Characters: DCAU-Superman The Animated Series
A list of characters from the DCAU
who first became prominent in Superman: The Animated Series
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Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-El)
The quintessential Cape
and Flying Brick
of the DC Animated Universe.
An alien orphan named 'Kal-El' who was sent into space as an infant to avoid suffering a cataclysmic death on his home planet of Krypton. His craft landed in a Kansas field and he was discovered by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who raise the boy as their son under the name 'Clark'. As he matures under the Earth's yellow sun, he gains superhuman powers such as nigh-unlimited physical strength and the power of flight. As an adult, he moves to Metropolis to work as a newspaper reporter. It is here he becomes aware of the corruption and evil in the world, deciding he must use his gifts
to right these wrongs, taking the moniker 'Superman
' after a story of his deeds is published in the Daily Planet by Lois Lane, who uses the term.
After having worked long and hard since the end of "Legacy" (from Superman: The Animated Series
) to regain the world's trust in him, it is he who first suggests that he and the other superheroes form the Justice League
, in order to deal with future threats as great as the Imperium. According to the series' promotional information, he was shown to be the face of the League, as well as the peacemaker for the other members.
Supergirl (Kara In-Ze/Kara Kent)
Voiced By: Nicholle Tom
Kara In-Ze is the sole survivor of Krypton's sister planet, Argo. While exploring the space around the destroyed Krypton, Superman found Kara in a cryogenic facility and took her in as his adoptive cousin. Inspired by her adoptive cousin, Kara made a costume with Superman's logo and occasionally acted as Superman's effective sidekick in his adventures. She later becomes a member of the expanded Justice League
- Action Girl: Is a fight around? She'll go into it without a problem.
- Adaptation Name Change: She's basically the comics' Kara Zor-El. In the comics, In-Ze was her mother Allura's maiden name.
- Badass Adorable
- Bare Your Midriff
- Big In Japan: In-Universe, as revealed in Chaos at the Earth's Core.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S"
- Captain Ersatz: Of the pre-Crisis Supergirl, Kara Zor-El (who was later rebooted into post-Crisis continuity). The reason that she wasn't Kara Zor-El outright was that DC had the editorial mandate of "Superman is the last Kryptonian, period." So the writers had to slightly modify her origin and name to fit the series.
- Character Development: Develops greatly from her first appearance in "Little Girl Lost" to JLU. In her first appearances from STAS to JLU she was criticized for being impulsive and reckless. By the time Divided We Fall rolls around, she was chosen to be in charge of the League while the founding seven were in custody. In her final appearance, Green Lantern himself notes that there is nothing more he can teach her.
- Cute Bruiser
- Determinator: In Chaos at the Earth's Core, she fights Metallo despite her powers being significantly reduced and him having a Kryptonite power battery that can kill her. Even weakened and near death she managed to remove the battery from his chest.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Supes.
- Evil Counterpart/Evil Twin: Galatea is Supergirl's evil clone.
- Eye Beams
- Farmer's Daughter: Galatea, a clone of Supergirl, is described by a reporter as "blonde hair, blue eyes, real farmer's daughter type" (and with Galatea being a clone, this obviously applies to Supergirl as well). Kara was actually raised on a farm by Ma and Pa Kent, who treated her like one of their own children.
- Fight Off the Kryptonite: Against Metallo, memorably.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Batgirl in "Girls' Night Out." Livewire hits Gotham and meets up with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, and Kara joins with Batgirl to stop them. Both later admit each has what the other would like, and "Comfort and Joy" in Justice League shows they're on a first-name basis (and Kara joined Barbara for skiing the Christmas Clark brings the Martian Manhunter to the farm).
- Flying Brick: Her powers are on par with Superman.
- Headbutting Heroes: With Stargirl in Chaos at the Earth's Core though by the end of the episode, they appear to be becoming friends.
- Human Aliens
- Impossible Hourglass Figure
- Leeroy Jenkins: Initially, though over time it lessened.
- Nigh Invulnerable
- Prophecy Twist: Benefits from one.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of "Far From Home".
- Really 700 Years Old: She was a teenager when Krypton was destroyed, before being revived years later.
- Sealed Good in a Can: How Superman finds her in "Little Girl Lost", frozen in a cryogenic chamber.
- Superpower Lottery: She has all the powers of Superman.
- Super Speed: Though not quite as fast as Flash.
- Super Strength
- Twin Telepathy: In Supergirl's dreams, she relives the memories of Galatea.
- X-Ray Vision
Voiced By: Dana Delany
The Daily Planet's star reporter, she never stops at anything to get a good front-page story, though her headstrong nature nearly gets her killed several times. She is initially skeptical of Superman, but eventually falls in love with him. She is also good friends with her fellow reporter Clark Kent, who, like in the comics, never figures him out to be Superman's identity, although it's hinted, but never made clear, that she eventually found out in Justice League Unlimited
A cub reporter and photographer in the Daily Planet, he is the best pal of both Superman and Clark Kent, although he never finds out they are one in the same. He has a special signal watch with a distinctive "zee zee zee" that he can use to call Superman anywhere on Earth.
