Donna Troy
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Donna Troy, from the cover of Return of Donna Troy #4 (October 2005).
Art by Phil Jimenez.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe Brave and the Bold #60 (July 1965)
Created byBob Haney and Bruno Premiani (after Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru)
In-story information
Alter egoDonna Hinckley Stacy Troy
SpeciesAmazon
Metahuman (some continuities)
Place of originThemyscira
Team affiliationsTeen Titans
Darkstars
Titans of Myth
Amazons
Challengers from Beyond
Justice League
Secret Six
Black Lantern Corps
PartnershipsAmazon partners:
Wonder Woman
Cassie Sandsmark
Other hero partners:
Dick Grayson
Roy Harper
Wally West
Starfire
Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
Notable aliasesWonder Girl
Darkstar
Troia
Wonder Woman
Deathbringer
Abilities
See list
    • Superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, senses, durability, stamina and longevity
    • Accelerated healing factor
    • Flight
    • Divine empowerment
    • Psychically linked to Wonder Woman
    • Ability to flawlessly mimic any voice she knows or hears
    • Cold and Darkness Manipulation
    • Force Field Creation
    • Magic
    • Immortality
    • Expert hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist
    • Use of Lasso of Persuasion, indestructible bracelets, sword and shield

Donna Troy is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. She is the original Wonder Girl and later temporarily adopts another identity, Troia. Created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani, she first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #60 (July 1965). Donna has been commonly featured in stories involving the Teen Titans, which she originally joined during their second adventure and is since depicted as a founding member of the team.

Donna has appeared in numerous cartoon television shows and films. She makes her live adaptation debut in the DC Universe and HBO Max series Titans, played by Conor Leslie.

Fictional character biography

Introduction

Wonder Girl's original costume was patterned after Wonder Woman's. Art by Bruno Premiani, from The Brave and the Bold #60 (June 1965).
Wonder Girl's original costume was patterned after Wonder Woman's. Art by Bruno Premiani, from The Brave and the Bold #60 (June 1965).
Wonder Girl adopts her classic red costume—and the secret identity Donna Troy—in Teen Titans #22 (July–August 1969). Art by Nick Cardy.
Wonder Girl adopts her classic red costume—and the secret identity Donna Troy—in Teen Titans #22 (July–August 1969). Art by Nick Cardy.

In May 1947's Wonder Woman (vol. 1) #23 written by William Moulton Marston and illustrated by Harry G. Peter, the titular heroine (also known as Diana) is shown in flashback having adventures as a little girl. Twelve years later in April 1959's Wonder Woman (vol. 1) #105, writer Robert Kanigher reprised the formula, this time featuring a flashback tale of Wonder Woman when she was a teen. Playfully dubbed "Wonder Girl" by another character, this teenaged version would return several times in flashback stories over the next several years, paralleling similar exploits of Superboy, the teen persona of DC Comics’ flagship hero Superman. After the shake-up in the comics industry caused by Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, DC Comics sought to make the adventures of Wonder Woman appear more wholesome and family-friendly. The result was August 1961's Wonder Woman #124 (also by Kanigher and Andru), which kicked-off a series of out-of-continuity "Impossible Tales" in which Wonder Woman appeared alongside the teen "Wonder Girl" version of herself, as well as a toddler version called "Wonder Tot", and her mother Queen Hippolyta, creating a "Wonder Family". By Wonder Woman #150 (November 1964) the "Impossible Tale" label was retired, though Wonder Girl continued as a regular fixture in the publication, both side by side with Wonder Woman as well as in her own solo stories, through #155 (July 1965). During this curious 5-issue period, Wonder Girl is no longer referred to as an "impossible" younger variant of Wonder Woman, however no other in-story cues explaining her existence are provided. This looser narrative identification allowed her a new status as an entity entirely distinct from Wonder Woman, a character unto herself. Though Wonder Girl and Wonder Woman do not directly call one another "sister" in these issues, Hippolyta does refer to them as her daughters, and all three repeatedly identify themselves as a family. Additionally, Wonder Girl is temporarily promoted to the book's headliner, receiving three full-length solo stories, including top-billing with her own logo predominating Wonder Woman's on the covers of issues #152 and #153.

July 1965 was a significant and somewhat puzzling month in the history of Wonder Girl, concluding her regular presence in the Wonder Woman comic book with issue #155 while simultaneously seeing her appear as a member of the newly-formed Teen Titans in The Brave and the Bold #60, written by Bob Haney and illustrated by Bruno Premiani. Though The Brave and the Bold #60 is commonly accepted as Donna Troy's debut, the Wonder Girl it depicts is indistinguishable from the Wonder Girl appearing synchronously that month in Wonder Woman #155 – the same Wonder Girl featured regularly in that book during the preceding 6 years who was, at least until issue #150 and possibly after, a de-aged, out-of-continuity Wonder Woman.

