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"The name's Lobo. That's 'L' as in 'lacerate', 'O' as in 'obliterate', 'B' as in 'disemBowel', and 'O' as in, uh, oh, I guess I can use 'obliterate' twice, huh, whaddya think?"
— 'Lobo', Superman: The Animated Series, "The Main Man"

Lobo is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. He was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, and first appeared in Omega Men #3 (June 1983). He is an alien born on the utopian planet of Czarnia, and works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.

Lobo was first introduced as a hardened villain in the 1980s, but soon fell out of use with writers. He remained in limbo until his revival as an anti-hero biker with his own comic in the early 1990s. Writers attempted to use Lobo as a parody of the 1990s trend towards "grim and gritty" superhero stories, epitomized by such Marvel Comics characters as Cable, Wolverine, and The Punisher, but he was instead enthusiastically accepted by fans of the trend. This popularity led to the character having a much higher profile in DC Comics stories from then on, as well as starring roles in various series and media in the decades since, including the DC Animated Universe and Krypton (the latter was his live-action debut).

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The last of the Czarnians, Lobo is known and feared across the universe as a bounty hunter who never misses his mark. Super-strong, immortal and unkillable, the Main Man has frequently clashed with Superman, although they have on occasion found themselves on the same side.

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He also has his own Self-Demonstrating page here.


Lobo provides examples of the following tropes:

  • '90s Anti-Hero: Lobo was created to parody this sort of character, even though he came out of the early 80s. Later played straight at times after he got a lot of Misaimed Fandom popularity.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Lobo, from the planet Czarnia (usually; it's varied over time). His name in Khundian translates to "He who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it." Lobo started as a parody/deconstruction of the trend towards Darker and Edgier characters, and became popular among both people who hated those characters (because he was such an over-the-top parody) and who loved those characters (because he was such an over-the-top parody). Ironically, his homeworld was (supposedly) a paradise populated with Perfect Pacifist People and everything nice to the point of almost absurdity, and was completely unprepared for Lobo's birth. (Lobo intentionally destroyed them. With his high school science project.)
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  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Lobo embraces this trope wholeheartedly, but in space!
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Lobo is an obvious parody of the gritty '90s Anti-Hero (though he first appeared in the eighties), while his powers are specific parodies of Marvel's Wolverine. Lobo himself was parodied in Marvel when Deadpool meets up with a very similar character named "Dirty Wolff". The circle came 'round again when Marvel came up with Lunatik, an even more over-the-top (if that can be believed) parody of Lobo. It should be noted that both characters were created by the same person, and Lobo is actually a Decomposite Character of the former (the other half went into Ambush Bug). Lobo also has another equivalent in Rob Liefeld's Bloodwulf. Of course, all of Liefeld's characters are stupidly overmuscled grizzled anti-heroes - this time he just meant it as a joke. The cover of the first issue of his comic features Bloodwulf smiling menacingly as Lobo's limp body hangs from his own chain, by the way. And the second issue features a cameo by Lobo as a drunken has-been.
  • Amusing Alien: Lobo, an egotistical Bounty Hunter who indulges in various forms of Black Comedy.
  • Anime Hair: Lobo's hair seems to stand up like porcupine quills all on its own!
    • Lobo's crazy hair is parodied by Bloodwulf, who sticks his hand in an electrical socket to get it to stand up like that.
  • Anti-Hero: Say his name, comic fans: Lobo. Definitely The Lancer on the spacefaring L.E.G.I.O.N. team, and in Young Justice as the de-aged Slobo.
  • Arch-Enemy: Lobo has Vril Dox II, the Omegas, and Goldstar.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: An issue of Lobo has as woman spurned by the Main Man for being too flat jumping onto a vat of breast growing cream, causing her to grow to gigantic proportions and track him down, then giving him a taste of Marshmallow Hell.
