Villain Overview

With men I know what to expect. An initial spurt of bravura teamed in the end with cowardice. Even the best of men are driven by--at most--two or three desires. Easily manipulated. Like putty, but with too much hair. But women... women are as baffling and as dangerous to each other as we are to man. You can make no predictions on what we will do next, who we might crush... Who we might love.
~ Circe

Circe is a powerful supernatural supervillain appearing in DC Comics, usually serving as one of the main antagonists of the Wonder Woman franchise, alongside Ares. She is one of Wonder Woman's greatest enemies as her archenemy, alongside Cheetah and Ares. While Wonder Woman champions the gods and seeks to protect humanity, Circe champions only herself and sees humanity as just another tool by which to get what she desires.


Circe often refers to herself as a goddess and indeed has shown herself to be one of DC's most powerful sorceresses, capable of many mystical feats but never seeming to be content with what she has. She seeks to dominate the world and defeat Wonder Woman so that magic can rule supreme. She served as the main villain of almost every Wonder Woman comic alongside Ares.

In the DC Rebirth, Circe's appearance changed with her hair now read and having pale skin.

Other media

Justice League

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Circe appears in Justice League as an enemy of Wonder Woman and Batman. Circe escapes the Underworld and decides to attack Wonder Woman because of her hatred of her mother, Hippolyta. She uses her powerful sorcery to transform humans and objects into animals, including Wonder Woman by turning her into a pig and Batman's weapons into doves.

Batman and the magician mystic Zatanna tracked Circe to a nightclub and they fought, though Circe proved relentless. Batman soon noted magic has a price and asked what he would he have to do for her to lift the spell off Wonder Woman. Interested, Circe agreed to turn Wonder Woman back to human if Bruce performed a song for her, which he did, and Circe was amazed by the act, even crying tears of joy. She kept her word and reverted the spell.

DC Universe Online

Circe in DC Universe Online.

In DC Universe Online, Circe is the mentor to villains who choose the path of magic and will appear to them via communication. She is as power-hungry and malevolent as ever, but seems to be intent on working with Brother Blood to unleash Trigon into the world so as to literally transform the world into Hell.

Circe holds those that oppose her in contempt and is very arrogant, as can be seen when she refers to Brainiac's plans as "amusing" her and stating he will never master the power of magic. As in the comics, she sees Wonder Woman as a major threat and is intent on having the Amazon bow before her so as to finally end their lengthy rivalry.

Justice League Action

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Circe appears in Justice League Action teaming up with Lex Luthor to obtain a mystical staff from Hippolyta to empower themselves with the powers of the gods. After defeating Wonder Woman and her mother, Circe takes the spear and travels with Luthor to the Forbidden Realm. Once there, Lex and Circe obtain the Oculus of Argo and Lex is granted the powers and looks of Zeus. Wonder Woman later traveled to the realm with Superman and Batman to stop them and Circe used her magic to turn the three into trees.

Before the spell could be complete on Wonder Woman, she used her Lasso of Truth on the demigod Lex and forcefully admitted his eventual betrayal of Circe which angered her and stripped Lex of his godly powers and restored the heroes to normal. Superman captured Lex while Diana caught Circe and returned to Themyscira with her in chains where Hippolyta sent Circe to Tartarus.


  • She was created by the late Harry G. Peter and the late Robert Kanigher.
  • Circe was the second primary antagonist of the Wonder Womans series the first was Ares.
  • Circe is seen as the joker of wonder woman’s villains due to her trickster nature and doing this for her amusement.


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Wonder Woman (2009): Ares | Cheetah
Wonder Woman (2017): Ares | Erich Ludendorff | Doctor Poison
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines: Villainy Inc. (Veronica Cale, Doctor Cyber, Doctor Poison, Silver Swan, Cheetah, Giganta, & Medusa) | Parademons
Wonder Woman 1984: Maxwell Lord | Cheetah

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Theatrical Movies
Justice League: Steppenwolf | Parademons (Parademon Scout) | Black Clad (Black Clad Alpha) | Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares
Zack Snyder's Justice League: Darkseid's Elite (Darkseid, Steppenwolf, DeSaad, Granny Goodness, & Parademons) | Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Black Clad (Black Clad Alpha) | Ares | Joker

Direct-to-video Movies
Justice League: The New Frontier: The Centre | Captain Cold
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths: Crime Syndicate of America (Owlman, Ultraman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, Power Ring, J'edd J'arkus, & Black Power) | Lex Luthor | White Martians | President Slade Wilson | Rose Wilson
Justice League: Doom: Legion of Doom (Vandal Savage, Bane, Cheetah, Ma'alefa'ak, Metallo, Mirror Master, & Star Sapphire) | Royal Flush Gang (King, Queen, Jack, Ace, & Ten)
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox: Professor Zoom | Wonder Woman | Aquaman | Ocean Master | Black Manta | Deathstroke | Lex Luthor | Clayface | Rogues (Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Top, Heat Wave, & Mirror Master) | Joker | Yo-Yo
Justice League: War: Darkseid | Desaad | Parademons | Ocean Master
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis: Ocean Master | Black Manta | The Trench | Lex Luthor
Justice League vs. Teen Titans: Trigon | Legion of Doom (Lex Luthor, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, Toymaster, & Weather Wizard) | Atomic Skull | Ra's al Ghul
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five: Fatal Five (Emerald Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, & Validus) | Bloodsport | Two-Face | Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy

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