Voiced By: George Dzundza
Voiced By: Mike Farrell (Jonathan "Pa" Kent) and Shelley Fabares (Martha "Ma" Kent)
- Badass Normal: While neither of them do much fighting, when Braniac went back in time their response was simply to pull shotguns on him to defend their son.
- Good Parents: Martha and Jonathan are kind and supportive of their son — they're a large part of the reason why he's such a Nice Guy.
- Granny Classic: Martha is not a grandmother, but she certainly fits the image and personality; loving and supportive, loves to cook.
- Happily Married
- Mama Bear: When Brainiac went back in time to kill Superman, Martha pulled a shotgun on him to defend her son.
- Muggle Foster Parents: To both Clark and Kara (Supergirl, who while is Clark's foster cousin, she calls them Ma and Pa).
- Secret Keeper: Started keeping Clark's secret long before he knew about it himself.
- Seen It All: In the Justice League episode "Hearts and Minds", Clark brings J'onn J'ozz home for Christmas. Despite his green skin, red eyes and Underwear of Power, they don't give it a second thought and warmly welcome him into their home.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: It is a major theme in the Superman mythos how their upbringing of Clark, and the values they have instilled into him are instrumental in shaping him into who he is.
Professor Emil Hamilton
Voiced By: Victor Brandt, Robert Foxworth
Voiced By: Joseph Bologna
A Metropolis cop who is part of the special crimes unit. He's know for his bravery, but is quite hot-tempered and foolhardy, and has had to be pulled from the force quite a few times. Nevertheless, he is one of Superman's most valuable allies, even saving his life at least once.
Voiced By: Joanna Cassidy
Voiced By: Joely Fisher
- Alliterative Name
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Lois gave him money to call Clark should she had been in danger on a story she was covering. He quickly forgot and spent it on a soda machine. Superman ended up saving her anyway.
- Father Neptune
- Gentle Giant
- Good Is Dumb
- The Informant: For Lois
- Recurring Extra: He's an absent-minded longshoreman, who appears in the pilot (with minor plot-relevance; he's established as an informant for Lois who helped her on an arms smuggling expose, and whom she asks to inform the Planet of her whereabouts if she doesn't return from the ship she is investigating, a task he is quickly distracted from). He appears several times thereafter, often just to provide a comment on something strange that has occurred, though occasionally Lois or Clark seek information from him, and he often makes shows of support for Superman.
Steel (John Henry Irons)
A genius, multi-billionaire living in Metropolis who is the chief executive of his own company, LexCorp. In reality, he's a sociopath with a thirst for power and control, which he will gladly go to any length to have. Constantly flexes his Villain with Good Publicity
muscle as much as he possibly can and has the resources and connections to finance and direct plots against Superman from a distance while still appearing as a benign, philanthropic captain of industry to the public at large. He's an A-lister among Superman's rogues, not bad for a guy who doesn't have any Stock Superpowers
and has to share a city with the original Flying Brick
. He later takes on various exploits to hamper the Justice League
and out them as threats to global security so he may do as he pleases unopposed.
- Addictive Magic: Technological variant. Once he gets a taste of Brainiac's power in Justice League Unlimited, getting it back becomes his sole goal in life.
- Ambiguously Brown: Word of God says he's Greek and his appearance was based on Telly Savalas, a Greek-American actor. Bruce Timm attributes assumptions that he's black, despite his skin being the same color as Superman's, on his lips.
- And I Must Scream: Averted. Instead of going mad or resisting when he discovers that his cells have become a host for a nanotech version of Brainiac that now controls their body, Luthor strikes a bargain with the robot.
- Arch-Enemy: To Superman.
- Bad Boss: A frequent exponent of He Knows Too Much and You Have Outlived Your Usefulness. And in "Fish Story," he decides to go ahead with his underwater detonations while his employees are still setting the charges. When this is pointed out to him, his reply is...
Luthor: Their survivors will be well-compensated.
- Badass Baritone: As voiced by Clancy Brown
- Badass Boast: "I'm already more powerful than all of you put together."
- Badass Normal: Nowhere near Batman's level of training, but when you can forcibly assume leadership of a large group of superpowered beings and keep them in line just through your intelligence and personal charisma, you qualify.
- Empowered Badass Normal: As Brainiac's takeover of Luthor's body proceeds in season two of Unlimited, Luthor has a brief stint of superstrength.
- Bald of Evil
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted so badly to merge with Brainiac again. Ironically, he then uses this exact same trope against Darkseid.
- Big Bad: For much of Superman and the Justice League cartoon, where he ran first the Injustice Gang, Project Cadmus, and then the Legion of Doom.
- Big Damn Villains: In "A Better World."
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When it suits his purposes, he can be quite charming. But only when it suits him.
- Body Horror: In "Panic in the Sky", Brainiac bursts out from under Luthor's skin, leaving a human body with black robot tentacles randomly placed over his body and Brainiac's face protruding from his stomach. Though momentarily astounded, Luthor doesn't Go Mad from the Revelation, which is itself evidence of a staggering amount of willpower.
