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A group of Human Aliens from the lost planet Krypton, Kal-El/Superman's birth world. Led by General Zod, a Renegade Splinter Faction from the Kryptonian military named "Sword of Rao" attempted a coup to take over Krypton's high command. The coup failed and Zod was subsequently banished in the Phantom Zone along with a few of his most loyal followers. They managed to get out of it following the planet's destruction, and survived in space for 33 years, relentlessly seeking traces of their kind. Unlike Superman, they are hostile to Earth and attempt to terraform it without any regard for human lives.

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Kryptonian Invaders

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Species: Kryptonians

"You led us here, Kal! And now it's within your power to save what remains of your race."
General Zod

The only survivors left after the destruction of their homeworld aside from Kal-El, these ruthless Kryptonians led by General Zod escaped the Phantom Zone and wandered in space in search of surviving colonies of their destroyed civilization, but found nothing but death and technology to scavenge. Until the day Clark Kent/Kal-El activated a Kryptonian scout ship in Canada, which sent a signal that brought them to Earth.


    In General 
  • Aliens are Bastards: They plan to terraform the Earth and destroy mankind. How's that for bastardry?
  • Badass Crew: They're less than a dozen of superpowered aliens with advanced technology, and that's enough to threaten humanity's very existence.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: As Kryptonians, they can survive and breathe into the vaccum of space without problem, provided they're exposed to a yellow sun. Note that in their native environment, they are not superpowered, apart from being naturally stronger due to Krypton's heavier gravity. Before Earth's sun supercharges their biology, they still need spacesuits, vehicles, and fight with (highly advanced) guns.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: They were frozen aboard a prison spaceship in the Phantom Zone when Krypton exploded. The explosion thawed them.
  • Collapsible Helmet: The helmet part of their Kryptonian armors can collapse or build itself from just a collar, as seen when Lois Lane is given one to allow breathing within the Kryptonian environment of their ship. The helmets seem to be made of form-fitting force-fields that can also turn opaque or transparent as needed.
  • The Coup: Zod, some of his officers and loyal henchmen stormed Krypton's high council and gunned down High Eminence Ro-Zar. They then declared that they would execute the remaining leaders for treason by reason of incompetent leadership and then assume control of Krypton. The coup failed due to Jor-El not joining them (stealing the Codex instead) and the surviving loyalist forces rallying after the initial shock.
  • Darker and Edgier: One of the darkest portrayals of Zod's faction to date.
  • Dark Is Evil: Their armors, skinsuits and ships are all black, and they're ready to carry out a genocide by proxy on humans.
  • Disaster Scavengers: When wandering in space, they searched for old Kryptonian colonies. They didn't find any living Kryptonian but still managed to scavenge valuable equipment like their armors or, more importantly, a World Engine.
  • Evil Wears Black: Their weapons, armors and spaceships are all black.
  • Hostile Terraforming: The World Engine is designed to turn Earth into a new Krypton, regardless of the local lifeforms.
  • Human Aliens: Nothing can distinguish them from humans when just looking at them, but their biology is widely different.
  • Human Popsicles: Well, Kryptonian Popsicles. They are frozen before being sent in the Phantom Zone in a prison spaceship, and the destruction of Krypton thaws them.
  • Kill All Humans: Their endgame amounts to this.
  • Knights of Cerebus: With their introduction, you'd be forgiven for thinking Man of Steel has turned into a war movie.
  • Long-Lived: They look the same after drifting 33 years in the depths of space.
  • Phantom Zone: They were sent there as a punishment following the coup. The destruction of Krypton freed them from it. Superman ends up sending them back there at the end of Man of Steel, minus Zod.
  • Powered Armor: They salvaged powered armors on abandoned Kryptonian outposts.
  • Power Incontinence: While Zod's henchmen have no problem easing into their Super Strength on Earth, the amplified senses they suddenly gain when their helmets get damaged are very disorienting.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: Zod created the Sword of Rao, a renegade military faction inside the Kryptonian military, in order to take over Krypton in a military coup. His crew is made of his most trusted followers from said faction.
  • Superpower Lottery: In their native environment, Kryptonians are no more impressive in their abilities than humans. But a yellow sun, such as the one in the Earth's solar system, has tremendous effects on the Kryptonians' biology, heightening their strength, speed and senses dramatically. They also gain separate abilities, such as the power to fly, see through opaque objects, and project thick beams of heat from their eyes, as well as becoming virtually impenetrable to most weapons.
  • Terraform: They salvaged a World Engine, a machine conceived for this very purpose, and intend to terraform the Earth, regardless of the fact that the planet will become uninhabitable for humans.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Car-Vex and Nadira are the only female Kryptonians in Zod's crew.
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    General Zod 

