When William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in 1941, he wanted to depict a strong female hero who was raised by other strong women, away from the influence of men. He saw women as the more powerful sex, which led to his exploration of weakening Wonder Woman by tying her up or making her a slave. Although he aspired to write a superhero for feminists, his brand was really feminism as fetish. Still, Marston saw Wonder Woman as a goddess of love, not war. She demonstrates that someone can be powerful, and powerfully strong, without sacrificing femininity.
Wonder Woman is fun-loving and adventurous, and open to experiences of all kinds, and she’s not the only one. Plenty of female superheroes show that a woman can enjoy a passionate life in a brawl and in a bed. The same adrenaline that pushes a superhero into a blood rage can also send her into a frenzied need for sexual satisfaction. When you’re a superhero, however, you have to be careful. Not everyone has the strength and stamina to go toe to toe, so to speak, with a female goddess. A select group of men, super and otherwise, were lucky enough to get lucky with these lovely ladies. CBR profiles 15 people who slept with a wonder woman.
DC reboots give writers the chance to play with timelines, including match-ups of the romantic variety. One of Wonder Woman’s most unlikely lovers, ever, is Aquaman, dreamy fish scale-suit and all. In Peter David’s Aquaman Annual #1, Aquaman and Wonder Woman meet as Orin and Diana, years before they become superheroes. After he saves her from being taken by Triton, they share a scintillating smooch.
The two of them didn’t enjoy coitus, however, until they met during Flashpoint. In that storyline, Wonder Woman and Aquaman fall for each other while he’s still married to Mera. Mera reveals that she witnessed the two of them getting it on, right before she gets her head lopped off by Wonder Woman. It’s hard to say, in that scenario, which woman was scorned.
Ultimate Hulk Annual #1 by Jeph Loeb, Marko Djurdjevic and Ed McGuinness, is about a girl’s trifecta of a good time: a boisterous brawl, puffy pancakes and crazy coitus to top it all off. Although Zarda, a.k.a. Power Princess, is a Marvel creation, she is essentially Marvel’s version of Wonder Woman, but with a lot more attitude.
Zarda resents the societal constraints of the Ultimate world, which makes her really cranky. When a pants-less Hulk ruins her breakfast, she takes him to task. After destroying him, she gets him some pants and pancakes, in that order. Then she realizes that playing with the Hulk was more fun than she’s had in a long time, so she extends their playdate. The two of them get a motel room and then get busy.
Wonder Girl is to the Teen Titans what Wonder Woman is to the Justice League. In the New 52 timeline, Cassandra Sandsmark acquires her powers after visiting an archaeological dig with her thieving boyfriend. She discovers bracelets and an alien metal that give her armor that allows her to fly and gives her super-strength. She can also create a lariat that drains the life from her opponent.
Cassie and Tim Drake, a.k.a. Red Robin, have enjoyed a long relationship, full of promise and flirting, and sometimes even kisses. In Teen Titans Vol 4 #17, by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza and Eddy Barrows, Tim and Cassie finally sleep together. Unfortunately for Cassie, Tim is possessed by the demon Trigon at the time. Don’t worry. The two of them find their way back together, for real, later on.
12. GREEN LANTERN
Donna Troy is another female who has sometimes worn the mantle of Wonder Woman, but most often, she is known as Wonder Girl and has, essentially, the same powers as Diana. She has also been a member of the Justice League, where she worked alongside her lover, Kyle Rayner, Green Lantern.
Readers have seen Donna and Kyle go through ups and downs, spats and make-up sex, like any long-term couple has. After all, who sketches a naked woman in his apartment without giving his significant other a heads-up? After taking stock of their lives, however, in Green Lantern Vol. 3 #78, by Ron Marz and Darryl Banks, Kyle and Donna confess their true love. Kyle cements their bond by giving her a necklace made from his power ring.