The Teen Titans were a "junior Justice League" consisting of Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West), and Aqualad (Garth), the sidekicks of Batman, the Flash, and Aquaman respectively.[1] Wonder Girl would establish herself as a central character in Teen Titans stories, continuing to appear with the team in December 1965's Showcase #59 and in their spinoff into the monthly Teen Titans (vol. 1) in January 1966. However, no narrative information regarding Wonder Girl's precise identity was provided in any of her earliest appearances with the Titans, nor in the first 21 issues of the team's subsequent monthly comic book. It would not be until July 1969's Teen Titans (vol. 1) #22 that Wonder Girl would be unequivocally identified as Wonder Woman's younger sister, a discrete character with her own identity: Donna Troy. Writer Marv Wolfman established that Donna had been rescued from an apartment fire as an infant by Wonder Woman.[2] Unable to find the baby's birth family, Wonder Woman brings her to Paradise Island to be raised by her mother Hippolyta, eventually enlisting the Amazon scientist Paula (herself an expatriate from "Man's World") to use advanced technology to grant the girl powers like Wonder Woman's.

Donna remains with the Teen Titans until the series' cancellation with issue #43 in February 1973. She is still part of the team when the comic picks up again with #44 in November 1976. Teen Titans is canceled again in February 1978 with issue #53, with Donna and the others, no longer "teens", going their separate ways.

1980s revival

Marv Wolfman and George Pérez revived the series yet again in 1980 as The New Teen Titans, with original members Wonder Girl, Robin, and Kid Flash joined by new heroes Raven, Starfire, Cyborg, and Beast Boy / Changeling. Donna is romantically involved with much older professor Terry Long, but along the way is put under the romantic spell of Hyperion, one of the Titans of Myth.[3]

Donna's origin is expanded in the January 1984 tale, "Who is Donna Troy?"[4] Robin investigates the events surrounding the long ago fire after finding Donna's doll in a box from a coal bin. He learns that Donna's birth mother was Dorothy Hinckley, a dying unwed teen who had placed her for adoption. After Donna's adoptive father Carl Stacey had been killed in a work-related accident, her adoptive mother Fay Stacey was forced to place her for adoption again, unable to raise the toddler because of mounting expenses. However, Donna became victim to a child-selling racket, which ended with the racketeers' deaths in a furnace explosion and the fire. With Robin's help, Donna is reunited with Fay, who had married Hank Evans and given birth to two additional children, Cindy and Jerry. Donna marries Terry Long in a huge, lavish ceremony in Tales of the Teen Titans #50 (February 1985).[5]

Post-Crisis

The subsequent Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries (1985–1986) rewrote the history of many DC Comics characters; Wonder Woman's own pre-Crisis history was written out of existence, and the character was reintroduced in Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #1 (February 1987) as a new arrival from Themyscira (the former Paradise Island). With the character of Donna tied predominantly to the Titans, her origin was retconned to fit into the new continuity created by Wonder Woman's relaunch, one severing her direct ties to the Amazons. In the storyline "Who is Wonder Girl?" featured in The New Titans #50–54 (December 1988–March 1989), the Titans of Myth enlist Donna's aid against the murderous Sparta of Synriannaq. It is revealed that the Titan Rhea had rescued a young Donna from a fire; Donna and Sparta had then been part of a group of 12 orphans from around the universe who had been raised on New Cronus by these Titans as "Titan Seeds", their eventual saviors.

The Seeds had been given superhuman powers, and named after ancient Greek cities. Called "Troy", Donna (like the others) had eventually been stripped of her memories of her time with the Titans of Myth, and reintroduced into humankind to await her destiny; Sparta had retained her memories, and the knowledge had eventually driven her mad. Killing her fellow Seeds to "collect" their powers and destroy the Titans of Myth, Sparta is ultimately defeated by Donna and the only other Seed left alive, Athyns of Karakkan. In The New Titans #55 (June 1989), Donna changes her identity from Wonder Girl to Troia and adopts a new hairstyle and costume incorporating mystical gifts from the Titans of Myth.

