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Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
Family Hippolyta (mother)
Occupation Princess of Themyscira, Representative of Themyscira, Agent of D.E.O., Member of the Justice League
Powers and
Abilities
Super strength, super speed, invulnerability, super dexterity, skilled hand-to-hand combatant
Status Alive
Last Seen Continuity

"I met a billionaire with high-tech toys and a wondrous woman who will throw you for a loop."Chloe Sullivan, Fortune

Diana of Themyscira (also known as Diana Prince) is the Amazon Princess of Paradise Island, planetwide known as the superheroine Wonder Woman.

The Amazon society, which is mentioned in Greek mythology, is exclusively female and also very warlike and proud but also brave. Growing up not just as any Amazon but the rebellious daughter of the rigid and iron-willed Queen Hippolyta, Diana's life changes when she meets Steve Trevor, with whom, despite what she has always been taught, she makes fast friends and develops her first crush. However, when he is deported to the USA by her mother and she never came back, the young princess set on her trail and left Themyscira to find her. A search which, since her first arrival, led her to help those who cannot help themselves.

She makes her first appearance in the fifth digital/print comic Smallville Season 11 story arc Olympus and becomes a recurring character.

After Hades' attack at Washington D.C., Diana fights alongside Superman to defeat the God of Death and then decided to stay and become the capital's own superheroine, an agent of D.E.O. and the representative of her home island, Themyscira.

Physical Appearance

Diana of Themyscira/Diana Prince

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Diana as a child.

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Diana as a pre-teenager.

Diana is a tall, beautiful, young woman with thick long black hair, Caucasian skin and deep ice-blue eyes. Her intense beauty also comes with commanding presence and an aristocratic nature. She seems to have inherited a lot of her mother's characteristics as they are quite similar in their appearance.

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Diana as a teenager.

When she was a child living on the island, she had the appearance of an ancient Greek warrior. She wore a small black top with some kind of golden armor on it and an armored black and red skirt. She also wore a small pair of silver bracelets on her wrists and silver earrings. She also leaves her navel exposed.

Some years later when Diana became a little bit older, the top she used to wear is now longer, black and red on her back and the golden armor on it was bigger, covering her right shoulder and forming something like a small "W" on her chest. Her armored skirt was more red than black and there were some small gold details on it with a golden belt on her waist. Diana also wore some golden arm jewellery along with her silver earrings and the bracelets on her wrists. She doesn't seem to wear any shoes as she has been seen walking barefoot on the island.

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Diana's first costume.

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Diana in a civilian attire.

As a teenager Diana wears the same top, only smaller, leaving her navel exposed and the golden armor is bigger, covering both her shoulders and forming a golden eagle on her chest. Her armored skirt remains the same and the only accessoires she wears is her silver bracelets. Instead of being barefoot she also wears red thigh high boots.

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Diana as a D.E.O. agent.

When she appears in Washington, DC,  she wears white pants with side pockets, white and sometimes black long top, which she has put inside her pants, white leather short cropped jacket with its inside lining and its collar being black and its sleeves being folded up. She wears two black belts, one on her waist and one on her left leg, black fingerless gloves and leather boots. She has her hair up in a ponytail but she has also been seen letting her hair down. She also wears a pair of silver bracelets on her wrists above her gloves and also carries a globe with her, which is attached on her belts.

As a civilian, her clothing is very simple. She wears a blue long-sleeved blouse with ankle length blue skinny jeans and black high heel shoes. She also lets her hair down.

As an agent of D.E.O. Diana wears black pants, a black and white top with D.E.O.'s black skull logo on it, black jacket with side pockets and D.E.O.'s initials on its sleeves. She wears a white belt with side pockets and D.E.O.'s initials on it, black fingerless gloves and leather boots. She also wears red earrings and aviator sunglasses with orange lenses and silver frames (or regular glasses) and has her hair up in a ponytail.

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Diana in her Amazonian armor.

When Diana goes to fight Hades and his army of the undead, she takes on a more familiar Wonder Woman look - a set of Amazonian battle armor previously worn by her mother.

Her costume includes a dark red top with a sterling silver eagle emblem on her chest, sterling silver belt and trademark tiara with a ruby star in the center of each one, dark red culottes under the extension of her top, a blue-black star-spangled armored skirt and dark red thigh boots with silver details. She also wears a dark red shoulder armor, with sterling silver details, on her right arm and her usual silver bracelets on her wrists, although the bracelet she wears on her right wrist is covered by the extension of the shoulder armor.

She carries with her a sword, her lasso of truth tied in her belt and a silver and red shield with a "W" logo on it in her left arm. She also lets her hair down.

Personality

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Diana, the Amazon Princess.

Diana was raised on Themyscira, a strictly feminist society where males were neither needed nor wanted. As such, Diana displayed initial hostility towards Steve Trevor when they first met. However, she was more protective and open-minded than most Amazons, as she hid him from the others and asked him to be her "secret friend". She is also a lot more empathic and sweet than her tradition-obsessed sisters and proves to properly know the valor of another being's life and the difference between good and evil, that transcends the rules of civilizations. Maybe because of this, after she arrives in Washington DC, she begins to act like a good Samaritan, despite not considering herself a "vigilante". (Olympus)

Diana is also shown to be rather self-sufficient as she hunts for her own food at a young age and is able to kill a boar, as well as make a football by herself. She has clear sense of identity knowing who she is and where she comes from and because of this she declares herself to be proud of her origins regardless of the differences in mentality with her sisters.

