When Ares reveals himself to Diana in Wonder Woman, just after she finds out that her sword is powerless against him, he says "Oh my dear child".

Then, Diana tells him:

Goodbye brother.

before she kills him.

Why did she say that?

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    Possible duplicate of Was Hippolyta telling the truth about Diana's origin? or True identity of Wonder Woman - both Ares and Diana are Children of Zeus, so Ares is her brother
    – Jenayah
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 20:02
  • Clay-geneses are typical in Greek Mythology, so I don't know what to believe @Jenayah :O :P But so are Zeus' affairs.... ;) Thanks! Wonder why I failed to locate the duplicate myself, maybe I used the wrong keywords...
    – gsamaras
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 20:06
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    I'm not sure they are entirely duplicates. Yes, the answer (that her father is Zeus in DC mythology) is somewhat a duplicate, but the question is not.
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 20:08

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Because in the DC mythology, they share Zeus as a father.

Originally the comic book character of Diana Prince / Wonder Woman was 'created out of clay and brought to life' but that was changed in later comics to Zeus being her father.

Ares is a son of Zeus in both DC and Greek mythology.

So, although their age differs massively, they are half-sibling.

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    This (that Zeus is her father and that they are thereby half-siblings) is also fairly clearly established in the movie. One needn't rely on knowing much about the DC universe to understand why she called him that.
    – Glen_b
    Commented Oct 22, 2019 at 8:18
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    The being who "creates you out of clay and brings you to life" could be described as someones "parent".
    – Yakk
    Commented Oct 22, 2019 at 17:49
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    @Michael Are you asking who is Wonder Woman's father in Greek mythology? I must have missed that part of the Illiad.
    – JBGreen
    Commented Oct 22, 2019 at 18:28
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    According to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippolyta, Ares was the father of Hippolyta, who was (according to DC) the mother of Wonder Woman. So that makes Ares both brother and grandfather. Greek mythology is weird.
    – Phlarx
    Commented Oct 22, 2019 at 18:37
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    Umm @Phlarx, IIRC`, Hippolyta didn't have a daughter whatsoever in Greem Mythology. Greek mythology is awesome IMHO. :) Michael, when the Romans metaphrased the Greek Gods in order to "integrate" them to their culture, Artemis was renamed to Diana.
    – gsamaras
    Commented Oct 23, 2019 at 11:45

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