A hero published by DC Comics
. Donna Troy first appeared as Wonder
in the Brave and the Bold #60
in the summer of 1965.
The origins of comic book characters are often the fertile ground
in which writers redefine that character's drive and purpose. Many
times writers will go back and make sweeping changes to a character's
origin. Usually, this is done only once for a character, but in the
case of Donna Troy, this is has been done more times than we wish to
Originally, Donna Troy was an orphan found in a burning building
by the Amazon princess Diana who was known to the world as Wonder Woman.
Raised on Paradise Island, Donna learned all of the skills and
abilities that the other Amazons possessed. Inexplicably, she
also possessed incredible strength. She eventually left Paradise
Island and worked with Diana as Wonder Girl. When the teen
sidekicks of a number of major heroes banded together in a group called
the Teen Titans, Donna joined as well.
Donna grew up, went to college and became a photographer. She met and
was going to marry a professor named Terry Long. During this time,
Dick Grayson, Donna's teemmate in the Teen Titans as both Robin
and Nightwing, used his considerable detective skills to find out
about Donna's past. He discovered who her parents were and gave her
a link to her origins.
Donna continued to adventure with the Titans as Wonder Girl until they
were approached by an agent of the Titans of Myth. Donna suddenly
discovered that all she remembered of her past was a lie, created by
these Titans of Myth as a cover story. Donna along with children
from other planets were taken at an early age and trained by the
Titans to save the galaxy should the Titans ever become dangerous.
These "seeds," as the Titans called them, were brought back to
Titan when one of their number tried to destroy the Titans and the
other seeds. With the help of her teammates in the Teen Titans, Donna
and the other seeds were able to defeat their enemies. In thanks, the
Titans gave Donna a number of additional powers and she began
to call herself Troia.
All would have been fine except that Donna became pregnant. She
dropped out of active service with the Titans to have her child, but
unbeknownst to her problems would arise. Because of Donna's links
to the Titans of Myth, her son would be born with powers as well. He
would eventually become a power mad despot and take control of the
Earth. He would call himself Lord Chaos.
In a desperate bid to stop Chaos from ever gaining power, groups of
super-powered youth from the future called Team Titans came to our
time to kill Donna Troy before her son was born. Chaos himself traveled
back to protect his mother and battle ensued between the groups with
Donna and her unborn child in the middle. To stop this from ever coming
to pass, Donna renounced her powers and became a normal mortal.
She had her son and the group of future Titans took up residence in
her and Terry's home. Eventually the strain of the heroing part of
her life began to strain her marriage and she and her husband Terry
split up and she lost custody of her son.
Soon after, Donna was approached by agents of the Darkstars, a group
of interplanetary peacekeepers similar to the Green Lantern. She was
asked to be the Darkstar's agent on Earth and she accepted. She
again joined the Teen Titans, who now just called themselves the
Again, Donna gave up heroing for a while and lived as a normal woman, but
when her ex-husband, son, and step-daughter were killed in an
auto accident, another version of her origin reared its head. Seemingly,
in a different time, Donna was the doppleganger for Diana, the orignal
Wonder Woman. She was formed when Diana, who was the only child on
Paradise Island, was granted a wish and she wished for a playmate. Later,
a being named the Dark Angel kidnapped Donna believing her to be
Diana and began to place her in timeline after timeline only removing
her when she was at the lowest point in her life. With the death of
those that she loved, the Dark Angel again returned and sought to
wipe Donna's existance from this timeline. She was opposed by her
friends, but Donna was left an empty shell with no memory of who she
was. Diana who had become the goddess of truth returned and used her
powers to give Donna back her memories based upon the memories of
Wally West, the Flash and her teammate in the Titans. Donna also regained her powers, so that she is much
like she was when she called herself Troia