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Darkseid
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Darkseid by George Pérez.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (Nov. 1970)
In-story information
Alter ego Uxas
Species New Gods
Place of origin Apokolips
Team affiliations Darkseid's Elite
Intergang
Notable aliases Boss Dark Side
Abilities The Omega Force
Superhuman physical attributes and intelligence
Psionic and energy powers
Immortality

Darkseid is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (Nov. 1970) and was created by writer-artist Jack Kirby.[1]

Debuting in the Bronze Age of comic books, Darkseid has appeared in over four decades of DC Comics publications, featuring prominently in the New Gods titles and limited series as the recurring nemesis of the New Gods and Superman. The character has also appeared in associated DC Comics merchandise including animated television series; toys; trading cards and video games.

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Character and publication history

Origin

According to writer Mark Evanier, Jack Kirby modeled Darkseid physically on actor Jack Palance, while "the style and substance of this master antagonist were based on just about every power-mad tyrant Kirby had ever met or observed, with a special emphasis on Richard Milhous Nixon".[2]

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

Fictional character biography

The son of 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 took the power for himself; transforming him into a rock-like creature, and taking a new name: Darkseid.[1][3] At some point, he fell in love with an Apokoliptian scientist 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 had Desaad poison Heggra, finally becoming 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 had both Tigra and their son, Orion, banished from Apokolips.[4]

The destructive war between 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 receives 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; it was foretold that Darkseid would meet his final defeat at the hands of his son in a cataclysmic battle in the fiery Armaghetto of Apokolips.[1]

Seeing other gods as a threat, Darkseid invaded the island of Themyscira in order to discover the secret location of the Olympian gods, 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.[5] 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.[6]

Darkseid as "Dark Side" in Seven Soldiers.

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, notably, the Kryptonian Superman. 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.

Seven Soldiers and "Boss Dark Side"

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 an evil psychiatrist, Granny Goodness a pimp for the Female Furies, and Darkseid himself 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.[7] 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.

Darkseid as he appeared in Final Crisis

Final Crisis

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 Libra, an reborn supervillain and antichrist-like figure who soon converts much of the Secret Society of Supervillains 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.

Using Metron's abandoned Mobius Chair, Darkseid assassinates his son Orion via a "time travel" bullet fired into the past following Orion "killing" his father at the end of "Countdown to the Final Crisis". He 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 signaling 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 copy 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 Omega Sanctions Batman. Darkseid is mortally wounded, but not before his Omega Sanction "kills" him. Batman's charred remains 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 is dragging all of time and space in the entire multiverse into a Doomsday singularity with him. While Superman attempts to physically assault him, Darkseid is beyond physical attack, as he now almost entirely controls reality itself. With his body dying of Radion poisoning, his physical form is then killed when Barry Allen and Wally West lead the Black Racer to him after he fires the bullet which will go back in time and slay Orion. Some time later, Darkseid's disembodied form appears and tries to seize the Miracle Machine Superman has created, however this form is shattered by Superman.

Powers and abilities

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

Darkseid is among the most powerful New Gods, sometimes depicted with a variety of god-like abilities at his disposal. His main power, the Omega Effect, is a form of energy that he fires from his eyes as either concussive force or beams of disintegration, capable of transmuting or erasing most living objects and organisms from existence as well as to reform or resurrect them. Anything Darkseid disintegrates with the Omega Effect can be brought back at any time by him, and he often uses this as a form of punishment. Darkseid has pinpoint control over his Omega Beams, and his unerring aim allows them to travel in straight lines, bend, twist, or curve around corners, and can pass through matter and energy. The Omega Effect can also be used to teleport Darkseid or others through time and space.[8] Darkseid can also project the Omega Effect as energy blasts from his hands. Another type of Omega Effect is the Omega Sanction, that traps the organism in a series of alternate realities, each worse than the previous one.

