Amazons!

A - D


First appearance issues are noted in parentheses. If you come to something like (3:7), that means third series, issue #7. All other issue notations are second series.

Amazons known to be Bana-Mighdall are noted as "BANA." Amazons who are definitely original Themyscirans are noted as "THEMIE." All Amazons appearing before issue #29 are of the original Themysciran line, since that's when the Banas were first introduced. In the putrid, abysmal trainwreck called Amazons Attack! (AA) we were presented with Amazons who acted in no way like regular Amazons. DCMBer Martin Gray came up with the name "Shamazons" for these, so I'll use that until some kind of logical explanation is found for them. Also in the horrible Countdown Granny Goodness began to populate Themyscira with human warrior women, which I'll refer to as "Grannyzons" if I can bother to report them, as I rarely picked up an issue of that. If we ever see a hybrid or another tribe (please, DC, haven't you inflicted enough upon us?), I'll come up with some kind of notation for that. War of the Gods is noted as WotG.

Acantha

Acantha
: THEMIE. (10)
the Adoptees and LytaThe Adopted Children: IMMIGRANTS. (178) After the Amazons opened up the all-new (My Little Pony) Paradise Island to outsiders, they adopted at least "a dozen children" "from around the world and beyond." In issue #186 Diana tells Circe, "The Amazons are raising [Circe's daughter, Lyta] along with dozens of other ABANDONED, orphaned infants."

Aella

Aella
: THEMIE/BANA. (1) Born in the third wave of Amazon creation. She is described as one "whose courage shall be as the hawk's -- yet whose HEART is so easily SWAYED."

When Heracles's armies come, Aella says, "I am filled only with LUST FOR REVENGE! Man has HUNTED us for too long! I say we KILL this lot as a WARNING TO ALL!" Antiope shushes her and tells her that murder is Ares' way, not that of the Amazons.

After Heracles' army has decimated the Amazons, Aella stands beside Antiope as Antiope rejects Olympus and Gaea's Way. When Antiope takes a portion of the Amazons, her followers, with her, we may surely suspect that Aella is her number-one lieutenant.

Aella II

Aella II
: THEMIE. (168) Here's a strange name to pop up recently. According to WW #1, Aella was pretty much Antiope's right-hand woman, and we just ASSUME she left with her and the proto-Banas. However, 3000 years later, we meet a Themysciran by the name Aella. LOGICALLY (for the comic gives no explanation), this Aella is a different one from the first, else how did she wind up on Paradise? Since the Amazons wouldn't be stupid enough to name two of their crowd alike, this must be a later Amazon. When was there an opportunity for this, especially since Diana was the first Amazon child Paradise had seen in 3000 years? Why, the Amazons were raped by Herakles and his army. And before that, they led fairly normal (for Amazons) lives. This Aella, Aella II, is PROOF (sorta) that some of the Amazons were pregnant when they came to Paradise. There might have been some young girls with them as well, products of happier liasons. Some Amazon decided to name their little girl after the dear departed Aella, and here she is, ta da!

Anyway. Aella seems to head the Themie separatists under Magala's supervision. She has made sure they have enough firepower to do it. She tells Magala that they'll handle Shim'Tar and Artemis, while Magala should take on "Hippolyta and her brood." Magala says that the Separatists think the queen has forsaken them. That evening the Separatists (led by Aella?) ambush and shoot Artemis and Shim'Tar, with only Shim'Tar emerging slightly wounded.

Agrippe reaches for little Diana

 

Agrippe: 3:16 (Themie). She is the first Amazon to ask what the name of the queen's newly-born child will be.


Akila
Akila: BANA (WW Annual #8) aka Shim'Tar 3 (who has her own listing here). She doesn't like to be Shim'Tar and prefers to be back studying in Oxford. Artemis says of her, "This pup has no claim to the title of SHIM'TAR! Even as a child she was unable to hold her own in combat! Why do you think her mother sent her away?" To which Akila replies, "To get an education! Someone in our tribe had to..."

So was Akila sent to school before or after the ten years in the Demon Dimension? Artemis remembers her being a child, but Artie was 14 when the DD era began. Akila could have been either about 10 at that time, or 20 or so, depending on which route she took.

