YMMV / Darkseid

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.

  • Anti-Climax Boss: The 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 possessing Lionel Luthor, Clark very easily takes him down. The tie-in comic has him reveal to Superman that due to the possession, he was not at full power or else he would never have been defeated by him.
  • Awesome Ego: Darkseid is very arrogant, and looks all the more badass for it.
  • Badass Decay: 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 Author's Saving Throw 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.
  • Cant Unhear It: If you've seen any of his appearances in the DCAU than you're most likely reading every word Darkseid utters in Michael Ironside's sonorous voice.
  • Complete Monster:
    • His main incarnation and his The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans incarnation at DC Universe (the latter can also be found at X-Men).
    • His Superman vs. Aliens II: God War incarnation and his Superman: The Dark Side incarnation at Superman (the former can also be found at Comic Books).
    • His DC Animated Universe incarnation at DC Animation.
  • Game-Breaker: 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.
  • Love to Hate: A prime example of this, his fans agree that how appallingly evil he is a part of what makes him such an awesome villain.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Almost all incarnations.
    • Most notably his DCAU incarnation, which has him brainwashing Superman to send him against Earth. If Superman finishes the job, then Earth is softened up enough for him to take over. If he doesn't succeed, then Superman will be feared and hated by the people of Earth who he had worked so hard to get the trust of.
      • To top it off in that appearance? He succeeds. And even when Superman goes to Apokolips and pummels Darkseid within an inch of his life, the defenseless Darkseid just calmly has his loyal followers carry him to safety. His last words to Superman sum it up best:
    "I am many things Kal-El. But here I AM GOD."
    • In Smallville when he's only a disembodied spirit and still manipulates everyone effortlessly. There's a reason he chose Lionel Luthor as his final vessel.
  • Memetic Loser: During his severe Villain Decay he basically became a joke. But after Final Crisis it went the opposite direction as he swiftly reclaimed his villain cred.
  • Memetic Mutation: The sight of Darkseid chilling on your couch. Darkseid dares all.
    • Darkseid is.
  • Misaimed Fandom: He was easily the most popular character from Jack Kirby's New Gods metaseries, and he went on to become one of DC's most popular villains afterwards. Ironically however, Kirby himself hated the Evil Is Cool trope and intended Darkseid to be something of a paper tiger whose power came mostly from how much people feared him (hence Darkseid getting mugged by two human crooks who don't know who he is). Likewise, Darkseid's code of honour (much like that of Doctor Doom) was not intended to make him out to be a complex Noble Demon, but rather to make him seem more like a Smug Snake who only held to it because he thought it made him better than "common" criminals. In the end, the fans simply preferred Darkseid as a villain with actual clout and chutzpah and that was the interpretation that stuck.
  • Moral Event Horizon: He never crossed it, he was created on the far side of the line.
    • In Final Crisis 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.
  • Tear Jerker: 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.