Cheetah is held in captivity in Belle Reve prison, where she communicates with an unknown individual and wants to be told when Black Manta arrives. It is revealed to Diana shortly afterwards that the Cheetah goddess spirit is a benevolent force and that it is Barbara who makes it evil.
- The first Cheetah, Priscilla Rich, used a cheetah costume and pulled off robberies.
- The second Cheetah, Deborah Domaine, used a costume like the first one but her hair was exposed and was a hardcore environmentalist.
- The fourth Cheetah, Sebastian Ballesteros, was a man but was killed by Cheetah III when she came after him to reclaim her powers.
- The fifth Cheetah is a former amazon resurrected by Bellona.
Barbara Ann Minerva, an archaeologist, was searching an Urzkartaga temple in Africa with her expedition. They searched for two months before finding it. A witch doctor was leading them, but little did they know they weren't led to a city, but into a trap. Minerva managed to escape with one of her team members. Together, they snuck into the city and saw the captured team members sacrificed. Minerva was only interested in relics and felt nothing for the people of her team. The tribe was trying to reawaken the Cheetah, but the chosen one was shot by a group of men who wanted to destroy the Cult of Vine. When Chuma was facing imminent death, Minerva saved his life, but they were trapped inside the Urzkartaga temple. She was told the story of the Cheetah and the plant god Urzkartaga. Hearing it, she wanted the long life the Urzkartaga offered his bride. The teammate who managed to escape with Minerva the first time was still alive and used explosives to help Barbara out of the temple. She took the opportunity to slay him, thus making him a needed sacrifice to the plant god. Chuma prepared the ritual and she was transformed into Cheetah. She promptly killed all the temple attackers and ate their flesh. Back in England, she started to get weaker. It turned out that the bride of Urzkartaga needed to be a virgin, and Barbara was not. Now she was weak when she was human and strong only when she was Cheetah, and the only thing that could sustain her was flesh. She needed to turn into Cheetah on every full moon by putting on the cheetah skin and drinking the potion and was in pain between the moons.
In the new 52 the character's origin is slightly different. "Barbara Minerva" was a criminal who had often changed her name (using aliases like: Priscilla Rich, Deborah Domaine, and Sabrina Ballesteros). In this origin when Wonder Woman first came to man's world she first visited Washington D.C. and she witnessed a terrorist attack on the Pentagon. While fighting off those responsible for the violence Wonder Woman met Steve Trevor and Barbara Minerva. Barbara Minerva was working there cataloging artifacts for the military which might be used as weapons. While doing so, she cut herself on a ceremonial knife and thus was infected by its magic, turning her into the Cheetah.
The third Cheetah was created by George Pérez. She first appeared as Barbara Minerva in Wonder Woman #7, and as Cheetah in Wonder Woman #8.
Major Story Arcs
- Height: 5'9
- Weight: 120 lbs.
- Eyes: Brown
- Hair: Black (turned red when in Cheetah form)
Minerva had read that Wonder Woman possessed a girdle, and she wanted it for herself. She sent her a note, that she might have the second girdle. When Diana handed her the golden lasso, she was forced to speak the truth and Diana left. She then prepared the potion and became the Cheetah again. She went to Wonder Woman’s loft with the intention of stealing the lasso. Cheetah fought valiantly with Wonder Woman and just when she was about to win, she was shot by Julia Kapatelis. Cheetah fell into water, where she used the opportunity to escape.
Minerva returned back to her previous job and stole an ancient vase from Egypt, after which she pursued Mayan artifacts in Mexico. She angered the jaguar god Balum by killing a man, but Wonder Woman saved her from death.
