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->''Send me your superheroes from past, present'' '''OR''' ''future. [[BadassBoast I'll kill all of them]].''
-->-- '''Vandal Savage,''' ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' Vol. 1, #2

Vandal Savage is a DC Comics super-villain created by writer Creator/AlfredBester and artist Martin Nodell. He first appeared in ''GreenLantern'' Vol. 1, # 10 (Winter, 1943) as an enemy of Alan Scott, the Green Lantern of the GoldenAge. Since then, he has appeared across various DC Comics titles and clashed with individual superheroes and superhero teams.

Savage's history goes back to prehistoric times. Previously known as Vandar Adg (translated as Vandar The Stone) of the Cro-Magnon Blood Tribe, in 50,000 B.C. he encountered [[MagicMeteor a meteor]] that fell to Earth one cold night. Depending on the version of the character, he either [[TheDCU lapsed into a coma from its radiations]] or [[DCAnimatedUniverse willingly slept near the meteor for warmth]]; either way, in the process, he was bathed in its rays and ended up as an immortal being.

Since then he has appeared throughout history under different aliases and in different positions of power among different empires, all to further his own aims of eventual global conquest. Due to his immortality, he's had several lifetimes to acquire great combat, military, tactical and leadership skills, and is vastly knowledgeable in the world's history, sciences, arts and technology--adding to this, in all versions of the character, the meteor's power also gave him SuperIntelligence. He possesses [[SuperStrength superior physical strength]] and endurance, [[HealingFactor can heal from most wounds,]] [[EvilSorcerer is versed in magic,]] and is able to [[VillainTeleportation create inter-dimensional warps.]]

He is the leader of the DC Universe's Illuminati and founder of the Fourth Reich and Tartarus, and has also been associated with the Secret Society of Super-Villains and the Injustice Society. He was also part of the inner circle of Libra's Society during ''FinalCrisis''.

His primary archenemy is the Immortal Man, who also hails from the Cro-Magnon period and gained the power of repeated reincarnation from the same meteor Savage got his powers from. Following The Immortal Man's death, the title of archenemy for Savage went to the ResurrectionMan, an unrelated superhero with similar powers.

Savage has also fought against the Comicbook/TeenTitans, the [[BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]], the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica and the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, and butted heads with individual heroes such as Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}}, TheFlash, GreenLantern, MartianManhunter, {{Hawkman}}, both versions of TheQuestion, [[BoosterGold Rip Hunter]] and the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Ray]].

Savage also appeared in the DCAnimatedUniverse's ''JusticeLeague'' series (voiced by Phil Morris), as the BigBad of the three-part episode "The Savage Time" and the two-part "Maid of Honor," and he also appeared in the second half of the two-part "Hereafter." He has also appeared in ''DCUniverseOnline'' (voiced by Brian Talbot) and more recently he has appeared in the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' animated series (voiced by Miguel Ferrer) and the animated movie, ''JusticeLeagueDoom'' (with Phil Morris reprising the role).

He was ranked [[http://comics.ign.com/top-100-villains/36.html the 36th "Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time"]] by IGN in 2009.

[[AC:Some of the comic book titles where Vandal Savage has appeared:]]
* ''ComicBook/ActionComics''
* ''All-Star Comics''
* ''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: The Return Of Bruce Wayne''
* ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Vol. 1, #4''
* ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion''
* ''DC Universe Presents ... Savage''
* ''DemonKnights''
* ''DetectiveComics''
* ''{{Elseworlds}}''
** ''Batman: Dark Knight Dynasty''
** ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}''
** ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''
* ''FinalCrisis''
* ''TheFlash''
* ''GreenLantern Vol. 1, #10''
* ''Guns of the Dragon''
* ''{{Hawkman}} Vol. 3, #0''
* ''{{JLA}}''
* ''[[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]]''
* ''JusticeLeagueInternational Vol. 2, #66''
* ''Justice League Task Force''
* ''ResurrectionMan''
* ''ComicBook/SalvationRun''
* ''SecretSix''
* ''Franchise/StarTrek[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''
* ''Time Masters''
* ''Titans''
* ''Villains United Vol. 1, #5, #6''
* ''ZeroHour Vol. 1, #4''

