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The Lasso of Truth is Wonder Woman's primary tool and weapon. It is a magical golden lariat that forces anyone it captures to obey and tell the truth.

History

The Lasso of Truth is Wonder Woman's primary tool and weapon. It is a magical golden lariat that forces anyone it captures to obey and tell the truth.

Earth-Two

The lasso was formed from Aphrodite's Magic Girdle, which made it indestructible and its magical properties were granted by the Goddess herself. The powers forced whomever was bound within it to obey the commands of whomever held the other end.[1] This effect could be used on larger groups of people, although this reduced its efficiency. In addition to being unbreakable, the lasso was also infinitely elastic.[2]

Eventually, Diana coated it in special Amazon chemicals that allowed it to transform her civilian clothes into Wonder Woman's garb. Diana demonstrated a remarkable level of skill with the lasso, performing such feats as twirling it to create air currents (upon which she could float) and spinning it to emit certain frequencies that disrupted Felix Faust's spells.

Post-Crisis

The Lasso was forged by the god Hephaestus from the Golden Girdle of Gaea that was once worn by Antiope, sister of the future Queen Hippolyta. The lasso is completely unbreakable, immutable, and indestructible. The Lasso also appears to be able to alter in length, based on it's wielder's needs. It is able to restore people's lost memories, hypnotize people, get rid of illusions, and people who are in its circumference will be protected from magical attacks. Empowered by the Fires of Hestia, the Lasso forces anyone held by it to tell and understand the absolute truth. Recently, the Lasso has been shown to actually transport Diana's mind into that of whomever is tied within it. Its effects can be very dangerous, as not everyone is capable of facing the truth of their actions stripped bare of excuses. The Amazon Artemis, inexperienced with the use of the lasso, inadvertently drove a man to suicide after tying him in it, and the Lasso reduced both Captain Nazi and Ares, God of War, to tearful surrender by revealing to them the truth of their violent actions.

With Wonder Woman's strength and speed, the lasso can be used as an offensive and defensive weapon.

When the villain Genocide gained control of it and had the lasso implanted into her body, she used the lasso's powers to directly attack her victim's souls, and was able to bring even powerful and strong willed opponents like Green Lantern John Stewart low with ease using it, demonstrating it's frightening potential as a weapon in the wrong hands.

New 52/Rebirth

The Lasso, also called the Golden Perfect, is a long cherished divine relic of the Amazons handed down by the Patron Gods to their chosen people's champion as a symbol of trust.[3] When Steve Trevor first came to Themyscira, Diana had earned the Perfect after winning the championship game to decide who would return him and his fallen brethren to Man's World. The Lasso also requires the purest heart in order to wield it, meaning between two users the Golden Perfect chooses the wielder it has judged most worthy.[4]

Over the following years Diana and various others would discover some of its unique powers and properties, such as tethering hearts and minds for various individuals to better understand one another, creating a telepathic rapport between anyone and everyone holding onto it, and enabling language translation and memory/emotion sharing.[5]

The Lasso also boasts a powerful binding and sealing ability, seeming to pulsate with an ornate energy force which can entrap and tame the souls of gods and demigods alike.[6] It can also be used as a lifeline in order to seek out those who are lost to the user, but this requires an emotional connection to someone for this to work.[7]

It also forces those entrapped by the Perfect to face their own falsehood.[8] Individuals who have been altered in a metaphysical manner are forced to undergo a biophysical reset when ensnared by the lariat, making the enhanced revert back to their base self. This can relieve an individual from the effects of toxins or poisons, as well as cease the effects of mind control.[9]

Notes

Trivia

  • In The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman, Diana refers to the lasso in the female, using the pronoun "she".[10]
  • Because demons are "made of lies," when lesser ones are bound by the Lasso of Truth, their bodies reject the truth and explode. [11]
  • Psychologist William Moulton Marston, who created the character of Wonder Woman, was also involved in the creation of the polygraph, which may have inspired the Lasso of Truth.


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