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"The answer is always more." ―Max Lord, Wonder Woman 1984
"The answer is always more." ―Max Lord, Wonder Woman 1984
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"There were many Gods and they did different things for different reasons. One was making objects like this. There are universal elements in this world, and when they’re imbued into something, they can become very, very powerful. Like my Lasso of Truth. The truth is what powers it, not me. The truth is bigger than all of us."
Wonder Woman to Steve Trevor[src]

The Lasso of Hestia, also known as Lasso of Truth[1], is a weapon that is currently the signature weapon of Wonder Woman. Previously owned by the Greek goddess Hestia, it is an indestructible rope used in battle for both offensive and defensive purposes.

In addition to its abilities in battle, the lasso also compels whoever is in physical contact with it to tell only the truth when questioned. Those who try and resist experience a hot burning pain radiate from the lasso.[2]

The lasso itself is approximately twenty feet long, giving it sufficient range whilst not compromising the users ability to wield it sufficiently.[2] However, its length can be magically extended to allow for extra range.

History

"The answer is always more." ―Max Lord, Wonder Woman 1984
"The answer is always more." ―Max Lord, Wonder Woman 1984
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Early history

The lasso was presumably created sometime during the Age of Gods, and gifted to the Amazons prior to the war that ended most of them.

For millennia, the Amazons housed the lasso with their other great treasures in the armory on the island of Themyscira.[3]

World War I

After crashing in the waters of Themyscira, Amazonian leaders used the lasso and its truth-revealing powers to question American spy Steve Trevor.

Diana first took the lasso as her own when she raided the armory in preparation to head into man's world, along with the God killer and her signature shield and armor. Once there, she began to use the lasso regularly, first using it as a weapon during the Battle of Veld and during her final battle with Ares.

During the Airfield Battle, Ares demonstrated that it is possible to resist the lasso's effect, as he did when he ignored Diana's questions and instead used his powers to show her a different "reality", which he considered as the truth.[3]

Fighting Doomsday

Diana used the lasso to restrain Doomsday to be killed by Superman using the kryptonite spear in the Showdown in Gotham Port.

"All hands on deck." ―Billy Batson, Shazam!
"All hands on deck." ―Billy Batson, Shazam!
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War for Earth

Fighting Steppenwolf

"All hands on deck." ―Billy Batson, Shazam!
"All hands on deck." ―Billy Batson, Shazam!
This article section is incomplete and requires expansion.

Attack of the Retrobots

Wonder Woman would be forced to intervene in an attack caused by the Retrobots in a stadium, where she would use her laso of truth to destroy them while collaborating with Wonderous Serena. When the heroines infiltrated on S.T.A.R. Labs in search of information, Diana used her lasso to stop a retrobot that almost gave them away.[4]

Appearance and uses

Wonder Woman combating Ares using the lasso

When not in use, the lasso appears to be a regular rope made of gold; however when in use as a weapon or truth-detector, it glows bright yellow.[3]

Wonder Woman using the Lasso of Hestia to fight WW1 German soldiers

When in use as a weapon, the lasso responds telepathically to its user, and acts as an extension of their body.[5] It can be used either defensively or offensively, often in a whip-like manner. For example, it can be used to bind enemies, as seen against the monster Doomsday; or to throw objects and whip people away, as seen during the Battle of Veld. As an extension of its user, the lasso will go wherever they wish; the only beings seen to resist its grip has been the god Ares and the alien being known as Superman.

While the lasso itself is 20 feet long, it can also magically extend and return as needed by the will of its user. It is extremely durable and seemingly unbreakable, as well.

Capabilities

Ares manipulating the lasso to show Wonder Woman his version of the truth

"The Lasso of Hestia compels you to reveal the truth."
Wonder Woman to Steve Trevor[src]

In addition to use as a weapon, the lasso compels anyone who makes contact with it to tell the truth. This ability has been shown to work both actively, such in the case of Steve Trevor's interrogation by the Amazons; or passively, as when Aquaman unknowingly sat on the lasso and revealed his inner thoughts.[3][6] There appears to be no restrictions on who can wield the lasso, as human Steve Trevor once used the lasso of his own volition to promise Diana Prince he would take her to the front.

The lasso's truth-telling abilities were shown to have only a limited effect on powerful supernatural beings like Old Gods, as demonstrated by Ares during his confrontation with Diana. While bound by the lasso, Ares ignored Diana's questions and instead showed her his history and own truth, the peaceful world without humanity (although, while he didn't directly answered Diana's questions, he did reveal to her what as far as he concerned was the truth).[3]

Trivia

References

  1. Wonder Woman 1984
  2. 2.0 2.1 Newell, Adam, Gosling, Sharon (March 22, 2016). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Tech Manual. United States: Titan Books. p. 166.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Heinberg, Allan, Snyder, Zack, Fuchs, Jason (writers) & Jenkins, Patty (director) (June 22, 2017). Wonder Woman.
  4. Deibert, Amanda. Serving Up Justice, DC Comics, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gosling, Sharon. Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film.
  6. Terrio, Chris, Whedon, Joss (writers) & Snyder, Zack (director) (November 17, 2017). Justice League.

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Amazons
Individuals Hippolyta (queen) | Diana | Antiope † | Menalippe | Venelia † | Phillipus | Acantha | Orana † | Timandra | Artemis | Aella | Penthesilea † | Egeria | Niobe | Trigona † | Euboea † | Epione | Mnemosyne | Eliana | Asteria
Equipment Arrow of Artemis | Asteria's armor | Bracelets of Submission | God Killer | Lasso of Hestia | Sword of Athena | Wonder Woman's armor | Wonder Woman's first shield | Wonder Woman's second shield | Wonder Woman's third sword
Other Themyscira | Themyscira throne room | Themyscira armory | Themyscira infirmary | Amazonian coliseum | Amazon Games
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