Lord Chaos

During the "Titans Hunt" storyline, Donna discovers she is pregnant; in The New Titans Annual #7 (1991), a group calling themselves the Team Titans appears, intent on killing her. They come from a future in which Donna's son is born with the full powers of a god and full awareness of them, which drives him mad. He instantly ages himself, kills his mother, and becomes a dictator known as Lord Chaos. The Team Titans travel back to the past to kill Donna before her son can be born. Donna eventually gives birth to Robert; to prevent him from becoming Lord Chaos, she sacrifices her powers and becomes a normal human.[6]

Eventually, Donna rethinks her decision and asks the Titans of Myth to grant her powers again; her request is rejected.[volume & issue needed] She then joins the Darkstars. During the Zero Hour crisis, her farm in New Jersey is destroyed and all the Team Titans are wiped out of existence except for Terra and Mirage. Her marriage in ruins, Donna loses custody of her son to her now ex-husband Terry.[7] Donna rejoins the New Titans for a time, with her Darkstar suit giving her the ability to aid them.[volume & issue needed] She dates Kyle Rayner for a while and retires from the Darkstars, leaving her powerless. Donna and Kyle break up immediately following the death of her son, stepdaughter and ex-husband in a car accident.[8]

Magical duplicate

Her post-Crisis origin was updated in the late 1990s. This version had it that she was originally created by the Amazon sorceress Magala as a magical duplicate of the young Princess Diana of Themyscira (a nod to the original Wonder Girl) to be a playmate for Diana, who was previously the only child on the island. However, Donna was soon kidnapped by the Dark Angel (a World War II villainess and sworn enemy of Queen Hippolyta, Diana's mother), who thought the girl was Diana.[9]

Dark Angel cursed Donna to live endless variants of a life characterized by suffering, with her life being restarted and erased from the world's memory when Donna was at her lowest. Even Donna would forget her past lives until the moment at which Dark Angel would arrive to restart her life, at which point she would immediately recall all of her past suffering. With the help of Wonder Woman, Hippolyta, and the third Flash (her former Titans teammate, Wally West), the only people who remembered the previous version, Donna was restored. Somehow, she also regained her powers, presumably because that was how Wally remembered her. Initially, she was concerned that she was not the "same" Donna, but an idealized form based on Wally's memories. She has since accepted that this is not the case.[10]

Shortly afterwards, the Titans gathered together to save their friend Cyborg. They came into conflict with the JLA, but they saved their friend. During this incident Donna was seemingly reunited with her son via virtual reality, but with the aid of Nightwing, realized it was not real.[11] After that, the original five Teen Titans, including Troia, decided to reform the team.[12] A subsequent battle with Dark Angel suggested her constant rewriting of Donna's history involved Hypertime.[13] It is not clear how this ties in with later revelations.

Realizing that Donna was created from a portion of Diana's soul, Queen Hippolyta accepted Donna as a blood-related daughter and held a coronation on Themyscira to formally introduce Donna as the second princess of Paradise Island.[14] This aspect brought Donna more in-line with her Pre-Crisis Themyscirian origins. After her coronation, Donna and Diana's bond as sisters grew stronger. The two Amazons shared a high end apartment in New York City[15] and Donna became more active in life on Themyscira. While the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall saw Diana as an official moderator between the Themyscirian Amazons and themselves, Donna made strides in becoming an accepted member of both tribes in their eyes.[16] While aiding the Amazons, Donna also came into contact with the villain Angle Man who immediately became enamored with her. After their awkward yet flirtatious first meeting, a seriously wounded Angle Man later teleported himself to Donna seeking her help after being attacked by The Cheetah.[17]

In a separate battle, Donna was apparently killed by a rogue Superman robot in the Titans/Young Justice crossover "Graduation Day", but was later shown to be alive on another world. The Return of Donna Troy, a four-issue miniseries written by Phil Jimenez with art by José Luis García-López and George Pérez, expanded upon the resurrection of Donna Troy and cleared up her multiple origins.

DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy

Donna Troy has now discovered that like every other person after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, she is a merger of every alternate version of Donna Troy in the Multiverse. Unlike everyone else, Donna is the repository of knowledge of every alternate universe version of herself and remembers the original Multiverse. She learned that her counterpart on Earth-Two was saved by a firefighter and was raised in an orphanage, while her Earth-S counterpart died in the fire. She also discovered that her sworn enemy of the past, Dark Angel, was in fact the Donna Troy of Earth-Seven, saved from certain death by the Anti-Monitor, just like the Monitor had saved Harbinger.[18] When the Multiverse was reconfigured in one single Universe, Dark Angel, who had somehow escaped the compression of every Donna Troy into one single person in the new Earth, sought to kill her (every life she forced her to relive was in fact an aspect of an alternate Donna as a way to avoid the merging and remain the last one standing). When she was defeated, Donna became the real sum of every Donna Troy that existed on every Earth, a living key to the lost Multiverse.