And because Akila is Shim'Tar but does not have battle skills, does this imply that she got the job because her mother was Shim'Tar 1?

Akila without her helmet or glassesAkila is an engineer. Hippolyta asked her to recreate the war-suit. Because of PI's anti-technology field (which the writer has forgotten was done away with way back somewhere in the 50's of the run), Akila hasn't been able to et the suit's high-tech mechanics to work. "It forced me to improvise... with MAGIC. Half the time, I've no idea what this tin suit will do!" Her helmet must have lenses built in, though, because when she takes it off she's not wearing her glasses. (Note the braids to either side of her face.)

(168) Akila as Shim'Tar tells Artemis that the Themies think the Banas are waging war against them, and accompanies Artie to a conference requested by Diana and Donna Troy. She brings up the fact that many Themyscirans oppose the changes the Banas have brought. Later she microscopically examines "SEVEN different explosive shells, from attacks in Themyscira AND Bana-Mighdall" to discover that they all bear the same inscription: "Ariadne," the name of the woman who killed Hippolyta's sister. Artemis says that the word also means "untrustworthy" or "Intruder," and the two turn to find that a large squad of Themies holding automatic rifles have surrounded them. The Themies fire (take a moment to think of the configuration and add in machine gun fire...), and Akila falls, hit.

(169) Artemis tells Hippolyta that Akila was only wounded (Don't think about it too hard.) because her armor protected her. She then told Artemis that "she wasn't WORTHY of being Shim'Tar." She then handed the title over to Artie.

Akila's gone blonde!After going missing after (gag) Amazons Attack, the Amazons returned to Themyscira in issue #30. For some reason the newly-blonde, newly-shorn, newly-generic Akila positioned herself as leader of the Bana, who considered themselves separate from the Themies (since when?). She asked Queen Hippolyta in essence for "permission to come aboard" and then, also for some unknown reason, asked Hippy's forgiveness. Guess we'll find out what's behind this... eventually.

(I mean, is it so much to ask that the occasional Amazon be unique? I'd begun to picture Akila as the Reed Richards/Dougie Howser of the Banas, a VERY young mechanical-type genius who was attending Oxford when she was still a young girl, much younger than Cassie even. She had tremendous potential to be the next Wonder Girl. Now... pfft! Just some blonde chick with 'tude. Yawn.)


Alexis: (137) One of the many Amazons who welcome Diana home.

Alexus: THEMIE (138) In a flashback, she was supposed to have put Diana to bed, but Diana snuck out of her room to seek her mother instead.

AlkyoneAlkyone: THEMIE. 3:14. The captain of the Circle, an elite (if dangerously unbalanced: Phillipus calls them "overzealous and brutal-minded") group of four Amazons personally chosen by the queen to be her personal guard.

(3:14 - 3:17) Before her promotion Alkyone saw herself as "hard, unforgiving, unloved Alkyone, keeper of the armory. Defender of Themyscira, come death or dishonor.” In a near-mystic ceremony, the four vowed that “All of us, every one, will die before an enemy touches a lock of the queen’s hair." As with all the Circle, Alkyone was given a god-forged weapon. Hers was a sword.

Alkyone, like many Amazons, wished for a child, so she chose the next best thing, a "whittle-baby," a carved child totem, that she wore as a pendant. One day when the queen had given the Circle liberty, Magala told them that Gennes had a child. They ran to Gennes, discovered that it was a mannequin, and smashed it. Then, after declaring that from now on it would be illegal for any Amazon to make a whittle-baby, the hysterical Alkyone ordered the others to kill Gennes.

Almost immediately they heard that Hippolyta had petitioned the gods for a child. Alkyone saw the threat of a real baby for just one woman on Themyscira as being the end of Amazon society. "Joy would turn to ENVY and ENVY to HATRED.” Alkyone refers to the coming child as "the Dragon," or a demon.

That night when Hippolyta brought the newborn Diana back to the Amazons, telling them that Diana was the child of them all, Alkyone did not believe. Instead the Circle went to Hippolyta's room to kill Diana (because they'd sworn not to harm the queen). Hippolyta defended herself and was aided by Phillipus and her troops.

The Circle were put into cells deep in the earth at the cardinal points of Paradise Island. Alkyone took the south point. Apparently they were not harmed by the many destructions the island saw over the years. Each year the queen went to each cell and asked the occupant if they repented or not. The answer was always, "Never."

