The New Gods from the planet Apokolips.
- Aliens Are Bastards: They make a habit of violently conquering planets and twist them into the likeness of their own homeworld. And they're bastards to each other, with the only exception being their respect towards Darkseid out of fear of what he would do to them.
- Alien Blood: New Gods blood is apparently purple, as can be seen after Superman punches Steppenwolf.
- Bizarre Alien Senses: They're able to detect things and make assessments with minimal effort. Both Darkseid and Steppenwolf figured out where the Anti-Life Equation was just by touching soil, Steppenwolf could sense that Wonder Woman was an Amazonian demigoddess within moments of meeting her and Desaad noted that the Mother Boxes were destroyed by Superman and Cyborg when they were still physically intact.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played straight in the theatrical cut but averted in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Thus, the names "Apokolips" and "Apokoliptians" have yet to be mentioned in the DCEU regarding Steppenwolf's homeworld. However, Lex did talk about "New Gods", so it's safe to say they can be used. In Zack Snyder's Justice League, Diana specifies that the invaders indeed came from Apokolips.
- Dark Is Evil: They favor dark costumes and then there is their leader's name...
- Divine Conflict: Against the Olympians during the first Apokoliptian invasion of Earth, which they lost.
- Evil Is Hammy: Apokoliptians have a habit of speaking in long, expository sentences like characters in a Renaissance play. Given Jack Kirby's flamboyant writing style, this is to be expected.
- The Greys: Darkseid, Steppenwolf and Desaad all have grey skin.
- Higher-Tech Species: The only ones who can possibly rival their technological level in the known universe of the DCEU so far are Kryptonians, and the latter are extinct.
- Mile-Long Ship: The flagship Uxas (Zack Snyder's Justice League) / Steppenwolf (2017's Justice League) used during his first invasion of Earth was gigantic.
- Obviously Evil: They have a Horde of Alien Locusts for foot soldiers called Parademons, they look positively demonic, and their supreme leader (Darkseid) is described as a mind-breaking Eldritch Abomination. Then there's said leader's Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Our Wormholes Are Different: The Boom Tubes are their primary method of transportation.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: A sizable number of native Apokoliptians have combinations of oddly-textured greyish skin, bone-like growths on their heads and faces, deformed hands and are around eight feet tall, but otherwise look like humans. This is notably in contrast to the source material, where (except for Darkseid) the majority were Human Aliens. Parademons gain the same skin tone (plus needle-like teeth) when they're transformed.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: While Apokoliptians represent a threat for the DC Universe at large in the comics, (one could argue the New Gods were themselves a Rogues Gallery Transplant in the main DCU since Jack Kirby's Fourth World stories in which they first appeared were self-contained), the Green Lantern Corps as a whole doesn't fight them due to a truce with the Guardians of Oa (which obviously doesn't apply to individual members such as the Justice League's Green Lanterns). Here, the Corps are enemies to Apokolips, sworn to defend any planet they try to conquer, such as the Earth when Steppenwolf tried to invade it.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: They are an immortal, god-like alien race with highly advanced technology at their disposal, unlike the Olympian Gods. And they call themselves "the New Gods".
- Time Abyss: They have been around at least since the time the Olympian gods walked the Earth several thousands of years ago.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted. In their first invasion, the forces of Apokolips relied on flying saucers and close-quarter weapons, while their leader had no powers outside of his incredible strength. In the 21st century the New Gods now use Boom Tubes for transport, their weapons are now high-tech and Darkseid has acquired the Omega Sanction.
Species: New God
Played by: Ray Porter (voice and motion capture) | Richard Cetrone (stunt motion capture)
Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League
The leader and most powerful of the New Gods, a ruthless conqueror of worlds and the evil ruler of Apokolips.
See also the Knightmare page for his sheet in that timeline.
- Alternate Self: Darkseid has an avatar in the universe of Earth-167 (Smallville universe).
- Alien Invasion: Personally led hundreds of thousands of these on worlds across the universe, his last personally-overseen one being that of Earth. He gives the go-ahead to DeSaad to ready his forces for another one of these after Steppenwolf's failure.
