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->''"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, [[TheDragon 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."''
-->--'''Darkseid''', ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'' #13

EvilOverlord. GalacticConqueror. OmnicidalManiac. PhysicalGod.

None can even ''begin'' to describe Darkseid -- Darkseid '''IS'''.

Darkseid was created by Creator/JackKirby and later used by ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' writer Paul Levitz, in "The Great Darkness Saga". Darkseid (pronounced "dark-side"; [[AwesomeMcCoolname birthname Uxas]]) stands tall among the ComicBook/NewGods, ruling dread Apokolips as he wages a constant war for control of the universe and possession of the Anti-Life Equation, which will allow him to either conquer the universe or destroy it, DependingOnTheWriter.

He first appeared ''[[ComicBook/JimmyOlsen Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen]]'' #134 (December, 1970) and later in ''ComicBook/NewGods'' and related titles. He was a character within the Fourth World, a Jack Kirby sub-universe of [[Franchise/TheDCU the DC Universe]] that was originally supposed to be self-contained and finite. ExecutiveMeddling prevented the conclusion that Kirby originally intended, which would have killed most of the ComicBook/NewGods and ended their storylines, and Darkseid was drafted into the DCU at large along with the rest of the New Gods. Darkseid has served as the BigBad for numerous [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU]] heroes and titles in the decades since his first appearance. Since Jack Kirby was never able to introduce the conclusion to the New Gods that he originally wanted, Darkseid has often drifted without clearly defined goals and roles within the DCU, and at times this results in rather drastic BadassDecay and CharacterDerailment when authors try to fit him into stories for which he was not originally intended. This led writer Creator/GrantMorrison to put an end of it in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' - a CrisisCrossover in which Darkseid not only regains his badassery and motives, but even manages to [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]] and become a GodOfEvil, who's been killing entire Universes just by ''existing''.

Darkseid has been featured in several TV series after his comic introduction, primarily serving as an opponent to {{Superman}} while continuing his search for the Anti-Life Equation. These series include:

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Voiced by Michael-Leon Wooley.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', which featured the first live-action adaptation of the character as the BigBad of Season 10. He never appeared in person, but did [[FightingAShadow possess the body of Lionel Luthor]] and was portrayed by John Glover.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'': Voiced by Creator/FrankWelker (virtually identical to his [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Dr. Claw]] or [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers unmodified Soundwave]] voice).
* The Franchise/{{DCAU}}: Voiced by Creator/MichaelIronside (or should we say [[{{Pun}} IronSEID]]). Considered by many to be the definitive portrayal.
** ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** ''Justice League Unlimited''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse'': Voiced by Creator/AndreBraugher.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' hasn't featured the man himself, but Apokoliptian and New Genesis characters and technology have appeared in some episodes, so his presence is implied. [[spoiler:He appeared in the season 2 finale, which [[CutShort turned out]] to be the series finale.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar'': Voiced by Creator/SteveBlum

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbusiveParents:
** He's a hateful parent to all of his sons. He even [[spoiler: killed his son Orion as part of his bid for conquering reality in ''FinalCrisis'']]. And [[spoiler: Orion]] was the son he remotely had any respect for. His treatment of his other sons is even worse.
** Darkseid's own parents weren't exactly Mother and Father of the Year either. His mother had the only woman he ever loved poisoned, and his father is arguably even worse than he is (but, thankfully, completely uninterested in anything except the Source itself).
* AdaptationalBadass: Darkseid spent most of his existence as a character seeking out the Anti-Life Equation, and didn't find it until 2001. In the Comicbook/{{New 52}}, he ''starts off'' knowing the Anti-Life Equation and Comicbook/{{Earth 2}} nearly falls because of it. [[spoiler:Justified because he has the memories of his pre-Flashpoint self.]]
* AffablyEvil: Sometimes, DependingOnTheWriter.
** FauxAffablyEvil: However, this is his most common trait.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: There are only two beings he's afraid of: dear old Daddy Yuga Khan, the only being in Creation even worse than he, and the monster Doomsday, who kicked his ass with ease. Later on he loses the fear of Doomsday.
** In a more meta-case, while he is often considered to be, and was actually ''designed'' to be, the ultimate evil for [[Franchise/TheDCU the DCUniverse]], there are a few villains who overshadow him in terms of scope, power, or influence, such as the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Anti-Monitor]], [[ComicBook/BlackestNight Nekron]], [[ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar Imperiex]], arguably [[Franchise/GreenLantern Krona]], and [[ComicBook/FinalCrisis Mandrakk]], the latter of whom played Darkseid like a fiddle without the latter even knowing about it. Darkseid is certainly more ''evil'' than any of them, though, and still manages to remain ''one of'' the ultimate villains for the verse.