After first arriving in what the Amazons call "Man's World," Diana begins to form her own impressions of it with their foreign value system and prejudices well intact. She observes their contradictory attitude and seemingly double-standards. She also observes their choices of clothing and eventually overcomes her initial bias towards men to develop an acceptance and respect for the integrity and virtue that some of them possess.

Diana refers to any other woman as "sister".

Powers & Abilities

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Diana lifts a tank.

  • Super Strength - Diana seemingly possesses enough strength equivalent to Superman. She is able to defeat a magical being with ease, create a little tornado just by whirling a chandelier, lift a person with one hand, as well as a tank with both hands and a pair of chains. Even during her early years she is shown to be extremely strong, probably as much as an adult and as a teenager, she proves to be the mightiest of the Amazons, defeating Artemis with ease. According to herself she got stronger as she grew older, confirming this, as an adult, she is shown to be able to snap Faust's neck with a punch and to destroy the steel bars which blocked her arms just by contract her muscles. (Olympus)
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Diana super speeds alongside Superman.

  • Super Speed - Apparently Diana has a high level of supersonic speed, probably almost comparable to Impulse or Superman. In fact, she is able to keep up with the latter and run on the surface of the water. She can move and or react at speeds that far exceed the speed of the sound barrier. Even in her first appearance, Diana has proven, after saving Martha Kent, to be able to escape without being intercepted by the police and as stated by Lois Lane, she moves quickly all over Washington to perform multiple saves. (Olympus)
  • Super Intelligence - As an Amazon from Paradise Island, Diana lived the majority of her life far from any kind of civilization, however, she is shown to learn very fast since she was able to craft a football just by hearing the description Steve Trevor gave her. Years later, she's shown while creating a flying machine and when she first speaks with Lois, she proves to possess vast knowledge of the outside world and its inhabitants. (Olympus)
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Diana is unharmed during a fight with the D.E.O.

  • Invulnerability - Diana states that she is bulletproof. She can also survive cannon fire from a tank and explosions and goes through a stained glass window and the ceiling of a building, unscathed. (Olympus)
  • Healing Factor - Diana is regenerative on a superhuman level and can heal or recover from wounds almost instantly. After she is hurt by a harpy, the wound heals automatically without a trace in a matter of seconds and she is able to leap away as if nothing had happened. (Olympus)
  • Super Stamina: Diana can run, exercise, or take part in strenuous actions for days on end without getting tired: she never sweats unless she battles magical creatures. (Olympus) As she later states, she's even able to tolerate and "embrace" pain: in fact, she withstood all of Bones tortures and was still ready for battle immediately after.
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Diana's "hearing of the gods".

  • Super Senses - Diana demonstrates superhuman sensory perception even at an early age, hearing her older sisters coming at the beach where she found Steve. While growing up these abilities are strongly increased: in her first appearance she could hear and go to rescue Martha Kent, despite being blocks away from her and then describe the movements made by Lois, thanks to the noise she made while following her. Her view is so enhanced that she can see bullets in slow motion (similar to Clark Time) and deflect their trajectories. Finally, her sense of smell is amplified enough to make her a formidable huntress and inform her of the arrival of something nearby, before other senses can detect it. (Olympus)
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Diana deflecting bullets with her bracelets.

  • Super Dexterity - Diana possesses superhuman agility as her reflexes are fast enough to deflect bullets. She can also perform movements so fast that it is hard to be seen with a naked-eye. While facing flying magical creatures, Diana demonstrates she can move faster than them and after a long fight she receives just a single wound. (Olympus)
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Diana super leaps.

  • Super Leap - Diana can combine her super strength and dexterity to perform highly accurate super jumps. During her first appearance, she is shown to leap up and down from rooftops. She is also seen leaping out of a building, from a hole in the ceiling. (Olympus)
  • Longevity: Since her mother, Hippolyta, does not appear to aged to much after reaching maturity and lived for millennia, it is implied that Amazons, including Diana, might be immortal or at least possess far greater longevity than normal humans. (Olympus)

As an inhabitant of Paradise Island, Diana is an excellent warrior trained in several combat styles, hunting, fishing, tolerating pain and many other survival techniques and proves to master them all at high levels even as a child. She is also able to use simple objects such as candle holders or chains, as weapons to defend herself against opponents.

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Diana using a chain as a weapon.

  • Skilled Hand-to-hand Combatant - Diana is able to single-handedly defeat several armed men, many of them being much more muscular and bigger than her, without the use of any weapons, with the exception of her globe. She also uses the silver bracelets she wears on her wrists to deflect bullets. She even battles and takes down an entire tank with just a chain, which she uses as a rope/whip. Even at a young age she proves to be a better fighter than many of her older sisters including Artemis, as an adult, seems to be nearly indomitable in combat. (Olympus)
  • Acrobatics: Diana has displayed on many occasions that she is an expert in acrobatics and often uses this skill while fighting, evading enemy fire and scaling rooftops. (Olympus)

Vulnerabilities

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A harpy injures Diana.

  • Magic - Diana states that the only thing that can hurt her is the magic of the deities. A creature sent by Felix Faust, was able to wound her despite her skin being bulletproof.

