Wonder Woman: Encyclopedia of Villains

First Appearance: Wonder Woman 26 (1947)
Creators: Joye Hummel and H.G Peter
Abilities: Strength proportionate to a fifteen foot tall giant. Mastery of ‘Expanding Mercury’. Flight through the use of winged sandals and winged helm. Leads the armies of Mercury


Backstory: Ruler of the planet Mercury, Queen Celerita like all of her kind was a fifteen foot tall giant who possessing winged sandals and winged helm, was capable of flight at incredible speeds, and strength beyond the common Earthling.

Having subjugated her political opponents to claim rule of her planet, Queen Celerita was a tyrant who ruled with an iron fist. Barring the treasured gift of flight to all but her own personal military and chaining those who stood in her way.

Eager to build temples dedicated to herself and slay the builders as sacrifice, Queen Celerita was quite mad with power.

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First Appearance: Wonder Woman 124 (1961)
Creators: Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru
Abilities: Continuous adaption to any environment or circumstance. Will rise again no matter how he is felled. Shapeshifting into any animal, element, or creation. Kaiju.


Backstory: A shapeshifting menace born of mankinds experiments with nuclear weaponry. Multiple Man is a seemingly mindless entity which exists only to consume and destroy. Taking things to consume them. Destroying anything that gets in its way. A menace of pure devastation.

So powerful is Multiple Man that should it die, it will simply evolve and reform into something suitable to escape its present environment. Impossible to permanently contain or slay, Multiple Man will simply reform and try again and again.

Ever evolving and ever changing, Multiple Man would be an ever unpredictable force of destruction which would always find new and creative ways to menace people.

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First Appearance: Wonder Woman 75 (1955)
Creators: Robert Kanigher and H.G Peter
Abilities: Magic. Size changing gun


Backstory: Leader of the evil leprechauns, Nilremo was a powerful wizard who turned his magical knowledge towards evil purpose. Unlike the other leprechauns which sought to bring joy and laughter to mankind and enjoy the occasional prank at their expense, Nilremo and his evil leprechauns wished to spread dismay and despair. Robbing mankind of what it treasured to keep for themselves.

In order to accomplish this dire task and well aware that the other leprechauns were well versed in magic, Nilremo got his hands on a science powered shrink ray. Cutting through their magical defenses with something they never could have thought to develop a defense against.

Once he successfully captures his more good natured kin, Nilremo would have nothing to stop his criminal efforts.

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First Appearance: Wonder Woman 255 (1979)
Creators: Paul Levitz and Jose Delbo
Abilities: Machine induced mind control from great distances. Flying hover scooter. Dozens of different trick guns, knives, and explosives of various types and forms. Flying boat. Flying saucer. Skilled in nets, knotberrys, and spears. Eye laser. Skyscraper sized ‘contracting net’ which can crush whole buildings on command. Talented in unarmed combat.


Backstory: One of the greatest assassins of all of Africa. Bushmaster was an agent for ‘the Cartel’ an international assassination organization which boasted a perfect assassination record and active operations all around the world.

Bushmaster in particular was a technological master. Possessing a seemingly endless amount of weapons, tools, and tricks. He could deal with seemingly any situation with ruthless efficiency.

When carrying out his assassinations, Bushmaster preferred to operate subtly. Using mind control to make others kill the target for him and take the blame. Or when that fails, using traps to put an end to the target without getting directly involved.

However when confounded by someone who poses a challenge to his efforts, Bushmaster has no hesitation in entering the field himself and making a public display as he uses his mass array of tools and weapons to bring down his targets and prove his superiority.

However cautious to a fault, Bushmaster will not hesitate to flee if things are not in his favor, using an array of escape methods planned in advance for any situation. Swearing to one day return once he developed a means of countering his foes strengths.

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First Appearance: Wonder Woman 137 (1963)
Creators: Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru
Abilities: Strength proportionate to Wonder Woman. Flight. Ability to project a florescent paint. Built in radar. Sword haver. Ability to be instantly reassembled regardless of what damage she sustains.


Backstory: Across the vast reaches space and possibility lies many mysterious worlds and planets. One of which being an Earth identical to the one we know save for the fact that everyone is mysteriously a robot!

Every single individual on this world is a robot fashioned from plastic with physical abilities beyond the common man. Somehow aware of the world of flesh and blood, they would seek to replicate it.

