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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.
  • 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.
  • Badass Decay
    • In the 1970s Wonder Woman lost all of her super powers in the comics and had to rely solely on martial arts. While she had a mentor/sidekick in I Ching to help with some problems that could not be handled conventionally, reporters, critics and even some fans cried fowl for weakening an iconic character. The comic chugged along for a few years, with the writers trying everything from giving Diana a harsher personality to an expanded supporting cast which included the witch Morgana to prove it wasn't just about taking super powers away from a woman, before finally relenting and giving her powers back as sales declined with the decline of the modernist fad. The televised pilot based on the non super powered Wonder Woman was a total flop however, leading to a better received pilot with the classical super powered Wonder Woman before the comics returned to form.
    • A New 52 arc following Convergence sees Wonder Woman visit Hephaestus to get a new suit with retractable blades. It makes her look more like a woman on a mission, a gladiator even, less like a lady out to have fun on the beach. The problem is that after getting her new outfit Wonder Woman proceeds to get her ass kicked by everything with legs that dislikes her, in her own book no less, while she's supposed to have gained the powers of a War God. It turns out there is a good reason for this, as Wonder Woman became the god of war involuntarily, and her refusal to embrace her status as such is causing the power to turn against and weaken her. All the same seeing Wonder Woman slumped over and bleeding so often did nothing to sell fans on the new clothes, which is a problem when you're trying to make them let go of an Iconic Outfit.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • 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.
    • Every incarnation of Cheetah is a broken base, and the very concept of Cheetah itself as a foil to a woman stronger and faster than most gods is a point of contention. There's the intense, cunning and competent Golden Age Rich versus the in over her head Silver Age Rich versus the sympathetic Debbie Domaine petty murderous thief and out permanently empowered Barbara Minerva, versus the evil cultist Barbara Minerva, versus the good but corruptible Barbara Miverva. There are those just sick of DC erasing the other Cheetahs to make Barbara the only one, and again, whose who think Cheetah's use should be scaled back altogether and or not treated that seriously because they can't take it that seriously, versus those who don't find anything inherently silly about a predatory animal theme or find the animal lady silly but a good kind of silly.
    • Doctor Cyber was either a cool new villain for a new "Bronze Age" of DC or a symbol of Wonder Woman's Fad Super phase that is better off forgotten, or even worse, a poor man's Doctor Doom.
    • 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.
  • Broken Base:
    • Wonder Woman's Golden Age characterization as an openly kinky thrill-seeking paragon who was good at literally everything and left her enemies awestruck. Her only real weaknesses were her pride and squeamishness regarding killing, and even those were rarely issues due to the fact she was "as wise as Athena". Some see it as the most well-rounded version of the character that fit her era's stories best, and the most fun, while others like her later incarnations better for having more relatable flaws to overcome, for fitting in better with the Shared Universe and for their stories being less obvious vehicles for the creator's political views and kinks.
    • Silver Age Wonder Woman was more emotionally fragile than her Golden Age counterpart, taking insults much more personally, being openly lovesick and unafraid to admit to fears of injury and death. Some liked this take for being more relatable, others disliked it for being too wimpy.
    • Post Crisis onward it has been Wonder Woman being characterized as the only one of the "Big 3" to kill, not the least because of how her Silver age and especially her golden age incarnations were MORE Thou Shall Not Kill than Superman and Batman. Depending on the Writer muddies things further, as it appears there are some who fall among the same divisions as the fans about how kill happy she should be. Some praise her willingness to kill, so long as limited to extreme situations and characterizes, as making her feel like a warrior who is willing to make the tough calls. Others feel that just breaching the topic 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.
    • The modernist phase of Wonder Woman sold some comics for as long as the mod fad lasted in the United States but failed to penetrate into any other form of media. Fans to this day deride it but some insists there are some good ideas and enjoyable stories during the time period, while a small minority proclaims that it proves Wonder Woman is the most versatile super hero ever and was better than The Avengers that inspired it, in spite of the 1974 pilot's failure suggesting otherwise.
