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The dreaded domain of Darkseid. It is the polar opposite of New Genesis.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Its inhabitants actually like their world the way it is, being cheerfully Lawful Evil, almost to a man. People who don't are either dead or leave.
- Death World: As the worst Dystopia one could imagine.
- Hell: The New God equivalent of it.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Its name is a corruption of "apocalypse", and pronounced the same way, too.
- Mordor: A Science Fantasy equivalent, but Apokolips is a dark, polluted, hellish planet with little to no sun and where everyone is Always Chaotic Evil.
- Polluted Wasteland: Worst part is, this is probably one of the lesser horrible things you'll find on this planet.
- Putting on the Reich: According to Jack Kirby, Darkseid and his forces were intended to be Nazis turned Up to Eleven.
AKA: UxasThe Big Bad of the Fourth World, and later a prominent villain for The DCU as a whole, see his own article for detailed info.
- Arch Nemesis Dad: To Orion.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The Ruler of Apokolips. Also one of the few guys who can give Superman a run for his money.
- Big Bad: Initially of the New Gods. He has since become this to the entire DC Universe.
- Breakout Villain: As noted above, he is now best-known as the biggest bad guy in the entire DC Universe.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He knows he is evil, and he openly admits it.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Literally; he was born evil and grew up surrounded by nothing but evil.
- Eye Beams: His signature Omega Beams. They also double as Super-Persistent Missile.
- God of Evil: By virtue of being the ruler on a planet incarnating evil.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Darkseid. Can't get much more explicit than that.
- Obviously Evil: Then again, he doesn't exactly tries to hide it.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His end goal is to get his hand on the Anti-Life Equation, which would allow him to become this.
Darkseid's EliteDarkseid's inner circle. After the God of Tyranny himself, these are the most potent and evil beings of Apokolips and the main instruments through which Darkseid works his dark will.
One of Darkseid's greatest minions, she pretends to organize a rebellion every once in a while. When it inevitably fails, the people are left hopeless again, solidifying Darkseid's control once more. She is Glorious Godfrey's sister.
- Absolute Cleavage: Wears it.
- Compelling Voice: Her main power.
- Dating Catwoman: She was Superman's girlfriend, after Darkseid briefly rendered Superman amnesiac.
- In the Hood: Wears one.
- The Mole: Her entire function on Apokolips.
- Rebel Leader: Her role consists in posing as one while being The Mole for Darkseid; obviously this results in her "rebellions" inevitably being crushed, leaving people hopeless and further solidifying Darkseid's control over the planet.
- Stripperiffic: Her outfit has Absolute Cleavage and a distinct Vapor Wear.
Darkseid's advisor and chief interrogator. This spineless, wormy little man dreams of one day ruling Apokolips himself. He is Bernadeth's brother.Desaad possessed Mary Marvel during Final Crisis, apparently reveling in turning the pure young heroine into an oversexed murderer. He was exorcized when Captain Marvel Junior used Shazam's lightning to turn Mary back to her mortal self.
- Agony Beam: Many of his devices have one.
- Black Cloak: Wears one.
- Butt Monkey: He is tortured or executed after every failure or betrayal, but he's a god, so it doesn't stick.
- Combat Sadomasochist: He became one of these while he possessed Mary Marvel. He seemed to get off on Supergirl striking her, and started to blatantly come on to her the more Supergirl fought.
- Dirty Coward: He's not very brave.
- Evil Genius: As Darkseid's Dragon should be.
- In the Hood: Wears it.
- Meaningful Name: He is named after the Marquis de Sade.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He's a wimp with no fighting skills compared to the other gods, but he's still much stronger and tougher than an ordinary human and immune to things like the Scarecrow's fear toxin.
- Obviously Evil: Like his master.
- Sadist: Well duh
- Smug Snake: Arrogant but (relatively) weak.
- The Starscream: He wants to rule Apokolips, but he's too afraid of his master.
- Torture Technician: His specialty.
Devilance the PursuerThe god of the hunt, Darkseid's chief tracker. He was a recurring foe of the Forever People. Devilance was eventually killed by Lobo.
- Blade on a Stick
- The Bus Came Back: Showed up out of nowhere in 52 to make life difficult for three characters lost in space. He hadn't been seen since the Forever People left him there.
Doctor BedlamDarkseid's chief scientist, who is a disembodied entity who inhabits a number of robotic clones called "animates".
AKA: G. Gordon Godfrey / Rev. G. Godfrey GoodeDarkseid has Godfrey pose as a televangelist to turn the people against their superheroes and preach the gospel of "Anti-Life" — unthinking obedience, making them easier to conquer. He is Amazing Grace's brother.He set the events of the Crisis Crossover Legends in motion by assuming the mortal guise of "G. Gordon Godfrey", a Pompous Political Pundit who drove the U.S. public to distrust its superheroes. He eventually overplayed his hand dramatically, and his attempt to wear the stolen helmet of Doctor Fate punctuated his defeat.During Final Crisis, Glorious Godfrey possessed a human man and posed, again, as a televangelist to distract people from Darkseid's plan. He dies when his host body burns out and Darkseid refuses to create a new body for him.