** In Evan Dorkin's one-shot, ''World's Funnest'', Darkseid is comprehensively defeated by Mr. Mxyzptlk (with a little inadvertent help from Bat Mite). The Omega Beam does nothing more than provide Mxy with a handy light for his cigar.
*** "Thanks for the light, Frankenstein. Now it's MY turn."
** The Marvel crossover "The Hunger" he was stomped by (a hungry, thus weakened) {{Galactus}}.
* AlwaysAccurateAttack: His Omega Beam. The only way to successfully dodge it appears to be shoving something else in its way with perfect timing.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Darkseid is the living personification of ''tyranny.''
* ArchEnemy: Orion and Highfather in the "ComicBook/NewGods" stories. Franchise/{{Superman}} in everything else. [[spoiler: Appropriately enough, it's Superman who lands the killing blow on him in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' when he destroys what's left of Darkseid's consciousness.]]
* ArchnemesisDad: To Orion, one of the most notorious examples in comics.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He rules Apokolips for this reason.
* AxCrazy: Darkseid is a simmering volcano of rage and bloodlust just ''waiting'' to go off at the slightest provocation. Only a great deal of self-control keeps him from slaughtering his own people on a whim -- more than usual anyway. His son Orion inherited the bloodlust but lacks the control and needs a Mother Box to keep himself in check. The few times Orion is separated from his Mother Box he lives up to his title of "Dog of War" and literally ''foams'' at the mouth with bloodlust.
* BadassBoast: He's very prone to these. After possessing half of humanity in ComicBook/FinalCrisis:
--> "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis 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!"
** Let's not forget
--> "I am the revelation! The Tiger-Force at the core of all things! When you cry out in your dreams it is Darkseid that you see!"
** Or the simpler:
--> "There was a war in heaven. I won."
** There is possible justification in his [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Darkseid is! ]]
. The name of Judeo-Christian {{God}} means "I am". Compare the two and [[AGodAmI think of it]].
** On his first appearance on ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', he answers Superman's "Who are you?" by blasting him to his knees and walking away. On his second, he easily defeats Superman and presents him, bound and exhausted (both physically and mentally), in the center of Metropolis, while addressing every single person on the planet: "People of Earth, I am Darkseid, Lord of Apokolips! Here is your savior, cowed 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."
** "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."
** "I am many things, Kal-El...but here, I am God."
** "[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar I am entropy. I am death. I am Darkseid.]]"
** "[[KickTheDog Had I known one human's death would pain you so, I would have killed more.]]"
** "This is where you belong, Superman. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Under. My. Heel.]]"
** "[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague I hope you appreciate, Kal-El, that everything that happens from this point on will be 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.]] [[ContinuityNod Le]][[BringIt t's]] [[IronicEcho go.]]"
*** "Let the universe howl in despair, for I have returned!"
* {{Badass}}: Darkseid is, without a doubt, one of the most evil beings in all of comics but this does not make him any less of a badass (when he's written correctly). He's one of the only villains who can take on Superman in a fight and his [[GeniusBruiser incredible intelligence]] makes him even more dangerous. When he shows up, it's likely going to take an enormous effort to bring him down.
* BadassSanta: [[IThoughtItMeant No, not Darkseid himself. God, no.]] The ''real'' Santa Claus broke through the heavy defenses of Apokalips just to give Darkseid a lump of coal. As the rest of this page demonstrates, Darkseid really, really, ''really'' deserved that lump of coal.
-->'''Darkseid:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: Do not let him leave here alive. ]]

-->'''Santa:''' [[OhNoNotAgain Ooops, gotta go! See you next year!]]
* BadBoss: Speak out of turn? [[DisproportionateRetribution To the slave mines with you!]] Complete your assigned task? [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness You are no longer needed!]] ''Dare'' to question or [[YouHaveFailedMe fail]] glorious Darkseid? [[YouDoNotWantToKnow You]] ''[[YouDoNotWantToKnow do not]]'' [[YouDoNotWantToKnow want to know]].
* BaldOfEvil
* BigBad / BreakoutVillain: In almost every adaptation, in every media, Darkseid is ''the'' villain.
** Fittingly, he was the BigBad of the final season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. Whether he lived up the hype as "the greatest threat [[TheHero Clark]] has ever faced"...
** Was more or less the undisputed BiggerBad of the DCU following the ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. [[spoiler: With Darkseid's death in Final Crisis, [[Franchise/GreenLantern Nekron]] appears to have replaced him.]]
** In the [[Comicbook/{{New52}} DCU reboot]], Darkseid is the first BigBad the new [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] faces.
** Was the BiggerBad of WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries, and most of the Franchise/{{DCAU}} as well.
* BodyguardBabes: The Female Furies, an AmazonBrigade of powerful women, most of them ComicBook/NewGods. ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], and many other powerful girls have served on this team at some point, usually through {{Brainwashing}}.
