- Heaven has left his throne wanting an ass to warm it. And though both of you certainly qualify in that regard, neither of you measure up... to mine.
- -- Hera src
- -- Hera src
Hera whom the Romans call Juno is the queen of the Olympian Gods. She is a member of the Olympians, an extra-dimensional race once worshiped as deities by the people of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. She is the Goddess of Marriage and Women, and the wife and older sister of Zeus, the King of the Gods. She is the mother of many gods and goddesses, such as Ares and Hephaestus. Hera is often at war with Zeus because periodically, Zeus would disguise himself as a human and father children with mortal women. Hera has mentioned that for the most part, she only acts out of her love for Zeus, or because he betrayed her love.
Hera, along with the other goddesses, decided to create the Amazons from the souls of women who had died at the hands of men, and were given new and stronger bodies, made from clay transformed into flesh and blood. These Amazons escaped Hercules and his men to an isolated and magically protected island, this one called Themyscira, after their homeland was destroyed. The were ruled by their Queen Hippolyta. In this new land, they were granted eternal youth and beauty. Some Amazons chose to remain behind, however, and, lacking immortality, formed the hidden nation of Bana-Mighdall.
Birth of Diana
When Hippolyta began to wish for a child of her own, she prayed to the gods and they responded. Hera told her to travel to the sea shore and mold a baby with the island's clay. Hippolyta, in her past life, was was a pregnant cave-woman who was killed by her mate. The goddesses placed the soul of this unborn child into the clay body of the infant. The child was brought to life and Hippolyta named the child Diana. When she reached adulthood, Princess Diana became the hero Wonder Woman. Each of the goddesses blessed her with powers, making her into the most powerful of the Amazons.
The DC Universe heavily changed its continuity into the DCnU following the events of Flashpoint in 2011. This was part of an effort to make storylines more accessible to newer readers, beginning with the New 52. This new timeline combines elements from the DCU, Vertigo Universe and Wildstorm Universe while drastically changing the origins and histories of characters.
Enraged by Zeus's infidelity, she went to Zola's home, and transformed some horses into monsters to attack Zola and have her killed. Her reason for wanting Zola dead was because the young girl was pregnant with Zeus's child.
Hera's rage rose to new heights when it was revealed that Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, also had a child with Zeus; namely Diana. In the middle of a violent storm, Hera descended upon Themyscira to meet Hippolyta face to face. During their conversation, Hippolyta revealed regret that her actions put a divide between them and one between herself and Diana. Hera, on the other hand, revealed how frustrated she was with Zeus, his antics, and her own situation; demanding to know what it was all these mortal women had that she did not before the Amazons appeared, ready to fight her over Hippolyta. Hippolyta, on the other hand, knew the outcome before it happened, but still asked for forgiveness. Hera wished it could be otherwise but ended the confrontation by turning Hippolyta to stone and the Amazons into snakes. Wonder Woman got her revenge on Hera, stating she would spend her days making Hera regret what she had done.
Later on, after Apollo claimed Zeus's throne and became the new king of the Olympians, he banished Hera from Olympus. On Earth, when Zola's baby was kidnapped by Hermes, Hera added insult to injury when she mocked Diana and her companions for their failure. In an angry fit, Zola threw a medical tray at Hera, which injured the goddess. It was then revealed that Hera was not only banished, but also mortal.
This character is an adaptation of Hera, a character in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.
- 71 Appearances of Hera (New Earth)
- 6 Images featuring Hera (New Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about Hera (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Hera (New Earth)
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