  • Ax-Crazy: Though his insanely over-macho dialogue tends to mask it, Lobo is this trope in spades. He murdered the entire population of his homeworld. Hell rejected him for being too much of a troublemaker to deal with. Valhalla, where the courageous dead fight all day, pull themselves back together at sunset, then feast and drink before they get some sleep so they can repeat the process the next day, kicked him out for being too violent. Think about that one.
  • Badass Biker: Lobo, the baddest bastich of them all.
  • Bad Santa: The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special featured Lobo being hired by the Easter Bunny to whack Santa Claus, and a Badass Santa getting into a machete fight with the alien bounty hunter. Santa is also portrayed as a merciless taskmaster who has a monstrous gorilla named Kong as a pet. (The canon of this story is questionable and has never been fully addressed, seeing as Santa isn't depicted this way in DC Comic stories that happened before or since; Lobo has spoken about it, but he can be an Unreliable Narrator at times.)
  • Barred from the Afterlife: Lobo was kicked out of both Heaven and Hell and is thus immortal. None of the other afterlife destinations will take him either; he even got kicked out of the Warrior Heaven Valhalla for being too violent. Let that one sink in for a bit.
  • Blade on a Rope: Lobo's favorite weapon is a titanium alloy chain with a large gutting hook connected at the end.
  • Blinded by Rage: Attempted by Lobo in Red Daughter of Krypton. He makes Supergirl so enraged that she can't think clearly. However, he can't capitalize on her mistakes because she is too tough to be easily taken down, and her superior speed means her sloppy but increasingly stronger blows eventually connect.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: He's actually the protagonist (one hesitates to say "hero") rather than the villain a lot of the time, but Lobo's origin story involves him killing off his entire race except for himself, because he was dissatisfied with the grade he received on a school project. Played for Laughs, since Lobo was originally a Deconstructive Parody of the '90s Anti-Hero.
  • Blood Knight: Lobo is a massive one, which explains his chosen of profession of intergalactic Bounty Hunter. Lobo will gleefully fight anyone and anything including Superman, the Justice League or Santa Claus (whom he murdered). Lobo also killed his own race and nuked his own planet for a science project... and gave himself an A afterward.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Lobo's enemies, for a time, had a vested interest in not making him bleed. Because that only produced backup.
  • Bloody Hilarious: While Lobo is treated seriously when guest-starring in other DC Universe books, his own titles usually run on this, with over-the-top stories and equally zany slaughters.
  • Bloody Murder: DC's Lobo has the ability to spawn a full-sized clone from a single drop of blood, though it was genetically removed by Vril Dox, his former employer in LEGION Different writers have seen fit to bring it back at their discretion.
  • Borrowed Biometric Bypass: In a Weird Worlds story, when an elevator Lobo's hijacked reaches his destination, the doors won't open. The elevator attendant explains that they're tied to his DNA, the sensor for which is several floors up, where they just came from, but the elevator won't go back up because he didn't have the chance to use the sensor when Lobo got on. Since there's no ceiling between them and the sensor, Lobo just blows the attendant's brains out, splattering his blood on the sensor.
  • Bounty Hunter: DC Comics' Lobo catches interstellar fugitives, whether they're running from the law or just rich crime lords. It's a job that basically allows him to be a complete ass to everyone around him and still get paid.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: One Lobo story had him being sent to capture his fourth grade teacher who was offworld when he bioengineered flying scorpions to wipe out his race.
  • Catchphrase: "Feetal's Gizz!" He also uses the words "frag" and "bastich" pretty often.
  • Chain Pain: Lobo's signature weapon is a hook on a chain.
  • Clothing Damage: The bounty hunter Lobo has the ability to near instantly regenerate any damage done to his body, even from being reduced to a puddle. Unfortunately, his clothing doesn't grow back, often leaving him bare naked after, and occasionally during, his fights. Lobo seems to understand how this makes people feel, and takes great pleasure in the discomfort his nudity brings to others.
  • Complete Immortality: Lobo. Not only does he have a Healing Factor that allows him to regenerate out of a pool of his own blood, he has been banned from entering either Heaven or Hell, or to be more specific, every eternal place like Valhalla.
