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Darkseid

Darkseid
Art by Clayton Crain
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Cameo: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (November 1970)
Full: Forever People #1 (February 1971)
Created by Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Uxas
Species New Gods
Place of origin Apokolips
Team affiliations Darkseid's Elite
Female Furies
Intergang
Secret Society of Super Villains
Notable aliases Boss Dark Side, Lucifer, Hades
Abilities
  • Omega Beams: projects concussive force or disintegrating energy
  • Superhuman strength, stamina, speed, durability and endurance
  • Super intelligence
  • Immortality
  • Invulnerability
  • Flight
  • Shapeshifting
  • Telekinesis
  • Telepathy
  • Teleportation
  • Mind reading and control
  • Limited time travel

Darkseid (pronounced "Darkside"[1]) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by writer-artist Jack Kirby and first appears in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (cover-dated Nov. 1970).[2]

Darkseid is one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe. He is the evil ruler of the planet Apokolips, and his ultimate goal is to conquer the Universe.

Contents

  • Publication history 1
  • Character inspiration 2
  • Fictional character biography 3
    • The Great Darkness Saga 3.1
    • Seven Soldiers and "Boss Dark Side" 3.2
    • Final Crisis 3.3
    • The New 52 3.4
    • The Darkseid War 3.5
  • Powers and abilities 4
  • In other media 5
    • Television 5.1
      • Super Friends 5.1.1
      • DC animated universe 5.1.2
      • Batman: The Brave and the Bold 5.1.3
      • Young Justice 5.1.4
      • Smallville 5.1.5
      • Teen Titans Go! 5.1.6
    • Other shows 5.2
    • Film 5.3
    • Video games 5.4
    • Toys 5.5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Publication history

Jack Kirby debuted at DC Comics with Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133 and immediately began establishing characters that would lay the foundation for his newly conceived Fourth World epic. The chief antagonist would be the Darkseid villain who made his debut in Jimmy Olsen #134 (November 1970) with subsequent appearances in issues #135 and #136. The character was originally designed to be the chief antagonist of the titles Forever People, Mister Miracle and New Gods, but after the cancellation of these titles, the characters along with Darkseid were incorporated back into the DC universe.

Character inspiration

According to writer Mark Evanier, Jack Kirby modelled Darkseid's face on actor Jack Palance.[3] Kirby modelled Darkseid on Adolf Hitler and the world of Apokolips on Nazi Germany. Like Hitler, Darkseid is a jackboot-wearing megalomaniac and warmonger who, in fascist style, sees every citizen as an extension of the state and himself. His society is highly militant, with children being indoctrinated from a young age (à la Hitler Youth) to be warlike and utterly loyal to him.

Darkseid's first appearance is a cameo in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (Nov. 1970).

Darkseid's debut in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (Nov. 1970). Art by Jack Kirby.

Fictional character biography

The son of King Yuga Khan and Queen Heggra, Prince Uxas, second in line to the throne of Apokolips, plotted to seize power over the planet. When his brother, Drax, attempted to claim the fabled Omega Force, Uxas murdered him, and he took the power for himself which as a result transformed him into a rock-like creature, and taking a new name: Darkseid.[2][4] At some point in time, he fell in love with an Apokoliptian scientist and sorceress named Suli, with whom he had a son, Kalibak; however, Suli was poisoned by Desaad on Heggra's behalf, who believed that Suli was corrupting her son. Following Suli's death, Darkseid's heart grew even colder, and he ordered Desaad to poison Heggra, and as soon as he did, Darkseid finally became the supreme monarch of Apokolips. Darkseid had briefly been forced by his mother to marry Tigra, with whom he also had a son. After murdering his mother, Darkseid ordered Tigra to eliminate their son, Orion, who was switched with the Highfather's son, Scott Free, so as to keep peace.[5]

The destructive war with the rival planet, New Genesis, was stopped only with a diplomatic exchange of the sons of Highfather and Darkseid. Darkseid's second born son was surrendered to Highfather, while Darkseid received Scott Free, who later became the master escape artist Mister Miracle. This eventually turned out to be a setback for Darkseid, with his biological son growing up to value and defend the ideals of New Genesis in opposition to his father. The prophecy foretold that Darkseid would meet his final defeat at the hands of his son in a cataclysmic battle in the fiery Armageddon of Apokolips.[2]

Darkseid as he appears in George Pérez.

