The most terrible things Wonder Woman has ever done

Sometimes, Batman crosses a line. Sometimes, especially when there's magic or mind control involved, Superman goes rogue. Every now and then, the Flash lets his emotions get the better of him and makes some pretty poor decisions (see, for example, pretty much every episode of his CW television show).

Diana doesn't. Wonder Woman's done some truly heinous things—you'll see what we mean—but her heart is almost always in the right place. Do the ends justify the means? Usually not, and when Wonder Woman strays from the path of the righteous, things tend to go terribly wrong. Does that make her a bad person? Absolutely not. We all make mistakes—we just don't all have the powers of the gods. If we mess up, it might ruin our day. If Wonder Woman does, then it's a complete and utter disaster.

She snapped Maxwell Lord's neck

Unlike Batman or Superman, Wonder Woman doesn't have a strict no-killing policy. She's a warrior. She'll kill if she feels like she has to. That doesn't mean that she likes it, and it doesn't mean she always makes the right choice. For example, when former Justice League International founder Maxwell Lord uses his mind-control abilities to turn Superman into a weapon, Diana is forced to kill Lord in order to free her Kryptonian ally.

In Wonder Woman #219's aftermath, the execution is broadcast all over the world via Batman's Brother Eye satellite, which Lord has commandeered. As a result, the public loses its faith in Wonder Woman—as do Batman and Superman. Brother Eye rallies its bionic soldiers, the OMACs, to extract revenge on Diana and the other Amazons. A group of superheroes trapped in a pocket dimension, who see the murder unfold, are so disgusted by the state of the world's heroes that they try to rewrite reality itself, sparking the Infinite Crisis crossover event and a minor re-write of DC's entire continuity.

Wonder Woman had a very good reason to kill Lord—she totally owned Superman in their first fight, but wouldn't have been able to fend him off forever—but given the repercussions, that doesn't mean her decision was the right one. She's a superhero. There's always another way.

She gave Darkseid his powers back

In DC Comics, there's no bigger bad than Darkseid. The villainous leader of Apokolips isn't just a power-mad space tyrant; he's more or less the very embodiment of evil itself (just check out that name—Jack Kirby was an incredible artist, but he wasn't particularly subtle). There's no doubt that Earth and the rest of the galaxy would be better off without him. And yet, in Wonder Woman #173, Diana gives up a part of her soul in order to restore Darkseid's power, giving him exactly what he needs to continue his reign of terror.

It all goes down following the line-spanning Our Worlds at War storyline, in which a team of superheroes work together with President Lex Luthor and his secret ally, Darkseid, in order to fend off an alien menace called Imperiex. After the battle, which leaves Diana's mother Hippolyta and millions of others dead, Brainiac 13 launches an attack of its own, using the planet-sized battle station Warworld to decimate Apokolips and destroy Earth. In order to save humanity, Wonder Woman needs Darkseid's help—and the only way to get it is to restore his missing powers.

And so, the Amazons pray. Former Teen Titans member Raven helps channel the Amazon's prayers through Wonder Woman and into Darkseid, and before long, the New God's strength is restored. That's enough to stop Brainiac 13 and Imperiex, and to make sure that Darkseid remains a thorn in the Justice League's side for years to come. It isn't all bad, however. During the transfer, a small piece of Wonder Woman's soul worms its way inside Darkseid, infecting him with one of Diana's most important powers: compassion.

She beat up Batgirl to woo Batman

A few different creators have flirted with a relationship between Batman and Wonder Woman—the pairing was a small but popular plot thread in the Justice League Unlimited animated series—but The Brave and the Bold #78 shows why it would never work out. In the story, Diana and Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, duke it out in the Gotham City skies after professing their love for Bruce via skywriting. From there, it gets weirder.