The Circle eventually escaped due to a neo-Nazi invasion, and killed their Nazi captors. They attempted to kill Diana, who was trying to rescue a wounded Hippolyta, but Diana bested them all. Diana offered forgiveness to Alkyone and the queen explained that Diana did not ruin Amazon civilization but rather saved it with her presence. Unable to grasp this new information, Alkyone whispered to Diana, "You could have been mine," and then lept apparently to her death, but was never found.

Her companions were locked up again. 3:21: Hippolyta does not believe that the megalodons devoured the woman she calls "Queensguard" and "My captain. My protector." She finds a gnawed crown in the sand, and knows that she destroyed the previous one, so this is new. Then as she calls out for Alky to show herself, instead she comes upon a beached megalodon that looks like it has exploded from the inside out.

"Athena forgive me," Hippolyta says. "She lives. She lives... What have I created?"

Althea

Althea
: (191) BANA (Because she's referred to as being young.) Brunette (auburn?) without bracelets who parries with Macaria with swords while waiting for Artemis to train them. Amazingly, they fight in an environment where no fighting should have been possible. (Continuity error.)
Amaya

 

Amaya: (WotG #1) BANA. Killed by her ally, Circe.

 

 

Amphinome: (121) Diana calls out to her, but she has been turned temporarily into a statue due to the withdrawal of godly magics from Paradise. (???huh?)

Anahid

Anahid: (30) BANA. Queen of the Bana-Mighdall, a violent and suspicious commander who thought Diana was an assassin and a fool. Among other things she ordered her troops to decimate an Egyptian village because it housed the Cheetah, who had killed two Banas.

Anahid was fond of spitting the "Kiss of the Cobra," a poison, at people. It took Diana out of action for quite a while but did not kill her.

(31) In the end, Diana temporarily saved Anahid from Cheetah but Anahid later died.

AnayaAnaya: BANA. (WW Secret Files & Origins #2) With Falizia and Bitari, she comes to protest the "outsider" Donna being coronated when the Banas are still being snubbed in all ways by the Themies, though Anaya's protests are not strong. She is more interested in learning photography from Donna, and is encouraged by Iphthime to ask. Donna says she'll help her set up a darkroom.

168: Anaya stands hand-in-hand with Iphthime to greet Diana and Donna Troy at the memorial at Doom's Doorway. Donna talks with her about setting up a show in New York for her photographs. She spots a Bana flower offering and picks it up, only to be caught as the vase explodes. Later, we see her in hospital, a bandage running from her shoulder beneath her sheets, and the right side of her face and right eye bandaged, as Iphthime confesses that she had something to do with it, but "never imagined it would go THIS far."

169: After the Civil War on her way to barracks (incarceration?), Iphthime stops by to apologize again to the healing Anaya and to reiterate that she loves her. Anaya does not respond.

(173) Anaya releases Iphthie from arrest so all Amazons may attack the aliens of OWAW who threaten Earth.

Antiope

Antiope
: THEMIE/BANA. (1) The second Amazon born, just after Hippolyte. She is always referred to as Hippolyte's sister, as in sister-sister and not females-united-under-common-cause sister, as if the other Amazons born just after them did not bear the same level of relationship. Hippolyte is made the chief queen of the Amazons by godly decree, while the gods instruct Antiope to rule at her sister's side. In addition to the godly gifts all Amazons receive: Athena's wisdom, Artemis's skill at the hunt, Demeter's fruitfulness of fields, Hestia's city and warm hearths, Aphrodite's gift of love, Hippolyta and Antiope receive two more material gifts: Gaea's Girdle, with the instructions that they never remove them.

As Aella speaks of violence at Heracles' army approach, Antiope shushes her and tells her that murder is Ares' way, not that of the Amazons. Later that night as things seem to have worked out between the army and Amazons, Menalippe observes Antiope with Theseus and thinks that they seem happy together.

That night Antiope is brutally taken prisoner with the other Amazons and her girdle stolen. When Hippolyte frees herself, she comes to free Antiope with the caution to remember Gaea's Way of peace. But retribution is bloody and pleasurable, especially to Antiope, who regains her own girdle. Antiope rallies the Amazons to ride after Heracles, reclaim Hippolyte's girdle, and slit his throat. Hippolyte tries to dissuade her and tells her that Athena herself waits at the shores of the Aegean for them.

