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Quote1 I call myself Wotan. It is not my given; I took it. The older ones among you-- especially the Justice Society-- will remember me. Come for me if you wish. I am immortal so you can't kill me. I have been entombed for decades so your prisons will not faze me. Come for me if you dare. I would see how you would die. Quote2
-- Wotan src

Wotan is a powerful sorcerer and enemy to Doctor Fate.

Originally, "Wotan" was a prehistorical woman in a cold, dark northland. While being raped and beaten to the brink of death by some prehistorical men, the woman was determined to discover the reasons, if any, for human existence and the suffering it entails. After the violence, she staggered through the snows, and then discovered a old female shaman into a cave, with who she studied the black arts by years, and became such a powerful sorceress that she was worshiped as a goddess. She later learned the secrets of the life extension, then soul-transference... and finally how to direct her own reincarnation (or controlled re-birth, as Wotan named it). After thousands of incarnations, that prehistorical woman eventually becoming the male green being now known as Wotan, always searching the ultimate power.[1] It is known that, during ancient times, Wotan encountered and battled his foe Nabu. In the 1940's, Wotan fought Nabu's successor Kent Nelson, the sorcerer known as Doctor Fate, and became Doctor Fate's arch-nemesis. Their first fight took place in Wotan's doorless windowless tower near Alexandria Egypt.[2] In the second of their fights, at Inza Cramer's apartment on North Street in New York City, Fate seemingly killed Wotan by throwing him to the street from a high window,[3] but Doctor Fate's follow-up investigation, in Hades, revealed that Wotan had not arrived in that realm after all. The two soon clashed again, and at the end of their third encounter, Fate sealed Wotan in a tomb in the center of Earth.[4] Wotan eventually escaped from this, when he encountered Ian Karkull and telepathically instructed him into freeing him, leading to another conflict with Doctor Fate, at the end of which Wotan seemingly perished in a fire.[5] In late 1941, Wotan played a supporting role in Per Degaton's second attempt at world conquest,[6][7][8][9] and in mid-1942 he played the most successful part in Ian Karkull's failed scheme for preemptively assassinating 50 years' worth of future U.S. presidents, that is, he was the only hench-villain (out of nine) who actually succeeded in killing his target.[10]

Wotan was eventually stranded in Limbo and in order to escape, he deviced a plan to use the body of a Homo Magi to return to Earth. Wotan intercepted the soul of the magician Zatara, but when he learned that Zatara was not a Homo Magi, he used his soul to create a psychic connection with his daughter Zatanna. After months of strenghtening the link, Wotan started stealing Zatanna's limbs with help from the demons Ghast and Rath, in order to create a body that he would possess to escape Limbo.[11] His plans were discovered by Spectre, who recovered Zatanna's body and bargained Wotan's freedom in exchange of Zatara's soul. Wotan managed to return to Earth thanks to his deal with Spectre, but when the Spirit of Vengeance turned on him, Wotan vanished before Spectre could kill him. Once again, Wotan was free to roam Earth at will.[12]






  • During the Golden Age, Wotan used some hi-tech weapons of his own design.
    • One such weapon was a ray-gun, whose crimson rays negated Green Lantern's green flame.[14]
    • Wotan once attempted to use science, to destroy both himself and the Earth, by increasing the magnetic flow between the poles until the planet would explode.[15]
  • Wotan was one of the minor characters the Great Carlini believed to be expendable that was sent to try and save the Lobo series from becoming too violent. He was killed by Lobo, along with several other characters pulled from Comic Limbo, in a barroom brawl.[16] Due to the highly meta nature of the storyline and the fact almost all of the deceased characters appeared again in mainstream continuity, these deaths do not appear to be canon. Wotan appeared alive several times afterwards.[17]



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