Lord Darkseid understands some of you worms may not be satisfied with your petty explanations of his greatness. That is why he has allowed these... contentious issues... to linger. Beware, for he may turn his attention to you... and there will be no longer doubt about what Darkseid ''is''.
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* AntiClimaxBoss: The ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' version of him is a much bigger threat when he's a disembodied spirit spreading malevolence amongst the people of the Earth. As soon as he gets a body by [[GrandTheftMe possessing]] [[spoiler: Lionel Luthor]], Clark very easily takes him down. [[spoiler: The tie-in comic has him reveal to Superman that due to the possession, he was [[WorfHadTheFlu not at full power]] or else he would never have been defeated by him.]]
* AwesomeEgo: Darkseid is very arrogant, and looks all the more badass for it.
* BadassDecay: First symbolically with ''Crisis On Infinite Earths'', where a villain who is basically Darkseid on a larger scale is introduced, kind of robbing him as his place as arch villain number one. Then after the crisis, when lone heroes, street level villains and a mindless monster with spiky bits sticking out of it are able to defeat him. This eventually lead to an AuthorsSavingThrow that every last appearance of Darkseid from that crisis to the distant sequel ''Infinite Crisis'' was just an avatar and that he was still as dangerous as ever. Also, he did help defeat the Antimonitor, so that wasn't as bad as it could have been either.
* CantUnhearIt: If you've seen any of his appearances in the DCAU than you're most likely reading every word Darkseid utters in Creator/MichaelIronside's sonorous voice.
* CompleteMonster:
** His main incarnation and his ''The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans'' incarnation at Monster/DCUniverse (the latter can also be found at Monster/XMen).
** His ''Superman vs. Aliens II: God War'' incarnation and his ''Superman: The Dark Side'' incarnation at Monster/{{Superman}} (the former can also be found at Monster/ComicBooks).
** His ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse'' incarnation at Monster/DCAnimation.
* GameBreaker: His Omega Beam, which is nearly impossible to avoid or survive as long as he can see you. And that's ''after'' the attack was Nerfed heavily.
* LoveToHate: A prime example of this, his fans agree that how appallingly evil he is a part of what makes him such an awesome villain.
* MemeticLoser: During his severe VillainDecay he basically became a joke. But after ''Final Crisis'' [[MemeticBadass it went the opposite direction]] as he swiftly reclaimed his villain cred.
* MemeticMutation: The sight of Darkseid [[http://kh13.com/forum/topic/28151-why-is-darkseid-doing-this/ chilling]] [[SlouchOfVillainy on your couch.]] Darkseid dares all.
** Darkseid is.
* MisaimedFandom: He was easily the most popular character from Creator/JackKirby's ''ComicBook/NewGods'' metaseries, and he went on to become one of DC's most popular villains afterwards. Ironically however, Kirby himself ''hated'' the EvilIsCool trope and intended Darkseid to be something of a paper tiger whose power came mostly from how much people feared him (hence Darkseid [[http://1.media.dorkly.cvcdn.com/31/99/03d99d9b85f7b88540a233d2226856a0.jpg getting mugged by two human crooks who don't know who he is)]]. Likewise, Darkseid's code of honour (much like that of ComicBook/DoctorDoom) was not intended to make him out to be a complex NobleDemon, but rather to make him seem more like a SmugSnake who only held to it because [[EvilCannotComprehendGood he thought it made him better than "common" criminals]]. In the end, [[MyRealDaddy the fans simply preferred Darkseid as a villain with actual clout and chutzpah]] and that was the interpretation that stuck.
* MoralEventHorizon: He never crossed it, he was ''created'' on the far side of the line.
** In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' Darkseid is the Moral Singularity. Literally, his fall to Earth creates a black hole of evil dense enough to drag down the entire multiverse with him.
* TearJerker: Even at the height of his evil ambitions, Darkseid really did love his wife, Suli, and would have given everything up for her. With her loss, he sees nothing left but his villainous goals save a minor but notable leniency towards their son, Kalibak, showing he hasn't forgotten her.

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