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Hippolyta
Queen Hippolyta
Information
Real name: Hippolyta
AKA: Queen
Species: Human
Amazonian
Homeworld: Earth
Hair: brunette
Relatives: Princess Diana (daughter)
Base: Paradise Island
Abilities: Immortal
Superhuman Strength
Played by: Pat Carroll (1988)
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From the 1980 Shorts

Hippolyta is the Queen of the Amazons, and mother of Diana. She is the wise and fair ruler of Paradise Island. Years ago, under guidance of Athena, goddess of wisdom, Queen Hippolyta molded a young girl out of clay. She fell in love with her creation and cried out to Aphrodite, goddess of beauty and love, to bring the child to life, so that it could be her daughter. Aphrodite appeared and granted her wish. She then instructed Queen Hippolyta to name her after the moon goddess and call her Diana.


Strength level

As an Amazon, Hippolyta possessed a strength level greater than that of the average human female.


Background Information

  • During the Golden Age era Hippolyte remained on Paradise Island, rarely interacting with the modern world to which her daughter had journeyed. Her role was that of the Amazon Queen and mentor to Wonder Woman. She was devoted to the Olympian goddesses, particularly the Amazons' patron Aphrodite, and was adamant that man never be allowed to set foot on Paradise Island.
  • In the 1960s when DC Comics introduced the concept of the Multiverse, this Hippolyte was established as existing on the world known as Earth-Two. This incarnation of Hippolyte was phased out around issue #97 of the original Wonder Woman comic when the focus shifted from Earth-Two to the more modern versions of the characters on Earth-One.
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From the 1980 Shorts

  • The Silver Age Hippolyte continued thereafter and had blonde hair. Her history was largely identical to the Golden Age version, though a few significant Silver Age stories diverge from the original. For example, it was established that Hippolyta had crafted a second daughter from clay, a dark-skinned Amazon named Nubia who was to be Wonder Woman's twin sister before she was spirited away by the god Mars. She was also the adoptive mother of Donna Troy, who had been rescued from a fire and brought to Paradise Island. As before, Hippolyta's role in the Silver Age era was primarily that of Paradise Island's queen and mentor to Wonder Woman, although never happy that she joined the Justice League. According to the DC Comics 1976 calendar, Hippolyta was born on January 8.
  • In 1985, the Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries revised DC Comics history and combined the multiple Earths into one world. The modern version of Hippolyta would combine elements of her earlier incarnations and take on greater importance in the series.


Episode Appearances

Season 3 (1978):

1980 Shorts:

The 1988, Superman (TV series):


Notes

  • Hippolyta is based on Hippolyte, queen of the Amazons in Greek mythology.[1]
  • Hippolyta first appeared in All Star Comics, vol. 1 #8[2] (December 1941) in the same backup feature that introduced her daughter, Wonder Woman.
  • She was created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter.


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Appearances in Other Media

Hippolyta Hippolyta Hippolyta was the Queen of the Amazons, ruler of Themyscira, and mother of Diana. An immortal under the auspices of the Greek gods, Hippolyta once dwelt within the gates of Mount Olympus, with a suit of armor given forged by Hephaestus. 3000 years ago, she was seduced by the god of the underworld, Hades and tricked into opening the gates for the invading Titans. After the bloody war, Zeus banished Hades to Tartarus, and commanded Hippolyta to watch over the door to Tartarus on the god’s chosen city-state of Themyscira. Hippolyta ruled there as Queen of the Amazons. In this role, she proved a capable and wise leader. At some point after arriving on the island and assuming the role of Queen she longed for a child of her own and as such sculpted Diana out of clay. The sculpture was then brought to life by the gods.
- Go to DCAU for more on Hippolyta

Reference

  1. Go to Wikipedia for more on Hippolyte
  2. Go to the DC Database for more on All Star Comics, vol. 1 #8

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