!!Tropes associated with Vandal Savage:
* AboveGoodAndEvil: Often claims to be this. In the Creator/ChristopherPriestComics penned stories, he even believes it, and behaves according to it.
* AbusiveParents: He essentially threatened his daughter Scandal with the death of her teammates in the Secret Six if she didn't [[IWantGrandkids produce an heir for him.]] [[BerserkButton She did not take it well.]]
* AffablyEvil: Sometimes. In fact, post-{{Flashpoint}}, he's shown as a rather likeable sort in ''Demon Knights''.
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: When he was manufacturing and distributing ''Velocity 9'', a drug that granted super-speed at the cost of burning out the user's body.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: He's generally been portrayed as Caucasian, but his skin tone has changed shades across various media, with ''JusticeLeagueDoom'' and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' portraying him with something akin to a ScaryBlackMan appearance[[note]] Though ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'''s Savage- who is a Neanderthal rather than Cro-Magnon- doesn't really resemble ''any'' contemporary human ethnic or racial group. He's far bigger and bulkier than any other human on the show, and though his facial features have a somewhat African cast, his skin is a light brown-gray color that no other character shares[[/note]]. It helps that he's of Cro-Magnon origin, and that Genghis Khan (who was of Mongoloid ancestry) was said to be one of his conquering aliases in history.
* ApocalypseHow: Achieves it off-screen in the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter."
* ArchEnemy: Primarily to the Immortal Man and later to the Resurrection Man, as explained above, but also arguably to [[GreenLantern Alan Scott,]] [[TheFlash Wally West,]] the Justice League, the Justice Society, and the Titans.
* ArchnemesisDad: To his daughter Scandal.
* AristocratsAreEvil
* ArtifactOfDoom: He's wielded a few, including the Spear of Destiny.
* TheAtoner: In the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter," [[IHatePastMe he sincerely regrets his past actions]].
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' ''(about Superman's "death" in the past)'' Your funeral was lovely. It was on all the networks. I used to have the DVD.
--> '''Superman:''' I'm glad you enjoyed it.
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' As a matter of fact, I did. But I've had 30,000 years to reconsider.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Autocannibalism}}: Having lost his immortality in one story, he restores it by eating a disfigured clone of himself.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Vandar Adg, his true name. Of course, Vandal Savage isn't a wimpy name either.
** In ''Franchise/StarTrek[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' he still goes by the name Vandar Adg in the far future, which roughly translates as [[AwesomeMcCoolname Vandar The Stone]].
* AxCrazy: But he's cultured and intelligent enough that it's not obvious on the surface.
* BadBoss
* BadassBeard[=/=]BeardOfEvil[=/=]BeardOfBarbarism
* BadassBoast: See the page quote for just one example.
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BadassLongcoat: He's capable of being stylish if he's in the mood...
* BigBad: In most of the stories he appears in, most recently and prominently in ''JusticeLeagueDoom''. One exception is the Fernus storyline in ''{{JLA}}'' (see EnemyMine below).
* {{BFG}}: In the ''Justice League'' episode "Maid of Honor," he used a meteorite-shooting rail gun mounted on a space station to terrorize the planet, and even gave an ocean-targeted demonstration to show he wasn't afraid to use it.
* BoisterousBruiser: Demon Knights Vandal is a wandering, violence-loving immortal who hasn't reached "world domination" stage yet. The result is basically Creator/BrianBlessed.
* BreakThemByTalking: He's able to influence people just by words alone.
* CannibalismSuperpower: He regenerates his powers, whenever they start showing signs of failing, by drinking his enemies' blood.
* TheCasanova: By his own admission, he's bedded countless women throughout the ages for the sole purpose of having [[GuineaPigFamily numerous descendants from whom he can harvest organs for himself when needed]].
* TheChessmaster
* ClassicVillain: He hails from as far back as the Golden Age of Comic Books!
* ColdBloodedTorture: He's not afraid to indulge in this.
* CombatPragmatist: He's not above using anything within reach as a weapon.
* ContemplativeBoss
* ContemporaryCaveman: It's easy to forget he's from the Cro-Magnon period.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: One ''Justice League Task Force'' storyline portrays him this way.
* CrazyPrepared
* DaddysLittleVillain: He wants his daughter Scandal to be this, but she's not about to comply.
* DarkMessiah: To the Religion of Crime, who worship him as [[NameOfCain Cain]].
* DeadlyDoctor: By his own declaration, he conducted syphilis experiments on France's royal family while posing as their court physician.
** His ''{{Smallville}}'' counterpart, Curtis Knox, proves to be this as well.
* DeadpanSnarker: And very gifted at it, too. For example, in the ''Justice League'' episode "Maid of Honor," when Wonder Woman's trying to crash his wedding to Princess Audrey:
--> '''Wonder Woman:''' Audrey, stop! I won't let you marry him! He's...
--> ''(Savage shoots her with an energy bolt)''
--> '''Savage:''' ''(calmly re-holstering his gun)'' Does anyone else have any objection?
** Another example drawn from the episode "Hereafter," after Superman's arrived in the desolated future Earth and has met the future Savage:
---> '''Superman:''' You're insane.
---> '''Vandal Savage:''' True, but that doesn't mean I'm not good company. Say, you want to come over to my house?
---> '''Superman:''' ''(gives him a look)''
---> '''Vandal Savage:''' Like you've got something better to do.
** And later in the same episode:
---> '''Superman:''' Self-help books? You don't seem the type.
---> '''Vandal Savage:''' I read whatever I can find. Anyway, I've got issues, what with my destroying the Earth and all.
* DeathByIrony: In ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', it's posited that after having lived to the 853rd century, Savage goes back in time to the 20th-century Montevideo, Uruguay just in time to get smacked with [[BigBulkyBomb a nuclear payload]] that obliterates the city... the irony is, that attack is ordered by 20th-century Savage.
* DeathIsCheap: Being immortal does have its perks.
* {{Determinator}}: He just will not stay defeated or dead.
* DiabolicalMastermind
* DoomsdayDevice: He loves these. In the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter," for example, he used a gravity-manipulating device that upset the balance of the solar system and ''wiped out the entire human race as a result''.
* EnemyMine: On at least two occasions.
** In one ''JLA'' storyline, he had to team up with the Justice League to stop [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Fernus]] [[EldritchAbomination the]] [[MeaningfulName Burning]], J'onn J'onzz's SuperpoweredEvilSide.
** In ''Justice League Task Force'' Savage and the JLTF team up to stop someone threatening his company. Between a GambitPileup and Savage's ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, the Task Force soon lose track of whether they're still on the same side or not...
* TheEmperor: Became Emperor of the Imperial Planets, a ''very'' powerful version of [[TheEmpire The Terran Empire]] from Franchise/StarTrek, after somehow [[spoiler: ''[[CapturedSuperEntity trapping Q]]''.]]
* EvilChancellor: He's served as an adviser to Erik the Red, NapoleonBonaparte, Otto von Bismark, AdolfHitler, and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Ra's]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist al Ghul.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To the Immortal Man, and later to the Resurrection Man.
* EvilGenius
* EvilPlan: Take over the world and stay immortal.
* EvilSorcerer: He'll dabble in magic if it'll suit his purposes.
* EvilVsEvil: With LexLuthor in ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing''.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: In addition to his origin as Cro-Magnon caveman, Vandal's maintained a variety of identities in concert with several historical figures; advising William of Normandy during his invasion of England, Napoleon Bonaparte as Marshall Savage, and Otto von Bismarck as the Baron von Savage. He claims that he ''was'' Alexander The Great, Ghenghis Khan and JackTheRipper - though he's also claimed to have [[UnreliableNarrator participated in Caesar's murder and to have BEEN Caesar]].
** If he was Caesar and history records Caesar as dead, he could have had a hand in Caesar's "death".
* {{Expy}}: The character of Dr. Curtis Knox in ''{{Smallville}}'' is likely based on Savage. See [[http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/828/828674p1.html here]] and [[http://smallville.wikia.com/wiki/Curtis_Knox here]].
* ForTheEvulz: Savage's reason for joining Libra's Society in ''FinalCrisis''? He was ''bored.''
* ForWantOfANail: [[spoiler:If Rip Hunter hadn't mistaken Savage's father for Savage himself...]]
* FromASingleCell: He can be physically injured and could conceivably be killed, but his HealingFactor takes care of whatever injury he might sustain (though how quickly it does depends on the severity of the injury). He is also susceptible to infections and disease (he suffers a brain tumor at one point, but he gets better).
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Once upon a time, Vandal Savage was Vandar Adg, who in turn was just one of many Cro-Magnon cavemen trying to survive.
* GadgeteerGenius
* GeniusBruiser: The genius part is obvious, but he's also a ''very'' dangerous hand-to-hand combatant.
* GenreSavvy: Well, he's had thousands upon thousands of years' worth of experience, so...
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the JusticeLeague episode "Maid of Honor", he marries the Crown Princess of Kaznia, Audrey. After their wedding, she's shown waking up in bed wearing nothing but a skimpy nightgown, and is confused when she looks to the other side of the bed and sees Vandal isn't there, making it entirely clear that he consummated his union with her.
* AGlassOfChianti: Observe the page image.
** That issue reveals that he is ''such'' a connoisseur of fine wines that he can identify the vineyard and vintage of a particular bottle [[RuleOfCool just by the sound it makes when poured into a glass]].
* GlovedFistOfDoom
* AGodAmI: He declares it to Green Lantern in the ''Justice League'' episode "The Savage Time":
--> '''Green Lantern:''' Say your prayers, Savage!