In order to prove who loves Batman more, Wonder Woman and Batgirl participate in a contest to win Batman's heart. Wonder Woman showers Batman with gifts from Paradise Island, while Batgirl gets him a "groovy" new cape and cowl to cover his "brawny shoulders." Wonder Woman responds by carving a Batman statue out of pure gold. Both women get him a diamond-studded utility belt. Then, the supervillain Copperhead attacks and Batman springs into action, revealing that the feud between his two allies was just a ruse to make Copperhead think he was distracted.

But the issue is only half over. As a result of their charade, both women fall in love with Batman for real, and the battle continues. Both Wonder Woman and Batgirl try to sway Batman by giving him clues that will reveal their secret identities—"the greatest gift a superheroine can offer," Batgirl says—and then they drop all pretense and just start punching each other. Wonder Woman has Batgirl on the ropes when everyone remembers Copperhead is still loose, and Wonder Woman takes off to stop him. Eventually, the heroes team up and bring Copperhead down, which somehow cures Wonder Woman and Batgirl of their romantic rivalry.

The Silver Age of comic books, ladies and gentleman.

She killed Huntress

The fun thing about the Injustice: Gods Among Us comic isn't that it's in a different reality, it's that the series' alternate timeline is totally plausible. Most of DC Comics' imaginary stories rely on some twist that changes everything: Kal-El's rocket lands in Gotham City, for example, or is discovered in Soviet Russia. In Injustice, DC's characters have the same origin stories as their mainstream versions. It's just a world where everything went wrong.

That makes the video game and the comic's over-the-top plot twists feel more real—it's not "our" Diana who murders the Huntress, but it could've been. While Wonder Woman spends the bulk of the series as Superman's ally—even as he slowly transforms into a despot—she seems to be helping out for the right reasons. She regards Superman's use of force as a necessary tool in the battle against evil. She helps track down Mirror Master, who kidnapped Superman's adopted parents, but she doesn't kill him. She uses diplomacy, not her fists (well, okay, she throws a few punches) to talk Aquaman out of attacking the surface world.

But, like they say, if you lie down with dogs, you're going to get fleas. When a superhero named Galaxor stands up to Superman's regime, the Man of Steel and Wonder Woman break his spine, crippling him. In order to help a band of refugees, she crushes a warlord's skull, then rounds up his armies and lets the general's victims kill the oppressive soldiers. Finally, when a group of rebels team up to defeat Superman once and for all, Wonder Woman leaps into action, lashing out with her lasso and snapping Huntress' neck. After that, she's never the same.

She turned a blind eye to rape, murder, and slavery

There aren't any men on Themyscira, also known as Paradise Island, home of the Amazons. Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's Wonder Woman #7 explains why. Previously, Wonder Woman learned that she wasn't molded from clay, like she'd been told, but is actually the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus, king of the Greek gods. She isn't the only Amazonian child, either. In Wonder Woman #7, Diana learns that three times a century the Amazons take to the seas and sleep with wayward sailors—and then kill them. Nine months later, children are born. Girls remain in Themyscira, while boys are traded to the gods' blacksmith, Hephaestus, in return for weapons.

In Hephaestus' forge, the boys grow into men, living a life as indentured servants—or, as Wonder Woman sees it, slaves. That's a lot better than the alternative, of course: before Hephaestus and Hippolyta reached their agreement, the Amazons murdered their sons outright. Naturally, Diana is shocked by the news. She shouldn't be. Given that the whole operation happens regularly, involves most of the Amazons, and is sanctioned by Wonder Woman's mother, there's really no way Diana shouldn't know what's going on.

So either Wonder Woman is dumb as a bag of bricks (which, given her divine heritage, isn't likely), is the victim of an extremely elaborate nationwide conspiracy, or willfully ignored the truth until she couldn't overlook it any longer. None of those are great looks for DC's flagship superheroine, which is probably why the whole episode was written out of continuity thanks to the DC Rebirth event. Just a guess.

She defended a murderer

In ancient Greece, hiketeia is a ritual in which a person in trouble could seek asylum by supplicating themselves to others. In DC Comics, it's the title of one of the most critically acclaimed Wonder Woman stories ever told. Created by Greg Rucka and J. G. Jones, Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia finds our hero granting a young woman named Danielle Wellys asylum, but there's a problem: Danielle murdered a number of young men, and Batman is hot on her tail.

