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  • Adaptation Displacement: The 1970s Carter TV series, especially since unlike her famous teammates, Diana hasn't had any really well-known adaptation until the 2017 film. When ABC News first reported on that movie, they claimed it would be an adaptation of the TV show with absolutely no mention that, you know, it's a comic book.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:This article is a detailed analysis on how Hercules is most likely Wonder Woman’s biological father by comparing the original mythos with DC Comics adaptation of it.
  • Anvilicious: Wonder Woman's status as a feminist icon means that sometimes, a warped and ridiculous version of feminism leaks into her books. When that happens this is usually the result. At its worst we get Diana unironically spouting off lines like "Out of the way, sperm bank." Gail Simone mocked the tendency for the character to be depicted as this in her run on the book; Wonder Woman sees a movie based on herself and is embarrassed to discover that it depicts her as a Straw Feminist who constantly gives Narm-filled rants about the superiority of women.
  • Audience-Alienating Era:
    • The all-but In Name Only early-1970s period where she lost her powers and became a Badass Normal kung-fu superspy in a white trouser suit, with a male Chinese mentor called I Ching, because DC were trying to rip off The Avengers (1960s).
    • Some fans go further and treat everything between William Moulton Marson's Golden Age stories and the George Perez reboot (around 40 years of material!) as one. It's certainly difficult to name an "iconic" Wonder Woman story from that period, even for sheer goofiness, with the Lynda Carter show as a possible exception.
  • Author's Saving Throw: For decades the Blue Snowman was mocked in and out of universe due to being a woman dressing up and calling herself a man, which these would be considered transphobic. DC Love Is A Battlefield featured a Wonder Woman story where the Blue Snowman snaps at Steve Trevor for stating "Your snowman villain's a girl" and exclaims that they sometimes feel like a man and sometimes a woman, establishing the character as gender-fluid in an attempt to finally stop the jokes.
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  • Awesome Music: Her teammates have been in more adaptations and thus have more music, but her theme from Batman v Superman has gotten pretty iconic, having more views than the other music from the film and being featured in all the trailers for her solo movie.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Max Lord's inclusion into Wonder Woman's world since Infinite Crisis and her killing him via snapping his neck. One set of fans find him to be an interesting villain for Diana to go up against as a villain from Man's World. Others despise that a character Diana had no meaningful relationship or interactions with prior was given such a pivotal moment in her character history and think he's redundant in a rogues gallery with Dr. Psycho and Veronica Cale.
    • Some find Ares to be a boring Generic Doomsday Villain who only works best as an origin villain for Diana, while others argue that as a scheming War God he makes an appropriate ongoing villain to her All-Loving Hero.
  • Broken Base:
    • Her costume change after Convergence. While most like that she looks more like a warrior, many feel that it went too far in the opposite direction, with her looking less like a superhero and more like some kind of gladiator and that is suggests DC will be continuing with the unpopular depiction of Wonder Woman as casually killing villains.
    • Also in the New 52, the recasting of the Amazons as a people that procreate by seducing and then murdering sailors and then selling their male children as slaves (albeit ones apparently well-treated by Hephaestus) has provoked a great deal of controversy. Some say that this is accurate to Greek myths (a poor argument there are several tales of Amazons living happily with their husbands, even though they had to leave their old lives behind to stay with their beloved nomadic wives), while others see it as perhaps the most blatant Straw Feminization in DC history, and question how such a morally corrupted society could produce a hero like Wonder Woman, and how she could grow up knowing nothing about it. This has since been made Canon Discontinuity.
    • Wonder Woman being romantically paired with her fellow Trinity members, Superman and Batman is one for many;
    • Wonder Woman being the biological daughter of Zeus in the New 52 has also been quite the hot button topic among fans. Some see it as an interesting twist and updating of the character while others see it as a violation of everything Wonder Woman was ever meant to represent.
    • The UN's decision to make Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador proved to be a divisive one. Some claim that it's nothing more than a publicity stunt which undermines the work that real women do while others support the decision, citing that it's a symbolic gesture and that this isn't the first time a fictional character has been honored in this manner.
