One of the most controversial heroes of Astro City, Winged Victory is also one of its most powerful and well known superhero citizens. She is dedicated to championing women's rights, and prioritizes her missions to helping women first. She sponsors several shelters and schools dedicated to helping women abused or in need of special help. Although she declined invitations in the past for reasons of gender politics, Winged Victory now is a member of Honor Guard.
We don't know much about Winged Victory, or Kristin's, life before she gained her powers. We know that she was, in her modern self's opinion, "weak" -- and not just physically -- but somehow became a magical champion for women's rights. Over time, through her crimefighting feats and her other feminist causes, she has become the world's foremost female superhero.
That is not to say her career is free of controversy, however. Just the opposite, in fact, with various organizations and individuals reacting with hostility to her socio-political stances. Little needs to be said, for example, about how her pro-choice position has bristled certain parties. Still, by and large, she is viewed with great respect and admiration by the general public.
She is in a long term relationship with Samaritan. Their first date was in 1996, a night during which various other superheroes filled in for the two to give them time off. Though their differences created no small amount of tension at first, the night ended on a positive note, and it progressed from there.
We've seen quite a number of her exploits over the years, though they are no doubt a fraction of the whole: In October or November of 1995, she fought the Iron Horde alongside Samaritan and possibly Jack-in-the-Box as well. It's probable other heroes were there too. Not long after, she broke up an armored car-jacking. In September of 1996, she was one of many heroes who defended Astro City against Thunderhead. One year later, in July of 1997, she stopped a bombing attempt at the Gaia Women's Clinic. Around this term, she also encountered outrage from the public over her critical comments towards the Catholic Church. The month after that, she, as with pretty much every hero on Earth, took part in repelling the Enelsian Invasion. In November of 1998, she happened to be at Honor Guard's headquarters, cooperating with them on a case, when Steeljack staged his break-in. During the Consquistador's massive attack on Astro City shortly after, she fought with Strangematter over the Outcault Bridge.
For the longest time she resisted joining Honor Guard because she wanted her achievements to be seen as a woman's, not as those of a team that happened to include some women. However, by 2013, she had finally entered the team's ranks. That year, she was present at Telseth's arrival on Earth, fought Lord Volcanus, and laid siege to the Skullcrushers' hidden base. The latter two adventures were alongside her teammates.
Her name stems in part from the pair of white wings that sprout from her back, which allow to her fly at tremendous speed. Between that and her super-strength, she is a force to be reckoned with. She receives visions of situations where women are in danger, alerting her to where she's needed.
Winged Victory's signature weapon is a sword.
In her civilian identity, she wears an amulet in the shape of a sword and two wings. It allows her to magically transform to Winged Victory form, a change that encompasses her build, face, and even clothes.
She was wielding an unusual manner of gun when assisting with the onslaught to break down a mysterious and alien doorway that appeared over the Gaines River( 'Through Open Doors'}.
Some of the many influences on the design and creation of the character, the Winged Victory include the Greek goddess Nike and the famous Hellenistic sculpture the Winged Victory of Samothrace.