By the time Diana learns what Danielle has done, she's already accepted the girl's plea for help, which puts her in a precarious situation. Either Wonder Woman can renege on her promise, invoking the wrath of the Furies and tarnishing her reputation, or she can make sure justice is served. Unsurprisingly, when Batman presses her on the issue, Diana chooses the former—and punctuates her decision by decking the Dark Knight in the face. Now, Danielle has a good reason for killing those men—they're drug dealers and pornographers who abused Danielle's sister—but her logic (murdering the criminals is what Wonder Woman would've done, Danielle says) is flawed, and Diana doesn't approve.

Ultimately, however, Wonder Woman is true to her word, and defends Danielle even if it means fighting Batman herself. In fact, Diana would still be fighting to protect the girl if Danielle hadn't thrown herself off of a ledge and onto the rocks below, releasing Wonder Woman from the ritual with her dying breath.

She conquered the United Kingdom and started a world war

In Flashpoint, Barry Allen goes back in time to rescue his mother from her killer, Eobard Thrawne, who's better known as the Reverse-Flash. It doesn't end well. Oh, Barry saves his mother just fine, but in the aftermath, reality itself is overwritten. In the new timeline, Bruce Wayne dies in an alley alongside his mother, forcing his father to take up Batman's mantle. Superman lives in a government lab, where he's kept in a permanently weakened state. Aquaman is a dictator who sank most of western Europe, the Justice League doesn't exist, and Wonder Woman is a straight-up supervillain.

She doesn't start that way, of course. As a young princess on Paradise Island, Diana yearns to see the world. One day, she sneaks onto a boat and heads out to sea, but doesn't get far before she's attacked by a sea monster. Thankfully, Aquaman is there to rescue her. Soon, the Amazons and Atlanteans have joined forces—and Diana and Arthur's wedding is supposed to solidify a permanent alliance between the two nations.

But during the ceremony, one of the Amazons murders Hippolyta, Diana's mother (she was aiming for Diana herself, but missed) and frames the Atlanteans. War follows. In a last-ditch effort to decimate Atlantis' forces, Wonder Woman and the Amazons destroy Paradise Island, killing thousands of soldiers, and flee to Britain. When they're denied asylum, they decide to stay anyway, rechristening the U.K. New Themyscira. Wonder Woman, now queen, kills Aquaman's lover Mera in a skirmish, and in response Atlantis floods Europe, murdering millions. Before long, the rest of the world is consumed by the Atlantean-Amazon conflict and the Flash is forced to go back in time and let his mother die in order to put everything back together.

It's very, very bad. And yet, it could've been even worse…

She hung Steve Trevor with her lasso, had an affair with Aquaman, and murdered a bunch of other superheroes

As bad as Wonder Woman is in Flashpoint, she's even worse in the series' direct-to-video animated adaptation. In the comics, Queen Diana is content to let her followers do most of the dirty work. In the movie, called The Flashpoint Paradox, she takes care of business herself. For example, in the Flashpoint miniseries, Wonder Woman simply orders other Amazons to kill Steve Trevor. In the movie, she wraps her lasso around his neck and floats into the air, choking the life out of him.

The whole thing is like that. Comic book Wonder Woman kills Mera in a one-on-one battle well after war breaks out, and even apologizes for dispatching a onetime friend. In The Flashpoint Paradox, she sleeps with a very-married Aquaman, chops off his wife's head, and takes Mera's crown as a trophy. It's Wonder Woman, not the Amazon Penthesilea, who kills a depowered Billy Batson by running him through with a broken blade. In the final battle, Diana stabs Aquaman with her sword, putting him out of his misery—although not before Arthur activates a doomsday weapon that presumably brings the entire conflict to a close.

In short? Do. Not. Mess. With. Wonder Woman.