An immortal under the auspices of the Greek gods, Hippolyta once dwelled within the gates of Mount Olympus, with a suit of armor given forged by Hephaestus. 3000 years ago, she was seduced by the god of the underworld, Hades and tricked into opening the gates for the invading Titans. After the bloody war, Zeus banished Hades to Tartarus, and commanded Hippolyta to watch over the door to Tartarus on the god’s chosen city-state of Themiscrya. Hippolyta ruled there as Queen of the Amazons.
When the Imperium fleet invaded, Hippolyta refused to intervene despite the adult Diana’s plea..
Eight months later, when the sorcerer Felix Faust attacked Themiscrya, 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 Diana from Themiscrya for bringing men to the island. She later revoked this banishment when Diana helped restore balance between chaos and order.
In addition, Hippolyta gave Diana her full abilities and use of her powers. Since Diana had stolen the armor, the abilities were not known to her; although Hippolyta herself admits Diana earned them years ago, she told Diana she was simply “too stubborn” to give them to her.