Hippolyta is the daughter of the Greek god 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.
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 and tricking the hero into signing a "movie contract" that in reality bound him to Pluto's realm, Hades. 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.
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.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Hippolyta possesses the conventional attributes of an Olympian goddess. However, many of her physical attributes are more developed than most other Olympian females.
Like all Olympians, Hippolyta is superhumanly strong. Her strength is much greater than the vast majority of Olympian females, or even Olympian males. Typically, Hippolyta is capable of lifting about 50 tons whereas the average Olympian male and female can lift 30 and 25 tons respectively.
Superhuman Speed: Hippolyta can run and move at speeds beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
Superhuman Stamina: Hippolyta has inherited her father's legendary physical stamina. As a result, her stamina is matched by very few Olympians. Hippolyta's musculature produces almost no fatigue toxins, granting her nearly limitless superhuman stamina in all physical activities.
Superhumanly Durability: Hippolyta's body is much harder and more resistant to physical injury than the body of a human being. Her resistance to injury is even greater than that possessed by most other Olympians. She can withstand great impact forces, high caliber bullets, powerful energy blasts, falls from great heights, and exposure to temperature and presssure extremes without sustaining injury. While all Olympians are capable of withstanding these types of assaults without injury, she can withstand even greater levels of these attacks than most other Olympians without being injured.
Immortality: Like all Olympians, Hippolyta is functionally immortal. She is immune to the effects of aging and hasn't aged since reaching adulthood. She is also immune to all known Earthly diseases and infections. However, this doesn't mean that she can't be killed as no member of any of Earth's pantheons of gods is truly immortal. To be truly immortal, Death itself has to banish an individual from entering it's realm. The Elders of the Universe for instance are among the only truly immortal beings in the universe as Death prevents them from dying. While they can still be injured and feel pain, they will fully recover from any injury no matter the severity, though it may take time to do so.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite her superhuman durability, Hippolyta can sustain physical injury. However, her Olympian life force enables her to regenerate damaged tissue much faster and more extensively than a human being. In fact, her healing powers are superior to those of most other Olympians. However, she can't regenerate missing limbs, organs, or brain cells, at least not without the aid of powerful magical assistance.
Superhuman Agility: Hippolyta's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are all enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.
Superhuman Reflexes: Hippolyta's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are supperior to those of the finest human athlete.
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|* Higher strength when wearing Gauntlets of Ares|
Hippolyta is a formidable combatant and has been highly trained in hand to hand combat and all forms of Olympian weaponry by her father.
Hippolyta possesses the Gauntlets of Ares, which were given to her by her father. These gauntlets increase both Hippolyta's punching power by a factor of 100. However, in order for the gauntlets to work, Hippolyta must be in a combat situation.
- 25 Appearances of Hippolyta (Earth-616)
- 4 Images featuring Hippolyta (Earth-616)
- 1 Quotations by or about Hippolyta (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Hippolyta (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Hippolyta (Earth-616)
- Hippolyta at the Guide to the Mythological Universe
- Marvel Encyclopedia Vol 6: Fantastic Four
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