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Hippolyta (Hippolyte)

  • Profile

    Hippolyta is all about girl power. As the Queen of the Amazons, she's the poster girl for the famous race of warrior women who did their best to kick the butts of any males who trifled with them. Unfortunately for Hippolyta, though, some of Greece's greatest heroes came her way and caused a ton of trouble. The worst offender? Theseus, who kidnapped the Amazon Queen and forced her to be his bride. To add insult to injury, Theseus later dumped Hippolyta for a princess named Phaedra and killed the Amazon Queen when she fought back. Looks like Hippolyta had good reason to think that guys are the pits.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Hippolyta

    Nickname

    Hippolyte, The Original Wonder Woman

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Elysium

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Queen of the Amazons

    Education

    Ares School of War
    West Point

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Amazonian Feminist

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Ares (Dad)
    Otrera (Mom)

    Siblings

    Antiope

    Children

    Hippolytus

    Friends

    Who needs friends? My sister, Antiope, is all I need.

    Enemies

    Heracles (Not his fault—I blame Hera for this one)
    Theseus (Definitely his fault—he forced me to marry him, dumped me, and killed me)
    Phaedra (That you-know-what stole Theseus from me)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    I was married to Theseus, but we are now very divorced.

    Interested in

    No one. I'm over it.

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Xena: Warrior Princess
    Wonder Woman
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Quotations

    "Not even girls want to be girls as long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power."
    – William Moulton Marston

    "We are family
    I got all my sisters with me."
    – Sister Sledge

    "I'm a survivor
    I'm gonna make it
    I will survive
    Keep on survivin'"
    – Destiny's Child

    "These boots were made for walking, and that's just what they'll do.
    One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you."
    – Nancy Sinatra

    Books

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Celie totally understands the meanness of men.)
    The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
    Antigone by Sophocles (A true heroine if I ever saw one.)
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Lisbeth is no joke.)
    Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
    Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood (What the world would be like if men were in charge...)
    Medea by Euripides (I feel your pain, Medea.)
    Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
    Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw (Joan rocks so hard.)
    "Goblin Market" by Christina Rosetti (A great poem about the love of sisters and the evil of men.)

    Music

    Pink Friday Roman Reloaded by Nicki Minaj
    21 by Adele (the whole album—she's just so good.) 
    It's a Man's World by James Brown
    She's a Rebel by Green Day
    Survivor by Destiny's Child
    These Boots Are Made for Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra
    Respect by Aretha Franklin
    You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman) by Carole King
    Goodbye Earl by the Dixie Chicks
    Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill 
    We Are Family by Sister Sledge

    Movies

    Brave
    Mulan
    Million Dollar Baby
    Monster
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    Wrestling Women USA!
    Kill Bill: Vol. 1
    Girlfight

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    The Suffrage Movement
    My magic girdle
    Roller derby
    Wonder Woman
    Women's Basketball

    Interests

    Women's Rights
    Feminism
    Combat studies
    Military history

    Groups

    Society of Female Warriors
    Roller Derby Girls
    WNBA
    Wonder Woman Fan Club

    • Spotter's Guide

      Hippolyta is definitely a cool person to meet—if you're female, that is. The former Queen of the Amazons isn't too cool with guys these days. If you want to have a chat with her, head down to Elysium, the land of the blessed dead. She'll be the tall, buff, and beautiful queen with a no-nonsense look on her face. Watch out for flying arrows.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Middle-aged
      Build: Toned (and that's an understatement)
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Brown or black
      Facial Hair: No, despite some nasty rumors
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Magic girdle of power
      Clothing: Free flowing robes
      Armor: Fit for a queen
      Type of Weapon: Spear, bow, sword

      Typical Companions

      Amazonian sisters

      Known Hangouts

      Training fields
      Gyms
      Firing ranges

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Library by Apollodorus

      Get the old school low-down on Theseus's lousy treatment of the Amazonian Queen in this ancient text.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

      In this famous poem, originally written in Middle English, Hippolyta stands by Theseus's side as he deals with two love-struck knights. Hmmm, that's not the Hippolyta we know.

      Dec 20, 1595

      A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

      In Shakespeare's famous comedy, young lovers run into trouble with some fairies the night before Theseus and Hippolyta get married.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Two Nobel Kinsmen by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher

      Shakespeare's riff on Chaucer's "Knight's Tale"—Theseus and Hippolyta included at no extra charge.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      DC Comics

      Hippolyta is Wonder Woman's butt kickin' mom in the world of DC Comics.

      Dec 20, 1967 - Dec 20, 2019

      Marvel Comics

      The Marvel Comics version of Hippolyta is no joke. In addition to her magic girdle, she has gauntlets of power, which give her some crazy strength.

      Dec 20, 1999

      Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

      In this campy but popular TV series, man-hating Hippolyta falls in love with Hercules, and Hera is not psyched about it.