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Troia (Donna Troy)

Alias: Donna Troy
Formerly: Wonder Girl, Darkstar, Troia

Joined: Brave and the Bold #60 [1965]
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Troia Quick Bio: Infant Donna Troy was rescued from a fire and raised by the Titans of Myth, who gifted her with great powers. As adolescence approached, Donna was adopted by the Amazons and became Wonder Girl in honor of her sister, Wonder Woman. Donna later embraced her true Titanic heritage and became the heroine known as Troia.

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Hero History


Child Of The Titans

Her past and parentage a mystery, the abandoned infant Donna Troy was rescued from a fire by the Titan goddess, Rhea. Rhea brought Donna to the planet, New Chronus, where she and her fellow Titans of Myth settled after being exiled from Olympus for their wanton acts. Wracked with guilt, Rhea sought to atone for the Titans’ destructive past. She searched the cosmos for unwanted children to raise and nurture. Donna was one of those children, who were collectively referred to as “Titan Seeds.” Secretly, Rhea also knew of an ancient prophesy – that one of these twelve chosen children would one day deliver the Titans of Myth from destruction.

Each of these unique children were granted special abilities and training, and given names based on the earthly cities that once worshipped the mythical Titans. Sparta from Syniannaq. Idalium from Nyppos. Donna Troy from Earth.

ABOVE: Donna was rescued as an infant from Rhea, as revealed in NEW TITANS #51 [1989].
BELOW: Donna was later adopted by the Amazons, as seen in NEW TEEN TITANS #38 [1984].


The children lived with the Titans of Myth and learned the mysteries of the cosmos as they were trained in how to harness their gods-given abilities. As adolescence approached, the children were sent back to their respective worlds to live their adult lives and learn humility. To that end, The Titans of Myth left young Donna Troy in the tender care of the Amazons, who once worshipped the Greek deities.

Amazons And Titans

Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons regarded Donna as a true gift from the gods, much like her own daughter, Diana. Donna was immediately adopted by Hippolyta, and became step-sister to Princess Diana. The Amazons took Donna into their homes and hearts, teaching her in the spiritual and physical ways of their people. Intrigued by her sister’s exploits as Wonder Woman, Donna soon decided to become a teen hero herself as Wonder Girl.

ABOVE: Donna ventures into Man’s World (in her very first appearance) in
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #60 [1965].

BELOW: Donna seeks the Teen Titans – as revealed in flashback in NEW TITANS #50 [1989].

Venturing into Man’s World, Wonder Girl joined Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad and Speedy in battling their mentors, who were under the influence of the evil Antithesis. After this encounter, the five teens decided to remain a team. Donna Troy herself suggested the name Teen Titans, as a tribute to her childhood on New Chronus.

As Wonder Girl, Donna partook in any number of crime-fighting adventures with the Titans and several of her own, later modifying her costume into a more personal expression of the young woman she was becoming, Hardly naive, but apparently guileless, Wonder Girl enjoyed the romantic attention of most of her teammates, but it was Speedy that captured her attention. The pair briefly dated, although their young relationship never developed into anything serious.

ABOVE: Speedy joins the team and lines up a date with Wonder Girl in TEEN TITANS #19 [1968].
They call him Speedy for nothin’! BELOW: Speedy and Wonder Girl’s first date is detailed in
TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE mini-series #5 [2008].

Wonder Girl remained a member of the Teen Titans until it disbanded as Donna as her teammates entered college. Donna and her close friend Sharon Tracy both enrolled as art majors at NYU, where Donna concentrated on photography. In under a year, Donna’s talents enabled her to open Aurora Photography Studios with a few of her friends.

The New Teen Titans

Donna remained in New York City to pursue her career in fashion photography. At that time, she met and fell in love with Terry Long, a divorced professor of history and sociology at Manhattan University. Shortly thereafter, the mysterious Raven summoned Wonder Girl to join a new group of Teen Titans to battle her demonic father, Trigon. After Trigon’s defeat, Wonder Girl remained with the team and often assumed a leadership role in Robin’s absence.

ABOVE: Raven gathers the New Teen Titans to defeat her evil father in NEW TEEN TITANS #1 [1980].
BELOW: Donna introduces Kory to Terry Long, her new boyfriend, in NEW TEEN TITANS #8 [1981]

Terry Long later proposed to Donna and she readily accepted. Prior to her marriage, Wonder Girl enlisted the aid of Robin to discover her true name and background. He succeeded, and Donna learned for the first time that she was actually Donna Hinckley, whose mother died from cancer and gave Donna up to an orphanage. Donna was then adopted by a couple named Stacey, but when Carl Stacey was killed in an accident, his wife Fay was forced to give Donna up for adoption again. She then became the object of a child-selling scheme. The members of this criminal operation, posing as her parents, died in the building fire that almost claimed the infant Donna as well.

In the course of their investigation, Dick and Donna located Fay Stacey, now remarried as Fay Evans, whose new family instantly accepted Donna as a long-lost sibling and daughter.

Donna is reunited with her family – the Evanses -in the classic
“Who Is Donna Troy?” in
NEW TEEN TITANS #38 [1984]

After learning the secrets of her past, Donna Troy finally wed Terry Long in a lavish ceremony attended by family and friends. Her sister Diana served as maid of honor, while Queen Hippolyta blessed the union of her her adopted daughter.

Becoming Troia

Later, the dying Titan of Myth Phoebe appeared to Wonder Girl, seeking her aid. One of the Titan seeds, Sparta, had gone mad and threatened New Chronus. Wonder Girl and her fellow Titans saved New Chronus, as Donna Troy re-embraced her upbringing with the Titans of Myth.