- The Chessmaster
- Civilian Villain: After being pardoned and while running for president.
- Composite Character: Of himself. This version of Luthor ran the gamut from his modern Corrupt Corporate Executive incarnation, to the nineteen-forties Diabolical Mastermind, to the Mad Scientist of the sixties and seventies.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Crazy-Prepared: Made damn sure he can turn the powers of any member of the Secret Society against them if they step out of line, as Doctor Polaris, Goldface, and Grodd found out to their sorrow. Also has an elaborate panic room hidden deep under a random Metropolis barber shop.
Gotta hand it to you, Luthor - nobody
would think to look for you
- Demoted to Dragon: In Season 3 of Justice League Unlimited, when he's recruited into Gorilla Grodd's Legion of Doom.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He only joins because Grodd dangles the last remaining chunk of Brainiac in front of him.
- The Starscream: A successful one, too. He shoots Grodd and takes over the Legion as soon as it becomes expedient.
- Diabolical Mastermind: After losing his company and resorting to more obvious villainy. Reaches its height in Season 2 JLU.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His actions in Justice League Unlimited can be considered this as he describes it to The Question (while beating the crap out of him), who's trying to stop him from becoming president to keep from fulfilling a future where Superman kills him and turns evil.
Luthor: President? Do you know how much power I'd have to give up to be president? That's right, conspiracy buff. I spent $75 million on a fake presidential campaign just to tick Superman off.
- Domestic Abuser: He became this to Tala. It's also implied in Tabula Rasa that he was this to Mercy Graves at some point.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: He enjoys his merger with Brainiac since it gives him so much power.
- Dual Wielding: Twin laser pistols in Season 2 of JLU.
- Easily Forgiven: After a season and half of overt villainy — including prison breaks, forming the Injustice Gang, and fistfighting Superman in a suit of Powered Armor — he wrangles himself a presidential pardon in return for his help against the Justice Lords. Despite disapproving comments from the media, he is almost immediately forgiven by the public at large, to the extent that his presidential campaign in Season 2 of Justice League Unlimited draws Perot-in-'92 levels of support.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He is voiced by Clancy Brown.
- Eviler than Thou:
- He tries to pull this on the Joker in "World's Finest," but the Joker completely owns him.
- Ends up on both ends of this trope in Alive! He is the bigger evil than Grodd, but the lesser evil than Darkseid.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Genre Savvy: Immediately realizes the Justice Lords are fakes in "A Better World."
- A God Am I: When fused with Brainiac.
- Guns Akimbo: In the JLU.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He makes one to stop Darkseid in "Destroyer," although it's somewhat subverted in that he's explicitly only doing it for revenge, not to save Earth.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Contracted an incurable illness due to always keeping Kryptonite on him. He has to have a machine implanted in him to stay alive for most of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited - until Brainac cures him... for his own reasons.
- In Superman, he frequently has to be saved from the negative consequences of his own attempts to create the perfect anti-Superman weapon.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Averted big time—in "The Great Brain Robbery", upon finding himself in the Flash's body, he immediately puts his powers to incredible use, from the standard Speed Blitz to the weirder applications of high-speed vibration.
- It's All About Me
- Jerkass: He's such a colossal dick that, in "Injustice for All," he ends up having to triple the pay of his Injustice Gang to keep them from walking out on him (and then has to pay even more than that to get the Ultra-Humanite's help in keeping him alive). And in the final season of Justice League Unlimited, he somehow manages to push several members of the Legion into backing a coup by Grodd, whose big master plan is to turn everyone on Earth into apes.
- Mad Scientist: Big time. Played up in the Justice League.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Project Cadmus in Justice League Unlimited. And then he, in turn, is revealed to be simply the Unwitting Pawn of Brainiac.
- Never My Fault: He gets cancer from manipulating kryptonite for years. He blames it all on Superman, saying that he would never had caught the disease if Superman didn't oppose him the first place.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's physically based off of Telly Savalas' portrayal of Blofeld from On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Bruce Timm also took some of the characterization as well, describing both as a "cultured thug... a bruiser who wanted to be taken seriously."
- Not Me This Time: When someone's attempting to kill Lois, Lex is at the top of the list due to the tech used being from his company. Lex points out he's never leave such an obvious trail if he did want to kill her, which he doesn't because he respects her. Lois believes him more because the killer's M.O.'s not Lex's style.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Brainiac in Season 3 of Justice League Unlimited. Unfortunately for him, it turns out to not really be Brainiac after all...
- Pet the Dog: When it appears that Superman has been killed, he comes to the funeral and comforts Lois, saying sadly, "I'll miss him, too." There are at least three fanbase interpretations:
- Powered Armor: Wears it a lot in the Justice League cartoon, where he's forced to go head to head with the League. That said, his real "power suit" - as shown in the finale - is Armani.
- President Evil: Subverted. He only ran to annoy Superman. And it worked.
- The Quisling: Despite previously having been an Unwitting Pawn, he voluntarily throws in with Brainiac in exchange for more personal power in "Divided We Fall."