    • Wonder Woman being characterized as the only one of the "Big 3" to kill, not the least because of how Depending on the Writer it is and how she can easily be as Thou Shall Not Kill as Superman and Batman. Some feel her willingness to kill is limited to extreme situations and characterizes her as a warrior who is willing to make the tough calls. Others feel that it has opened the door to the same Darker and Edgier antics that DC has been criticized for and that too many writers make her either too violent or crowbar in too many Shoot the Dog situations for bloodshed.
  • Cant Unhear It: For younger fans it's usually divided between Susan Eisenberg, Rosario Dawson or Gal Gadot as the voice for the character. Some older fans might hear either Lynda Carter or Shannon Farnon for Pre-Crisis Golden and Silver Age stories.
  • "Common Knowledge": It's widely "known" that Wonder Woman wore a skirt in the Golden Age. And it's true... sort of. In her very first story (All-Star Comics #8), she wears what appears to be a skirt, but isn't. It's actually a pair of culottes — a style popular among athletic young women at the time that resembles a skirt, but is actually shorts. And even those shorts evolved quickly into tight shorts that lost the "skirt" look entirely. Nevertheless, whenever a modern artist wants to evoke a "Golden Age Wonder Woman" look, she's almost invariably drawn wearing a skirt.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Designated Hero: Her New 52 incarnation who lectures people in danger for being weak instead of saving them (at first), and casually kills villains and is proud of it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Legend of Wonder Woman version of Etta Candy has become very popular and arguably the most well-known aspect of the already well-received miniseries. It helps that unlike most versions after the Golden Age, she is neither slim nor does she feel particularly insecure about her weight, being simply a modern take on her original Big Fun Action Girl version.
    • Introduced as an Anti-Hero Substitute of Diana in the '90s, Artemis was killed off but resurrected due to her popularity as a Foil to Diana. She has since become one of the most popular and iconic Wonder Woman characters. Quite impressive when one considers that she wasn't even introduced in the run where her Amazon tribe, the Bana-Mighdall, debuted.
    • Nubia has gained a bit of a following for being the first black Amazon character in the Wonder Woman universe and being the most prominent one next to Philippus.
    • Ferdinand, Diana's minotaur chef, is the most memorable supporting character from Greg Rucka's first run.
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  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Wondy" is a common nickname for Wonder Woman. "Di", short for Diana, is also one that sees usage in both the comics and fandom.
      • "Warrior Woman" is also one that comes up, usually derogatory, when fans think writers are placing her warrior traits/characteristics at the expense of her other personality traits.note 
    • "Polly" for Hippolyta (actually originating from a brief use in Volume 2)
    • "Temi" for Artemis.
    • "Shamazons" is the common nickname for the spectacularly misconceived Amazons Attack! and also when the Amazons are in general portrayed as Straw Feminists.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: The second post-crisis Cheetah a.k.a Barbara Minerva. Those, uh... let's call them chaps, are not very flattering.
  • Faux Symbolism: It's fairly noticeable when you're looking for it, and those expounding on the idea on the internet abound, but there was supposedly no intended symbolism or deeper meaning behind DC trying to change the feminist hero's signature item from her vulvar lasso to a phallic sword while they were making her Darker and Edgier from the '90s on.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One wartime issue had Nazis trying to kill Diana and Steve by pumping car exhaust into a room where they're trapped. At the time, few people in the US were aware that the Nazis were using exactly that method in what would become known as the Holocaust.
  • Iconic Sequel Outfit: Wonder Woman originally wore a pair of culottes in the Golden Age with her red and yellow bustier. Later the culottes were ditched and she began to wear the iconic Leotard of Power inspired by the American flag. Since the release of Wonder Woman (2017), Diana is more known to modern audiences for wearing an Ancient Greek-style skirt/kilt with her top.
  • Informed Wrongness: Any time the subject of Diana using lethal force is brought up in stories featuring her and other heroes, chances are her willingness to kill will be treated as a moral failing on her part regardless of the context. The Maxwell Lord issue is a prime example of this. While the public freaking out is excusable since the video tape that showed her killing Max was edited to look like she'd killed an innocent, unarmed man, Superman and Batman treated her like the Anti-Christ despite having full knowledge of the situation and having even broken the no-kill rule themselves in the past.