- Ancient Astronauts: He tried to invade Earth with an armada of spaceships in ancient times. An ancient fresco above the three Mother Boxes on the walls of an ancient crypt in Greece depicts him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: If the Knightmare sequence is anything to by, his rule over Apokolips shows that he's not one to be trifled with.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Ray Porter.
- Badass Boast: As demonstrated by his headline quote.
- Bad Boss: He really doesn't care for Steppenwolf all that much, having exiled him for his role in a coup from long ago, until he brings him the discover of 'The Anti Life Equation itself. And what happens with Steppnwolf fails to activate the Unity and gets his head chopped off in the process? Darkseid squishes it without a second thought!
- Bald of Evil: He doesn't have hair, and he's evil personified.
- Basso Profundo: His voice is even deeper than Steppenwolf's.
- Big Bad: For the entire DC Extended Universe. He was the leader of the first Apokoliptian invasion of Earth and wants to retrieve the Mother Boxes to recreate the Anti-Life Equation so he can rule the entire universe.
- Black Eyes of Evil: In his younger days Uxas had black sclerae, which when combined with his sunken, shadowed eyes and bright orange irises looks similar to Glowing Eyes of Doom, foreshadowing his eventual upgrade.
- Blade on a Stick: He used a polearm when he invaded Earth in ancient times. Ares broke it with a single axe strike. He kills Arthur in one of the Knightmare sequences with either Arthur's own trident or a reforged version of his old polearm.
- Body Horror: As Uxas in his youth, he has the Omega symbol carved into his chest.
- Cold Ham: While operatic with his delivery, Darkseid remains calm at all times, never raises his voice, and is downright eloquent.
- Conflict Killer: All inhabitants of Earth and even the Old Gods ceased their conflicts and banded together to counter Darkseid's first invasion of Earth ages ago.
- The Corrupter: It's implied in the Knightmare Sequence that he uses the Anti Life Equation to turn Superman following the death of Lois Lane.
- Cult of Personality: His palace on Apokolips is adorned with stained glass depicting his face.
- Dark Is Evil: He has grey skin and is clad entirely in a very dark blue, and, well, he's Darkseid.
- Desecrating the Dead: His reaction to Steppenwolf's decapitated head landing at his feet? To crush it under his heel.
- Death Glare: Darkseids default way of looking at anyone or anything, with his unblinking Glowing Eyes of Doom really adding to that effect.
- Dimension Lord: He rules over Apokolips, which exists outside of normal time and space.
- The Dreaded: Lex Luthor's frightening words at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice imply the Earth would have very good reasons to fear him.Luthor: He's hungry, he's found us, and HE'S COMING!
- Establishing Character Moment: When DeSaad summons him to speak with Steppenwolf, the nearby Parademons all instinctively gather to bow in fear and respect before he even shows himself, and his mere appearance sends Steppenwolf stepping back in terror before retracting his armor and kneeling himself.
- Evil Is Bigger: Is the evilest of the Apokoliptians and naturally also the tallest.
- Evil Sounds Deep: As befitting the overlord of a Death World, his voice sounds very deep.
- Evil Wears Black: Much like Superman in Man of Steel, he wears his classic outfit with a much darker shade of blue than normalnote . The films color palette and lighting makes his armor seem black more often than not.
- Eye Beams: His trademark Omega Beams are capable of changing direction mid-blast to reach their target. While he doesn't appear to have them during his first invasion of Earth, he uses them in a "Knightmare" vision to kill an Atlantean without having to turn around to face them.
- While he does not actually appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman has a dream about Superman (and his personal army) being helped by Parademons, which comic fans will readily recognize as Darkseid's handiwork. The giant Omega symbol that was carved on the wasteland in Batman's nightmare also didn't leave doubt about Darkseid's presence in the setting at the time.
- A closeup of the painting in Lex Luthor's mansion shows that the leader of the demonic hordes has a face that looks a lot like Darkseid.
