• She wants to be like Wonder Woman when she grows up.

Can we use article “the” in this sentence, if not, then why?

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    Wonder Woman is a proper noun. Some proper nouns (The Hebrides, The Taj Mahal, The Himalayas,...) have the definite article included in their name. But Wonder Woman doesn't, as could easily be established from Wikipedia (and many dictionaries). – FumbleFingers Jun 17 '20 at 12:21
  • In the early days of Batman, he was referred to as the Bat-man, i.e. it was not seen as a name; but it soon started being treated as a name. – Colin Fine Jun 17 '20 at 18:34
  • @ColinFine The same goes for “The Hulk”. – Prince ßádhWoloski Jun 17 '20 at 18:43
  • Does this answer your question? Why is 'the' added before Wasp but not before Antman? – Jason Bassford Jun 18 '20 at 1:29

As others have said, the title of a superhero is used like a proper name and generally does not take an article.

However, you will sometimes see an article used with a superhero (or other fictional character) if the writer is trying to single out one particular version of that character as opposed to all of the other versions of the character depicted throughout years of representation in comics, cartoons, movies, etc.

For example:

The Wonder Woman we saw in last year's movie was very different from the Wonder Woman I remember from watching Saturday morning TV.


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