In addition, Darkseid possesses superhuman strength, stamina, and durability equivalent to the corresponding traits of Superman [9] and Orion.[10] He also, despite his great size, possesses great speed, agility, and reflexes as he has been able to startle Superman with his speed[11] and it has been stated he can react in microseconds[12]. He sometimes possesses the ability to increase his size.[13] Darkseid possesses the powers of telepathy and telekinesis, and has also shown the ability to create psionic avatars. He is even able to open boom tubes under his own power, and can travel through time, space, and even other dimensions with ease. Darkseid is also, being a god, virtually immortal. He has lived for several hundred thousand years at the very least.[14]

Despite his great might, Darkseid generally does not rely on physical combat, despite being a highly trained Apokoliptian warrior [14]; he is a master schemer and strategist possessing a superhuman intellect. Darkseid has also shown some form of godly sense, capable of sensing the death of his son Orion[9] and the fluctuations of the energy of the "Godwave".[15] Darkseid commands all the vast military and technological resources of Apokolips.

Other versions

  • In the alternate future story, Rock of Ages, Darkseid has found the Anti-Life Equation and rules Earth.

In other media

Television

Darkseid as depicted in the Superman: The Animated Series.
  • Darkseid appears in the cartoons, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984) and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985) voiced by Frank Welker.
  • In the TV-movie Smallville: Absolute Justice, Amanda Waller takes the second Icicle (comics) Cameron Mahkent to Checkmate's base. She mentions that the Apokolips is coming which is a direct nod to Darkseid. It is yet to be seen if he will make an appearance in Smallville's ninth or tenth season.

Video games

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Darkseid", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 95, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017 
  2. ^ news from me - ARCHIVES
  3. ^ Jack Kirby's Fourth World #2-5
  4. ^ New Gods vol.1, #7
  5. ^ Wonder Woman Vol. 2, #102-104
  6. ^ Wonder Woman Vol. 2, #173 & #188
  7. ^ Seven Soldiers #1
  8. ^ Martian Manhunter #34
  9. ^ a b The Death of the New Gods
  10. ^ "Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe" (Vol. 1) VI
  11. ^ Superman #3
  12. ^ Cosmic Odyssey #4
  13. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #2"
  14. ^ a b Doomsday: Year One Annual
  15. ^ Genesis #4
  16. ^ Superman's Hall of Super-Shame!
  17. ^ http://www.mortalkombatonline.com/content/News/mkvdcu-roster.cds

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Darkseid is a fictional character from DC Comics. He was created by Jack Kirby and his first appearance was in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 November 1970.

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In Comics

Final Crisis # 5

Darkseid: I. Am. The. New. God. All is one in Darkseid. This mighty body is my church. When I command your surrender, I speak with three billion voices. When I make a fist to crush your resistance. It is with three billion hands. When I stare into your eyes and shatter your dreams. And break your heart. It is with six billion eyes! Nothing like Darkseid has ever come among you: Nothing will again. I will take you to a hell without exit or end. And there I will murder your souls! And make you crawl and beg! And die! Die! Die for Darkseid!"

Rock of Ages #13

Darkseid:New Genesis is a stinking cosmic sewer! I have fouled Paradise beyond repair and broken in the mire the shining cities of the Gods! I have won! Is this vanity? Then I will remake the entire universe in the image of my soul, Desaad. And when at last I turn to look upon the eternal desolation I have wrought...I will see Darkseid, as in a mirror....and know what fear is."

Crisis on Infinite Earths #12

Darkseid(before attacking the Anti-Monitor)"Thus let him suffer the wrath of Darkseid."

Countdown to Final Crisis #8

Darkseid (To Solomon the Monitor) Checkmate, Monitor. Take consolation in the fact you never had a chance against me."

Superman: The Animated Series

Father's Day

[Flying in, after Darkseid has just vaporized his son, Kalibak]
Superman: What have you done to him? [Pause; no response] I asked you a question. Who are you? [Smile; no response] Answer me!
Darkseid: [attacks Superman with his Omega Beams, frying him until he's on the ground, writhing] That is who I am.

Apokolips...Now!

Darkseid: I did not return you to Earth so you could indulge in petty theft.
Bruno Manheim: Petty?! We cleared over twenty million!
Darkseid: I play for higher stakes.

Bruno: You promised me you would make me a king!
Darkseid: And so you are – a king of fools!