- Frontline General: In Zack Snyder's Justice League, Uxas (a younger Darkseid) led the Apokoliptian invasion of Earth in ancient times. He was replaced by Steppenwolf in the theatrical cut.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The teaser shows him among his court on Apokolips, and his eyes are glowing in it. In the present-day, the fact that he's also The Unblinking makes his eyes all the more ominous especially in the Knightmare sequence where he kills Arthur, and also when he "comforts" Clark.
- God of Evil: Darkseid is a member of the godlike Apokoliptan species and the main antagonist of the DC Extended Universe. In the source material, he's specifically singled out as the personification of tyranny.
- Graceful Loser: While he's clearly furious at Steppenwolf's death and failure, he doesn't take issue with DeSaad reminding him that he predicted Steppenwolf would fail. Instead, Darkseid decides to switch from passively awaiting the Unity to immediately executing an all-out invasion of Earth.DeSaad: (smirking) I told you Steppenwolf would fail.Darkseid: Yes... yes you did.DeSaad: My master, now that the Mother Boxes have been destroyed, how will you retrieve your great prize?Darkseid: Anti-life is found, DeSaad, and we will stop at nothing to possess it. Ready the armada... we will use the old ways.
- Greater-Scope Villain: For the whole DCEU, being the true power behind Steppenwolf and the widely feared Galactic Conqueror of Apokolips. While not directly involved, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice foreshadows him as the greatest evil in the setting, with villains like Zod and Lex Luthor being small fries in comparison.
- Hero Killer: Uxas slays a Green Lantern during the ancient battle for Earth, no easy feat in and of itself.
- Homing Lasers: His Eye Beams follow their target.
- Kick the Dog: As a fresh reminder of who DC's God of Evil is, Darkseid needlessly crushes the severed head of Steppenwolf, a devoted follower of his and his uncle to boot.
- Large and in Charge: During his appearance via Boom Tube during the climactic battle, he is surrounded by hundreds of obedient Parademon soldiers and dominates everyone by his sheer height, massive presence, and Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Made of Iron: As shown in the "history lesson" flashback, he could take several of Artemis's arrows to the chest and back, and still keep fighting. Unlike his uncle Steppenwolf, however, he didn't wear armor back then.
- Offing the Mouth: Defied - while Darkseid is rather famous for doing this in the comics, he does not inflict this upon Desaad when the latter esentially says I Told You So regarding Steppenwolf's failure.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He states that he has "turned 100,000 worlds to dust" and wishes to subjugate all of existence with the Anti-Life.
- Perpetual Frowner: That scowl you see up there? That's his default expression. His emotional range goes from that to grimacing, screaming, and grunting in combat, but he never smiles.
- Pet the Dog: When Steppenwolf tells Darkseid he's pinpointed the location of the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid offers to cancel his debt and reinstate his position if he succeeds in forming the Unity.
- Planet Baron: The sole ruler of Apokolips.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has glowing red eyes when his Omega Beam go out.
- Reverse Arm-Fold: Wouldn't be Darkseid without it. He's briefly seen in this pose from behind as the Boom Tube from Apokolips to Earth opens, just before he turns to face the action with DeSaad and Granny Goodness.
- Satanic Archetype: To counter Superman's role as a Messianic Archetype, Darkseid is described by Luthor as a devil of some kind. Within his mansion, Luthor kept a painting of a war between angels and devils, only the painting is turned upside down, referencing Luthor's words that devils come from the sky, further relating Darkseid's role. For a more straightforward example, Darkseid is presented as the ruler of a fiery hellscape whose main army is composed of flying demons led by a general with big devil-like horns. That's without mentioning his status as a literal God of Evil (or well, Tyranny to be precise).
- Scars Are Forever: A variant of this trope, since it applies to his clothes, but the mark of his fight with Ares, which is present on his right shoulder armor, is still there several millennia after his failed invasion of Earth.
- Sequel Adaptation Iconic Villain: He appears in the (intended) third movie of the story arc that started with Man of Steel (he was cut from the theatrical version).
- Serkis Folk: Thespian Ray Porter voiced him and did some motion capture as well.
- Shirtless Scene: When invading the Earth as Uxas in the ancient past, he went full bare-chested to better show off the Omega symbol carved into his chest.