The second time Barbara tried to steal the lasso she succeeded. She used hired help to break two Khunds out of armored convoy. She then sent the Khunds to fight Wonder Woman, one of them got tied up with the lasso, as according to plan. Another Khund threw Diana’s friend off a cliff and then Barbara flew away with the Khunds. Knowing that the lasso could only be removed when the bound one is dead, she killed the Khunds. Then she strapped bombs to them and threw them out of the helicopter. Wanting to leave no traces, she invited the hired help to her back yard. There she hunted and killed them as Cheetah. When Wonder Woman came to Barbara’s house, Chuma tried to poison her but failed, and she discovered that Minerva went to Egypt. There, Minerva traveled as a cheetah in the desert; she had found an ancient hidden city where Amazons live. The lasso led her to an altar where she found a pyx. But something had happened so she couldn’t hold the blood anymore and the plant god within her was wilting. It seemed that Urzkartaga saw her obsession with the girdle as love for another god. So she needed to renew her bond with the plant god. When the desert Amazons raided the city in search for their stolen treasure, Wonder Woman and Cheetah fought. Chuma tried to help Cheetah but was killed. The battle between the two women was long and brutal, but the Amazon ultimately gained the upper hand and severely beat Cheetah. Cheetah was imprisoned in the desert Amazons' city. Wonder Woman asked Hermes to help Minerva get rid of the addiction to Urzkartaga, but was unable to do that. When the Amazon city disappeared, Minerva, Hermes and Wonder Woman survived. She was sent to England to recover and then locked up in Arkham Asylum after that.
In Arkham, she was visited by Mikos, a Circe’s assistant. He fed her a potion that fused the Cheetah and Minerva into one being, so there was no need for the blood rituals to Urzkartaga anymore. Cheetah wanted to help Wonder Woman to defeat Circe, to be rid of serving her, for Circe made her a slave to the drug that awakened her. Circe ordered Minerva to gather artifacts for her hellfire spell. Cheetah snuck around to learn of Circe’s plan and saw how Hippolyta was turned into the new Shim’tar. Some Amazons tried to interfere, but she killed them and took the goblet that had changed Hippolyta. She later told the story to Inspector Indelicato and then ran off.
Cheetah resurfaced in Muldavia when she was captured by Drax's men. Drax wanted Cheetah to be a host for his bride, but she reverted back to her human form and she was no good to them. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman had learned that Cheetah was held captive, and what fate awaited her, so she went for her rescue. Diana let herself to be captured to gain faster access to Minerva. She then cast an illusion to fool the Drax’s mate. A fight ensued and blood was spilled. The weakened Minerva licked the blood off the floor and transformed into Cheetah again. Seeking adventure, she jumped through the gateway to another dimension and it closed behind her.
Poison, Claws, and Death
When Dr. Brewster experimented with extra-dimensional gates, she made contact with the one Cheetah was in. Cheetah saw a way back to earth and took it. She is then hired by Julianna Sazia and sent after Wonder Woman, who fell fast, because she was hurt already. However, Wonder Woman soon escaped from Sazia’s lair. Cheetah, Cheshire and Poison Ivy went after her. When Cheshire tried to back-stab Wonder Woman, Cheetah saved her, to pay back her rescue from Drax. When Paulie Longo’s golems attacked, Cheetah and Diana joined forces to destroy them. Joker escaped with Sazia; Diana and Cheetah followed them. Diana headed inside to battle Joker, while Cheetah stayed outside on watch. When White Magician arrived and wanted to send the house where Diana was into another dimension, Cheetah jumped on him and he miscast the spell onto himself and Cheetah. After coming back from the night realm where the misfired spell sent them, White Magician imprisoned Cheetah. He soon sacrificed her along with Cassandra Arnold to keep his demonic form. When Diana and Artemis faced against White Magician, he summoned the demonic forms of Cheetah and Cassandra to his aid. In the fierce battle, White Magician seemed to be winning until Circe arrived, who then teleported herself and the demonic Cheetah and Cassandra away. Dying Artemis gave the Gauntlet of Atlas to Diana who used it to defeat the demonic White Magician.