General Dru-Zod of Kandor

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"I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train? ON A FARM?!"

Species: Kryptonian

Citizenship: Kryptonian

Affiliation(s): Kryptonian Warrior Guild, Sword of Rao

Played by: Michael Shannon

Dubbed by: Dafnis Fernández (Latin-American Spanish), Akio Hirose (Japanese), Xavier Fagnon (European French), Marc-André Bélanger (Canadian French)

Film appearances: Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Other appearances: From the World of Batman v Superman | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Upstairs/Downstairs

"Every action I take, no matter how violent or cruel, is for the greater good of my people."

The general in chief of Krypton's military and a former longtime friend of Jor-El. Zod believes Jor-El's warnings about the hopeless state of Krypton and launches a coup after concluding that the Council is incapable of saving their race. When the coup fails, the Council has him and his most loyal followers imprisoned in the Phantom Zone, a decision which ironically spares them the fate of their home planet. After arriving on Earth in search of Kal-El, he decides to terraform it for the sake of building a new Krypton, endangering the human race in the process.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Even if Zod was a genocidal maniac, all he wanted was to ensure the security and future of the Kryptonians after Krypton blew up, even if he had to make disturbing decisions to do so. Years of isolation in the Phantom Zone clearly didn't help matters. Notably, when Superman kills Zod, the Man of Steel melts down in sadness not only because of the mass destruction of Metropolis he caused, but because he had just killed one of the last of his people remaining in the galaxy.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III. Unlike prior depictions of the character, this version of Zod is genuinely dedicated to acting in his people's best interest (albeit from his own narcissistic point of view). He is also a rather tragic figure given that his savage and ruthless personality is largely a byproduct of being bred and indoctrinated by Krypton's totalitarian system to be the perfect killing machine. He also doesn't have any joy killing humans.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: He's got a lot of baggage, from having to kill his closest friend to losing his home planet along with any hope of rebuilding it. When he deletes the Jor-El hologram, it's clear he takes no joy in it.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Of the surviving members of Krypton's military caste, Zod is the only one revealed to have mastered over the course of barely a day ALL the powers that took Superman years to fully control.
    Zod: I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train?! ON A FARM??!!
  • Ax-Crazy: Despite possessing noble intentions, it is clear that he has a highly confrontational and violent disposition which is only exacerbated by his fanatical elitism.
  • Badass Boast: After Kal-El's mother Lara confidently tells Zod that her son has escaped to a place far beyond his reach, he later menacingly promises her that he will dedicate his entire existence to tracking down Kal to the ends of the universe.
    Zod: You believe your son is safe? I will find him! I will reclaim what you have taken from us!! ... I will find him, Lara. ... I WILL FIND HIM!!!!
    • The aforementioned quote about Kal-El training "on a farm".
  • Beard of Evil: The evil Zod has grown a beard, like in Superman II, by the time Clark is an adult.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Implied to be this, as he's an Anti-Villain who genuinely cares about Krypton, and we only see him with the beard after Krypton is destroyed.
  • Big Bad: Of Man of Steel. He poses the greatest threat to Jor-El's vision of peacefully carrying on their civilization's legacy on Earth by first attempting to murder Kal-El as an infant on Krypton and later targeting the Earth's entire population for extermination.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Zod has a retractable blade in his right gauntlet. He uses it to stab Jor-El.
  • Came Back Strong: He's resurrected into Doomsday.
  • Came Back Wrong: Also this when he’s resurrected into Doomsday, since Doomsday lacks Zod’s strategic mind and just attacks whatever he sees.
  • Chest Insignia: Wears the crest of the House of Zod on the chest of his armor and the uniform under it.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Michael Shannon is clearly having a blast.
  • Composite Character: Thanks to Lex Luthor, he becomes Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the comics, the two were separate villains.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Bred and trained specifically to be a soldier, to be the extreme solution; that's all he knows. As such, it makes him the most tragically prominent example of the failure of the predetermination paradigm of Krypton's population control, and an apocalyptic threat to Earth.
  • Dark Messiah: To the surviving members of Krypton's warrior caste.
  • Death Seeker: After Kal-El destroys all hope of restoring Krypton and its people, he fights Kal-El to the death, no longer caring whether he lives or dies, because he knows that, without a people to protect and serve, he no longer has a purpose.
  • Determinator: Upon deciding on a course of action, he single-mindedly dedicates his entire being towards fulfilling it regardless of the consequences. Exemplified in his Famous Last Words:
    Superman: Stop!
    Zod: Never!
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Jor-El. He and Jor-El shared a goal, but not the methods required to achieve it.
    • Also to Superman. Both want to "go home", even though their home planet has been destroyed. While Superman learns to let go, Zod tries to remake Krypton at total disregard to Earth's inhabitants.