* BodySurf: His modus operandi on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' due to having no body of his own.
* BrilliantButLazy: In spite of his incredible power and intelligence, he leaves the day to day running of Apokalips to his underling, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Desaad]]. Darkseid's more content to lounge on his throne and commission statues of himself.
* CainAndAbel: Darkseid killed his older brother to claim the Omega Effect for himself.
* CaptainErsatz[=/=]{{Expy}}: A curious case. Creator/MarvelComics' Thanos is an intentional expy of Darkseid -- his creator has admitted it. He would then later create the Superman villain Mongul, who's obviously based on Thanos.
* CardCarryingVillain: He openly admits to being an evil god and that he desires to crush all happiness and free will in the Universe.
* TheChessmaster: A very competent and dangerous planner.
--> '''Darkseid''': If [[Franchise/{{Superman}} you]] won't be my knight, you will be my pawn.
* TheCorrupter: As the God of Evil, Darkseid dabbles in this from time to time. His greatest success was turning an innocent little boy into the twisted MadScientist Desaad.
** Again, in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' this is his modus operandi ''and'' his ultimate goal for the entire planet Earth, since he can only possess people with darkness in their hearts.
* CrapsackWorld: Apokolips, where the lowest slaves are kept in constant fear of torture, the highest commanders are kept in constant fear of Darkseid.
* CrazyPrepared: Remember how Darkseid used the Omega Sanction on [[spoiler: Batman]]? Well, just in case his plan in ComicBook/FinalCrisis failed, [[spoiler: he would get his final revenge on Earth by sending Batman to the Stone Age and letting him get reincarnated over and over again, building up Omega energy in his body with each cycle. When he finally reaches the present... EarthShatteringKaboom. Fortunately, the heroes figured it out and saved the day.]]
* DarkIsEvil: It takes a special kind of [[SarcasmMode subtlety]] [[ObviouslyEvil to name a villain]] "[[TheDarkSide Darkseid]]". Otherwise, though, darkness isn't a motif, except in Series/{{Smallville}}.
* {{Depower}}: In the ''Justice League Beyond'' comics that take place after ''Unlimited'' [[spoiler:Darkseid loses his sight and his Omega Force after gazing directly into the Source.]]
* DimensionLord: Apokolips and New Genesis occupy a different dimension.
* DisappearedDad: Darkseid's father Yuga Khan got himself stuck on the Source Wall for thousands of years. When he eventually freed himself, he immediately took back his throne from his son. Then he tried to invade the Source ''[[TooDumbToLive again]]'' and got re-imprisoned for his efforts.
* {{Dystopia}}: Apokolips
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: The TropeCodifier. Darkseids ultimate goal is to use the Anti-Life Equation to rob everyone in the universe of happiness and free will, turning them into nihilistic, despairful mind-slaves whose only purpose in life will be to worship him. Apokolips itself is a kind of hellish space-age Greco-Roman world where the majority of the populace exist as slaves working to build a neverending supply of monuments to him; on the rare occasions when they rebel, Darkseid simply makes those slaves the new slavemasters and due to a lifetime of conditioning they are just as petty and cruel as their predecessors.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He really can't. Justified since he was born evil and grew up surrounded by nothing but evil. This guy honestly thinks that sometimes letting his enemies live a life of free will is a ''punishment'' (see VillainsDyingGrace below).
* EvilerThanThou: In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', ''Justice League Unlimited'' and ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' he embodies this trope by enslaving, killing and defeating everybody, no matter evil or good - for him they're all just insects. Heck, both in JLU and FC, [[EnemyMine Superman opposes him alongside Lex Luthor]].
* EvilOverlord: He provides the page quote.
* EvilPlan: Seeking the Anti-Life Equation so he can dominate everything in existence.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Anytime Darkseid shows up in something other than the comicbook world, chances are that he'll have a very deep voice, which is rather befitting for someone of his stature.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Darkseid's motive to gain the Anti-Life Equations-he plans to enslave everyone else to "bring order to this chaotic universe". This is DependingOnTheWriter though, with a second possibility that [[GoodHurtsEvil he's uncomfortable with free will itself]]
* EvilUncle: Subverted with Darkseid's uncle Steppenwolf. While Steppenwolf is an evil bastard, he's also a ''loyal'' evil bastard. That, and Darkseid is exponentially more powerful and evil.
** Also worth remembering that Steppenwolf is one of the few evil New Gods not particularly interested in ruling Apokalips, preferring his hunts and idle leisure. He opposed Darkseid's ascent less out of desire to reign than out of principle that someone could take something from him.
* EvilVsEvil: In the New 52 origin, Darkseid is a VillainProtagonist rebelling against the extremely callous and uncaring beings called the "Old Gods".