  • Costume Copycat: In the New 52, Lobo gets dramatically reinvented. Since "Classic Lobo" had already appeared in Stormwatch, it was explained that the existing character was a fake Lobo.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Teen Titans (Rebirth) introduced Lobo's illegitimate teenage daughter, Crush, who is an anti-authoritarian Blood Knight, yet her morality leans closer towards heroic than Lobo's.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: He often had a crazed, and often oddly cute, squad of murderous penguins following him around.
  • Evil Counterpart: Lobo surprisingly checks all the right boxes to be Superman's Evil Counterpart and generally succeeds in being a Foil to Supes whenever they face each other. Lobo is the last son of Czarnia much like Supes is the last son of Krypton and like Clark, Lobo is a super strong, super fast, nigh-indestructible Genius Bruiser who is more resource and canny than his foes would suspect. The difference between them is crystal clear though, while Superman escaped the destruction of his planet, Lobo caused it himself and while Supes is an All-Loving Hero who embodies The Cape, Lobo on the other hand is a ruthless Bounty Hunter Anti-Hero who only cares about getting paid and causing violence. Though ironically Lobo does have a soft side and Superman is quite terrifying when pushed hard enough.
  • Exact Words: Lobo is a man of his word. His very exact word. Don't piss him off.
  • Explosive Cigar: In an Alternate Continuity Batman/Lobo crossover, Lobo kills The Penguin this way.
  • Extended Disarming: Lobo: Bounty Hunting for Fun and Profit. "I always carry a big gun, a backup gun, a backup backup gun, some frag grenades, a big knife (the size of a cleaver), an' some smaller knives, a selection of garrotes an' knuckledusters, some more frag grenades, a hook an' chain... oh, and an exploding see-gar." (he takes his cigar out of his mouth just before it explodes)
  • Fartillery: In one of Lobo's stories, he resolves an epic duel with his daughter by eating a can of beans (an obvious Popeye spoof) and setting his fart on fire to create a nuclear explosion.
  • Farts on Fire: Lobo took this trope Up to Eleven, using a can of baked beans to nuke his Nigh Invulnerable daughter.
  • Fat Bastard: A year before the trope namer appeared in theaters Lobo slaughtered an outlaw gang that called themselves the Fat Bastards. Their hat was, naturally, obesity and gaining weight and they were robbing Al's diner of money while forcing him to feed their immense appetites. One member took up a booth that was occupied, by crushing the previous patrons under his immense bulk.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Knowing Supergirl is on the verge of a fit of rage, Lobo pushes all her Berserk Buttons so she cannot fight effectively, and then he moves the fight to New York, thinking that she will not dare to fight in the middle of a city. Subverted because he made Kara so irrationally, blindingly furious that she couldn't think anything other than "Trash Lobo NOW!"
  • From a Single Cell: Lobo can revive himself from a single drop of blood. He once cloned himself an army this way, but, y'know, being all "sociopathic," they all killed each other until only one remained (in non-bloody ways, like suffocating each other).
  • Future Slang: Lobo is prone to calling people "Fraggin' Bastiches," though the reference to actual swearing is decidedly obvious.
  • Genius Bruiser: Lobo is rather dumb most of the time, but he is a genius when it comes to doing anything that can cause destruction. For example, he can't cure a deadly disease, but he did create a horde of mutant insects that acted as carriers for one and the vaccine for it (that's why he's the last Czarnian: he killed them all that way, with the vaccine created to make sure he survived). And he's strong enough to hold his own against Superman.
  • Genocide from the Inside: Lobo the Czarnian killed the rest of his race with a biological weapon. As a high school science project. He gave himself an A. (at least that's what he says in Superman: The Animated Series).
  • God is Dead: Lobo: A Contract on Gawd has him graphically murdering "Gawd" and his brother Dave (the Devil Expy).