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' A god doesn't grovel.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: He has three scars across his face in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. WordofGod mentions that he gained these during a fight with a cave bear.
* GuineaPigFamily: He uses his own descendants for [[{{Squick}} spare parts]] to heal himself and maintain his immortality.
* HealingFactor: A side-effect of his powers.
* HeroKiller: He once set up Wally West to fall into a DeathTrap that resulted in Wally getting shot through the heart (he got better).
* IWantGrandkids: He has pressured his daughter Scandal to provide him with grandchildren. She refuses because (a) he likely wants them simply as a GuineaPigFamily, and (b) she's a lesbian anyway.
* TheIlluminati: He's the leader of the DC Comics version.
* ImAHumanitarian: He's described by LexLuthor as quite possibly being the first cannibal on record.
* ImmortalityHurts: He often drinks alcohol or takes drugs like opium to dull the pain of his intestinal cancer, which he had at the time he gained his immortality. His HealingFactor keeps it from killing him, but makes it impossible to remove.
* ImmortalityImmorality
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: He makes a Victorian-era outfit look good in the 20th century.
* {{Jerkass}}: Quite possibly the kindest thing anyone can ever say about this man.
* JokerImmunity: As if being immortal wasn't bad enough...
* JuliusBeethovenDaVinci: Alexander the Great, Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, Genghis Khan, Blackbeard, Vlad the Impaler, JackTheRipper, Cain the first murderer, and countless more.
** Parodied in the 1991 ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' miniseries, when he claims he was Cheops. Reincarnated pharoah {{Hawkman}} isn't impressed.
--->'''Hawkman''': The liar! He was never Cheops! What a blowhard!
** It's revealed in ''Franchise/StarTrek[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' that in the main ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' timeline, he's none other than [[FridgeBrilliance Mr.]] [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Flint Flint]], the old immortal soldier who [[ForWantOfANail at some point in ancient Mesopotamia]] had a HeelFaceTurn away from conquest and towards art and science, and so never became the conqueror Vandal Savage is. Instead, he had the identities of thinkers, visionaries and artists throughout history: Socrates, Solomon, Alexander The Great ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation again]]) and LeonardoDaVinci.
* KickTheDog: Oh, where to start...
* KnifeNut: He's fond of bladed weapons. In fact, he's said to have terrorized London as Jack the Ripper.
* LargeHam: His DCAU incarnation has traces of this.
* LightIsNotGood: His doomsday cult in the "Finish Line" story arc in ''The Flash''. [[spoiler:And the aptly-named "The Light" in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.]]
* LightningBruiser
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: He certainly enjoys being immortal, and takes steps to ensure he stays that way. Which makes his [[WhoWantsToLiveForever moods of weariness]] all the more hypocritical.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:[[GreenArrow Roy Harper, a.k.a. Arsenal]], is one of his blood descendants]].
* MadScientist: He's dabbled in cloning and has created an addictive super-speed-granting drug, for starters.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: His daughter Scandal.
* ManBehindTheMan: When he's not being the BigBad openly, he's working behind the scenes to achieve his ends. Also see the VisionaryVillain quote below.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* ManipulativeBastard
* MasterPoisoner: Did this to the king of Kasnia in the ''Justice League'' episode "Maid of Honor."
* MeaningfulName: Self-explanatory.
* MoralityPet: The Ray served as one for him for a while. Savage came to view Ray almost like a son, and would fight off other super villains to protect him. He even offered his soul to the Devil in place of Ray's in what's probably his biggest PetTheDog moment to date.
* MyGrandsonMyself: In the ''Justice League'' episode "Maid of Honor," he claims to be Vandal Savage '''III'''--the grandson of the Vandal Savage the Justice League met in "The Savage Time." Of course, WonderWoman doesn't buy it.
* NameOfCain: The Religion of Crime worship him as the reincarnation of the Biblical first murderer, and LexLuthor says there is evidence that Vandal was the first cannibal.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Well, with a name like '''Vandal Savage,''' what else would you expect?
** NonIndicativeName: On the other hand, he's a lot more cool, calculating, and decisive than the brutish implications his name suggests.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Throughout history, he would periodically fake his death and assume a new identity and/or role whenever he saw that his then-current plans were about to fail.
* NighInvulnerability: Thanks to his HealingFactor, to the point that not even ''dropping a meteor on him'' will keep him down.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine
* ObviouslyEvil
* OhCrap: Gives a very impressive one right before his jet crashes into the ocean in the ''Justice League'' episode "The Savage Time." He later inspires this reaction in Kasnia's Princess Audrey in "Maid of Honor," by demonstrating his HealingFactor right after she slaps him and leaves a nasty scratch on his face in the process.
* OmnicidalManiac
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: [[spoiler:"The Light" in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', of which he may be the leader or at least the ''Primus Inter Pares'' of the group]].
* PetTheDog: Genuinely cares for the Ray, going so far as to offer his own soul in exchange for Neron leaving Ray alone. It's not an isolated incident, either; he's an almost entirely positive influence in Ray's life, encouraging and enabling him to live up to his potential, up to and including giving Ray a high-paying (and ethically ok) job in the field he's most qualified for. Part of the irony of the book is that Savage is actually a better father figure than Ray's true father, an actual superhero.
* ThePlan
* PuttingOnTheReich: Several times throughout history in whichever medium he appears, including usurping AdolfHitler to take command of the Axis powers in the ''Justice League'' episode "The Savage Time."
* ReligionOfEvil: During the "Finish Line" storyline in TheFlash Vol. 2, he creates a cult dedicated to the re-summoning of the meteor that gave him his powers in the first place.
** He's also been associated with the Religion of Crime, who used the Spear of Destiny in a ritual to have him receive the Mark of Cain.
* SocialDarwinist: Several times.
* TheSociopath
* SoleSurvivingScientist: He ends up a sole surviving scientist in the episode "Hereafter" from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
* SupremeChef: Demonstrated in the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter."
* TakeOverTheWorld: His [[EvilPlan ultimate goal]].
** In Franchise/StarTrek[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, he takes care of ''that'' around 100 BC, [[spoiler: using the power of [[CapturedSuperEntity the captive Q]]]]. And since one planet is never enough, he goes on to expand.
* TimeAbyss: Although he [[OlderThanTheyLook appears to be]] in his late 30s to mid-40s.
* TooKinkyToTorture
* TopOneHundredComicBookVillains: Number 36, as stated above.
* {{Ubermensch}}: To borrow a quote from the ''Justice League'' episode "The Savage Time":
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' Who would have thought the ''ubermensch'' would be green?
--> '''MartianManhunter:''' ''Ubermensch?''
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' The superior man.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: His daughter, Scandal Savage, who is a member of the Secret Six.
* TheUnfettered: His philosophy boils down to the idea that because he's been around longer than pretty much everyone else, he gets a free pass to do whatever the hell he wants.
* VillainousBreakdown: Had one that lasted for a few issues when he discovered he was dying of a brain tumor that his HealingFactor couldn't fix. During his breakdown, he suddenly understood why normal people are so desperate to stave off death. He got better after he ate his own disfigured clone to fix the problem.
** Has another when [[TheKirk Kirk]] gives him a piece of his mind.
* VillainTeleportation
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He'll play this card if it will suit his purposes; in such a case, only superheroes and the reading/viewing audience are completely aware of what sort of individual he actually is. The ''Justice League'' episode "Maid of Honor" is an immediate example of him milking the trope.
* VisionaryVillain: As he says in volume 3, issue 3 of ''Justice Society of America'':
--> I am not a caveman. I am a visionary. [[ManBehindTheMan A veteran and orchestrator of every significant war mankind has ever had]]. And I will continue to shape the world for the war of tomorrow. My tomorrow.
* WeAreEverywhere: Savage has operatives everywhere, especially through the Illuminati.
* [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Who Names Their Daughter Scandal?]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: There are hints at times that he's rather world-weary. In the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter," he's had 30,000 years to be TheAtoner, indicating this trope's spirit when he appears in person in the episode.
* WickedCultured
* WorldDomination: What he wants to achieve, across all media. The sole exception is his alternate-future self in the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter," where he's TheAtoner instead.
** And the partial exception of his Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes 'main Star Trek timeline' incarnation (Flint), which did a heel-face turn at some point in ancient Mesopotamia. He was still Alexander the Great, but otherwise Flint appears to have focused much more on art and science than Vandal Savage (culminating in quitting Earth and setting up shop on a remote planetoid to live in peace).
* WorthyOpponent: Has quite a few. When he finally kills Resurrection Man for good in ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', he says, "Goodbye, old friend."
* WouldHitAGirl: And he has.
* WouldHurtAChild: Yes, he would, whether to [[GuineaPigFamily upgrade his own immortality]] or to [[HeroKiller murder a superhero]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:Rip Hunter did, in an attempt to kill Savage before he became immortal]].

