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Steve Trevor
Steve Trevor Wonder Woman Vol 5 14.png
Art by Nicola Scott and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Historical:
All Star Comics #8 (December 1941)
Modern:
Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #2 (March 1987)
Created by William Moulton Marston
H.G. Peter
In-story information
Full name Steven Rockwell Trevor
Team affiliations
Supporting character of Wonder Woman
Notable aliases Steve Howard[1]

General Steven Rockwell Trevor is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superheroine Wonder Woman. The character was created by William Moulton Marston and first appeared in All Star Comics #8 (Dec. 1941). Steve Trevor is a trusted friend, love interest, and partner who introduces Diana (Wonder Woman) to "Man's World", and has served as Wonder Woman's United Nations liaison.

The character has appeared in various adaptations of the comics. He has been voiced by actors such as Tahmoh Penikett, Nathan Fillion, and George Newbern, among others in various Wonder Woman and Justice League productions. Lyle Waggoner portrayed the character in the 1970s Wonder Woman series, as did Chris Pine in the 2017 DC Extended Universe film Wonder Woman. Chris Pine will also portray a character presumed to be Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman 1984.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Steve Trevor first appeared in All Star Comics #8 (December 1941).

Pre-Crisis[edit]

As originally introduced, Steve Trevor was an intelligence operative and officer in the United States Army Air Service Corps who became stranded on Wonder Woman's homeland where he was a herald to the Amazons that World War 2 was occurring in "Man's World". He also developed a close relationship with the heroine. Though a military man with experience in the field, storylines involving post-Marston Steve and Wonder Woman also involved Wonder Woman coming to Steve's rescue, as well as vice versa.

Steve's visibility in comics varied through the 1970s to the 1990s, with his character either absent or sidelined in favour of fantasy and action-adventure Wonder Woman stories without romantic interests.

Post-Crisis[edit]

In more recent portrayals, and particularly since DC's 2011 reboot, Steve is portrayed as a senior government agent and super spy whose close connection to Wonder Woman makes him the United States' liaison to the Justice League. In 2013, in his capacity as a skilled government agent, Steve himself became the member of a new incarnation of the Justice League of America.

Characterization[edit]

Personality[edit]

The character was designed to be a complement to Wonder Woman's character. Chris Pine described Trevor as a "rogue-ish, cynical realist who's seen the awful brutish nature of modern civilization" and added he is a "worldly guy, a charming guy".[3] Steve Trevor gave Diana the nickname, "Angel", because having been delirious from his injuries, Themyscira seemed heaven-like with her being the "angel" that saved him.

Steve Trevor holds the distinction of being the first foreigner to have ever set foot on Themyscira, the first man Diana has ever seen, and the first ambassador to open diplomatic relations with the Amazons. Trevor, Superman and Batman are the only men in the DC Universe to be granted honorary citizenship by Queen Hippolyta; an extraordinary feat, given that Aphrodite's Law demands the death penalty for any man who sets foot on Themyscira. He is often a primary love interest; their relationship was often flirtatious, yet they always remained steadfast friends. On occasion, Marston would place Trevor in "gentleman-in-jeopardy" situations as a parody of damsel in distress trope. His marriage proposals were often rejected, as Diana prioritized saving the world first before marriage, in accordance with Aphrodite's Law.[4][5][6]

Fictional character biography[edit]

20th century[edit]

Golden Age[edit]

In the original version of Wonder Woman's origin story, Steve Trevor was an intelligence officer in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II whose plane crashed on Paradise Island, the isolated homeland of the Amazons. He was nursed back to health by the Amazon princess Diana, who fell in love with him and accompanied him when he returned to the outside world. There she became Wonder Woman (and also his coworker, Diana Prince).

Steve Trevor was portrayed as a blonde military hero who often fought battles both alone and alongside Wonder Woman. At the same time, he was also a traditional superhero's love interest and gentleman-in-jeopardy: getting kidnapped and requiring rescuing from peril by Wonder Woman, as well as pining after the superheroine in the red-and-blue outfit while failing to notice her resemblance to his meek, bespectacled secretary Diana Prince. Although, at times, Steve has rescued Wonder Woman.