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: The DCU's Lobo, who was originally created as a parody of Wolverine and character types like him. He is able to regenerate from even one remaining drop of blood. In one issue of his book, he resorts to blowing himself up just to take out all the enemies surrounding him.
  • Groin Attack: Not even the Man of Steel is safe from the Groin Attack as despite his Nigh-Invulnerability, Lobo once kicked Superman in his red sons with enough force to weaken him.
  • Hand Cannon: Lobo uses pretty much nothing but Hand Cannons or BFGs.
  • Healing Factor: Lobo has an absurdly over-the-top one, as he is partly a Wolverine parody. Plus, neither Heaven nor Hell want him. This is taken to such ridiculous extremes that at one point, one of his powers was that a single drop of his blood will grow into another Lobo. In one story, Lobo was "killed" by having a very special bomb shoved down his throat. He exploded in a spray of crimson... only for EACH drop of blob to grow into a Lobo clone in a matter of seconds. The group of Lobos brutally murder the aggressor.... and then turn on each other, specifically murdering each other in bloodless ways, until only one remains. He announces that he is the true Lobo, and then goes off... um... doing Lobo type things. It's implied that this happens regularly. The "Lobo clones from blood" thing was, at one time, curbed. Vril Dox II, son of Brainiac and founder of the Legion of Super-Heroes predecessor L.E.G.I.O.N., gave Lobo a concoction to drink, then sent him out on a mission. After one last army of Lobos, the cloning bit was deactivated, and only returned after Our Worlds at War, when the young Lobo (long story) is murdered by the Black Racer and his body respawns various Lobos. DC Rebirth also removes the clones from his powerset, though he still has over-the-top healing.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Depending on the Writer is DC's Lobo, who can be anything from this trope to outright Villain Protagonist depending on how seriously he's being played in that particular issue.
  • Hooks and Crooks: Hook and chain is the Weapon of Choice of Lobo.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: If you want a not-so-sunny example of this trope, look at original-model Lobo. He hunted down and killed every single member of his own race... for fun.
  • I Gave My Word: Lobo always keeps his promises. He'll merrily violate the spirit of a contract, but never the word of it. If he's promised not to kill you, he won't, no matter how much he may hate you. (Do note, however, that under the right circumstances, it's quite possible to survive multiple cases of dismemberment.)
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Lobo's trademark hook and chain, as well as his extraterrestrial arsenal.
  • Indecisive Parody: This trope is a recurring issue for Lobo. He's iconically considered a parody of a comic-book badass — he has no redeeming qualities, his powers are designed to be inconsistent and include a healing ability that's so powerful it makes putting him in danger almost impossible, he has a dark backstory that's entirely his fault, he constantly swears but uses fake swear words, and his "badass" accomplishments include killing Santa Claus. But a lot of people, both fans and writers, see him as less a parody and more an Up to Eleven version of such characters.
  • Insanity Immunity: In DC and The Mask crossovers, both The Joker and Lobo put on the titular mask, and it didn't affect their personalities much at all. Eventually Joker became much more destructive, and when Batman pointed out that this wasn't funny (by Joker's standards, anyway), Joker realized he was right and promptly took the mask off, showing that the mask actually did unlock inhibitions—it was making him pull stunts and commit crimes that he normally wouldn't think were "funny".
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: Averted in "Death and Taxes". He solves the problem with violence as usual.
  • iSophagus: Lobo once swallows a harmonica during a fistfight without noticing. His subsequent wheezing and the dark spot that shows up on the X-ray chart ends up being mistaken for lung cancer and promptly Played for Laughs as a desperate Lobo tries to quit smoking.
  • Kicked Out of Heaven: Lobo was infamously kicked out of both Heaven and Hell because he was too much of a psychotic rowdy bastard for either side to stand.
  • Last Grasp at Life: The Terminator scene gets parodied in Lobo comics - while sinking in quick drying cement, Lobo (modified into a robocopesque cyborg at that time) uses his last gesture to give everyone a finger.
