This Wonder Woman character has an amazing secret

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Jun 26, 2017

There is more than one character in Wonder Woman who isn't what he or she seems. Spoilers ahead!

If you haven't seen Wonder Woman by now, you may want to skip this post. But if you are still with us, scroll below the photo and keep reading ...

Remember the Chief, one of the ragtag crew of spies who Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) assembled to help him and Diana (Gal Gadot) get behind enemy lines? It turns out that the character, played by Eugene Brave Rock, has a lot more going on than meets the eye.

You may recall that when Diana and the Chief first meet, they address each other in the Blackfoot language, a native language of the Americas spoken by about 8,000 people in northern Montana and southern Alberta, Canada. Their exchange is the only non-English dialogue in the film that is not subtitled.

So what did they say to each other? According to Indian Country Today, the Chief actually informs Diana that he is Napi, a Blackfoot demi-god.

Native-Languages.org describes Napi, aka "Old Man," as "the culture hero of the Blackfoot tribe," and while frequently portrayed as a trickster or troublemaker, he is also a "well-intentioned demi-god responsible for shaping the world" the Blackfoot people live in, and frequently dispenses important knowledge to them.

Napi is assisted in these tasks by his wife, Kipitaki or "Old Woman." The pair are also described as the first man and woman fashioned by the Creator, whose job in turn was to make the rest of humankind.

Brave Rock himself confirmed on Twitter that Chief is this deity, also saying that it was not improvised but part of the script:

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io9 also points out that even though Diana has the opportunity to shake hands with several people earlier in the film, the Chief/Napi is actually the first character whose hand she does grasp, perhaps indicating his elevated status.

What does it all mean? Maybe not much. We have no idea whether Napi will return in other Wonder Woman or DCEU films, so at the moment this is a super-cool Easter egg that adds another demi-god to the world of the film (in addition to Diana herself and the god Ares), lends a fascinating new dimension to a Native American character who is already portrayed with dignity and respect, and provides some extra depth and texture to Diana's universe as well. Good stuff.