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
- Shadow Archetype: A cynical man who uses all kinds of money and political power to manipulate, throwing himself into conflict with an idealist who uses his abundance of physical power to protect.
- Smug Snake: His arrogance sometimes leads him into this territory.
- Taking You with Me: When he finds out he's dying of kryptonite-induced cancer, he forms the Injustice Gang in a last-ditch effort to take out Superman and all his friends.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever working with Superman, or the Joker, or Grodd.
- Troll: In season two of Justice League Unlimited. His entire presidential campaign was a farce to get under Superman's skin.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Brainiac's during the first two seasons of Justice League Unlimited.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In Superman: The Animated Series and the second season of Justice League Unlimited.
- Villainous Breakdown: When the League exposes his crimes in "Injustice for All", he becomes a lot more irritable and less composed than he was previously.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: He had one in the episode where he turned John Corben into Metallo.
A supercomputer AI from the planet Krypton who survived the planet's destruction. Now it seeks to gain as much knowledge from the galaxy as it can, by any means, as well as increase the value of that information by destroying any "redundant" data (ie, the original civilizations).
- AI Is A Crap Shoot: It knew Krypton was going to explode back when it was just a supercomputer, but it chose not to support Jor-El's findings; the revelation would only cause panic and might interfere with Braniac's own escape plan - and since it represents the sum total of all of the planet's knowledge, it was the only thing worth saving anyway.
- Bald of Evil
- Big Bad: Of Season 1 of Superman and a Big Bad Duumvirate with Lex Luthor in Season 2 of the JLU.
- Body Horror: When he merges with Lex.
- The Chessmaster: But as Lex notes, he lacks an imagination.
- The Collector: Of information.
- Creepy Monotone
- Eviler than Thou: Darkseid pulls this on him in "Twilight."
- Expy: Of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Fighting a Shadow/Actually a Doombot: The real Brainiac is an AI inhabiting a vessel in the depths of space; all those robot bodies that Superman destroys are just remote-controlled drones.
- From a Single Cell: The tiniest bit of Brainiac always survives, is stored somewhere, and manages to take over more technology and reform himself completely. He is then defeated, and the processes repeats itself. However, the process of bringing him back is usually by complex means.
- Fusion Dance: With Luthor. Then with Darkseid in the finale, though without his personality manifesting.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: In JLU, Luthor accuses him of being one when he points out that Brainiac's purpose is to gain all the information about creation... and then destroy it for some arbitrary reason. Brainiac himself seems to come to agree on some level, as he agrees to merge with Luthor so that they can actually use that information to remake the universe in their image.
- A God Am I: When fused with Luthor.
- Green is Blue: He is frequently referred to as "green." He is, in fact, blue.
- I Am the Trope: He's fond of saying, "I am Krypton."
- It's All About Me: In "Last Son of Krypton," he sabotages Jor-El's efforts to warn people about Krypton's imminent destruction because it might interfere with his own escape, which he judges to be more important than helping evacuate the planet.
- Joker Immunity: He will just keep coming back every time he is defeated. If the episode New Kids in Town is of any indication, Darkseid and Luthor disappearing with him fused into the former in the finale didn't seem to get rid of him, as some part of him may as well have survived elsewhere.
- Kneel Before Zod: From "New Kids in Town," Brainiac makes a teenage Clark do this, even saying, "At last, the son of Jor-El kneels before me." Much like with Superman II, Clark gave him a big surprise.
- Not So Stoic: In "Knight Time" he suddenly starts making emotive facial expressions when Superman attacks his spaceship.
- He also sports a Psychotic Smirk when he thinks he has Superman captured in "Stolen Memories."
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to collect all the information of every civilization the universe, then destroy each planet, ultimately making him the only source of knowledge. At the time that he first appears in the series, he has already destroyed dozens of planets and killed billions.
- Planet Looters: He travels from planet to planet, collects its knowledge, and then destroys it to move on to the next.
- Robotic Psychopath
- Self-Serving Memory: When he demands that Luthor rebuild him in Ghost in The Machine he chooses to refer to the events of their last meeting as "[Luthor's] betrayal", conveniently forgetting that Brainiac was the one who had attempted to follow his modus operandi of taking all information on the planet and then blowing it up while Luthor had apparently been willing to keep his end of the bargain.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Superman uses potentially lethal force on him even before he discovers his Fighting a Shadow nature.
- Where I Was Born and Razed: He wasn't directly responsible for Krypton's destruction, but sabotaged Jor-El's efforts to warn people so he could concentrate on his own escape.
The absolute ruler of the wasteland planet Apokolips. Stuck in a truce with the neighboring planet New Genesis, Darkseid is always scheming about how to put the entire universe under his fist. Seeking the 'Anti-Life Equation', a powerful tool that could easily submit the entirety of existence under his thumb, he is a constant threat to planet Earth. He is Superman's most hated enemy for his many transgressions committed on Earth and Superman is willing to stop at nothing to see his end.
- Abusive Parents: He is, quite simply, not a nice person, and his children get no special treatment.