  • Licked by the Dog: Subverted in Lobo's Paramilitary Christmas Special. While discussing the details of the Easter Bunny's contract hit on Santa Claus, a fluffy little bunny hops up to Lobo and sniffs at his fingers. A camera cut and a horrible squelching noise later, the camera cuts back to Lobo flicking bloody chunks off his hand with a large red stain where the bunny used to be. Ouch.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Lobo is a ridiculous Lightning Bruiser being ridiculously strong (he's beat up Superman and pulled around a being of stellar mass), fast (he was able to predict Flash's movement and fast enough to chain him in the face) and tough (he's taken planet destroying attacks with minimal damage and even if he does get hurt he's got a insane Healing Factor).
  • List of Transgressions: Lobo's list of crimes:
    Wanted for crimes against the Galaxy including: Genocide ... Fratricide ... Patricide ... Matricide ... Impersonating a member of the Intergalactic Church of Truth ... Impersonating a member of the Green Lantern Corps ... Carrying a concealed thermo-nuclear device ... Breaking into the Justice League Satellite ... Fishing without a license ... Jaywalking ... Grand theft plasma rocket ... Disturbance of the peace across three space sectors ... 1,978,643,896 unpaid parking permits ... Illegal bounty hunting ... Wanton destruction of government property ... Demolishing a city without a permit ... Reckless endangerment toward animals ... Hijacking ... Selling/distributing radioactive material to cute fluffy bunny rabbits ... Noise infractions level 5.0 ... Illegally poaching Starros ... Bounty Huntering in a restricted zone ... Stepping on the grass ... Defecating in a public garden ... Loitering ... Advocating the overthrow of the heads of state ... Not honoring the bounty hunter code
    • Possibly the most disturbing thing about this list is that it suggests you can get a permit for demolishing a city. (More than likely, the offense didn't mean "non-licensed building demolitions".)
  • Lobotomy: In one comic, Lobo had his brain transplanted into a Robocop expy. Once he got back to his real body, he repaid the people who used him by returning the favor...with a rusty butter knife.
  • Logical Weakness: In Red Daughter of Krypton, Lobo uses a sonic grenade to neutralize Supergirl. On the one hand, it works and Kara passes out because of the extreme pain. On the other hand, she's real mad when she comes to.
  • Marshmallow Hell: An issue of Lobo combines this trope with Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever. He breaks up with a woman because she was too "flat", so she jumps into a vat of breast enlarging hormones that turns her into a Giant Woman, who exacts her revenge by smothering Lobo in her gargantuan cleavage.
  • The Maze: Destiny of the Endless' realm is the "Garden of Forking Ways", a fluctuating landscape which warps four-dimensional space, traversed by forking paths, where trespassers are doomed to wander around until their deaths. Lobo and Supergirl are the only ones who have managed to navigate their way out of the Garden in The Lords of Luck storyline, and it was only because Lobo's superpower is the ability to track down people across the universe, so he ignored the shifting geography and zeroed in on Destiny's presence... and because Destiny actually wanted to meet them.
  • Me's a Crowd: One of Lobo's lesser-known abilities is this trope. Should Lobo shed blood, the blood will reconstitute itself into another Lobo. Thus, a battle that could go poorly for the Main Man could quickly turn in his favor. Then, keeping with Lobo's desire to be the only one around, they'll murder each other until one survives. Vril Dox of L.E.G.I.O.N. disabled this power, but was unwittingly reactivated after the events of Sins of Youth.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Has blown up several planets, at least one star system, countless species, and an entire universe. All by accident though (save his own planet; he destroyed it on purpose), owing to nothing but apathy and a habit of leaving high explosives lying around. Not that he wouldn't have blown them all up anyway given the chance...