Early life

"You are not a "man," are you? Men are not allowed." — Diana to Steve Trevor, Olympus

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Young Diana finds a young boy washed up on the island.

Diana is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta. She was born on a mythical island hidden from mankind called Themyscira.

When she was a child she found a boy washed up on the Themyscira shores, named Steve Trevor. She received him with hostility at first, telling him that men are not allowed on this island. But she decided to hide him when she hears the older sisters approaching. She then introduced herself as Diana of Themyscira and said Steve was going to be her "secret friend".

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Queen Hippolyta discovers her daughter's secret.

Diana hid Steve on the island for five years. In that time they managed to salvage the plane that crashed and buried the bodies of Steve's parents. During the time they spend together, they end up developing their first time crush one for the other when they hit puberty.

Diana also made Steve a football from a boar's skin: they were playing football and then fell in to a lake when Diana's mother found them and took the boy away to bring him back to the USA.

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Diana confronts Artemis.

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Diana leaves the island.

Five years later, Diana, worried about her mother's destiny (since she never came back) is forging an aircraft with which she will try to leave from the island, when Artemis comes to confront her about leaving. Diana says she is tired of waiting so she decides to go and find her herself. Artemis says that if she leaves too, there will be no heir to succeed her mother as the Queen but Diana has already taken her decision. Artemis then reveals that the Oracles of Themyscira had sent her to stop Diana from leaving the island because they had already predicted that she would do so. Artemis fights with Diana, questioning her about her reasons for leaving, but the princess succeeds to defeat her and then leaves the island with the craft.

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Diana arrives in New York.

Sometime later, Diana is in a boat traveling from Themyscira to New York. Two sailors are talking about her wondering if she ever sleeps and how she managed to move a bunch of things in the hold of the boat with the forklift broken. While arriving at New York's port, Diana is fascinated by the Statue of Liberty and impressed by the view of it she states that there is hope for this "New World" yet.

Since her arrival in the USA, she has been helping those who can't help themselves.

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Diana meets Chloe Sullivan during her travels around the planet. Chloe would later tell Clark that, she met "A wonderous woman who will throw you for a loop".

Season Eleven

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Diana saves Martha Kent.

While in Washington DC, Diana arrives on time to battle a team of terrorists who attack a limousine, in which Senator Martha Kent and the Director of D.E.O., Bones, have a meeting. She defeats a pair of the terrorists, stopping bullets with the bracelets on her wrists and forces their leader along with the rest to march away, saving Martha's life.

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Lois finds Diana.

On the roof of a building in Washington, Lois Lane has tracked down the vigilante dressed in white and has an encounter with her. Both women talk about the new vigilante's purpose in Washington. Lois mentions that the U.S. is a very proud nation and the vigilante says she comes from a very proud nation too. It seems that both women are starting to get along well, when they are suddenly interrupted by the appearance of some dreadful-looking winged creatures, which, as the vigilante says, come from a place of legend and magic.

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Diana and Lois fight the winged creatures.

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Diana flees after seeing Steve entering the church.

Diana and Lois fight side by side against the winged creatures that manage to hurt the princess given their magical nature. Lois jokes about the fact that she and her fiance have much to talk about. Diana is surprised to hear this and wonders what kind of man could be worthy to be a mate for a woman as strong and independent as Lois. Suddenly Superman arrives and defeats the monsters. Within minutes a group of D.E.O., captained by Steve Trevor, also arrives. Diana flees before Steve can recognize her.
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Diana and Clark talk about her experiences in "men's world".

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Clark finds Diana.

At the Marston Home for Wayward girls, two children are fighting over a toy before two older girls break them up before they start arguing and fighting each other. Diana comes and says this is neither the time or place for violence. The two girls then insult her calling her a "stray dog" before Diana tells the girls to look away for a moment and picks them up telling them to calm down. Clark then comes in and asks Diana for some of her time. At first she doesn't want to talk to him, but then he takes off his glasses and she realizes he is Superman and leaves with him. Diana admits since her arrival she has been helping others who can't help themselves. Clark comments on that saying it seems she spends most of her "helping" time putting men in the hospital. She says during her time in "men's world" she has realized that men are rarely victimized by the opposite sex like these women have been. Then Clark asks her about her connection with Steve Trevor and she replies by saying it is complicated. Suddenly Watchtower communicates with Clark and tells him that she had tracked down the hostiles that he, Lois and Diana encountered at the cathedral and then sends him the coordinates.
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Diana sees the tablets with the stories of her people.

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Diana realizes that her mother is still alive.

Some time later, Superman and Diana arrive at the place, where Tess sent them and Diana says she feels that dark magics were practiced there. Superman sees some footprints, indicating that the harpies they fought were actually human and Diana sees some tablets with the stories of her people. Then Superman uses his X-ray vision and realizes that someone has covered the original stonework with new ones and Diana says not just anyone could have done that. She states that these are actually messages and that her mother is still alive.

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Diana reunites with Steve.

Later at Steve's apartment, while Steve is taking his shower, Diana enters the rooms and looks around, finding the football they made when they were younger. Right then Steve enters the room, recognizing the mystery woman in his apartment as the burglar from earlier. Diana was able to quickly subdue Steve simply because he pulled a gun on her before Steve lost his towel standing before Diana in his birthday suit. Diana quickly turns around in embarrassment, unable to believe how much Steve has grown. After a quick conversation, Steve realizes the mystery woman was actually Diana. He asked when did she get superpowers and she calmly tells him that her powers developed over time and why she came to Man's World.
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Bones demands Diana's arrest.