  • Love to Hate: Dr. Psycho and Circe, both Card-Carrying Villains who love nothing more than to harass Diana and are both their own special brand of despicable.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Her status as being one of DC's "Big Three", the other two being Superman and Batman. The sad fact is is that they're both far more popular than she is, and the details of their series are far more well known. Wonder Woman's mythology and supporting cast have often suffered inconsistencies, with even the writers struggling to figure out what her driving motivation is. As detailed elsewhere, most potential adaptations of her ended up never being made, with the live action series being the only one that's really well known for a long while. She was undeniably famous — but mainly in the sense that most people knew of her, less so in the sense that many people knew that much about her. She's also currently the only member of the trio to be of the LGBTQ persuasion, hence she was better known in such circles. The DC Extended Universe version played by Gal Gadot greatly helped her popularity and mainstream recognition eventually.
  • Memetic Psychopath: She has started to get this treatment in recent years ever since she killed Maxwell Lord in a moment of desperation during Infinite Crisis. (It was literally the only way to keep him from making Superman kill her and Batman.)
  • My Real Daddy:
    • George Pérez's run on the character in the Post-Crisis era re-defined the character in the biggest way since the original Marston/Peters run in the 40s. So much so that Patty Jenkins said Perez's run was as influential on her Wonder Woman (2017) as Wondy's creator, William Moulton Marston, was.
    • For the modern generation when it comes to Wonder Woman comics, Gail Simone and Greg Rucka.
    • Marv Wolfman and Phil Jiminez for Donna Troy.
    • Peter David is often considered this for Cassandra Sandsmark/Wonder Girl II.
    • Similarly, John Byrne is this to Artemis.
    • Circe had only a scant few appearances in Wonder Woman comics in the Pre-Crisis continuity with her appearing as often in other character's books as she Diana's. George Pérez, as part of the1987 relaunch, elevated Circe to a major and recurring threat in Wonder Woman's world as well as giving her several characteristics that have remained with the character since (such as her purple/violet hair and Smug Snake personality).
  • Narm Charm:
    • Wonder Woman working at fast food restaurant subplot from William Messner-Loebs's run. It is ridiculous and circumstances leading to it make no sense, yet many find it charming and fun, mostly for just how seriously Diana takes her job.
    Wonder Woman: I am unworthy to work at Taco Whiz.
    • This trope is often sited as the reason the Golden Age comics and the Lynda Carter show have fans.
  • Never Live It Down: DC's lengthy refusal to make a movie about her, especially the statement that it would be "too confusing" (at the same time that Marvel was giving us a raccoon with a machine gun). Even though she finally received her stand-alone movie in the DC Extended Universe which would prove to be a extremely successful smash-hit, the fact that her big screen debut was in The LEGO Movie rather than a DC film will remain a pretty big embarrassment.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: As well as the My Real Daddy examples above, there's an element of fandom who think that the character only really worked in the original Marston/Peter comics, despite or because of their idiosyncrasies.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: None of her Post-Crisis romantic interests have been well-received, unless you count Artemis.
  • The Scrappy: Jason, Wonder Woman's twin brother, first alluded to during Geoff Johns' run on Justice League, has steadily become one for readers ever since his proper introduction in Wonder Woman (Rebirth). His first strike was being a Call-Back to the New 52 run volume and that his existence solidifies Diana being Zeus' daughter (argubably the biggest Broken Base argument in Wonder Woman's fanbase. Every complaint after that is how he formed a Spotlight-Stealing Squad with Grail and Darkseid, coupled with inconsistent characterization and how hard he's being forced into a prominent space in Diana's life at the expense of the rest of her supporting cast. None of this is helped by how utterly boring he's perceived by the readers, and how inconsistent his character is, with his one defining trait seeming to be his entitlement.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Between those who prefer Wonder Woman being with her usual love interest Steve Trevor, those who prefer her with Superman and those who ship her with Batman. Or those who want her in a relationship with another woman.
  • True Art Is Angsty: In the New 52, DC seems bizarrely obsessed with depicting Wonder Woman as an edgy Anti-Hero who kills her enemies rather than arresting them.
  • Values Resonance: While the earlier comics did have some outdated moments, the comic as a whole pioneered female superheroes and how they were just as capable as their male counterparts. It also stated the importance that femininity and kindness are strengths to be valued, not weaknesses.
  • The Woobie: Hades in the New 52 continuity, believe it or not. He's shown to be a self-defeating I Just Want to Be Loved type who doesn't really seem to understand how his actions might affect others.