The Robot Wonder Woman of this world noticing that they did not possess a Steve Trevor on their planet, would attempt to kidnap the real one. Driven by the need to make their world exactly the same.

However as Diana is busily rescuing Steve from this world, she would discover that Robot Wonder Woman and her Earth differed quite heavily from the Earth she was familiar with.

The most blatant was that for a world where any injury one may suffer no matter how grievous could be instantly repaired, life held little value. Thus little hesitation existed for something as final as murder for a people for whom such an act was only temporary.

Secondly, these robots never held any worship of the gods. Thus any of the restrictions which dictated the Amazons actions did not apply to them. So the world knew of Robot Wonder Woman and her people. The Amazons freely came and went from their island. Men would come and even stay on the island. And all of their contests and events were heavily commercialized with people from across the world coming to attend.

Most importantly from Dianas perspective, this Robot Wonder Woman lacked any sense of compassion or empathy. Garnering glee at the chance to slaughter those who opposed her and take whatever she wanted consequences be darned.

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First Appearance: Wonder Woman 5 (2016)
Creators: Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp
Abilities: Scientific genius with no physical body to slow her down, she has the powers of metamorphosis and technokinesis allowing her to connect and manifest anywhere in the world.


Backstory: Dr. Adrianna Anderson is the second character to use the monicker Doctor Cyber, the first having been affected by the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, but she has emerged as the most powerful version of the villain yet. Once a human woman, Dr. Anderson is a renowned expert in the field of cybernetics, and a colleague and close friend to Dr. Veronica Cale, CEO of Empire Enterprises.

The focus of her work in Empire’s Research and Development department enabled her to create the Cyberwalker System, which she often used to assist Dr. Cale through a computerized holograph of herself.

Adrianna was eventually convinced by Cale, a sworn enemy of Wonder Woman, to use an experimental “cyber walker suit” to fight the Amazon. The suit, however, was damaged, and Adrianna’s mind was trapped within its systems as her organic body died. Her mind was later transferred to an A.I. system, where she was reborn as a digital construct, going by the name Dr. Cyber, considering herself no less than a “digital goddess”. This new version of Cyber continue to aid Dr. Cale in her plans against Wonder Woman, and became a member of the secret criminal organization know as Godwatch.

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First Appearance: Wonder Woman #22 (1947)
Creators: William Marston and H.G Peter
Abilities: Holliday College level education. An over inflated opinion of oneself.


Backstory: The most jealous of the Holliday Girls. Gell was a woman who saw the achievements made by others and looked on with rage. Convinced that she was more capable than anyone else despite never applying herself to do so.

Whenever she sees someone accomplish something that was beyond her such as building a space ship for traveling to Venus or ruling over an entire planet, Gell would react with jealousy. Convinced that she could accomplish anything better than her counterparts and suspecting them of somehow cheating in one way or another to get where they are.

What would otherwise be a simple character flaw would blow up, for when discovering that Venus has a monarchy, she would begin plotting to overthrow the government and conquer the planet. Wishing to rule because she believes herself better than anyone else.

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What an interesting hashtag

I was hoping something like this would happen.

There’s a lot of royalty in this list.

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This is me (truly):

tugs on his “Me am smart cookie.” t-shirt

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Yuup~ This isn’t even all of em. Wonder Womans rogues gallery is pretty heavily monarchist in nature.

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Name: Cyborgirl
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #179 (2002)
Creators: Phil Jiminez and Roy Allan Martinez
Abilities: Capable of interfacing and taking control of any machine regardless of nature. Can reform parts of her body to form weapons such as blades or sonic weaponry. Mechanical strength.


Backstory: Letonya Charles was a young woman with a promising future ahead of her until poor life choices led to her making the poor decision of when introduced to drugs while losing herself in the party scene, she became addicted to ‘Tar’ a narcotic thats side effects would render someone dead within a few years of continuous use.

Fortunately for Letonya, her aunt Sarah was a brilliant scientist working at Star Labs who not wanting to lose her neice, undertook a surgery to surgically removed the affected areas, replace them with mechanical systems, and turn Letonya into Cyborgirl.

With this, Letonya was no longer at risk of dying from the effects of her drug abuse. She had a body that looked perfectly human but could reform into mechanical systems using her built in nano technology.