But before she explains she sees a picture of her mother with a young Steve. Now enraged she demands answers and asks if Steve is the reason she never returned with Steve he swears he hasn't seen her in years. Suddenly the D.E.O. surrounds Steve's apartment with Steve trying to explain that he has no idea but Diana quickly shushes Steve before preparing to go to battle. Meanwhile Mr. Bones is outside calling for Diana's arrest.

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Diana attacks the tank.

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Diana breaks down the tank.

Outside of Steve's apartment, Diana admires the craftsmanship of a tank before breaking it down effortlessly. Mr. Bones orders the soldiers to shoot at her again and when they do hit Diana, she appears yet again unharmed. Diana then proceeds to destroy the tank and as she flips it over, one of the soldiers inside accidentally press the fire button which causes the tank to explode but fortunately Superman saves the soldiers just in time. Steve then comes out of his apartment defending Diana but General Lane orders to fire at them again. Diana succeeds to deflect the bullets and save Steve but more soldiers fire at her. Suddenly, as Diana is busy on fighting the soldiers of D.E.O., a sniper aims at the head of Trevor and shoots at him but thanks to Superman, he doesn't get killed.

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Diana saves Steve's life.

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The D.E.O. arrests Diana.

Bones then says to Diana that he can take her to her mother. Diana accepts the offer and to even being handcuffed with magical shackles, saying that if they keep their word she will not struggle. D.E.O. then takes Diana into their custody and moves her from the scene.

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Bones "tortures" Diana.

Later, Diana is being tortured by Director Bones in D.E.O.'s headquarters. Bones reveals to her the truth about him and Faust and the real mastermind behind all this, Hades. He says that many years ago, when they were fighting in World War II, Bones and Faust made ​​a deal with Hades to give them extraordinary longevity. Bones says he was unable to fulfill his part of the deal and so he paid the prize, implying that Hades is responsible for his skin's condition. 

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Bones reveals the truth to Diana.

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Bones threatens Diana that he will attack her home while Clark informs her he found her mother.

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Diana finally learns that her mother is alive.

After his revelation, Bones continues to torture Diana explaining that he wants to prevent her from hindering Faust's plan and also he wants to find what are her limits so he can learn how to strike down her fellow Amazons back in Themyscira, indicating that someday he may attack her home. Diana then hears with her super hearing, Clark's voice, who tells her to endure while he searches for her mother.

Clark finds a place called the Black Room inside of which there is some kind of a big urn containing Queen Hippolyta in suspended animation. Clark tells Diana that her mother is alive.

Bones is informed by agent Cameron Chase that they are under attack by a hostile force, that aims the monks, who are supposed to protect the facility. Bones realizes that Faust leads the attack and that he actually played him. Diana mocks him by saying that he should had never made any deals with the "devil" and Bones replies, before loading his gun and leaving the room, that they will resume their conversation shortly.

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Diana breaks free.

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Diana attacks Faust.

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Clark asks Diana's help to fight Hades.

Some time later, Diana breaks free from the bandages she was held captive and emerges into the fight between Bones and Faust, giving a couple of punches to Faust and warning him to stay away from her mother, but he immediately gets healed so Clark proceeds to hit him with his heat vision. Clark and Diana collect the body of Hippolyta and Diana tries to awaken her but Clark asks her to help him in the fight. Diana seems not to be sure if she can help him at the time, but Clark tells her to find out soon and then changes into Superman. Superman proceeds to emerge into a fight with the gigantic monster and Hades.

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Diana suits up for the fight.

Afterwards Hippolyta tells to Diana to leave together and return to Paradise island but Diana says as happy as she is to see her again she cannot leave because her work here is not yet done. Hippolyta says she should't concern herself about the affairs of this land but Diana replies that Hades has been unleashed and sooner or later his seeking of vengeance for the other deities will lead him to Paradise island too. So Hippolyta asks her what she will do to prevent this from happening and Diana says she will do what Hippolyta herself did once, she will fight - and to underscore this point, she dons an outfit, including a very familiar-looking tiara, that identifies her as Wonder Woman.

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Diana saves Cameron Chase and prepares for battle.

At the D.E.O.'s headquarters, which is under siege, Cameron Chase tries to load her gun while a man is heading towards her. Diana takes out the man, with her lasso and defeats some more of Faust's other men. Chase then asks her who she is and Diana responds by saying they are going to find out.

Faust informs Hades that danger approaches and Hades says he will deal with Hippolyta like he dealt with the last supposed "Champion" of humanity but Faust tells him that it's not Hippolyta but rather her daughter.

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Diana heads to Lincoln Memorial to confront Hades.

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Diana fights for all mankind.

Hades, having defeated Superman, is heading to the Lincoln Memorial and sits on the destroyed statue of Abraham Lincoln, using it as his throne, while Diana enters the scene to confront him. She is appalled by the use of the dead people in his schemes, but he says he gives them a purpose once again. Diana then retorts that they do not need purpose but peace. Hades then shows her that his harpies have captured Steve and threatens to turn him into one of the dead if she does not surrender to him, but Diana says that if they hurt him, she will drag Hades back into Tartarus, impaled on her sword. Hades is surprised that an Amazon defies one of her Deities for a man but Diana says she is fighting for all mankind. The mighty god mocks her by saying that although Hippolyta's blood runs in her veins, she can not stop him by herself. Suddenly, Superman resurfaces under the foot of the rock giant, throwing him down and saying Diana does not fight alone.
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Diana tells Clark they have to kill Faust in order to imprison Hades.