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[[quoteright:250:[[ComicBook/DCOneMillion http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/savage_2185.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:250:He is as classy and charming as he is vicious and cold-blooded.]]
->''Send me your superheroes from past, present'' '''OR''' ''future. [[BadassBoast I'll kill all of them]].''
-->-- '''Vandal Savage,''' ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' Vol. 1, #2

Vandal Savage is a DC Comics super-villain created by writer Creator/AlfredBester and artist Martin Nodell. He first appeared in ''GreenLantern'' Vol. 1, # 10 (Winter, 1943) as an enemy of Alan Scott, the Green Lantern of the GoldenAge. Since then, he has appeared across various DC Comics titles and clashed with individual superheroes and superhero teams.

Savage's history goes back to prehistoric times. Previously known as Vandar Adg (translated as Vandar The Stone) of the Cro-Magnon Blood Tribe, in 50,000 B.C. he encountered [[MagicMeteor a meteor]] that fell to Earth one cold night. Depending on the version of the character, he either [[TheDCU lapsed into a coma from its radiations]] or [[DCAnimatedUniverse willingly slept near the meteor for warmth]]; either way, in the process, he was bathed in its rays and ended up as an immortal being.

Since then he has appeared throughout history under different aliases and in different positions of power among different empires, all to further his own aims of eventual global conquest. Due to his immortality, he's had several lifetimes to acquire great combat, military, tactical and leadership skills, and is vastly knowledgeable in the world's history, sciences, arts and technology--adding to this, in all versions of the character, the meteor's power also gave him SuperIntelligence. He possesses [[SuperStrength superior physical strength]] and endurance, [[HealingFactor can heal from most wounds,]] [[EvilSorcerer is versed in magic,]] and is able to [[VillainTeleportation create inter-dimensional warps.]]

He is the leader of the DC Universe's Illuminati and founder of the Fourth Reich and Tartarus, and has also been associated with the Secret Society of Super-Villains and the Injustice Society. He was also part of the inner circle of Libra's Society during ''FinalCrisis''.

His primary archenemy is the Immortal Man, who also hails from the Cro-Magnon period and gained the power of repeated reincarnation from the same meteor Savage got his powers from. Following The Immortal Man's death, the title of archenemy for Savage went to the ResurrectionMan, an unrelated superhero with similar powers.

Savage has also fought against the Comicbook/TeenTitans, the [[BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]], the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica and the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, and butted heads with individual heroes such as Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}}, TheFlash, GreenLantern, MartianManhunter, {{Hawkman}}, both versions of TheQuestion, [[BoosterGold Rip Hunter]] and the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Ray]].