Her role in Infinite Crisis is, at the end of The Return of Donna Troy, fully stated: Donna had been reborn after her death at the hands of the Superman android. The Titans of Myth, realizing that she was the child who was destined to save them from some impending threat, brought her to New Cronus and implanted false memories within her mind to make her believe she was the original Goddess of the Moon and wife of Coeus. The Titans of Myth incited war between other worlds near New Cronus in order to gain new worshipers. They would then use the combined power of their collective faith to open a passageway into another reality, where they would be safe from destruction. Donna was another means to that end until she was found by the Titans and the Outsiders, who restored her true memories. This was not without casualties, however. Sparta (who was restored to full mental health and stripped of the bulk of her power) had been made an officer in the Titans of Myth's royal military. She was sacrificed by the Titans of Myth in an attempt to lay siege to the planet Minosyss, which housed a Sun-Eater factory miles beneath its surface. Sparta's death had inadvertently helped trigger Donna's memory restoration. Athyns had also reappeared by this time and aided the heroes and the Mynossian resistance in battling the Titans of Myth. It was then that Hyperion, the Titan of the Sun, revealed Donna's true origins to her and ordered her to open a passageway into another reality by means of a dimensional nexus that once served as a gateway to the Multiverse itself, within the Sun-Eater factory's core. This turned out to be the Titans of Myth's real target. Donna did so, but, fearing that they would simply continue with their power-mad ambitions, she banished most of them into Tartarus. However, Hyperion and his wife, Thia, were warned of the deception at the last moment. Enraged, they turned on Donna, intending to kill her for the betrayal, but Coeus activated the Sun-Eater to save her and Arsenal. As the Sun-Eater began absorbing their vast solar energies, Hyperion and Thia tried to escape through the Nexus, but they were both torn apart by the combined forces of the Nexus' dimensional pull and the Sun-Eater's power. Coeus, who had learned humility and compassion from Donna, vowed to guard the gateway to make certain the other Titans of Myth remained imprisoned forever.[19]

Infinite Crisis and 52

Main articles: Infinite Crisis and 52 (comics)

Donna returns to the now-barren New Cronus where she shares a joyful reunion with Wonder Woman. Donna, charged with the guardianship of the Universe Orb containing the Multiverse Chronicles collected by Harbinger, makes the startling discovery that an impending doom is facing the DC Universe, a doom she cannot avert alone. Leaving Nightwing behind on Earth, Donna brings several heroes to New Cronus, including Animal Man; Cyborg; Firestorm; Herald; Bumblebee; Red Tornado; Shift; Green Lanterns Alan Scott, Kyle Rayner, and Kilowog; Jade; Starfire; Supergirl and Captain Marvel Junior (in Outsiders 30). The heroes confront a mysterious and menacing rip in space caused by Alexander Luthor, Jr. (as a part of his plan), which has sparked an intergalactic war. Donna's team contributes to the resolution of the conflict, but things take a dangerous turn when Alexander uses the inter-dimensional tear to recreate Earth-Two and, later, the Multiverse. Donna, along with Kyle Rayner (now called Ion), leads the team to attack Alexander Luthor through his space rift, giving Nightwing, Superboy, and Wonder Girl the time needed to destroy Alexander's device, and save the two Supermen and Wonder Woman from being merged with their Earth-Three counterparts. Though most of the team vanishes when they attempt to leave via the portal opened by Mal Duncan and Adam Strange, she returns to Earth shortly after the Battle of Metropolis, and provides a "junior red-sun eater" to the Green Lantern Corps in which to imprison Superboy-Prime at the end of the battle on Mogo.[volume & issue needed]

In the series 52, Cyborg, Herald, Alan Scott, Bumblebee, Hawkgirl, and Firestorm were all returned to Earth although gravely injured, while other heroes such as Supergirl, Starfire, Animal Man, and Adam Strange were lost in space. In the History of the DC Universe backup feature, when Donna and the artificial intelligence in charge of Harbinger's historical records finished her task of reviewing the DC Universe's history, both the artificial intelligence and one of the new Monitors revealed to her that the current timeline has diverged from its rightful path, in which Donna herself, instead of Jade, should have sacrificed herself for Kyle Rayner.

During the World War III storyline, Donna goes into battle as Wonder Woman against a rampaging Black Adam.

"One Year Later"

Main article: One Year Later

During the "One Year Later" storyline event, Donna Troy has assumed the mantle of Wonder Woman after Diana stepped down following the Crisis, feeling the need to 'find out who Diana is'.[20] Donna wears a set of armor during her tenure as Wonder Woman, which includes the bracelet and star-field material used as part of her Titans regalia. Donna's post-Infinite Crisis origin, which incorporates elements from her previous origins, is as follows: Donna was a magical twin of Diana created by the Amazon Magala and intended as a playmate for the lonely princess. Donna was later captured by Hippolyta's enemy—Dark Angel who mistook her for Diana and placed her in suspended animation for several years. Years later, the grown up Diana, now Wonder Woman, eventually freed Donna and returned her to Themyscira. Donna was then trained by both the Amazons and the Titans of Myth. A few years later, Donna followed Diana into Man's World and became Wonder Girl, wearing a costume based on Wonder Woman's and helped form the Teen Titans.[21] In her last adventure as Wonder Woman, Donna battles The Cheetah, Giganta, and Doctor Psycho. The trio attacks Donna as a means of finding the then-missing Diana. This eventually happens with the revelation that Circe is the mastermind behind the attacks and capture. After Donna is freed from Circe, she dons her old red Wonder Girl jumpsuit and aids her sister in battle telling Diana that she wants to give the Wonder Woman title back to her as she was never really comfortable using that name and would rather just be called Donna Troy.