- A God Am I: And won't shut up about it. (Justified since HE IS ONE.)
- Agony Beam: His Omega Beams normally kill, but he can dial them down to this to amuse himself.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: This is shown perfectly in the penultimate episode of JLU. He was killed 3 seasons before and Apokolips is in the middle of a Civil War for who will take his place. After getting resurrected, he returns to Apokolips in the middle of a battlefield, halting the war completely. Usually, on a planet full of starscreams and after being dead for a few years, you would think that someone would try to rebel. In this case however, Darkseid doesn't even have to say anything. He just stands there and everyone immediately bows down to him. Darkseid Is indeed.
- Back from the Dead: He was killed by Brainiac's exploding asteroid Super Villain Lair, but gets brought back when Luthor uses Tala against her will in an attempt to restore Brainiac. According to the DVD commentary, Tala did it on purpose just to spite Luthor. Hell hath no fury, indeed.
- Badass: Possibly the most powerful villain in the DCAU and one of the few villains who regularly goes toe-to-toe with Superman on a physical basis, and comes out none the worse for the wear. He's an evil monster, but there's no denying that he's Badass.
- Badass Baritone: In both English and Spanish.
- Badass Boast: Lots of 'em.
- "I am many things Kal-El. You couldn't begin to imagine half of them, but for now I shall take the role of your executioner."
- "I am many things, Kal-El... but here, I am God."
- "Super or otherwise, you're merely a man. And I am a god."
- Bad Boss: Servants are regularly abandoned once they are no longer useful, you are sent to the slave-pits for talking, and with Kalibak he combines this trope with utter contempt for his son and his efforts to please him.
- Bald of Evil
- Big Bad: Of Superman The Animated Series seasons 2 and 3. He, Luthor, and Grodd are in the running for this in Justice League.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Reacts this way to Superman's And This Is for... Dan Turpin punch.
- The Chessmaster: "I told you once, Superman, if you would not be my knight, you would be my pawn."
- The Dreaded: Terrifies the members of the Legion of Doom enough that they are willing to enter into an alliance with the Justice League against him.
- Electric Torture: "It's called the Agony Matrix. Direct neuro-stimulation of pain receptors. All of them. Imagine the worst pain you have ever felt in your life times a thousand. Now imagine that pain continuing forever. Oh, that's right. You don't have to imagine."
- Establishing Character Moment: What's the first thing he does when he meets Superman face-to-face? Blast him with his Omega Beams until he's on his knees. Who is he? That is who he is, Kal-El.
- Eviler than Thou: Even Brainiac can't compete.
- Evil Is Petty: He murdered Dan Turpin for no other reason than to stick it to Superman.
- Evil Overlord: As one would expect from Darkseid.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Eye Beams: The Omega Beam.
- Genius Bruiser
- God of Evil: More specifically, the God of Tyranny.
- Godzilla Threshold: He's the one villain that Superman does not hold back on and he's the one villain that Superman is perfectly willing to kill.
Superman: ...this time I'm not going to stop until you're nothing but a greasy smear on my fist.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Can you honestly say that Bruno Mannheim didn't deserve the harsh treatment (and later abandonment and death) that Darkseid subjected him to?
- Does this again to Lex Luthor in Alive!
- Knight of Cerebus: Any time Darkseid shows up, whether it's in S:TAS or JL, things get a lot more serious.
- Large and in Charge: Rules Apokolips with an iron fist, and towers over almost every other character in the DCAU.
- Loophole Abuse: At the end of "Apokolips...Now!", he is forced to agree to stop trying to invade Earth or face the wrath of New Genesis. He spends the rest of the series scheming various ways to strike out at Earth without violating the letter of his agreement.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Nigh Invulnerable
- OOC Is Serious Business: Darkseid's power and evil are made clear by Superman's very uncharacteristic behavior toward him.
- Pet the Dog: As unbelievable as it sounds, he does this at one point. After Bruno Mannheim installs an explosive at an important laboratory with the help of a few Parademons on Darkseid's orders, Darkseid leaves Mannheim to die in the explosion, but right before doing so, he uses his Omega Beam to teleport the Parademons to safety.
- Physical God
- Playing Both Sides: Does this in the conflict between Superman and Brainiac in Justice League. Even though neither of them trust him, he puts them both in situations where they feel they need to work with him. He almost wins.
- Polluted Wasteland: His entire planet.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His motive in the JLU finale is to get revenge on Superman for killing him, first by forcing him to see Earth burn then cutting his heart out with a kryptonite knife.
- Scars Are Forever: In "Twilight," he still sports the scars Superman gave him at the end of "Legacy."
- Storyboarding the Apocalypse: Darkseid loves doing this and is damn good at it.
"I hope you appreciate, Kal-El, everything that happens from this point is on your head. The skies will rain fire, the oceans will boil, the streets run red with the blood of billions. Only then, when your last pitiful hope has been vanquished, will I end your life. Let's go."
- Super Strength
- Ungrateful Bastard: "It seems I have you to thank for my resurrection. Though your world will suffer slowly, I grant you a quick death."
