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Cheetah
Cheetah
Information
Real name: Priscilla Rich
[1]
Species: Human
Home Planet: Earth
Hair: blond
Eyes: green
Relatives: Deborah Domaine (niece)
Apprentice: Kitten
Base: Hall of Doom
Affiliations: Legion of Doom
Rogue of: Wonder Woman
Weaponry: Sharp claws
Voiced by: Marlene Aragon
Pricilla Rich

Priscilla Rich

Cheetah is a supervillain who wears a cheetah costume, and utilizes claws as weapons. She is a member of the Legion of Doom and Wonder Woman's arch-nemesis.


Background Information

On the parallel-universe of Earth-Two, Priscilla Rich was a blonde Washington, D.C. debutante of aristocratic upbringing. Priscilla's life of privilege had bred an overwhelming inferiority complex. She eventually suffered a psychotic break after being eclipsed by Wonder Woman at a charity event. Priscilla retreated to her room and collapsed before her makeup mirror. There she saw an image of a woman dressed like a cheetah. "Horrors!" she cried, as she gazed at her evil inner self for the first time. "Don't you know me?" replied the reflection. "I am the REAL you — the Cheetah — a treacherous, relentless huntress!" The image commanded her to fashion a Cheetah costume. The refection went on to tell her that "From now on, when I command you, you shall go forth dressed like your TRUE self and do as I command you..." This second personality, unlike her more reserved self, was strong and violent. It poisoned Priscilla's mind, eventually turning her into a twisted, malevolent being.[2]


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Abilities

  • Master Combatant
  • Sharp Claws: Can pierce through metal
  • Acrobatics: Skilled Gymnast
  • Stealth
  • Dancing: The Cheetah was a masterful dancer and once impressed Wonder Woman, Etta Candy and her slave girls with the "Dance of the Cheetah". Wonder Woman, in a vain act to appeal to the Cheetah's better nature, applauded her ability, citing that her skill could attract millions of admirers.[3]

Legion of Doom Team Members


Members of the Legion of Doom
Members:
Lex LuthorBrainiacBlack MantaCheetahSinestroGorilla GroddCaptain ColdScarecrowToymanSolomon Grundy • The RiddlerGigantaBizarro
Expanded Team:
Doctor Natas


Appearances


Notes

  • Unlike her counterpart in the comic books, the Cheetah in the Superfriends episodes seems to be something other than an ordinary woman. In "Wanted: the Superfriends" Luthor creates multiple copies of Bizarro and Cheetah from ordinary people with his Mutation Device (implying that she is a mutant (as DC would put it, a "metahuman")). However, compare this to "Secret Origins of the Superfriends" where she needs the Legion's "radar-controlled bracelets" to overcome Diana. (Note that the latter episode refers to Cheetah's "cat-like skills" while showing her winning a contest on the parallel bars.)
  • Cheetah first appeared in Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 #6 (Fall, 1943)

[4]

  • Cheetah was created by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston.
  • There have been four different Cheetahs since the character's premiere:
  • Priscilla Rich (the Golden Age Cheetah) - 1943
  • Deborah Domaine (the Bronze Age Cheetah) - 1980
  • Barbara Ann Minerva (the Modern Age and current Cheetah) - 1987[?]
  • Sebastian Ballesteros (a male usurper who briefly assumed the role in 2001)

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References

  1. This is her real name on Earth-Two. Her real name was not mentioned in the series. Her Earth-One counterpart was succeeded by her niece, Deborah Domaine.
  2. This version of Cheetah is based on the Golden Age version.
  3. As revealed in Sensation Comics, Vol. 1 #22 (October, 1943), which can be found at the DC Database.
  4. Go to DC Database for more on Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 #6 published in Fall, 1943.

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