In some Wonder Woman timelines, the title of Wonder Woman isn’t just a nickname, nor an inherited title. The title of Wonder Woman is sometimes won in a tournament. Just as Artemis battled and defeated Diana for the honor of being called Wonder Woman, Nu’bia, in her time, won the Tournament of Grace and Wonder to become Wonder Woman.
As Wonder Woman, Nu’bia revealed in Wonder Woman #154, by writer Doselle Young and artist John McCrea, that long ago, she was sent to guard the gate to Tartarus, to keep the outside world safe. After she was injured in battle, Nu’bia was nursed back to health by Ahura-Mazda. The two of them became lovers. She lost him, however, when the demon Ahriman cut out his heart.
As we mentioned before, Diana Prince hasn’t been the only Wonder Woman in DC history. Queen Hippolyta, Diana’s mother, was Wonder Woman for some time, while Diana lived on Mount Olympus. As Wonder Woman, Hippolyta traveled back in time on a mission with Jay Garrick, a.k.a. The Flash. Back in the 1940s, Wonder Woman joined the Justice Society of America, where her friends called her “Polly.”
She remained a member of the JSA for eight years. During that time, she struck up a friendship with benefits with Ted Grant, a.k.a. Wildcat. No doubt his fit physique, the product of years as a boxer and a martial arts trainer, made him catnip to Hippolyta. The two of them are shown in bed here above, having an intimate conversation, in 2002’s Wonder Woman #185, by Phil Jimenez.
9. TREVOR BARNES
After “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” Wonder Woman’s love life took a different path on New Earth with Trevor Barnes in Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #170. Barnes was the creation of Phil Jimenez and Joe Kelly. Jimenez created Barnes as a nod to his buddies, who happened to be comic book fans. He included the name Trevor as an homage to Wonder Woman’s other boyfriend.
Wonder Woman was attracted to Barnes right away and asked him out. Barnes, on the other hand, was intimidated by her, and refused. She eventually won him over when he overheard her talking with her mother about her insecurities. Their relationship wasn’t easy. Wonder Woman caused strife between Barnes and his twin sister, and Diana wasn’t happy when she found out that he had eavesdropped on her conversation with Hippolyta. They decided to go back to being friends before he was killed by the Shattered God and Zeus.
8. KEITH GRIGGS
Steve Trevor is famous for being Wonder Woman’s favorite military mortal, but he isn’t the only man to have wooed the Amazonian princess. After Trevor was killed, then reanimated, Diana Prince found love with the mustachioed Keith Griggs. They served together in the U.S. Air Force under General Darnell. The two of them flirted, then finally hooked up in Wonder Woman #323 “Night of Many Wonders,” by Dan Mishkin, with art by Don Heck and Eduardo Barreto.
What was most appealing about Griggs to Diana was that he was more taken with Diana Prince than he was with Wonder Woman. Trevor just passed the time with Diana until Wonder Woman would show up. Griggs didn’t care if Wonder Woman showed up at all. While Trevor put Wonder Woman on a pedestal, and referred to her as “Angel,” Griggs was more interested in Diana’s intelligence, skills and, of course, beauty.
7. TOM TRESSER
Wonder Woman’s banter with Tom Tresser, a.k.a. Nemesis, is perhaps the most fun to read, out of all her lovers. Once a member of the Suicide Squad, Tom’s devil-may-care swagger would be irresistible to any woman, because underneath his bluster, he is a truly good guy. He likest to poke fun at Wonder Woman with tasteless humor, but in his heart, he really is in love.
In “One Year Later,” their flirting turns into something more. When Circe uses the government to attack Themyscira, Tresser comes to their aid. Hippolyta then gives Tresser and Wonder Woman her blessing. However, Tresser later discovers that Wonder Woman only wanted him for procreation, not true love, so he broke off their relationship. Those Amazons, always so practical!
As CBR mentioned earlier, Rucka wanted to depict a true paradise on Themyscira, where love blossomed for love’s sake. The Amazons wouldn’t refer to themselves as lesbians, or even call their love “same sex,” because it’s the only kind they know. Their love is a pure one that grows organically between two people, who have no judgments or societal restraints placed on them.