Donna later works alongside ex-boyfriend Kyle Rayner, who has taken up the powers and title of Ion again. They go up against one of the Monitors who attempts to remove them from the newly rebuilt Multiverse, claiming the two are unwanted anomalies. Donna returns to Earth with Ion in time for him to say goodbye to his dying mother. After that event, Donna joins several former Teen Titans in the current team's battle against Deathstroke and his Titans East team.

Countdown to Final Crisis

Main article: Countdown to Final Crisis

Donna attends Duela Dent's funeral with the Teen Titans. She is confronted by Jason Todd, who seeks her out as a kindred spirit; the two cross paths while investigating Duela's murder.[22] Donna places her investigation on hold when the Amazons invade Washington, D.C. during the events depicted in Amazons Attack! She travels to the city and confronts Hippolyta, advising her to end the invasion, but Hippolyta informs her that she will only consider a withdrawal if Donna will include Diana in their talks. Donna leaves to find her sister. Jason, who has followed Donna to Washington, tells her that the Monitors are responsible for Duela's death. Donna and Jason are attacked by the Monitor's warrior, Forerunner.[23][24] They are saved by a benevolent Monitor, whom Jason calls Bob, and recruited to locate Ray Palmer. They soon learn that Palmer is hiding in the Multiverse.[25]

The group is joined by Kyle Rayner; Jason and Kyle bicker during the journey and Donna is annoyed.[26] Ray Palmer is located on Earth-51 and Bob attacks him, betraying the group.[27] Donna and the others escape, and are caught in the crossfire when Monarch's forces attack Earth-51.[28] Donna is attacked by an alternate version of herself wearing a Wonder Girl costume, and overcomes her doppelganger and escapes.[29][30] She takes the doppelganger's costume, defeats one of Monarch's lieutenants, and is acclaimed leader of an insect army by right of conquest. She leads the force of Myrmidons into the battle against Monarch's forces.[31] Superboy-Prime confronts Monarch, and the insect warriors are killed in the fallout.[32]

Following the battle, Donna alone is able to discern a message directing the group to Apokolips, where the team are witness to its destruction as they first meet the other Countdown characters: Jimmy Olsen, Forager, Pied Piper, Mary Marvel, Holly Robinson, Harley Quinn, Karate Kid, and Una.[33][34] Witnessing Apokolips near-destruction at the hands of Brother Eye, the team are later sent to a reconstituted Earth-51 by Solomon, now a world similar to New Earth with the absence of the now much-expanded Challengers team.[35] It is here that Karate Kid dies, and his Morticoccus virus transforms the world almost entirely to violent animal-human hybrids, losing Una to the feral natives and leaving that Earth's Buddy Blank's grandson as the Last Boy on Earth.[36][37][38] Returned to New Earth by Jimmy Olsen via a Boom Tube, Gothamites Harley, Holly, and Jason return home while Mary Marvel is once again corrupted by Darkseid who captures Jimmy, who holds the power of all the deceased New Gods.[39] Freed from Darkseid's control by Atom's microscopic rewiring, Jimmy and Darkseid duke it out until Orion descends from the heavens (following his interrupted battle with the killer of the New Gods in Death of the New Gods), and slays his father.[40][41] In the aftermath of these events, the remaining party of Donna, Kyle, Ray, and Forager announce to the Monitors they will serve as bodyguards for the New Multiverse, and depart to places unknown.[42]

Returning to Earth after her adventures in the Multiverse with Kyle, Donna and other former and present Titans are targeted by a mysterious foe who is later revealed to be Trigon. The Titans reform to fend off Trigon's assault and avenge the incapacitated Titans East team.[43]

In Final Crisis #5, Donna Troy has been turned into a Justifier. She, among other Justifiers, attacked the Switzerland Checkmate HQ. She tried to put the Justifier helmet onto Alan Scott before being knocked away by Hawkman.