* ExactWords: If he pulls a double-cross, he might pull this. Case and point in ''[[Franchise/{{DCAU}} Justice League Heroes]]'':
-->'''Batman''': You tricked Brainiac into freeing you from your extra-dimensional prison.
-->'''Darkseid''': I promised him he would unleash power beyond imagining. I fulfilled our bargain. To the letter.
-->'''Zatanna''': Yeah, and he was also promised great knowledge.
-->'''Darkseid''': And I delivered. What higher lesson is there than is this: Never trust Darkseid.
** In the DCAU, he's if anything, even more adept at it.
-->'''Bruno Manheim''': You said you'd make me a king!
-->'''Darkseid''': (''leaving him in a reactor set to explode'') And so you are. A King of Fools.
* EyeBeams: The Omega Beam [[SuperPersistentMissile homes in on his targets, chasing them relentlessly, bending and curving around obstacles, until they finally hit]]. [[spoiler: Only Batman has ever dodged one, and even then he had to maneuver a Parademon to take the hit to completely avoid it.]] Victims are typically vaporized, although NighInvulnerable folks like Superman can get away with third degree burns. A variant of his technique, the Omega Sanction, traps whoever it hits in a neverending cycle of death and rebirth, with each life worse than the last.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Life on a hellish DeathWorld under the heel of an immortal evil tyrant with the power to kill and resurrect people on a whim isn't exactly fun for anybody. Fortunately for his subjects most of them are too fanatically loyal to care.
** Also the point of the Omega Sanction, which forces the target to live a series of increasingly more pointless and soul-breaking lives. Mister Miracle escaped because he's the world's greatest escape artist, and Batman because he's resourceful.
* FightingAShadow: If you think you've beaten Darkseid, you've probably just beaten one of his avatars. The ''real'' Darkseid spent much of his life stuck in the Source Wall, but didn't let this stop him from ruling his planet. The Avatars are aware they are not the real deal and consider themselves subordinate to him, though above everyone else of course. This isn't always remembered in the stories, though its actually been part of the character for quite a while.
* {{Foil}}: While Superman and Orion are traditionally shown as Darkseid's arch-enemies, Jack Kirby designed Mister Miracle/Scott Free to be his complete opposite. Scott Free is explicitly not only immune to every effort by Darkseid to break his spirit, one such attempt backfired horribly, leading to the most powerful Female Fury defecting from Darkseid and marrying Free. As his name implies, too, Scott Free's life has been about embracing freedom, and especially from Darkseid's reign. Kirby [[RuleOfSymbolism designed both characters to embody opposing ideals]], but never had them directly oppose each other.
** Highfather serves as another foil. Darkseid seeks to master The Source to crush everyone and make them entirely dependent on him as nothing more than cogs in a machine. Highfather serves The Source and guides people to reach their full potential as individuals. According to Kirby himself, Darkseid is everything a leader should not be. Highfather is everything a leader should be.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: ''Comicbook/ForeverEvil'' reveals his new origin in the Comicbook/{{New 52}}. [[spoiler:Many millennia ago, Uxas was an ordinary mudfarmer, who put the Old Gods against each other, and when they were weakened by their war he took the opportunity to kill them and take their power for himself. Izaya was married to Darkseid's sister, who got critically hurt during the old gods war with each other and he beg his god to save her. Due to Izaya still having faith, The Lord of The Sky passes on one final blessing to him. Since then, Izaya was the Highfather and him and Darkseid were the ComicBook/NewGods.]]
* GalacticConqueror: Across countless worlds, for countless eons, not a voice is raised in hope or joy. Across these worlds, these infinite lands throughout the cosmos, there is only '''Darkseid.'''
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: In his first, almost non-verbal role in the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}''.
* GeniusBruiser
* AGodAmI: Rather justified, as he's one of the ComicBook/NewGods that arose after the destruction of the Old Gods in Ragnarok. Darkseid takes it even further. It's not enough that he's a god, he considers himself to be ''the'' God.
* GodOfEvil: More specifically, the God of Tyranny.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: [[spoiler: In Comicbook/ForeverEvil, the mudfarmer Uxas discovers that this is the source of power of the Old Gods.]]
* GodOfGods: It's often forgotten that nearly all of Darkseid's senior minions and citizens- Desaad, Granny Goodness and the rest- are all technically gods in their own right, being members of the ComicBook/NewGods race. Darkseid however has made himself God unto even them, and can back it up too as he possesses far greater strength and power, with a chasm of difference between him and whoever his nearest rival would be.
* GodzillaThreshold: He obliterates that line merely by ''existing''.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Darkseid's [[EvilMatriarch mother Heggra]] ''wanted'' him to be an evil bastard that would rule Apokalips with an iron fist. When Darkseid fell in love with the kind-hearted scientist Suli, Heggra realized her influence was [[LoveRedeems turning him into a nicer person]] so she had Desaad kill Suli with poison. As a result, Darkseid arranged for [[KarmicDeath her to be]] [[DeathByIrony poisoned by Desaad as well]] and went on [[StartOfDarkness the path that would make him the monster he is today.]]