With Aella at her side, Antiope asks, "Where was she when Heracles murdered half my sisters? Where was SHE when mankind SHUNNED us, HOUNDED us -- HUNTED us? RENOUNCE ATHENA, my sister! AVENGE your Amazon dead!"

Antiope departsMenalippe reminds Antiope that the Amazons will achieve no glory following Ares. Antiope replies, "Are you so NAIVE, Menalippe? ARES is not our enemy! We NEED the god of war merely to SURVIVE! Hippolyte, I give you my GIRDLE! From ths day forward, I take NOTHING from Olympus... I cannot [come with Hippolyte and the Amazons]. May the FATES BE WITH YOU, Hippolyte! I shall always love you!"

With that, Antiope takes her followers and rides off, forsaking Olympus and the rest of the Amazons forever.

We discover in the WW Annual #1 that Antiope adopted Phthia, daughter of Hypsipyle of Lemnos and Jason of legendary Argonaut fame. When Hypsipyle died, Antiope took Phthia as her own. Phthia followed Antiope when that faction split from the other Amazons.

(19) Circe claims that Antiope found Theseus (one of the most misogynistic figures in Greek myth), fell madly in love with him and vice versa, and married him. Can we really trust Circe's word, especially after Antiope's split from her sisters? I don't think so!

(33) When Nehebka tells Diana the history of the Banas -- remember that they don't seem to be the most well-educated of people and that these stories must have come down via word of mouth (if not word of Circe, who can never be trusted) through not just centuries but millennia -- she says that the adult Phthia was falsely accused by Theseus of murdering Antiope after Antiope had given birth to a son, Hippolytus. Phthia later retrieves Gaea's Girdle from Antiope's tomb to empower the Amazons as they leave Athens forever.

Ariadne

Ariadne: (WW Annual #6) A supposed friend of young Diana's who fell off a horse over a cliff and died. This was from a blatantly out-of-continuity story that involved an Amazon population that rarely suffered casualties and who didn't cremate their deaths. Pay her no mind, especially since there's a different Ariadne running through the WW mythos.

 

 

Assyra

Assyra: BANA. (30) Apparently head of the Bana's weaponry manufacturing section, for she reports progress to Queen Anahid.

Banu, Kadesha: see Kadesha Banu. Since "Kadesha" means "early baby," I'm thinking that that's the lady's first name and not a title.

Bashira

 

Bashira: (WotG #1) BANA.

 

 

 

Batiri

Batiri: BANA. (34) Counters Faruka's invectives against Diana at the congregational mosque of Bana-Mighdall. Later she takes Hermes to the temple to see Gaea's Girdle, but it has been stolen.

(35) She guns down Faruka. Well, that's one way to win an argument. Actually, she does it as a form of execution for the traitor as Bana-Mighdall is being destroyed.

As Gaea's Girdle, Hermes' Cadeuceus and the Magic Lasso are interacting, Batiri brings Hermes Barbara Minerva so that her body will not contaminate the ashes of B-M. He grants her salvation from the conflagration, but she asks instead to die among her own kind, and then is swallowed up by the maelstrom that is the mystic sandstorm surrounding B-M.

 

Belizar

 

Belizar: BANA. (34) She is a secret follower of Faruka.

 

 

 

Bitari looks alert though she is drunk

 

Bitari: BANA. (WW Secret Files & Origins #2) Alcoholic Bana who burps with every other sentence, enough so even Anaya comments upon it in front of Themies. Bitari, whom we can only hope is zero relation to Batiri, accompanies Falizia and Anaya to complain that an "outsider," Donna, is being coronated whereas the Banas are snubbed in all ways.

Braka, Artemis and Lartys

 

Braka: BANA. (90) That's Braka on the left of Artemis. Or right. She's hard to tell apart from Lartys.

 

 

 


Sitra and Bryony or Bryony and Sitra

 

Bryony: (223) Phillipus tells Helena/Fury to take Sitra and Bryony with her during the OMAC attack. (Don't know which of the two pictured she is.)