As Neron gathered villains to empower them at the cost of their souls, Cheetah seemed be back to her more human form and somehow rid of the demonic appearance. But she did not want power; she wanted her friend Chuma back from the dead. She hoped that Chuma could help her control the Cheetah side more, but without her human soul, the animal in her started to take over. Chuma unsuccessfully sought help for Minerva in LexCorp before he looked up Wonder Woman to help Minerva. Wonder Woman and Cheetah battled in an old zoo, but Chuma distracted Minerva for a moment and Diana used the chance to subdue her. Chuma then prepared a ritual to restore Barbara’s soul. Wonder Woman and Mike Schorr, who had been kidnapped by Cheetah earlier, arrived in the soul realm, where Diana helped Minerva to remember who she was.
Revenge of The Cheetah
Sebastian Ballesteros stole Minerva's Cheetah powers by offering Urzkartaga a more potent fighter: himself. However, Minerva wanted to get her Cheetah powers back. She hired Angle Man to steal an artifact that can control the power of the Fury, she used it to empower herself and went on a hunt for Ballesteros. After the great battle and interventions by Wonder Woman, the battle was ended by a collapsing building. Later, Minerva was revealed to have killed Ballesteros, gaining back her Cheetah powers. After Ballesteros revived the blood ritual, Minerva has continued that tradition, with Ballesteros himself the first of the sacrifices.
Infinite Crisis: Villains United
Cheetah was recruited into Secret Society of Super Villains while she lived in the forest and fed on animals. She helped the Society capture Catman and his gang. During the Infinity Crisis, she also helped to kill most of Uncle Sam’s team. Cheetah tried to set herself up in the East End, but was captured by Batman. He bound her to a lamppost, and when the police arrived, she fought them until finally taken into custody.
Truth or Dare
Cheetah rescued Zoom with an intention to gain speed. Zoom told her that she is held back by her psyche and that she might get better if she were the only Cheetah, and told her to kill Priscilla Rich, the first Cheetah. Now an old woman, Priscilla was no match for Barbara. Flash and Wonder Woman arrived, and the now faster Cheetah took on The Flash. She almost won, but decided to kiss Flash, who thereby stole her speed temporarily, and she could no longer match him. When Wonder Woman returned with Zoom, Cheetah sliced Diana's wrist and escaped with Zoom. Cheetah then took Zoom to Dr. Psycho. She also recruited Bizarro to the society with the help of Zoom.
When Wonder Woman let herself be arrested for killing Maxwell Lord, Cheetah snuck into her quarters, killing a few guards along the way. She revealed that she hates Wonder Woman for her purity and innocence, and attacked her with an intent to kill and devour, but was quickly and brutally beaten down.
Birds of Prey
After a while, Cheetah resurfaced. She teamed up with Felix Faust and Talia. Faust shielded Cheetah with magic and she looked like a blonde human. They tried to get Black Alice to join their side, but that didn’t go well. The Birds of Prey intervened and Alice turned on all of them and sent them away from her hometown.
Who is Wonder Woman?
Some time later, Circe somehow reverted Cheetah back to her human form. She could now switch between human and Cheetah on will and was shown to communicate with real cheetahs. She was seen with Giganta and Dr. Psycho while they were pursuing Wonder Woman. They managed to kidnap Donna Troy and Wonder Girl. Wonder Woman followed them to Circe’s island. Cheetah joined with other Wonder Woman enemies in battling Diana until her friends arrived and spoiled their victory.
The next group she involved herself was The Injustice League. She was one of the three founding members, along with Lex Luthor and Joker. On a recruiting trip for Killer Frost, they beat up Firestorm. Cheetah was about to kill him, but was stopped by Lex Luthor. Cheetah, along with Dr. Light and Killer Frost, ambushed Wonder Woman in the hospital where Firestorm was held. Next on the hit list was Superman, however Black Lightning interfered with his capture and they left with consolation prizes: Vixen and Black Canary. Superman later crashed their hideout, Firestorm released the prisoners, and The Injustice League was defeated and delivered into Suicide Squad hands.
