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    Darkseid (Dark Place)

    I have turned one hundred thousand worlds to dust looking for Anti-Life. Looking for those who robbed me of my glory. I will stride across their bones and bask in the glow of Anti-Life. And all of existence shall be mine.
    — Darkseid[src]

    Lord Darkseid, born as Uxas,[2] is the despotic ruler of Apokolips. He is obsessed with harnessing the power of the Anti-Life Equation, so he can rule the multiverse.

    Biography[edit source]

    Early Life[edit source]

    Uxas was born millennia ago to Heggra on the planet Apokolips in a realm known only as the Dark Place. As he grew, he became obsessed with discovering the location of the Anti-Life Equation, a mathematical formula which grants its user the power to rule the multiverse.[3]

    Invasion of Earth-1[edit source]

    In around 3000 B.C., Uxas finally discovered the location of the Anti-Life Equation on the Earth of Earth-1, and so he invaded the planet with the intent of terraforming it into a copy of Apokolips using the Mother Boxes. As he jumped from his ship, the impact on the ground soon revealed to him that the Anti-Life Equation was indeed on Earth, and so his army of Parademons and nine Apokoliptian witches soon followed him to the planet's surface.

    As the witches began the Unity, a battle ensued between the Apokoliptians and an army composed of Humans, Atlanteans, Amazons, Olympians, and Green Lantern Yalan Gur. During the battle, Uxas fought and killed Gur, attempting to take his ring as it flew off his hand, though he was prevented from doing so after being hit in the chest by two arrows fired by Artemis. He was then attacked by King Atlan and Zeus in quick succession, which weakened him enough for Ares to grievously injure him with his labrys. Defeated, he was carried back to his ship by a group of Parademons and the armada quickly fled Earth, leaving behind the Anti-Life Equation and the Mother Boxes.[3]

    Apokoliptian Civil War[edit source]

    Following the disastrous invasion of Earth, Uxas nearly died on his injuries, and the defeat eventually plunged Apokolips into a civil war. During this, his uncle Steppenwolf sided against him, though he eventually switched sides and slaughtered his former allies. For this, Uxas showed mercy on him and decided to exile him until he had conquered fifty-thousand worlds rather than having him executed. Following the civil war, Uxas was proclaimed Lord Darkseid, the ruler of Apokolips.[3][4]

    Lord of Apokolips[edit source]

    Following his ascension to the throne, Darkseid began a search for the Anti-Life Equation that spanned thousands of years and countless planets across the multiverse.[3] To effectuate his conquests, Darkseid moved Apokolips across the stars in each universe until it collided with each Earth and corrupted the people living there into his servants.[5] During his reign, Darkseid also had a son named Orion, who was raised by another person that believed in spreading light rather than darkness across the multiverse,[6] and fought the Superman of Earth-38A.[7]

    Corruption of Earth-167[edit source]

    Early Attempts[edit source]

    Darkseid appeared on the Earth of Earth-167 several times throughout its history, becoming known by many names, including Hades, Lucifer, and Kali.[1] He almost succeeded in conquering the planet at several points, such as during the Spanish Inquisition and the rule of the Third Reich, though a brighter force always arose to send the darkness back.[8] During an attempted invasion of this Earth, Orion created a bow, which he used to defeat Darkseid and drive him back to his own dimension. However, Darkseid left behind DeSaad and Granny Goodness as his prophets to continue attempting to corrupt humanity.[6]

    Return to Earth[edit source]

    Following the activation of a portal to send the Kandorians to New Krypton, a tear in the universe was created, which allowed Darkseid's non-physical form to return to Earth.[9] Soon after arrival, the darkness broke into Gordon Godfrey's recording studio and possessed him, leading to him becoming a celebrity and one of the leading voices in the anti-vigilante movement.[10] At some point during his time on Earth-167, Darkseid also visited other places within the galaxy, such as the Phantom Zone, and corrupted its people.[11]

    Search for a New Vessel[edit source]

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    Possessing Gordon Godfrey

    Three weeks after making Godfrey his vessel, Darkseid again possessed him in an attempt to corrupt Lois Lane's soul, but he was unable to due to her pure heart. Instead, he decided to place her on a deadly rope trap in an attempt to lure The Blur to him so that he could use him as a vessel. Upon Clark's arrival at Club Desaad, Darkseid saw the inner conflict within him and almost succeeded in possessing him, though he was prevented from doing so by Kara using her bracelet.[10] Some time later, Darkseid appeared in his true form to Lionel Luthor, as he was at Lex's tombstone,[12] and offered to make him immortal, though Lionel refused.[13]

