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Tezcatlipoca

Tezcatlipoca is a obscure mythological supervillain appearing in the DC comics universe amd am amtagonist of Wonder Woman. A deity from Aztec mythology that first appeared in Wonder Woman #314 and was created by Dan Mishkin and Don Heck.


History

The evil Aztec god Tezcatlipoca was able to reenter the human world when he found a human host. He teamed up with the sorceress Circe, aiding and ultimately betraying her as she battled Wonder Woman.

Tezcatlipoca, trickster god, was manipulating the U.S. government and its intervention in the affairs of the fictional Central American county Tropidor. Lt. Keith Griggs of Air Force intelligence was sent to investigate possible illegal arms sales from U.S. intelligence officers to Tropidor militants when he crash landed in Circe's hidden jungle lair. Wonder Woman's alter ego, Lt. Diana Prince, was sent to investigate, and waged battle with Circe to free Griggs and the other men enslaved in animal form.

When Circe called upon Tez for help, a powerful bolt of lightning came down from the sky. Wonder Woman used both her bracelets to deflect the lightning, but they were fused together. As she had just had her bracelets bound by a man, she was rendered powerless until she persuaded Griggs, trapped in the form of a goat/man hybrid, to charge her and use the force of his collision to break the bracelets apart. Wonder Woman deflected more lightning bolts, unwittingly sending the fiery bolts to burn down Circe's patch of magical herbs. Tezcatlipoca then imprisoned Circe in his obsidian mirror, turned Wonder Woman into a powerless Diana Prince, and revealed himself.

In the ensuing adventure, Wonder Woman discovered a hitherto lost tribe of Amazons under Tezcatlipoca's spell and freed them by releasing an eagle, the symbol of Amazon strength, from a mystical cage. Taunted by the trickster god in a hall of mirrors with various versions of herself, Wonder Woman reclaimed her confidence, smashed his mirror, and reemerged with her powers reclaimed. She sent Tezcatlipoca away by smashing a figurine of the god fused with a man, thus freeing his human host and banishing him to his godly realm.

Tezcatlipoca never appeared in the post-crisis continuity for decades until recently during Wonder Woman Rebirth's series.


Powers and abilities

Tezcatlipoca has a variety mystical abilities that allows him to warp time and transmutate people and objcets. He has a Cosmic Awereness that makes him aware of what happens in the multiverse. He has vast physical strenght and durability of unknown limits. Wonder Woman, one of Earth's most powerful heroes, could hardly damage him.

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