Savage also appeared in the DCAnimatedUniverse's ''JusticeLeague'' series (voiced by Phil Morris), as the BigBad of the three-part episode "The Savage Time" and the two-part "Maid of Honor," and he also appeared in the second half of the two-part "Hereafter." He has also appeared in ''DCUniverseOnline'' (voiced by Brian Talbot) and more recently he has appeared in the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' animated series (voiced by Miguel Ferrer) and the animated movie, ''JusticeLeagueDoom'' (with Phil Morris reprising the role).

He was ranked [[http://comics.ign.com/top-100-villains/36.html the 36th "Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time"]] by IGN in 2009.

[[AC:Some of the comic book titles where Vandal Savage has appeared:]]
* ''ComicBook/ActionComics''
* ''All-Star Comics''
* ''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: The Return Of Bruce Wayne''
* ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Vol. 1, #4''
* ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion''
* ''DC Universe Presents ... Savage''
* ''DemonKnights''
* ''DetectiveComics''
* ''{{Elseworlds}}''
** ''Batman: Dark Knight Dynasty''
** ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}''
** ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''
* ''FinalCrisis''
* ''TheFlash''
* ''GreenLantern Vol. 1, #10''
* ''Guns of the Dragon''
* ''{{Hawkman}} Vol. 3, #0''
* ''{{JLA}}''
* ''[[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]]''
* ''JusticeLeagueInternational Vol. 2, #66''
* ''Justice League Task Force''
* ''ResurrectionMan''
* ''ComicBook/SalvationRun''
* ''SecretSix''
* ''Franchise/StarTrek[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''
* ''Time Masters''
* ''Titans''
* ''Villains United Vol. 1, #5, #6''
* ''ZeroHour Vol. 1, #4''