- Ascended Extra: He actually was never a prominent character in the original Fourth World saga. As time went on, he became as prominent as Desaad and Granny Goodness due to his role in manipulating the public. His G. Gordon Godfrey persona managed to earn him a cameo on Justice League, and a later recurring role on Young Justice.
- Bad Habits: Wears them.
- Compelling Voice: That can turn the masses into an angry mob out to destroy the resident superhero.
- Dark Messiah: He is the New God who preaches Anti-Life as a gospel that victims willingly accept, and not just a MacGuffin for mass mind-control.
- Divide and Conquer: His strategy.
- Glorious Leader: His role (it's even in his name)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's been used as a Take That against both right-wing pundit G. Gordon Liddy and left-wing pundit Al Sharpton. The message here, apparently, is that mass media and extremists in general can be bad.
- Pompous Political Pundit: G. Gordon Godfrey is a textbook example of this trope, arrogantly inciting the public against his targets of choice.
- Smug Snake: He is not as glorious as he believes himself to be.
- The Starscream: During the Legends X-Over, he ultimately plans on stealing Doctor Fate's helmet to add to his powerful army on Earth and overthrow Darkseid.
- Would Hurt a Child: Proves that he would and does in Legends.
The leader and trainer of the Female Furies. Although she is an elderly woman, she is one of the most wicked and dangerous beings alive.Granny incarnates on Earth in Final Crisis, first as a human pimp and later in the body of the Apokolips-born Green Lantern, Kraken. In this form, she captures Batman for the Evil Gods and nearly conquers Oa in Darkseid's name, but is exposed by Hal Jordan.
- Apron Matron: A sick parody of one.
- Bad Samaritan: Runs orphanages... for horrible purposes.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Commonly treated as a joke by comic fans, Granny Goodness has the best track record of not getting her butt kicked by super-heroes and the New Gods, and commits acts of brainwashing and horrific abuse without any consequences upon children 24/7 on Apokolips. Truth is, she's only silly if you've never actually read a story about her.
- Break the Cutie: A flashback story established this as why she's evil: she was made to train alongside an attack dog named Mercy, who she felt love for. Rather than kill it as her final test of loyalty to Darkseid, she killed the commander who told her to instead. This caught the attention of Darkseid, as she argued to let Mercy live as the dog was a loyal and powerful servant. Darkseid then ordered Mercy to kill Granny. When Granny killed her beloved pet in self-defense, Darkseid was so impressed that Mercy was so well-trained as to be more loyal to him than Granny, that he granted her inner-circle status. And Granny pretty much lost what little remaining goodness in her heart as a result of having to kill the only being she ever loved.
- Combat SadomasochistGranny: Did that hurt? Good. It was supposed to.Amanda Waller: Yeah, it hurt. (rifle-butts her) Does this? It's supposed to!Granny: That's all right, dearie. Granny likes pain.
- What's more, Granny instills this in her "children." Those raised by Granny are taught that pain and torment are the truest expressions of love.
- Evil Old Folks: She's technically younger than Darkseid, but looks old in a way we understand.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Not only does her name count, but her lethal attack dog was called "Mercy".
- I Was Quite a Looker: She used to be an extremely in shape bald woman who could rock a skintight outfit◊. In her present appearance age has definitely taken its toll, although oddly her hair has grown.
- Never Mess with Granny: Seriously, not unless you have a small army of badasses backing you up.
- Orphanage of Fear: She runs these, to break children's spirits and weed out potential recruits.
- Terms of Endangerment: Her trademark. She tend to refer to other people in a grandmatronly way, even though she doesn't even bother with Faux Affably Evil.
- Torture Technician: She is this, and most of her victims are children.
- Undying Loyalty: There's a reason Granny is so highly placed in Darkseid's inner-circle: she genuinely worships him, and it shows in her training. Granny has trained the Female Furies to be loyal to Granny first, but Darkseid foremost, meaning that in a test of loyalty, the Furies will choose Darkseid.
Kalibak the Cruel
Darkseid's son by his first wife Suli. His greatest wish is to prove himself a worthy heir to his father, but that will never happen, considering the kind of person his father is.In Final Crisis, Kalibak first possessed a human thug; after his host died, Darkseid's scientists created a bestial tiger-man body for him to inhabit. He was killed in combat by Talky Tawny.
- Abusive Parents
- Agony Beam: The Beta Club has one.