Seeing other deities as a threat, Darkseid invaded the island of Themyscira in order to discover the secret location of the Olympian deities, planning to overthrow the Olympians and steal their power. Refusing to aid Darkseid in his mad quest, the Amazons battled his parademon troops, causing half of the Amazon population's death.[6] Wonder Woman was able to gain her revenge against Darkseid for killing so many of her sisters by placing a portion of her own soul into Darkseid. This supposedly weakened the god's power as he lost a portion of his dark edge.[7]

Darkseid's goal was to eliminate all free will from the universe and reshape it into his own image. To this end, he sought to unravel the mysterious Anti-Life Equation, which gives its user complete control over the thoughts and emotions of all living beings in the universe. Darkseid had tried on several other occasions to achieve dominance of the universe through other methods, most notably through his minion Glorious Godfrey, who could control people's minds with his voice. He had a special interest in Earth, as he believed humans possess collectively within their minds most, if not all, fragments of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid intended to probe the minds of every human in order to piece together the Equation. This has caused him to clash with many superheroes of the DC Universe, most notably the Kryptonian Superman, a relationship that was extremely antagonistic. Darkseid worked behind the scenes, using superpowered minions in his schemes to overthrow Earth, including working through Intergang, a crime syndicate which employs Apokoliptian technology and later morphed into a religious cult that worships Darkseid as the god of Evil.

The Great Darkness Saga

One thousand years in the future, Darkseid has been absent for centuries and is almost completely forgotten. He returns and comes into conflict with that era's champions, the Legion of Super-Heroes. After using both scientific and magical methods to enhance his power, Darkseid transposes the planets Apokolips and Daxam—which places Daxam under a yellow sun and gives each of its inhabitants Kryptonian-like superpowers equal to those of Superman. Placing the Daxamites under his mental thrall, he uses them in a massive attempt to conquer the known universe. However, he is eventually defeated by the Legion and many of its allies.[8][9]

Seven Soldiers and "Boss Dark Side"

Darkseid as "Boss Dark Side" in Seven Soldiers.

In Grant Morrison's 2005 Mister Miracle limited series, it was revealed that Darkseid had finally discovered the Anti-Life Equation, which he then used to destroy the Fourth World altogether. The New Gods fled to Earth, where they hid. Highfather and his followers were now a group of homeless people. Metron used a wheelchair, the Black Racer was an old white man in a wheelchair, Desaad was an evil psychiatrist, Granny Goodness was a pimp (or "madam") for the Female Furies, and Darkseid himself was now an evil gang leader who is referred to only as "Boss Dark Side". It is revealed that Darkseid actually gave the Sheeda North America in return for Aurakles, Earth's first superhero.[10] This was, in turn, purely in order for Darkseid to get Shilo Norman, whom he considers the "Avatar of Freedom", in his clutches so that he could eventually destroy the New Gods.

Final Crisis

Darkseid as he appears in Final Crisis.

As prophesied, Orion returns to Earth via Boom Tube for his final battle with Darkseid. During the massive fight, Orion ultimately kills him by ripping his heart out, which created a firepit of Apokolips from Darkseid's chest cavity (in reference to the prophecy of their final battle). As Darkseid dies, a battered, wounded Orion walks away from the battlefield having "won" the battle against his father once and for all. However, Darkseid's life essence endured even the death of his body and fell back in time, where he was reborn as "Boss Dark Side", aided by his resurrected minions and the supervillain Libra.

Now, once again bound to the form of a human, "Boss Dark Side" began to appear in a number of titles in the run up to Final Crisis. In Flash (vol. 2) #240, he led an army of fanatics, their will broken by the "spoken form" of the Anti-Life Equation, to kidnap the Tornado Twins. In Birds of Prey #118, he runs his Dark Side Club where superhumans fight to the death, brainwashed by drugs produced by Bernadeth. In Teen Titans #59, it was revealed that he had employed the Terror Titans to capture the Teen Titans and use them in his club fights.

In Final Crisis, Darkseid has begun to take over Earth and corrupt the Multiverse with the aid of his herald Libra, a reborn supervillain and antichrist-like figure who soon converts much of the Secret Society of Super Villains to his cause with the aid of the Crime Bible and the Holy Lance. Darkseid is also joined by the souls of his fellow evil New Gods, who, like Darkseid, now possess either modified human bodies or the bodies of other superpowered beings, such as Mary Marvel.

Darkseid also arranges for detective Dan Turpin to be lured into the Dark Side Club, where Turpin is turned into Darkseid's "final host", as his Boss Dark Side body has begun to mummify due to Darkseid's foul astral presence. With his legion of followers and allies aiding him as he undergoes his latest "rebirth", Darkseid successfully conquers the Earth with the unleashing of the Anti-Life Equation onto mankind. However, the rebirthing process is still far from complete as Dan Turpin's mind and soul, while corrupted by Darkseid's essence, still remains in firm control over his body. However, at the same moment Shilo Norman, the "Embodiment of Freedom" is shot by S.H.A.D.E. operatives, thus signalling the "Victory of Evil". Darkseid wins control over Turpin's body, now twisted in a close copy of his Apokoliptan former appearance, and wearing an updated version of his battle armor. Darkseid then gains the fullest of his power, his "fall" having the effect of compressing and crumpling space-time around Earth.

