This week is Wonder Woman Week at Major Spoilers!  Since the Amazing Amazon debuted back in the winter of ’41, she’s faced a literal army of enemies, from monsters to aliens to giant robot versions of herself.  The old Superfriends cartoon paired her against Giganta, whose comic-book origin was originally that she was a shaved gorilla who had to power to grow at will…

It was the 40s.  Things were different then.  As one of the only heroes to be continually published after the superhero market crashed at the dawn of the fifties, Wonder Woman has probably had more adventures than anyone short of Superman and Batman themselves, but lacks a clear Lex Luthor/Joker counterpart, which leads us to today’s archvillainous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) really has no dog in this fight, but found her battles with evil scientist/crime-lord Doctor Cyber pretty compelling, asking: Which nefarious foe of Wonder Woman deserves to be considered her number one enemy?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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9 Comments

  1. Malone_hasco
    October 19, 2014 at 11:34 am — Reply

    I like the classical era Greek angle in Wonder Woman, so I want to say Ares. Cheetah is also great but thats probably because I tend to like every animal themed lady in comics (Tigra, Vixen etc.).

    • October 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm — Reply

      Cheetah is a pretty good call, since Diana is a woman who comes from weirdly Hellenistic mythology, and Cheetah is weird Hellenistic mythology put into a woman.

      • Doctor Dinosaur
        October 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm — Reply

        -Cheetah is weird Hellenistic mythology put into a women-

        Wut?

        • October 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm — Reply

          Yeah, that one kinda got away from me. But, how about that Giganta, huh?

  2. October 19, 2014 at 11:36 am — Reply

    Bondage.

    • Ian
      October 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm — Reply

      Bahahahahaha! You win ALL of today’s Internets!

  3. Rob
    October 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm — Reply

    The Patriarchy!
    Or Ares, yeah, I’m going to say Ares I love how Wonder Woman can tap into those mythic characters and stories.

  4. M. Walsh
    October 19, 2014 at 4:36 pm — Reply

    Glass ceilings and bad writing.

    Just kidding…sort of.
    I think Circe is most appropriate. Where Diana is motivated primarily by her belief people are good and decent and tries to make the world a better place, Circe creates discord and hates everyone, believing deep down, people are just beasts (which makes her gimmick of turning people into animals make even more sense, if you think about it).

  5. October 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    Definitely Circe or Cheetah. They’re the only really fitting first movie foes. Ares would make a good trilogy ender.

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