  • Multiple Gunshot Death: Happened to Lobo, he and a rival bounty hunter traded shots from their oversized machine guns. By the end of the fight, Lobo was reduced to almost a skeleton with more shells in him than flesh, before keeling over.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Lobo's backstory is generally that he was an extremely belligerent member of a Perfect Pacifist People he genocided on a whim. In a crossover miniseries with Superman, it's established that his people were just as ultraviolent as him, they just highly suppressed it. When a cosmic tardigrade resurrects the Czarnians, they all take the opportunity to express their repressed murderous tendencies by engineering superweapons of mass destruction of their own to use on each other. Turns out that they all wanted to murder everyone else, Lobo just beat them to it.
  • New Old West: Parodied in a Lobo Elseworlds annual in which Lobo takes the role of various Western characters (Geroni-bo, The Main Man With No Name, Anne Bo-kley, etc). The final story is about "The Last Despera-bo" ... who promptly gets hit by a truck.
  • Nominal Hero: Depending on the Writer, Lobo is sometimes portrayed as one, instead of a Satire/Parody/Pastiche of an unstoppable villain-full-stop. Considering that he is literally worse than Hitler, without any hyperbole involved, as he wiped out his own Pillars of Moral Character utopian species for kicks and giggles... when he was a teenager, this reveals a lot about media conventions in general.
  • The Nose Knows: Part of the reason Lobo is one of the greatest bounty hunters in the DC Universe is that he can track people by smell across interstellar distances. Once he has your scent, there is nowhere in the universe you can hide from him.
  • Our Wormholes Are Different: In a crossover between Lobo and The Mask, Lobo is hired to track a criminal who destroyed several planets. He gets sucked through a wormhole and destroys various planets after finding an insulting drawing of himself. He finds out in the end that the wormhole sent him a month back in time and he had been hired to arrest himself.
  • Pardon My Klingon: And still in The DCU, Lobo uses the words and phrases "frag", "Feetal's Gizz" (foetal's gizzard maybe?) and "bastich" - mixture of bastard and (son of a) bitch - as generic swearwords.
  • Persona Non Grata: Lobo has been banned from both heaven and hell, making him functionally immortal because he will always come back from whichever afterlife he ends up in.
  • Pet the Dog: Lobo parodies this: he is a relentless killing machine who often kills his bounties instead of capturing them, yet at the same time has a soft spot for "space dolphins". But he did once spare Aquaman's life because he felt he couldn't hurt somebody who loved dolphins as much as he did. He also displays a fondness towards Ryan Choi and is the reason Ryan, as The Atom, is inducted into the JLA, despite Batman's wishes for Ryan to not join.
  • Pleasure Planet: Lobo once landed on a similar planet. After a while he got bored so he hacked into the planet communication systems and sent a broadcast, declaring that within a short time he will start killing everyone in sight. He never did but the resulting hysteria created much more amusing violence than he could hope to himself.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Whether he's presented as a violent Anti-Hero parody or a snarky bad guy, Lobo is presented as misogynist and a pervert in the same way guys like Archie Bunker are, because it's funny and he's not the type of guy fans are supposed to emulate. He's made lewd comments to most of DC's power players and in one story, ripped Starfire's top off as "payment for services".
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: One notorious example of this happened in the Marvel Versus DC crossover, where based on a fan poll, Wolverine beat Lobo. As Wolverine had bone claws at the time (plus his own healing factor was acting wonky due to the same incident that led to said bone claws) while Lobo is as powerful as Superman, this should have been impossible. The comic sidestepped the problems by not showing the battle — in fact the whole thing was less than a page, from the introduction of Lobo to Wolvie standing and dusting off his hands. And all the fighting happened behind a bar. It was later implied in Lobo's own comic that the Main Man was paid under the table to throw the fight.
  • Rated M for Manly: Lobo is a Darker and Edgier version. A space biker who does anything he wants because he can, and almost no one can stop him.
  • Red Baron: Subverted, as his actual name is unpronounceable by humans but translates to "He Who Devours Your Entrails and Thoroughly Enjoys It".
  • Rotten Rock & Roll: In the DC Animated Universe, particularly in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, Lobo has a rock Leitmotif, and he also has the "rocker" look with the leather vest, spiky belt, long black hair and face paint.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: The Czarnians (Lobo's species) were (or just barely are, since Lobo is the last one) basically human except for red eyes, pale gray skin, and huge '80s Hair (usually black).