  • Evil Former Friend: Shares a respect with Jor-El, and even asks him to not fight him once he tries to take over Krypton. Even when he kills Jor-El, he looks regretful for what he had done. When he admits to killing him to a captured Kal-El, he confesses that the deed still haunts him.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Michael Shannon loves Chewing the Scenery in any given chance.
  • Expy: He's essentially Mustapha Mond taken to a Logical Extreme.
  • Fallen Hero: Jor-El's words to him that he will "honor the man he once was" suggests that he was once a noble Kryptonian until his pride and ambition drove him to villainy.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Upon arriving on Earth, Zod seems to have changed greatly from the zealous megalomaniac he once was as he warmly greets Kal-El in a dignified, fatherly manner. However, it doesn't take long for him to reveal that time has done nothing to diminish his brutality as he attacks Kal's adopted mother and moves to annihilate Earth's entire population.
  • Flying Brick: Like Superman, he ultimately harnesses Super Strength, Super Speed, Super Senses, Eye Beams, Nigh-Invulnerability and, finally, Flight.
  • For The Greater Good: His excuse for every atrocity he commits.
  • Four-Star Badass: Well, he is a General, after all.
  • Freudian Excuse: His personality stems from being bred by Krypton's totalitarian system to be single-mindedly obsessed with protecting Krypton at any cost.
  • Genius Bruiser: In addition to being an outstanding military tactician and combatant, he is also revealed to be a gifted engineer as seen in flashbacks when he uses the Phantom Projector that originally imprisoned him and his followers to power up their ship's hyperdrive and escape the ruins of their homeworld.
  • General Ripper: He blames all of Krypton's problems on its ruling body and starts a violent civil war in order to take the power away from said ruling body, whom he accuses of making their race "weak" and allowing the planet to come to the verge of destruction.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports a big one on the left side of his face, which he got from a tussle with Jor-El.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Whenever his plans are frustrated or his ego feels slighted in any way, Zod immediately goes from being a dignified (albeit grim) authority figure to a raging brute (much unlike his icily calm Sub-Commander, Faora).
  • How Do I Shot Web?: After first experiencing the sensory enhancement (read: complete overload) a Kryptonian gains on Earth, and seeing Kal-El flying and using heat vision, Zod does some quick training to learn how to use his full potential that gets unleashed in the final fight with Kal-El.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: When Clark tells him You Killed My Father, Zod makes it clear that he regretted it, but that he would do it again if he had to. Plus, he knows that his attempted genocide on humans is wrong, he still maintains that it is for his people's good.
  • Instant Expert: Justified, since he and his comrades in the Kryptonian military were genetically engineered to be perfect warriors and subsequently underwent rigorous training to master their senses.
  • Kill All Humans: Zod's plan to create a new Krypton involves this, though it's not something he wants to do... until Superman defies him, at which point he wants to destroy humanity out of spite.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Surprisingly averted. At no point in the movie does Zod command anyone (not even Kal-El) to kneel before him. Funnily enough, Superman indeed involuntarily falls to his knees when brought before Zod on the Black Zero ship (but only due to its unfamiliar atmosphere).
  • Knight Templar: His goal is to protect Krypton and its people, no matter the cost.
  • Kubrick Stare: It is Michael Shannon.
  • Large Ham: Crosses into this with his line "I WILL FIND HIM!" reminiscent of Sting in Dune.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After threatening both Lara and Martha, Zod gets pummeled by their son. The former of which he had no knowledge about.
  • Leitmotif: Zod's theme is a menacing composition consisting of rapidly ascending and descending strings, deafening war drums resembling artillery blasts, and roaring trumpets that simultaneously evoke battle-fueled rage and fanatical resolve. In this manner, his theme reflects not only his savagery and megalomania, but his single-minded obsession with becoming Krypton's savior at all costs as well. See the following tracks of the Man of Steel score: "I Will Find Him," "Arcade," and (naturally) "General Zod."
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: As the first major enemy Superman faced, Zod shaped a major aspect of his enemy's life. Aside from becoming the last Kryptonian once again, Superman adopts a no-killing code and becomes more nuanced in his superhero career. His invasion also had international ramifications, especially in how the world would see superhumans and aliens. There is also the fact that Lex Luthor seizes his corpse and uses it to create Doomsday.
  • Narcissist: He displays several characteristics associated with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, including a deeply entrenched messiah complex, a highly pronounced intolerance of beliefs which diverge from his own, and a glaring lack of scruples in pursuit of his goals. As a genetically-engineered soldier who has risen to become the leader of Krypton's military, he views all those outside his caste as inferiors (with the possible exception of Jor-El) and treats them with undisguised contempt. Additionally, despite being a paternal commander who genuinely cares for those under his command, he nevertheless considers all of them secondary to realizing his vision of a new Krypton based on his elitist ideals.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: When coupled with his fanatical belief in Social Darwinism, his speeches about saving Krypton's race by rooting out "degenerate" bloodlines and exterminating "inferior" species (i.e: Earthlings) are eerily reminiscent of a certain totalitarian ideology that first gained notoriety in Europe during the the first half of the 20th century.