- The Brute
- Dumb Muscle
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Orion, Darkseid's son whom he favors, while Kalibak gets little respect.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He has actually shown a gentle side on a few occasions, but he does not want anyone to know about it, especially not his father, who values evil and cruelty over gentleness.
- Mighty Glacier
- Primal Stance
- The Unfavorite: Orion is Darkseid's favorite son. Kalibak is treated as an annoyance.
- Weapon of Choice: The Beta Club.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
AKA: IluthinDarkseid's personal assassin and weapon master. Kanto is a master of both courtly intrigue and fencing, and ruins men just as efficiently with the pen as with the sword. He dresses in the manner of a Renaissance nobleman.
- Affably Evil
- Beard of Evil: He has a closely-trimmed goatee.
- Legacy Character: Walt Simonson revealed that Kanto is the traditional name of Darkseid's assassin, and this Kanto is the fourteenth.
- Master Swordsman
- Nice Hat
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Kanto's appearance is based on both Cesare Borgia and Errol Flynn.
- Wicked Cultured: And no wonder. A Simonson story revealed that he was exiled in his youth and grew to manhood with the actual Borgias as a loyal soldier and messenger.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Mister Miracle see each other as such. In their first encounter, Kanto has Scott captured, but lets him go after he survives several attempts at killing him, earning Kanto's respect.
MantisA renegade bug from New Genesis, he led a colony of bugs from New Genesis to Apokolips. There, in return for his loyalty, he was made a New God by Darkseid.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies
- Energy Absorption: He has the ability to absorb all forms of energy, including Green Lantern light.
- Shock and Awe
- The Starscream
MortallaOne of Darkseid's concubines, she became the lover of Orion.
The uncle of Darkseid and general of the armies of Apokolips. Steppenwolf is one of Darkseid's most loyal and trusted servants. He is a genius tactician who rides a hover bike with the same power as Orion's Astro-Harness.
- An Axe to Grind: He wields an "electro-axe".
- Back from the Dead: He was killed by Highfather in revenge for his wife's death, but Darkseid managed to resurrect him.
- The Dragon
- Egomaniac Hunter: He lives to hunt the most dangerous prey he can find.
- Evil Uncle: Subverted, even though he's Darkseid's uncle (and evil), he's very much loyal to his nephew.
- Posthumous Character: In Kirby's run on the New Gods comics, he's been dead for years. He's later resurrected.
- The Strategist
Virman VundabarA vicious little man who was raised in Granny Goodness's orphanage just like Scott Free, Virman is one of Granny's greatest successes. He is preoccupied with military efficiency, especially that of the Prussian Empire of Earth, on which he based his persona. His niece Malice is one of the Female Furies.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: His lavish Prussian fashion made him this.
- Germanic Efficiency: His persona is based on this.
- High-Class Glass: wears a monocle.
- Kaiserreich: His attire and even his interest in Earth's Prussian culture made him this trope.
- The Napoleon: Shortest member of Darkseid's officer and one of the most vicious.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance was based on Benito Mussolini.
- Wicked Cultured: Well, unlike Kato, his sophisticated tastes were based on Prussian aristocracy.
The Deep Six
The Female FuriesDarkseid's elite female warriors, founded and led by Granny Goodness. They serve him without question. Supergirl, Mary Marvel, and other powerful women have served on this team, usually thanks to Brainwashing.
- Action Girl
- Amazon Brigade
- Bodyguard Babes
- Dark Action Girl
- Heel–Face Turn: In Kirby's original series Lashina, Stompa, Mad Harriet, and Bernadeth actually joined Mister Miracle and Big Barda (due to their loyalty to Barda). This period is usually forgotten about because they inexplicably vanish from the series and a later Kirby story briefly shows them working for Apokolips again.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
Alianna HubbardA human woman recruited by the Furies. Do not underestimate her.
- Strong as They Need to Be: As Mister Miracle found out the hard way, her strength and speed is augmented to rival her comrades.
ArtemizThe Furies' resident archer.
BernadethCo-field leader of the Furies. She shares this duty with Lashina, who she doesn't get along with. She is Desaad's sister.
- Combat Sadomasochist
- Kill It with Fire: What her weapon does.
- Knife Nut: Her Fahren-Knife causes anything it cuts to burst into flames.
- My Brain Is Big: Look at her, her head is huge.
- Punny Name
Bloody MaryA vampire that can control her victims and use telekinesis.
GilotinaHer swords, and karate chops, can slice through any matter like a hot knife through butter.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade
- Brick Break
- Dual Wielding
- Punny Name
- Razor-Sharp Hand
- Super Natural Martial Arts
AKA: KayA Fury who decided to escape to Earth when she saw the opportunity, developing an obsession with the young hero Superboy. She eventually joined the Secret Six and fell in love with its leader, Scandal Savage. She was killed during the Death of the New Gods storyline.