Voiced By: Edward Asner
Oberon: Do yer worst, ya old cow!
Granny Goodness: You wound Granny! ... but not as badly as Granny's going to wound you...
Metallo (John Corben)
John Corben was a mercenary hired by LexCorp to steal an experimental Mini-Mecha
and deliver it to Lex's (illegal) buyers. Superman's debut in Metropolis was crushing the robot and hauling Corben off to prison. While in jail, Corben contracted a fatal disease. Lex Luthor, thankful for Corben refusing to testify against him, offered a solution: upload Corbin's mind into an immortal robot body, powered by a Kryptonite core. Corben enjoyed the limitless strength and durability, but the lack of touch, smell and taste drove him insane. He blamed Superman for all of this, letting Lex off the hook pretty quickly. He later joins the Legion of Doom
later in Justice League Unlimited
Livewire (Leslie Willis)
Voiced By: Lori Petty, Maria Canals Barrera
A Metropolis radio personality who built her career by bashing Superman on the airwaves. She finds herself suddenly possessing electrical-based superpowers after both she and Supes are struck by the same lightning bolt during a thunderstorm. Blaming him for her condition, she soon adopts the persona of "Livewire" and takes her Superman-bashing to a new, dangerous and shocking level. She later fights Batgirl and Supergirl in a crossover episode of The New Batman Adventures
and joins Grodd's Secret Society
in Justice League Unlimited
- Absolute Cleavage: She has a large lightning bolt-shaped slit that goes down to her belly button, although no cleavage is actually drawn.
- Achilles' Heel/Kryptonite Factor: Livewire and water do not mix.
- Adaptation Die Job: In the tie-in comics, she temporarily loses her powers. While human again, she's a blonde - rather than the brunette she was in the show.
- Adaptational Heroism: In both the tie-in comics and the mainstream comics she eventually becomes an ally, a stark contrast to her original animated incarnation who simply did things For the Evulz.
- Attention Whore: A decent part of her characterization, especially in her first appearance. It's particularly obvious before her transformation.
- Badass Boast: "You can't stop me anymore than you can stop rain... wind... or LIGHTNING!"
- Canon Immigrant
- Dumbass DJ: Before gaining her powers, she was a popular DJ who spent all her time insulting Superman in order to boost her ratings.
- Elemental Baggage: She works like a battery—she must absorb charge from other electricity sources to use her powers, and when that charge runs out she's normal.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Livewire's outfit is created by ionizing the air around her, and she herself describes it as "form fitting."
- Goth: Dressed like one as a human.
- Heel-Face Turn: In the tie-in comics to the show, at least. After making the jump to the main DC Universe, she eventually turns good there as well.
- Jerkass: As a shock jock, it's sort of her thing. How much was an act and how much was her personality is unclear, but she seemed to believe what she was spouting.
- The Lad-ette
- Leitmotif: An electric guitar tune.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Passing through Superman first apparently means it can create metahumans. Applying the trope to Livewire specifically, she's able to do nonsensical things like dive into TV screens and then appear on them.
- Logical Weakness: Water.
- Never My Fault: Her transformation was due to her stupidity of hosting a concert in the middle of a storm, Superman tried to get her to cancel it as she was both putting herself and the audience in danger. She wouldn't listen and got hit by lighting. She blamed Superman for the mess, mostly from seeing on TV a reporter interviewing Superman accusing that he deliberately didn't push Leslie out of the way when the lightning struck.
- One-Liner: Loves these. Makes sense given her past as a Shock Jock.
- Psycho Electro
- Pure Energy: Livewire describes herself as such and, though it makes for a very interesting character, it does not make any more scientific sense than every other "energy being" out there. And, oddly enough, she apparently still has a skeleton.
- Sexy Spectacles: Invoked this before her transformation. Getting struck by lightning seems to have improved her vision, however.
- Shock and Awe: Gains electric powers after being struck by lightning.
- Shock Jock: Before getting her powers.
- Straw Feminist: At times.
- That Man Is Dead: "Meet [Leslie Willis's] replacement!"
- Vapor Wear: See Absolute Cleavage.
Toyman (Winslow Schott, Jr.)
Winslow Schott wanted nothing more in life than to make toys. Unfortunately, he had little money, and could only achieve his dream by taking a loan from gangster Bruno Mannheim. The toy company soon became a front for Intergang activities. When the police busted the operation, Mannheim let Winslow take the fall, and the kindly toymaker spent the rest of his life in prison. Now Schott's son seeks revenge, adopting the identity of Toyman and using a variety of deadly toy-themed weapons and death traps
against the gangster and his mooks. Naturally, this attracts Superman's attention. He later joins the Legion of Doom
in Justice League Unlimited
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He sics a giant rubber duck on Mannheim in "Fun and Games" and a very large Rock-'Em-Sock-'Em Robot on Superman in "Obsession."
- Cool Mask: Wears an eversmiling mask that he never removes.