    • A broken base within a broken base was Steve Trevor's gruesome for the time death during the modernist phase, finally doing in all of Wonder Woman's original supporting cast outside of the occasional reminder the amazons still existed, and whether or not that was a good thing.
    • Christopher Priest's take on Circe was praised for giving her more personality, by some, while others derided that personality as "Loki lite".
    • John Byrne's run got a lot of flak for throwing out Diana's supporting cast for a bunch of younger knockoffs of them, basically turning Wonder Woman into a supporting character in her own book by finding ways to remove her from action, giving Diana disliked love interests in the forms of Mike Schorr, Jason Blood and Champion, sending Hippolyta back in time to be the first Wonder Woman and then redoing Donna Troy's origin to be more convoluted when putting Hippolyta back in the 1940s USA could have made Donna's origins simpler. Byrne's run has it's defenders though in that he took the "Stronger Than Hercules, Faster Than Mercury, As Wise To Athena" part of Wonder Woman to heart, portraying her as the mightiest she had been in the Post Crisis Continuity to that point and establishing a firm if contrived justification for Wonder Woman being Immune to Bullets even when she didn't block them with her bracelets. He's also credited with making Artemis more likable than William Messner-Loebs had...though whether Artemis should have been made likable or not is also a subject of debate.
    • 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, which came to pass with her New 52 personality being more of a warrior than previous incarnations.
    • 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. Some just see it as redundant, since Cassie Sandsmark already existed.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Creepy Awesome: Dr. Psycho, Dr. Poison. Even from the goofy Golden Age they were two of the more disturbing villains, threatening and sometimes successfully killing people in ways that would have been very gruesome if the blood and viscera would have been drawn in detail. They nonetheless remain two of Wonder Woman's more popular villains, going strong throughout the years as other recurring foes like Duke of Deception, Blue Snowman, Zara, Minister Blizzard, Clea, Gundra and the like gradually fall into obscurity.
  • 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:
    • Fausta Grables was probably the franchise's first case. She wasn't a particular competent villain, her plans were rather easily foiled by Trevor and the Holiday Girls, but she did managed to trick Wonder Woman, and that apparently left an impression. Grables was only used once in the comic books, even during alternate universe, what ifs, elseworlds and cosmic retcons where it would make sense for her to appear but Grables has shown up in three Wonder Woman adaptations. Twice these have greatly expanded and developed her character. Another time Wonder Woman meets her two decades earlier than in the comics, when comic book Grables would literally have no reason to have any involvement with Wonder Woman and would be an early teen at best.
    • When DC editorial decided to start telling stories about the Earth One Wonder Woman in the "Silver Age" instead of the Earth Two "Golden Age" version, they held a fan poll asking which "Golden Age" villain should get an Earth One counterpart. Countess Draska Nishki, who had only appeared in two issues and was barely a threat to Wonder Woman, won handily. Nishki left an impression on readers for the opposite reason Grables did. While Wonder Woman saw through and defeated Nishki fairly easily, Nishki did manage to fool every one but Wonder Woman.
    • 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.
    • Lady Steel was only around for one arc of World's Greatest Superheroes crossover newspaper strips, but left a lasting impression when she tracked down and defeated a Silver Age style Wonder Woman, gave a Silver Age style Superman such a fight the collateral damage that he caused forced him to let her escape, and she did such a good job impersonating Wonder Woman that Superman with his super senses couldn't tell the difference until the real Wonder Woman returned. While Lady Steel is later outsmarted by Superman and handily defeated by Wonder Woman in a rematch, she's far better remembered than the "masterminds" of her arc who put her mercenary company to work, and more liked than anything from Wonder Woman's own newspaper strips, even though her own creator only vaguely remembered Lady Steel, confusing her with a Distaff Counterpart of Sarge Steel, who wasn't even owned by DC yet.
    • 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.