After escaping from captivity, Batman shoots Darkseid with the same radion bullet that killed Orion, while Darkseid simultaneously hits Batman with the Omega Sanction, sending back in time and then "infecting" Batman with Omega energy that will cause him to jump forward in time, with disastrous results when he reaches the present. Darkseid is mortally wounded, but not before his Omega Sanction teleports Batman into prehistoric times. Remains believed to be Batman's (later revealed to be the last of the many Batman clones that Darkseid created) are found by Superman, who confronts Darkseid. As Darkseid mocks his old enemy for failing to defend Earth, it emerges that in Darkseid's fall through the multiverse, he created a doomsday singularity that now threatens all of existence. When Superman attempts to physically assault him, Darkseid reveals that he now exists inside the bodies of all those who fell to the power of the Anti-Life Equation and that killing Darkseid will kill humanity. Darkseid then reloads the gun that was used to shoot him, to kill Orion by way of firing the bullet backwards in time (a move Superman deems to be suicide due to the paradoxical nature of his actions: the bullet used to kill Orion is ultimately fired at him by Batman and is now poisoning him to death).

Before Darkseid can use the Omega Effect to kill Superman, Barry Allen and Wally West lead the Black Racer to Darkseid and making contact with him frees Turpin from Darkseid's control. Wonder Woman (having been freed from possession by one of Darkseid's minions) then uses her lasso of truth to bind Darkseid's spirit form, effectively freeing humanity from the Anti-Life Equation and being controlled by Darkseid. In his final effort, Darkseid's disembodied essence appears and tries to seize the Miracle Machine Superman has created; however, Superman uses counter-vibrations to destroy him. Furthermore, the last piece of Darkseid's plan fails when Batman, thanks to the actions of the new Batman (Dick Grayson), Red Robin (Tim Drake), Robin (Damian Wayne), and the Justice League, is able to return safely to the present, consuming the Omega Energy in his body without damaging the time-stream further, thus becoming the second individual, along with Mister Miracle, to escape the Omega Sanction.

Doctor Impossible later manipulates the Crime Syndicate of America into helping him resurrect Darkseid via a machine that draws energy from the Multiverse itself. The resurrection backfires, and instead creates a new being known as the Omega Man.[11]

The New 52

In Justice League #1, Darkseid's name is invoked by a Parademon.[12] He is later mentioned again in Justice League #2,[13] and in Justice League #3 Darkseid makes his first appearance in the series, seen in a vision by

  • Darkseid on DC Database, an external wiki, a DC Comics wiki
  • Darkseid on the DC Animated Universe Wiki, an external wiki

External links

  1. ^ "Jack Kirby FAQ". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c  
  3. ^ "The Palance-Darkseid Connection". News From Me. November 10, 2006. 
  4. ^ Jack Kirby's Fourth World #2-5
  5. ^ New Gods (vol. 1) #7
  6. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #102-104
  7. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #173, #188
  8. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2, #290-294 (1982)
  9. ^ The Great Darkness Saga was removed from mainstream DC continuity in 1994, following the events of the Zero Hour limited series. However, the tale has been restored to continuity in recent years. In Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 6, #4 (October 2010), explicit reference is made to the events of "The Great Darkness Saga", mentioning (among other things) Darkseid's victory over Mordru on the planet Avalon. Similarly in Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 7, #3 (January 2012), a Daxamite official remarked that the people of his world "still mourn how Darkseid used us for violence".
  10. ^ Seven Soldiers #1
  11. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 2) #50
  12. ^ Justice League #1
  13. ^ Justice League #2
  14. ^ Justice League #3
  15. ^ Justice League #4
  16. ^ Justice League #5
  17. ^ Justice League #6
  18. ^ Justice League of America's Vibe #7
  19. ^ Martian Manhunter #34
  20. ^ a b The Death of the New Gods
  21. ^ Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (vol. 1) #6
  22. ^ Superman #3
  23. ^ a b Genesis #4
  24. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #2
  25. ^ a b Doomsday: Year One Annual
  26. ^ Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
  27. ^ a b Smallville
  28. ^ "Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter: Saturday, October 30, 2010". Comicscontinuum.com. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  29. ^ "SDCC 10: Smallville - Darkseid, Blue Beetle, and More Are Coming!". 
  30. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2010-07-26). "Exclusive video: 'Smallville' execs, Erica Durance drop major S10 intel and weigh in on an 11th | Inside TV | EW.com". Ausiellofiles.ew.com. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  31. ^ http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/sdcc-teen-titans-go-producers-talk-weird-al-justice-league-crossover
  32. ^ "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse"Conroy, Daly Return In . Comic Book Resources. June 29, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  33. ^ Gaiman, Mark Evanier ; introduction by Neil (2008). Kirby : King of Comics. New York City: Abrams. p. 197.  
  34. ^ Cronin, Brian (2010-06-24). "Comic Book Legends Revealed #266".  

