3000 years ago, Hippolyta was seduced by Hades. However, she was later tricked into opening the gates for the invading Titans. After the war, Zeus banished Hades to Tartarus and commanded Hippolyta to watch over the gateway to Tartarus on the Gods' chosen city-state of Themyscira.
At some point after arriving on the island, Hipolyta longed for a child of her own and as such sculpted Diana out of clay. The sculpture was then brought to life by the Gods and given special gifts such as superhuman strength, speed and flight. She raised her daughter closely and instructed their ancient beliefs.
Hippolyta adopted a Kaznian shipwreck survivor whom she named Aresia and raised her as an Amazon. She oversaw Aresia's training in Amazon fighting techniques and philosophies over men. At some point, she magically endowed her Amazon strength and durability. She would later express doubts about the wisdom of doing this, given the deep-seated trauma that the child carried.
When the Imperium fleet invaded, Hippolyta refused to intervene into the Man's World, despite the adult Diana's plea, leading to her daughter's escape from the island to the outside world.
Eight months later, when the sorcerer Felix Faust attacked Themyscira, Hippolyta was turned to stone along with the other Amazons. After Faust and his benefactor Hades were dispatched with help from the Justice League, Hippolyta thanked the League, but upheld the law, banishing her daughter from Themyscira for bringing men to the island. This weighed heavily on her heart.
After Superman's supposed death, Hippolyta was in Diana's apartment helping her dress in ceremonial armor and providing moral support. Later, Hippolyta revoked banishment of her daughter when Diana helped restore balance between chaos and order by defeating Felix Faust once more. She would also appoint Diana as the island's official ambassador to the United Nations, which proved to be problematic at first, but overall beneficial.
In addition, Hippolyta gave Diana her full abilities and use of her powers. Since Diana had stolen the armor, the abilities weren't known to her. Although Hippolyta herself admits that Diana had earned them years ago, she told Diana that she was simply "too stubborn" to give them to her.
- "Secret Origins, Part I"
- "Secret Origins, Part II" (Mentioned Only)
- "Secret Origins, Part III" (Mentioned Only)
- "Paradise Lost"
- "Hereafter, Part I" (Cameo)
- "Hawk and Dove" (Mentioned Only)
- "This Little Piggy" (Mentioned Only)
- "The Balance"
- "To Another Shore" (Mentioned Only)