Superman and Wonder Woman begin to fight against Hades' harpies and during the fight, Diana explains to Clark that the only way to defeat Hades is to send him back to Tartarus, a hellish dimension where he was imprisoned by Hippolyta years ago (and the place in Greek mythology where sinners are punished after death), in order to keep the Olympian realms in balance. She also says that her mother in order to imprison Hades in the first place she had to kill the witch, who served him, meaning that now they have to kill Faust. Superman says that is not going to happen and there is always another way, taking Hades and flying him into outer space.

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Superman and Diana save the day.

After Hades is imprisoned, Diana catches Faust with her lasso and says to him that he will share the fate of his master, throwing him inside the portal, which leads into Tartarus, as well. Later Diana asks Clark what power did he use to subdue Hades and Clark responds by saying he used only words. Then Diana hugs Steve, feeling happy he is safe and the city is no longer in danger. But Steve wonders what will happen now with the heroes and how will the government and the army react.

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Diana and Clark talk about their status as heroes and how the planet perceives them.

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Diana decides to stay.

Clark and Diana talk about the future. Clark says he is not prepared to be regarded almost as a deity, something that is more accustomed to Diana, who is descended from trans-dimensional Greek deity-beings. Clark tells her that in the coming weeks one of his associates will be setting up a hub for his team's Watchtower network in DC and it can be made available to her if she decides to stay. Diana says that after much discussion with her mother she decided to stay not only as an ambassador for Themyscira but also to show the planet that her people should not be feared but embraced and prove that it is possible make a difference, when fighting for truth and justice. Clark asks her if she will see Steve again and Diana responds by saying she believes she shall see more of this "boy".

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Diana says goodbye to her mother and then begins her career as an agent of D.E.O.

Later at Andrews A.F.B., General Lane accompanies Queen Hippolyta to the plane, that will transport her back to Paradise Island. Before she leaves Hippolyta says goodbye to her daughter, who is now an agent of D.E.O., as well as asks her when she will see her again. Diana says soon but Hippolyta says not soon enough and the hugs her. After Hippolyta's departure, the new director of the organization, Steve Trevor, calls all his agents, including Diana, saying they need to start working because they have a planet to protect. Steve then asks her if she is ready and she responds by saying "are you?".

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Diana asks for Watchtower's help.

At Watchtower, Diana contacts Tess in search of a prospect with magical powers that will help D.E.O. deal with magical and mythological threats. Tess says she knows just the person for the job but Diana has to get a hold of her agent first.

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Diana finds out that something is missing.

In a D.E.O. quarantine zone, Dr. Emil Hamilton performs an autopsy on the Monitor's body, while Steve observes. At the same time, Diana examines the Monitor's equipment and informs Steve that an item is missing. This apparent comms device which was present at the scene, was somehow lost and nobody knows where it might have gone.

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Diana, Steve, Lois and Oliver talk about the theft.

At her Daily Planet office, Lois and Oliver Queen hold a video-conference with Diana and Steve about the theft on their premises. They suspect that LexCorp had something to do with this as they routinely attempt to break D.E.O.'s firewalls in order to get access to the Russian crash site. Oliver asks what did they keep in the warehouse and Steve responds that there they kept debris that fell through the atmosphere during the contact with Apokolips, probably wanting to use these weapons like Intergang did a while back. They then say that D.E.O.'s mystics were able to conjure an image of the person responsible, an unidentified man wearing a big armor with highly advanced weaponry. Steve says that they dispatched agent Chase and a field team their way and Oliver along with his "alter-ego" are invited to join the investigation.

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Wonder Woman fights the Yellow Lanterns.

In an underwater facility of the D.E.O., Director Trevor confirms to Watchtower that there have been incidents related to the yellow rings in Washington, D.C. as well. According to Trevor, the rings focused on the U.S. Congress, with half the Senate and half the White House becoming the new carriers and starting attacking each other. Wonder Woman is already there, trying to control the situation but according to Trevor she will need all the help she can get.

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Diana admires Chloe's pregnancy.

In D.E.O.'s headquarters, Diana is helping Chloe through the base, and admires the pregnant Chloe saying that it is a thing of wonder and indicating that she hadn't seen any pregnant woman up close, before her arrival in the men's world. When Chloe asks how is that possible and how the Amazons were created, Diana simply remarks that Themysciran affairs are complicated at best but she is sure that she will raise her young "warrior" well as he is in good hands. A surprised Chloe asks her how does she know her baby's gender and Diana says it is just women's intuition. Oliver and Steve later meet with Diana and Chloe, who was revealed that she was already aware of the proposal and then suddenly the entire group receives a call from Watchtower, alerting them of Superman and Lois' disappearance.

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Diana and the others learn Clark and Lois' location.

In the Antarctic facility, Booster, who is talking with his allies in D.E.O.'s facility, informs them that Clark and Lois were sucked in some kind of tear in reality, the Bleed. Skeets says he is able to detect traces of unknown alien technology and they will continue tracking, while Booster tells them he will keep them posted.