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Lobo has an extremely good sense of smell in an atmosphere, and an additional sense that lets him track bastichs across the galaxy.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Lobo is not only a self-made orphan but a self-made Last of His Kind. As he put it in his appearance on Superman: The Animated Series.
  • Self-Surgery: During a battle between Lobo and his daughter, they slash each other up so badly their regenerative powers can't keep up, so they take a break to stitch themselves up.
  • Sky Face: Parodied in the Lobo story "Babykiller": After Lobo fights and kills his half-Czarnian daughter, her image appears in the sky, vowing that there'll be a next time and it'll be HIS image in the sky. (There wasn't).
  • Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass: When Lobo got The Mask, he went on a galaxy-shaking rampage of random violence, at one point doing this to people of some unfortunate planet.
  • Space Whale:
    • Lobo once joined a crew of space whalers whose ship was swallowed whole by an immense albino space whale. Lobo even met a Jonah analogue inside, shortly before eating him.
    • There are also "space dolphins", which as of 52 have their own religion. In 52, Lobo gets a talking space dolphin Morality Pet sidekick. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Lobo: I Quit is another deliberate example played as comedy. Shortly after Jonas Glim lectures Lobo on the dangers of his constant smoking, Lobo gains a wheezing cough and a shadow on his chest X-ray, suggesting not even his healing factor can keep up with the damage he's doing. At the end of the issue, Lobo has completely cured himself of his habit, a fed-up Jonas slugs him in the stomach for accidentally punching him—and Lobo coughs up the harmonica he swallowed in an earlier fight with a street gang dressed as a Salvation Army band; turns out he never had cancer in the first place, to which he promptly celebrates by smoking the tobacco the rest of the gang was smuggling. The moral can best be summed up as "Smoking is bad for you, unless you're the Main Man".
  • Spikes of Villainy: Alien bounty hunter/mercenary, mass murderer, miscreant, and dedicated wearer of leather and spikes. Quite appropriate for a space biker, too.
  • Strong and Skilled: While most of the time he can rely on enough brute strength to kick Superman's ass, Lobo is also super smart and extremely resourceful being able to forge a BFG out of junk. He also once analysed the speed and momentum Flash was running at, and managed to to hook Flash with his chain at the right moment to bring him down.
  • Stronger with Age: Lobo as an adult is on par with Superman in terms of strength and durability. As the younger Lil' Lobo, he's far less durable. Lil' Lobo found this out the hard way during Our Worlds at War when he tried to fight an army of Para-demons and was shot to pieces.
  • Superhero Sobriquets: Lobo: The Main Man, the Last Czarnian, the Master of Frag, Archbishop of the Alpha-Centauri Diocese of the Church of the Holy Space Dolphin.
  • Super Senses: Being the parody of Wolverine that he is, Lobo has what has to be the most absurdly powerful sense of smell ever, allowing him to track targets across interstellar distances.
  • Super Strength: While most DC examples have justifications for their insane super strength (Technology, Magic and Powers, being Semi-Divine, Bizarre Alien Biology etc.) Lobo on the other hand is just plain crazy. Lobo can inexplicably manhandle Superman just because "he dukes it out like a mad dog". Another time Lobo pulled down Solaris, who has stellar mass, without leverage and justified it by saying "he doesn't do logic". Once Lobo rolled an entire city (trillion tons of steel) into a ball and ate it.
  • Super Toughness: This is the primary reason why Lobo (who's ironically beaten up Superman frequently) couldn't damage Ghost Rider in the slightest as the latter's level of toughness far exceeded Lobo to point where only holy weapons could actually hurt GR. Unfortunately for Lobo, he doesn't have any holy weapons in his arsenal and there was no way he could leave the fight to find any, as Ghost Rider could chase him across the universe. Things didn't end well for the Main Man.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: The New 52 version of him.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Lobo, the Main Man, of course.