In reward for her loyalty and to show their esteem for their chosen daughter, the Titan-gods gave Donna Troy special gifts. These ornaments and tokens came with special powers and abilities. Donna Troy fashioned these gifts into a uniform and created a new identity as Troia, which is another way of saying “Troy” in Greek.

ABOVE: Donna becomes Troia in NEW TITANS #55 [1989].
BELOW: Lord Chaos seeks to insure his own future in NEW TITANS #91 [1992].


Shortly after this adventure, Donna Troy discovered she was pregnant. As her accelerated pregnancy entered its third trimester, a group of time-tossed teens known as the Team Titans tracked Donna Troy’s pregnancy with great interest. Their mission was to kill Donna before she would give birth to the child who, in their future, becomes the malevolent, gods-powered Lord Chaos.

Lord Chaos also emerged, determined to insure his own future, even if it meant killing his own mother in the process. Troia eventually gave birth to Robert Long, under the combined protection of the New Titans and the Team Titans. The two teams ultimately defeated Lord Chaos, whose evil essence was absorbed by the Titans of Myth.

Following this encounter, Donna Troy decided to give up her Troia identity to raise her son as a normal woman. The Titans of Myth granted this wish, and left Donna Troy powerless.

 

ABOVE: Donna Troy – powerless den mother – in TEAM TITANS #7 [1993].
BELOW: Donna finds a new calling as a Darkstar.

Team Titans And Darkstars

Donna and Terry Long relocated to a farm in New Jersey, where they intended to live a normal life. That plan failed to come to fruition, as the farmhouse soon became home to the time-lost Team Titans. As villains and disasters struck their new home, Donna reconsidered her decision to forsake her abilities. She petitioned the Titans of Myth to restore her powers, but was summarily rejected by the capricious gods.

Undaunted, Donna Troy found her new calling as part of a galactic police force known as the Darkstars. Unknown to Donna, her recent choices had created tension in her once-happy marriage. After their New Jersey farmhouse was destroyed by super-powered enemies, Terry divorced Donna and was granted custody of their young son. And when the Zero Hour time crisis claimed the Team Titans, Donna found herself utterly alone.

Donna soon found comfort in the arms of rookie Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, who helped ease her pain and loneliness. As Darkstar, Donna joined the Titans with Kyle at the request of Roy Harper. The group dissolved a short time later, which only caused Kyle and Donna to grow closer, as they shared a number of outer-space adventures as Darkstar and Green Lantern. But after a deadly encounter that almost destroyed the Darkstars, Donna surrendered her Darkstar uniform and decided to take a break from super-heroing.

In The Mirror Darkly

Then, tragedy struck. Donna received news that her ex-husband, step-daughter and infant son all perished in a horrible car accident. Devastated by the news, she withdrew from Kyle and their burgeoning relationship. As Donna’s life seemed at its lowest ebb, the evil wandering spirit known as Dark Angel appeared and erased Donna from the minds and hearts of everyone she knew.

Dark Angel spins Donna into a series of tragic lifelines
in WONDER WOMAN #131 and #135 [1998].

Unknown to Donna, Dark Angel was actually a twisted alternate-reality version of Donna herself, who had miraculously survived the compression of the entire multiverse. Discovering that she was an anomaly in this history of Earth and likely fated to merge with the true Donna Troy, the villainess forced the heroine to relive the life of every doppelganger who had existed in the multiverse, twisting each of their histories so that they ended in tragedy.

Wonder Woman, Queen Hippolyta and the Flash were able to rescue Donna from this mystical cascade of doomed lives. By directly opposing Dark Angel in her hellish realm, Donna seemed to eradicate her foe but only truly succeeded in banishing her.

With Wonder Woman’s magic lasso powering Wally West’s memories, the two heroes made Donna Troy’s erased lifeline a living truth. This restored Donna Troy as the woman they had known, along with her Amazon-like abilities. After this ordeal, an empowered Donna Troy resumed her costumed identity as Troia.

The five original Titans bond in JLA/TITANS #3 [1999].

Troia Reborn

In the far reaches of space, an alien threat loomed – one that would soon reunite the Titans of past and present. Having collected a planet-size assortment of technological debris, Victor Stone journeyed to Earth to turn its moon into a new Technis world and populate it with his Titans allies. The JLA and the Titans first clashed, then united, eventually freeing Victor from alien influence. Following this encounter, the original five Titans decided to rebuild the team, inviting five other members to join as well.

Troia went through an identity crisis upon rejoining the Titans, wondering if she had been fully restored upon her mystical rebirth. Her memories still vague and incomplete, Donna tested her boundaries by briefly rekindling a romantic relationship with fellow Titan and former boyfriend, Arsenal.

Dark Angel seized the opportunity presented by Troia’s identity crisis, vowing to destroy each incarnation of Donna Troy in every timeline. With the help of the Titans’ children from an alternate future, the Titans were able to prevent Dark Angel’s mad scheme and trap her in a mystical prison. Upon Dark Angel’s defeat, a more confident Donna Troy resumed her life with renewed resilience and vigor.

ABOVE: Donna explains her latest identity crisis in TITANS #15-16 [2000].
BELOW: Donna is restored in TITANS #25 [2000].

Shortly afterward, both the Titans and Young Justice were attacked by a mysterious cybernetic girl from the future who unwittingly unleashed an army of Superman androids. The attack resulted in the death of Donna Troy. At Troia’s funeral, a grief-stricken Nightwing disbanded the Titans. Unknown to her friends, Donna Troy had been reborn on a desolate world and was about to heed a call made by an ancient prophesy.