- Shadow Archetype: For all the founding members of the Justice League.
- Superman is a god-tier alien who could conquer the Earth if he wanted to, but chooses not to because he cares for it. Darkseid is a god-tier extraterrestrial who wants nothing but conquest and feels no love.
- Batman has great resources from being born into old money and fights injustice with a brutality that put him at odds with Superman until he realized he'd gone too far. Darkseid is a monarch who inflicts brutality without discrimination and limits.
- Wonder Woman is a princess that left the throne to live among humanity. She's also a demigoddess with a weapon that subjugates any to her will, but only kills and maims those who give her reason to. Darkseid ascended to the throne and forces everyone to worship him, and aspires to own a weapon that gives him absolute subjugation.
- Aquaman has no interest in being king unless he can do some good for the people he cares about. He can also command sea life with a thought and gains an upgrade to this power when he possesses the Trident of Atlan. Darkseid was willing to turn on his own family to ascend to his position for no reason outside of greed and vanity and his desire to command extends to all life. Not to mention that both are armored beings that show an aspect of their character underneath (Arthur has his Atlantean tattoos, Darkseid has the Omega symbol on his chest).
- The Flash is aware that his powers are limitless, yet he deliberately restrains himself to avoid disastrous consequences. Darkseid is in a position where he never has to suffer any consequence. Additionally, Darkseid in his youth went into battle half-cocked and Steppenwolf's death convinced him to try again, showing that he's not as cautious as the Flash.
- Cyborg has the potential to make himself the richest man in the world or to even take control of all military software and have the human world at his mercy, but instead Cyborg uses his gifts to perform good deeds for people who need it most. Darkseid abuses all of his powers, destroying entire civilizations just to prove his superiority, and he cares for no-one but himself.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: He wears a sleeveless armor/tunic in present day, much like in the comics and most previous depictions.
- Slouch of Villainy: His preferred method of sitting on his throne. Also resembles a Thinker Pose.
- Took a Level in Badass: Implied. As Uxas, he could take on entire armies on even footing, but he didn't have homing Eye Beams or Glowing Eyes of Doom, with the implication he harnessed the Omega Effect after invading Earth and gained a serious upgrade.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Despite pinpointing the location of the Anti-Life Equation thousands of years ago, Darkseid managed to forget that it was on the same planet as the lost Motherboxes. Word of God clarified that the near-fatal injury Darkseid got from Ares and subsequent bleeding out contributed to his memory loss.
- The Unblinking: Not even once. He stares right at you though those intense glowing eyes until he wants to look away.
- Voice of the Legion: His voice has a very deep reverberation to it, especially in person.
- Worthy Opponent: When Darkseid witnesses the Justice League kill Steppenwolf, he's especially fixated on Superman.
- You Have Failed Me: Downplayed. His reaction to Steppenwolf's death isn't to give him a proper burial - it's to crush his severed head under his boot. He doesn't even bother to argue DeSaad's smug dismissal, even apparently sharing it.
- See his character page.
Species: New God
Played by: Peter Guinness (voice and motion capture)
Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League
- "Mighty Steppenwolf, who might have sat here by the side of The Great One, but undone by his self pride."
A highly ranked servant of Darkseid.
- Adaptational Ugliness: While rarely portrayed as beautiful, most versions of DeSaad at least look human. In the DCEU, he has a particularly monstrous appearance.
- Alternate Self: He has an avatar in the universe of Earth-167 (Smallville universe).
- Bizarre Alien Biology: On a detailed image of DeSaad shared by WETA, his hands have four Creepy Long Fingers and two tumor-like appendices, one of them looking like a sharp tooth.
- Co-Dragons: When Darkseid walks through his court, DeSaad and Granny Goodness walk side-by-side behind him, hinting that he holds them in higher esteem than his other servants.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Unlike Darkseid and Steppenwolf, Desaad has a voice that sounds similar to Starscream.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's disgusted that Steppenwolf would turn on his own family, though it's possible he's just using that as an excuse to berate an underling.