Justice League

The build-up to Donna's recruitment begins when she volunteers to help Mikaal Tomas and Congorilla track down the supervillain Prometheus. She accompanies them to the JLA Watchtower alongside Starfire and Animal Man, only to discover that Red Arrow has been mutilated by Prometheus.[44] During the ensuing battle, Donna is impaled through the wrists, but frees herself. Prometheus projects a hologram around her, causing Green Arrow to shoot her in the leg, which somehow penetrates her super-tough skin and causes her to fall unconscious. She takes down Prometheus after he defeats the rest of the team, rips off his helmet, and starts beating him brutally, but the Shade stops her. Unfortunately, the villain destroys Star City via a teleportation device.[45]

During the Blackest Night crossover, Donna has a horrific encounter with her deceased son Robert and husband Terry, revived as undead beings by the Black Lantern Corps. She is bitten by Robert, becoming "infected" by the Black Lantern's power.[46] Donna, along with Superboy, Kid Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and several other resurrected heroes, began to be targeted by Nekron, the being responsible for the Black Lanterns. Donna's previous status as a deceased allowed for her to be transformed into a Black Lantern. However, unlike the other heroes, Donna was converted by being infected with the Black Lantern's power rather than having a ring forced on her.[47] Donna is freed by the power of white light.[48]

In the aftermath of this, Donna is told by Wonder Woman that she could benefit from being a part of the JLA. To that end, she officially joins the team, even recruiting Cyborg, Dick Grayson (now Batman), and Starfire as well.[49] Donna remains with the League and battles such foes as Superwoman, Wonder Woman's counterpart from the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, and the demonic entity Eclipso. Donna eventually resigns from the team after coming to peace with her inner turmoil, and Dick disbands the team shortly after.[50]

The New 52 and DC Rebirth

In 2011, following the Flashpoint storyline, DC revised its continuity, relaunching with a suite of new #1 comics as part of an initiative called The New 52. Donna does not initially appear in this continuity at all; the Teen Titans are first established in the present day, with Cassie Sandsmark as Wonder Girl, and Wonder Woman's new origin presents her as the natural-born daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta.

Donna is reintroduced in the pages of Wonder Woman as an Amazon created by a sorcerer, Derinoe, as an attempt to usurp Diana's place as queen, replacing her with a new ruler. Diana defeats Donna and Donna sets about a period of soul-searching. Meanwhile, in the Titans Hunt storyline which seeks to retroactively reestablish the history of the Teen Titans in the New 52, Donna is shown as having been a Teen Titan, working alongside Titans co-founders such as Dick Grayson and Garth, until an encounter with the telepathic supervillain Mister Twister resulted in the Titans' memories being erased.[51] In the Wonder Woman series, Donna struggles with her rage and anger and after being killed in a battle is chosen by Zeus to replace the Fates, making Donna a new embodiment of Fate.[52][53] In the last issue of Titans Hunt, Donna confirms that she is "the Fate of the Gods", but does not reconcile her history depicted in Titans Hunt with her creation depicted in Wonder Woman.[54]

Titans Hunt led into the DC Rebirth initiative, which brought back more popular elements of past continuity after former Titan Wally West returns to the DC Universe and reunites his friends. He explains to his fellow Titans how 10 years were stolen from their lives as a result of unknown forces, partially accounting for the discrepancies. Donna and her friends then reform the Titans.[55] On touching Wally in Titans Rebirth #1, Donna has her childhood memories of Wally restored.[56] Later, the Titans (vol. 2) Annual #1 (May 2017) reconciles the two accounts of Donna's history — recent magical creation or longtime ally of Wonder Woman — revealing that Donna was, as in the New 52 story, created out of clay to destroy Wonder Woman, but the Amazons later gave her false memories of being an orphan rescued by Wonder Woman. This allowed Donna to be more than a living weapon, and to establish a stable life. Though Donna was heartbroken by the revelation, she was supported by her Titans colleagues, who affirmed their friendship.[57]

Donna remains a main character in the ‘‘Titans’’ series at DC after the team was broken up by the Justice League and reformed by Nightwing with supervision from the League this time. After Dick Grayson was shot in the head by KGBeast, Donna becomes leader of the team while he is recovering from his injury and amnesia.

Origin retcons

Donna Troy is often noted for having had a number of complicated revisions to her origin. Writer Marv Wolfman recounted:

I wrote the original Donna Troy origin story back in the first Titans run. She had never had one and was, in fact, not a "real" character (if you can call any of them real). She was a computer simulation of Wonder Woman as a girl. That story also named her Donna Troy and set up everything that followed. Unfortunately, after Crisis on Infinite Earths and the Wonder Woman revamp, we had to go back and redo it again as a brand new Wonder Woman being born on Earth could not have rescued the girl from the burning building. I wish we had been able to keep it as I think it's gone insane now. I just wanted a simple origin story. I came up with the original, and then [in "Who is Donna Troy?"] George [Pérez] and I simply elaborated on what had been done, giving her real knowledge of who she was. I would love to say that everything after "Who is Donna Troy?" should be forgotten, but that's not the way continuity works, sadly.[58]

