Real Name: Hippolyta

Identity/Class: Olympian god

Occupation: Queen of the Amazons, adventurer;
former vassal of Pluto

Group Membership: Bacchae (Daughters of Enyo, others), Amazons, Olympians (Greek gods); formerly Defenders/Shieldmaidens (Elsa Bloodstone, Clea, Ren Kimura, Misty Knight/Mercedes Knight, Danielle Moonstar, Nova/Frances Hyatt, Dr. Annabelle Riggs, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde), Olympus Group

Affiliations: All-Mother (Freya, Gaea, Idunn), Aragorn, Ares, Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Cannonball (Sam Guthrie), Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange), Elektra (Elektra Natchios), Gods of the Dead (Ahpuch, Hela, Osiris, Pluto, Seth, Yama, others), Hellcat (Patsy Walker), Hera, Iron Fist (Danny Rand), Kid Kaiju (Kei Kawade), Magma (Amara Aquilla), Pluto, Pazuzu, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Sporr, Storm (Ororo Munroe), Tarantula (Maria Vasquez), Thundra, Tigra (Greer Nelson), Venom (Eugene Thompson), Werewolf (Jack Russell), Colleen Wing, X-Man (Nate Grey);
formerly sought Hercules as her lover

Enemies: Aqueduct (Peter Van Zante), Argonauts, Blackout (Marcus Daniels), Brothers Grimm (Barton & Percy Grimes), Champions (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Hercules, Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze, Iceman/Bobby Drake), Caledonia (Alysande Stuart) of Earth-9809, Deadpool (Jack, "Wade Wilson"), Doom Maidens (Aldvi, Arnleif, Balda, Daggaerdhi, Disthora, Hermotha, Nedra, Sigotta), Doommaidens (Anaconda/Blanche Sitznski, Aradnea, Echidna, Mindblast/Danielle Forte, Scorpia/Elaine Coll, Shriek/Frances Barrison, Titania/Mary MacPherran, Zheng Bao Yu), Dragon Man, Enchantress (Sylvie Lushton), Headmen (Chondu the Mystic/Harvey Schlemerman, Gorilla-Man/Dr. Arthur Nagan, Ruby Thursday/Thursday Rubinstein, Shrunken Bones/Dr. Jerold Morgan), Hercules (Heracles), Leviathon Tide, Marvel Girl (Valeria von Doom), Mr. Raven, Neptune, Pandemonium Axles, Quicksand, Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich), Thor (Odinson), Threnody (Melody Jacobs), Walrus (Hubert Carpenter), Wardogs of Thanos

Known Relatives: Artume (daughter), Ares (father), Otrera (mother, possibly deceased), Antiope, Hiera, Lysippe, Melanippe, Orithya, Penthesilea (sisters), Alexander Aaron (Phobos), Deimos, Diomedes, Kyknos, Monstro the Mighty, Oenomaus, Phlegyras, Phobos, Thestius (half-brothers), Alcippe, Diomedes' mares, Harmonia (half-sisters), Zeus (grandfather), Hera (grandmother), Hippolytus (nephew, deceased), Apollo, Dionysus, Hephaestus, Hercules, Hermes (uncles), Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Eris, Hebe, Persephone (aunts), Neptune, Pluto (grand-uncles), Demeter, Vesta (grand-aunts), Chronus (great-grandfather), Rhea (great-grandmother), Ouranos (great-great grandfather), Gaea (great-great grandmother)

Aliases: Scythia, Warrior Woman, Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyte

Place of Birth: River Tanais (near modern-day Rostov-on-Don, Russia)

Base of Operations: New Amazonia;
   formerly Hades;
   formerly Themiscyra (now part of modern Turkey)

First Appearance: Thor I#127 (April, 1966)

Powers/Abilities: Hippolyta previously possesses greater strength, stamina and resistance to injury than any other Olympian goddess. She has superhuman strength (Class 50) and above average prowess in armed and unarmed combat taught by Ares himself. Since her resurrection she has additionally gained the power of flight, invulnerability, superhuman speed and was stronger than before (lifting 70 tons). In addition, she can further enhance her strength by donning the Gauntlets of Ares. These grant her close to Class 100 strength, but they are only effective in combat. They do not grant strength unless used in a fight against another. Her girdle was also a highly sought-after item.