  • Neck Snap: How Kal-El/Superman eventually kills him.
  • Never My Fault: Blames Krypton's Council for imprisoning him when he was the one who started a revolution and murdered Jor-El, as well as blaming Clark for his army being sent back into the Phantom Zone, conveniently forgetting that it was his attempt at genocide that forced it in the first place.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • A minor example, but he doesn't fault Superman for neglecting to address him as General Zod.
    Superman: I take it you're Zod?
    Faora: General Zod, our commander.
    General Zod: It's alright, Faora. You can forgive Kal any lapses in decorum. He's a stranger to our ways. This should be cause for celebration, not conflict.
    • He can be seen comforting Faora after Krypton's destruction.
  • Power Incontinence: The first time his powers manifest he doesn't quite control them, such as when Superman breaks his bubble-helmet, which makes him experience the Sensory Overload of the Super Senses the Earth's yellow sun gives to Kryptonians, or when his Eye Beams manifest, slicing the Wayne Financial building in all directions. He masters it all pretty quickly however, in a matter of minutes while it took Superman all of his childhood to do so.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Or, in this case, Proud Warrior Caste Guy. He takes great pride in his martial ability and believes it to be the key to saving Kryptonian civilization.
    • Note how it took Clark 33 years to master his powers when it only took Zod a day to gain complete control over his. Which, when you think about it, makes sense. Zod is a genetically engineered Kryptonian Super Soldier, which means that his body can absorb and adapt to yellow sunlight more easily than Clark, who was born in Krypton's intellectual caste.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Faora's Blue. In contrast to his stoic and calculating second-in-command, Zod has an fiery and combative personality, as well as a brutal and aggressive fighting style.
  • Resurrected for a Job: Lex Luthor gets a hold of his corpse and ends up transforming him into Doomsday to kill Superman when Batman fails to bring down the Son of Krypton.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Kal-El has ruined his chances to terraform the Earth and repopulate it with Kryptonians. Needless to say, the only thing he has left is his rage and super-powers, and he brutally uses them to fight Superman and cause as much damage as he can to Metropolis.
  • Shed Armor, Gain Speed: He only masters the power of flight once he takes off his armor in the final battle of Man of Steel.
  • Slasher Smile: He only grins twice in the entire film, and this one is the second and most visible. It's also in response to Superman rising to fight him when Zod clearly wants to either crush him for foiling his plans or die in battle.
  • Social Darwinist: To the core.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: He shows tell-tale signs of this given that he becomes outraged whenever anyone disagrees with him or opposes his will in any way. While he patronizingly dismisses Kal-El's failure to address him as "General" as the result of the latter's unfamiliarity with Kryptonian "decorum," Zod becomes absolutely incensed when the preserved consciousness of Jor-El, a man whom he held in high esteem, tells him that Kal is "twice the man" he ONCE was.
  • Taking You with Me: Uses his eye lasers to try and kill all the surrounding humans when Superman restrains him.
  • Tragic Villain: He does horrific things he doesn't want to do, but because of his origins, he feels that his mission is his only thing in life.
  • The Unfettered: He wants to recreate Krypton, no matter the cost.
    Zod: I have a duty to my people....and I will not allow ANYONE to prevent me from carrying it out!
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he and Superman throw down in their Final Battle, he goes completely and utterly crazed with fury.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Twice in the film: prior to his imprisonment in the Phantom Zone and, later, during the conclusion when his plan has been ruined beyond repair.
  • Villain Has a Point: At the start, anyways, once you get past his personal flaws and overwhelming desire to eradicate certain Kryptonian bloodlines while keeping the race ‘pure.’ Krypton is careening towards an impending global apocalypse, (which Zod mentions to Kal is literally the only thing him and Jor could agree on) and the people who are in charge who caused the crisis to begin with (through their own short-sightedness) are now actively ignoring the problem. Can you really blame him and his men for trying to seize power and actually address the issue?
  • Villain Respect: To Jor-El whom he apparently viewed as an intellectual equal. However, any lingering affection Zod harbors for Jor-El disappears when the latter's preserved consciousness tells him he can never aspire to be the man his son is. And even then, he seems to grimace in distaste.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He experiences no joy in his actions (killing Jor-El, harvesting Kal-El's blood, annihilating humanity), but sees them as a necessary means to save his dying race and restore his homeworld. He was specifically bred to be as such... which is why he is perhaps the exemplar of Kryptonian civilization's failure.
  • We Used to Be Friends: To Jor-El, who is revealed to be an "old friend" of Zod. Based on their dialogue in the film, it is strongly implied that Jor-El was a mentor to Zod and possibly even something of a father figure.
    Zod: (to Jor-El) Haven't given up lecturing me, have you? Even in death.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He tries to murder Kal-El as an infant at the beginning of the film.