- Bi the Way
- Blood Knight
- Cute and Psycho: Superboy's relationship with her ended badly when he realized that she killed For the Evulz and tried to make him do the same.
- Dating Catwoman: She flirted with Superboy, and it is implied that she took his virginity.
- Fiery Redhead
- Good Old Fisticuffs
- Good Thing You Can Heal
- It Doesn't Mean Anything: She had a little trouble understanding why Scandal got so upset when she caught her in bed with Deadshot.
- Official Couple: With Scandal Savage.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Left because she realized Earth is a lot nicer place to be than the hell-hole that is Apokolips.
LashinaCo-field leader of the Furies. She also works undercover as a prostitute when Granny Goodness requires it.
- Bandage Babe
- Shock and Awe
- The Squadette: As "Duchess" of the Suicide Squad, her identity when left stranded and amnesiac on Earth.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's in Maxima and Starfire's league, height-wise.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: She's implied to have an attraction to Superman. The animated series takes this a step further and implies that they were lovers while he was brainwashed.
- Whip It Good: Metallic whips.
A psycho with razor-sharp claws.
- In a Single Bound
- Laughing Mad
- Progressively Prettier: This depends on the artist, but she's a lot more attractive in Superman: The Animated Series than usual.
- Psycho for Hire
- Slasher Smile: She rivals The Joker in that area.
- Too Kinky to Torture
- Wolverine Claws
Malice VundabarA little girl dressed like Alice from Alice in Wonderland. She has her shadow monster, Chessure, devour her victims. Malice is Virman Vundabar's niece.
- Casting a Shadow
- Creepy Child
- Enfante Terrible
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Likes to pretend to be a little girl in distress, to lure her unfortunate victims in for Chessure to eat.
Speed QueenShe skates along at extreme speed.
StompaThis beefy woman's legs are so strong that she can generate earthquakes with her stomps.
WundaShe has light based powers.
A hulking minion of Darkseid specifically sent to bring back a terminally ill person whom Desaad believes has most if not all of the Anti-life Equation in him.
- Appeal to Flattery: How the ill person convinces him to spare the KO'ed Orion and Lightray after surrendering; after all, he's the one he came for and those two couldn't possibly be a threat to one as strong as he.
- The Brute / Hair-Trigger Temper: A nasty disposition with the strength to go with it; only by constantly remembering his orders does he keep from tearing his quarry apart.
- Curbstomp Battle: Whether they confronted him directly or caught him off-guard, Orion and Lightray were no match for him.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Became a victim of this when the man threw himself off the balcony and made it seem like Agogg was responsible. Darkseid simply would not believe the person would sacrifice himself like that, and accused Agogg of trying to keep the equation for himself, demanding he reveal it to him immediately or be incinerated on the spot. It doesn't end well.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Nursery his target used to frequent to entertain the young patients had better help Agogg locate him quickly.
GrayvenDarkseid's third and youngest son, he plots to overthrow his father and take over Apokolips. He also dislikes being compared to his father, a comparison that he cannot escape since he is very much a pale imitation of Darkseid with his rocky skin and weaker Omega Beams.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He planned to overthrow his father and take over Apokolips.
- Bastard Bastard
- Eye Beams: He has inherited the ability to produce Omega Beams from his father, but his are much weaker.
- Smug Snake: Believes himself to be the next Darkseid, despite being less competent than Kalibak
- The Unfavorite: Darkseid hates him the most of his three sons. Considering that Grayven planned to overthrow Darkseid, it's not much of a surprise.
The mother of Darkseid and Infinity Man, and the sister of Steppenwolf. After her husband Yuga Khan was absorbed into the Source Wall, Heggra became ruler of Apokolips, after which Darkseid manipulated her into declaring war on New Genesis. Disapproving of her son's affair with Suli, Heggra had Desaad poison her; in retaliation, Darkseid had Desaad covertly kill Heggra as well, securing his rule over Apokolips.
- Abusive Parents: Was cruel and domineering to her son, even assassinating the one person he ever loved.
- Adipose Rex: She's quite fat.
- Death by Irony: Killed by the same man she hired to kill Suli.
- Evil Matriarch: Not only was she Darkseid's mother, she wanted him to be evil.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: As Darkseid's mother, she's appropriately horrible.
- Gone Horribly Right: Heggra wanted Darkseid to be an evil bastard that would rule Apokolips with an iron fist. When Darkseid fell in love with the kind-hearted scientist Suli, Heggra realized her influence was turning him into a nicer person so she had Desaad kill Suli with poison. As a result, Darkseid arranged for her to be poisoned by Desaad as well and went on the path that would make him the monster he is today.
- Posthumous Character: She's been dead for decades by the start of the Fourth World saga.
JustifiersDarkseid's elite warriors, they are composed of various people brainwashed to serve him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: All of them are, courtesy of Glorious Godfrey.