!!Tropes associated with Vandal Savage:
* AboveGoodAndEvil: Often claims to be this. In the Creator/ChristopherPriestComics penned stories, he even believes it, and behaves according to it.
* AbusiveParents: He essentially threatened his daughter Scandal with the death of her teammates in the Secret Six if she didn't [[IWantGrandkids produce an heir for him.]] [[BerserkButton She did not take it well.]]
* AffablyEvil: Sometimes. In fact, post-{{Flashpoint}}, he's shown as a rather likeable sort in ''Demon Knights''.
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: When he was manufacturing and distributing ''Velocity 9'', a drug that granted super-speed at the cost of burning out the user's body.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: He's generally been portrayed as Caucasian, but his skin tone has changed shades across various media, with ''JusticeLeagueDoom'' and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' portraying him with something akin to a ScaryBlackMan appearance[[note]] Though ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'''s Savage- who is a Neanderthal rather than Cro-Magnon- doesn't really resemble ''any'' contemporary human ethnic or racial group. He's far bigger and bulkier than any other human on the show, and though his facial features have a somewhat African cast, his skin is a light brown-gray color that no other character shares[[/note]]. It helps that he's of Cro-Magnon origin, and that Genghis Khan (who was of Mongoloid ancestry) was said to be one of his conquering aliases in history.
* ApocalypseHow: Achieves it off-screen in the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter."
* ArchEnemy: Primarily to the Immortal Man and later to the Resurrection Man, as explained above, but also arguably to [[GreenLantern Alan Scott,]] [[TheFlash Wally West,]] the Justice League, the Justice Society, and the Titans.
* ArchnemesisDad: To his daughter Scandal.
* AristocratsAreEvil
* ArtifactOfDoom: He's wielded a few, including the Spear of Destiny.
* TheAtoner: In the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter," [[IHatePastMe he sincerely regrets his past actions]].
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' ''(about Superman's "death" in the past)'' Your funeral was lovely. It was on all the networks. I used to have the DVD.
--> '''Superman:''' I'm glad you enjoyed it.
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' As a matter of fact, I did. But I've had 30,000 years to reconsider.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Autocannibalism}}: Having lost his immortality in one story, he restores it by eating a disfigured clone of himself.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Vandar Adg, his true name. Of course, Vandal Savage isn't a wimpy name either.
** In ''Franchise/StarTrek[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' he still goes by the name Vandar Adg in the far future, which roughly translates as [[AwesomeMcCoolname Vandar The Stone]].
* AxCrazy: But he's cultured and intelligent enough that it's not obvious on the surface.
* BadBoss
* BadassBeard[=/=]BeardOfEvil[=/=]BeardOfBarbarism
* BadassBoast: See the page quote for just one example.
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BadassLongcoat: He's capable of being stylish if he's in the mood...
* BigBad: In most of the stories he appears in, most recently and prominently in ''JusticeLeagueDoom''. One exception is the Fernus storyline in ''{{JLA}}'' (see EnemyMine below).
* {{BFG}}: In the ''Justice League'' episode "Maid of Honor," he used a meteorite-shooting rail gun mounted on a space station to terrorize the planet, and even gave an ocean-targeted demonstration to show he wasn't afraid to use it.
* BoisterousBruiser: Demon Knights Vandal is a wandering, violence-loving immortal who hasn't reached "world domination" stage yet. The result is basically Creator/BrianBlessed.
* BreakThemByTalking: He's able to influence people just by words alone.
* CannibalismSuperpower: He regenerates his powers, whenever they start showing signs of failing, by drinking his enemies' blood.
* TheCasanova: By his own admission, he's bedded countless women throughout the ages for the sole purpose of having [[GuineaPigFamily numerous descendants from whom he can harvest organs for himself when needed]].
* TheChessmaster
* ClassicVillain: He hails from as far back as the Golden Age of Comic Books!
* ColdBloodedTorture: He's not afraid to indulge in this.
* CombatPragmatist: He's not above using anything within reach as a weapon.
* ContemplativeBoss
* ContemporaryCaveman: It's easy to forget he's from the Cro-Magnon period.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: One ''Justice League Task Force'' storyline portrays him this way.
* CrazyPrepared
* DaddysLittleVillain: He wants his daughter Scandal to be this, but she's not about to comply.
* DarkMessiah: To the Religion of Crime, who worship him as [[NameOfCain Cain]].
* DeadlyDoctor: By his own declaration, he conducted syphilis experiments on France's royal family while posing as their court physician.
** His ''{{Smallville}}'' counterpart, Curtis Knox, proves to be this as well.
* DeadpanSnarker: And very gifted at it, too. For example, in the ''Justice League'' episode "Maid of Honor," when Wonder Woman's trying to crash his wedding to Princess Audrey:
--> '''Wonder Woman:''' Audrey, stop! I won't let you marry him! He's...
--> ''(Savage shoots her with an energy bolt)''
--> '''Savage:''' ''(calmly re-holstering his gun)'' Does anyone else have any objection?
** Another example drawn from the episode "Hereafter," after Superman's arrived in the desolated future Earth and has met the future Savage:
---> '''Superman:''' You're insane.
---> '''Vandal Savage:''' True, but that doesn't mean I'm not good company. Say, you want to come over to my house?
---> '''Superman:''' ''(gives him a look)''
---> '''Vandal Savage:''' Like you've got something better to do.
** And later in the same episode:
---> '''Superman:''' Self-help books? You don't seem the type.
---> '''Vandal Savage:''' I read whatever I can find. Anyway, I've got issues, what with my destroying the Earth and all.
* DeathByIrony: In ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', it's posited that after having lived to the 853rd century, Savage goes back in time to the 20th-century Montevideo, Uruguay just in time to get smacked with [[BigBulkyBomb a nuclear payload]] that obliterates the city... the irony is, that attack is ordered by 20th-century Savage.
* DeathIsCheap: Being immortal does have its perks.
* {{Determinator}}: He just will not stay defeated or dead.
* DiabolicalMastermind
* DoomsdayDevice: He loves these. In the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter," for example, he used a gravity-manipulating device that upset the balance of the solar system and ''wiped out the entire human race as a result''.
* EnemyMine: On at least two occasions.
** In one ''JLA'' storyline, he had to team up with the Justice League to stop [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Fernus]] [[EldritchAbomination the]] [[MeaningfulName Burning]], J'onn J'onzz's SuperpoweredEvilSide.
** In ''Justice League Task Force'' Savage and the JLTF team up to stop someone threatening his company. Between a GambitPileup and Savage's ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, the Task Force soon lose track of whether they're still on the same side or not...
* TheEmperor: Became Emperor of the Imperial Planets, a ''very'' powerful version of [[TheEmpire The Terran Empire]] from Franchise/StarTrek, after somehow [[spoiler: ''[[CapturedSuperEntity trapping Q]]''.]]
* EvilChancellor: He's served as an adviser to Erik the Red, NapoleonBonaparte, Otto von Bismark, AdolfHitler, and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Ra's]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist al Ghul.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To the Immortal Man, and later to the Resurrection Man.
* EvilGenius
* EvilPlan: Take over the world and stay immortal.
* EvilSorcerer: He'll dabble in magic if it'll suit his purposes.
* EvilVsEvil: With LexLuthor in ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing''.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: In addition to his origin as Cro-Magnon caveman, Vandal's maintained a variety of identities in concert with several historical figures; advising William of Normandy during his invasion of England, Napoleon Bonaparte as Marshall Savage, and Otto von Bismarck as the Baron von Savage. He claims that he ''was'' Alexander The Great, Ghenghis Khan and JackTheRipper - though he's also claimed to have [[UnreliableNarrator participated in Caesar's murder and to have BEEN Caesar]].
** If he was Caesar and history records Caesar as dead, he could have had a hand in Caesar's "death".
* {{Expy}}: The character of Dr. Curtis Knox in ''{{Smallville}}'' is likely based on Savage. See [[http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/828/828674p1.html here]] and [[http://smallville.wikia.com/wiki/Curtis_Knox here]].
* ForTheEvulz: Savage's reason for joining Libra's Society in ''FinalCrisis''? He was ''bored.''
* ForWantOfANail: [[spoiler:If Rip Hunter hadn't mistaken Savage's father for Savage himself...]]
* FromASingleCell: He can be physically injured and could conceivably be killed, but his HealingFactor takes care of whatever injury he might sustain (though how quickly it does depends on the severity of the injury). He is also susceptible to infections and disease (he suffers a brain tumor at one point, but he gets better).
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Once upon a time, Vandal Savage was Vandar Adg, who in turn was just one of many Cro-Magnon cavemen trying to survive.
* GadgeteerGenius
* GeniusBruiser: The genius part is obvious, but he's also a ''very'' dangerous hand-to-hand combatant.
* GenreSavvy: Well, he's had thousands upon thousands of years' worth of experience, so...
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the JusticeLeague episode "Maid of Honor", he marries the Crown Princess of Kaznia, Audrey. After their wedding, she's shown waking up in bed wearing nothing but a skimpy nightgown, and is confused when she looks to the other side of the bed and sees Vandal isn't there, making it entirely clear that he consummated his union with her.
* AGlassOfChianti: Observe the page image.
** That issue reveals that he is ''such'' a connoisseur of fine wines that he can identify the vineyard and vintage of a particular bottle [[RuleOfCool just by the sound it makes when poured into a glass]].
* GlovedFistOfDoom
* AGodAmI: He declares it to Green Lantern in the ''Justice League'' episode "The Savage Time":
--> '''Green Lantern:''' Say your prayers, Savage!