    Enslavement of Oliver Queen[edit source]

    After discovering his soul had become corrupted, Oliver Queen set out to find the Bow of Orion, as it was supposedly the one thing capable of reversing his condition. However, the weapon was soon destroyed by Granny Goodness, who revealed that Darkseid had allowed him to discover its location for this reason. She then used her powers to mind control Oliver into finding gold kryptonite in order to remove Clark's superpowers, as her master had instructed.[6] However, this plan soon failed after Chloe Sullivan prevented Clark from putting on a ring made of the substance.[1]

    Facing Superman[edit source]

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    Possessing Lionel Luthor

    As Apokolips was moving closer towards Earth, Darkseid appeared before a dying Lionel Luthor and asked him if he wanted to reconsider his earlier offer of immortality, though he once again refused and asked instead that Darkseid allow his son to live. He agreed to this, on the condition that Lionel's soul now belonged to him, and then ripped out Lionel's heart and placed it inside the clone of Lex.

    Now using Lionel's corpse as his vessel, Darkseid travelled to the Kent Farm, where he taunted Clark about how easily humanity fell to him. After throwing him across the barn, Clark had a brief mental conversation with Jor-El before developing the power of flight, quickly flying into Lionel's body and seemingly destroying Darkseid in the process. After accepting his destiny as Superman, Clark then flew into the sky and pushed Apokolips away from Earth, finally ending the threat to his universe.[13]

    The Crisis[edit source]

    Instead of being destroyed by his previous encounter with Superman, Darkseid was instead simply banished from Earth-167 and still continued his conquest of other universes throughout the multiverse, including Earth-Omega, whose Earth was destroyed after colliding with Apokolips.[14] However, Darkseid was soon disheartened to discover that the Monitors had already conquered this world before him.

    As Darkseid stood amongst the rubble, he was approached by Superman and Lois after they were accidentally transported to Earth-Omega. He had a brief conversation with Superman in which he stated that there is only one version of himself in the multiverse, that he had only been beaten in their prior encounter due to not being at his full strength, and that he was beaten to conquering this universe by the Monitors. Superman then offered him a deal, where he would help them get on board one of the Monitors' ships in exchange for the crystal of knowledge from Earth-Majestic.

    Accepting this agreement, Darkseid fired his omega beams at the ship, which opened its side door so that Superman and Lois could get inside before it entered the Bleed. Following this, Darkseid threw the crystal he had just acquired into the distance, and it began to form a Fortress of Solitude which he called a "New Genesis".[5]

    Second Invasion of Earth-1[edit source]

    As the Superman of Earth-1 was dying, his screams reverberated across the planet and resulted in the reawakening of the Mother Boxes after being dormant for millennia. This alerted Steppenwolf to their location, and so he began to collect them, soon releasing that this Earth was also home to the Anti-Life Equation. Reporting this discovery to Darkseid, he was ordered to terraform the planet in preparation for his arrival. During a confrontation with the Justice League, Steppenwolf managed to initiate the Unity, but this was undone after The Flash reversed time. As a portal to Apokolips began to open, Steppenwolf was decapitated by Wonder Woman and his head came tumbling through it, being stopped by Darkseid crushing it beneath his boot. Undeterred by this setback, Darkseid ordered DeSaad to prepare an armada to invade the Earth.[3]

    Knightmare[edit source]

    In a possible future, Darkseid arrived on Earth and soon claimed the Anti-Life Equation for himself. He then began the process of conquering the planet, first killing Wonder Woman and conquering Themyscira during her funeral, then attacking Atlantis, impaling Aquaman in the heart with his own trident and incinerating Nuidis Vulko with his omega beams, and finally incinerating Lois Lane in the Batcave.[3] After her murder, Superman became corrupted by the Anti-Life Equation and began to blame Batman for not saving her life.[15] As a result, Superman became a servant of Darkseid and was given control over the Earth. He was then tasked with destroying the Insurgency started by Batman, which he soon did.[16]

    Powers and Abilities[edit source]

    Powers[edit source]