 

 

Callianeira: (121) Diana calls out to her, but she has been turned temporarily into a statue due to the withdrawal of godly magics from Paradise. (???huh?)

Callisto

Callisto: (211) An oracle who gets a violent vision ofDiana's confrontation with Medousa. As she is overcome with her vision, Io catches her and shouts for someone to fetch Niobe, presumably from the temple.

(221) She has had a vision of fire from the skies burning the flesh from Amazons' bones. This vision prompts the nation to set up defenses and begin to reconfigure the Purple Ray into the Purple Death Ray to offset what would be the attack of the OMACs.


Calyce looks afraid!

Calyce
: THEMIE. (WW Annual #1) One of Egeria's Guards for Doom's Doorway.

Epione

Carrisa/Carissa: THEMIE. (2) At first I thought this was Epione since she's so prominent in issue (2) as a person attending to the medical needs of Steve Trevor and the head doctor eventually was given as being Epione. But as time went by I realized that Epione's depiction wasn't a mere art mistake. This blonde was often seen in medical situations, but she is NOT Epione! She's a doctor or nurse or perhaps the chief priestess for Apollo (which might be the same as being chief doctor among the Amazons, which lets out that theory). When she first appeared, she was the person swabbing down Steve's face as Philippus complained about wasting the Amazons' best physicians' skills on this man.

In (38) she appears as a redhead but it's her.

Carrisa(201) I'm going to give this Amazon a break and call her Carrisa. After The Kick, everyone is dragging victims to Amazon doctors. At one point the names "Carrisa and Epione" are dropped together. This is the first time we've ever heard the name "Carrisa," but she's considered an important doctor, every bit as tech-savvy (in this new Rucka world) as is Epione when working on, say, doodads that have been stuck in the Silver Swan (Nessie) that need to be removed, though Carrisa says that Epione might have better knowledge of one such doodad than does she. Besides, the new Carissa at right also has lightish-colored hair. So I'm going to call 'em one and the same.

(211) Now Carissa, the doctor is concerned that a "Patriarchy doctor" should be examining Diana after her battle with Medousa. Io accompanies her to carry the Purple Healing Ray, but the ray only cures Diana's headache.

(214) The Amazons take the wounded Io to Carissa.

(218) The spelling bounces every which way now. Carrisa uses the Purple Ray on Io, who has been wounded by Ares, and forbids her to die, but the Ray does little since it's a god-wound.

(221) Carrissa holds what looks to be a tricorder to scan Io and tells her patient that the Amazons' patrons must smile on her in that she has survived the night.

(223) In the heat of battle with the OMACs, Carissa kneels over a patient in the field saying, "Don't you DARE die on me, Tekla! You HEAR me, you old crow?" Minutes later Carrisa dies from OMAC fire. Artemis kills her killer.

(224) Athena describes her: " With a face like a babe's and a tongue sharp as an asp's."

Catalyn

Catalyn
: (190) An Amazon who reports to Chancellor Philippus that the gods have disappeared from Olympus. Philippus had sent her there, possibly to ask about Diana's whereabouts when she goes missing for two weeks.

CharisCharis: (192) One of the Amazon scouting party investigating the disappearance of the gods from Olympus that Diana the god slaughters. And yet amazingly she reappears in Series 3, issue 14, as one of the Circle and quite healthy and hale. HOW could that be?

How's about this: the offed Charis was a BANA (192) who coincidentally had the same name, buh-bye. Our new improved, evil Charis (pictured at left) is a THEMIE (3:14). So let's start again.

Charis: THEMIE. 3:14. A member of the Circle, an elite (if dangerously unbalanced: Phillipus calls them "overzealous and brutal-minded") group of four Amazons personally chosen by the queen to be her personal guard.

(3:14 - 3:17) Before her promotion Alkyone described Charis as “the wisest of us... keeper of the Royal menagerie. She preferred the company of animals, and she spoke almost never. She shunned fine things, regarding them with suspicion and contempt.” In a near-mystic ceremony, the four vowed that “All of us, every one, will die before an enemy touches a lock of the queen’s hair." As with all the Circle, Charis was given a god-forged weapon. Hers was a club.

One day when the queen had given the Circle liberty, Magala told them that Gennes had a child. They ran to Gennes, discovered that it was a mannequin, and smashed it. Charis and the others killed the Amazon on Alkyone's orders.