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' A god doesn't grovel.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: He has three scars across his face in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. WordofGod mentions that he gained these during a fight with a cave bear.
* GuineaPigFamily: He uses his own descendants for [[{{Squick}} spare parts]] to heal himself and maintain his immortality.
* HealingFactor: A side-effect of his powers.
* HeroKiller: He once set up Wally West to fall into a DeathTrap that resulted in Wally getting shot through the heart (he got better).
* IWantGrandkids: He has pressured his daughter Scandal to provide him with grandchildren. She refuses because (a) he likely wants them simply as a GuineaPigFamily, and (b) she's a lesbian anyway.
* TheIlluminati: He's the leader of the DC Comics version.
* ImAHumanitarian: He's described by LexLuthor as quite possibly being the first cannibal on record.
* ImmortalityHurts: He often drinks alcohol or takes drugs like opium to dull the pain of his intestinal cancer, which he had at the time he gained his immortality. His HealingFactor keeps it from killing him, but makes it impossible to remove.
* ImmortalityImmorality
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: He makes a Victorian-era outfit look good in the 20th century.
* {{Jerkass}}: Quite possibly the kindest thing anyone can ever say about this man.
* JokerImmunity: As if being immortal wasn't bad enough...
* JuliusBeethovenDaVinci: Alexander the Great, Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, Genghis Khan, Blackbeard, Vlad the Impaler, JackTheRipper, Cain the first murderer, and countless more.
** Parodied in the 1991 ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' miniseries, when he claims he was Cheops. Reincarnated pharoah {{Hawkman}} isn't impressed.
--->'''Hawkman''': The liar! He was never Cheops! What a blowhard!
** It's revealed in ''Franchise/StarTrek[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' that in the main ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' timeline, he's none other than [[FridgeBrilliance Mr.]] [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Flint Flint]], the old immortal soldier who [[ForWantOfANail at some point in ancient Mesopotamia]] had a HeelFaceTurn away from conquest and towards art and science, and so never became the conqueror Vandal Savage is. Instead, he had the identities of thinkers, visionaries and artists throughout history: Socrates, Solomon, Alexander The Great ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation again]]) and LeonardoDaVinci.
* KickTheDog: Oh, where to start...
* KnifeNut: He's fond of bladed weapons. In fact, he's said to have terrorized London as Jack the Ripper.
* LargeHam: His DCAU incarnation has traces of this.
* LightIsNotGood: His doomsday cult in the "Finish Line" story arc in ''The Flash''. [[spoiler:And the aptly-named "The Light" in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.]]
* LightningBruiser
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: He certainly enjoys being immortal, and takes steps to ensure he stays that way. Which makes his [[WhoWantsToLiveForever moods of weariness]] all the more hypocritical.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:[[GreenArrow Roy Harper, a.k.a. Arsenal]], is one of his blood descendants]].
* MadScientist: He's dabbled in cloning and has created an addictive super-speed-granting drug, for starters.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: His daughter Scandal.
* ManBehindTheMan: When he's not being the BigBad openly, he's working behind the scenes to achieve his ends. Also see the VisionaryVillain quote below.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* ManipulativeBastard
* MasterPoisoner: Did this to the king of Kasnia in the ''Justice League'' episode "Maid of Honor."
* MeaningfulName: Self-explanatory.
* MoralityPet: The Ray served as one for him for a while. Savage came to view Ray almost like a son, and would fight off other super villains to protect him. He even offered his soul to the Devil in place of Ray's in what's probably his biggest PetTheDog moment to date.
* MyGrandsonMyself: In the ''Justice League'' episode "Maid of Honor," he claims to be Vandal Savage '''III'''--the grandson of the Vandal Savage the Justice League met in "The Savage Time." Of course, WonderWoman doesn't buy it.
* NameOfCain: The Religion of Crime worship him as the reincarnation of the Biblical first murderer, and LexLuthor says there is evidence that Vandal was the first cannibal.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Well, with a name like '''Vandal Savage,''' what else would you expect?
** NonIndicativeName: On the other hand, he's a lot more cool, calculating, and decisive than the brutish implications his name suggests.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Throughout history, he would periodically fake his death and assume a new identity and/or role whenever he saw that his then-current plans were about to fail.
* NighInvulnerability: Thanks to his HealingFactor, to the point that not even ''dropping a meteor on him'' will keep him down.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine
* ObviouslyEvil
* OhCrap: Gives a very impressive one right before his jet crashes into the ocean in the ''Justice League'' episode "The Savage Time." He later inspires this reaction in Kasnia's Princess Audrey in "Maid of Honor," by demonstrating his HealingFactor right after she slaps him and leaves a nasty scratch on his face in the process.
* OmnicidalManiac
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: [[spoiler:"The Light" in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', of which he may be the leader or at least the ''Primus Inter Pares'' of the group]].
* PetTheDog: Genuinely cares for the Ray, going so far as to offer his own soul in exchange for Neron leaving Ray alone. It's not an isolated incident, either; he's an almost entirely positive influence in Ray's life, encouraging and enabling him to live up to his potential, up to and including giving Ray a high-paying (and ethically ok) job in the field he's most qualified for. Part of the irony of the book is that Savage is actually a better father figure than Ray's true father, an actual superhero.
* ThePlan
* PuttingOnTheReich: Several times throughout history in whichever medium he appears, including usurping AdolfHitler to take command of the Axis powers in the ''Justice League'' episode "The Savage Time."
* ReligionOfEvil: During the "Finish Line" storyline in TheFlash Vol. 2, he creates a cult dedicated to the re-summoning of the meteor that gave him his powers in the first place.
** He's also been associated with the Religion of Crime, who used the Spear of Destiny in a ritual to have him receive the Mark of Cain.
* SocialDarwinist: Several times.
* TheSociopath
* SoleSurvivingScientist: He ends up a sole surviving scientist in the episode "Hereafter" from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
* SupremeChef: Demonstrated in the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter."
* TakeOverTheWorld: His [[EvilPlan ultimate goal]].
** In Franchise/StarTrek[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, he takes care of ''that'' around 100 BC, [[spoiler: using the power of [[CapturedSuperEntity the captive Q]]]]. And since one planet is never enough, he goes on to expand.
* TimeAbyss: Although he [[OlderThanTheyLook appears to be]] in his late 30s to mid-40s.
* TooKinkyToTorture
* TopOneHundredComicBookVillains: Number 36, as stated above.
* {{Ubermensch}}: To borrow a quote from the ''Justice League'' episode "The Savage Time":
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' Who would have thought the ''ubermensch'' would be green?
--> '''MartianManhunter:''' ''Ubermensch?''
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' The superior man.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: His daughter, Scandal Savage, who is a member of the Secret Six.
* TheUnfettered: His philosophy boils down to the idea that because he's been around longer than pretty much everyone else, he gets a free pass to do whatever the hell he wants.
* VillainousBreakdown: Had one that lasted for a few issues when he discovered he was dying of a brain tumor that his HealingFactor couldn't fix. During his breakdown, he suddenly understood why normal people are so desperate to stave off death. He got better after he ate his own disfigured clone to fix the problem.
** Has another when [[TheKirk Kirk]] gives him a piece of his mind.
* VillainTeleportation
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He'll play this card if it will suit his purposes; in such a case, only superheroes and the reading/viewing audience are completely aware of what sort of individual he actually is. The ''Justice League'' episode "Maid of Honor" is an immediate example of him milking the trope.
* VisionaryVillain: As he says in volume 3, issue 3 of ''Justice Society of America'':
--> I am not a caveman. I am a visionary. [[ManBehindTheMan A veteran and orchestrator of every significant war mankind has ever had]]. And I will continue to shape the world for the war of tomorrow. My tomorrow.
* WeAreEverywhere: Savage has operatives everywhere, especially through the Illuminati.
* [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Who Names Their Daughter Scandal?]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: There are hints at times that he's rather world-weary. In the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter," he's had 30,000 years to be TheAtoner, indicating this trope's spirit when he appears in person in the episode.
* WickedCultured
* WorldDomination: What he wants to achieve, across all media. The sole exception is his alternate-future self in the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter," where he's TheAtoner instead.
** And the partial exception of his Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes 'main Star Trek timeline' incarnation (Flint), which did a heel-face turn at some point in ancient Mesopotamia. He was still Alexander the Great, but otherwise Flint appears to have focused much more on art and science than Vandal Savage (culminating in quitting Earth and setting up shop on a remote planetoid to live in peace).
* WorthyOpponent: Has quite a few. When he finally kills Resurrection Man for good in ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', he says, "Goodbye, old friend."
* WouldHitAGirl: And he has.
* WouldHurtAChild: Yes, he would, whether to [[GuineaPigFamily upgrade his own immortality]] or to [[HeroKiller murder a superhero]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:Rip Hunter did, in an attempt to kill Savage before he became immortal]].
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6th Dec '13 12:49:35 AM PaulA
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[[quoteright:250:[[DCOneMillion http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/savage_2185.jpg]]]]