Silver and Bronze Age[edit]

After Marston's death, much of the original supporting cast paid less attention to him. Under writer-editor Robert Kanigher, said both his and Diana's personalities were compromised considerably, with Steve beginning to seem threatened by his heroine's power, and with Diana almost beginning to seem apologetic about it.

During the '50s and '60s, comic writers regularly made Wonder Woman lovesick over Steve Trevor, here a Major in the United States Army. Stories frequently featured Wonder Woman hoping or imagining what it would be like to marry Steve Trevor. As with Superman stories of the same period, the question of marriage was never far from the couple's minds. There was also considerable attention given to the threat of the Amazon's secret identity being revealed.

Wonder Woman often found herself agreeing to Steve's contests for her hand in marriage, which he typically cheated at using government tracking equipment. Afraid that she loved someone else; Steve once again misused government spying equipment to stalk Wonder Woman, finding her with her childhood boyfriend Mer-Man; whom he felt the need to prove himself better than.[7]

In 1968, Diana chose to give up her powers and cut ties with her native Paradise Island to stay close to Steve. Trevor was killed off in the next issue. He was thus absent for the next few years of the comic. In the mid-1970s, following the return of the heroine's powers, Trevor was brought back to life by Aphrodite, and given a new identity as the brunette Steve Howard. In 1978, he was killed off again. He would be replaced in 1980 by a double from another, undisclosed dimension of the Multiverse. For the next few years the classic relationship of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor would be essentially restored, and explored with some detail. In 1985 with issue # 322, writer Dan Mishkin dealt with Trevor's three separate "lives", and after much explanation merged the "new" Steve with the old.

During this same period in early 1980s issues of Wonder Woman, the villainous Doctor Psycho fused Steve's image with Wonder Woman's abilities and became "Captain Wonder", sporting a costume similar to Wonder Woman's. In the final issue of the original Wonder Woman series, Steve and Diana get married.

Modern Age[edit]

The 1985 comic book storyline "Crisis on Infinite Earths" retconned, or rebooted the fictional continuity of the DC Universe. At the end of the storyline, the Wonder Woman and retired four-star General Steve Trevor of pre-Crisis Earth-Two traveled to Mount Olympus to live with the Greek gods and goddesses, as many of the other pre-Crisis Earth-Two heroes died or merged into a new streamlined continuity. The Wonder Woman of pre-Crisis Earth-One was devolved back into the mystical clay from which she was formed (technically dying), thus allowing Wonder Woman and her supporting characters to be re-introduced with new origins, backgrounds and plotlines.

With the restart of the series in the second volume after "Crisis on Infinite Earths", Steve Trevor was revamped to be considerably older than Diana. In addition, the two of them never had a romantic relationship. Years before Trevor's crash landing on Themyscira (the modern name for Paradise Island), his lost mother, Diana Rockwell Trevor, a pilot for the Women Airforce Service Pilots, had also crashed there, finding the Amazons battling a large monster. Seeing they were close to defeat, Diana Trevor used her pistol on the beast, giving the Amazons an advantage in the battle. Trevor dies as a result. After her death the Amazons considered the outworlder to be an honored hero for her sacrifice. It is from her that Queen Hippolyta named her daughter Diana and also from her that the Amazons came into possession of a gun originating from Man's World. It's this familial link that led the god Ares to manipulate Steve into bombing Themyscira to eliminate the Amazons. However while in flight and guided to the island, Trevor realized he was about to needlessly bomb civilians and attempted to abort the mission. Steve's co-pilot, a minion of the war-god, transforms into a monster in an attempt to continue the attack. Diana rescues Steve from the resulting disaster.

Bringing the unconscious Trevor to the island, Diana recognized his American flag insignia on his uniform mirrored her own armor's color motif and took this as a sign of where she had to go to begin her fight against Ares. Thus inspired, Diana took Trevor to 'Man's World' in the city of Boston and began her calling. Since then, Trevor and Diana have been close friends despite him being old enough to be her father. This version of Steve Trevor went on to marry Etta Candy and became the Deputy Secretary of Defense for the U.S. government.