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200 lbs.;
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

(Graeco-Roman Myth) - Hippolyta is the daughter of the war-god Ares and Otrera, a daughter of Zeus. Raised in the arts of warfare, she and her sisters became ruthless in ancient times for attacking and destroying the villages of Ancient Greece, killing men and abducting female children to indoctrinate into their order. Called Amazons (Latin for "breastless" as it was rumored they cut off their right breasts to be more proficient in the bow and arrow), they once protected the ancient cow-goddess Io to receive the honors of Zeus.

(Graeco-Roman Myth/Hercules III#1(fb)) - Twelve generations later they graciously received the Argonauts as Hercules came to collect Hippolyta's girdle on his Ninth Labor. Hera, however, incited the Amazons into bloodshed by claiming that Hercules had come to kill Hippolyta. The Argonauts ended up killing or abducting many of the Amazons as wives or mistresses. To protect Hippolyta, her sister Antiope masqueraded as her as she was carried off by Theseus as his bride, eventually giving birth to Hippolytus.

(Graeco-Roman Myth) - Hippolyta rallied the remaining Amazons and stormed Athens a year later on a rescue mission. Another generation later, they followed Ares into the Trojan War where Hiera and Penthesilia lost their lives. Penthesilia's corpse was stolen by Achilles who had fallen in love it.

(Howard the Duck III#3 (fb) - BTS) - Hippolyta was mentioned as one of the holders of the Amulet of Pazuzu.

(Fearless Defenders#3 (fb) - BTS) - Centuries ago Hippolyta led the Amazons into battle against Asgard's Doommaidens.

(Thor I#127-128) - In modern times, Pluto, god of the dead, reunited many of Hercules' old foes against him. Hippolyta, however, wished not Hercules' death, but rather his love. They duped him into signing a contract to remain in Hades by posing as a movie producer and an actress, but he was freed with Thor's aid.

(Champions I#1-3) - Hippolyta and Ares were recruited by Pluto to marry Hercules and Aphrodite into marriages that would bind them from interfering in anymore of his plans to conquer Olympus. Zeus withdrew his edicts for the marriage once he realized what Pluto was up to. The Confrontation also served to unite the short-lived West Coast team of the Champions.

(Marvel Treasury Edition#24) - Hippolyta posed as an innocent woman who Hercules saved from being hit by a car. He accompanied her back to her apartment, which was actually one of Mt. Olympus' touchstones on Earth, and she revealed her true identity. Furious over his spurning of her love, she attacked and tried to kill him, her own strength greatly amplified by the Gauntlets of Ares (see image to the left). However, in the course of the battle, they collapsed some immense pillar. Hercules caught the pillar to save Hippolyta, but because of its magical ties to Olympus (or some other such plot device), he could not hurl it away. Hippolyta had merely to stand back and watch Hercules be crushed, but she couldn't do it. She added her strength to his (the Gauntlets' power was no help here) in tossing the pillar aside. Saying they made better friends than enemies, Hercules offered her his hand in peace. Disgusted, she slapped it away, asking why she would want his hand when she couldn't have his heart. She told him she had repaid her debt to him for saving her life, but that some day she would have her revenge.

(Fantastic Four III#21) - Years later, Hippolyta formed a street gang out of female runaways called the Bacchae.

(Scarlet Witch III#4 (fb) - BTS) - She founded them to protect women and the abused and fight evil men.

(Fantastic Four III#21) - After the group ran across the Fantastic Four, she joined them in infiltrating FF Headquarters where she clashed with the female warrior Caledonia and abducted her to Hades to humiliate her. Caledonia's friends and young wards came to her rescue and retrieved her from Hades.