* HappinessInSlavery: Most of Darkseid's subjects revere him so much that they honestly don't ''care'' about the crap he puts them through every single day. The others are (quite rightly) too scared to do anything about it. [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman underestimated this]] once when he physically defeated Darkseid only to see his slaves rescue him.
** Probably less ''happiness'' in slavery than ''dependence'' in slavery. Happiness has no place in the world of Darkseid; indeed he goes out of his way to make everyone as miserable as possible.
* HeroKiller: He's a toughie, that's for sure.
* HiddenDepths: One of his concubines sees an inherent sadness in Darkseid, which he acknowledges grimly. He then vaporizes her because ''no one'' may know of any weakness in him.
* HomingProjectile: His Omega Beams.
* HumanoidAbomination: From Final Crisis onward.
* ILied: If you're stupid enough to trust him, he might pull this.
* InadequateInheritor: He doesn't seem to think ''any'' of his lieutenants are worthy of ruling his empire once he's gone - especially not his son, Kalibak.
* IndividualityIsIllegal: Live for Anti-Life. Die for Darkseid.
* InTheBlood: This arguably applies not just to him, but the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil entire population of Apokolips]]. Most noticeable is Orion, who without the Mother Box exhibits his father's AxCrazy nature, but not his self-control
* ItsAllAboutMe: An example- In a crossover with Creator/MarvelComics, {{Galactus}} tried to take over Apokolips. After a long battle between two of the most powerful beings in comics, Galactus triumphed and began to eat the planet. Only then he realized there was no life force in Apokolips to feed on. So he asks Darkseid why he fought so hard and tooth and nail, sacrificing legions of his troops, despite ''knowing'' the fact Galactus wasn't actually a threat. Darkseid says, basically, "ItsWhatIDo", and then gives a NotSoDifferent to Galactus: both of them are slaves to their nature.
* JerkAss: It's pretty rough when the ruler of your entire planet who also fancies himself a god is a douchebag to boot.
* KickTheDog: He never ''stops''.
-->"Had I known one human's death would pain you so, I would have killed more."
* KillTheGod: He tries to do this to every god he meets other than his [[ComicBook/NewGods New God]] underlings, as he sees other gods as obstacles in his conquest of the universe.
** [[spoiler: In his origin revealed in ''Comicbook/ForeverEvil'', he was a simple farmer who ''killed'' the Old Gods and take their powers to himself.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: If he shows up in any adaptation, everything becomes much more serious.
* KryptoniteFactor: The rare element Radion can [[spoiler:and does in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'']] kill Darkseid just like it can kill any other New God.
* LargeAndInCharge: Darkseid is one of the tallest New Gods on either world, perhaps ''the'' tallest. But there's another element to this- Boom Tubes adjust the size of whoever is traveling in them so that they shrink or grow to fit the normal size of the average humanoid on whatever planet they are traveling to. Apokolips and New Genesis are about a '''billion''' times bigger than Earth or many other planets, and Darkseid or any other New God is in his naturally size is big enough to hold one of these ordinary sized planets '''in one hand'''.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Darkseid's corruption of Desaad eventually leads to the death of the only woman Darkseid ever truly loved.
* LoveRedeems: This ''almost'' happened to him when he fell in love with HotScientist Suli. His [[EvilMatriarch mother Heggra]] had Desaad poison her to put an end to that. Darkseid would later [[SelfMadeOrphan return the favor]] with (ironically enough) Desaad's aid. The only remnant of this past love is Darkseid's ''relative'' leniency with his and Suli's son Kalibak. Yeah, Darkseid will brutalize and vaporize Kalibak just like any other minion, but he'll also always bring him back to give him another chance -- eventually.
* LukeIAmYourFather: To Orion.
* MetaGuy: [[spoiler: A limited version. Neither the Crisis on Infinite Earths or Flashpoint affected Darkseid's memories, since he's been seen to remember events and beings wiped out by both CosmicRetcon events after the fact.]]
* MultiversalConqueror: Sometimes ascends to this, such as in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: '''Darkseid, Lord of Apokolips.'''
** He actually took the name from old Apokoliptian writings, as the New Gods choose a new name for themselves once they reach a certain "godly" level. We're not told exactly what Darkseid means... only that it's the most feared and evil name out of all the thousands that Uxas could have chosen.
* ObviouslyEvil
* OffingTheOffspring: In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Darkseid murders his son Orion with a [[ItMakesSenseInContext time-traveling, god-killing bullet]]. Later on, [[spoiler: Franchise/{{Batman}} uses [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the same bullet to mortally wound Darkseid]]]].