Zatanna Zatara is attempting a locator spell to discover where Clark and Lois have gone as the others look on. When the ritual is complete, she announces that Lois and Clark are in Metropolis. When the others tell her otherwise, the sorceress smirks and points out she never said the pair were in this Metropolis.

Later, Tess warns all the other members and allies of the League to stay away from Metropolis in order to prevent them from being possessed by Eclipso.

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Diana and Steve inform the President about the situation.

The President is briefed on the situation by Director Trevor, Chloe, Oliver and Diana. The arrival of the Monitors on Earth means the extinction of the mankind and while they haven't found a way to stop them yet, they can try to protect themselves for a while thanks to the magic of Zatanna and the mystics, but there is nothing more they can do. Chloe says a Monitor vessel just crashed on Earth in a region near Nepal and there is a chance its Superman, but even if it is, he is too late, as the Crisis is here.

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Diana and Steve need to find a new plan.

Steve Trevor and Agent Diana Prince are trying to explain to the President exactly what the blue cloud is that was released by the Monitor ship and how Zatanna Zatara's magic is all that is keeping them safe. Diana however wonders why hasn't Steve told the president about how Zatanna has been growing trying to protect them and keep the barrier up and is convinced they need a plan to stop this threat soon.

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Diana and the others along with the President escape to the Rocky Mountains.

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Diana and Steve share their first kiss.

In NORAD beneath the Rock Mountains, a group of soldiers are confused as they witness a bright yellow light appear out of nowhere. However before they are able to do anything, Oliver tased them with a few of his arrows, with the president telling them to stand down as they are bringing everyone they could from the D.E.O. Headquarters. Zatanna is exhausted from her part, while Chloe and Diana are by her side and brings a medic to help her. Oliver uses another Boom Tube saying this is where they must part ways Steve stays with the general and president to help coordinate the groups, while Diana goes to tell her people of what is coming, but they kiss and part ways with Diana telling Steve that despite what might happen, he'll always be her "secret boy" as they go their separate ways.

Appearances

In The Comics

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Wonder Woman as she appears in the comics.

Born on Paradise Island to a race of Amazon Warriors: Diana is a princess, an ambassador and a warrior. Using her divine powers, granted by the Deities of Olympus, Wonder Woman came to America to fight for peace, justice and truth. Wonder Woman is Earth's greatest female superhero.

As one of the longest continually published comic book characters, Wonder Woman’s history has changed somewhat over the course of her various depictions. In her original golden age appearances certain aspects of the character were introduced which have remained consistent to the modern day. She is an Amazon, raised on Paradise Island (or Themyscira) who journeys to man’s world on a mission of peace. As a superhero the character obviously fulfilled the role of an icon for readers, but so too did her secret identity, Diana Prince. The character was created in a time when different cultural and societal norms existed in North America. Thus although by the modern depiction her accomplishments at the time seem ordinary, in that era they were more so. Diana Prince was originally an army nurse, but quickly attained the rank of lieutenant in Army Intelligence. This was partially a creative convenience so that she could be close to both Steve Trevor and received information which she needed to pursue her superheroics. In reality though, this role in Army intelligence, even as the secretary to General Darnell, was still a rare position for a woman to hold in society. At this time as well, the character had her only real sidekicks in her history in the form of Etta Candy and the Holliday Girls. These characters gave the Wonder Woman a degree more of levity while also allowing the writers to focus on some issues which were more related to women. During that time she gained a big gallery of villains such as Cheetah and Doctor Psycho and she also became a founding member of the original Justice League of America .

This superhero era didn’t last long though. The character was mired in the story lines from the golden age and especially her attachment to Steve Trevor. The difference with Wonder Woman though is that the character had managed to stay continually published since the golden age and did not get a science fiction retelling in the 1950s and 1960s. This left the character somewhat stilled mired in the past and eventually it was decided that something would be done to break her free of it. When the decision was made though it was decided that she would not have a science fiction background as it would break too much from her background as an Amazon, but that she would be slightly re-imagined as a martial arts based character, more along the lines of Batman. This would allow her to keep her somewhat unique background story, while also being more contemporary and popular. A much stronger emphasis was also placed on her appearance, as her somewhat drab civilian clothes and costume from the golden era were replaced with contemporary fashions of the time. In addition she opened a fashion boutique in trendy Greenwhich Village. This has led some to describe this era of the character as the “Mod Girl Wonder Woman.” While this version of the character did not prove to be consistently popular over the course of her brief run, it did leave some lasting impact on the character once she returned to her usual appearance. Following this she sought out more ambitious careers, for instance as a translator for the United Nations, or as a NASA astronaut and eventually moved back to Army Intelligence where she eventually got promoted to major. Also this period provided the opportunity to sever her from a dependence on Steve Trevor for her stories and her stories for the first time in her publication history became much more in line with what is considered typical of the super hero medium.