However what may have been a new lease on life and a chance for Cyborgirl to turn her life around and make something more of herself would instead lead to the creation of a new villain. For while Cyborgirl would no longer die from ‘Tar’ which no longer drove her to her death, Cyborgirl was still heavily addicted.

This being a dangerous narcotic that was highly illegal, Cyborgirl would have to get her fix from criminals. And when it became realized that she was capable of incredible feats of strength and power, Tar became a leash used to control Cyborgirl. Making her into the perfect supervillain lackey. Willing to commit murder and destroy civilizations all for the sake of getting her fix.

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As part of the team assembling the table of contents/link list for this, I was honestly shocked that there are more WW villains starting with “King” than “Doctor.” And just as many starting with “Queen” as “Doctor”! (So far anyway. The project continues.) I’ve definitely learned a lot so far. :face_with_monocle:

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The number of doctors WOULD increase if the two Doctor Poisons had separate articles. And there are a number I have not covered yet such as Doctor Domino, Doctor Echo, Doctor Crawford, and half a dozen professors.

That said, Im not even halfway through the number of villainous kings, queens, and other members of monarchy in Wonder Womans rogue gallery. :sweat_smile:

I confess when I started my first list years prior I was likewise expecting far more doctors than anything else. In no small part because Marston tended to work from a scientific basis with alot of his stuff.

But in reality, the truth of the matter is people assume Wonder Woman has alot of doctors in her rogues gallery because a good chunk of her A list better known rogues either call themselves doctors (even the likes of Psycho who was kicked out of medical school) Or have formal scientific education. (Baroness, Zeul Giganta, Blue Snowman, Minerva Cheetah…)

The kings and queens of secret kingdoms didn’t have as much staying power sadly

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That one’s for you! And yes, there’s a lot of evil royals, it seems, but I think that’s just a recurring theme of the earlier eras.

:+1: There’s still plenty that haven’t come up yet. I did all 4 Dr. Poisons in one because they all use the same moniker (as well as the name Maru) and all have military ties. 4 separate profiles doesn’t seem worth it, especially when their characterizations stay pretty true to the source…same reason I added Doris into Giganta’s profile. Easier to discover and less confusing (and less work for us :tada:)!

I’ve been pretty careful (tried to be anyway :smile:) with the long-standing villains who survived Crisis, to both cover their origins and bring them current, and then adding links for reference. :purple_heart: I think it works.

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First Appearance: Wonder Woman 196 (2003)
Creators: Greg Rucka and Drew Johnson
Abilities: Genius engineer, business tycoon, criminal mastermind and founder of Godwatch.


Backstory: One of Diana’s more complex adversaries, the deeply self-reliant Veronica Cale wears many hats: bio-engineer, CEO, dedicated mother, god hunter and of course, contemptuous villain who won’t stop until she evens the score. Despite being rescued by Wonder Woman several times, Cale uses here wealth, intellect and expertise in chemical & technological engineering to conspire against Diana, which has brought her in league (and conflict) with prominent members of the Amazon’s rogues gallery. Her motives have changed over time, however, the core reason for her resentment becoming deeper and more personal.

Talented and industrious, Dr. Cale worked hard to earn everything she has, but as a woman working in the fields of both medicine and business, she spent her life fighting an uphill battle—a familiar story: working ten times harder to make half the progress as people with a fraction of her insight or creativity; But Cale was up to the challenge, and became the founder of a hugely successful company, accumulating vast wealth.

She had grown cynical though, and developed a ruthlessness which allowed her to survive in a cutthroat world, so when Wonder Woman arrived with her graceful god-given gifts, preaching of peace and equality, she took personal offense. Cale would attempt to smear Diana’s reputation, and later played a role in the creation of the 3rd Silver Swan, Vanessa Kapatelis, by buying her from Sebastian Ballesteros, and turning her into a cyborg.

During Rebirth Cale would gain another layer of scorn for not only Diana, but the Gods of Olympus. As the CEO of Empire Industries she would launch Godwatch, which was founded for the sole purpose of locating Themyscira—not to enhance Cale’s own power or influence, but out of desperation.

The sons of Ares, Phobos and Deimos, seeking to free their father from prison on Themyscira, had exploited Veronica by placing a curse on her daughter, Isadore, which removed her face and soul from her body. Only upon the liberation of Ares from his prison on Themyscira could Isadore be restored. To add to her grief, she would also lose her best friend, Adrianna Anderson, who died and transformed into Dr. Cyber while on a mission to find the island.