The Return of Donna Troy

When Troia was reborn, the Titans of Myth realized an old prophecy had been fulfilled. Rhea foretold of a special child that would one day save the twelve Titans from destruction. Upon Donna’s rebirth, the Titans of Myth – knowing Donna was that chosen child – called her back to New Chronus. There, she became Goddess of the Moon with false memories as the wife of the Titan, Coeus.

When the Teen Titans and the Outsiders located their former colleague, Troia was awakened from the spell. Ultimately, Donna did save the manipulative Titans of Myth from the impending doom of a second Crisis – by trapping them in Tartarus for an eternity.

Donna Troy – protector of New Chronus – from
DC SPECIAL: THE RETURN OF DONNA TROY #4 [2005].

With New Chronus now barren, Donna Troy elected to become the sentinel of the floating mythical world. Now keeper of Harbinger’s history orb of the entire multiverse, Donna Troy became a living focal point of the entire cosmos. Indeed, Donna’s knowledge of the universe led her to form a strike-force during the Infinite Crisis, which helped sideline Alexander Luthor’s plans for cosmic conquest.

On the heels of this Crisis, Wonder Woman took a sabbatical from super-heroing. So when Black Adam’s thirst for vengeance sparked World War III, Donna Troy herself assumed the mantle of Wonder Woman. With Donna’s help, the heroes ultimately gathered their forces and contained Black Adam’s globe-spanning rampage. Donna Troy – as Wonder Woman – was later kidnapped by her sister’s deadliest foes. This forced Diana into action, as she reclaimed her role as Wonder Woman to free her sister from Circe’s clutches.

Titans Together – once again.

Titans Together!

Donna then reunited with old friends when the Titans members were attacked by an unseen evil force. Raven, sensing Trigon’s presence once again, called upon her former Titans allies to defeat her fiendish father. But after investigating, the Titans learned the bestial assaults were actually orchestrated by Raven’s demonic half brothers. Working together as a team, the Titans thwarted the Sons of Trigon and prevented Trigon’s invasion plan. Following this adventure, Donna Troy decided to join her former colleagues – and the Titans were together as a team once more.

The reunion proved short lived, as personal problems forced each member to drift away from the team. At this time, Donna Troy found a new calling with the Justice League – where she fought alongside former Titans Starfire, Cyborg and Dick Grayson (who had temporarily assumed the Batman mantle).

Powers & Abilities


Troia possesses enhanced amazon level strength and durability. She can also fly and has been trained to be a fierce warrior on New Chronus as well as sparring with the Amazons. Like her sister Diana, Donna has a natural affinity to animals and shares a psychic bond with her sister as well. Donna, like her sister, is also an embodiment of truth.

 

Essential Reading


Donna as Wonder Girl

Brave & The Bold #60 [1965]: The Teen Titans have been formally organized and named since the events of The Brave and the Bold #54. Now organized as the Teen Titans, Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Wonder Girl respond to a call for help from the teenagers of Midville. With the aid of the professor and the Midville teenagers, the Teen Titans are able to subdue the Separated Man. First ‘Donna Troy’ Wonder Girl. First official appearance of the Teen Titans.
Teen Titans #1 [1966]: The Teen Titans join the Peace Corps in order to help volunteer workers in the South American country of Xochatan who are being menaced by a giant robot which the native believe to be an ancient deity come to life.
Teen Titans #22 [1969]: Second story: The origin of Wonder Girl. Wonder Girl’s origin revealed in part; full origin revealed in New Teen Titans #38; real name, Donna, revealed; adopts secret identity as Donna Troy, and gets new costume and hairstyle in this story. Sharon Tracy’s first appearance; becomes Donna Troy’s roommate.
Teen Titans #53 [1978]: The origin of the Teen Titans is revealed in flashback as an Untold Tale from the Teen Titans Casebook: the story of how Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, and Speedy met and formally organized and named the Teen Titans team, between the events of The Brave and the Bold #54 and 60.

New Teen Titans #1 [1980]: After invading his dreams, the mysterious empath Raven incites Dick Grayson to form the New Teen Titans for the eventual purpose of defeating her demonic father, Trigon; Kid Flash joins only after Raven uses her powers to make him fall in love with her; Raven, Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Changeling (formerly Beast Boy) and Victor “Cyborg” Stone unite to save Princess Koriand’r (soon to be known as Starfire) from Gordanian slavers.
New Teen Titans #8 [1981]: Classic “Day in the Life” issue. Between cases, the Teen Titans experience several pertinent Incidents in their civilian identities. When Starfire meets Donna (Wonder Girl) Troy for lunch, she also meets Donna’s boyfriend, Terry Long, and gets a job as a fashion model at the agency for which Donna is a photographer. First appearance of Terry Long.
New Teen Titans #38 [1984]: Dick Grayson works to help Donna Troy discover the truth about her past; Donna meets Elmira Cassiday – the woman who ran the orphanage where she once temporarily resided – and learns that her real mother, Dorothy Hinckley, left her with Elmira because she was dying; Donna was adopted by Carl and Fay Stacey, but when Carl died in a work-related accident, Fay also had to give up Donna, who was given to a child-selling operation; Two people who were posing as Donna’s new parents died in the fire that Donna remembers; Donna is reconciled with her adopted mother, Fay Stacey Evans, and then visits the grave of her real mother. First appearances of Elmira Cassiday, Dorothy Hinckley, Carl and Fay Stacey, Fay, Hank, Cindy and Jerry Evans.
Tales of the Teen Titans #49 [1984]: While the Titans prepare for the wedding of Donna Troy and Terry Long, Dr. Light attacks Central City, only to be stopped by Wally West and Frances Kane in their public identities.
Tales of the Teen Titans #50 [1985]: Donna Troy and Terry Long are married on the Dayton Estate.