21st century[edit]

"Infinite Crisis"[edit]

Following the 2005–2006 "Infinite Crisis" storyline, Wonder Woman's origin was yet again revamped, as was her supporting cast. Diana is no longer a recent arrival to man's world, but instead has lived in it for some time, having been involved in the creation of the Justice League of America (as was the case in the group's Silver Age introductory story in 1960). Although Steve Trevor still remains close friends with Diana and married to Etta, his history with Diana has not fully been developed.

The New 52[edit]

In the aftermath of the 2011 "Flashpoint" storyline, DC Comics cancelled all of their monthly books and relaunched them with a rebooted continuity, in an initiative called The New 52. In this continuity, Steve Trevor is a long-time advocate for the Amazons, having lobbied the U.S. government for peace with the Amazons, arguing that they are benevolent.[8] Steve then becomes Wonder Woman's U.N. liaison during her stay in Washington, D.C.[9] and later becomes the head of the newly formed A.R.G.U.S., (Advanced Research Group for Uniting Super-Humans), as well as the UN's liaison to the newly formed Justice League. Promoted to the rank of Colonel, his assistant is Etta Candy and he has made his feelings and attraction to Wonder Woman clear to her, although his feelings were not reciprocated.[10] The hero Black Orchid is revealed to be A.R.G.U.S. Agent Alba Garcia, working covertly for Justice League Dark to monitor John Constantine.[11]

Trevor is also a member of several team books, including Team 7, which launched in September 2012, and Justice League of America, launched in 2013.

The pre-"Crisis on Infinite Earths" version of Trevor seen in the 2015 "Convergence" storyline works with Diana and Etta Candy to better the fate of Earth One's Gotham City while stuck under an alien dome for a year. When vampiric versions of Gotham criminals from Earth-43 invade a makeshift church service, it is up to Diana and Steve to keep them from spilling out into the streets. Steve falls prey to the vampires, arising as one of them. However, he manages to maintain his own free will, taking down a vampire and falling under the rubble of the collapsing church.[12]

DC Rebirth[edit]

As part of DC Comics' 2016 relaunch of its monthly titles and their continuity, DC Rebirth, Wonder Woman's origin is retold in the "Year One" storyline. Steve crashes on the island of Themyscira and is the sole survivor. He is saved and nursed back to health by the Amazons, and a competition is held to determine the one to take Steve and the bodies of his fallen comrades back to America, one that Diana wins. In the United States, Trevor relates to the authorities his experiences with the Amazons and Diana, and the two become allies in subsequent conflicts with terrorists, the Greek god of war Ares, a global virus, an African cult, a paramilitary group called Poison, and the supervillain group Godwatch.

Other versions[edit]

Justice[edit]

The Silver Age Steve Trevor makes an appearance in Alex Ross' 2005–2007 miniseries Justice. He is among the sidekicks and loved ones attacked by the Legion of Doom,[13] and can be seen embracing Wonder Woman.[14]

Wonder Woman: Amazonia[edit]

In the Elseworlds story Wonder Woman: Amazonia, Steve Trevor is a Royal Marine who tricks the Amazons into being loyal, but then calls down the British Empire and slaughters them all except Diana. He brings her to Man's World to put her into stage plays re-enacting Biblical stories. Diana later kills Stephen as revenge.[15]

Amalgam[edit]

In the alternate universe depicted in Amalgam Comics, Steve Trevor is fused with The Punisher/Frank Castle to form Trevor Castiglione/Trevor Castle. A seasoned combat veteran who went AWOL after his wife and children were caught in a Mafia ceasefire and were killed, Castle decided to begin a one man wore on crime. After being wounded in a gunfight, he was saved by rogue Amazon princess Diana Prince (who left Themyscira by herself without becoming Wonder Woman in this world), leading the two to start a romantic relationship that led to marriage and the birth of their son Ryan. However the two eventually separated over their differences until Ryan was kidnapped, forcing the two to work together. After learning that Thanoseid (an amalgam of Thanos and Darkseid) was responsible, they tried to get Ryan back only to fail when he seemingly killed their child. However, in reality Thanoseid had only sent their son back in time to become his personal assassin Kanto, which Diana figured out and revealed. Thanoseid, who had wanted revenge for the death of his son Orion and had hoped Castle or Kanto would die at the hands of the other, sent everyone back where they belong. Castle and Diana then decided to get back together.[16]