  • There Can Be Only One: At one point the main man Lobo died. Luckily, he can regenerate from a single drop of blood. Unluckily, there were several thousand drops of blood splattered across a battlefield. So, several thousand Lobos found themselves in one place — and what followed was a awesome and horrifying deathmatch, until only one Lobo remained. The funny thing about this was that Lobo always had this power — Vril Dox, Brainiac 2, suppressed it. It wasn't until Lobo was forcibly regressed to a teen that it came back.
  • There Is Another: Lobo in his first own series "The Last Czarnian" has to discover that another Czarnian survived his genocide on his own race, and worse, it's his fourth grade math teacher (probably one of—if not the one—member of his race he hated most). And he has to bring her to Vril Dox unharmed. However after his contract with Vril Dox is fulfilled he quickly fixes that mistake by snapping her neck.
  • Throwing the Fight: In Marvel Versus DC, Wolverine defeated Lobo in a fight off-panel. Given at the time Wolverine didn't have his adamantium skeleton and only had bone claws, and Lobo has Superman-level strength and an insane Healing Factor, this seemed highly unlikely. Later, Lobo commented that some bald guy (likely Professor Xavier) bribed him into throwing the fight.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: In one story, Lobo died. The story ends with Lobo back among the living and Heaven and Hell making him immortal for everything he did. OK, his rampage that devastated Heaven was justified, after they reincarnated him as a squirrel and he died squished by his own corpse dying his original death (it wasn't on purpose), but everything he did before that wasn't.
  • Translation: "Yes": Lobo's name means "he who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it." More than one character has thought it meant "wolf" like one would expect. It should perhaps be pointed out that these are not mutually exclusive.
  • Twilight of the Old West: Parodied in the final story of A Fistful of Bastiches, an Elseworld that reimagined the Main Man as various Western characters. "The Last Despera-bo" is a wistful page of the character reflecting on how times are changing and there doesn't seem to be much place for him any more. Then he gets hit by a truck.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Lobo's super move involves him ramming his opponent with his Space Hog, making them fall behind and then burning them with the exhaust flames while giving them a sign of utmost respect.
  • Weird Crossover: Lobo's Paramilitary Christmas Special - aka "Lobo vs Santa" - features Lobo being hired by the Easter Bunny to whack Santa Claus.
  • Wild Card: Lobo has fought against and alongside several of the most powerful DC heroes and villains. Most of the time he does it because he's a bounty hunter, and he gets paid for what he does, or he felt like doing it.
  • Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: Happens to Lobo of all people after he is killed in an ambush by two other bounty hunters. True to form, it doesn't last long.
  • Wolverine Wannabe: Lobo was created as an Up to Eleven parody of Wolverine being a '90s Anti-Hero (despite being created in 1983) with a ridiculous Healing Factor taken to From a Single Cell levels. The Marvel Versus DC Crossover event even pairs him and Wolverine against each other where... Wolverine somehow ends up winning. note 
  • Worf Had the Flu: In Marvel Versus DC, one fight that attracted particular opprobrium from fans was Lobo — a character who can go toe-to-toe with Superman and at the time could regenerate from a single drop of blood — losing to Wolverine (who at the time didn't even have his adamantium skeleton, though his healing factor was significantly boosted as a result). This was explicitly down to Popularity Power — the results were voted on by fans — but the match-up was so uneven the writers had to have Wolverine's victory take place off-panel. A little while later Lobo mentioned that he'd actually been bribed by "some bald guy" (Professor X? Lex Luthor?) to take a dive in the fight.
  • You Don't Look Like You: The New 52 infamously redesigned Lobo as a Pretty Boy. Reader backlash was such that DC eventually ended up bringing back the classic Lobo design - albeit as an imposter who gets promptly killed by the new Lobo. DC Rebirth eventually brought the classic Lobo back for good and shuffled the New 52 one into Canon Discontinuity.

Alternative Title(s): Lobo

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