Donna as Troia

New Titans #50-55 [1989]: “Who Is Wonder Girl?” the post-Crisis origin of Donna Troy. The Titans of Myth return to Earth to collect Wonder Girl so that she might help the gods defeat Sparta, a renegade Titan. Wonder Girl learns that she was raised by the Titans of Myth, is given new powers, and takes on the code name Troia. First appearance of Donna as Troia in issue #55.
Secret Origins Annual #3 [1989]: Dick Grayson’s dreams are invaded by the Antithesis, who seeks to break Dick’s spirit so that he will remain in Limbo; Dick survives with the help of old and new Titans alike. The Special gives a post-Crisis history of the Titans, including some revamps and revisions. Includes: First Appearance of Flame-Bird (Post-Crisis ret-con of Bat-Girl); First Appearance of Herald (Post Crisis ret-con of Hornblower and Guardian); First Appearance of Golden Eagle’s new costume; Includes Who’s Who entries for Flamebird, Golden Eagle, Bumblebee, The Herald, Antithesis, and Gargoyle.
Wonder Woman (second series) #47-48 [1990]: Donna Troy’s dream’s lead her to Greece – where she meets Wonder Woman at last. But a more immediate concern is Circe’s magics, which are transforming people into were-beasts.
Total Chaos: New Titans #90-92, Team Titans #1-3, Deathstroke #14-16 [1992]: The Team Titans have been sent to the past to kill the pregnant Troia before she gives birth to her son, who could become a god-powered dictator named Lord Chaos in the future. The Team is defeated, and Troia, having lost her powers, gives birth to a normal baby boy. Mirage of the Team Titans kidnaps Starfire and impersonates her so that she can date Nightwing. Birth of Robert Troy Long.
Team Titans #21 [1994]: Dozens of Team Titans are stranded in the past and ponder their futures. Donna Troy petitions the Titans of Myth to grant her powers again, but they reject her. Donna searches to reunite with Terry, only to find he has left her and is living with his ex-wife, Marcia. This issue guest stars Wonder Woman. Chronologically, Titans #25 [2001] follows up on these events with a flashback sequence wherein Terry asks Donna for a divorce.

Donna as Darkstar

Darkstars #22-23 [1994]: Donna Troy finds her new calling – as part of a galactic police force – she becomes a Darkstar! Donna actually becomes a Darkstar in Darkstars #23. Donna serves as a Darkstar in Darkstars #23-38.
Green Lantern #58, 59, 70 [1994-1995]
Green Lantern’s Titans’ membership: Green Lantern #57-70
Green Lantern #58: Fellow Titan Donna Troy helps Kyle set up his new apartment
Green Lantern #59: Impulse and Arsenal chide him for missing a training session; Kyle & Donna share a kiss
Green Lantern #70: Kyle and Donna break up the first time
New Titans #127-130 [1995]: Damage quits the team, this time for good. Mirage goes into labor and reveals she had been concealing her pregnancy. After Changeling escapes from STAR Labs, the team is reunited with Victor Stone, now a computer form known as Cyberion. The Titans aid Starfire, who is danger from evil Raven (now resurrected once more). Evil Raven is trying to destroy her good self (which lay dormant in the body of Starfire). To ferret out Starfire, evil Raven incites a conflict in the Vegan star system. Tamaran is destroyed, killing many inhabitants including Starfire’s parents. A general in the Tamaranean fleet named Ph’yzzon aids the Titans and reveals he and Starfire are married. The Titans are able to destroy evil Raven utterly, and restore good Raven into a new spiritual golden body. Starfire decides to rebuild her culture on a new planet; many Tamaraneans were off-world during the explosion – enough to settle on a new planet dubbed New Tamaran. Changeling, a reformed Raven, and Minion stay with Cyberion, while Darkstar, Green Lantern, and the others return to Earth. Mirage has her baby.
Green Lantern #73-75 [1996]: Donna runs into Green Lantern [last page of Green Lantern #73]. A conflict on the planet Rann involving Darkseid’s son Grayven has erupted. With Darkstar ranks were severely depleted, Donna reluctantly asks Kyle for help. Grayven cuts a swath of destruction that decimates the Darkstar forces, destroying most of their super-powered uniforms. John Stewart is crippled in the conflict, and Donna Troy opts to abandon her Darkstar uniform and live a normal life for awhile.