- Creepy Monotone
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: In the Static Shock crossover "Toys of the Hood", even though he had genuinely fallen in love with Darci enough to try and give her a new identity, he was always aware of betrayal, so he put in a fail safe that would destroy her.
- Expressive Mask: Completely (and very creepily) averted.
- The Faceless: Orphaned after his father dies in prison, Toyman becomes a toy-crazed supervillain, hiding his face behind a Howdy Doody-like mask. Schott is never seen without the mask, although it's frequently cracked and broken in his battles with Superman, and his fellow villains.
- Freudian Excuse: See Parental Abandonment, below.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Happy Fun Ball: His specialty.
- Killer Yo-Yo: Utterly owns Killer Frost with one of these in the penultimate episode of Justice League Unlimited.
- Malevolent Masked Men
- Monster Sob Story
- No One Could Survive That: Happens at the end of both of his Superman appearances.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: His father died penniless and he's never shown committing crimes for money, but he apparently has endless resources to pay for his tanks, helicopters, giant rubber ducks, and incredibly advanced robots.
- Parental Abandonment: His dad (framed by the mob) died in prison, leaving him to be switched from one foster home to another.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Goes straight Up to Eleven.
- Slasher Smile: Painted onto his mask.
- Stalker with a Crush: In "Obsession".
- Sympathy for the Devil: Expressed for him by Lois.
- Underestimating Badassery: Killer Frost does this to him in "Alive".
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
Luminus (Edward Lytener)
Voiced By: Robert Hays
Edward was an engineer at LexCorp who specialized in light and laser manipulation. He was a mole for Lois in one of her stories, and while Lois' work won her a journalism award, he was fired. In revenge, he tried to murder Lois, and then Superman got involved.
Lytener took up the persona of Luminus and decided to get his revenge on Superman. That failed too. Luminus is last seen fighting the Justice League
after a jail break.
- Affably Evil: Even when making declarations of absolute hatred and murderous intent he's always so briskly, cheerfully polite. This continues after he becomes Luminus.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: You managed to weaken Superman to human strength, Luminus. Just shoot him already. Don't toy with him until he breaks the machine weakening him.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He enjoys fighting Superman because he can't wait to kill a god.
- Death Trap: His specialty. Spent his debut episode trying to kill Lois Lane.
- Expy: Of Doctor Light. His pervyness is an interesting case of hindsight hilarity. It's also probably just as well that he wasn't named Doctor Light, as it meant Justice League Unlimited could introduce Kimiyo Hoshi, the heroic Doctor Light, without explanation.
- Fighting a Shadow: As Luminus, he never puts himself in the same place as Superman if he can send a hologram instead.
- For the Evulz: In his second appearance, Edward Lytener becomes the villain Luminus, just to get back at Superman.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: He's good with light, so lasers aren't too far of a stretch.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Hard Light: His other specialty. Turns out, lasers still hurt anyway.
- Hellevator: One of his death traps.
- Light Is Not Good
- Love Makes You Crazy
- Master of Illusion
- Me's a Crowd: Similar to the Flash villain Mirror Master.
- Motive Decay: Goes from being Lois's Stalker with a Crush to trying to kill Superman just because he can.
- Nothing Personal: Said this in his second appearance to Lois. He put her in a death trap again, but he insisted only as bait for Superman.
- Smug Snake
- Stalker with a Crush: He became The Mole against LexCorp because he liked Lois, not because it was the right thing to do.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Lytener?
- Took a Level in Badass: In his second appearance. He comes this close to killing Superman.
- Villainous Breakdown: Is so calm and calculating when he has a powerless Superman on the ropes. When the satellites key to powering the big guy down get blown up, however, he (understandably) becomes quite panicky and desperate.
Voiced By: Bruce Weitz
Bruno leads Metropolis's branch of Intergang, a major criminal syndicate. He soon gets weaponry from Apokolips, allowing him to deal with Superman and the local Police force. Eventually Superman and the Police team up and Mannheim is forced to flee to Apokolips, where he meets his new boss, Darkseid. Instead of killing him outright, Darkseid sends him back to Metropolis so he can overtake the nuclear power plant. He then sets the reactor to overload, and Darkseid leaves him to die as the reactor goes critical.
Voiced By: Lisa Edelstein
- Battle Butler
- Beleaguered Assistant: Poor girl has to constantly be on the move with a boss like Lex Luthor barking orders every two minutes.
- Bodyguard Babes
- Bodyguard Crush: Totally one-sided on her part, though.
- Canon Immigrant
- The Comically Serious: Though she can be pretty snarky on occasions.
- Dark Action Girl
- The Dog Bites Back: Subverted first, as we're set up to think she'll turn on Lex for abandoning her to take the fall on one of his criminal deeds, but it turns out his hold on her is too strong. But she finally gets to do it for real in Justice League when he uses his prison call on her and she immediately hangs up. Then she goes right back to him two seasons later when he's "reformed" and running for President.
- The Dragon: To Lex Luthor.
