9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

Superheroes like Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man all have enemies that are immediately familiar to those unversed in comic book minutiae. But Wonder Woman? Sure, she has recurring antagonists like Circe, Cheetah, and Ares, but nobody on par with, say, Lex Luthor or Venom. Here are nine nemeses that would transform a Wonder Woman movie into an arthouse classic.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

9. A Telepathic Misogynist Dwarf
Doctor Psycho was medical student who — after he was framed by his unfaithful fiancee and her paramour — used his superior, out-of-nowhere mental powers to force him to eat radium and her to marry him, "a fate worse than death."

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

He also turned the US military against Wonder Woman by impersonating George Washington, but that's almost secondary to the brainwashed radium-chewing and creepy hypnotized nuptials.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

8. "Angle Man"
Angle Man began his career as a criminal who "knew all the angles." He later graduated to battling Wonder Woman using the powers of geometry and then being rebooted as a suave art thief. With the DC Universe resetting every 45 minutes, it's unclear what Angle Man's up to nowadays, but fingers crossed he's gone back to his hypotenuse-y roots.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

7. A Gorilla Super-Evolved Into A Beautiful Woman
She's had a billion origins since her first appearance, but the Wonder Woman enemy Giganta began her career as a gorilla transformed into a gorgeous woman with the demeanor of a silverback.

As the years went on, she gained the power to grow as tall as buildings. But in the beginning, she merely had a few inches on Wonder Woman. You really can't blame Giganta for turning to supervillainy, being an unwitting genetic abomination and whatnot.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

6. A Cross-Dressing Snowman
Byrna Brilyant was an ice-based malefactor who wore a costume that resembled W.C. Fields with frostbite. This is an absolutely smashing sartorial choice. You're going to gain the upper hand in every fight if your opponents believe you're perpetually on the edge of a heart attack.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

And here's Blue Snowman reveling in the perks of her job. Priceless!

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

5. A Mustachioed Lady Hypnotist
Because all early Wonder Woman comics needed some excuse to mind control or bind the protagonist, we ended up with Hypnota, who used her mental powers to mesmerize Diana. Mind you, the spirit gum goatee has no bearing on whether her powers work or not. It's purely aesthetic.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

And just for laughs, here's a panel of the three aforementioned villains hanging out with their bad girl supergroup, Villainy Incorporated. Giganta's addition to the roll call kills me.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

4. Idiotic Charity Auctions
Because superheroes were at the beck and call of bored plutocrats in the Fifties, 1957's Wonder Woman was once strongarmed by "the Millionaires' Club" to babysit a sperm whale, an elephant, and a dinosaur. Read it here (link NSFW).

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

3. Unemployment
Yes, there was a brief period of time (1993's Wonder Woman #73, to be specific) when Wonder Woman found herself both in dire financial straits and without her Amazon sisters at Paradise Island. Because saving the globe time and time again from an infinite series of transdimensional crises doesn't leave much time to build one's résumé, she is consigned to accept a job at Taco Bell Whiz. I always assumed Wonder Woman has the strength to crush Ticonderoga #2 pencils into diamonds, but that's not neither here nor there.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

Also, couldn't she ask Dr. Fate to cast a financial solvency spell or get some complimentary shares of Wayne Enterprises? It's an amusing conceit, but in the end it ranks with the time Superman ended up in a mental institution and smoked nineteen cigars simultaneously.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

2. S&M Lesbian Street Gangs
Way back in 1969's Wonder Woman #185, Diana battled a gang of felonious hippie women who forced their victims to wear dog collars. This gang went by the moniker THEM! so that other gangs would (presumably) mistake them for giant ants. That's smart intimidation.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

Mind you, Wonder Woman's encounter with THEM! occurred when she was a mistress of kung fu instead of someone who could box Superman, so a coterie of lesbian gangsters in Willy Wonka outfits posed a legitimate problem.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

1. A Giant Egg Who Was Also An Asian Stereotype
Back in the 1960s, Batman battled the Joker, whereas Superman duked it out with a myriad of personality disorders. How about Wonder Woman? Her nemesis was an anthropomorphic Chinese egg who ensnared victims with his mustache tendrils. (Who, incidentally, is still around in DC Comics continuity.)

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

Yes, the Sixties were a time when you could cobble together a formidable science villain from Mickey Rooney's performance in Breakfast at Tiffany's and a few words from a takeout menu. Yeesh.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

Oh, fuck you, comic books.

9 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

BONUS #10: This stupid high schooler. Why? Imagine, if you will:

UN: Come in, Wonder Woman, come in! A chemical plant in Pakistan is on fire!

Wonder Woman: Ask Superman. A 16-year-old who has no idea what cereal looks like needs help brushing his teeth.

Related: 5 Lesser Known Wonder Woman Powers.