9. The history of her alias is tangled
Most superheroes want a secret identity. Some are afraid that their powers will make them a target for various villains and government agents. Others simply want to live peaceful civilian lives, with the occasional superhero duties thrown in when necessary. If you’re at all familiar with Marvel’s Civil War storyline on either the comics page or movie screen, then you probably understand the intricacies and moral quandaries of secret identities.
Diana, however, took the matter of obtaining a secret identity to a whole other level. Also, like many things in comics, the exact nature of how she managed this and why differs depending on what storyline you’re reading.
Let’s start with the basics. Wonder Woman’s alias is Diana Prince. During the early days of her comics, Diana Prince was actually another woman. The original Ms. Prince was an army nurse who looked a lot like Diana, princess of the Amazons. Wonder Woman struck up a deal with the original Diana, wherein the nurse would skip town to meet up with her fiancé in South America. Wonder Woman could then take over the Diana Prince persona and her army credentials. Guess military security wasn’t the same in those days.
Diana eventually gained a position with Army Intelligence, which really makes you start to worry about the Army’s vetting process here. Luckily, Wonder Woman is pretty friendly to the U.S. forces.