- Elite Mooks: Darkseid's.
- Powered Armor: Wear it.
ParademonsThe normal shock troopers and foot soldiers of Darkseid.
- Henchmen Race: They're both bred from stock and modified clones of Apokoliptian citizens, but their only purpose is to serve as Apokoliptian soldiers, and they serve their superiors (Darkseid foremost) without question.
- Mooks: Darkseid's.
Yuga KhanThe original ruler of Apokolips and the most powerful New God that has ever lived, he is the father of Darkseid. Prior to the beginning of the series, his quest to understand the Source caused him to merge with it, but he does briefly return only to get back in the Source by the end of that event.
- Abusive Parents: He's even worse to Darkseid than Darkseid is to his children.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His efforts to understand the source.
- The Dreaded: Let's put it this way. Darkseid is already feared across the entire universe, and Darkseid fears him.
- Energy Absorption: He can absorb the life force of entire planets.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Murdering Queen Heggra seemed like a good idea at the time to Darkseid and Desaad; confronted by an unleashed Khan ages later... Uh Oh!
- Large and in Charge: His intimidating stature alone may prevent one from putting his power to the test
- Predecessor Villain: The original Apokoliptian conqueror before his son Darkseid took.
- Too Powerful to Live: In the only issue he appears, he becomes part of the Source Wall by the end.
The domain of Highfather. It is the polar opposite of Apokolips.
- Arcadia: It's that kind of Utopia.
- Fantastic Racism: New Genesis has its inhabitants divided between two species: the immortal gods, who live in the city of Supertown, and the "bug", a species who grew from "micro-life" spread on the planet's surface during the Gods' war, and live in "Bug Mound". Predictably, this has led to occasional prejudice between the two, with many of the Gods regarding the Bugs as a lesser species.
- Ghibli Hills: Much of the landscape.
- Heaven: The New God equivalent of it, just as Apokolips is the equivalent of Hell.
- Utopia: It's everything that Apokolips isn't.
AKA: Izaya the InheritorRuler of New Genesis. He is Darkseid's good counterpart. As part of the pact between New Genesis and Apokolips, his son, Scott Free, was given as hostage to Darkseid, while Darkseid's son Orion was given to Izaya; Orion became the New Gods' greatest hero, while Scott escaped Apokolips and became a hero as well. Of all the New Gods, Izaya has the closest connection to the Source, which he often consults in times of need.During Genesis, Izaya's physical form was killed by the Olympian war-god Ares, but his spirit lived on inside the Source. He sometimes returned to aid New Genesis by possessing the body of his hand-picked replacement, Takion. After the end of the Fourth World, Izaya incarnated on Earth as a homeless man and led the struggling good gods. Following Final Crisis, he has been resurrected to lead the gods of good in their new home.
- Captain Ersatz: He may or may not have been based on Odin from Marvel's The Mighty Thor, as he fills a similar role.
- God of Good: The Big Good of New Genesis' pantheon.
- Grandpa God: Old, white hair, beard, robes — check, check, check, and check.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: His portrayal before the New52, The Heart and all-wise mentor of the New Gods of New Genesis.
- Informed Ability: Highfather is supposedly Darkseid's equal in power and his staff has been repeatedly claimed to be a direct link to the Source granting Highfather access to near limitless energy to manipulate as he wishes along with his cosmic awarness. Yet he rarely does anything and the few times he does take action or a crisis occurs he is portrayed as powerless.
- Meaningful Name: He's named for the Biblical prophet Isaiah.
- Messianic Archetype: Izaya follows the Mosaic version of the archetype, reinventing himself as the spiritual leader of his people after a life-changing encounter with the (even more) divine.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Before the New 52 reboot.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Highfather's appearances in the New 52 continuity (in Wonder Woman and the Godhead crossover with the Green Lantern titles) portrayed him as a militaristic Well-Intentioned Extremist, what Izaya may have been before his epiphany. (He was actually the Big Bad of Godhead, committing atrocities that made Darkseid redundant in the storyline; fortunately he has a Heel Realization before the end.)
- Unwitting Pawn: Long ago, Darkseid killed Izaya's wife, but left him alive. The Roaring Rampage of Revenge that ensued caused the death of Darkseid's uncle Steppenwolf, clearing Darkseid's path to gain complete power over Apokolips.
Takion of the Source
AKA: Joshua SaundersOne of the few mortals to ascend into the New Gods, Joshua Saunders was a blind human whom Highfather appointed guardian of the Source because he was apparently "without fate", meaning he would not be missed. Izaya made Saunders a "Source elemental" and his own avatar. In Genesis, Izaya was killed, and Takion took his place as Highfather, sometimes serving as a conduit for Izaya's spirit. He died in the Fall of the New Gods.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the Source, made so by Highfather.
- Blind Seer: He is blind and omniscient.