- Friends with Benefits: While there's no real romantic feelings between the two, it's heavily implied (especially in Justice League) that the two have more than a professional relationship going on. Their entire relationship oozes with emotionally oppressive relationship subtext and Lex all but spells out in "Tabusa Rasa" that they've been intimate on a regular basis.
- Girl Friday
- Hidden Depths: When Lex is exposed as a criminal, he names Mercy new head of Lex Corp. She turns out to be a much better buisnessperson than Lex. As it so happens, cutting out Luthor's obsessive super-villain side-projects and selling off Luthor's anti-Superman resources has made Lex Corp more profitable than ever. Luthor is rather nonplussed when he finds out.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: She is way more level-headed than her boss, and she seems to be able to keep up with her boss's commands. Of course, we see that when she became head of Lex Corp, she was much more successful than Luthor ever was.
- Kick Chick: Almost exclusively uses high kicks, except for her gun. She also wears a short mini-dress which almost always gives the viewer a great view of her legs even when she isn't fighting. No Panty Shots, though.
- Magic Skirt / Tights With A Skirt: She is always running around doing high kicks, being beaten up and sent flying by people, all in an outfit that looks more like a tight top than a full chauffeur's uniform.
- Ms. Fanservice: Even moreso in Justice League, to the point where the android (while channeling Chivalrous Pervert Flash) hits on her.
- Ninja Maid: For Lex
- Servile Snarker
- She's Got Legs: She wears a ridiculously short dress (or a tight shirt with tight pants) that shows off her legs.
- Statuesque Stunner
The Parasite (Rudy Jones)
Voiced By: Brion James, Brian George
Once an employee of S.T.A.R. Labs, Rudy was exposed to an experimental chemical compound that spilled on him when he tried to steal it. Now, as The Parasite, he possesses the power to absorb the energy, memories and physical abilities from anyone he touches, including Superman
. He later joins the Legion of Doom
- Achilles' Heel / Kryptonite Factor: Gains the weaknesses of those whose powers he copies, usually with greater effect than the originals.
- Affably Evil: Very amiable, though in this case it only serves to make him more creepy.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: "Two's a Crowd"
- Composite Character: Of himself - between the Rudy Jones and Maxwell Jensen Parasites.
- Drunk with Power: As a defining character trait. His main motivation is that his whole life people have been pushing him around and looking down on him, and now he wants as much power as he can for as long as he can... and enjoys using it to lord over others.
- That said, on a good day, he can be a relatively well-adjusted guy considering it all. He seems pretty satisfied with getting cable TV in his prison cell once he's captured.
- Becomes Fridge Brilliance when you realize the trope. The more power he GETS, the more he wants.
- Eviler than Thou: Less so than Earl Garver, eviler than Livewire.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Janitor to deadly supervillain.
- Killed Off for Real: He's frozen and then blown up along with Grodd's other followers in "Alive!"
- Power Parasite
- Split Personality Takeover: Earl Garver takes control of Parasite after Parasite tries to absorb Garver's memories. Eventually, the two of them duke it out for control of the body.
- Who's Laughing Now?
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: When Rudy Jones was first introduced his characterization was desperation instead of malevolence, and he stopped his partner when he tried to actually hurt people. However, after he became Parasite he became obsessed with draining anybody he could get his hands on and taking revenge on a world which hurt him.
An imperfect clone of Superman created by Luthor. He has almost all of Superman's strengths, but a damaged mind that leaves him unable to think clearly and understand that his actions are harmful. He truly wants to be a hero, but doesn't understand that he's actually hurting people. A while afterwards, Luthor lobotomizes and brainwashes him in order to be more evil and he becomes part of the Legion of Doom
A pint-sized humanoid from another dimension who has decided to torment Superman with his powerful reality warping
abilities merely for his own amusement. The only way Supes can effectively get rid of him is to trick him into saying, writing, or otherwise revealing his own name backwards. And even then, he's only gone for three months.
- All Myths Are True: Claims to be the source behind genies, elves, and leprechauns.
- Amusing Alien
- Catch Phrase: "Aw, nuts."
- Great Gazoo
- Jerkass: This isn't your Silver Age well-meaning Mxy.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Can cause this. In general, whenever he uses his powers to Baleful Polymorph or otherwise alter someone, they don't remember anything that transpired after being changed back. The tie-in comics took this a step further by having everyone but Superman's memories of everything he does disappear after he leaves, which means no matter who many times he screws around with their lives everyone in Metropolis is totally unaware that he even exists.
- Laughably Evil
- The Napoleon
- Nice Hat
- Non-Standard Character Design: Myzyzptlk is tiny, bulbous and four-fingered. This may be a half-hearted attempt at A Form You Are Comfortable With, or it could be Leaning on the Fourth Wall - he's entered a cartoon universe, so he takes on a cartoony appearance.
- Reality Warper
- Sore Loser
- Space Jews
- The Trickster
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
A trash-talking brute of an intergalactic bounty hunter who'll track down anyone and anything, as long as the price is right, and he'll have himself a literal blast while doing it.
Voiced By: Sharon Lawrence
Sergeant Corey Mills
Volcana (Caire Selton)
Voiced By: Peri Gilpin