themetaisawesome asked: Favorite Wonder Woman villains?
I really really love Barbara Minerva. As a character concept, she’s a wonderful foil for Diana, it’s just that she’s never used to her potential. Ever. I think bluefall did a great post back on the day letsss find it ahh here we go she actually did an entire series. Here it is: http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/tag/series:+many+faces+of+barbara+minerva
And excerpted from the first post
First and foremost, she’s smart. She’s got a freaking doctorate, she’s an archaeologist of some renown, and her intellectual curiosity is every bit as dominant a character trait as her selfishness. She doesn’t just attack; she’s devious and clever, and trickery and deception are her first resort, backed up by her formidable physical abilities but never overshadowed by them. Even Circe wanted her for her brain. She’s a scientist, moving in scientific circles - and her area of expertise conveniently overlaps with Diana’s life and culture.
Second, she’s tragic. She’s evil, certainly, but it’s an evil of callousness, not malice. The Cheetah may love the hunt, but Barbara Minerva doesn’t get any kind of enjoyment out of hurting people. She doesn’t want to rule the world or destroy Boston or make people zombie slaves. She just wants to learn things and not be in pain. She’s a lot like Freeze in that regard, and it allows her to be sympathetic; she’s suffering, every moment, and her powers are a prison as much or more than they’re a benefit. And saddest of all, she could have been great. She’s talented, bold, clever, impressively egalitarian, a lover of knowledge, everything you need and more to be a boon to humanity. But she chose to become a curse instead, and cursed herself in the doing.
And third, she’s lethal. She leaves marks on Diana that last for weeks when they fight, and she’s so inhumanly fast, so impossibly strong, and so insanely durable that one mistake nearly cost Diana her life. She’s a demigod, in the demigod weight class; it’s worth noting that of all of Perez’ rogues, she’s the only one who can sustain fair physical combat with Diana for more than two pages. Wondy can put down a Hecatoncheries faster than she can take out Perez’ Cheetah.
All around? This is a worthy and interesting foe, a valid candidate for defining arch-nemesis, and a just plain good character
As for the others, I really wish Rucka had done more with Medusa, basically exploring how her grudge against Athena was legit and the tragic complexity of that character. I also liked Veronica Cale quite a bit, a non-superpowered foe for Diana who hated her out of internalized misogyny has a LOT of potential for character exploration.
Another one who has a lot of potential that is never used is Dr. Poison, especially since one version of her was studying mythology-based science and Diana is made of myth. There were all kinds of potential for eldrich abombinations she could attack Diana with. That’s why I chose her as the villian of my fanfic (well okay it was mostly because she’s Japanese and that made it easy to get Diana in Japan to meet the Senshi but I ALSO REALLY WANTED TO PLAY WITH THE COOL STUFF I THINK POISON COULD DO). Also Queen of Fables! Another villian who manipulates mythology and thus had a shitton of potential when it came to messing with our mythy hero.
But yeah, Cheetah wins the prize for most interesting but wasted character concept. She’s the most overexposed of Diana’s villians but no one ever did much interesting with her.
If you guys are wondering what Meta’s referring to, a year or two ago I did a fic crossing over Sailor Moon and Wonder Woman. It was basically like me fulfilling all my desires. I think I might have overdone some parts (like Michiru’s crush on Diana, I just found the idea hilarious) but all in all it was a good time.