Flashpoint[edit]

In the alternate timeline of the 2011 "Flashpoint" storyline, Steve and Wonder Woman have no relationship; instead, it appears that he is in love with Lois Lane. Steve made an appearance in London where he is waiting at a rendezvous point for Lois Lane as he is attacked by Wonder Woman and the Amazons. Wonder Woman catches him by the neck with her Lasso of Truth and begins interrogating him after he is temporarily able to resist the lasso's effects. He explains that he was hired to extract Lois Lane from New Themyscira because she was sent to gather information on the Amazons for Cyborg who's amassing superhumans to stop the fighting between Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Steve's fate remains unrevealed, as a subject of Wonder Woman asked her what to do with him.[17]

Wonder Woman: Earth One[edit]

Steve Trevor appears in the 2016 original graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One in a similar manner to his original counterpart, though this time presented as African-American.[18]

The Legend of Wonder Woman[edit]

Steve Trevor appears as a major supporting character in the Legend of Wonder Woman, an alternate re-telling of Wonder Woman's origin that debuted in 2016. Similar to Marston's original comics, the young pilot Steve Trevor crash lands on Paradise Island.[19]

Injustice: Gods Among Us[edit]

Steve Trevor appears in the comic series based on the Injustice 2 video game. Similar to his Golden Age origin, he crash lands on Themyscira and is brought back to London by Wonder Woman. After spending several months with Steve, Diana decides that they must return to Themyscira to get the Lasso of Hestia to aid them against the Nazi forces. However, it is later revealed after he kills one of the Amazons, Calliope, that he had been a Nazi agent all along. Despite his love for Diana, he states he loves his homeland more than he could ever love a woman. Wonder Woman then chokes Steve to death with the lasso. His betrayal influences Diana's ruthless ethics in the Injustice series.[20]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Live-action[edit]

  • Steve (Trevor) was mentioned in the unaired 1967 presentation, Wonder Woman.
  • Steve Trevor first appeared in the Wonder Woman 1974 telefilm, played by Lithuanian actor Kaz Garas, who went on to guest star in an episode of the Lynda Carter TV series.
  • In the 1975 - 1979 Wonder Woman television series, there were two Steve Trevors (father and son), both played by Lyle Waggoner. Both Trevors worked and fought alongside Wonder Woman and have the middle name Leonard, not Rockwell. Steve Trevor, Sr., was a U.S. Army Air Forces officer and pilot in the 1st Season during World War II in the 1940s where he helped Wonder Woman fight the threats of the Nazis. Steve Trevor, Jr., was a U.S. Air Force officer and pilot in Seasons 2-3 during the 1970s where he and his new associate Diana Prince shared a secretary named Beverly Ryan (played by Brooke Bundy in "The Return of Wonder Woman").
  • Justin Bruening portrayed Steven Trevor in the 2011 pilot Wonder Woman, which was not picked up as a series.[21]

Animation[edit]

  • In Super Friends, he is mentioned in Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show in the episode "Darkseid's Golden Trap" Pt. 2, when Wonder Woman announces: "I have a date with Steve Trevor tonight...which dress should I wear?" He is also seen in the episode "Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp," although only a brief cameo, he has no dialogue. He later appears in an episode of The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, where he is revealed to be an astronaut in "The Darkseid Deception." Steve was voiced by Sidney Miller.
  • In Justice League, Steve Trevor appears in the three part story, "The Savage Time" voiced by Patrick Duffy. Here, Trevor is a secret agent for the Allies whom Wonder Woman rescues from a plane crash at the time when the Justice League went back in time to prevent Vandal Savage from changing history so that World War II was won by the Axis powers. The two have a brief, flirtatious relationship that remains as a friendship in the present day where Trevor is now decades the superheroine's senior. Trevor calls Wonder Woman by the nickname "Angel". This is similar to the Golden Age version of the character who often referred to Diana as the "angel" who rescued him from the plane crash.
  • Steve Trevor appears in two Batman: The Brave and the Bold episodes. In "Scorn of the Star Sapphire", Trevor (voiced by Sean Donnellan) appears in a pre-credits scene in which Wonder Woman saves him and Batman from Baroness Von Gunther. In "Triumvirate of Terror", he has a non-speaking cameo.
  • In the Justice League Action episode "Repulse", Steve Trevor is mentioned by Wonder Woman.

