woman. Besides her inspiration, she incorporates elements of Hawkgirl, Thor, Valkyrie, and Big Barda into her appearance and personality.
  • DOTA: Dragon's Blood has Mirana who’s a deadringer for Wonder Woman with her tiara, armour and later Leotard of Power, in addition being a princess who serves the gods (or just god singular in Mirana’s case). She’s a also strong physical fighter who leaves/is exiled from her isolated home and like Diana with Steve manages to fall in love with a good man Davion (who himself is reminiscent of another character). On the other hand Mirana is an archer whereas Diana rarely uses a bow and arrow.


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