    Faora 

Sub-Commander Faora-Ul

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"You will not win. For every human you save, we will kill a million more."

Species: Kryptonian

Citizenship: Kryptonian

Affiliation(s): Kryptonian Warrior Guild, Sword of Rao

Played by: Antje Traue

Dubbed by: Jocelyn Robles (Latin-American Spanish), Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese), Julie Dumas (European French), Julie Beauchemin (Canadian French)

Appearances: Man of Steel

"The fact that you possess a sense of morality and we do not gives us an evolutionary advantage. And if history has proven anything, it is that evolution always wins."

Zod's second-in-command, and the most dangerous warrior of his crew. She is physically brutal, and combines Kryptonian enhanced strength and speed with lethal martial arts.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's very dismissive towards everyone except her allies, and is an Emotionless Girl to boot.
  • Badass Boast: When Superman rescues a few soldiers from a crashing chopper.
  • The Baroness: The "Sexpot" variety given her nature as a beautiful yet sadistic Super Soldier fanatically loyal to Zod's cause, although her beauty/gender never otherwise come into play.
  • Berserk Button: While appearing calm and reserved on the surface, she is fiercely proud of her caste and fanatically devoted to its leader, General Zod. This is evidenced when she becomes noticeably irritated after Kal-El neglects to address Zod as "General" out of respect for his military service.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Faora has short hair and is the lead Dark Action Girl for Zod's faction.
  • Bridal Carry: After she's knocked unconscious during a battle, Nam-Ek cradles her like this as he carries her to safety.
  • Composite Character: Like most adaptational versions of Faora, she combines the comic book Faora's martial arts skills with the Number Two position and loyalty to Zod of Ursa from Superman II.
  • Colonel Badass: Her rank of "Sub-Commander" seems to be roughly analogous to "Colonel," and she's very badass.
  • Creepy Monotone: Never raises her voice, no matter the provocation.
  • Dark Action Girl: Very, very dark. Most human deaths occur off-screen or are somewhat obscured by the clash and din of battle, but when Faora engages human soldiers in combat, we see and hear every brutal impact and shattering spine.
  • The Dragon: Acts as Zod's Number Two and primary enforcer, and is the most efficient and effective combatant among the Kryptonian invaders save for Zod himself.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Downplayed. When she first meets Superman face-to-face, she gives him a very satisfied once-over from top to bottom.
  • Emotionless Girl: Despite her capacity for violence, she maintains a cool and impassive demeanor throughout. A single tear shed for her lost homeworld, and a faint haughty satisfaction at the fear she generates in her human opponents are about the extent of her emotional displays. In marked contrast to Kal-El or Zod, she never once screams or loses her composure in battle, not even at the end, when coming face-to-face with a fairly epic Oh, Crap! moment.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Opinions vary on whether it's truly excessive, but her eye make-up is smokey, dark and definitely more lavishly-applied than that of any other female in the film.
  • Expy: This incarnation of Faora is closer to Ursa than the man-hating Faora from the comics. Recursive, as Ursa herself was a loose Expy of Faora.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Colonel Hardy sends all of the Kryptonians into the Phantom Zone where Faora will either slowly starve to death or live forever in a barren landscape. Somewhat karmic as she is denied the death of a warrior in the heat of battle.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She may seem civilized upon the first meeting, but she'll kill you with a song in her heart at the first opportunity.
  • Flash Step: While fighting human soldiers, she exploits this power ruthlessly, sometimes taking down several in rapid-fire succession.
  • Hoist Hero over Head: Does this to Superman during their fight before throwing him halfway across Smallville.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Made all the more striking by her dark eye-shadow.
  • Ice Queen: Villainous example. She is cold, silent and employs quick precision in battle.
