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Donna Troy created by Bob Haney and Bruno Tremiani in The
Brave and the Bold #60 (July 1965)
Donna Troy was originally introduced as Wonder Girl, Wonder
Woman’s younger sister, created in an effort to desexualize Diana
and make her (and comics) acceptable to parents
Given a name and backstory in 1969 - Donna was an orphan
rescued in a fire by Diana, brought to Themyscira, and given
Amazonian powers - took the name Donna Troy as a secret identity,
and joined the Teen Titans #BecauseComics
In 1984, Marv Wolfman & George Perez expanded the backstory in
New Teen Titans - her birth mother was an unwed teen who put her up
for adoption, and her adoptive mother put her back up for adoption
after she couldn’t make enough money to raise Donna - she ends up
being sold, but the sellers get caught in a fire, thus resulting in
her orphaning #BecauseComics
She marries a man named Terry Long
After Crisis on Infinite Earths, the DC history is rewritten,
so that Wonder Woman is newly introduced to the world - this
necessitated retconning Donna’s history as well - now she is one of
12 orphans created by the Titans of Myth as “Titan Seeds”, who were
named after ancient Greek cities and destined to become great
heroes - the Titans of Myth erased her memory and sent her into the
world - while battling her “sister” Sparta, the memories came back
- Donna changes her name to Troia #BecauseComics
Donna becomes pregnant with a child by Terry - a group of
time-traveling Titans from the future reveal that her child is born
as a god and destroys the world - to prevent this from happening,
she sacrifices her powers and Robert is born normally
She joins the Darkstars and becomes an interstellar protector,
but this splits up her marriage to Terry - Terry, Robert, and
Terry’s daughter are all killed in a car accident, and the grief
ends her brief relationship with Kyle Rayner
Origin retconned again where she was created by an Amazonian
sorceress as a clone of Diana to be her friend - the clone was
kidnapped by Dark Angel, who tortured Donna, forcing her to restart
her life repeatedly - later revealed that Dark Angel is in fact a
Donna Troy from another reality #BecauseComics
THEN it’s revealed that Donna is the only one who somehow
retains memories of all the Multiverse pre-Crisis, and that every
version of her origin story is simultaneously valid, because they
are all alternate-universe versions of Donna #BecauseComics
Following Infinite Crisis and One Year Later, Donna takes up
the mantle of Wonder Woman while Diana serves in the US
In New 52, Donna is revealed to be created by an Amazonian
sorceress to take over Themyscira from Diana, while also somehow
having been a Teen Titan - she then joins the Fates after being
killed in battle #BecauseComics
Rebirth reconciles the discrepancy once again by saying she was
created to destroy Diana, but the Amazons gave her false memories
of being rescued to help normalize her #BecauseComics
Relationship issues - 2 marriages, plus she loves Roy Harper
Tragedy of loss of family in one fell swoop (23:22)
Plugs for BetterHelp, Last Sons of
Krypton, and Meredith Finch
In-universe - Give Donna a bracelet made of threads from the
Lasso of Truth
Out of universe - Focus on addressing the immediate needs
first, and build from there (37:25)
Skit (feat. Jeanine) (44:47)
DOC: Hello Donna, I’m Dr. Issues.
DONNA: Hi Doc, nice to meet you.
DOC: So, what’s been going on that you came to see me?
DONNA: I’m not exactly thrilled about this, but I’m having
trouble turning the page in my life.
DOC: Go on…
DONNA: This is going to be a bit...complicated so try to keep
DOC: You don’t have to preface anything. My job is to listen.
You’re the one in charge of your life and how it unfolds.
DONNA: Am I though? Anyway, I guess you can say it starts with
family problems. I always felt like I owed everything to my sister,
and I started to resent her for it. It’s not easy living in the
shadow of someone like that.
DOC: Yes, I could see how that could be painful. You do seem to
have a strong presence, so if your sister shares the same trait,
I’m sure there were some conflicts.