Films[edit]

Worlds of DC[edit]

  • Steve Trevor made a cameo, played by Chris Pine, in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in a photo alongside Wonder Woman taken in 1918.
  • Steve Trevor makes his first live-action theatrical appearance in Wonder Woman, portrayed by Chris Pine, who has signed on for a multi-picture deal.[22] The film places Steve Trevor in the role of partner/love interest, as a fellow warrior, much like he was portrayed in the original comics. This version of Trevor, a United States Army Air Service 94th Aero Squadron pilot with the American Expeditionary Forces, is a captain and an Allied spy in World War I who has stolen information from a weapons facility in the Ottoman Empire run by German general Erich Ludendorff, whose scientist Doctor Isabel Maru is producing a new, deadlier form of mustard gas. Like in the Golden Age, his plane crashes on Themyscira. Diana goes with Steve to take part in the War, and he acts as her guide into the world outside of Themyscira and how mankind functions. The two grow closer along the way, but are conflicted when Steve is more focused on stopping Doctor Maru's bombs and Diana thinks that killing Ares will stop the war. In the climax, Steve hijacks a German strategic bomber containing the gas and sacrifices himself to incinerate it at a safe distance, his last words being to tell Diana that he can save today while she could save the world and tells her that he loves her, leaving her with his father's watch as a keepsake before he jumps onto the plane. His sacrifice leads Diana to believe that ultimately the world can only be saved through love, not hatred. In the present, Bruce Wayne retrieves the original group photo and his father's watch and returns it to Diana, who sends him an email thanking him for bringing Steve back to her. His military serial number is stated to be 8141921.
  • Steve Trevor will return in Wonder Woman 1984, with Chris Pine reprising his role. As the sequel takes place almost seven decades after the first film, this portrayal of the character seems to be a descendant of the original Steve.

Animation[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Web series[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wonder Woman #225 (August–September 1976)
  2. ^ Oller, Jacob (June 13, 2018). "Steve Trevor is Somehow Back in First Look at Wonder Woman 1984". Syfy Wire. 
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  6. ^ Caitlin O'Toole. "Gal Gadot takes up the fight as Wonder Woman trailer debuts at SDCC 2016 | Daily Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  7. ^ Tim Hanley (2014). Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine. Chicago Review Press. p. 113. 
  8. ^ Justice League #2 (October 2011). DC Comics.
  9. ^ Justice League #3 (November 2011). DC Comics.
  10. ^ Justice League #7 (April 2012). DC Comics.
  11. ^ Justice League Dark #9. DC Comics.
  12. ^ Convergence: Wonder Woman #1-2 (April - May 2015). DC Comics.
  13. ^ Justice #8. DC Comics.
  14. ^ Justice #11. DC Comics.
  15. ^ Wonder Woman: Amazonia. DC Comics.
  16. ^ Bullets and Bracelets 1. DC Comics.
  17. ^ Johns, Geoff (w), Kubert, Andy (p). Flashpoint #2 (June 2011). DC Comics.
  18. ^ Morrison, Grant (w), Paquette, Yanick (a). Wonder Woman: Earth One. DC Comics.
  19. ^ de Liz, Renae (w), Dillon, Ray (a). The Legend of Wonder Woman #2 (2016). DC Comics.
  20. ^ Injustice 2 Annual #1 (2017)
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-02-16). "Adrianne Palicki Is NBC's Wonder Woman". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  22. ^ Sneider, Jeff (July 28, 2015). "Chris Pine Closes Deal to Star Opposite Gal Gadot in 'Wonder Woman' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. 

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