- Evil Brit: He speaks with a British accent, and he's definitely not a nice guy,
- Hate Sink: Desaad's sole purpose in Justice League is to be a nasty piece of work that makes Steppenwolf look sympathetic by comparison.
- I Warned You: When Steppenwolf dies and the Mother Boxes are destroyed, he reminds Darkseid that he said that Steppenwolf would fail. Darkseid, for his part, doesn't disagree and merely replies that he did.
- In the Hood: Standard for the character, he wears a dark hood.
- Jerkass: Most of his conversations with Steppenwolf consist of DeSaad insulting him to his face and tearing down his accomplishments.
- That being said, when Steppenwolf reported that the Anti-Life Equation was on Earth, DeSaad did actually allow him to talk to Darkseid in what could only be best described as a moment of pragmatism.
- Jerkass Has a Point: DeSaad has precisely 0% respect and faith in Steppenwolf and wholly expects him to fail. When they're presented with his decapitated head and no Mother Boxes, DeSaad's reaction basically amounts to an "I told you so." to Darkseid.
- Lean and Mean: Judging by his face and forearms, he's quite skeletal underneath those bulky robes.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: In the comics, DeSaad wore varying shades of purple and magenta. Here, his robes are black with metal decorations, But has some white on his back and some of the front, which is a slight inversion.
- Mouth of Sauron: Usually speaks for his master whenever Steppenwolf contacts Apokolips.
- Oh, Crap!: He doesn't seem too excited upon hearing that Darkseid hasn't been discouraged from invading Earth, likely realising that there's no way to beat the Justice League without sustaining further losses.
- Sadist: Expanding on his torture technician role in the comics, Desaad also savours a bit of schadenfreude, reminding Steppenwolf of his past mistakes just to break his confidence. He's positively gleeful when Steppenwolf fails in his mission.
- Smug Snake: He's clearly savouring his authority over Steppenwolf, using their interactions as a reminder that the latter has to earn Darkseid's good graces while Desaad can sit at his right hand. He even smirks when Steppenwolf is killed.
- Thin Chin of Sin: That forks at the end like a snake tongue.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Befitting his God of Pain status from the comics, he's got a hatchet-face.
Species: New God
Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League
A New Goddess and highly ranked servant of Darkseid.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Since the Jack Kirby days, Granny is typically portrayed as a fat old lady modeled after Phyllis Diller, only with a much more homely appearance. Here, she appears to be a few years younger with well-kept hair and has a much more athletic build. Her appearance here is actually accurate to what her comic book counterpart looked like in her past◊, with said appearance likely used to make her look more intimidating.
- Alternate Self: She has an avatar in the universe of Earth-167 (Smallville universe).
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Given her benevolent-sounding name, it should come as no surprise that Granny Goodness doesn't look nearly as horrifying as her fellow Apokoliptians.
- Co-Dragons: She's seen walking alongside Desaad with Darkseid leading them, hinting that they're both Darkseid's most trusted servants.
Species: New Gods
Played by: Steve West and Laura Waddell
Appearances: Justice League | Zack Snyder's Justice League
Attendants of Darkseid / Steppenwolf during the first invasion of Earth.
- Black Cloak: They wear black robes, which are a tad less thick than DeSaad's.
- Cult: The fact that there are several of them wearing similar Black Cloaks and that they are seen chanting something while channelling the Mother Boxes' Unity invokes a cult.
- In the Hood: Their robes are hooded, like DeSaad's again.
- Squishy Wizard: Unlike Darkseid and Steppenwolf, the mystics have no combat abilities. The Amazons easily manage to kill a few of them.
- Summoning Ritual: They were in charge of the Unity of the Mother Boxes during the first invasion, and the pose they took invoked this.
Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Justice League | Zack Snyder's Justice League
Six-foot-tall creatures serving as foot soldiers of the Apokoliptian forces.
- Action Bomb: In the theatrical cut of Justice League, one detonates itself to avoid capture, though the detonation doesn't seem to be strong enough to do much damage to anything nearby, and no other Parademons do so from that point on.