Donna Becomes Troia Again

Wonder Woman #131-136 [1998]: Donna Troy is erased from existence by the evil Dark Angel. As Flash and Wonder Woman race to restore the Donna Troy they knew, Donna’s true origin is revealed: Magala created a mystical twin as a playmate for Princess Diana; Dark Angel abducted the twin and cursed her to live multiple tragic lives, one of which as Donna Troy [Wonder Girl]. Donna defeats Dark Angel and is restored through Flash’s memories and Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth. First appearance of Dark Angel in issue #131. Origins of Donna Troy and Dark Angel revealed in this story.
Girlfrenzy: Donna Troy [June 1998]: Written and drawn by Phil Jimenez, this Donna Troy one-shot deals with racism. Donna Troy reflects back on a past adventure as Troia; She teams up with Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman to confront the fanatical Red Panzer.
JLA/Titans: the Technis Imperative #1-3 [December 1998 to February 1999]: Former Titan Vic Stone threatened to carry out his Technis Imperative and turn the earth’s moon into a new Technis world. The JLA and Titans first clashed, then united to save the earth and Vic Stone. The mini series was designed as a primer to restart the Titans series with the five original members (Nightwing, Troia, Flash, Arsenal and Tempest) as the core. Donna has a coronation ceremony, making her a full-fledged Amazon, in issue #1. Decides to use the name Troia again in issue #3.
Titans #1-2 [1999]: Following close on the heels of the events in the JLA/TITANS miniseries, the original Titans decide to set up shop, rebuilding their headquarters (a new Titans Tower) and enlisting a second, non-core group of Titans to help them. And the entire, 10-member roster gets a workout when the team is attacked by the reformed H.I.V.E.!
Titans #23-25 [2000-2001]: The “Who’s Troia?” trilogy. The evil Dark Angel is erasing Donna from existence throughout Hypertime. But how can Donna save herself, when none of her teammates recognize her? It’s up to Nightstar, Kid Flash, the Red Hood and the rest of the sons and daughters of the Titans save Troia from being erased from existence forever. The Titans are joined by the Titanic team from The Kingdom — traveling through different points in Donna’s history before the evil Dark Angel can erase them. The Titans are ultimately successful, as Dark Angel is defeated and Troia is restored at last! Marv Wolfman and George Pérez create a 6-page segment in issue #25.
Wonder Woman Secret Files #2 [1999]: Featuring “Who is Troia”, a 6-page story by Devin Grayson and Phil Jimenez. This is the definitive Donna origin story. Donna’s coronation ceremony as an Amazon is shown.
The Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day #1-3 [2003]: The fate of two teams is decided in this thrilling 3-issue miniseries! A mysterious conglomerate offers to sponsor the Titans and Young Justice, but will either team take the offer? Before they can decide, Indigo, a mysterious, cyborg girl from the future, attacks and seriously wounds several of the two teams’ members… perhaps fatally! Death of Lilith in issue #2. Apparent Death of Troia in issue #3.
DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #1-4 [2005]: Donna Troy has reemerged among the Titans of Myth as Troia, Goddess of the Moon. But memories of a different life haunt her as she leads the Titans of Myth in the final battle of a long campaign of interplanetary conquest, gathering weapons, warriors, and worshippers to fulfill a mission she has begun to doubt. It will take the combined might of the Outsiders and the Teen Titans to solve this cosmic mystery and reveal Troia’s true destiny to her: a cosmic hero destined to unite legions against a threat to the entire universe!
Wonder Woman (third series) #1 [2006]: Donna Troy – as Wonder Woman – faces her sister’s deadliest foes.
Titans #1-4 [2008]: After Cyborg’s Titans East team is brutally massacred by an unseen evil force, Titans members are attacked by demonic entities around the globe. Raven, sensing Trigon’s presence once again, calls upon her former Titans allies to defeat her fiendish father. But the Titans discover that the bestial assaults were actually orchestrated by Raven’s three demon half brothers – Jacob, Jared and Jesse. Using Raven as a doorway, the Sons of Trigon open a portal to the desolate realm where a weakened Trigon awaited. The brothers then betray their own father by siphoning whatever small power was left within him. In the wake of this battle, the Titans – Nightwing, Troia, Flash, Red Arrow, Raven, Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy – decide to become a team again.

The Secret Origins of Donna Troy


With thanks to the “Who Is Donna Troy?” Trade Paperback: Who is Donna Troy? Wonder Girl. A daughter. A sister. A Titan. Troia. A wife. A mother. A doppelganger. Darkstar. A heroine. A paradox. An enigma.

Although one of the most popular members of several different incarnations of the Teen Titans, Donna Troy has often fallen victim to the various changes in her origin throughout the years. Despite that, her charismatic persona has persevered and even thrived among all the mutations – giving her even more reasons for her mass appeal. Detailed below is a quick and friendly guide to Donna’s background. And with Wonder Woman’s recent reinstatement as Justice League founder, let’s hope Donna’s continuity baggage is also a thing of the past.


A Wonder Girl commission from Nick Cardy, circa 2003.

First Origin: Wonder Woman’s Little Sister
Valid: 1960-1986

Origin: Infant Donna Troy was saved from a fire by Wonder Woman, who brought the child to Paradise Island. Adopted by Queen Hippolyta and gifted with amazing Amazon powers, Donna thrilled to the exploits of her sister, Wonder Woman. She later followed in Wonder Woman’s  footsteps by joining the Teen Titans as Wonder Girl.

Read It In:
Teen Titans (first series) #22 [1969]: The original origin of Wonder Girl
New Teen Titans (first series) #38 [1984]: “Who Is Donna Troy?” expands on Donna’s back-story

Donna Troy first appeared in the pages of The Brave and the Bold#60, which was also the first official debut of the Teen Titans. The creative team plucked Wonder Girl from the pages of Wonder Woman, unaware that “Wonder Girl” was actually a teenaged version of Princess Diana. In that era, all three “ages” of Wonder Woman – toddler, teenager and adult – frequently teamed up in fantasy adventures, known as “Impossible Tales.”

From Wonder Girl’s first appearance, it was apparent that she was not just a teenaged version of Wonder Woman, but Wonder Woman’s younger sister. When the Teen Titans received their own ongoing series in 1966, it was inevitable that Wonder Girl’s origin needed to be told.

Donna’s Pre-Crisis origin is revealed at last in TEEN TITANS #22 [1969]…
and recapped nicely in NEW TEEN TITANS #1 [1980].

That eventually happened in the pages of Teen Titans #22 in 1969, in a 10-page story aptly titled, “The Origin of Wonder Girl.” In that issue, Wonder Girl tells the other Titans her origin for the first time. As a child, she had been saved from an apartment building fire by Wonder Woman, and taken by her to Paradise Island to live after all attempts to ascertain her identity or those of her parents (presumed to be a couple killed in the blaze) had failed. Becoming Queen Hippolyta’s foster daughter and Wonder Woman’s foster sister, she was unable to compete with the Amazons on a physical level, lacking their special powers, and so was given powers almost identical to those of Wonder Woman by scientist Paula von Gunther’s Purple Ray.