    • Achilles Warkiller, a resurrected version of the Greek hero. While he was far from the first use of Achilles as a villain in a Wonder Woman comic, he was by far the most popular. Wonder Woman had drifted away from the Greek to the Hawaiian gods at the time and Zeus had created this form of Achilles out of the mutilated remains of Kāne Milohai, one of the most revered Hawaiian deities and far more benevolent than Zeus. As expected, Warkiller and the Gargareans he was installed as king of opposed Wonder Woman and the Amazons but he was so popular he underwent a Heel–Face Turn and got a Redemption Promotion, becoming far more powerful as a good guy. Poor Kāne Milohai went from one of the Big Goods to an after thought.
    • 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.
    • Ferdinand, Diana's minotaur chef, is the most memorable supporting character from Greg Rucka's first run.
  • Ethnic Scrappy
    • I-Ching was disliked for being named after a philosophical book, and the fact he was often colored with literally yellow skin. Lots of characters have goofy names, but regular ones behind them, odd colored skin but as a symbol there is something alien or supernatural about them. People who could look past these two issues generally agreed that the character was written well enough and almost everyone agreed that having him be killed by a random sniper was not the way they wanted the character handled.
    • Trevor Barnes was written to be a fairly regular guy that a super talented foreign princess might plausibly find attractive, but was disliked by a vocal section of readers who felt a passive black man was unworthy of taking Wonder Woman's virginity. Again, killing him off was not the solution most reader seemed to want, though it's not clear how much overlap there was between those upset he was dating Diana and those who didn't want him dead. A rare case of the writers of a corporate owned Long Runner being more progressive than the readers.
  • 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.
    • Asteria's golden armor is popularly known as "The Screaming Chicken Armor".
    • "Shamazons" is the common nickname for the spectacularly misconceived Amazons Attack! and also when the Amazons are in general portrayed as Straw Feminists.
    • Diana got a couple of new armors designs during her New 52, one of which was so disliked fans dubbed it "The Clown Suit".
  • Fashion-Victim Villain
    • The original Blue Snowman had Powered Armor that looked neither intimidating nor like a snowman, but like a pudgy old man in a bowler cap. Post Crisis plays this for laughs by giving her armor that is literally based on a snowman. New 52 decided to give her a gigantic Cyber Cyclops Mech that looked sufficiently threatening. DC Rebirth similarly went with a giant exo mech, but then went back to a goofy snowman armor, this time with a Heroic Build!
    • 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 made out of ptereges 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Hera in The New 52. She's just as nasty in the comic books as she was in the recorded classical myths and literature. However, while Zeus is an Adaptational Nice Guy in New 52 who has the big picture in mind and is ultimately working for the greater good, he's still a lecherous adulterer and Hera is still the goddess of marriage. It's explicitly shown in the New 52 comics that stepping on a god's domain, at least gods of the Hellenistic pantheon, causes them to irrationally lash out. Hera's cruelty still suggests some unpleasant things about her personality, but one gets the impression that if her husband could keep it in his pants she'd be able to suppress her more vindictive urges.
  • 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. This is entirely due to the three being continually published from their debuts in The Golden Age of Comic Books to the start of The Silver Age of Comic Books, not because of her sales figures overall, which tapered off after the deaths of Marston and Peters, or even her in story importance, which was also reduced in order to cash in on the Modernist fashion craze sweeping the United States in the 1960s. 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. The result was that the general audience was introduced to her by proxy — either through marketing or through works in which she isn't the protagonist, such as in Justice League cartoons — and thus wasn't familiarized with her mythos and supporting cast. 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, however, 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). Up until New 52 most writers tried to duplicate the sense of humor Christopher Priest gave Circe as well.
  • 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.
  • Older Than They Think
    • Despite being treated like jokes, Post Crisis, Blue Snowman predates every other cold themed villain in DC Comics, and Minister Blizzard predates every cold themed villain in DC Comics that isn't Blue Snowman.
    • Wonder Woman was the first DC Comics character to have a multiverse, though the Wonder Woman multiverse was very different than the one established in Flash Of Two Worlds and was quietly ignored in favor of the Earth 2, Earth 1 etc. system from then on.