  • In a Single Bound: She never quite masters flight, but makes up for it with astonishing leaps.
  • Ironic Echo: Faora compliments Colonel Hardy's spirit to continue fighting her by saying "A good death is its own reward." When she fails to stop the US Military from activating Superman's spaceship that will send her and Zod's men back to the Phantom Zone, Hardy's last words are to repeat what she said to him.
  • Knife Nut: Faora also carries a dagger, which she draws for a prospective duel with Colonel Hardy.
  • Lady of War: She's icily polite to Kal-El (at least in their first meeting) and, unlike Ursa, she doesn't go out of her way to hurt or belittle Lois, either. With all the raw power that comes with being a Kryptonian, it's hard to imagine one of them managing to fight in a truly elegant or ladylike way. That said, Faora makes a credible effort, favoring precision over grandiose displays of brute power.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's the only Kryptonian to fully exploit her super-speed in combat and, despite the size difference, she manages to hold her own against Kal-El thanks to her superior speed, agility and martial arts skills.
  • Never Found the Body: Her ultimate fate is left unresolved. She was injured by sufficiently powerful Earth weapons earlier in the film, so it's entirely possible the impact of Kal's ship and the Kryptonian vessel could have killed her, but given the nearly limitless durability of her Kryptonian body, maybe not. Either way, subsequent events make it impossible to know for certain.
  • Not So Stoic: Upon witnessing Krypton's destruction, Faora is visibly grief-stricken.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite looking about the same age as Superman, she's old enough to be his mother.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Dishes one out to Superman during their fight in Smallville's IHOP.
    Faora: You are weak, son of El, unsure of yourself. The fact that you possess a sense of morality, and we do not, gives us an evolutionary advantage. And if history has proven anything...it is that evolution always wins.
  • Red Baron: In the novelization, she is known on Krypton as the "Tigress of Zod".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Zod's Red. In contrast to her Hot-Blooded and combative superior, she possesses a cool and calculating personality and likewise employs a fighting style that favors precision over brute force.
  • Ret-Canon: Her portrayal in this movie would be used for her comics portrayal in the New 52.
  • The Social Darwinist: Gives a speech to Superman about how only the strongest and most evolved creature wins, and that she is stronger than him because she lacks "weaknesses" such as compassion.
  • Speed Blitz: Due to Flash Step, it becomes this pretty much every time she engages in battle.
  • The Stoic: She almost always remains calm and composed.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Zod, whom she firmly believes to be her race's messiah.
  • The Unfettered: She remains stoic and glacial even when it comes to annihilate an entire population in order to take a planet away from them.
  • Villain Respect: It's quick, but the look on her face shows she is clearly impressed by Colonel Hardy pulling a knife out to try and fight him.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: To her commander, General Zod. While the extent of their relationship is never made clear, she has hardly any patience for those who disrespect her leader and targets all those who threaten him with extreme prejudice.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: She gives Kal-El a speech about this combined with rantings of social darwinism when fighting him in Smallville.
    Faora: You're weak, son of El. The fact that you possess a sense of morality and we do not gives us an evolutionary advantage. And if history has proven anything, it is that evolution always wins.
  • You Got Spunk:
    • She's impressed with Colonel Hardy's bravery when he takes out a knife to try and fight her. She even draws her own knife so as to meet him on his own terms, and delivers a pretty cool Pre-Asskicking One-Liner before moving in for the kill.
      Faora: A good death is its own reward.
    • Even before that, she seems pretty impressed that he stood up to her when attempting to take Lois to the ship.
      Faora: Should I tell the General you are unwilling to comply?
      Hardy: I don't care what you tell him.