- Adapted Out: Their origins as enslaved beings who were forcibly converted into monsters isn't shown onscreen in Zack Snyders Justice League, due to Snyder not being able to shoot his preferred scene where this takes place and refusing to use any footage shot by Joss Whedon. It's also implied that none of the humans who fought back in the first invasion were converted.
- Alien Blood: Green and glowing in the theatrical cut, as evidenced when Flash runs through several of them during the Final Battle of that version.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: In the theatrical cut Batman initially has a hard time beating just one, at the end of the movie they are killed in waves. Though on two occasions a Parademon was able to wound the Flash in spite of his super speed, showing that they can be legitimately dangerous when one's guard is down.
- Demon of Human Origin: At least some of them seem to be previously examples of other, conquered species.
- Early-Bird Cameo: They are briefly seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in Batman's apocalyptic dream, but they are not related to that film's antagonists (Lex Luthor and Doomsday). They appear as mooks of the New Gods in Justice League.
- Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: Not particularly threatening individually, to the point where one Badass Normal with an armored car manages to mow down dozens of them, seemingly lacking any form of armor or air support (besides the spaceship-walker hybrids seen in the flashback), and nowhere near numerous enough to conquer a planet with Earth's population size. In the theatrical cut, they instantly retreat when Steppenwolf becomes the victim of a Curb-Stomp Battle from Superman and starts to feel fear, while in the Snyder Cut, it is suggested that Batman had completely wiped them out off-screen. Out of all the large threats of the DCEU thus far, the Parademon invasion has resulted in the least damage, certainly less so than Zod's attack or Enchantress and Incubus'.
- Emotion Eater: In the theatrical cut of Justice League, they are stated to be attracted to, and even feed on the fearful. They completely lack this trait in Zack Snyder's Justice League.
- Enemy Rising Behind: In Zack Snyder's Justice League, a Parademon is waiting for Silas Stone at his home to kidnap him, and rises behind him.
- Evolutionary Levels: The Parademons that operate as soldiers for Darksekd and Steppenwolf all look like alien humanoids wearing uniforms that give them an insectoid aesthetic. In Bruce's Knightmares, some of the Parademons have further mutated into creatures that look like giant alien locusts with extra limbs.
- Fearless Fool: They don't seem to have any real fear. This comes to the detriment of their ability to stay alive.
- Foreshadowing: The painting inside the living room of Lex Luthor's father foreshadows their arrival on Earth, as it features winged demons.Lex Luthor: Devils don't come from hell beneath us. No, they come from the sky.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Best seen on the Parademon that kidnaps Silas Stone.
- Meaningful Name: "Para" as in "paratroops", since they are airborne.
- Mooks: They are an army of numerous and expendable shock troops in the service of the New Gods of Apokolips.
- Our Demons Are Different: Examples of Demon of Human Origin that are virtually mindless, can fly with their wings, and have Plasma Cannons.
- Plasma Cannon: Their main weapons are plasma rifles firing red bolts. They don't appear to be very effective, doing little visible damage to unarmored humans and Amazons hit by them (though their insides were probably cooked since they seemed to instantly die), and actually struggling a lot to kill even lightly armored men and vehicles. The Batmobile, an armored car, more or less does a No-Sell against dozens of Parademons (forcing them to Zerg Rush it and physically tear it apart with their Super Strength).
- In Zack Snyder's Justice League, Steppenwolf's fortress is lined with several plasma turrets that prove to be much more powerful than the handheld variants, with one managing to destroy the Batmobile, forcing Batman to eject, and another wounding Barry with the force of its explosion, leading to Steppenwolf's Near-Villain Victory before Barry turns back time to save the other members of the Justice League.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: They are hostile creatures, and they have red eyes.
- Scary Teeth: Their teeth are visible, and it makes them all the more frightening.
- Serkis Folk: They are created through Motion Capture with stuntmen doing their movements.
- Super Strength: They're pretty strong. For example, one tosses the 240-pound Batman across over twenty feet with one hand. Another rips a machine gun off the Batmobile and crushes it. They're also prone to pulling off the Neck Lift.
- In the theatrical cut, a couple dozen of them together are even able to restrain Steppenwolf, as seen in the opening flashback and climax.