References

See also

Lego will release a set under the DC Super Heroes theme in 2015 named "Darkseid Invasion", containing 545 pieces, and including Darkseid as a large Lego figure, and also including Green Arrow, Superman, Cyborg, and Hawkman.

In Wave 12 of the Mattel DC Universe Classics line, Darkseid is the assortments "Collect and Connect" character. Pieces of the figure were included with Eclipso, Copperhead, Spectre, Iron, Dr. Mid-Nite, and Mary Batson. The Spectre includes an optional second hand wearing a "killing glove".

Funko has released Darkseid as part of the Pop! line of Vinyl figures.

Mattel released Darkseid as part of the fourth series in their Retro Action line, a homage to the vintage Mego action figures of the seventies which utilized 8" bodies with cloth outfits.

DC Direct also created Darkseid action figures and toys. He was included as a carded figure in the New Gods line, as well as the Batman/Superman series, in a boxed two pack set with Orion, and most recently a boxed figure based on his New 52 incarnation. He's also a stylized Blammoids art toy figure.

DC Animated versions of the character were featured in the Superman, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited toy lines.

A version of Darkseid was featured in the Total Justice toy line by Kenner/Hasbro Toys.

The 1984 Kenner "Super Powers Collection" toy line featured the first Darkseid action figure. The toy company felt that he and his minions provided the ideal larger than life collection of villains that could believably challenge the superhero characters.[33]

Toys

  • In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Darkseid has failed in invading Metropolis. Attempting to flee via a boom tube, Darksied is struck by Superman's heat vision. Unknown to both of them, at the same time, Raiden is blasting Shao Kahn with lighting as the villain attempted to flee in a portal. These two events link together, merging both villains into an entity known as Dark Kahn. This results in both realities beginning to merge. The creature spreads its will through both realities, increasing the Rage of every fighter to the point that they've become delusional and mistakes other for enemies. Confronted by both Raiden and Superman, Dark Kahn explodes and both realities separate. Darkseid ends up in the Mortal Kombat universe by accident, being imprisoned in Nether Realm. The sorcerer Shang Tsung attempt to take Darkseid's soul to gain strength, but the villain had the process reversed on him, empowering Darksied instead.

Darkseid appears in the video games Superman: The Game (1985), Justice League Task Force (1995), Superman (1999), Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (2002), Justice League Heroes (2006), Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008), Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013) and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014), voiced by Travis Willingham.

Video games

  • Darkseid is the main antagonist in the direct-to-video animated film Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, voiced by actor Andre Braugher.[32] When he learns about Kara Zor-El's presence on Earth, he manages to control her mind and attempts to make her the new captain of his furies after Big Barda's defection. He had hopes of using her to kill Superman once and for all, but fails and later attacks both Kryptonians at the Kent Farm. In the end, he is pummeled by Superman and sent by Kara, using a boom tube, to another part of space, where he ends up frozen.
  • Darkseid is the main antagonist in the animated film boom tubes open to send all of the Parademons back with Darkseid. After receiving a massive beating from Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Wonder Woman, Darkseid finally is thrown back into the portal and trapped back on his home world as the Mother Boxes are now fried.
  • Darkseid appears as the main antagonist in the animated film Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, voiced by Tony Todd.
  • Darkseid also appeared in a flashback scene of Justice League: Gods and Monsters alongside his fellow deities of Apokolips during Bekka and Orion's marriage until they were betrayed and slaughtered by the New Genesis Deities. He was savagely killed by Highfather.
  • Darkseid is the villain behind the Legion of Doom in Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom, with Tony Todd reprising. Once Luthor and his team fail, Darkseid decides to take matters into his own hands, finding allying himself with Brainiac as a viable option.

Film

Darkseid makes a cameo appearance in part 3 of the South Park "Imaginationland" trilogy as one of the villains visible.

Other shows

Darkseid is set to appear in a special half-hour length episode featuring the Titans and Justice League working together against him. He is to be voiced by Weird Al Yankovic. [31]

Teen Titans Go!