    • New God Physiology: Darkseid possesses various superhuman powers due to being one of the most powerful members of the New Gods.[3]
      • Corruption: Darkseid is able to corrupt the souls of any living organism, allowing him complete control over them and furthering his conquest of their planet.[10]
      • Dimensional Travel: Darkseid is able to travel across the multiverse at will and is known to have visited at least three universes: Earth-1,[3] Earth-167,[13] and Earth-Omega.[5]
      • Empathy: Darkseid is able to see someone's innermost doubts and fears, which he exploits to corrupt an individual if they are not pure of heart.[10]
      • Immortality: Darkseid is immortal and is known to have lived for around five-thousand years without showing any signs of aging.[3]
      • Nigh-Invulnerability: Darkseid is incredibly durable and can withstand almost any physical attack. He is only known to have been injured once in his physical form and this was only possible due to a combined attack from Ares, Artemis, and Zeus, all members of the Olympians.[3]
      • Omega Beams: Darkseid has the ability to fire energy beams from his eyes which he can control at will, allowing them to travel in any direction and even change course numerous times.[3]
      • Possession: Darkseid is able to possess any living or deceased organism that is not pure of heart. He often uses this ability during his conquests of different planets in order to defeat their heroes before the planet's destruction.[13]
      • Superhuman Speed: Darkseid can move at speeds much faster than the average person and is able to keep up with other Gods such as Zeus.[3]
        • Superhuman Reflexes: Darkseid can utilize his superhuman levels of speed to outmaneuver his enemies and to block incoming attacks, as shown during his battle with Zeus.[3]
      • Superhuman Stamina: Darkseid is able to fight for long periods of time without being exhausted or physically weakened.[3]
      • Superhuman Strength: Darkseid is one of the most powerful beings in the multiverse, being stronger than even Steppenwolf, who single-handedly overpowered most of the Justice League, and being able to fight several members of the Olympians at once even in his youth.[3]
      • Telekinesis: Darkseid is able to move other people and objects through the use of his mind, as shown when he dragged Clark Kent towards him and began to choke him.[13]

    Abilities[edit source]

    • Genius-Level Intellect: Darkseid is an incredibly intelligent individual, who was able to successfully co-ordinate the invasion of tens of thousands of planets and keep up a search for the Anti-Life Equation for thousands of years.[3]
      • Intimidation: Darkseid is one of the most feared beings throughout the multiverse due to the reputation he has gained through conquering tens of thousands of worlds.[3]
      • Leadership: Darkseid has become an extremely talented leader after ruling Apokolips for thousands of years, as shown through his successful co-ordination of the invasion of tens of thousands of planets across the multiverse.[3]
      • Manipulation: Darkseid is highly talented in manipulating people into serving his ends, even being able to corrupt Superman into becoming one of his enforcers after murdering Lois Lane.[3]
    • Hand-to-Hand Combat: Darkseid was an incredibly skilled fighter even in his youth, being able to easily defeat and kill Yalan Gur and fight other Gods such as Zeus.[3]
    • Indomitable Will: Darkseid is extremely driven and has managed to keep up a search for the Anti-Life Equation for millennia, even after being almost killed whilst trying to acquire it.[3]

    Weaknesses[edit source]

    Current Weaknesses[edit source]

    • Pure Heart: Darkseid cannot corrupt or possess individuals who are pure of heart or who have their fears and doubts under control.[10]

    Former Weaknesses[edit source]

    • Bow of Orion: Darkseid was once defeated by his son using the Bow of Orion, though the weapon was eventually destroyed during the attempted corruption of Earth-167.[6]
    • Clark Kent: Darkseid was defeated by Clark Kent as he represented hope against the darkness he sought to spread.[13]
    • Kara Zor-El's Bracelet: Whilst not possessing a vessel, Darkseid was driven back temporarily by the light produced by Kara's bracelet.[10]

    Equipment[edit source]

    Former Equipment[edit source]

    Future Equipment[edit source]

    Appearances[edit source]

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    Lazarus Appears
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    Supergirl Appears
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    Homecoming Mentioned
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    Abandoned Mentioned
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    Patriot Mentioned
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    Icarus Mentioned
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    Scion Appears
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    Dominion Mentioned
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    Prophecy Mentioned
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    Finale, Part 1 Appears
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    Finale, Part 2 Appears
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    Argo Part 6 Flashback
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    Chaos Part 7 Appears
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    Chaos Part 8 Appears
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    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Indirectly Mentioned
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    Justice League Mentioned
    The Flash: Supergirl's Sacrifice Mentioned
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    Zack Snyder's Justice League Appears

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