- Flaming Hair: Has it.
- Legacy Character: He became Izaya's replacement as Highfather.
- Omniscient Hero: He could see the past, present, and future.
Other Gods of New Genesis
BekkaThe daughter of Genesisian scientist Himon, she is the inventor of the Mother Box computers used by all New Gods as well as the co-inventor of the Boom Tube mode of transportation.
AKA: Barda FreeA former leader of the Female Furies. She defected and married Mister Miracle. The pair were also members of the Justice League of America in the "Justice League International" era.
- Action Girl
- Amazonian Beauty: She is over seven feet tall and towers over her husband and even Superman.
- Badass: She's capable of fighting Superman or Wonder Woman to a standstill.
- Badass In Charge: Barda was the field leader of the Female Furies and the group's strongest warrior.
- Chainmail Bikini: Frequently worn outside of combat (or when the stakes are low).
- Defector from Decadence
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: Quite often with Mister Miracle.
- Happily Married: To Mister Miracle.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted; her battle armor includes an elaborate helmet.
- Immortality: Barda was born in the year 1748, but hasn't aged.
- Instant Armor: She summons a set when it's time to get dangerous.
- Ms. Fanservice: Though Barda favors practical armor when going into combat, outside of it she often wears a red bikini that exposes her sculpted and curvaceous physique. She is also considered quite the beauty in-universe.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her appearance is based off the actress Lainie Kazan...
- Reality Subtext: While personality wise she's influenced by Kirby's own wife.
- Simple Staff: Her most-used weapon is an extendable staff.
- Actually, it's more of a Boom Stick called the Mega Rod, which fires powerful energy blasts that have nearly felled Superman.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's the Official TVTropes Poster Girl for this one.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: She dies early on in Death of the New Gods to motivate Mister Miracle.
- Super Strength: Barda has this in spades, enough to fight against powerhouses like Superman and Wonder Woman.
- Super Toughness: Barda is incredibly tough, though she is somewhat vulnerable to bullets and bladed weapons like Wonder Woman.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Scott Free.
- Cute Monster Girl: The Second Forager.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The original Forager ended up dying saving both Batman's life and Earth.
- Interspecies Romance: The second Forager had a relationship with Jimmy Olsen during Countdown to Final Crisis.
- Insectoid Aliens: Maybe for the first one. The original Kirby comics suggested he may have actually been a New God.
- Red Is Heroic: Both Foragers dress mostly in red.
The Forever PeopleA group of five young New Gods from New Genesis, who went to Earth to fight against Darkseid. They acted much like Kirby's idea of flower children at the time the stories were published. The five of them were able to summon "Infinity Man" in emergencies.In Death of the New Gods, the Forever People died in a Bus Crash before the story began. Grant Morrison published vaguely goth designs for their new incarnations in a Final Crisis sketchbook, but the actual story revealed that their new counterparts were actually the Japanese "Super Young Team".
Mark Moonrider is the team's unofficial leader. He has a "Megaton Touch" that shoots energy from his hands.
- Hand Blast: His Megaton Touch.
- The Hero
- Sailor's Ponytail
- Standardized Leader: Of all the Forever People, Mark has the fewest defining characteristics, but the others defer to him.
Vykin the Black
The keeper of the Mother Box, Vykin has powers of magnetism and technopathy.
- Bald of Awesome: In the New 52.
- Extra Ore Dinary: By virtue of controlling magnetism.
- The Lancer
- The Smart Guy
Big BearThe team's muscle. Big Bear is a hulking young man who drives the Forever People's super-cycle. He can alter the density of objects.
- The Big Guy
- Genius Bruiser: In the original Kirby comics—he was actually the Forever People's Earth history expert.
Serifan is a young and wistful young man who dresses like a cowboy. He has no powers but carries two pistols that shoot "cosmic cartridges".
- Badass Normal: Among the Forever People as a whole.
- Race and Gender Lift: Serifan goes from a white male to a black female in the New 52 title, Infinity Man and the Forever People.note
- Tagalong Kid
Beautiful DreamerPossessed of psychic powers that allow her to cast illusions, Dreamer is the team's heart. She is romantically linked to Mark Moonrider.
AKA: SollisA fun-loving god, and Orion's best friend.
- Fun Personified: Less so in the original Kirby comics, where he was more of Orion's Foil.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Orion.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- Light 'em Up
- Super Speed: The speed of light.
Mister Miracle I
AKA: Scott FreeThe son of Highfather, but raised on Apokolips as part of Highfather's peace treaty with Darkseid. Darkseid left him to the mercies of Granny Goodness, who did her best to break his spirit — and failed. He eventually escaped and settled down on Earth with Big Barda. He and Barda were also members of the Justice League of America during the Giffen "JLI" era.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Shilo Norman, who took the spotlight in Seven Soldiers and Final Crisis.
