Wonder Woman’s Godly Patrons
Diana Prince is Wonder Woman, a goddess in the world of men. Men are too often driven by greed, anger, or lust for power. She has fought against these arrogant ideologies before, all personified by Ares, the God of War. Ares is one of the many gods she has fought against, but there are many others that support her.
Whether in comics or in video games, Wonder Woman always thinks back to the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses for her strength. She prays to them. She worships them. She even gets power from them!
Of course, in some versions of the Wonder Woman story, she is the daughter of Zeus, the God of Thunder. This has granted her powers in the past, and her gauntlets were said to be forged from his splintered aegis. Other times, she is simply gifted these powers due to her extreme dedication to fighting for what is right. In the popular video game, Injustice 2, Wonder Woman gets unique powers from five gods in particular.
Let’s learn about which godly patrons give her aid, and exactly what they offer!
Athena is the Goddess of wisdom, courage, strategic warfare, and more. She is technically the Goddess of War, and though she prefers to never fight, she’ll never lose in a battle, even against Ares.
When Wonder Woman prays to Athena, her powers of strategy improve doubly. Her shield glows, and she’s able to use the shield to absorb the blow from projectiles. She’s able to knock back Superman’s laser vision, and use her shield like a boomerang.
Wonder Woman served as the champion of Athena for a time in DC Comics, even overcoming enemies while temporarily blinded, all thanks to the goddess’s counsel and aid.
Artemis is the Goddess of the Hunt. She is highly respected among the pantheon of the Greek gods, and she is even one of Zeus’ daughters. In some versions, that means that Artemis is one of Diana Prince’s half-sisters. It was actually a disagreement between twins Apollo and Artemis that led to the sacred creation of the Amazons, guided and protected by their chief goddesses ever since.
Using Artemis’ blessing, Wonder Woman becomes extraordinarily strong. Her gauntlets glow with her very power, and every single punch is packed with godly force.
Demeter is the Goddess of the Harvest. Hades, God of the Underworld, kidnapped and wed Demeter’s daughter Persephone. Hades let Persephone be with Demeter for 6 months of the year, and spend the other 6 months with him. It is said that when Demeter is away from her daughter, she is so sad that she refuses to harvest the Earth. And so the seasons change.
Demeter is strong of heart, and deeply protective of those she loves. She is strong of body, with her ability to harvest all the earth throughout the year. When Wonder Woman prays to Demeter, her shoulders glow, and she becomes resilient, able to shoulder the burden of attack.
Hermes is the messenger of the gods. He is the God of Trade and Travel, and he’s even able to fly to the Underworld unharmed. In fact, it was Hermes who flew Diana to the island of Themyscira and Man’s World from Olympus.
Using his blessing, and sometimes his boots, Wonder Woman is able to fly faster than the wind. Her boots will glow, and she’ll be able to attack and defend with a greater agility than ever. In the recent comics, Hermes takes the form of a tortoise when he appears to Wonder Woman.
Hestia is the Goddess of the Hearth, home, and domesticity. She is one of the most highly revered goddesses, alongside Athena and Artemis. From the Fires of Hestia, the Lasso of Truth was forged. Wonder Woman’s lasso is a gift from Hestia herself, empowered by the goddess’ might and maternal nature.
When Wonder Woman prays to Hestia, her lasso glows bright, and no one can resist its power. The Lasso reveals the truth, and can even uncover the greatest of illusions. The fire of the Golden Perfect is cleansing and revealing. In some versions of Wonder Woman’s history, the lasso came from the girdle of Aphrodite, or was even forged by Hephaestus from the golden girdle of Gaea, one of the trophies obtained during Hercules’s labors.
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