(Incredible Hercules#124 (fb)) - Hippolyta oversaw the creation of her "perfect" daughter Artume, a stone statue given life by inverting the petrifying power of the Gorgons. She treated her like a doll and hoped that she would only know peace and truth.

(Incredible Hercules#123 (fb)) - Some time after the fall of Olympus Hippolyta and her warriors attacked Neptune in Melanesia. She had him brought to a stolen Atlantean base and forced him to sign over his holding in the Olympus group to Hera and Pluto.

(Incredible Hercules#121) - Hippolyta met with Ares at Silly's Greek Diner in New York City. Hera had sent her to him to ask him to return to Olympia and stand by her side. Ares just left.

  Some time later she found, armed with a bazooka, the Amazons in an Atlantean base they had taken over. She demanded to speak with her daughter Artume and wanted her excuse for her actions against Hera, Hercules and the Atlanteans. Her daughter came, but only to watch her mother being shot dead by the Amazons that were now ruled Queen Artume.

(Incredible Hercules#122) - Hercules found Hippolyta's head on a spear in the Amazons' base.

(Incredible Hercules#129) - Hippolyta played crabs at the Stygian Casino to get another shot at life. Hercules and Aegis watched her play. 

(Fearless Defenders#3 (fb)) - Hela called in every favor she had with the collective Gods of Death to bring back Hippolyta from the dead. In their wisdom the Death Gods granted Hippolyta additional powers for her mission to stop the Doommaidens.

(Fearless Defenders#11 (fb) - BTS) - For her resurrection Hippolyta owed each of the Death Gods, who had brought her back to life and increased her powers, a boon.

(Fearless Defenders#2) - Hela brought Hippolyta in front of the All-Mother as her choice to deal with the Doommaidens before they could return. Hippolyta held back Valkyrie's ally archeologist Annabelle Riggs from interfering in the confrontation between Valkyrie and Hela despite considering her wish to help admirable.

(Fearless Defenders#3) - Hela promised to Valkyrie that she had only brought back Hippolyta from the afterlife to save Asgardia and Earth from the Doommaidens. Misty Knight got in Hippolyta's face, who invited Misty to attack her so she could send Misty to Hippolyta's father Ares in the afterlife. Fearing Valkyrie could be turned against them (because she had previously been part of the Doommaidens) Hela asked her to surrender the quest to stop the Doommaidens to Hippolyta because Hippolyta had already fought them centuries ago and as an Amazon could not be used against Asgard like Valkyrie. The All-Mother decided Hippolyta would be accompanied by Valkyrie, Misty Knight and Annabelle Riggs to find Dani Moonstar, who had been abducted and was presumably going to be used to awaken the Doommaidens.

   Hippolyta arrived with Misty, Riggs and Valkyrie in Harrowpoint Island, Washington to rescue Moonstar. Sensing the rite to awaken the Doommaidens Valkyrie led Hippolyta and the others to a cave beneath a church. There they found the already awakened Doommaidens. Hippolyta immediately jumped into battle followed by her allies. Arnleif of the Doommaidens used her mystic powers to pacify Hippolyta with love.

(Fearless Defenders#4) - Hippolyta remained pacified by Arnleif's magic until Misty Knight slapped her. Enraged again Hippolyta jumped back into battle with the Doommaidens. When the Doommaidens started to overpower her team Hippolyta ordered to retreat. Using her new power of flight Hippolyta brought Riggs and Moonstar to safety. They were joined shortly after by Valkyrie and Misty Knight. They could only watch as the Doommaidens were released upon Earth to wreak havoc.

   Valkyrie teleported Hippolyta and the others back to her apartment in NYC to regroup. Hippolyta didn't want the help of men against the Doommaidens. When Hippolyta told Moonstar that she would return her to Hela for safekeeping, but didn't want to be sidelined and transformed into her Valkyrior form. Soon after Valkyrie, Moonstar and Hippolyta left to slow down the Doommaidens.

(Fearless Defenders#5) - In Descanso de Deus, Brazil Hippolyta, Valkyrie and Moonstar arrived in an old Asgardian arena. The Doommaidens and Caroline Le Fay arrived to take them out, but Hippolyta tossed an Asgardian statue at them. The trio then battled the Doommaidens, but got surrounded. Misty Knight arrived with a horde of heroes to aid Hippolyta, Valkyrie and Moonstar against the Doommaidens. During the battle to the shock of her allies Valkyrie turned into one of the Doommaidens herself and turned on her allies.

(Fearless Defenders#6) - Valkyrie defeated all her allies and even knocked Hippolyta out with a knee to the face. When Hippolyta and the others regained consciousness the Doommaidens' bodies were withering, but Brunnhilde and Anabelle were gone. Moments later Brunnhilde returned with Annabelle's corpse in her arms. Brunnhilde had slain Annabelle, but reverted to her Valkyrie form after she did.

(Fearless Defenders#9) - Hippolyta fought alongside Valkyrie's Defenders/Shieldmaidens the Headmen, Quicksand, Enchantress (Lushton) and the awakened Pandemonium Axles. When one of the Pandemonium Axles broke through the wall of Molly Fitzgerald's bar the Defenders were joined in battle by their boyfriends/male associates. After the fight Hippolyta showed no interest to go out with Hercules, the demigods' surprise.

(Fearless Defenders#10) - Hippolyta, Valkyrie and Misty found NuHuman Ren Kimura after her terrigenesis. They then confronted Caroline Le Fay and members of her new Doommaidens (Mindblast, Scorpia, Shriek, Titania). Fighting the Doommaidens Hippolyta out Titania. Caroline and her team eventually fled. For Hippolyta and the Defenders the fight continued against the alien forces of Thanos.

(Fearless Defenders#11 (fb) - BTS) - Pluto urged Hippolyta to rebuild the ranks of the Amazons and become their queen once again and become the new Olympian god of war.

(Fearless Defenders#11) - On New Amazonia Hippolyta partied with the Defenders, some of their friends (like Magma/Amara Aquilla) and the Amazons.

   The next day Aradnea, Echidna and a horde of sea monsters arrived at the island and offered the Amazons to follow someone else than Hippolyta. The Defenders and their allies fought and defeated the monsters, Aradnea and Echidna. Hippolyta stabbed Echidna through the chest with a sea serpent's tooth, defeating her. Hippolyta wasn't pleased when Caroline Le Fay offered the Amazons to follow her instead of Hippolyta and the Amazons actually considered it because they wanted to wage war and not just party.

(Fearless Defenders#12) - The Defenders, including Hippolyta, found Caroline Le Fay and her new Doommaidens in a South American pyramid. They interrupted Caroline's attempt to summon something evil to Earth. During the battle between the Defenders and the Doommaidens, Hippolyta knocked out Caroline's bodyguard Mr. Raven. Nova then saved the world by closing the portal Caroline had opened. The Defenders were victorious.


(Monsters Unleashed II#2) - Hippolyta and Valkyrie with Aragorn fought a Leviathon in Edinburgh, Scotland.

(Monsters Unleashed II#4) - Hippolyta and Valkyrie with Aragorn joined forces with the gigantic amoeba Sporr, who had been summoned by Kid Kaiju, to fight two Leviathons at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.

(Deadpool: Assassin#4) - Deadpool and Threnody were hired to acquire a bust of Hippolyte from an Amazonian temple. Hippolyta and the Amazons stopped them.

(Scarlet Witch III#4 (fb)) - The Daughters of Enyo, a sub-group of the Bacchae, invoked Hippolyta and asked her to avenge one of their own. As the Bacchae's founder Hippolyta was bound to go after the killer Darcy Lewis and take her out as the Bacchae's debt collector Scythia.