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-->-- '''Vandal Savage,''' ''DCOneMillion'' Vol. 1, #2

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-->-- '''Vandal Savage,''' ''DCOneMillion'' ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' Vol. 1, #2



* ''DCOneMillion''

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* ''DCOneMillion''''ComicBook/DCOneMillion''



* DeathByIrony: In ''DCOneMillion'', it's posited that after having lived to the 853rd century, Savage goes back in time to the 20th-century Montevideo, Uruguay just in time to get smacked with [[BigBulkyBomb a nuclear payload]] that obliterates the city... the irony is, that attack is ordered by 20th-century Savage.

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* DeathByIrony: In ''DCOneMillion'', ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', it's posited that after having lived to the 853rd century, Savage goes back in time to the 20th-century Montevideo, Uruguay just in time to get smacked with [[BigBulkyBomb a nuclear payload]] that obliterates the city... the irony is, that attack is ordered by 20th-century Savage.



* WorthyOpponent: Has quite a few. When he finally kills Resurrection Man for good in DCOneMillion, he says, "Goodbye, old friend."

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* WorthyOpponent: Has quite a few. When he finally kills Resurrection Man for good in DCOneMillion, ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', he says, "Goodbye, old friend."
13th Nov '13 4:06:38 AM Willbyr
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--> '''Vandal Savage,''' ''DCOneMillion'' Vol. 1, #2

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--> -->-- '''Vandal Savage,''' ''DCOneMillion'' Vol. 1, #2
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* EvilVsEvil: With LexLuthor in ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing''.
4th Nov '13 8:05:56 AM gibberingtroper
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**If he was Caesar and history records Caesar as dead, he could have had a hand in Caesar's "death".
3rd Nov '13 1:40:20 AM StClair
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--> '''Vandal Savage:''' Say, you want to come over to my house?
--> '''Superman:''' ''(gives him a look)''
--> '''Vandal Savage:''' Like you've got something better to do.

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--> ---> '''Superman:''' You're insane.
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'''Vandal Savage:''' True, but that doesn't mean I'm not good company. Say, you want to come over to my house?
--> ---> '''Superman:''' ''(gives him a look)''
--> ---> '''Vandal Savage:''' Like you've got something better to do.
25th Oct '13 10:48:23 AM TypoKiller
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: He's generally been portrayed as Caucasian, but his skin tone has changed shades across various media, with ''JusticeLeagueDoom'' and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' portraying him with something akin to a ScaryBlackMan appearance[[note]] Though ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'''s Savsge- who is a Neanderthal rather than Cro-Magnon- doesn't really resemble ''any'' contemporary human ethnic or racial group. He's far bigger and bulkier than any other human on the show, and though his facial features have a somewhat African cast, his skin is a light brown-gray color that no other character shares[[/note]]. It helps that he's of Cro-Magnon origin, and that Genghis Khan (who was of Mongoloid ancestry) was said to be one of his conquering aliases in history.

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: He's generally been portrayed as Caucasian, but his skin tone has changed shades across various media, with ''JusticeLeagueDoom'' and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' portraying him with something akin to a ScaryBlackMan appearance[[note]] Though ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'''s Savsge- Savage- who is a Neanderthal rather than Cro-Magnon- doesn't really resemble ''any'' contemporary human ethnic or racial group. He's far bigger and bulkier than any other human on the show, and though his facial features have a somewhat African cast, his skin is a light brown-gray color that no other character shares[[/note]]. It helps that he's of Cro-Magnon origin, and that Genghis Khan (who was of Mongoloid ancestry) was said to be one of his conquering aliases in history.
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the JusticeLeague episode "Maid of Honor", he marries the Crown Princess of Kaznia, Audrey. After their wedding, she's shown waking up in bed wearing nothing but a skimpy nightgown, and is confused when she looks to the other side of the bed and sees Vandal isn't there, making it entirely clear that he consummated his union with her.
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* PetTheDog: Genuinely cares for the Ray, going so far as to offer his own soul in exchange for Neron leaving Ray alone. It's not an isolated incident, either; he's an almost entirely positive influence in Ray's life, encouraging and enabling him to live up to his potential, up to and including giving Ray a high-paying (and ethically ok) job in the field he's most qualified for. Part of the irony of the book is that Savage is actually a better father figure than Ray's true father, an actual superhero.
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** And the partial exception of his Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes 'main Star Trek timeline' incarnation (Flint), which did a heel-face turn at some point in ancient Mesopotamia. He was still Alexander the Great, but otherwise Flint appears to have focused much more on art and science than Vandal Savage (culminating in quitting Earth and setting up shop on a remote planetoid to live in peace).
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