Almost immediately they heard that Hippolyta had petitioned the gods for a child, something they thought would destroy Amazon society. That night when Hippolyta brought the newborn Diana back to the Amazons, telling them that Diana was the child of them all, they did not believe. Instead the Circle went to Hippolyta's room to kill Diana (because they'd sworn not to harm the queen). Hippolyta defended herself and was aided by Phillipus and her troops.

The Circle were put into cells deep in the earth at the cardinal points of Paradise Island. Charis took the west point. Apparently they were not harmed by the many destructions the island saw over the years. Each year the queen went to each cell and asked the occupant if they repented or not. The answer was always, "Never."

The Circle eventually escaped due to a neo-Nazi invasion, and killed their Nazi captors. They attempted to kill Diana, who was trying to rescue a wounded Hippolyta, but Diana bested them all. Alkyone escaped, supposedly to her death (nuh-uh!), and the rest of the Circle were locked up again.

 

 

GraceChoi, Grace: BANA? NOT LIKELY!!! (AA #3) Was created to go into a relaunch of the Outsiders book, which I didn't read due to its general ickiness. According to posts on message boards, there was a completely different setup to reveal Grace's origin when Amazons Attack rolled around and those plans were shelved. Amid all the out-of-continuity idiocy and hordes of Shamazons, a traitorous group who called themselves Banas (note: the Sham-Banas within the Shamazons did not even call themselves Banas) claimed that Grace was one of their own and for some reason everyone believed them. Diana embraced Grace as a sort of cousin, tra la la, but no one explains why Grace has all these powers, since the Banas—the ones who joined the Themies, not the others—have as their only power the power of immortality. Their left-behind Bana sisters don't even have that. Siiiiigh. [roll eyes]

Because I don't really believe she's an Amazon, you'll find the rest of her listing on the regular "characters" index.

Cilissa

 

Cilissa: (223) She suffers injury to her arm during the OMACs' attack. Didiu takes her to the surgeon.

 


Clio

 

 

Clio: THEMIE. (38) Penelope gives her the golden apples to serve at the big party as dessert. Maybe Clio's the official Amazon caterer, party planner, or social director.

 

 

Consivia

Consivia: THEMIE. (WW Annual #1) An architect, possibly the primary one of the Amazons. She designed Themyscira.

In (38) Timandra tells Henri Claude Tibet that Consivia "perished long ago, defending Doom's Doorway."



Cydippe

Cydippe: (50) She must be a royal handmaiden or lady-in-waiting or some such. She's there to put a wrap on Hippolyta after the queen goes for a nude stroll along the beach. (52) She accompanies the group that goes to New York City and checks with Myrrha on the sleeping Diana's safety. (168) She is one of the two Amazons who attend Diana and Donna Troy in their spa bath.

(50) She is part of the contingent that travels to America. (53) She rushes to Diana's chamber when she hears Diana cry out in her sleep.

DanaeDanae: (223) She volunteers to get the replacement crystals for the Purple Death Ray from a vault. Phillipus tells her to stay put. Later she's told to get Io to safety, but good ol' Io is already coming.

(224) She and Artemis are to head for the Agora during the OMAC battle. Io and Phillipus are to provide cover fire for them and Diana. Later, Artemis yells for Danae to cover her.

 

Danthis

Danthis: (76) She and Hellen find the golden statue of Diana and bring it to the queen, triggering Circe's spell.

Dedi: (222) As the OMACs begin to attack Paradise, Artemis instructs her by radio in setting up defenses.

Deiopea: (121) Diana calls out to her, but she has been turned temporarily into a statue due to the withdrawal of godly magics from Paradise. (???huh?)

Didiu

Didiu: (223) As the OMACs attack, Artemis tells Didiu to get down. Didiu takes the wounded Cilissa to the surgeon. Note the tattoo on Didiu's arm. (Does DC Executive Editor DiDio have the same?)

 

 

 

 

Dione: (121) Diana calls out to her, but she has been turned temporarily into a statue due to the withdrawal of godly magics from Paradise. (???huh?)

Dmita: THEMIE (138) In a flashback taking place during Diana's childhood, Dmita brings the queen ancient texts detailing the rearing of children.


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