Hippolyta (Marvel Comics)

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Hippolyta
Warrior Woman.jpg
Hippolyta on a variant cover of The Fearless Defenders #3 (April 2013). Art by Mark Brooks.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Thor vol. 1 #127 (April 1966)
Created by Stan Lee
In-story information
Alter ego Hippolyta
Team affiliations Bacchae
Amazons
Gods of Olympus
Valkyrior (Fearless Defenders)
Notable aliases Warrior Woman
Abilities enhanced strength, enhanced speed, enhanced durability, ageless immortality, and highly developed fighting skills. With the Gauntlet of Ares her strength increases by 100 times.

Based on the Hippolyta of Greek mythology, Hippolyta is a fictional Amazon character within the Marvel Comics universe.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Hippolyta is the daughter of the Greek god of war Ares and Otrera. She and her sister Amazons would help create war, stealing the female children in the process in order to make their armies grow. The group protected the cow-goddess Io as a favor to her grandfather Zeus.

After many years of ruling the Amazons, Hippolyta eventually met Hercules when he, Jason, and the Argonauts landed near her city stronghold of Themiscyra. There they attempted to steal Hippolyta's enchanted girdle and any slaves they could along the way. Fearful for her sister's life, Hippolyta's sister Antiope willingly disguised herself as Hippolyta. Jason, thinking her to be the Amazon queen, kidnapped Antiope and made her his bride. She eventually bore a son to him, Hippolytus, whom Antiope named after her much loved sister. Initially resenting Hercules for the initial invasion, Hippolyta eventually fell in love with him. Over the centuries, she tried various attempts to win his affection, but ultimately he never gave her his heart. Thus a love/hate relationship was formed between the two.

As shown in a Howard the Duck story, Hippolyta has historically been one of the bearers of the Amulet of Pazuzu. As the Howard the Duck comic involves storylines that are both in and out of continuity, it is unclear if the Amulet of Pazuzu truly exists in the Marvel Universe.[1]

In her first modern-day appearance, Hippolyta helped Pluto, Greek god of the dead, in his plan to avenge himself on Hercules, by posing as a movie actress for Hippolyta and tricking the hero into signing a "movie contract" that in reality bound him to Pluto's realm, Hades, while Pluto was disguised as the director. When Hercules was given the contract she told him that in the film he conquered the Netherworld by defeating Pluto and she remained by his side all the time, causing him to sign the contract. She then revealed who she really was to Hercules. But Thor came to his aid, and the heroes caused so much damage to Hades that Pluto himself broke the contract just to be rid of them.[2]

Hippolyta also formed a new generation of Amazons from female runaways in New York City called the Bacchae. The group has clashed with such heroes as the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.[3]

Much later, Hippolyta reappeared in the pages of Incredible Hercules, visiting her father Ares in an attempt to rally him to one of Hera's new schemes. Ares rebuffs her, however, and when Hippolyta returns, she is murdered by her daughter Artume, who is tired of her mother's obsession with Hercules.[4] During the Dark Reign storyline, Hippolyta is among the dead people in Erebus when Hercules travels to the Underworld.[5]

Hela later brings Hippolyta, under the moniker "Warrior Woman", from the Underworld to help the Valkyrior defeat the Doommaidens.[6] Hippolyta then joins Valkyrie's Fearless Defenders as a full-time member.[volume & issue needed]

Other versions[edit]

JLA/Avengers crossover[edit]

Indirect reference was made to this version of Hippolyta in the JLA/Avengers crossover series. At one point, an angry Wonder Woman confronted Hercules, due to the Heracles of her reality having once raped and humiliated her mother, the Hippolyta of the DC Universe, while under a spell induced by Hera and co-opted by Ares. Her rage grew greater still when Hercules clumsily joked that his relations with the Marvel Universe Hippolyta had been much different.[7]

Other media[edit]

Hippolyta appears in the Thor segment of the Marvel Super Heroes TV Show (1966).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howard the Duck Vol. 2, #3
  2. ^ Thor Vol. 1, #127-128
  3. ^ Fantastic Four vol. 3 #7 and #20; Uncanny X-Men #450-451
  4. ^ Incredible Hercules #121
  5. ^ Incredible Hercules #129
  6. ^ Fearless Defenders #2 (March 2013)
  7. ^ JLA/Avengers #2

External links[edit]

  • Hippolyta at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe