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"But the bell's already been rung. And they've heard it. Out in the dark among the stars..."
Lex Luthor

An alien species inhabiting the aptly-named world of Apokolips, a Death World ruled by the tyrannical Darkseid.

    In General 
  • 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: In the theatrical cut of Justice League New God's blood is apparently purple, as can be seen after Superman punches Steppenwolf. In the Snyder Cut it's black.
  • 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 Evolves: 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.
  • Evil Is Angular: The overarching design in all Apokoliptian outfits features sharp corners and jagged edges.
  • 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.
  • Horns of Villainy: The three male Apokoliptans seen - Darkseid, Steppenwolf, and DeSaad - have small horns growing out of their chins that resemble a Beard of Evil. Darkseid's are easy to miss as they are covered up by the guard on his jawline, while Steppenwolf's are the most prominent on top of the giant horns on the sides of his head.
  • 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.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: With the exception of Granny Goodness, all Apokoliptians that have appeared look outright terrifying. Darkseid looks like a towering grey ogre, Steppenwolf looks like a metallic minotaur, Desaad looks like a ghoul and the Parademons are a legion of bug-men.
  • Mordor: Apokolips is an industrialised world where the sky is filled with clouds and orange miasma caused by the pillars of fire erupting from the bowels of the planet.
  • 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.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Apokoliptians see free will, individuality and the ability to exist without deferring to a higher power as inherently savage traits. Ironically, their method of turning inhabitants into Parademons stunts their evolution so that they can only ever be savages, albeit easily controlled savages.
  • Our Gods Are Different: The New Gods - like every other deity in the DC Multiverse - are beings that have lifespans beyond those of regular mortals and possess powers that elevate them above most other non-super species. They also use alien technology such as flying saucers and rayguns as opposed to magic.
  • Our Wormholes Are Different: The Boom Tubes are their primary method of transportation.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Apokoliptian clothing consists of metallic shards that resemble reptile scales, which when combined with their monstruous features looks extra sinister.
  • 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 Darkseid/Steppenwolf tried to invade it thousands of years ago, as well as during the Knightmare.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: They are unflinchingly loyal followers to Darkseid. If Desaad and Steppenwolf's first conversation is anything to go by, all Apokoliptian rebels have long since been killed off with their sole survivor now cowed into obedience.
  • 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".
  • Super Supremacist: The Apokoliptians think very little of any mortal race save for the Green Lanterns and Kryptonians.
  • Time Abyss: They have been around at least since the time the Olympian gods walked the Earth several thousands of years ago.
  • Villain Teleportation: They use Boom Tubes to travel to other worlds.
  • Villain World: An industrialised hellscape where flames and smog belch from the surface of the planet and cloud the sky.


New Gods


Uxas / Darkseid
"If it is redemption you seek; Find the third box, synchronize the Unity and when this world is scorched, I will come for my great prize!"
Click here to see him as Uxas 

Species: New God

Portrayed By: Ray Porter (voice and motion capture), Richard Cetrone (stunt motion capture)

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

"I have turned one hundred thousand worlds to dust looking for Anti-Life, looking for those who robbed me of my glory. I will stride across their bones, and bask in the glow of Anti-Life, and all of existence shall be mine!"

The leader and most powerful of the New Gods, a ruthless conqueror of worlds and the evil ruler of Apokolips. Thousands of years ago, Darkseid invaded Earth and uncovered the Anti-Life Equation. His forces were repelled by the combined might of the Olympians, a Green Lantern and the united forces of Earth. Darkseid would retreat back to Apokolips and eventually ascended to the throne, now hellbent on attaining the power of Anti-Life.

See also the Knightmare page for his sheet in that timeline.

  • Adaptational Skimpiness: The comics tend to go back and forth on whether or not Darkseid wears sleeves and pants with his tunics, with some colorists making him appear to be wearing Nude-Colored Clothing. Here Darkseid's armor is inspired by Ancient Greek armor, so his arms and legs are exposed. Not to mention his first scene has him topless.
  • Alternate Self: Darkseid has an avatar on Earth-167.
  • Alien Invasion: Darkseid 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.
  • Agitated Item Stomping: With Steppenwolf's conquest a total failure, Darkseid expresses his frustration by stomping on his general's decapitated head.
  • 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.
  • Annoying Arrows: Uxas is durable enough to be repeatedly shot in the chest by a hunting goddess and suffer only mild fatigue.
  • Armor Is Useless: Darkseid's metal coverings appear to just be for decoration, since Ares was able to cleave through his neck armor and leave him bleeding out. Though considering that Ares is a War God, anyone's armor may be useless against him, and it did stop Ares from cleaving him lengthwise.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: If the Knightmare sequence is anything to go 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 discovery of The Anti Life Equation itself. And what happens with Steppenwolf when he 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.
  • Beard of Evil: His alien helmet that reaches around his jawline gives this effect, and if his McFarlane figures and some concept designs are any indication, he has a set of horns growing out of his chin much like Steppenwolf.
  • 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.
  • Body Horror: As Uxas in his youth, he has the Omega symbol carved into his chest.
  • Characterization Marches On: When he was younger, Darkseid was more brutish and taciturn. His present-day self speaks with eloquence and can handle his temper even when he's boiling with rage.
  • Chest Insignia: Darkseid's tunic bears an upside-down Omega symbol, which echoes the cavity in 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.
  • Cult of Personality: Darkseid's palace on Apokolips is adorned with stained glass windows depicting his face.
  • Dark Is Evil: He has grey skin and is clad entirely in a very dark blue, and, well, he's Darkseid.
  • Dark Messiah: Darkseid's a god that's so awe-inspiring he's revered by other gods, regardless of his open disdain for anyone except himself. All other lives in the Multiverse are viewed as inferior beings that need to be indoctrinated into living only for Darkseid.
  • Death Glare: Darkseid’s default way of looking at anyone or anything, with his unblinking Glowing Eyes of Doom really adding to that effect.
  • Desecrating the Dead: His reaction to Steppenwolf's decapitated head landing at his feet? To crush it under his heel.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Darkseid's aspiration to have all of existence at his beck and call seems quite short-sighted when you consider that he allows the planets his potential slaves to inhabit are turned into barren balls of dust that couldn't possibly sustain living beings for long-term purposes. Eventually Darkseid's empire would crumble in what would seem like an instant for a being with his lifespan.
  • Determinator: Now that Steppenwolf has confirmed Darkseid found the Anti-Life Equation on the same planet as the three Motherboxes which suddenly called out to Apokolips, Darkseid will now focus all of his attention on this version of Earth.
  • 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!
    • Diana shivers when looking at the ancient fresco depicting Darkseid. The very same Diana who fearlessly took on an Olympian god and Doomsday.
  • 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.
  • Eternal Villain: Darkseid's first invasion of Earth was recorded in ancient art, both consciously (the hidden fresco in Greece) and unconsciously (the Paradise Lost-style painting in Lex Luthor's study).
  • Evil Is Bigger: Darkseid's the evilest of the Apokoliptians and naturally also the tallest.
  • Evil Is Not Pacifist: Darkseid uses the full might of the Apokoliptian army to conquer worlds, which he refers to as "the old ways". In the present day he was willing to sit back and let Steppenwolf sneak around Earth trying to find the Motherboxes, but when that fails Darkseid concludes that charging head-on is the preferable way to conquer Earth.
  • Evil Overlord: Darkseid rules over an entire planet, but aspires to conquer the entire multiverse. 100,000 worlds have already perished under his reign.
  • Evil Is Petty: Darkseid punished Steppenwolf's betrayal by forcing him to conquer tens of thousands of planets in the name of Apokolips. Since everyone is surprised that Steppenwolf was able to uncover the Anti-Life Equation, it's clear that Darkseid's reason for punishing Steppenwolf in this way was less about expanding his empire and more about tormenting an insubordinate minion. Billions - if not trillions - of lives were either wiped out or enslaved purely because Darkseid wanted to make just one individual suffer.
  • The Evil Prince: It's stated that the Defiance happened before Darkseid ascended to the throne, meaning he was not the top ruler of Apokolips when he first invaded Earth.
  • 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, Darkseid wears his classic outfit with a much darker shade of blue than normalnote . The film’s 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.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • 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.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: There's numerous shots of Darkseid looking directly at the audience.
  • 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.
  • Galactic Conqueror: 100,000 worlds were decimated either by Darkseid or by servants in his name. Given how many planets are confirmed to be devoid of life - along with several planets that were previously colonised by Kryptonians - it's entirely possible that they were decimated in the name of Darkseid. Earth is the only planet with warriors that can resist him.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The teaser shows Darkseid 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-Emperor: Rules an entire planet with his fellow gods submitting to his authority.
  • 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.
  • God of Order: Darkseid represents tyranny, though he still isn't considered the embodiment of absolute order as he requires the Anti-Life Equation to bend all of existence to his will. The number of planets he's conquered and the countless populations he's enslaved have certainly helped him gain this reputation among his fellow New Gods.
  • 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.
  • Have You Seen My God?: Darkseid stays out of the main plot of Justice League, though Steppenwolf and Desaad acknowledge his presence every chance they get. It isn't until Steppenwolf confirms that the planet which hosts the Anti-Life Equation is Earth that Darkseid decides to step out of the shadows once more. Steppenwolf treats Darkseid's second coming to Earth as...well, the Second Coming.
  • 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.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Various resources such as his own sheer power, the Omega Sanction and using the Motherboxes to mutate innocent beings into his slaves. The Anti-Life Equation would allow him wider control of all living things without having to conquer planets one-by-one.
  • It's All About Me: Darkseid's vanity defines his entire character. He can't stand the idea of sentient life existing with no reverence for him and will force them into subservience through any means he can find.
  • Joker Immunity: Darkseid took a battleaxe to the torso and bled out hard enough to lose consciousness as soon as he was brought back to his ship. By all rights he should have died regardless of how durable he may be, but Darkseid managed to outlive all of the Olympians by a century.
  • Karma Houdini: He's caused untold death and destruction in his quest to subjugate all of existence. Aside from his wounds sustained during the Defiance, Darkseid has suffered no consequence for his villainy and quite possibly never will.
  • 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.
  • Kneel Before Zod: When the parademons sense Darkseid's appearance via hologram, they all preemptively cower. Steppenwolf follows as soon as he sees the metal slab form into Darkseid's likeness.
  • 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, Darkseid could take several of Artemis's arrows to the chest and back, and still keep fighting. While Ares was able to deal the decisive blow on Darkseid, it was while his father Zeus was holding the New God's attention and gaining little ground doing so. And despite the Olympian's coordinated assault, Darkseid still survived. Unlike his uncle Steppenwolf however, he didn't wear armor back then.
  • Malevolent Mugshot: His palace has stained-glass windows bearing his likeness.
  • The Minion Master: Darkseid's armies are made of various alien races forcibly converted into his slaves.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Darkseid. His own subjects are hesitant to say it out loud unless they're praising his name.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Bringing the Motherboxes to Earth worked in humanity's favour, as Silas Stone managed to stir one up long enough turn a grievously wounded Victor Stone into Cyborg. If Darkseid had kept the Motherboxes on his ship during his first invasion, the Justice League would have been short one member, which they definitely could not spare during Steppenwolf's campaign.
  • No Brows: Though given his face is set in a permanent glare, it's not as if Darkseid needs any hair around his eyes to emote.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: After his first loss, Darkseid sends his servants to fight his battles for him.
  • 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.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Darkseid's conquering days presumably came to an end once he was crowned the official ruler of Apokolips. Now he makes Steppenwolf conquer worlds in his stead. Once Steppenwolf is killed, it's implied Darkseid will go back to fighting on the front lines.
  • 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 aside from a malicious sneer when he tried to steal a Green Lantern ring, Darkseid 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. Rather than prove that even Darkseid has Hidden Depths, this actually serves to show how little concern he has for anyone but himself, as it confirms all those planets he made Steppenwolf decimate were little more than senseless punishment for his previous defiance.
  • Planet Baron: The sole ruler of Apokolips.
  • Red Baron: He's occasionally referred to as "The Great One", or simply acknowledged with male pronouns said in an ominous tone.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Darkseid's eyes turn bright red when his Omega Beams are unleashed.
  • 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 (Tyranny to be precise). Unlike other examples of Satanic Archetypes, Darkseid isn't portrayed as a figure of rebelliousness, but as the ultimate authority.
  • 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.
  • Scary Teeth: The few times Darkseid bares his teeth, they look to be as weathered and foul as the rest of his face.
  • 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.
  • Signature Headgear: Darkseid wears a metal headpiece that covers his jawline, ears, the back of his head and wraps around his neck.
  • 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.
  • Take Over the World: Take over the Multiverse in this case. Darkseid has already decimated 100,000 worlds by the time he appears in Justice League and if it wasn't for Steppenwolf confirming the Anti-Life Equation was on Earth, he would have had his servants continue to scorch planets until the entire Multiverse was devoid of life.
  • Takes One to Kill One: Downplayed. He was able to take hits from three gods at once and merely passed out from blood loss. If it wasn't for his parademons providing cover he would have likely died on the battlefield. Given that Darkseid is now revered by his fellow New Gods, it's implied he's reached an even greater level of power regardless of how many parademons he has at hand.
  • Three-Point Landing: How he arrives on Earth. While his hand is planted on the ground, he takes the time to rake his fingers through the soil and deduce that he's on top of the Anti-Life Equation.
  • Tranquil Fury: Just about every line he says comes off across as if he's boiling with rage inside, especially since his face is stuck on "angry".
  • 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 that he harnessed the Omega Effect after invading Earth and gained a serious upgrade.
  • Top God: All other Apokoliptians fear Darkseid. With the Olympians all dead, Darkseid is now the most powerful known being in the multiverse.
  • 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. invokedWord Of God clarified that the near-fatal injury Darkseid got from Ares and subsequent bleeding out contributed to his memory loss.
  • Ultimate Evil: The most powerful antagonist in the entire DCEU. His status as the top villain only becomes more prevalent with the death of every other god who isn't part of his pantheon.
  • The Unblinking: He stares right at you though those intense glowing eyes until he wants to look away.
  • Unseen No More: Darkseid's presence was hinted at in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and namedropped in the theatrical cut of ''Justice League. The release of the Snyder Cut provided his first real appearance.
  • Villain Cred: Desaad and Steppenwolf say his name with utmost reverence, to the point that when either one uses a pronoun to describe Darkseid you can almost hear it capitalised. To say nothing of how Darkseid was able to unite every being on Earth and Olympus under one banner in spite of their differences.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: His are so prominent that they would make his head resemble a skull if he wasn't wearing his helmet.
  • Voice of the Legion: His voice has a very deep reverberation to it, especially in person.
  • We Have Reserves: Darkseid witnesses Steppenwolf's death and his parademon army were wiped out, but then Darkseid turns and walks down his chamber's hallway, revealing he has hundreds of other parademons in attendance, with his "ready the armada" line hinting that this might just be a fraction of his full military power. As Diana mentioned, parademons are formed from the mutated survivors of worlds that have been decimated by the Unity and Darkseid has already conquered 100 thousand worlds, so his armada could possbily be in the millions.
  • Worthy Opponent: When Darkseid witnesses the Justice League kill Steppenwolf, he's especially fixated on Superman.
  • Wrecked Weapon: The glaive that Uxas used in his first invasion hacked in two when Ares got the drop on him. This was while uxas was simultaneously holding off a lightning blast courtesy of Zeus, so it's implied that his weapon was unable to endure the offensive power of two gods at once.
  • The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: Implied. Steppenwolf participated in a coup that ultimately failed and was more or less the sole survivor since he reverted back to Darkseid and killed his accomplices.note 
  • 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.


"My master, now that the Mother Boxes have been destroyed, how will you retrieve your great prize?"

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.

  • Accuser of the Brethren: Desaad rubs Steppenwolf's previous betrayal in his face, in spite of Steppenwolf having repented as early as his punishment was meted out.
  • 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 on Earth-167.
  • 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.
  • Black Speech: Desaad chants an incantation to summon Darkseid upon finding out that Steppenwolf has uncovered the Anti-Life Equation.
  • 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.
  • Dress-Coded for Your Convenience: Desaad wears black robes with a hood and silver spikes arranged into a High Collar of Doom.
  • 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.
  • Gratuitous Latin: When summoning Darkseid after Steppenwolf tell him that he found the Anti-Life Equation on Earth, DeSaad speaks a Latin phrase (Dominae, qui infernum conflegrit. Aventi undati) that roughly translates to "Lord who shattered hell, grant me an audience".
  • Hate Sink: Desaad's sole purpose in Justice League is to be a nasty piece of work that makes Steppenwolf look sympathetic by comparison.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Says something to this extent during one of his meetings with Steppenwolf, acknowledging the latter's prowess in the most condescending manner possible.
  • 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.
  • Secretary of Evil: Desaad is a middle-manager between Darkseid and his offworld minions. It's implied he doesn't get that much joy out of the job unless he can lord it over his inferiors.
  • 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.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Desaad wears a raised collar that resembles a Venus flytrap enveloping his head. He also has several needles interwoven into his hood.
  • Thin Chin of Sin: One that forks at the end like a snake tongue.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: He’s visibly worried by the prospect of invading Earth again.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Befitting his God of Pain status from the comics, he's got a hatchet-face.

    Granny Goodness 

Granny Goodness
Click here to see her concept art 

Species: New God

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

A New Goddess and highly ranked servant of Darkseid.

  • Face Framed in Shadow: She only appears in two scenes and neither one lights her face up enough to discern exactly what she looks like, though it can be guessed from her outline that she resembles an elderly woman.
  • Human Aliens: Out of all the New Gods seen on Apokolips, Granny Goodness is the only one with a human appearance.
  • Magic Staff: What appears to be her weapon. Going by New Gods lore, it looks like a mega-rod.
  • The Voiceless: Has no speaking role in the film.


Apokoliptian Mystics

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, while the rest were vaporized when Zeus blasted the Unity.
  • Summoning Ritual: They were in charge of the Unity of the Mother Boxes during the first invasion, and the pose they took invoked this.




Species: Parademons

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Justice League | Zack Snyder's Justice League | The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive

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.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: The Parademons in the theatrical cut weren't much smarter than trained animals and would lose all self-control if they detected fear. In the Snyder Cut this flaw is never present and aside from not being able to speak they seem to be as intelligent as a standard biped.
  • Adapted Out: Their origins as enslaved beings who were forcibly converted into monsters isn't shown onscreen in Zack Snyder’s 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.
  • Bugs Herald Evil: The parademons are typically deployed before any of the Apokoliptians appear. Bruce has visions of them before the New Gods are officially introduced to the DCEU and a troupe of parademons appears before the Amazons when Steppenwolf invades Themyscira.
  • Composite Character: Their origin as aliens forcibly mutated into bipedal insectoids is similar to the bugs from Jack Kirby's Fourth World series.
  • 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'.
    • That being said, that one Parademon who was able to blindside Barry would have guaranteed Darkseid's victory if Batman didn't prevent it from scoring a second hit.
  • 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 majority of Parademons that operate as soldiers for Darkseid 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. At least one in the present day (the one that broke into STAR Labs) has already reached this stage.
  • 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.
  • For Want of a Nail: A single Parademon gets a lucky shot on Barry, incapacitating him just long enough for the Unity to fully synchronise and wipe everyone out. It's only because Barry was able to think on his feet that the invasion failed.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Best seen on the Parademon that kidnaps Silas Stone.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts: They're born from the survivors of worlds that were decimated through the Unity and they assist the Apokoliptians continue their onslaught against other worlds.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Truer to the Text: Appearance-wise, these Parademons have the closest resemblance to Jack Kirby's original designs, being the shape and size of a regular adult human rather than looking like large grotesque beasts as seen in other adaptations. They still lack the human features and sapience that Jack Kirby intended them to have.
  • 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.

    Mother Boxes 

Mother Boxes
"We've been waiting for you Victor. My broken boy."

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 are the primary tools of the New Gods and take the form of metal 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: They use the excess radiation in Pozharnov to construct a fortress, making the whole area safe for humans to inhabit. This ends up working to the advantage of the Justice League who thwart Steppenwolf's plans and overwhelm the Motherboxes.
  • 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.

    The Anti-Life Equation 

Anti-Life Equation

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."

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.
  • Mark of the Beast: The Omega symbol is the most prominent component. Since Darkseid has an Omega-shaped crevasse on his torso, it may be a hint that he's the only one who can wield it.
  • Mind Rape: What the equation does to its victims, given that the Knightmare visions show Darkseid successfully corrupted Superman with it.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: Steppenwolf explicity refers to Anti-Life as having the potential to control the entire multiverse.
  • 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 sign.

"Ready the armada. We will use the old ways."