* OhCrap: Gives one when [[spoiler: Barry Allen and Wally West lead The Black Racer to him.]]
** Provokes one in his BadassBoast, above, and earlier when the JLA visits an alternate future where they sacrificed the Maguffin to stop Lex Luthor from having it. It's so bleak that the surviving heroes happily destroy the universe just to be absolutely sure they're killing Darkseid, too.
** In the series detailing Doomsday's origin story, he has one when he realizes Doomsday is nigh-indestructible.
* OmnicidalManiac: As he never tires of telling everyone who will listen (And even those who won't), he will tear down the current universe to rebuild in his own image, and he will destroy ''everything'' to make it happen. He's even the page picture.
* TheParanoiac: Shows many signs of a paranoiac {{Sadist}}. Though always a total bastard, Darkseid became insanely mistrustful and paranoid after his mother Heggra, who had manipulated and controlled him his entire life, murdered the only woman he ever loved via Darkseids' own underling Desaad, with Darkseid responding by ordering Desaad to murder Heggra back, and then treating him and every other underling with even more cruelty and mistrust than before. Questioning Darkseid is an instant death-sentence, and his ultimate ambition is to control all life everywhere and eradicate TheEvilsOfFreeWill including love, happiness and hope, turning it into a bleak, miserable dystopia where everyone suffers and worships him as God. He fits six of the seven criteria; the only thing he misses out on is ConspiracyTheorist, and that because everyone ''is'' conspiring against him, but most are [[TheDreaded far too terrified]] to actually ''try'' anything, so he rarely takes these seriously.
* ParentalFavoritism: Out of his three sons, he only shows respect towards Orion, but only because he's the strongest and most competent of the three.
* PhysicalGod: His exact nature [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the author]], with some of them actually having him as a god, whereas others simply have him as a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powerful alien]], but all give him the power and authority to compete on this level.
** He might be both a Sufficiently Advanced Alien and a Supernatural Deity at the same time, considering how the Belief, Magic, and such works in the DC Multiverse.
* PowerCopying: Darkseid is vastly more powerful than all other New Gods, for two reasons- first, the Omega Force, an evil energy that he and only he is wicked enough to contain, which he stole for himself; and second, waging war on the pantheons of other worlds, slaying those gods, and stealing all of ''their'' powers for himself. He tried to do the same to the [[Franchise/WonderWoman Olympian pantheon]] at least once as well, but was beaten back before that EvilPlan could be completed.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Darkseid was initially intended to be, and frequently features as, the BiggerBad of the entire DC universe. He proved so popular, however, that he also makes semi-regular appearances outside of such a context. Thus, DependingOnTheWriter, he's a threat that has literally required rewriting reality to defeat, or he's [[TheWorfEffect easily defeated in a few panels.]] This is especially jarring when writers forget that Darkseid rarely gets involved in personal combat not because [[GeniusBruiser he's weak]], but because most characters aren't [[BerserkButton stupid enough to try.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: His disgust of Desaad isn't because EvenEvilHasStandards. It's because Desaad is a petty sadist while Darkseid has far grander goals in mind
* PsychoticSmirk: As long as he keeps his self-control, this is the extent of emotion he shows normally.
* TheQuest: A villanous inversion; practically anything he does is related to his search for the Anti-life Equation.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: His StartOfDarkness, according to the Comicbook/{{New 52}}. The reason the Old Gods are dead? Uxas got pissed at them constantly amusing themselves by fighting and causing massive collateral damage to the mortals like him who lived at their feet, so he ''killed them all'' and stole their power, becoming Darkseid.
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler: In ComicBook/FinalCrisis. First Franchise/{{Batman}} shot him with a god-killing weapon. Then, [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen and Wally West]] tricked him into hitting himself with the Omega Beam. Then [[GrimReaper Black Racer]] destroys his body until nothing is left of it. Then Franchise/WonderWoman binds his essence. And it still takes Franchise/{{Superman}} singing the musical equivalent of TheMultiverse, with the help of the Miracle Machine, to kill him!]]
** [[spoiler:Even that is a SubvertedTrope. As shown in [[Comicbook/{{New 52}} the reboot]] of [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], Darkseid wasn't just rebooted from ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}. If the mental tortures and memories given to Superman in the new OriginsEpisode of the League is to be considered, he was just transferred into the [=DCnU=].]]
--->'''Franchise/{{Superman}}:''' [[spoiler:The images they pumped into my brain. The death and torture Darkseid's spread across a... [[TheMultiverse multiverse]]. I think I saw... me.]]
*** This is actually a carryover from [[spoiler: the previous reboot, ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', which apparently did not affect the New Gods at all and allowed them to remember the old multiverse. Darkseid even creates the PostCrisis Rudy Jones version of Superman's enemy the Parasite because he remembers the Pre-Crisis Max Jensen version and notices his absence from the new Earth.]]
* ReligionOfEvil: The Church of Crime, complete with "Crime Bible," the belief system of Intergang, Libra, and other disreputable sorts, is secretly backed by Darkseid. Also, "would you like to be free of choice, uncertainty, fear, pain, and confusion?" [[http://cissie-king.livejournal.com/13838.html "Oh, Suzy...that would make me so happy!"]]
** Darkseid is himself the focus of his own ReligionOfEvil. All of Apokolips revolves around the eternal worship of him, and he is pretty up front about the fact that he is a GodOfEvil so virtues like compassion, peace, joy and the rest are actively stamped out in it. He's also worshiped by other beings throughout the cosmos, most notably Malefic, EvilCounterpart and brother of the ComicBook/MartianManhunter.
** The ''Return of Bruce Wayne'' series implies that a coven of witches who lived in the forests outside of Gotham City unknowingly worshiped Darkseid, who they understandably mistook for {{Satan}}. This would mean that Darkseid's religion has been a subculture on Earth since at least TheColonialPeriod.
* ReallyGetsAround: Seriously, and a decidedly dark take on the concept. Darkseid has three sons that we know of and each were born from different mothers but there it has been stated that he has even more children scattered throughout the cosmos. There has also been at least two women Darkseid has taken as mistresses but it is doubtful they are the only ones. Furthermore, he has killed or ordered the killing of at least two of those women.
** [[{{Squick}} And creepier still]] was when Eclipso tried to pawn [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]] to him so that she might become his concubine in ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis, though in Darkseid's defense he was more interested in her potential as a powerful minion.
* ResurrectedForAJob: Does this repeatedly to his servants. Usually after he kills them.
* {{Roboteching}}: His Omega Beams are capable of bending to collide with his target. And it's not a particularly subtle bend either, often being a 90 degree turn.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Had his mother Heggra assassinated.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: At various points in his history, Darkseid has been primarily associated with the NewGods, the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes, Franchise/{{Superman}}, and the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. He's also been the BigBad of at least three {{Crisis Crossover}}s involving the entire DCU.
* TheStoic: Most on the time.
** NotSoStoic: Several times.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: He uses technology and science (Well, comic-book science) for his powers, but there are few who dare tell him that they are not advanced enough.
** In an issue of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'', he chastises Metron, New God of Science, for ignoring magic, and proposes alliances with magical heroes and villains in Cosmic Odyssey. This implies Darkseid's familiar with magic, he just prefers his own methods.
* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''
* SuperStrength: This guy can trade blows with ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' and occasionally come out on top.
* TakingYouWithMe: Willing to do this to ''all of reality'' after being mortally wounded in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.
* TheDarkSide: He is cruel tyranny [[MadeOfEvil personified]].
* TooPowerfulToLive: Finally crossed the line in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.
* TouchedByVorlons: Darkseid wasn't born with the Omega Effect. He killed the rightful bearer -- his own brother -- for it.
* TranquilFury: Darkseid embodies this. He is every bit as bloodthirsty and AxCrazy as his most vicious minions (if not more). Yet he hardly ever raises his voice except to give grand speeches. He just calmly makes absolutely certain that his enemies suffer and die. It's rare indeed to see someone send Darkseid into UnstoppableRage. Franchise/{{Batman}} had a MomentOfAwesome when he made Darkseid have a minor VillainousBreakdown (and got pummeled for it) by threatening to blow up Apokolips and revealing that he had the means to do it. Which Darkseid then subverts after agreeing to Batman's terms by saying that had Superman or Wonder Woman tried that, he'd have called their bluff since they "do not have the strength of character to destroy an entire world." But Batman is a human, a species that kills their own kind to win battles, which he considers admirable.
** In the DCAU, this sets up a CrowningMomentofAwesome for Darkseid. Throughout Superman's series, Darkseid relied primarily on his minions for his dirty work, and often simply observes them, hands clasped behind his back and seemingly passive. Then Superman punches Darkseid... and Darkseid not only takes it, he proceeds to give the only CurbStompBattle in the series with Superman on the receiving end. Superman only barely survives by a desperation move that hurts both of them so much that the fight cannot continue.
** Later on, however, Superman returns the favor and beats Darkseid to a ''bloody pulp''. [[spoiler: And successfully kills him. Dang near sticks, too.]]
* UltimateEvil: On ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
* UndyingLoyalty: With very few exceptions, most of the inhabitants of Apokolips fanatically worship Darkseid, even the downtrodden Lowlies. One of those exceptions is Desaad, whose loyalty to Darkseid is based entirely on his fear of the tyrant. Desaad is still very loyal to Darkseid because Darkseid is just that terrifying.
** This is best shown in the finale of WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries. Superman has Darkseid beaten to a bloody pulp, and tosses him to the mercies of his slaves... who pick him and carry him off to be healed.