(Scarlet Witch III#2) - Scythia attacked the Bar With No Name in West New York, New Jersey in search for Darcy Lewis and threatened the patrons in case any of them was helping Lewis stay hidden.

(Scarlet Witch III#3 (fb) - BTS) - Scythia found Darcy Lewis at Scarlet Witch's Emporium in Lotkill, New York and easily overpowered her. She then set the shop on fire.

(Scarlet Witch III#3) - The Scarlet Witch arrived on the scene and Scythia threatened her in case she was trying to defend Darcy Lewis.

(Scarlet Witch III#4) - Scythia kept threatening the Scarlet Witch and explained why she was after Darcy Lewis. Despite the revelation that Darcy had infiltrated the Bacchae and then killed one of them, the Scarlet Witch still teleported her to safety. Scarlet Witch used magic to restore her shop and then dropped it on Hippolyta, but the goddess survived and damaged a nearby building to distract Scarlet Witch by forcing her to save the tenants. With her guard lowered Scarlet Witch was brought to her knees by Scythia and then hit by the Low Mysterium stone, which easily penetrated her mystic shield and then went through her shoulder. Scarlet Witch quickly got rid of Scythia by teleporting her out of town and erecting a sphere of protection around Lotkill that kept Scythia out.

   After wandering the border of Lotkill for hours Scythia dug her way under the town and found a pocket of Low Mysterium. Remembering how a small Low Mysterium stone could penetrate Scarlet Witch's mystic defenses Scythia created armor out of the Low Mysterium.

(Scarlet Witch III#5) - Donning her Low Mysterium armor Scythia punched her way through Scarlet Witch's sphere of protection around Lotkill. She then stole a helicopter and crashed it into Scarlet Witch's shop. Scythia resisted Scarlet Witch's magic attacks with ease due to her new armor and forced her into a fist fight. Scythia eventually stabbed Scarlet Witch, who had Scythia at her mercy at the same time because Scythia's chin was not protected by Low Mysterium. Scythia surrendered and Scarlet Witch convinced her to let Darcy Lewis live and change the archaic rules of the Bacchae. Scythia took off the Low Mysterium armor because she didn't need it to fight Scarlet Witch anymore and left Lotkill to return to the Bacchae.

(Scarlet Witch III#9) - Scarlet Witch visited New Amazonia with Joseph to check on Ganymede, whom she had left with Hippolyta and the Bacchae. Scarlet Witch was impressed by Ganymede's progress though Hippolyta revealed that she was still writing about bloodshed and her calluses had not yet fully come in.

Comments: Adapted by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Of the other Amazons:

Themiscyra, home of the Amazons, was originally an island near modern-day Termeh not far from where the Thermodon River empties into the Black Sea. The land has changed a lot more since then.

Historically, Hippolyta first appears in DC Comics All Star Comics#8 (1941) which also features the debut of a certain star-spangled Amazon named Wonder Woman. The only thing keeping Hippolyta from having a larger role in the Marvel Universe perhaps is being a major role-player at the Distinguished Competition. Marvel, on the other hand, could be a lot more faithful to her origins considering the way the Distinguished Competition rewrites the myths to fit their stories. --I would say it is a lack of interest on the part of Marvel's writers. Whether or not Hippolyta is a major player over at DC doesn't really matter. From a legal standpoint you can't copyright a mythological character, only your particular "take" on them visually (i.e. Erik Larsen has his own versions of Thor and "Herakles" over at Marvel) - - Greg "his uncle is a copyright lawyer" O.

The rest of the interpretations of Hippolyta made her out to be a hottie, but Tuska's version (second on the right) was fugly! Will asked me to scan a close up for her face image, but my scanner vomited when it saw the picture. I went with Kirby's, and my scanner was much happier--Snood.

Which is saying something since Jack wasn't renowned for drawing the sexiest girls around either. - - Greg O.