The story also establishes Wonder Girl’s secret identity as Donna Troy. Prior to this tale, she was only referred to as ‘Wonder Girl’ or ‘Wonder Chick.’ At the end of the story, Donna celebrates her new life by designing a new costume and changing her hairstyle. This original origin was plotted and scripted by Dick Giordano and a young Marv Wolfman.

Donna appeared as Wonder Girl in Teen Titans #1-53, Adventure Comics #461 and Wonder Woman #265-266. Then the Teen Titans were memorably relaunched by Marv Wolfman and George Perez in 1980 with New Teen Titans #1.

Donna Troy’s origin was fleshed out further in New Teen Titans #38 in 1984. The classic “Who Is Donna Troy?” was devised by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Donna’s fiancee Terry Long asks Robin to investigate the secret of Donna’s unknown past. At the site of the fire-gutted building, Robin finds a child’s doll that triggers an investigation, uncovering Donna’s abandonment as part of a child selling scheme. He also learns that Donna’s real mother, Dorothy Hinckley, left her in an orphanage because she was dying. Donna was then adopted by Carl and Fay Stacey, but when Carl died in a work-related accident, Fay also had to give up Donna, who was given to a child-selling operation. Two people who were posing as Donna’s new parents died in the fire that Donna remembered. At the story’s end, Donna is reconciled with her adopted mother, Fay Stacey Evans, and then visits the grave of her real mother.

The story was an emotional one, and is regarded as a classic in comic book literature. Donna later married her boyfriend, Terry Long, in Tales of the Teen Titans#50 in 1984. So Donna’s mysterious origin was resolved at last. That is, until the continuity-altering events of the Crisis On Infinite Earths.

A Wonder Girl commission by George Pérez.

Second Origin: Child of the Titans Gods
Valid: 1989-1997

Origin: Infant Donna Troy was saved from a fire by the Titan Rhea, who brought her to New Chronus, where she was gifted with amazing abilities. To teach humility, The Titan gods sent Donna back to earth at age 13 with no memories of her mythical training.  Inspired by the American flag, Donna Troy created the identity of Wonder Girl and joined the Teen Titans. Later, Donna reunited with the Titans of Myth and embraced her original Titanic heritage as the heroine, Troia.

Read It In:
New Titans #50-55 [1989]: “Who Is Wonder Girl?” details Donna’s Post-Crisis origin with the Titans of Myth

In 1985, DC Comics attempted to streamline and modernize their characters with the Crisis On Infinite Earths. Within the 12-issue mini-series, time and space twisted, forever altering  the histories of various heroes in its wake. This gave DC an opportunity to go back and revise some of the more out-dated elements of the DC Universe – but it also introduced a host of unforeseen continuity problems.

Wonder Woman was re-introduced into ‘man’s world’ in ‘present day’ in 1986. Thus, Wonder Woman was not in America to rescue Donna Troy as a child – leaving Donna Troy’s origin story in question. How did Wonder Girl exist before a Wonder Woman came to America? And if Donna Troy was not rescued and raised by the Amazons, where did she come from?

Donna’s Post-Crisis origin is revealed in NEW TITANS #50-55 [1989]…
and recapped nicely in WONDER WOMAN SECRET FILES #2 [1999].

The answers were finally revealed in New Titans #50-55 in 1989, in a tale told by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. In “Who Is Wonder Girl?”, The Titans of Myth return to Earth to collect Wonder Girl so that she might help the gods defeat Sparta, a renegade Titan. Wonder Girl learns that she was rescued from the fire by Rhea and raised by the Titans of Myth on a planet known as New Chronus. At age 13, she was wiped of her memories and placed back on earth, so that she could learn humility. Once there, Donna fashioned a flag-inspired costume and joined the Teen Titans as Wonder Girl.

In New Titans #55, Donna fully embraces her newly discovered Titanic roots as she is given new powers by the Titans gods. She takes on the code name Troia, which is another way of saying Troy in Greek. On the heels of that story, Donna Troy meets Wonder Woman “for the first time” in Wonder Woman #47-48 (1990), where the two women prevent Circe from transforming people into were-beasts.

Donna later gave up her powers in Team Titans #3 (1993) in an effort to raise her newborn son in peace. She then served as den mother to the time-displaced Team Titans before finding a new calling as an intergalactic police officer in the Darkstars (Darkstars #21-38, New Titans #0, 115-116, Green Lantern #61-75). Donna soon gave up her Darkstar identity as well, in Green Lantern #75 in 1996.


Two Troia convention sketches from Phil Jimenez – in 2002, and 2005.

Third Origin: Wonder Woman’s Mystical Twin
Valid: 1998-2005

Origin: The Amazon sorceress Magala created a magical double of  young Princess Diana, since the young Amazon yearned for a playmate. This mystical  twin was kidnapped by Dark Angel, and sent through a cascade of tragic lifelines. In one of those lives, she was reborn as Donna Troy, who, as an infant was saved from a raging fire by the Titans of Myth. Granted fantastic powers, Donna became the super-heroine known as Wonder Girl. After embracing her Titanic heritage as Troia, Donna was later reunited with her lost Amazon sisters.

Read It In:
Wonder Woman #131-136 [1998]: John Byrne’s revisionist origin, with Donna Troy as Diana’s mystical twin
Wonder Woman Secret Files #2 [1999]: Featuring “Who is Troia”, a 6-page Donna Troy origin story
DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy (mini-series) #1-4 [2005]: Donna Troy is revealed as a unique soul – a compression of all her various lives throughout the alternate worlds across time and space. Dark Angel is revealed as an alternate Donna Troy.