    Jax-Ur 

Jax-Ur

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"It is of little consequence, because I have located the Codex. It was never in the capsule. Jor-El took the Codex, the DNA of a billion people, and he bonded it within his son's individual cells. All of Krypton's heirs, hidden in one refugee's body."

Species: Kryptonian

Citizenship: Kryptonian

Affiliation(s): Kryptonian Thinker Guild, Sword of Rao

Played by: Mackenzie Gray

Dubbed by: Jorge Ornelas (Latin-American Spanish), Yohei Tadano (Japanese), Luc Bernard (European French)

Appearances: Man of Steel

Zod: Does Kal-El need to be alive for us to extract the Codex from his cells?
Jax-Ur: No.

A Kryptonian scientist and follower of General Zod.


  • Bald of Evil: Seeing as he's essentially Lex Luthor as a Kryptonian, it's rather fitting.
  • Creepy Monotone: His voice never changes during his time onscreen.
  • Evil Genius: A scientist who uses his knowledge of genetics to support Zod's nefarious plans.
  • Looks Like Orlok: His pale skin and bald head give off a vampire-esque vibe.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has one such moment when Kal-El frees himself from the operating table as Jor-El's Virtual Ghost turns Zod's ship's atmosphere off, and cowers behind the room's automatic door.
  • Remake Cameo: Mackenzie Gray already worked on Smallville.
  • They Would Cut You Up: Intends to extract the Kryptonian Codex from Kal-El/Clark's cells this way.
  • Token Minority: He’s the only member of Zod’s forces who is not a member of the warrior caste.