Profile by Will Uchtman. Updates by Markus Raymond (Incredible Hercules to Scarlet Witch).

Hippolyta and the Amazons serve as the namesake for, but are not otherwisae directly connected to:

The Bacchae should not be confused with:


The Girdle of Hippolyta was also called the Golden Belt of Hippolyta. It became the object of Hercules' Ninth Labor only because Admete, daughter of Eurystheus, king of Mycenae, wanted it. Accompanied by Theseus and a team of companions, Hercules sailed east for the land of the Amazons, reached Themiscyra without incident, encountered Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons and received her golden belt without incident, but Hera frustrated by the ease of this encounter incited the Amazons against the invaders. Hercules and his group fought to defend themselves, and Hippolyta was erroneously reported as killed in the struggle. Theseus, however, abducted Hippolyta's sister, Antiope, as a bride when she surrendered herself to prevent further bloodshed.

In modern days it was part of Eurystheus' collection.

--Hercules III#2 (Greek/Roman Myth, Hercules III#1 (fb), Hercules III#2

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Scarlet Witch III#4, p5 pan3 (as Scythia, main)
Thor I#127, p10, pan3 (head shot)
Champions I#2, p2 (caped with sword, no helmet)
Marvel Treasury Edition#24/5, p3, pan1 (green/golden armor wearing Gauntlets of Ares)
Fantastic Four III#21, p2, pan1 (as Bacchae leader)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Premiere HC#14, Hippolyta profile (white girdle, golden helmet) (original source Incredible Hercules#121, p2, pan1)
Fearless Defenders#2, p20 (as Warrior Woman)
Fearless Defenders#11, p20, pan5 (Queen of New Amazonia)
Scarlet Witch III#4, p20 (Scythia in Low Mysterium armor)
Hercules III#2, p7, top panel (Girdle of Hippolyta)

Thor I#127-128 (April-May, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Champions I#1 (October, 1975) - Tony Isabella (writer), Don Heck (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Champions I#2 (January, 1976) - Tony Isabella (writer), Don Heck (pencils), John Tartaglione (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Champions I#3 (February, 1976) - Tony Isabella & Bill Mantlo (writers), George Tuska (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Marvel Treasury Edition#24 (1979) - Mary Jo Duffy (writer), Ricardo Villamonte (artist), Jim Shooter (editor)
Fantastic Four III#21 (September, 1999) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Howard the Duck III#3 (May, 2002) - Steve Gerber (writer), Glenn Fabry (pencils), Glenn Fabry & Garry Leach (inks), Stuart Moore (editor)
Hercules III#1-2 (June-July, 2005) - Frank Tieri (writer), Mark Texeira (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Incredible Hercules#121 (November, 2008) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Clayton Henry (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Incredible Hercules#122-124 (December, 2008 - February, 2009) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Clayton Henry & Salva Espin (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Incredible Hercules#129 (July, 2009) - Fred Van Lente & Greg Pak (writers), Ryan Stegman (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Fearless Defenders#2-6 (May-September, 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Ellie Pyle (editor)
Fearless Defenders#9-12 (November, 2013 - February, 2014) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Ellie Pyle (editor)
Monsters Unleashed II#2 (April, 2017) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Monsters Unleashed II#4 (May, 2017) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Salvador Larroca (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Deadpool: Assassin#4 (September, 2018) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), John Dell & Roberto Poggi (inks), Devin Lewis (editor)
Scarlet Witch III#2-4 (April-June, 2023) - Steve Orlando (writer), Sara Pichelli (artist), Elisabetta D'Amico (inking assistant), Alanna Smith (editor)
Scarlet Witch III#5 (July, 2023) - Steve Orlando (writer), Russell Dauterman (artist), Alanna Smith (editor)
Scarlet Witch III#9 (December, 2023) - Steve Orlando (writer), Sara Pichelli & Lorenzo Tammetta (artists), Alanna Smith (editor)

First Posted: 09/09/2002
Last updated: 05/01/2024

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