A real archenemy for Wonder Woman: a modest proposal

When it comes to fiction, great heroes are defined by their villains. Especially in superhero comic books, where the stories are serial in nature and the best heroes have had ongoing adventures and conflicts for decades, some for over three quarters of a century. These superheroes need villains just as powerful, crafty, and enduring as them to give them a run for their money each time.

And most of the well-known heroes have a singular archenemy, the one villain who above all others is associated with them.

Batman has The Joker.

Superman has Lex Luthor.

The Fantastic Four have Doctor Doom.

But poor Wonder Woman. She has…who exactly? The Cheetah? The various pain-in-the-ass gods from the Greek pantheon? Egg Fu, for crying out loud?

Seriously, WTF?


Yep, it’s pretty well accepted in comic book circles that Wonder Woman does not have a strong “rogue’s gallery” on par with the major villains that constantly plague Batman, Superman, The Flash, and other heroes of her caliber. And despite the best efforts of some very talented writers that have worked on her book, the new villains introduced to her continuity have never really caught on.

So here’s what I’m going to do for you, DC Comics, free of charge: give you the perfect supervillain to vex Wonder Woman. An archenemy worthy of her time. One with the polar opposite of her values and belief system, and with the resources to really carry out his dastardly deeds.

And I say “he” because I think for Wonder Woman, an independent, empowered woman tasked with bringing a message of peace and tolerance to “man’s world,” the perfect archenemy would be a chauvinistic, misogynist male. A smarmy guy who embodies everything Wonder Woman stands against, and impedes her work at every turn. One with the media resources to spread his sexist message around the globe, while simultaneously convincing a large swath of the population that he’s a man we should look up to, aspire to be like.

So who is this venomous villain? This eviscerating evil genius? This monstrous man-whore?
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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the perfect arch nemesis for Wonder Woman:

"Wonder Woman is an ugly bully. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Wonder Woman." -- The Donald

OK, so let’s review the comic book supervillain checklist:

  • Supervillain name – “The Donald” – check
  • Unbelievable ego – check
  • Unflinching belief in the validity of their worldview – check
  • Unique/flamboyant physical feature – have you seen that radioactive hair helmet? check
  • Evil catch phrase – “Wonder Woman, you’re fired!” – check
  • Wealth/power to perpetuate dastardly deeds – check
  • Secret lairs around the world – check
  • Access to expensive modes of transportation – check
  • Army of lackeys and henchmen – check
  • History of misogyny and chauvinism – check

You’re welcome, DC Comics.

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