Darkseid: If you won't be my knight, you will be my pawn.

Darkseid: People of Earth, I am Darkseid, Lord of Apokolips! Here is your savior, down and broken. I have crushed him as easily as I have crushed all who have dared to oppose me throughout the Cosmos. I am power unlike any you have ever known: absolute, infinite, and unrelenting. You have no choice but to prepare as a long dark future as my subjects and my slaves.

Little Girl Lost

Darkseid: Ever proud, eh, Kryptonian? I must say, I find it to be very...wearying.
Superman: (referencing Granny Goodness) What was this bootlicker doing on Earth, Darkseid? I thought your business there was settled.
Darkseid: I never settle. What I cannot have, I destroy.

Legacy

Darkseid: I told you once, Superman: If you would not be my knight, you would be my pawn.
Superman: I see you're a man of your word.
Darkseid: I am many things, Kal-El. You couldn't even begin to imagine half of them. But for now, I shall take the role of the executioner. A final gift, my wayward son: A fast death, infinitely preferable to the shame of returning to Earth. There, your legacy would be one of fear and distrust - a pariah desperately seeking the favor of a world that cursed your name.

Superman: [Punches Darkseid] That was for Dan Turpin!
Darkseid: Who?
Superman: The good man you murdered!
Darkseid: Had I known one human's death would pain you so, Kal-El, I would have killed more. And kill more I shall. Carry that agony with you to oblivion, Superman.

Darkseid: I am many things, Kal-El - but here, I am God.

Justice League

Twilight


Darkseid: You are a glutton for punishment. Time and again, I've beaten you, humbled you. What makes you think this time will be any different?
Superman: Because this time, I'm not going to stop until you're just a greasy smear on my fist. Let's go.

Alive!

Darkseid: Let the universe howl in despair, for I have returned.

Destroyer

Darkseid: I hope you appreciate, Kal-El, that everything that happens from this point is on your head. The skies will rain fire, the oceans will boil, the streets will run red with the blood of billions. Only then, after your last pitiful hope is extinguished, will I end your life. Let's go.

Lex Luthor: You destroyed Brainiac! I'm going to make you pay!
Darkseid: Unlikely.

Darkseid: I'm more powerful than I've ever been, and the last time we met, you barely managed to hold your own.
Superman: Funny. That's not how I remember it.
Darkseid: Allow me to refresh your memory. [Darkseid picks up the Daily Planet globe and uses it to slam Superman through every floor of the building]

Darkseid: Don't leave us yet, Kal-El. I want you to see your adopted homeworld bow down before me. Only then will I allow you death's sweet release.

Darkseid: Impressive. No one has ever avoided my Omega Beam. I wonder if the other one is as agile. [Lex Luthor runs away] Excellent strategy.

Darkseid: Super or otherwise, you're merely a man. And I am a god.

Darkseid: It's called the Agony Matrix. Direct neural stimulation of pain receptors - all of them. Imagine the worst pain you've ever felt in your life, times a thousand. Now imagine that pain continuing. Forever. Oh, that's right... you don't have to imagine.

Darkseid: Still alive. You impress me, Kryptonian. More, your valor has touched my heart. Oh yes, there is still some small part of me that knows mercy. I will end your pain... with something special I've been saving for just this occasion. [Darkseid draws a Kryptonite knife] I'm going to carve out your heart and put it on a pike in my throne room.
Lex Luthor: As much as I'd enjoy seeing that, first you've got some business with me. Sorry it took me so long - I had to go get my power suit.
Darkseid: You dare challenge me? Insanity!
Lex Luthor: Oh, I'm not here to challenge you, Darkseid. Quite the contrary. I've got something you want. The only thing you want.
Darkseid: [astonished] The Anti-Life Equation!

Justice League Heroes

Batman: You tricked Brainiac into releasing you from your extradimensional prison.
Darkseid: I told him he would unleash power beyond imagining. I fullfilled our bargain - to the letter!
Zatanna: You also promised him knowledge.
Darkseid: And I have. What greater lesson is there than this: Never trust Darkseid.

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