Under John Byrne, Donna was retconned to be a mirror-image duplicate of Wonder Woman, created by the Amazon sorceress Magala using a spell to give life to Diana's reflections so that the young princess would have an age-appropriate friend. This duplicate is kidnapped by WWII Wonder Woman's nemesis, Dark Angel. Dark Angel forces Donna to undergo multiple "lives" that all end in tragedy and result in her resetting back to her beginning. Hippolyta and Wonder Woman attempt to rescue Donna, but Dark Angel destroys her rather than release her from her clutches. With help from Wally West, Donna is recreated as a golem, drawing from Wally's incomplete, Pollyanna-esque memories of her.[59] Later, Dark Angel attempts to erase all memories of Donna from the various Hypertime realities, drawing Dark Angel into conflict with Donna, the Titans, and their alternate reality counterparts from the story Kingdom Come. During the battle, Donna is mindwiped and then reprogrammed with all of her old memories after she is made to relive her past lives.[13]

After Donna Troy is killed by a fleet of Superman androids reprogrammed by Brainiac, she is resurrected by the Titans of Myth, who seek to exploit her status as an "anomaly" from the world that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths to escape the coming cataclysm of Infinite Crisis. This story establishes Donna's status as an anomaly of the timeline, explaining that she survived the Crisis and was later subjected to multiple alternate origins as the universe tried to fit her into the new timeline created following the collapse of the Multiverse. This makes Donna in effect "a living key to the lost Multiverse". This same storyline also reveals that Dark Angel is an evil alternate universe version of Donna from Earth-Seven. Another pre-Crisis survivor, she "was saved by the Anti-Monitor, and raised to be his harbinger of doom, Dark Angel. But Dark Angel was uncontrollable, and vanished".[60]

Within a short time after 2011's The New 52 reboot that followed the Flashpoint story, DC had already presented two conflicting new origins for Donna Troy in the pages of Wonder Woman and Titans Hunt. In the first case, she is introduced as a new character: magical golem, ruthless warrior, and challenger to Wonder Woman's status as leader of the Amazons. She later goes on a journey of discovery. In Titans Hunt, this same Donna, alongside other former Teen Titans, rediscovers memories of childhood heroism with the Teen Titans, which should be impossible for her. In the DC Rebirth relaunch, Donna has a fuller set of childhood memories restored to her after meeting the pre-Flashpoint Wally West. In the DC Rebirth relaunch of Wonder Woman, the storyline "The Lies" reveals that the savage depiction of Thymiscira and the Amazons in the New 52 Wonder Woman series in which Diana is made the Queen of the Amazons and the God of War and has Donna Troy reinvented as a mass-murdering villain is, in fact, an illusion by the Olympians to keep her away from the real island. A later Titans story clarified that Donna is still a magical golem created to destroy Wonder Woman, with fake memories granted by the Amazons.[1][failed verification]

Powers and abilities

Donna's superhuman powers have changed several times over the years, but in all of her various incarnations, they have always consisted of considerable superhuman strength, endurance, speed, and the power of flight.

Other versions

Earth 2

Another version of Donna exists in the New 52 on the alternate Earth-2. In Earth 2: Society, the character, Fury, reveals her name is Donna.[volume & issue needed] This character is the daughter of the late Earth 2 Wonder Woman and the New God, Steppenwolf.[volume & issue needed] This is the first time Fury is used as a doppelganger of Donna Troy and not just an analogue.[volume & issue needed] In Earth 2: Society, Fury/Donna has adopted her mother's mantle of Wonder Woman and taken over Amazonia. She is critical in helping the team recreate Earth 2 after the fall on Telos.

Earth 3

In the reversed reality Earth 3, Donna Troy is Superwoman, a member of the Crime Syndicate. She is the princess of the Amazons and daughter of Queen Hippolyta, and hopes to one day overthrow and kill her mother. Officially she is the ambassador from Themyscira to the United States of Amerika, however her true purpose is to infiltrate and gain control over the governments and metahumans of Man's World.

DC Bombshells

In the DC Comics Bombshells universe, Donna Troy is a Nisei Japanese American teenager from Los Angeles. During World War II, Donna and her friends Cassie, Yuki, Yuri and Emily fight to liberate Japanese American citizens who were unjustly interned by the government. After witnessing the death of Wonder Woman during a battle with Clayface, Donna and the others become a band of heroes known as the Wonder Girls, with each teen drawing power from one of Wonder Woman's magical artifacts.[67]

Reception

IGN placed Donna Troy as the 93rd greatest comic book hero of all time, stating that even though she might have the most unnecessarily complex backstory of all comics characters, Donna has served a major purpose in the DC universe since her inception.[68]

In other media

Television

Animated

Live-action

Conor Leslie as Donna Troy/Wonder Girl in Titans
Conor Leslie as Donna Troy/Wonder Girl in Titans