The modern age of the character can be tied to the reboot of the character following Crisis on Infinite Earths. As opposed to the past where the character would get retold origins which would try to make her more contemporary, now she got one which tied her much more strongly to the stories of the ancient deities. For the first time Diana enters man’s world not knowing how to speak English already and is forced to master the language on her own. This version of the character also reimagined Steve Trevor as a father figure for Diana as opposed to a romantic counterpart. After a long space voyage, when she returned home she was forced to work at a fast food restaurant to pay her bills and made friends with a number of people in her “civilian identity.” This built up to the revelation of betrayal of her mother and of Artemis taking over as Wonder Woman for a short time, but this was soon reversed. This period also introduced Cassandra Sandsmark, who would go on to become Wonder Girl at a later point. During the events of Infinite Crisis Diana had to fight Superman who was being controlled by Maxwell Lord . Battered after their battle, Diana has managed to stop Superman by using her lasso of truth on Lord and the only option which she is given to stopping Maxwell is to kill him and realizing this is the case, she does so. This created a controversy both within comics and in the real universe, as both fans and characters alike debated the morality of this decision. In comics this also led to strained relations between her and Superman and her and Batman and with the addition of the events of Identity Crisis, helped to lead to the breakup of the Justice League of America at a crucial point right before the main events of Infinite Crisis were about to begin.

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Wonder Woman #600

Following the events of Infinite Crisis, she disappeared for a year in order to rediscover herself and took part briefly in the events of 52. In the span of One Year Later, she was re-imagined once again and was forgiven by Batman and Superman. Batman helped her establish a role at the Department of Metahuman Affairs under the name of Diana Prince (paying homage to her golden age alter ego). She worked alongside Tom Tresser and eventually became romantically involved with him. Her latest series was relaunched with issue 600, which was used as a chance to reinvent the character as she discovers herself with no memories and in a new costume. This was a short lived experiment as the entire DC lineup was soon to be re-imagined into the new 52, though certain aspects of her redesigned costume remained.

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Wonder Woman in the New 52.

In the New 52 it has been revealed how the Amazons replenish their numbers (they do so by kidnapping sailors and using them for procreation before killing them) as well as the fact of Wonder Woman’s divine lineage. Hippolyta revealed Diana's earlier origin story to be a lie, spread among the Amazons to protect Diana from the wrath of Hera, who is known for hunting and killing several illegitimate offspring of Zeus. Her mother had an affair with Zeus, which resulted in her birth. The first of these half-mortal siblings to reveal himself to Wonder Woman was her older half-brother, Lennox, who could transform himself into living, marble-like stone and before his death, was the father of Cassandra Sandsmark (Wonder Girl). Despite the fact that Zeus is her father it does not necessarily remove other facts about her origin from canon (for instance the blessings of the deities). In the Zero month of the new 52, the story for Diana focused on the fact that she had been trained by Ares when she was a teenager though she eventually rebelled against him. When Diana first came to man's world she encountered a group attacking the Pentagon. Because of this she befriended Barbara Minerva who was working there on ancient antiquities and Barbara helped her acclimatize to man's world. Moreover, Diana does not have a secret identity. Wonder Woman also is one of the founding members and the first female member of the Justice League.

In the Wonder Woman series, after Zeus had gone missing, the Greek messenger god, Hermes, entrusts Wonder Woman with the protection of Zola, a young woman, who is pregnant with Zeus's child, from Hera, seething with jealousy and determined to kill the child. The realization of her mother's lie angered Diana and she decided to divorce herself from the Amazons - who had already begun to turn on her for bringing Hera's wrath down on them. She renounced the name Diana and swore never to return to the island again. Unfortunately, not long after Diana left, Hera came for her vengeance and though she could not bring herself to kill Hippolyta, she could not forgive them either. Feeling regret at giving up the only real family she had, Wonder Woman returned to Themyscira to find the Amazons absent and her mother turned to stone. The story then focuses on Wonder Woman's quest to rescue Zola from Hades, who had abducted her and taken her to Hell. After saving Zola from Hades, Wonder Woman tries to protect her further from Apollo, as it is prophesied that one of Zeus' children will be his downfall whom Apollo considers to be Zola's child. Wonder Woman receives the power of flight by one of Hermes' feathers piercing her thigh and Zola's baby is stolen by Hermes at the end and given to Demeter.

It is shown that when Wonder Woman removes her bracelets she goes into a "berzerker rage" of power, meaning that the bracelets are what protects her opponents from her intense power. On occasions Wonder Woman has employed a magical sword of unknown origin. In Wonder Woman #15, Hephaestus modifies Diana's bracelets so that she can manifest two short swords from them during battle.

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Wonder Woman and Superman.

Diana is currently in a romantic relationship with fellow Leaguer, Superman, with their union is the new status quo. They shared their first kiss in Justice League #12. Because of the relationship, Wonder Woman appears, besides the Wonder Woman and the Justice League comic book series, in the new Superman/Wonder Woman series.

Diana talks with her friend Hessia about why Clark is hiding their relationship, with Diana thinking he might be ashamed. Her friend knows he has been trained to hide everything. Then Diana says it is an inherent difference between them her openness and his timidity. Later, Clark and Diana start their date night. When confronted by Diana about hiding their relationship, Clark talks about giving 'them' everything and this is something he wants to keep just to them for now. Diana wants to show Clark that he needs training in how to fight, because he isn't a true warrior. And to show that, she brandishes a sword and almost slashes him.