DONNA: Of course. There was the time she saved me, but I can be
guilt free about that. I was a kid! Then I tried to take over for
her, then I tried to be her...you know how it goes.
DONNA: Nothing, really. She’s just hard headed and gets
emotional when I steal the spotlight.
DOC: I see...I think. While I’m sure you know her well, I’d be
careful to project your own interpretation of what someone else is
feeling as pure fact.
DONNA: Don’t I know it! I think that’s what a lot of people do
DOC: For instance…
DONNA: I get rumors that people think I’m some sort of...I
don’t know...difficult person to get along with. They just can’t
handle a woman who’s able to dish it out as well as take it.
DOC: Haters always exist. Try to ignore the noise.
DONNA: But what if it’s your own husband? Hate’s not the right
word there. We were just...different to each other over time. Thank
goodness I had the fortitude to learn that there are other fish in
the sea. *pause, then gets emotional* Losing them still hurts,
DOC: Yeah, I get that. Grief is totally natural. The pain
fades, but it remains, only altered through time and
DONNA: Oh it’s worse than that. I’ve lost so much, doctor. Not
just divorce, but death. All of it is unfair. *bitter/angry* ALL OF
DOC: I hear it in your voice! Death is not something that
anyone can take lightly.
DONNA: And to relive it, only to die again, then try again, and
be beaten down over and over...what would you do? Go crazy? No, I
fight on. If it weren’t for me, I wouldn’t have survived.
DOC: You...uh...showed a lot of
resolution...in...um..conquering...your own...self doubt? I’m
sorry, is this a metaphor or…
DONNA: *still angry* I have to live. I have to be who I am! I’m
nobody’s puppet. Doctor, you can think I’m losing my senses all you
want, but sometimes, things aren’t going to make sense when I’m
talking to you. I may screw up some details. But recognize that
everything I’m going through is REAL. Nobody should have to endure
what I have, and when I get the chance, I make sure I put a stop to
ANYONE that tries to do that to someone else. Do I make myself
DOC: *pause* From an emotional standpoint, yes. I’m not your
DONNA: But what if I am? What if, based on everything I know
about myself, everyone thinks I’m a risk that they don’t want? What
does that say about my love life? My career? How do I deal with the
fact that the way I torture myself is to make myself fail over and
over without mercy? How do I love myself enough to ignore how much
I’ve hated myself?
DOC: *flustered* You know what? I don’t know. I won’t pretend.
I don’t know how to process everything you’ve said so far. I’m
still trying to untangle the convoluted way you’ve said things.
BUT, I’m willing to do that. I’m not promising that this is going
to be easy. I’ll have to remain candid about the times that you
lose me. If you’re willing to still talk to me as I improve my
grasp of your situation, I can offer some better insight. Until
then, I think you need to slow down, just a bit, and let your
thoughts catch up with your emotions.
DONNA: I don’t just sit back and let people tell me what to
DOC: But I usually do sit back and let people tell me what they
want. I’m doing that with you and it only leads to more tangents.
I’m getting out of my comfort zone and roping it in just a bit
DONNA: LIKE HER
DOC: ...bad choice of words. I’m allowing you to focus. Back to
basics. Who are you?
DONNA: You start with the hardest question?
DOC: Clarifying...what is your name?
DONNA: Donna Troy
DOC: And let’s stop there. Thank you.
DOC: You can be confident in knowing you are Donna Troy. There
is so much to unpack beyond that, but for now, let that be your
principle. All of the other stuff may wax and wane in your
conscience, but you need to keep yourself centered. You are Donna
Troy. That is a worthy existence. Each session, I’ll let you spend
a bit of time saying what is on your mind, but in the end, we’ll
add one clarifying statement to conclude. That way, you’ll be more
sure of yourself so that you can trust yourself enough to know that
you can handle anyone who gets in your way,
DONNA: You don’t get it...but you GET it. I can work with
DONNA: DON’T START.
Recommended reading: DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy
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