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When Wonder Woman first met Steve on the island, she was intrigued by the sight of a man. That shows how deprived the Amazons women were when it comes to men.

The island where the Amazons live has no men. How do they avoid extinction if they do not get married and produce babies?

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  • Please separate this question into two parts as what you're asking are distinct things.
    – Möoz
    Jul 10, 2017 at 4:05
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    Also, they are virtually immortal, so the fact that they've encountered no people is why they haven't gone extinct.
    – Möoz
    Jul 10, 2017 at 4:11
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    <sass>Also, they are strong independent women who need no men</sass>
    – Möoz
    Jul 10, 2017 at 4:14
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    You're not familiar with Greek mythology? Lots of women getting pregnant from gods in animal form, and of course Athena herself being born from the forehead of Zeus. (I'm always baffled by people demanding scientific realism from superhero films, but demanding it from the mythlogical source material is even more fruitless)
    – pjc50
    Jul 10, 2017 at 14:29
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    @user486818 You seem to be assuming that the Amazons are human. They are not human, they are immortal beings created by the gods and don't need to reproduce (although in some versions of their fictional history they do sometimes have children).
    – user22478
    Jul 10, 2017 at 19:38

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According to the DC wiki, the Amazons are immortal beings that were created to teach men the virtues of peace and love.

So, at least in terms of the main comic continuity, the Amazons are indeed immortal.

In the terms of the movie, we see ample evidence of Amazon immortality as Diana herself is seen in modern day Paris remembering her days in World War One.

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    However in the movie it was not confirmed they are immortal. Perhaps they just have a very, very, very long lifespan.
    – Neow
    Jul 10, 2017 at 7:10
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    You make a good point Neow, however we can come to the conclusion that they are immortal quite comfortably. The lack of men means that reproduction was not an option. So they are either immortal or their lifespans are incredibly long (which would still serve to answer the question to some extent). Whilst the movie took A LOT of liberties with the source material, there is no reason to assume that they would change the characteristic of Amazons being immortal. Jul 10, 2017 at 7:33
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    "The lack of men means that reproduction was not an option" : Parthenogenesis is always an option Jul 10, 2017 at 9:14
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    @MagikarpMaster Gods? Magic? The story demands it? Comic book logic? The Amazons were specifically stated to originate from a distinct act of deific creation. The Amazons are not clearly either a species or sexually dimorphic. A different creation act would suggest they need not be the same species as humans, and the Amazons themselves were not created as dimorphic. And apparent immortality would throw certain suspicions on being a "species" itself. Jul 10, 2017 at 11:10
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    If it's suggested in the movies that they are immortal. It is explicit in the comics, and the movies are based on the comics. That suggests, but doesn't prove, that they are immortal in the movies. But, barring anything explicit in the movie, that's the best information we have right now.
    – trlkly
    Jul 10, 2017 at 12:50
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There is only one child and none of the women seem to age. We can assume the residents don't age. We can't tell if this once they reach maturity or if Diana is different in this way.

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  • This is probably true…but could you provide some references from the film/comics?
    – Adamant
    Jul 10, 2017 at 4:29
  • Don't they age? Let's say most of the Amazons seems to look like they're in their 30s. Antiope looks significantly older than the other Amazons - no disrespect - and is supposed to be the more experienced.
    – Neow
    Jul 10, 2017 at 7:16
  • In the film, Diana is technically only created in the form of a child by Zeus. (SPOILER) His intention is revealed to be that she is actually a weapon that he created specifically to destroy Ares, so she is not a child in the human sense, although she does mature into an adult version of herself - the Amazon's in the film are immortal and also created by the Greek gods, quite likely they have retained the forms they were created with.
    – user22478
    Jul 10, 2017 at 8:26
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It has always been my understanding that the Amazons, including Diana, are immortal as long as they stay on Paradise Island. Diana's belt keeps her immortal off of the island.

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    Hello Joe, and welcome to Science Fiction & Fantasy! Good answer, but it might be nice to add a source to this that differentiates it from the accepted answer.
    – auden
    Aug 5, 2018 at 4:19

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