Despite being a couple, the two heroes continue to save the planet together, battling an odd storm at sea intercut. Superman and Diana are streaking to the storm together and then they decide that Superman will take care of the storm and Diana will help out a plane in danger nearby. While they save people, who are in danger, someone sends to Cat Grant, Clark's partner from clarkcatropolis.com, some photos of the two Leaguers kissing, revealing their secret relationship. Cat decides to broke the story of the Superman/Wonder Woman romance. Diana is hoisting this plane up, keeping it from crashing, only to have Superman get punched through it from whatever was at the bottom of the ocean. The US military sees Superman break through the plane and assume that Wonder Woman and Superman have destroyed it on purpose. So a nearby battleship opens up its guns onto Diana. She flies to the ship and rips it turret off, destroying it. Suddenly, Doomsday appears in the middle of the off-shore storm as the one who hit Superman. With Superman out for the count, Diana faced off against him. Just as Diana, arms broken, is about to accept the killing blow from Doomsday, Superman returns lifting the ship out of the water and after that Doomsday mysteriously disappeared. Diana's description let's Clark know that this was Doomsday she was fighting. They head to the Fortress so they can confirm it by looking into the Phantom Zone. Superman is rightly afraid of Doomsday who he says is simply 'death'. But Wonder Woman doesn't know Doomsday. Diana takes Superman to Hephaestus to see if the Smith can make Clark something to help him in battle. Initially, Diana asks him for a 'weapon' which seems odd for Clark. But later they say it would be armor. Hephaestus attack Superman, wanting to prove that Superman is worthy of being there and Clark easily parries it. Apollo and Strife also show up, with Apollo questioning Diana's choice in love. Soon after that, Superman engages into a fight with his girlfriend's brother and even though Apollo seems to have the upper hand, Superman defeats him. Later when Zod escapes from the Phantom Zone Superman and Wonder Woman arrive together and Zod is trapped within the coils of the magic lasso. After they transport Zod to the Fortress of Soltitude, Wonder Woman decides that now is the right time to give Clark his Christmas gift, the gift of time, a time where they can just be with each other and not worry about the Earth. Later, Diana asks Superman why he continues to be 'Clark'. Why not get rid of that identity and be just Superman and use his powers all the time, something that brings him joy. Clark respond that he remains Clark because it reminds him of the lives of regular people. After that, Diana is confused about her relationship and goes to her friend Hessia to talk things out. Hessia reminds Diana that there is more to her life than simply this relationship and that she isn't defined by Superman. Looking for some distance to mull things over as well as checking in on the Amazons, she heads to Themiscyra to talk to her petrified mother. Diana decides to leave Themyscira and immediately gets a call on the comm-link about Superman fighting Zod and the also recently freed Faora and so she rushes to his side. The two couples begin to battle each other and Diana presses the red hot blade of her sword, sizzling from Zod's heat vision to Faora's face. With the fight at an impasse, Zod grabs Superman and threatens to kill him. He will allow Superman to live if Diana allows them to leave alive as well. Diana agrees leading to a strategic retreat. After that, Superman and Diana head to Olympus to pick up the weapons that Hephaetus has been crafting for them. He not only outfits them in armor but gives them his 'invisible chariot' so the two can sneak up on Zod and Faora. The Hephaestus armor turns out to be a weapon, absorbing the physical energy of the Zoners' attacks and then being able to be detonated like a bomb, with the trigger being for Clark and Diana to hold hands. It turns out that Zod wants to open up a huge Zone gate to free everyone and everything. Weakened and trapped in the nuclear reactor, Clark comes up with a sort of last-ditch plan. Diana's magic sword can split an atom causing a reaction with the remaining fissionable material in the core. The resulting nuclear explosion will destroy the Zone gate but it could kill them. Knowing this might kill them, Clark professes his love for Diana.

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    Agent Diana Prince.

    Wonder Woman is the most recognizable female character published by DC Comics and along with Superman and Batman are known as the DC Trinity. She is also the last member of the Trinity to make her debut in the Smallville multiverse.
  • In addition, she is also the oldest continuously drawn female superhero ever.
  • Like Batman, Wonder Woman couldn't make an appearance in the TV series because of legal issues, but finally made her debut in Smallville through the comic book continuation of the show in the story-arc Olympus, like Batman did in Detective.
  • Bryan Q. Miller stated in an interview that Diana won't be known as Wonder Woman yet when she first appears. Regarding her suit, he also stated: "Does she have the bracelets? Oh, yes. Like you see in the cover. And pants, of course. Regarding the rest of her "traditional" look - something tells me she might find her way to a lasso and some armor by the time all is said and done!".
  • Bryan Q. Miller also stated that Diana's look in her appearances in Smallville: Season Eleven is partly based on her Agent Diana Prince look, during the story-arc where she was an agent at the Department of Metahuman Affairs and partly on the new costume she wore, when the character was first rebooted in the pages of Wonder Woman #600.
  • Bryan Q. Miller confirmed on his twitter that Diana is older than Clark, but not as old as Lex, Oliver and Bruce.
  • Smallville's version of Diana strongly resembles actress Angelina Jolie.
  • During the third part of Olympus Bones baptizes Diana "Prince" while keeps her under his custody.
  • Wonder Woman's ability and desire to fight for gender equality has made her a longtime feminist icon. As a matter of fact, the prominent feminist Gloria Steinem chose her for the cover of the debut issue of Ms. Magazine in 1972 with the headline "Wonder Woman For President." [1]

Other faces of Diana

See also

References

  1. Comics and American Feminism: Wonder Woman (The Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project)

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