|Hypnota the Great|
|Debut||Wonder Woman v1 #11 (December 1944)|
|Created by||William Moulton Marston, Harry G. Peter|
|Abilities||Mind control; master of stage tricks|
A stage magician who conceals her gender via masculine costume and false facial hair, Hypnota was accidentally shot in the head during the rehearsal of one of her act's illusions. Experimental surgery saved her life, but it also released a "blue electric ray of dominance" from her "mid-brain," granting her the ability to mesmerize others with a glance.
Hypnota uses this new talent both in her stage act and in crime, including the selling of her mesmerized victims to slave merchants from the planet Saturn. When Saturn's slave trade in Earthlings is banned as part of a peace treaty with Earth, Hypnota, hoping to revitalize her source of revenue, steals America's contingency defense plans against the ringed world in order to foment hostility and break the treaty. Her warmongering efforts are thwarted by the heroic Wonder Woman with the aid of Hypnota's twin sister Serva, who had been her magician's assistant as well as an unwilling aide in her crimes.
Hypnota, like many of Wonder Woman's enemies, is sentenced to prison on the Amazon penal colony Transformation Island, but in 1948 she and seven other female super-villains escape and pool their talents as Villainy Inc. Led by the Saturnian slaver Eviless, the evil eight are again defeated by Wonder Woman. Whether or not Hypnota's masculine garb, which concealed her true gender throughout most of her first appearance and which she retained in her second appearance, is to be taken as anything more than a stage affectation is unclear.
Post-Crisis, Hypnota is referred to as Hypnotic Woman. (Wonder Woman: Our Worlds at War #1)
Powers and Abilities
Hypnota could project "blue hypnotic rays" from her eyes and hands, which could control the minds of anyone who fell under the rays' influence.