During the two part series finale, Granny Goodness tells Tess Mercer that Darkseid was known in Earth's history by many names such as Hades and Lucifer and was also connected to the Hindu goddess Kali and when the fiery planet Apokolips comes only Darkseid's followers will survive. During Clark's wedding with Lois Lane, Oliver (still possessed with the Omega Brand) tries to force a Gold Kryptonite wedding ring on but Chloe saved Clark from the ring and Clark removed Oliver's mark of Darkness. After Tess gunned down Lionel, Darkseid appeared before Lionel and offers immortality. But when Lionel wants to bring back Lex Luthor instead, Darkseid takes out Lionel's heart to restore Lex. Now possessing Lionel's dead body as a vessel, Darkseid/Lionel confronts Clark after realizing that the Kryptonian is a threat as he saved Oliver from his dark spell, and tries to kill him. However, Clark is now at the pinnacle of his Kryptonian abilities, finally mastering the power of flight after Darkseid threw him into the air while they fought in the Kent barn, Clark regaining control mid-air and flying directly at Darkseid to strike him hard in the chest, defeating him and blasting him out of Lionel's body, seemingly destroying him. Clark then becomes Superman and stops Apokolips from destroying Earth by pushing it into outer space, thus foiling the demonic deity's plans. In the Season Eleven comic book continuation of the show, it is revealed that Darkseid had survived the encounter and restored his physical body.

In the episode "Abandoned", Darkseid's minions or prophets Granny Goodness, Gordon Godfrey and club owner Desaad discuss their plans for paving the way for the coming of their Dark Lord: Godfrey breaks people's spirits, Desaad binds people's bodies, and Granny wipes people's minds. The episode "Patriot" revealed that General Slade Wilson is one of the people whom Darkseid is influencing as he bears the Omega Brand on his skull. In the episode "Masquerade", it is shown that Darkseid is bringing more people (bearing the Omega Symbol) under his control, attracting the attention of the FBI who are also marked with the Omega Brand. The Omega Mark is shown that the influence gains control by exploiting a person's weakness, thematically one of the Seven Deadly Sins used by one of Darkseid's prophets called Desaad. Desaad fails to corrupt Chloe Sullivan but succeeds in corrupting Oliver Queen. At the end of the episode "Scion", Darkseid is revealed taking shape from a mass of black smoke before Lionel Luthor. Clark and Oliver discover in the episode "Dominion" that Darkseid has indeed been to other worlds and that Zod made a deal with Darkseid to get rid of Clark in exchange for Zod to rule over the Phantom Zone. Darkseid manipulates Oliver into finding the Bow of Orion - the weapon that his son Orion used to defeat his demonic father the previous time Darkseid attempted to conquer Earth. After Oliver finds the Bow of Orion in the episode "Prophecy", Granny Goodness subsequently destroyed the bow so that it cannot be used against her master again and brings Oliver completely under Darkseid's control and is later seen digging a Gold Kryptonite rock so he can permanently remove Clark's powers according to his master's will.

Darkseid is the main antagonist for the tenth and final season of Smallville.[29] Producers of the series mentioned that the character will not be fully revealed at the beginning and will be a force that is going to be felt throughout the season and eventually materialize as the episodes progress. In the series version, he mostly appears as a non-corporeal being.[30] In the season premiere "Lazarus", both Jor-El and the spirit of Jonathan Kent warned Clark Kent of a Dark Force that is coming to Earth to corrupt it. It heard of Clark's powers and the doubts and fears in his heart and wants to turn him into a weapon. The Darkness gathers on a rooftop in Metropolis' crow's nest and forms into the shape of a rock-like creature, but then turns into a black cloud of smoke needing a vessel and wanting prophets or minions to help corrupt the whole Earth. In the episode "Supergirl", Kara tells Clark that the Darkness came to Earth after a rip in the universe was created. Clark concludes that when he opened a portal (used to send the Kandorians to a world that would become New Krypton), it must have allowed the Darkness to come to Earth. Darkseid went on to possess the radio shock jockey Gordon Godfrey. Using Godfrey as his Vessel, Darkseid created a backlash against the superheroes in Metropolis and went on to spread a message of mistrust and doubt among the people of the city but left Godfrey's body after a confrontation with Clark and Kara.

Smallville

Darkseid is alluded to in the Young Justice cartoon series. In the episode "Disordered", he is never explicitly named but Beautiful Dreamer of the Forever People refers to him as Desaad's master while Desaad simply calls him as 'Unspeakable'. At the end of the series finale "Endgame", Vandal Savage, Desaad and G. Gordon Godfrey meet with Darkseid on Apokolips. Savage then shakes hands while quoting 'business as usual'.