Then Cheetah is sent to an alien prison planet where she met Catwoman again. Lex Luthor sent Cheetah and Catwoman to look for a way home down into a mysterious shaft, where they found a machine. Cheetah turned it on, hoping to be teleported home, but it was Catwoman who disappeared. Cheetah then rejoined Lex and other villains in the camp. Things took a turn for the worse and two sides were formed: one by Luthor, one by Joker. Cheetah chose a third option and went to search for a safe zone under the leadership of Vandal Savage. Phobia, Nocturna and Lady Flash were other women who joined them. She visited Luthor's camp for a while and again clashed with Catwoman before she returned to the safe zone just as Parademons attacked. Lex Luthor teleported his machine to the safe zone along with all the villains and activated it. Cheetah returned to earth that day. Back on earth, she was immediately arrested when villains protested against vigilante brutality with a street march.
Cheetah was seen with other villains gathering under Libra's leadership, although it seemed that she didn't like Darkseid's offer and has split from the team. When the world was taken over, she was seen in the Justice League Watchtower. She met Snapper Carr there, who was attacked and subdued by Firehawk. Cheetah defeated Firehawk, but was stopped by Carr from killing her. Cheetah smelled Snapper, confirming that he was still human, and took her leave. Cheetah met Snapper again in a hospital where she patched herself up from an earlier fight. She told Carr that the anti-metagen virus didn't affect her because she received her powers from a god. Snapper helped her, and they had an intimate moment after that. Gorilla Grodd arrived and Snapper Carr teleported himself along with Cheetah to a resistance base. Cheetah joined the fight against Darkseid.
She was one of the villains hired to get the Get Out of Hell Free Card from Tarantula and the Secret Six. She broke from her team and offered the Six a chance to give her the card before they were killed, as hundreds of metas would hunt them down if they didn't. The offer was refused and she fought them, but her old team members arrived and foiled her plan by letting the Secret Six escape. She also took part in the last try to get the card, but it was seemingly destroyed.
Rise of The Olympian
Cheetah was still the member of the Secret Society of Super Villains and supervised the creation of Genocide. Cheetah thought that villains are incapable to working together, and they needed something to do the killing for them. She ordered dirt brought from places of humanity's true legacy: genocide. Genocide was created using magic and science, and she could only follow Cheetah's orders. After Genocide had beaten Wonder Woman and stolen her golden lasso, she let it be inserted into her body. Cheetah then sent Genocide on a new mission: to destroy the Department of Metahuman Affairs. It seemed that this attack was masterminded by Cheetah for Dr. Psycho, who was imprisoned there, to switch places with Sarge Steel. After Genocide had done her job on the ground level, she left. A badly injured Wonder Woman came to search survivors in the basement, and was there confronted by Cheetah. Weakened by her injuries, she was no match for Cheetah's speed. Wonder Woman still won the battle by ordering a soldier to shoot at her with a rocket launcher and then deflecting the charge to Cheetah's location. Cheetah had planned for the possibility of defeat, however; she revealed that Etta Candy had been kidnapped by Genocide. Wonder Woman beat Cheetah more and promised to hunt her down if Etta was hurt. When Wonder Woman threatened to cut off Cheetah's tail, Cheetah finally told her where Etta was being held. Dr. Psycho moved to Tokyo and started an underground fight club. It didn't take long for Wonder Woman to locate him and capture him.
When Cheetah visited Snapper Carr in JLA headquarters, their meeting was interrupted by an alarm. JLA was under attack by Epoch, a timemaster, who then scattered the JLA across the time. Snapper Carr freaked out, but Cheetah managed to calm him down by saying that the JLA always manages to make it out of sticky situations. Then Time Commander arrived and offered to help Snapper Carr get the JLA back. Snapper wanted Cheetah's help, and after a small argument, she agreed. Cheetah didn't get a chance to do much before the JLA were back though. But Cheetah sensed that Time Commander was lying, and soon they discovered that he was only after his hourglass that was held in the JLA's base. Cheetah jokingly asked Snapper to be a villain.
The New 52
Barbara Minerva was the first friend Wonder Woman made. Barbara helped Wonder Woman for several months with the mythological cases. She became the go-to person in such cases and she started to work in A.R.G.U.S.' Black Room where she stored the item she was researching. One time she made contact with an sacrificial dagger from an amazon tribe and drew blood. The dagger was called Godslayer and had killed gods like Pakhet, Skaldi, alien Sun God and Cheetah from Africa. The dagger however was possessed by the last kill, the Cheetah goddess.
