He is one of the Justice League's greatest enemies and the Tyrant of Apokolips. He is Entropy; He is Death; He is Darkseid. Darkseid is one of #DC comic's more menacing and endgame villains. Appearing usually as a Superman or Justice League villain, Darkseid has a fair share of appearances throughout DC titles, animations, TV series and (rumors have it) movies, soon.
Notable appearances by Darkseid in popular media include animated TV appearances on:
- Super Friends Cartoon, voiced by Frank Welker
- Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, voiced by Michael Ironside
- Batman: The Brave and The Bold, voiced by Michael Leon-Wooley
- Young Justice, voiced by Khary Payton
His animated movie appearances include:
- Batman/Superman: Apocalypse, voiced by Andre Braugher
- Justice League War, voiced by Steven Blum
- Justice League: Gods and Monsters, voiced by Andre Sugliuzzo
Not to mention two animated Lego movies voiced by Tony Todd. Lastly, he is rumored to appear in some shape or form on the upcoming Justice League movie. While his appearances are many, there are still more to learn about this destroyer of worlds. So, let's dive right into the 10 facts you might not know about Darkseid:
10. His Family Is 'Unconventional'
One thing is true about Darkseid: He is a family man. However, his relationships with said family is a little strange. He's had four wives (most have died), his brother, the Infinity-Man, became Highfather's (the arch-nemesis of Darkseid) right-hand man, and his uncle, Steppenwolf, is his second-in-command.
He has three confirmed children, one being a berskerking brute called Kalibak, a second son called Orion he traded with the Highfather in order to achieve peace, an adoptive son he received from Highfather for that aforementioned peace (Scott Free a.k.a. Mister Miracle), and a daughter he fathered with an Amazon from another Universe that was trained her whole life to kill him.
And he also had a strained relationship with his father, which leads me to my next point:
9. He Was A Farmer Until He Killed His Father
As life has it, many people have humble beginnings only to achieve greatness. Darkseid's life is a twisted version of a said occurrence. He began as a farmer a long long time ago, in a world where gods used the common people's worship as fuel for their power yet still disregarded them and treated them as trash.
Darkseid, then known as Uxas, was fed up with this meaningless existence and refused to continue this cycle by secretly rebelling against the gods. He started pitting one against the other and taking their powers for himself. This soon drew the attention of his father, the god of destruction Yuga Khan, who descended upon his son with every intention of punishing him and taking away his power. Yuga Khan used the Anti-life equation to resurrect the gods Urax killed. He lost, and from the ashes of that battle rose Darkseid, the New God of Apokolips.
8. He And His Kind Live Outside Space And Time
Alright, this one's a little complicated. First and foremost, we have to mention that the DC Universe complies with the Multiversity theory. Based on that theory, which is tied to the Schrodinger's cat theory, any possible quantifiable event will happen, creating a separate universe in which the variables change due to slight variation.
Well, this principle doesn't apply to either Apokolips, Darkseid, or any New God for that matter. Instead of following the rules of the DC multiverse, the New Gods disregard it completely. The New Gods, including Darkseid, live in a different plane of existence, outside any boundaries of time, space, energy or matter. This is the reason why any transportation done by New Gods is made possible only through Boom Tubes and not through interstellar travel.
This existence, in addition to their higher evolutionary standpoint, is what makes them "gods."
7. He Once Massacred The Amazons
We all had a moment in our life when we acted out of paranoia, and have done something stupid in the process. Genocidal interplanetary god-dictators are no exception. What made Darkseid paranoid, resulting in him committing (another) genocide?
Well, other gods who might challenge his authority in case he (ever) conquered all existence. Some of these gods Darkseid were the Olympians, the gods that the Amazons worshipped. Unable to find where the Olympians were hidden, he resorted to blackmail. In order to find the Olympians, Darkseid threatened the Amazons with total annihilation if they wouldn't reveal the whereabouts of the Olympians. The Amazons, declined, resulting in a massive-scale assault on Themyscira, resulting in more than half the population of the Amazons being eradicated while defending their homeland.
In the end, Darkseid was unsuccessful.
6. He Died, Plenty Of Times
When you hear the title "New God," you'd imagine a being that transcended the inconvenience of mortality, and that's true to some extent. Darkseid is technically immortal: He doesn't age, he can't get sick and he is invulnerable. Yet, sometimes there are some loopholes to this immortality thing, usually coming in the form of a manifestation of death or shutting down his body ability to function.
Examples of his death are: his duel with his son Orion (during which Orion ripped Darkseid's heart out) and twice killed by the Black Racer — once when the two Flashes (Barry Allen and Wally West) led him to Darkseid, and once when the Black Racer possessed the Barry Allen Flash. As a matter of fact, Darkseid died in many of his appearances in popular culture, including Justice League and Smallville.
5. He Lost A Duel To Batman, Twice
Well, technically two loses and a draw. Ask any Batman fan ever — if Batman can defeat Darkseid, and they will tell you that Batman can defeat anyone given enough prep time. In Darkseid's case, that is actually true. Batman has fought, stalled and outsmarted Darkseid at times, and Bruce is one of the very few humans Darkseid respects.
During the storyline Batman/Superman: Apocalypse, Batman outsmarts Darkseid by convincing Darkseid to release the brainwashed Supergirl. Again, during the Final Crisis event, Bruce shot Darkseid with a Radion bullet (a special metal designed to kill New Gods) while Darkseid shot him with his Omega beam. Funnily enough, both of them survived. Lastly, during the Robin Rises storyline, Batman dons the HellBat suit — a suit designed and forged by the Justice League — and fought Darkseid one on one, winning and escaping to Earth.
4. He Is On The Naughty List
No one escapes the watchful eye of Santa Claus, and the god of entropy doesn't either. In short: Every Christmas, Santa Claus travels to Apokolips and fights through Darkseid's defenses for the sole purpose of personally giving Darkseid a batch of coal.
It should also be noted that Darkseid updates his defenses every year for to keep him out.
3. He Fought Doomsday And First Experienced Fear
Another rumble that didn't go in Darkseid's favor, was his encounter (or to be more precise, encounters) with Doomsday. Darkseid and Doomsday fought each other a few times in the comics.
During a scheme he hatched in which he would marry a woman and then kill her to gain her inheritance, Darkseid counters a strange gray beast that brings mayhem. It kills Darkseid's best friend, Mayhem, with great ease. Darkseid tried to fight off the monster only to retreat due to the combination of Doomsday's strength and the planet's instability. Later, Darkseid admitted that, this was the first time he experienced fear.
2. He Is Actually A Team Player
In contrary to popular belief, Darkseid is not beyond teaming up with others for the greater good (if the good concerns Apokolips, of course). He cooperated with Superboy Prime, the Justice League, the Legion of Superheroes and Lex Luthor. He also manipulated and worked with other villains, including the Legion of Doom and Braniac.
1. He Isn't Completely Evil
Not even Darkseid is completely evil. During his early life — after claiming the name Darkseid, and killing Highfather's wife — Darkseid was enamored by a sorceress he met called Suli. Suli was a pacifist and didn't believe in using power for oppression. She believed that power should be used to protect the weak and the innocent. Darkseid fell so much in love with her that he started questioning his desire for power and the throne, contemplating leaving his way of life in favor of starting anew with Suli.
Alas, that wouldn't happen, as Darkseid's mother decided that her son wouldn't be "tainted" by the sorceress, orchestrating her murder. After her death, Darkseid became the ruthless dictator we knoy today.
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