Donna Troy became a directionless character in the early 1990s. Once Troia, she gave up those powers to become a Darkstar for a short time, only to abandon that identity as well. So when John Byrne started his Wonder Woman run, he wanted to incorporate Donna Troy into the title to give her a new direction. First, he jettisoned Donna’s family by killing Terry and Robert Long in a car accident in Wonder Woman #121 in 1997. Then, he brought Donna Troy into Gateway City in Wonder Woman #123.

The powerless and despondent Donna Troy was confronted by Dark Angel in Wonder Woman #131, which set in motion John Byrne’s revised origin for Donna. Dark Angel, an evil wandering spirit and anch-nemesis of Hippolyta, erased Donna Troy from existence to gain revenge on the Amazon Queen. Dark Angel’s curse unraveled Donna’s true origins, as detailed in Wonder Woman #135. There, it is revealed the Amazon sorceress Magala wove a spell that created a magical duplicate of young Princess Diana, fashioning a young playmate for her. This mystic twin was kidnapped by Dark Angel, who thought the girl to be the real Diana.

ABOVE: Magala’s ancient secret – and the truth behind Donna Troy – is revealed
at last in WONDER WOMAN #136 [1998].

BELOW: A flashback reveals when Dark Angel kidnapped Donna in WONDER WOMAN #135 [1998].

Believing this to be Hippolyta’s real daughter, Dark Angel placed a horrible curse on the girl. She sent Hippolyta’s “daughter” through a cascade of multiple lives, each ending in a horrible tragedy. Through each of these lives, the girl was known as “Donna Troy.” In her most definitive lifeline, Donna Troy became the super-heroine known as Wonder Girl. The heroes were able to track down Dark Angel and break the curse, as Donna’s touch defeated the evil sorceress. In Wonder Woman #136, Donna Troy is fully restored through the magic of Wonder Woman’s lasso, with the new identity as mystical sister to Diana.

Byrne’s strongest contribution was to re-forge Donna’s ties as Wonder Woman’s sister. He preserved the Titans of Myth origins, but added a stronger tie to Wonder Woman and Paradise Island. Byrne’s origin also cleverly combined all of Wonder Girl’s myriad origins: She was Diana in another form (like the Impossible Tales), she was Diana’s sister (echoing her Pre-Crisis origin), and she was still the child of the Titans gods (preserving her Post-Crisis origin).

Following her new origin, Donna was accepted as a full Amazon and Princess of Themyscira. She rejoined her Titans team mates inJLA/Titans #1-3 and Titans #1 in 1999. Initially suffering a slight identity crisis, all was resolved in Titans #23-25 in a story entitled “Who Is Troia?”

Donna Troy was later killed in the Graduation Day #1-3 (2003), a mini-series designed to launch the all-new Teen Titans andOutsiders series. Donna was revived in DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy mini-series #1-4 in 2005. Written by Phil Jimenez, this series contained a meta-textual explanation for Donna’s continuity conundrums. She was revealed as a unique soul – a compression of all her various lives throughout the alternate worlds across time and space. This knowledge prompted Donna to remember each unique life throughout the multiverse. Dark Angel was revealed as an evil Donna Troy from Earth-7 that escaped this compression. Instead, she became a wandering spirit of vengeance with a subconscious hatred for Donna, her opposite number.

It seemed as if each new wrinkle in Donna’s back-story was an attempt by creators to shift Donna back to her Pre-Crisis origins. This would come full circle in the wake of DC’s next earth-shattering Crisis.

Troia is reborn, in a 2009 commission by George Pérez.

Fourth Origin: Adopted by Titans and Amazons
Valid: 2006-present

Origin: Infant Donna Troy was saved from a fire by the Titan Rhea, who brought her to New Chronus and gifted her with amazing abilities. After growing up on New Chronus with the Titans of Myth, Donna was left in the care of the Amazons, who would teach her humility. Donna was adopted by Queen Hippolyta, and thrilled to the exploits of her sister, Wonder Woman. Deciding to follow in her sister’s footsteps, Donna became Wonder Girl and soon joined the Teen Titans. Later, Donna reunited with the Titans of Myth and embraced her original Titanic heritage as the heroine, Troia.

Read It In:
Wonder Woman #1 [2006]: The new Wonder Woman, Donna Troy, relates her history.
Teen Titans: Year One (mini-series) #1-6 [2007-2008]: A retelling of Donna Troy’s arrival on man’s world as Wonder Girl

In 2005, DC published Infinite Crisis #1-7, a sequel to 1985′sCrisis On Infinite Earths. As a result of this reality-shifting Crisis, DC once again altered the histories of its characters in an effort to streamline and revitalize them.  As part of this revised history, Wonder Woman was restored as a founder of the JLA, thus pre-dating Wonder Girl in DC’s chronology.

This allowed Donna Troy to embrace much of her original Pre-Crisis history as Wonder Woman’s adopted sister. This is confirmed in Wonder Woman #1 (2006), as Donna relates her history, “Paradise Island. I grew up there in the shadow of my sister, Princess Diana… Until she left Paradise to become it’s ambassador to patriarch’s world, where they called her Wonder Woman.” Donna’s first days as Wonder Girl, and her arrival on man’s world, are detailed in Teen Titans: Year One mini-series #1-6 in 2007. This retelling shows Donna’s sisterly relationship with Wonder Woman. Diana is also restored as Donna’s maid of honor at her wedding, as shown in JLA #0 (2005).