Cale exacted revenge upon her blackmailers by partnering with the sorceress Circe, and even arranged to re-curse a newly cured Barbara Minerva in order to aide her in her efforts. When she located the island Veronica learned that Isadore could only remain whole if she stayed, forcing her to leave her only daughter and heir behind. Veronica blames Wonder Woman’s personal feud with Ares for their separation to this day.

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First Appearance: Wonder Woman 151 (1965)
Creators: Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru
Abilities: Alien blob that can absorb the properties of anything it ingests, rendering it immune to weapons.


Backstory: The Glop, a twisted looking amorphous entity, would make its Silver Age debut battling the original Wonder Girl—who was NOT, in fact, the beloved Donna Troy, but the adult Wonder Woman’s fantasies of being a teenage girl. (Diana never having a childhood would also daydream adventures of being a baby during this era, and thus Wonder Tot was born…)

While dreaming, Wonder Girl imagined the arrival of a space monster called The Glop, which could absorb the properties of anything and everything it could possibly digest. Assimilating various characteristics of the organic and inorganic alike not only meant it was immune to attacks and weapons, but while terrorizing party-goers, it also absorbs 100 rock and roll records *and * their lyrics. The Glop, with its emotions manipulated by the music, falls in love with Wonder Girl (easily one of her strangest suitors ever). Thankfully, it was all just a dream.

Wonder Girl ultimately vanquished the destructive sentient blob with time travel technology. She transports far into the past and trapped the creature on an uninhabited Earth. Though it was only a fantasy, Wonder Woman cautioned her that dreams have a way of coming true, and as it happened, the Glop would eventually return.

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Fair~ I confess I tend to forget about the latter two Doctor Poisons. And I suppose we don’t really know enough about any of them to stretch it enough…

Now Doris eventually I will make a profile for~! Her and the Gorilla Giganta are waaaay to different as characters not to do that. :laughing:
…Just takes me sitting down to read ‘Secret Six’ and get an idea what in the world her character is.

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Name: Paperman
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #165 (1966)
Creators: Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru
Abilities: Made wholly from paper, Paperman can reform his body into anything concievable by paper, gaining those properties in the process. Can merge with existing paper to hide. Can expand or contract in size, becoming as small as an envelop or large as a billboard.


Backstory: Horace was a simple employee at the chemical processing plant which created special experimental paper used for military operations when falling into a non OSHA compliant chemical vat, he became paper itself!

When the transformation change Horace, his co workers laughed in hilarity at his terrible fate, with only Diana Prince showing any concern for Horaces unfortunate accident.

Horace being a nice guy was convinced that the only reason Diana Prince could have shown any concern or empathy for him must be because she was in reality madly in love with him. Thus training his newfound powers, Paperman would enter into a life of crime.

Stealing wealthy and priceless objects at Dianas feet in the hopes of earning her affection. And whenever she would try convincing him to stop these criminal escapades, return what he stole, and confess to his crimes, he would declare that Wonder Woman had gotten to her, poisoning Dianas mind against him, unable to understand why she wasnt falling head over heels for a sweet nice guy like himself.

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He would’ve been more villainous as PaperCut Man.

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Name: Doctor Domino
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #205 (1973)
Creators: Robert Kanigher and Don Heck
Abilities: Has a domino brick for a head. Criminal mastermind with a number of henchmen. Possesses a cargo freighter from which he performs his criminal operations worldwide. Has a collection of nuclear warheads each of which is powerful enough to destroy whole cities.


Backstory: Doctor Domino was an evil mastermind with ambitions towards world domination. Like other evil geniuses of his caliber, Doctor Domino somehow had a secret headquarters, a number of deadly doomsday weapons, and a large number of henchmen who follow his every command without question.

For reasons unexplained, Doctor Domino had a domino for a head. Whether this is a medical condition, a genetic trait he was born with, or the fault of some freak domino accident; it seemingly plays no part in any of his villainous schemes or motivations.

Doctor Dominos primary focus and drive is in seeking out and obtaining dangerous doomsday weapons of mass destruction so that he could blackmail the governments of the world and become its new leader.

Such as Professor Zunis ‘Bacteria Cloudburst formula’ A bio terrorist weapon which when used would create large formations of airborne and instantly deadly bacteria which could wipe out whole city populations while leaving everything otherwise in pristine condition.

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