Young Justice

Darkseid appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Michael-Leon Wooley.[28] In the episode "Darkseid Descending!", Darkseid leads the forces of Apokolips in an invasion of Earth, only to be challenged by Batman and his new Justice League. After soundly defeating the League, Darkseid is goaded into a fist fight with Batman after the hero implies that he is simply a coward who hides behind his deity-like abilities. Though Darkseid subsequently wins this fight, he and his army are sent back to Apokolips by the Question having infiltrated Darkseid's cadre of minions and reversed the Boom Tubes that had brought them to Earth. Darkseid makes a cameo in the episode "Powerless!" where he appears in a training simulator to help Captain Atom fight crime after his powers were taken away by Major Force. However, the Darkseid simulation easily defeats Captain Atom.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Some time afterwards in Justice League Unlimited (2004), Darkseid's absence caused Apokolips to descend into warfare as his generals, including Kalibak, Granny Goodness and Virman Vundabar, battle for control of his empty throne. When the Legion of Doom travelled into deep space to the location where Brainiac's base once was, Lex Luthor sacrifices both the ship's power and Tala to fuel a device that will mystically draw Brainiac's essence from the asteroid base debris. However, Tala channels a different sort of energy through the machine as a final act of revenge against Luthor before the machine kills her. Darkseid was resurrected instead with Brainiac's powers. Thanking the group of villains by offering a quick and painless death, he destroys their base with his Omega beams (although Luthor and his band of villains survive thanks to Sinestro and Star Sapphire then steal a mother-box to return to Earth). Darkseid returns to Apokolips and reunifies his warring minions to claim revenge against Superman and launches an assault on Earth in which the Justice League and the Legion work together to stop the Parademon's invasion. Superman, Batman and Lex battle against Darkseid. Most notably, Batman becomes the first ever being to avoid Darkseid's Omega beam, by jumping off a Parademon, and therefore letting the beam hit it instead. Darkseid ends up getting more than he bargained for as Superman finally lets go of all restraints, and gives the conqueror a beating that send him flying through 20 buildings and into the ground, creating a crater. In retaliation, Darkseid paralyzes Superman with the agony matrix, but Luthor, having visited the Source Wall with Metron and found the Anti-Life Equation, steps in and sacrifices himself to stop Darkseid, tricking him into touching the equation and causing a massive explosion that apparently destroys both Luthor and Darkseid. Though several heroes speculate that they may not have seen the last of them, series writer Dwayne McDuffie confirmed that Darkseid and Luthor now form part of the Source Wall, as do all who solve the Anti-Life Equation.

A few years later on the Justice League animated series (2001), Darkseid seeks the Justice League's help in order to stop common enemy Brainiac from coming to Apokolips to download all knowledge of the planet and destroying it. Superman opposes helping Darkseid but the rest of the League agrees in order to take down Brainiac once and for all. But after defeating Brainiac's forces and following him back to his base, Darkseid was discovered to have been playing the League all along. In return for sparing Apokolips, Darkseid delivered Superman to Brainiac, allowing revenge against the Kryptonian, and no opposition for the acquisition of Earth's information and destroying it. Darkseid then betrayed Brainiac by hacking his circuitry in order to bring Brainiac's machinery under his control while using Superman as a conduit to destroy the Universe all at once then rebuild it in his own image. Superman is freed with Batman's help while Orion battles Darkseid. After Darkseid defeats his son, his exit blocked by Superman, intent to finish Darkseid once and for all and the two engage in fierce combat. But just as Darkseid is near defeat, the base begins to collapse and Batman forcibly brings Superman and Orion to safety via boom tube. Buried under rubble, Darkseid looks on and nonchalantly says 'Loser' then is killed in the explosion of the base.

In Superman: The Animated Series (1996), Darkseid is resentful of his second born son Kalibak and only somewhat jokingly acknowledges that Orion is his true son (mainly trying to egg on Orion to be like him). After his first invasion of Earth in the two-part episode "Apokolips...Now!", Darkseid promises that Apokolips will not attack again, as part of a truce with the planet New Genesis. To bypass his promise, Darkseid develops various schemes to destroy Earth indirectly such as through manipulation of Intergang. In the concluding two-part finale "Legacy", Darkseid attempts one final invasion of Earth which involves brainwashing Superman. He is stopped by Superman and pursued to Apokolips where he is defeated. To Superman's shock, Darkseid's slaves willingly come to his aid after the battle by carrying his broken body away to recover. As he leaves, Darkseid explains to Superman that "I am many things, Kal-El, but here, I am God."