--> "I am many things, Kal-El. But here, ''I am God''."
* TheUnfavorite: Darkseid hates all three of his sons, but he hates the youngest, Grayven, most of all. Probably because Grayven is basically Darkseid-lite, there's nothing he can do that Darkseid can't do better; and he tries to be TheStarscream. Kalibak may be incompetent DumbMuscle but at least he's loyal.
* VillainousBreakdown: When Franchise/{{Batman}} forced Darkseid to release ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} by threatening to blow up Apokolips (and proving to Darkseid that he wasn't bluffing), Darkseid didn't take it very well. He vented his frustration by beating the crap out of Batman (who only survived thanks to a Mother Box) before giving into Batman's terms.
** Darkseid had an even bigger one during the ''Our Worlds At War'' event after Franchise/WonderWoman and [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Raven]] restored his powers, and did it in such a way that a bit of Wonder Woman's inherent love and compassion found its way into Darkseid's soul. Darkseid could only howl in impotent fury when he realized that Franchise/WonderWoman had hurt him in the worst way possible.
* VillainsDyingGrace: Sometimes, Darkseid sentenced his enemies to... the torment of life as a being with free will. He even turned ComicBook/YoungJustice's Secret back to a normal human girl as a form of this once she betrayed him.
** However, since EvilCannotComprehendGood he missed that he was actually giving her [[IJustWantToBeNormal exactly what she wanted in the first place.]]
*** However if you go meta, he gets his revenge anyway, as writers soon forgot about her (and might as well never existed).
** The application of this varies, of course. The ComicBook/SuicideSquad earned this once he realized they dared to invade Apokalips, but the survivors were pretty much made of SurvivorGuilt from then on, most notably with Amanda Waller, who's become borderline suicidal with some of her risktaking since. Similarly, in the DCAU, this is Darkseid's vengeance on Superman at the end of his series, with implications that humanity never wholly trusts Superman again. [[spoiler: Unlike in mainstream continuity, this does last in DCAU, and leads to one of Superman's closest friends in his series to join Project Cadmus in JLAU.]]
* VillainsOutShopping: In fact one story shows that he buys and watches Earth porn. [[KickTheDog And he even shared it with his adopted son, Scott Free!]] Said porn tape starred Scott's mind-controlled ''wife''. [[JerrySpringer Jerry Jerry Jerry!]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Darkseid, I would have words with thee.]] The New Gods were originally conceived by Jack Kirby at Marvel for use in the Thor comics. Darkseid could have easily ended up being the Thor big bad.
* TheWorfEffect: A subverted one. Darkseid sometimes succumbs to this when writers want to show that their new villain means business. Doomsday, Imperiex, the Anti-Monitor, and Brainiac 13 have all threatened and (in Doomsday's case) ''frightened'' the God of Evil. It's a subversion since Darkseid did play a critical role in eventually defeating them all.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: He inspires the TropeNamer, delivered by Superman.
** Curiously, the TropeNamer is also a subversion. [[spoiler: While Superman initially appears to have the upper hand, Darkseid simply changes tactics, effortlessly incapacitating him. Of course, this could be seen as a DesperationAttack on Darkseid's part.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Darkseid epitomizes the BadBoss tendencies, he will throw you off the cliff the second your contract expires.
** Another case of DependingOnTheWriter: Sometimes this is an honest reward (would YOU like to continue working for someone like this?), and sometimes, Darkseid promotes or otherwise favors his lieutenant, such as with Granny Goodness.
** Being thrown off a cliff for succeeding is actually the best outcome you can hope for when working for Darkseid. And you get to live the longest amount of time too. Considering what he does to those [[YouHaveFailedMe who fail him]], you best not screw things up.
** In maybe the sickest twist of this Trope, Darkseid has the power to resurrect the dead, so it's not uncommon for him to tell his lieutenants YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness, only to bring them back to life when it appears they'll be useful again. [[FateWorseThanDeath Over and over again....]]
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: In ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', Orion killed Darkseid and took his place. Unfortunately, he tried an election and won by what he called "an obscene plurality". He realized despite his good intentions, he and Darkseid were NotSoDifferent, something Superman is disappointed by. Orion is more philosophical about it in a LikeFatherLikeSon kind of way.
** Actually, the problem there was that the people of Apokolips are [[AlwaysChaoticEvil as insanely evil as their fallen lord]], and giving them freedom just resulted in them preying on each other worse than before. So yes, killing Darkseid [[UpToEleven just made Apokolips worse]].

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-->'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Waldorf]]''': So I hear this guy is always looking for the Anti-Life Equation.\\
'''[[ThoseTwoGuys Statler]]''': He sure came to the right place. Nobody has a life around here!\\
'''Both''': Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!