Animated film

Video games

Miscellaneous

Notes

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  2. ^ "GCD :: Issue :: Teen Titans #22". www.comics.org.
  3. ^ The New Teen Titans #11 (September 1981)
  4. ^ The New Teen Titans #38 (January 1984)
  5. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Manning, Matthew K.; McAvennie, Michael; Wallace, Daniel (2019). DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. DK Publishing. p. 202. ISBN 978-1-4654-8578-6.
  6. ^ The New Titans #89–92 (August–November 1992). DC Comics.
  7. ^ The New Titans Annual #11 (1995).DC Comics.
  8. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #121. DC Comics.
  9. ^ a b Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #131–135
  10. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #136
  11. ^ JLA/Titans #1–3
  12. ^ Titans #1
  13. ^ a b Titans #23–25
  14. ^ Wonder Woman Secret Files #3
  15. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #170
  16. ^ Wonder Woman Secret Files #3 and Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #168–169
  17. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #180–187
  18. ^ Phil Jimenez, the writer of The Return of Donna Troy, stated in direct mail conversation in January 2007, "While there was some discussion about making Lyla an alternate Donna, DC Editorial and I realized this would never work in any continuity, so the idea was scrapped. What we did decide, however, was that Dark Angel was the Anti-Monitor's Harbinger, and that Dark Angel herself was an alternate Earth duplicate of Donna Troy."
  19. ^ DC Special The Return of Donna Troy #1–4 (June 2005–August 2005)
  20. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #1
  21. ^ Wonder Woman vol. 3 Annual #1
  22. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #51 (May 2007)
  23. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #46 (June 2007)
  24. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #45 (June 2007)
  25. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #43 (July 2007)
  26. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #33 (September 2007)
  27. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #18 (December 2007)
  28. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #17 (January 2008)
  29. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #16 (January 2008)
  30. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #15 (January 2008)
  31. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #14 (January 2008)
  32. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #13 (January 2008)
  33. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #11 (February 2008)
  34. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #9 (February 2008)
  35. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #8 (March 2008)
  36. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #7 (March 2008)
  37. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #6 (March 2008)
  38. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #5 (March 2008)
  39. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #4 (April 2008)
  40. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #3 (April 2008)
  41. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #2 (April 2008)
  42. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #1 (April 2008)
  43. ^ Titans (vol. 2) #1
  44. ^ Justice League: Cry For Justice #5 (November 2009)
  45. ^ Justice League: Cry For Justice #6 (January 2010)
  46. ^ Blackest Night: Titans #1–3 (August–October 2009)
  47. ^ Blackest Night #5 (November 2009)
  48. ^ Blackest Night #8 (March 2010)
  49. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 2) #41 (January 2010)
  50. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 2) #60 (August 2011)
  51. ^ Titans Hunt #6
  52. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #46 (2016)
  53. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #50 (2016)
  54. ^ Titans Hunt #8
  55. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (May 26, 2016). "WALLY WEST-Led TITANS To 'Unlock the Mystery' of REBIRTH". Newsarama. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  56. ^ Titans Rebirth #1 (2016)
  57. ^ Titans (vol. 2) Annual #1 (May 2017)
  58. ^ Nickerson, Al (August 2006). "Who is Donna Troy?". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (#17): 64–66.
  59. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #130–138
  60. ^ DC Universe: The Return of Donna Troy #4
  61. ^ The New Titans #57
  62. ^ The New Titans #59
  63. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #169
  64. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #47–48 and #176
  65. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 2) #44 (April 2011)
  66. ^ The Brave and the Bold #149
  67. ^ Bombshells United #1-7
  68. ^ "Donna Troy is number 93". IGN. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  69. ^ a b Brady, Matt (July 8, 2006). "Torres on Teen Titans Go & Wonder Girl". Newsarama. Future plc. Archived from the original on March 21, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  70. ^ Webb, Charles (March 2, 2012). "Interview: Becoming 'Super Best Friends Forever' With Lauren Faust". MTV.com. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  71. ^ "Search Ask Greg: Gargoyles: Station Eight". www.s8.org. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  72. ^ Melrose, Kevin (November 30, 2018). "Titans Embraces Donna Troy's Wonder Girl Origin". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  73. ^ Pulliam-Moore, Charles (November 30, 2018). "Titans' Conor Leslie on Donna Troy's Relationship With Wonder Woman and the Superhero Team". io9. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
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  75. ^ Schmidt, JK (December 7, 2018). "New Titans Promo Reveals Wonder Girl's Magic Lasso". Retrieved December 7, 2018 – via Comicbook.com.
  76. ^ Agard, Chancellor (November 30, 2018). "Titans recap: Season 1, Episode 8". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 16, 2019.

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