Darkseid would also later appear in several animated series set in the DC animated universe, voiced by Michael Ironside. In this universe, Darkseid is depicted as Superman's greatest enemy.

Darkseid as depicted in Superman: The Animated Series.

DC animated universe

Darkseid first appears in the animated series Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984) and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985), voiced by Frank Welker using a deep gravelly voice similar to the one used earlier for Doctor Claw in Inspector Gadget.

Super Friends

Television

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In the television series Smallville, he can bring forth and manipulate the darkness within a person's heart, allowing him to turn any that are not "pure" to the path of evil.[27] In the series, he has also displayed the ability to take possession of living beings that have darkness in their hearts, as well as the ability to shape-shift.[27]

In Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, and Justice League: War, Darkseid has also shown the powers of flight.[26]

Despite his extraordinary physical powers, Darkseid rarely engages himself personally in confrontations, as he prefers to use his superhuman intellect to manipulate or control others to his ends.[25] Darkseid has displayed his godly abilities by sensing the death of his son Orion[20] and fluctuations of the energy of the "godwave".[23] Darkseid also commands all of the military and technological resources of Apokolips.

In "The Great Darkness Saga," Darkseid displayed a range of awesome deitylike powers, such as transposing the positions of two planets in different solar systems, taking mental control of the entire population of a planet, instantly absorbing all the information from another being's mind, manifesting the worst fears of other beings as realities, easily defeating incredibly powerful beings such as Mon-El, Mordru, and the Time Trapper, and pronouncing a curse.

Darkseid is a being whose super-strength and invulnerability can only be challenged by the likes of Superman, Doomsday, and Orion.[20][21] He can also move with great speed, as he has been able to catch Superman off guard,[22] and he is known to be able to react in nanoseconds.[23] He also can increase his physical size.[24] Darkseid also has additional powers of telepathy and telekinesis, and he can create psionic avatars. Since Darkseid is a deity, he is also immortal, having lived for several hundred thousand years.[25]

Darkseid is among the most powerful of the New Gods and of characters in the DC universe. His main power, the Omega Beams, is a form of energy that he fires from his eyes or hands as either a concussive force or a disintegrating energy which is capable of erasing living objects and organisms from existence. Some super-beings, such as Superman and Doomsday, have proven to be resistant to the beams, although in the case of Superman, with a great deal of pain. Also, Orion was able to deflect it, and in a crossover story, Galactus was unaffected by it. These beams stem from a cosmic energy source called the "Omega Effect." The Omega Beams can also resurrect fallen beings, depending on the Dark Lord's will. Darkseid has pinpoint control of this energy, and his unerring aim allows the beam to travel in straight lines, bend, or curve around corners and even pass through matter or other forms of energy. He can also teleport himself or others through time and space.[19] His Omega Sanction traps organisms in a series of alternate realities, each one worse than the previous. During the Final Crisis, Darkseid used his Omega Beams to grant power to Mary Marvel, with her powers then being based on Anti-Life rather than magic.

Darkseid vaporizes Desaad with his Omega Beams in New Gods (vol. 1) #11 (November 1972). Art by Jack Kirby.

Powers and abilities

With Darkseid lying dead, Flash states as to feeling reformed by this new force of power of death calling it his own. Flash is named "God of Death." Meanwhile on Apokolips, Superman recounts the motherboxes preaching of Darkseid's death while he fights Lex Luthor, Leading to him ripping the armor from Lex and telling him that if he returns to earth, his actions will result in his death. Superman is named "God of Strength" as he leaves Lex on Apokolips to fly to Earth. Trantitioning to Batman on the mobius chair where he, upon recognizing Darkseid's death, activates Hal's ring to show him the Parademons of Darkseid's army are attacking Oa, ponders the changes he can make to Gotham with his newfound power, Batman is named "God of Knowledge." Meanwhile on Apokolips, Lex is being taken captive by a roaming groups of raider who have come seeking a prophet from Earth who was a "an orphan, a humble son of farmers..." to which Lex states he is. The surrounding raiders begin to bow to Lex and the leader tells them "He hasn't earned that yet" and electrocutes Lex, knocking him out. While Flash mentally disagrees with the overwhelming thoughts of Death, he runs as an attempt to outrun Death. Shazam begins to hear multiple voices as if coming from all directions as power-imbued lightening shoots down from the sky, granting him as being "God of Gods" calling him to go to The New Gods. At this time Kalibak and his minions surround Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Power Ring and Steve Trevor claiming to be there to kill them. Lex Luthor wakes in the middle of a illuminated pit with wires draping over him running red with Omega energy, left behind with Darkseid's passing, which needs to be recontained. Lex is then scorched with the incredible power of Omega effect. Grail and Mother stand looking out on a tranforming Anti-Monitor claiming that he is turning into Mobius, and when he returns they will finally get what they want. Lex Stands surrounded by energy witha sinister grin across his face as he says, "Long Live Lex Luthor" the God of Apokolips.