- Was Once a Man: Apokoliptians have technologies or powers to turn creatures from the worlds they invade into Parademons. That includes humans. According to Wonder Woman, this happened to the forces that Darkseid and Steppenwolf conquered on other worlds.
- Winged Humanoid: They have two pairs of insectoid wings, allowing them to fly and hover.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Much like the Eyes of the Adversary, they are slain without hesitation by the heroes who unlike Task Force X are more traditionally heroic and avoid human fatalities for the most part.note
- Zerg Rush: Their guns have little effect against Batman's heavily armored Batmobile. So what do they do? They charge right through his heavy machine gun fire, taking large casualties in the process, in an attempt to physically swarm and rip apart the Batmobile with their bare hands.
Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Wonder Woman | Justice League | Zack Snyder's Justice League
- "They're change machines. The Boxes don't think in terms of healing or killing, alive or dead. They rearrange matter at the will of their masters. Regenerate, reinstate. A box has the power to reinstate anterior particle relationships."— Victor Stone/Cyborg
Mother Boxes (also called "Change Machines" by Silas and Victor Stone) are sentient perpetual energy matrices. They were created by the New Gods and take the form of cubes.
Three Mother Boxes were brought to Earth by Steppenwolf or Darkseid (in the theatrical and Snyder cuts respectively) during their attempted invasions thousands of years ago and were subsequently left in the hands of the Atlanteans, Amazons and humans after the invasion was repelled. Millennia later, following the death of Superman, Steppenwolf comes back to Earth to find them and finally conquer the Earth to earn his place back in Darkseid's court.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- In the comics, Mother Boxes are a technology used by the Gods of New Genesis; the Apokoliptian equivalent is a Father Box. If we assume they were stolen and corrupted, this could explain why Darkseid never seemed to own more than three.
- The boxes were purely a Plot Device in the theatrical cut. In the Snyder Cut, they are revealed to be very much malevolent, as seen when they attempt to tempt Cyborg into joining Darkseid.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: The Mother Boxes are the DCEU equivalent of the Infinity Stones from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (important MacGuffin objects that grant the user ultimate power which can cause outright devastation of entire planets and coveted by the villains to achieve their goals). The fact that they're cubes - with one of them having a blue aura that was in possession of the Nazis at one point - is even more damning, considering that description is beat-for-beat like the Tesseract, the first Infinity Stone featured in the MCU.
- Artifact of Doom: The combined power of three of them ("the Unity") allows to perform Hostile Terraforming through giant crystalline tentacles, turning planets into new Apokolips-like worlds. In Zack Snyder's Justice League, they instead achieve this by detonating a massive global energy wave that decimates the entire planet in a matter of seconds. This comes to pass during the climax, forcing Barry to tap into the Speed Force and rewind time in order to undo the catastrophe.
- Black Box: They have great powers, but the true extent of them is unknown to most Earthlings.
- Companion Cube: In the theatrical cut, Steppenwolf personifies his relationship with the Mother Boxes, addressing their combination as a religious artifact and calling it "Mother" and so on, when among New Gods, Mother Boxes are just massive supercomputer AIs. It's perhaps a sign of his insanity.
- Death by Adaptation: In the theatrical release after Steppenwolf's defeat, the Mother Boxes are returned to their respective guardians. In the Snyder Cut, DeSaad says the Mother Boxes have been destroyed forcing Darkseid to invade Earth the old-fashioned way.
- Dismantled Macguffin: Zeus, the king of the Gods of Olympus, separated the Unity into three Mother Boxes when Steppenwolf or Darkseid were defeated. The Amazons, Atlanteans and humans were all given one to keep hidden, and Steppenwolf came back millennia later to find them all and recreate the Unity.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The Mother Boxes were shown on several occasions before they became the Plot Device of Justice League.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, one is seen in the footage showing Victor Stone's reconstruction and empowerment, with the denomination "US government object 6-19-82". Its powers rebuild Victor with cybernetics, turning him into Cyborg.
