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AV Club: Who am I this time?

posted Mar 28, 2011, 3:14 AM by Vu Sleeper

Who am I this time?: 13 comic book characters with convoluted origin stories and confusing identities
by Noel Murray, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson, and Oliver Sava March 28, 2011

5. Donna Troy (a.k.a. Wonder Girl, Troia, Darkstar)
Donna Troy came into being out of necessity. Longtime Wonder Woman writer Robert Kanigher introduced the character of Wonder Girl to tell stories about Wonder Woman as a teenager. (He later introduced Wonder Tot for similar purposes.) And though Kanigher also wrote stories in which the three incarnations of Wonder Womanhood had adventures together, the comic was able to write them off as “impossible tales.” It all made sense. Sort of. But when Wonder Girl joined the Bob Haney-created sidekick supergroup The Teen Titans in 1965, something had to give. Thus, after four years with no explanation for Wonder Girl’s origin, she became Donna Troy, an orphan rescued from a burning building by Wonder Woman and given Amazonian superpowers. It was all still well within the realm of comic book logic, even when the popular Marv Wolfman/George Perez New Teen Titans series filled out some of the details. Then things get complicated. During the period after Crisis On Infinite Earths when seemingly every DC superhero saw his or her origin reworked, Donna Troy’s story changed. Turns out she’d had her memory wiped and forgotten a childhood education at the hands of the Titans of Greek mythology on the planet of New Chronus. Upon having her memories restored, she changed her name to Troia. (Or back to Troia, depending on your point of view.) Perhaps sensing the story had not gotten convoluted enough, John Byrne later added a further twist by making Donna Troy Wonder Woman’s magical double then revealing she’d lived multiple lives, one of which was the Donna Troy comics fans already knew. Or thought they knew, anyway.