- Amazon Chaser: To him, Barda's superior size, ferocity and strength are a part of what he loves about her.
- Breakout Character: His title was the longest-lasting of the original Fourth World series, and he and Barda were also well-loved parts of the Giffen Justice League.
- Escape Artist: Par excellence. He (and Shilo) are the greatest Escape Artists in the universe (probably the whole Multiverse), bar none.
- Happily Married: To Big Barda.
- Heroic Willpower: He has resisted every single attempt of Darkseid trying to break his spirit. Y'know, he is the Anthropomorphic Personification of freedom.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the older (well, technically younger, but effectively older - Scott is a god) Oberon.
- Legacy Character
- Meaningful Name: He is the world's greatest escape artist.
- Punny Name: In the UK at least, one gets away 'scot-free'.
- In fact, that's literally the reason for his name, in-universe.
- Punny Name: In the UK at least, one gets away 'scot-free'.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's somewhat based on fellow writer/artist Jim Steranko, who was an escape artist earlier in his life.
- Non-Action Guy: Definitely not the case in Kirby's original stories. Heck, he was trained as an aero-trooper in Darkseid's armies.
- Rags to Royalty: Scott Free was raised without knowing he was Highfather's son.
- Stealth Hi/Bye
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Big Barda.
- Unwitting Pawn: Darkseid planned for Scott to escape Apokolips, knowing that it would break the treaty and allow him to resume the war with New Genesis.
The Dog of War. The son of Darkseid, but raised on New Genesis as its greatest champion according to the terms of Highfather's peace treaty with Darkseid.Had his own series in the early 2000s, written and drawn by Walt Simonson, which ran for 25 issues, and featured Orion finally confronting his father, winning, and showing what happened next. Final Crisis begins with Orion found dying of a bullet wound and foretelling doom with his last words; the murder investigation kicks off the story.
- Badass: Well, he is supposed to be the one who will eventually kill Darkseid, so it's required for the job.
- Worthy Opponent: It's this reason why Darkseid actually likes(well, respects would be more accurate) Orion the most of his sons
- The Berserker
- Captain Ersatz: He may or may not have been based on Marvel's The Mighty Thor as creator Jack Kirby originally envisioned his Fourth World saga as replacing Thor and his fellow Asgardians and he does fill a similar role. Unlike Thor, however, Orion is the foster son of the god of the good guys, while his evil brother Kalibak serves their biological father.
- The Chosen One: As half of the stories he's appeared in remind the reader, prophecy foretells that Orion will be the one to finally kill his father.
- Glamour Failure: If he removes his Mother Box. He still looks human without it, just somewhat deformed facially.
- Happily Adopted: He loves his adopted father with as much intensity as he hates his biological one.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Something notable in the original Kirby comics is that despite all his angsting about himself Orion is genuinely a heroic individual - he makes a point of not letting innocents be harmed in his battles and he only breaks out his Unstoppable Rage against those who really deserve it.
- In the Blood: His Unstoppable Rage is described as part of his heritage, and is a large source of angst for him. However, Kirby deliberately defied this trope on the whole - Orion was raised right by loving parents, and that's what matters.
- Perpetual Frowner: Unless he's fighting; one of the original Kirby comics had him giving a Psychotic Smirk as destroyed a villain's Mother Box.
- Red Baron: The Dog Of War.
- Reluctant Warrior: Has some elements of this in the original comics.
- Sue Donym: In his original series, Orion becomes... O'Ryan. (The fact that Orion disguised himself as a human in early issues of Kirby's New Gods is often forgotten by later writers).
- Unstoppable Rage
- War God: He's New Genesis' resident God of War.
- Warrior Poet: Also has some elements of this in the original comics. Occasionally he gets this back.
- You're Not My Father: Hates Darkseid with every fiber of his being.
AKA: Willie WalkerThe god of Death, as even the New Gods must die, someday. He looks like a knight with skis.
- Black Knight: Has the look.
- Disability Superpower: Willie Walker basically astrally projects himself as the Black Racer.
- The Grim Reaper: Of the New Gods.
- Implacable Man: He never, ever stops. He even represents the inevitabilty of death.
- Legacy Character: In his original appearance, the original Black Racer returns to the Source and gives his powers to Willie Walker, a paralyzed soldier.
- Mystical High Collar: Often wears an outfit with one.
- Psychopomp: Has this role.
- Sky Surfing: Uses skis.
AKA: DraxThe older brother of Darkseid, Drax attained the title of Infinity-Man from the previous owner after being nearly killed by his younger brother. He eventually came to serve Highfather and became the protector of the Forever People. He appeared whenever the Forever People touched their Mother Boxes together and recited the word "Taaru". The Forever People would then disappear until Infinity-Man returned power to them.In Death of the New Gods it's revealed that The Source was directing Infinity-Man to kill all of the New Gods, since the Source decided it was time for the end of the Fourth World and the beginning of the improved "Fifth World".
