10. She briefly gave up her powers to learn kung fu
Her Army career wasn’t the only path taken by Wonder Woman’s Diana Prince persona. At one point, she actually lost her powers, opened a fashion shop in Greenwich Village, and learned kung fu.
Between 1968 and 1973, DC Comics stripped Wonder Woman of her godlike powers. You see, the Amazons had decided that they were sick and tired of Earth. Do you blame them, really? Anyway, they collectively decided to relocate to another dimension, as you do in such situations. They tell Diana that she must come with them if she wishes to keep her powers.
However, there’s the matter of Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman’s love interest. At his best, Steve apparently needs some looking-after. He’s always crashing planes or getting captured by enemy soldiers, you know. So, Diana decides to stay behind to take care of him, giving up her powers in the process. It’s not exactly a win for feminism.
Anyway, Diana loses her powers and gives up her iconic costume for a white pantsuit thing. She quickly meets up with a mysterious Asian man named I Ching (hey, I didn’t write this, okay?). He guides her through a training montage and, wham, pow, she’s got kung fu superpowers all of a sudden.
So, how did Wonder Woman return to her original costume and powers? Of all people, we have Gloria Steinem to thank for that. She began a public campaign to get rid of this unfortunate storyline. DC acquiesced with a clumsy fix where Diana gets bonked on the head, forgets the past five years, and sort of wanders back to Themyscira to regain her abilities. And then we never talked about it again.