    • The first appearance of an emotional spectrum where a color of light represented every feeling was in the Golden Age Wonder Woman way before it was used in the Post Crisis Green Lantern comics. However the colors of Wonder Woman's emotional spectrum were never actually explained or even important to the plot. Hades was simply weakening Wonder Woman and The Holiday Girls by turning their "emotions" into "color bodies" to serve as a pretty light source while leaving their physical bodies inert and helpless.
    • Imagination was the fifth dimension in the Golden Age Wonder Woman comics well before it was treated as such in the New 52 Batman comics. However, Golden Age Wonder Woman treated this "fifth dimension" as an extension of three spacial dimensions and singular temporal dimension, rather than a "higher level" of time-space populated by reality warping imps.
    • Green Lantern may predate Wonder Woman but Wonder Woman supporting character Supreema had a Lensman lite force of "Golden Policewomen" well before Green Lantern was retooled into Lensman lite space police corps for the Silver Age Earth One.
  • 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.
  • Replacement Scrappy
    • Cassie Sandsmark got backlash both from fans of the previous Wonder Girl Donna Troy, and fans of Vanessa Kapatelis, the previous far younger Wonder Woman friend and fan girl among Diana's supporting cast. This died down over time as Cassie established relationships with several more established members of Wonder Woman's supporting cast and Teen Titans alike, including Donna Troy herself, while Vanessa Vapatelis made her way back into Wonder Woman's book and Kapatelis got a proper send off when she left again.
    • One thing not helping the evil version of Donna Troy in New 52 is that the very concept of male Amazons, which Donna Troy is supposed to be vilified for slaughtering, are seen as less cool than the Gargareans, the Amazon's actual male counterparts from the Greek myths, even if DC's previous depiction of the Gargareans wasn't any more accurate to said myths. Gargarean King Achilles Warkiller was also better liked than Wonder Woman's brother Jason.
    • Future kid Trinity was this upon introduction in issue 800 to fans of Fury and Yara Flor, who thought those two desperately needed Character Development they could be getting in the spot this new character was in. This slightly died down, for Fury fans, as Trinity's story developed in Dawn of DC. Yara making another appearance that revealed details fans had been waiting three years to learn caused Yara's fans to ease up a little too.
  • The Scrappy
    • Jonny Double, the free loading private detective boyfriend during Diana Prince's time running her modernist boutique. He was basically seen as blander, less useful Steve Trevor with the same lame sense of humor.
    • 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 (arguably 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.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!
    • There wasn't much wrong with Wonder Woman's "Mod" phase in of it self, other than the fact it was forced on The Wonder Woman book, which DC had to keep publishing to keep their right to use the character. Otherwise there would have been nothing wrong with just dropping the Wonder Woman book entirely until they could figure out something that would sell better while still being true to the character and just telling stories about an entirely new kung fu fighting fashion boutique owner. Things like Diana largely ignoring the women's liberation movement and proclaiming to not even like women in general would have been just fine bits of depth for a character who had never been Wonder Woman, but since this all ran quite contrary to everything established about Diana Prince, it was just jarring. None the less these comic did sell so long as the modernist fad was popular in the US and The Avengers television show pulled in ratings, ultimately saving the Wonder Woman book from cancellation and preventing the character from reverting to the Marston estate. Once the mod fad was over with and sales started dropping back again as the fandom backlash never really relented, DC was quick to return to form and now had plenty of writers with plenty of ideas for more traditional Wonder Woman stories and readers ready to welcome them.
    • Unfortunately, the tail end of the Silver Age and entirety of the Bronze Age until Crisis On Infinite Earths revealed there were perhaps too many ideas, as every time sales dipped a new writer or editor would come in and disregard whatever the previous creative team had established. While "Crisis" was itself another even bigger shakeup than ever before, Wonder Woman fan appreciated that the book finally stayed consistent from then on...until John Byrne's shake up anyway.
  • 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:

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