Minerva was then possessed by the Cheetah and transformed into furred feline of it's name sake. Barbara as the Cheetah and Wonder Woman have clashed several times after that over the years.
The Cheetah, Captain Cold, The Scarecrow, Scavenger, Weapons Master, and The Key are attacked, captured, tortured and interrogated to find out information on the members of The Justice League.
Wonder Woman again clashed with Cheetah and was defeated by her. Justice League offered her help in capturing Cheetah and she eventually agreed. Justice League flew to Congo, where they were attacked by Cheetah and Superman was bitten by her. Superman then turned into a Cheetah as well and it made him feral. While the others fought him the Cheetah escaped. Eventually she was led into a trap by Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Flash, although she proved to be a formidable match for them. She was fast enough to hurt the Flash and Wonder Woman was only capable of pushing her off of a cliff into a river where Aquaman finally captured her and she was taken to Belle Reve.
Powers & Abilities
Cheetah's powers emanates from the god Urzkartaga.
Barbara is able to transform from her human form into the Cheetah at will, giving her the following powers:
As an avatar of a god, Cheetah possesses great strength. Cheetah is strong enough to smash down trees when she throws someone with her tail. She and Wonder Woman displayed equivalent strength in a rope-pulling contest using Diana's Lasso of Truth.
Cheetah's physical durability is enough to withstand blows from the likes of Wonder Woman and Superman. Cheetah's durability doesn't protect her from bullets, lasers, or other piercing attacks.
Cheetah's speed is also superhuman, Cheetah possesses greater speed than Wonder Woman, enhanced even further by training with Zoom which removed her mental block.
Cheetah's body coordination is incredible, able to tag very fast superheroes and superheroines such as Wonder Woman, Flash and Superman.
Being a feline-hybrid she has enhanced senses. She can tell if someone is mind-controlled by a smell.
Claws and Fangs
Cheetah's claws and fangs are enchanted and allow her to cut almost anything. Even the flesh of superhumanly durable metahumans offers little resistance.
She can also see in the dark, on approximately the same level as an owl.
She can grab and choke her enemies with her tail. The power that her tail generates enables her to chop through trees.
Cheetah is very adept at hand-to-hand combat, able to go one-on-one with Wonder Woman repeatedly.
Cheetah has a very good grasp of human cultures and history.
Cheetah (Barbara Minerva) was recruited to Dark Arcana and represented The Star. When Prometheus was revealed to be a spy for heroes by Brainiac, Cheetah tried to stop him, but he still escaped. Then after Morgaine Le Fey and Enigma shared the plan how to conquer the world, they set out to do that. Cheetah took part in conquering Tel Aviv, Perth in Australia and Washington D.C. The last battle took place in Metropolis, both Dark Arcana and Light Arcana were there. In the fight, Joker and Cheetah spotted Lex Luthor on the side of the heroes and goaded him for being on the wrong side. Meanwhile Cheetah's powers have been upgraded: she could fly, control and transform people and teleport. When Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman returned to Earth, Morgaine siphoned power from Dark Arcana to fight them. It was fruitless however. The returned three realized they could also gain power by summoning it from earth heroes. Morgaine, Enigma and Konvikt escaped leaving the rest of Dark Arcana behind. Cheetah and Joker still had their godlike power and teleported away. Cheetah returned to Washington, but Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman had followed her. They stripped her of her powers, and she was once again plain Barbara Minerva.
Barbara Minerva changed into Cheetah long before she met Wonder Woman in this world. But after Themyscira was destroyed and Wonder Woman came to England, she was freed from prison by Wonder Woman. Cheetah joined Wonder Woman's Furies along with several other costumed women. Cheetah fought the resistance movement, and clashed with Etrigan in one of the tunnels. Cheetah hasn't been seen since, and Etrigan has boasted that he burned her.
DC Universe Online Legends
Cheetah appears in DC Universe Online Legends pages.