- Cain and Abel: With Darkseid. Drax is Abel, obviously.
- Extra Ore Dinary
- Flying Brick
- Henshin Hero: He was summoned by the Forever People saying the word "Taaru".
- Legacy Character: He got the title of Infinity-Man from someone who nursed him back to health.
The god of knowledge. A mysterious being that observes the events of the universe. Metron traverses time and space in his Mobius Chair. Although born on New Genesis, he is not bound to it. He is highly amoral, and has worked with both Highfather and Darkseid to further his own ends, but always keeps his word.
- Above Good and Evil: Claims to be this.
- The Chessmaster: He apparently helped kick-start at least some of Final Crisis and The Return of Bruce Wayne, simply by giving Anthro the First Boy fire.
- Cool Chair: Uses a hovering chair to move around.
- The Man Behind the Man: The entire Fifth World is apparently Metron's greatest experiment, per his own words.
- Palantir Ploy: He can spy on everything.
- The Spock: Kirby even said he imagined him with elements of Leonard Nimoy as the Spock.
- Teleportation: Via his chair.
- Time Travel: Another power of his chair.
- The Watcher: He is basically this.
Francis "Funky" FlashmanAn unscrupulous huckster who lives in a crumbling mansion with his sycophantic servant Houseroy, Funky hears of Mister Miracle's daring exploits and makes a deal to serve as his promoter. Following an attack by the Female Furies in which Funky leaves Houseroy to die, Scott and Barda decide the slimy Funky can't be trusted and walk away. Funky reappears several times in the DC Universe, usually with some get-rich-quick scheme that backfires on him.
- Bald of Evil: Though he covers up his baldness with a toupee and fake beard.
- Honest John's Dealership: In Doctor 13: Architecture and Morality, he appears as a shady used car salesman.
- Take That: Funky is a very unflattering caricature of Jack Kirby's former collaborator, Stan Lee, while Houseroy is based on Marvel writer Roy Thomas.
Mister Miracle IIShilo Norman was the informal ward of the original Mister Miracle, Thaddeus Brown, and later became something like a Kid Sidekick to Scott Free. In more recent years he became the new Mister Miracle.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of freedom itself.
- Brain Uploading: How he beats Darkseid and escapes death in Seven Soldiers.
- Da Chief: Ends up Warden of The Slab after it ends up in Antarctica at the end of "The Last Laugh". Fitting, after all he went through in the crossover.
- Deity of Human Origin
- Gadgeteer Genius: He modified New Genesis tech for his own use.
- Only Sane Man: Manages to be one of the few people who keeps his cool during "The Last Laugh" despite being in a prison transported to another dimension.
- Twofer Token Minority: Probably the first black, Jewish superhero in mainstream comics
OberonA little person who was the assistant to Thaddeus Brown, the escape artist who first took the name Mister Miracle. After Brown is killed by Intergang and Scott Free takes up his name and costume, Oberon became Scott's assistant. He is Scott's best friend, sidekick, confidant, and father figure. Oberon was also an honorary member of Justice League International, serving as director Max Lord's personal assistant.
- Circus Brat: His parents died in a fire when he was a child, leaving him to grow up in a circus.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the younger Scott.
- Mission Control: To Scott and, later, the Justice League.
- Only Sane Man: He constantly remarks on the extreme danger and absurdity of Scott's escape attempts.
- Sidekick: To Scott Free.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Big Barda; the two constantly make fun of each other's size.
Sonny SumoA Japanese martial artist with incredible skill, discipline, and honor, Sonny Sumo is summoned by the Mother Box when the Forever People are captured by Desaad. He rescues them, and they learn that he possesses the power of the Anti-Life Equation, making him a target for Darkseid but giving him mind-control powers. In desperation, Darkseid uses the Omega Effect to fling him and the Forever People through time; while the young New Gods are rescued by Highfather, Sonny lives out the rest of his life where he really belongs, in feudal Japan.Years later in Final Crisis, a new version of Sonny Sumo appears as a Japanese superhero who aids Shilo Norman and the Super Young Team in the fight against Darkseid.
- Bald of Awesome
- Born in the Wrong Century: With his skill in battle and sense of honor, he could have been a samurai in feudal Japan, but in the 20th century all he can use his talents for is paltry show fighting. He eventually gets sent back in time, where he fits in much better.
- Call to Agriculture: Darkseid's Omega Effect sends him back in time to feudal Japan, where he lives out the rest of his life as a noble warrior, ultimately retiring to life as a farmer.
- Compelling Voice: The
- Put on a Bus
- Sixth Ranger: To the Forever People. He only joins them for a few issues before being Put on a Bus to the distant past.