- In Batman v Superman again, there's the (Ultimate Edition cut) scene in which Steppenwolf communicates with Lex Luthor via a Kryptonian hologram, showing him the three Mother Boxes.
- In Wonder Woman, the Box that would create Cyborg over one century later is seen on a drawing in the home video-released stinger. Etta Candy, Chief, Sameer and Charlie are secretely tasked to find it (which they apparently succeeded to do, given the fact that Cyborg mentions it was "found by the British during World War I"). Said drawing ends up in Lex Luthor's possession about one century later. In Justice League, it is revealed that Batman and Alfred Pennyworth kept it after Luthor was arrested.
- Empathic Weapon: They must have some sort of sentience of their own since Steppenwolf talks to them on a regular basis, calling them "Mother" in the theatrical cut. Zack Snyder's Justice League instead depicts their sentience by showing their temptation of Cyborg as he tries to stop the Unity.
- Faux Affably Evil: When assuming the forms of Victor's dead parents, they act unnervingly cheerful. It's clearly a facade to keep him from interfering with the Unity.
- Glamour Failure: They assume the form of an unscathed Victor Stone and his living parents in an attempt to lure Cyborg into working for Darkseid. He doesn't take their offer, at which point they transform into shrieking hags.
- Gotta Catch Them All: Steppenwolf wants to find them to reform the Unity and terraform the Earth with it.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: They're Apokoliptian tech that was brought to Earth and one ended up being used by Silas Stone for his experiments and to "rebuild" his crippled son.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: They trap Cyborg in one just as he's about to disrupt the Unity. Cyborg fights back.
- Mythology Gag: "US government object 6-19-82" is a reference is to the first time Cyborg's origin was committed to the page, which was first published on June 19, 1982, in of Tales of the New Teen Titans #1.
- Nightmare Face: They can appear as hags with Glowing Eyes of Doom, which Cyborg discovered when he interfaced with them.
- Ominous Cube: They are alien cubes that, when united, are capable of terraforming a planet into a Death World like Apokolips.
- Plot Device: They drive the plot of Justice League since Steppenwolf is after them.
- Power Glows: They glow and start animating themselves when they're activated.
- Shout-Out: Their glowing cubed texture is based on the Allspark artifact from Transformers.
- Super Empowering: One of the Boxes empowered Victor Stone, giving him cybernetics with a wide range of powers.
- The Weird Sisters: Their true forms are reminiscent of the witches from Macbeth.
Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League
- "Before mighty Darkseid came to the throne, he searched the universe for the ultimate weapon. The Anti-Life Equation. The key to controlling all life and all will throughout the multiverse."Steppenwolf
A long-sought-after weapon that grants its wielder control over all life. Darkseid tried to find it on Earth thousands of years ago.
- Artifact of Doom: While it doesn't kill people, the Anti-Life Equation does destroy the free will of anyone exposed to it, with the apparent exception of the Apokoliptians. Darkseid's motivation for invading Earth is to wield it.
- Brown Note: A mathematical proof of the meaningless of life, destroying the free will of anyone exposed to it.
- The Evils of Free Will: Apokoliptians genuinely believe that Anti-Life is a good thing, citing the lack of harmony among the peoples of Earth as an example.
- Lost Superweapon: A roundabout example - Darkseid remembers that it exists, but has forgotten which planet it was located on. Steppenwolf is the one to determine said planet is Earth.
- Mind Rape: What the equation does to its victims, given that the Knightmare visions show Darkseid successfully corrupted Superman with it.
- Sinister Geometry: Anti-Life takes the form of a complicated set of lines and curves overlaid with the Omega symbol.
- Small Role, Big Impact: The Anti-Life Equation residing on Earth compelled Darkseid to launch an invasion, which leads to the Motherboxes being stranded on Earth. One of the Motherboxes was then used to save Victor Stone from certain death, who would then become a member of the Justice League, thwarting a second invasion and keeping any other villains on their toes.
- Volcanic Veins: The physical manifestation of Anti-Life resembles a glowing molten sigil about a kilometer wide, spread across the surface of a flat terrain. The most noticeable shape among the sigil is a colossal Omega.