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Medusa is one of the gorgon sisters of ancient times.

She is a Gorgon with hair made of snakes, and a gaze that turns men to stone. This has made her an adversary to Batwoman and Wonder Woman.

Eventually, her head came into the possessing of Queen Hippolyta.[1]

Although Medusa was the only mortal among the Gorgon sisters, not possessing golden wings and claws like the others, she was considered the most beautiful, having unwillingly attracted the desire of Poseidon, the god of the sea, who seduced her. This also attracted the attention of the goddess Athena, who jealously cursed Medusa, turning her into a serpentine monster with the power to petrify anyone who looks at her.[2]

Having been an old enemy of the Amazons as they were protected by Athena, Medusa for certain periods of her immortal life was a prisoner in Tartarus. In one of her many attempts to escape through the Doom's Doorway, she ended up confronting Queen Nubia, but was eventually defeated by the magical power of Nubia's Staff of Understanding empowered by the stone gifted to Nubia by the goddesses Hestia, Aphrodite and Athena. That same power caused Medusa to return to her human form and, regretting her past mistakes, she was welcomed by Queen Nubia as an Amazon on Themyscira.[3]



  • This character is an adaptation of Medusa, a character in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.



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