Cheetah attacked the assembly at the United Nations Headquarters while Wonder Woman was addressing the Nations about the attack on the Amazon island. Cheetah had a contract on one of the ambassadors, but Wonder Woman intervened and Cheetah was arrested. Cheetah was later freed from prison by Duela Dent and her gang, Poison Ivy, Catwoman and Harley Quinn. Cheetah didn't like the spaceship Duela Dent used as her base. After hearing the world-ending plan of Brainiac, who was the real brains behind the group, she took off in an escape pod.
Barbara Minerva was a scientist who ran out of money, and to continue the research, she used herself as a test subject. It turned her into a half cat. She wanted to undo what she had done to herself, but again the money was an issue, so she turned to crime.
She answered Lex Luthor's ad. He wanted a group of villains to destroy the Justice League. The money offered was worth it, and Cheetah joined the group. They staged a hostage situation where Cheetah was playing the part of the hostage. Although the plan was well thought out, villains still lost the first confrontation. Next, they seized on an opportunity and captured Batman. When Cheetah was left alone to watch Batman, she told him her origin, and how she saw herself as a freak. Batman told her that he saw a determined woman who was willing to lose everything for a cause she believes in. They then share a kiss. Using Batman's codes, they planted a bomb on JLA's space station, Cheetah didn't feel right about that. When the bomb exploded outside the station, Lex learned that they had a traitor in their midst. Viewing a tape of the holding cell, the villains witness the kiss between Cheetah and Batman. Lex ordered Solomon Grundy to take care of her and he dragged her out of the room. Grundy and Cheetah were arrested before he could hurt her.
Cheetah later joined Gorilla Grodd's Secret Society of Super Villains. She wasn't a big part in the super villain team though; she was there mainly for the protection they offered from heroes. After Lex Luthor took over the Society and went into space with the Secret Society's headquarters, Cheetah stood by his side even after Grodd tried to regain control. She survived the resurrection of Darkseid and then helped the heroes hold off his invasion of Earth.
Episodes where Cheetah is seen:
1x18 - Injustice For All, Part 1
1x19 - Injustice For All, Part 2
3x03 - Kid Stuff
5x01 - I Am Legion
5x06 - Dead Reckoning
5x08 - The Great Brain Robbery
5x12 - Alive
5x13 - Destroyer
Cheetah was voiced by Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Wonder Woman (2009),
Cheetah (Barbara Minerva) has only a small cameo where she robs a museum. The police are there and she fought them. To her misfortune, however, Wonder Woman happened to be in the area and stopped her.
Superman / Batman: Public Enemies
Cheetah was one of the villains who attacked Batman and Superman when President Lex Luthor put a bounty on Superman. She escaped when government sanctioned heroes arrived.
Justice League: Doom
Cheetah answered Vandal Savage's call to fight the Justice League for $100,000,000. She put nanobots in her claws and scratched Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman started to see every person as Cheetah, and she refused to stop fighting. It put such a strain on her body that she nearly died. When the Justice League later attacked the secret headquarters of the Legion of Doom, Cheetah again clashed with Wonder Woman, but was defeated.
Cheetah was voiced by Claudia Black.
Justice League Task Force for SNES and Sega Genesis.
Cheetah appeared as a playable character in her first game and was one of only three villains. She was portrayed as her latest incarnation: Barbara Minerva. Her stage was a savanna in Africa. Since only heroes were playable in story mode, Cheetah was available only in "versus" and "battle" modes. Her special attacks are Speeding Claw Attack and Clawing Roll.
Justice League: Injustice For All for Gameboy Advanced
Cheetah here was also in her latest form, Barbara Minerva. It is based on the Justice League TV show.
DC Universe Online
Cheetah, like most DC characters, makes an appearance. Here she is in her most recent pre-New 52 clothed appearance. She is located on Magic Wing in the Hall of Doom and she is the Iconic Armor vendor there. Heroes can also fight Cheetah when they take missions to raid the Hall of Doom, and you can hear her bragging she has slashed Wonder Woman with her claws. Cheetah is voiced by Adrienne Mischler.