Refusing to get off the Mobius Chair, Batman became one of the New Gods and tried to figure out more about the Anti-Monitor. Kanto and Lashina continued their search of Myrina Black, deciding they would take care of Miracle as well. While Grail began to summon Darkseid, Miracle arrived before the Justice League to bring them to fight the Dark God. Batman and Green Lantern, however, decide to learn more about the Anti-Monitor in a hope to defeat him, they both travel to the Anti-Universe. Leaving Metron chained and alone, the bulk of the Justice League arrived just before Darkseid, Kalibak and the Parademon Army were summoned. Darkseid proceeded to meet the Anti-Monitor in battle, Kalibak fought Grail and the Parademons battled Mobius' legions. Darkseid then summons the Black Racer to kill the Anti-Monitor, but the Anti-Monitor then takes control of the Black Racer using the powers of the Anti-Life Equation and then proceeds to fuse him with The Flash creating a new embodiment for Death, and then the Anti-Monitor uses him to kill Darkseid by making him run stright through Darkseid, ending him once and for all.

Viewing Telos "bleed" into the universe of Earth 0, Darkseid did not concern himself with the potential fall of reality. Instead, he understood that the time for the Darkseid War had begun and sent Kanto and Lyshina to Earth 0 to search for Myrina. Attacked by Mr. Miracle, Darkseid fought his son and easily defeated him, forcing Miracle to flee. The Justice League proceeded to investigate Kanto's murders, but were brought straight into the path of Grail. With Grail easily defeating the few Justice League members present, she was able to summon the Anti-Monitor to Earth 0. Miracle, meanwhile, ended up straight into the path of Kanto before winding up in front of Myrina Black, who declared her intention to kill Miracle's father. After Miracle refused to let Myrina sacrifice Earth 0, even she turned against him, forcing the escapist to flee once more. Superman and Lex Luthor, betrayed by Lena Luthor after surgery on the villain Neutron was performed, ended up on Apokolips. There, Darkseid unleashed his masses upon them, hoping to destroy the soul of Superman. As the slaves of Apokolips swarmed Superman, the lack of solar energy began to slowly drain his powers. As the Parademons finally caught up to Luthor and Superman, the former sensed that the Fire Pits contained solar energy and dropped Superman into them. When the Man of Steel emerged, however, he was stained and changed by the evil in the pits. Kalibak shortly thereafter prepared to join his father against the Anti-Monitor. Before the Justice League could rebound and attack the Anti-Monitor, they were teleported away by Metron. In the following confusion, Wonder Woman uses her lasso and pulls Metron of the Mobius Chair and Batman grabs the chair and sits upon it and he then harnesses the power of the New Gods.

The Anti-Monitor proceeded to bring Grail over to his side and decimated the entire universe of Earth 3 in an effort to give himself enough power to kill Darkseid. Breaking into the universe of Earth 0, the Anti-Monitor witnessed the ARGUS Insurgency, but decided not to invade. While roaming Earth 3's ruins, the Anti-Monitor was confronted by Metron and ignored the fact that the Brainiac God had begun to stir. With the assistance of Grail, the Anti-Monitor finally knocked the New God off of the chair. Declaring he would kill Darkseid, the Anti-Monitor prepared to march his troops.

The Darkseid War

In Darkseid #1, his background story was revealed. Formerly a farmer named Uxas, he hated the deities of his world. So he traveled up to their mountain while they slept and tricked them all into fighting each other, and as they were all weakened from the war, he killed them one by one with his scythe (similar to Kronos of Greek Mythology) and stole their power, before destroying his world and creating Apokolips.

In DC's The New 52 continuity, there is only one set of New Gods across the 52 Multiverse. So as Darkseid invades Prime Earth in Justice League, he sends his lieutenant Steppenwolf to do the same, with greater success, on Earth 2, resulting in the deaths of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, and stranding Helena Wayne and Kara Zor-L on Prime Earth. Five years later, Darkseid once again invades Earth 2, which never fully recovered from his armies' earlier assault, and it is revealed that he and Highfather of New Genesis struck a deal allowing him the unchallenged right to invade Earth 2.

[18] #7 after the dampeners on her cage are temporarily disabled.Justice League of America's Vibe Darkseid's daughter escapes containment in [17]

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