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Thunder Woman Villain: Hera by BSDigitalQ Thunder Woman Villain: Hera by BSDigitalQ
This is Hera, one of Thunder Woman's primary arch-enemies and big bads.

She is the wife of Zeus, lord of the Greek pantheon of gods, and a very vindictive, jealous woman. This jealousy is the result of Zeus' constant infidelity, and many a lover of the Greek god has been punished quite cruelly by Hera for even daring to welcome Zeus' amorous advances.

Hera, however, like a lot of the gods has an imperious indifference to humans otherwise. They are lesser, inferior beings to her, and she fails to see what Zeus and some of their children or siblings see in them. This indifference is great enough that she even largely forgot about humanity for almost two thousand years. That is, until Samantha West came along.

When she discovered that after so long Zeus was back to his promiscuous ways, Hera was infuriated. She sent a pair of snakes to kill Samantha in her sleep, but Zeus was able to prevent them from accomplishing that task. Then he did something Hera never expected. Tired of having his lovers getting killed, tortured, or transformed by Hera's magic and minions, and having a special affection for Samantha that he had never had before, he imbued her with a portion of his divinity, and even the power of the Thunderbolt and Aegis. So it was that on Hera's second attempt on Samantha, the human woman became a demi-goddess and was able to thwart the attempt on her life.

Hera was livid at this, and devoted her entire existence to making Samantha's life a living hell. But this time, Zeus laid down the law. With the tentative support of his brothers and other members of the pantheon, he forbade Hera from interfering in Samantha's life, or be cast out from the pantheon and divorced from him. Hera begrudgingly accepted this, but continued to attack Thunder Woman or send minions and monsters after her in secret.

Hera is directly responsible for two other major enemies of Thunder Woman: the Neo-Hydra, a powerful serpentine monstrosity born from the flesh of the Hydra itself, born and raised by Cadmus, even infused with some of the power of the titan Typhon, and Thunder Slayer, a woman also imbued with the same power as Thunder Woman and given a sword capable of slaying even the gods. The goddess has even teamed up with Samantha's other major archenemy, Todesfall. However, that venture ended up badly for Hera, as her disdain for humanity caused her to underestimate Todesfall. The mad scientist manipulated her to his own ends, making her think she was in charge, and when he was done with her, stripped Hera of all her godly power, forcing her to appeal to Thunder Woman for help. After this, Hera discontinued any further attempts to attack or humiliate Thunder Woman, nursing a wounded ego in the aftermath of her humiliation by Todesfall.

Hera, as a Greek goddess, is naturally endowed with vast superhuman power. So long as she eats the golden apples she is immortal, immune to almost all poison and disease, and can regenerate from almost any injury. She also possesses vast magical power, so strong that even Zeus cannot undo her curses. However, for all her power she is no fighter, and comparative weaker opponents with skill in battle can overcome her if they play it smart and do not underestimate her. Conversely, her greatest weakness is her ego, which causes her to underestimate anyone who is not a part of the Greek pantheon, and she even harbors a sense of superiority over some of the other gods.

Hera, Thunder Woman, and all related characters are (c):iconbsdigitalq:
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Let me ask you something. How loyal are you staying to the actually mythology?
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BSDigitalQ Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Only as necessary. There are elements of mythology that wouldn't fit very well into a superhero setting like this, so those are obviously not brought up. However, I do try to maintain a measure of closeness to the myths in order to make things more authentic. For example, Hera's vindictive nature and her persecution of those Zeus cheats on her with, or Herakles' bisexuality.
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Okay thanks.
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BSDigitalQ Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
No prob. :)
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Zespara Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
So Hera had her power stripped by Tod, eh? Probably used TW's friend to accomplish that task.

Z
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BSDigitalQ Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Well, his name is now Helreginn, but yeah, he temporarily depowered Hera and got her powers for a while.

And TW's friend?
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Zespara Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Sorry. I blanked on the name. I was thinking of Ranke but after reading your other profiles, I realized that I was wrong in my assumption. ;)

Z
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BSDigitalQ Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, Helreginn just used SCIENCE to do it. ;)
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dagame2578 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Very nice bio on Hera & you already know that I will be drawing her
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BSDigitalQ Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! And very awesome! Can't wait to see it! :D
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dagame2578 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Once I get settled in my new/old place & get set-up,I got ya
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BSDigitalQ Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:w00t: Can't wait. :D
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did TW ate Ambrosia or something?
Hera really looks bossy in a bad way!

And who's this "Todesfall" fella?
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BSDigitalQ Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
No. Samantha remains purely mortal, but as TW she derives all her power and immortality directly from Zeus.

Thanks! Yeah, Hera's a big meanie.

Don't worry, you'll see Todesfall soon enough. ;)
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, cool! But you do know "Todesfall" literally means "case of death", right?

I see. Seems I get to learn a little more about TW and her divine boob ... uh, I mean POWERS now :P
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BSDigitalQ Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Hm, none of the dictionaries I have say that. I wanted a name that is similar to "Death" in German, but Tod sounds a bit silly to me, and Totenkopf/Deathshead is cliched and overused.

If you want to learn more about TW and her powers, just go check out the bio and pic I just posted.
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can always use "Exitus" or, if it has to be truly german, you could say "Totenschädel" instead of "Totenkopf".

It would help to know what kind of a guy this fella is. Scientist or warrior or whatever ^^;

Kay, will do!
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BSDigitalQ Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
In short, he's an extremely sinister mad scientist with Grim Reaper style persona.
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The "Grim Reaper" for example would be "Sensenmann" in German.
Then there is "Todesbote", which would mean most likely something around "Messenger of Death".
Or maybe "Seelenräuber" which means something like "Soul Reaver"
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BSDigitalQ Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Well, in my one dictionary I have here, "Seelenräuber" is translated as "Soul Thieves" (yeah, plural). Others are about the same, but "Todesbote" sounds a lot like "Tod's Boat" in English. "Toten" doesn't quite have the same hangup with us.

Anyway, may take a page from Norse mythology and call him "Helreginn" (Ruler of Hel).
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