Donna’s Pre-Crisis history with the Amazons is more or less restored,
as seen in TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE #1-6 [2007]….
and in WONDER WOMAN #1 [2005]..

Donna’s Titans of Myth origin has become as important as her Amazon origin at this point. And that is still firmly in continuity – as evidenced by the existence of her Troia identity as well as her ties to New Chronus. As readers may remember, the Titans of Myth originally sent their Titan seeds back to their homeworlds at age thirteen to learn humility. In old continuity, Donna was given false memories and lived at Kanigher Orphanage. In new continuity, we can assume the Titans of Myth left Donna in the care of the Amazons (who, remember, would worship the Titan of Myth like gods).

So having Donna spend half her life with the Titans of Myth, and the other half with the Amazons makes perfect sense. It also restores all the important Pre-Crisis Diana/Donna/Hippolyta stories and interactions, while preserving her Post-Crisis ties to the Titans of Myth. It’s a continuity “win-win,” with minimal ret-connage.

Donna’s revisionist origin as a mystical twin with multiple lives is likely gone at this point, as those  continuity “fixes” are completely unnecessary (and needlessly confusing as well). And even though Magala may have created a magical playmate for Diana, we only have Dark Angel’s word that the mystical twin later became Donna Troy. Those “revelations” could easily be dismissed as a mystical ruse of Dark Angel, an insane trickster with a deep hatred for Donna Troy. Dark Angel is still an alternate Donna Troy who escaped her own reality, but was very likely driven insane as a result. So her recollections and ramblings cannot be trusted. Perhaps she is misremembering realities throughout the multiverse,  or just trying to torture Donna. This keeps Wonder Woman #130-136 and Titans #23-25 in continuity, it just changes the veracity of Dark Angel’s claims.

With the best elements of her Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis origins merged, Donna’s history is now seamless and easy to understand.

Creators on Donna Troy


Nick Cardy: Series artist Nick Candy admits that he was not above playing a few favorites as he designed the book. “I had drawn the Aquaman book for a while” he chuckles, ‘so I had a soft spot in my heart for Aqualad and I would always give him a boost by placing him as one of the strangest elements on the page. And I’ve always liked drawing pretty girls, so I paid special attention to Wonder Girl.”

George Pérez: “Wonder Girl? My favorite. My favorite character, as far as person I would love to meet the most.”

“And Wonder Girl originally was Marie Osmond. (Laughter.) And then I kind of gave her a much more stately face as opposed to a wholesome all-American face as the years went on. But originally she was Marie Osmond. And that was upon Marv’s suggestion.”

Marv Wolfman: “I believed the Titans themselves needed to be emotionally at odds with each other even while they needed to be friends. To facilitate this I set up two theoretical triangles, one for the male characters, one for the female. For example, put Wonder Girl at the top of the women’s triangle. Donna Troy came from an Amazon race who believed not only in peace, but were also warriors. On one corner of the triangle put Raven, whose interdimensional society were extreme pacifists who would never fight, not even to save their lives. On the other corner put in Starfire, who comes from a pure warrior culture. Three sides of the same coin, so to speak, with enough in common they could be friends, but with enough differences that would keep them at odds. This fundamental conflict, one hoped, would create good stories.”

“Also take a look at them emotionally: Raven was shy and introverted and found it difficult to confide in others. Starfire was outgoing and pure, lusty emotion. Wonder Girl, once again, was directly in the middle.”

The [John] Byrne revisions were ludicrous. The best origin was in Who Is Donna Troy, the story George and I did which incorporated the original story I did way back in the original Titans #22. It should have been left alone.”

Phil Jimenez: (why Donna Troy is his favorite Titan character) “That would be Donna Troy, pre-Darkstar days. The whys are two fold. One is of course the Greek mythology origin, which I’m a sucker for. Two is because in my head this character would probably be one of the nicest people you’d ever meet. And nice not in a saccharine way but just someone who is generally concerned about the well being of other people. If there’s a sort of person in comics, like a role model, that I would inspire to be like, and it would be her. Just because I truly believe, at least when I work with the character, that she’s the type of person who would help you for no other reason than you needed help. And she believes that that’s the right thing to do.”

Devin Grayson: “Donna (like us) is dealing with sorting through the meaning of her new origin. John Byrne’s amended origin for her has confused a lot of fans, so it seemed only natural to me that she would be confused, too. Her role in the Titans gives her a chance to sort through all the new information she has about herself among good friends. Although things may get worse before they get better, I do promise that my final intention is to eventually restore Donna to the happiness and glory we all know she so richly deserves.”

Jay Faerber: ” I like how Troia is the ‘den mother’ of this group, and the scene in #13 where she finally loses her patience with being everyone’s confidante is probably one of my all-time favorites. Gotta give myself a little pat on the back for that one. I was a big booster of the Donna/Kyle relationship back when she was a regular in Green Lantern but that’s behind us now. ”

“Donna is, and always will be, the Titans’ den mother. She’s selfless to a fault — always thinking of others before herself. Dick is her best friend, period, and she’s got a special bond with Roy (and Lian!), as well. She wishes she were closer to Jesse, but can tell that they’ll probably never be best friends. She has a tendency to mother Argent, which Argent doesn’t always appreciate. And she and Garth have something in common — something they never really talk about: they’ve both lost loves. Donna lost Terry, and Garth lost Tula, so it’s an unspoken sort of bond, but it’s there, and it’s powerful.”



Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who Series, DC Who’s Who Binder Series, The Official Teen Titans Index [published by ICG in 1985], The New Titans Sourcebook [Mayfair Games, 1990], DC Universe Role-Playing Games: Sourcebooks and Manuals [ West End Games], DC Secret Files, supplemented by titanstower.com


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