On Themyscira, Diana’s most important relationship seems to have been with an Amazon named Kasia. The two of them share a brief conversation about whether or not Diana should venture out into the world of man. Kasia advises Diana against it, saying that, in her experience, women pay a high price if they refuse a man’s advances. Regardless of how deeply Diana feels for Kasia, she decides to accompany Steve Trevor to his world, so she can see it for herself.
After “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” over on Earth-3, Lois Lane is the evil counterpart of Wonder Woman known as Superwoman. Rather than possess a Lasso of Truth, she has a Lasso of Submission. Superwoman isn’t worried about spreading love and peace. Well, she’s interested in spreading love, but only to a lucky chosen few.
Superwoman is in a committed relationship with Superman’s evil Earth-3 version, Ultraman, who refers to her as his wife, once, when she asks him to zip her up. She seems to tolerate him in order to ally herself with him as the leader of their group, the Crime Syndicate. Plus, he is the only member of their team who can match her powers. Unfortunately, he’s also very jealous, frequently shooting eye-beams at Superwoman when he sees her dallying with our next entry.
Owlman is the other dude in a cape who gets it on with Superwoman. Superwoman is much more interested in the be-goggled butt-kicker. She’s even willing to go behind Ultraman’s back. They meet in alleys and pretty much wherever they can find a dark corner, because Ultraman is always watching from his floating lair (his version of the Fortress of Solitude).
Fans who have long ‘shipped Batman and Wonder Woman can get some naughty satisfaction reading about Superwoman and Owlman, who is Batman’s darker version on Earth-3. When Superwoman winds up pregnant, she hints that the child is Owlman’s, all the while stringing along Ultraman. She reveals in Forever Evil, by Geoff Johns, that Alexander Luthor is actually the father of her child.
In the past, plenty of men have waggled their eyebrows at the idea of an island that’s only populated by Amazonian women. In the Wonder Woman movie, even Steve Trevor — who is anachronistically feminist — rolls his eyes when his buddy jokes about it. Those men are ignoring the point that Diana makes as she and Steve leave the island for man’s world, “They came to the conclusion that men are essential for procreation, but when it comes to pleasure… unnecessary.”
Greg Rucka didn’t forget. He made it pretty clear in Wonder Woman #2 that, although the Amazons were sans men, they weren’t abstinent. They weren’t even necessarily monogamous, at least in Diana’s case. The Amazons in the panel above say they “don’t even know” who Diana has slept with. Clearly, Diana wanted to explore all 12 of Cleo’s treatises on body and pleasure.
2. STEVE TREVOR
Luckily for Steve Trevor, he was the first man to meet Diana of Paradise Island. If some other war hero had crash-landed on her island in All-Star Comics #8, that dude would have been the man to win the heart of Wonder Woman. For decades, the two of them enjoyed steamy kisses and suggestive panels.
Diana and Steve had plenty of ups and downs in their relationship. Early on, their relationship was about Diana hiding her true identity from him. At one point, she gave up her powers to be a regular ol’ girlfriend, only for Steve to die! He was resurrected by Aphrodite in Wonder Woman #223. Then, finally, they married in the very last issue of Wonder Woman before “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”
Wonder Woman and Superman. It only makes sense, right? Not only are they smokin’ hot, they’re probably the only people who could give as good as they get without killing their lover. For literally decades, comic book fans have debated the pros and cons of having sex with either one of these superheroes. Although DC toyed with making the two of them a couple in alternate stories, their love wasn’t official canon until Justice League #12 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.
After visiting an injured Steve Trevor in the hospital, Wonder Woman is full of remorse over having put him in danger. Superman finds her, expressing worry over her absence. The two of them realize that they have more in common than just powers; they both have sacrificed and suffered loss. Then, they share a rooftop kiss, and their relationship begins.
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