    Nam-Ek 

Nam-Ek

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Species: Kryptonian

Citizenship: Kryptonian

Affiliation(s): Kryptonian Warrior Guild, Sword of Rao

Appearances: Man of Steel

The imposing behemoth of General Zod's crew. He complements Faora's speed with brute strength.


  • The Big Guy: The powerhouse among Zod's followers.
  • The Brute: A hulking behemoth who uses his size and strength to support Faora.
  • Cape Snag: Grabs Superman's cape during the Smallville fight and uses it to slam him into the ground.
  • Combat Pragmatist: After being punched to a train yard by Superman, Nam-Ek rejoined the fray by throwing a train at him.
  • Expy: An enormously tall, non-verbal bruiser distinguished by his incredible strength and loyalty to Zod? He's Man of Steel's stand-in for Non from Superman and Superman II.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Wears a gas mask constantly when he goes on Earth, even when the others use their Collapsible Helmets only.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: The most obviously modified soldier from Krypton, with rumors circulating that some kind of prehistorical Kryptonian beast's blood was used to create him.
  • Giant Mook: He is by far the tallest of Zod's crew.
  • Serkis Folk: His impossible height and physique are the result of motion capture. We see glimpses of his face but they're not clear.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: His name is a throwback to a Kryptonian adversary from the comics. Not to mention sharing the name of a planet in another franchise that draws strong similarities to the Superman mythos.

    Tor-An 

Tor-An

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Species: Kryptonian

Citizenship: Kryptonian

Affiliation(s): Kryptonian Warrior Guild, Sword of Rao

Played by: Richard Cetrone

Appearances: Man of Steel

One of General Zod's officers (of unspecified rank), he is mostly seen beside Faora-Ul.


  • All There in the Manual: His name and backstory don't appear in the film, they are only revealed in the novelization.
  • Blinded by the Light: Kelex uses an impromptu flash attack on Tor-An to give Jor-El the time to kick butt and escape.
  • Genius Bruiser: Identified the signal from Kal-El's re-activation of the scout ship and deployed as a field commander on Krypton.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Leads the three-man squad that Zod orders to arrest Jor-El.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Doesn't realize the kind of guy Jor-El is until the old Kryptonian scientist is punching him in the face.
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    Car-Vex 

Car-Vex

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Species: Kryptonian

Citizenship: Kryptonian

Affiliation(s): Kryptonian Warrior Guild, Sword of Rao

Played by: Samantha Jo

Appearances: Man of Steel

A minor officer under General Zod's command.


  • Dark Action Girl: A more subdued example compared to Faora, but still counts. When Lois escapes from her cell in the Kryptonian spacecraft, Car-Vex attempts to use lethal force to stop her. At one point, she attempts to punch her in the head, an attack that most certainly would have killed Lois had Jor-El not warned her a few seconds before.
  • Multicultural Alien Planet: Being played by an actress of Asian origins, she might be a clue (along with the African-looking Kell-Ur from Man of Steel Prequel) that Krypton's population might have been as ethnically diverse as the Earth's own.
  • Shout-Out: Her name, "Vex", is a throwback to a criminal who was condemned to the Phantom Zone in the comics.
  • Silent Antagonist: She has no speaking lines.

    Nadira 

Nadira

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Species: Kryptonian

Citizenship: Kryptonian

Affiliation(s): Kryptonian Warrior Guild, Sword of Rao

Played by: Apollonia Vanova

Appearances: Man of Steel

A former Kryptonian soldier and follower of General Zod.


  • Adaptational Wimp: Nadira has psychokinetic abilities in the comics. She has none of this here.
  • Odd Name Out: Per Kryptonian naming conventions, all of the crew has surnames in three or four letters followed by the Kryptonian house they belong to ("Dru-Zod", "Faora-Ul"; "Car-Vex" and so on)... except "Nadira". Most notably because her house is not specified (if she has any).
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: She sports a bob haircut, and she's from a Higher-Tech Species.

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