Apokolips is the dreaded domain of Darkseid. It is the polar opposite of New Genesis.
- Always Lawful Evil: Its inhabitants actually like their world the way it is, being cheerfully Lawful Evil, almost to a man. People who don't are either dead or leave.
- Death World: As the worst Dystopia one could imagine.
- Hell: The New God equivalent of it.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Its name is a corruption of "apocalypse", and pronounced the same way, too.
- Mordor: A Science Fantasy equivalent, but Apokolips is a dark, polluted, hellish planet with little to no sun and where everyone is Always Chaotic Evil.
- Polluted Wasteland: Worst part is, this is probably one of the lesser horrible things you'll find on this planet.
- Putting on the Reich: According to Jack Kirby, Darkseid and his forces were intended to be Nazis turned Up to Eleven.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: If there's something she shares with Darkseid, is her dark grey skin and red eyes.
- Evil Counterpart: To Wonder Woman. An Amazonian demigoddess born on the same day as Diana.
- Eye Beams: She inherited the Omega Beam from her father. Hers are more powerful, as Wonder Woman's bracelets can block Darkseid's Omega Beam, but her beams broke them to pieces.
- Foil: To Grayven. While Grayven was Darkseid's son and wanted to step out of his shadow, Grail is his daughter and is wholly loyal to him.
- Outnumbered Sibling: She has three brothers and is the only known daughter of Darkseid.
- Sinister Scythe: She wields a scythe that can harm gods.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Unlike her brothers, Grail takes after her mother and is far more human-looking and conventionally attractive when compared to her father.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He planned to overthrow his father and take over Apokolips.
- Canon Foreigner: Grayven's the most frequent example in Apokalips stories, as he was not created by Jack Kirby.
- Eye Beams: He has inherited the ability to produce Omega Beams from his father, but his are much weaker.
- Smug Snake: Believes himself to be the next Darkseid, despite being less competent than Kalibak.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks the most like his father, ironically he's also the least favorite son.
- The Starscream: He's constantly trying to overthrow his father and take his place. Needless to say, he's very unsuccessful at it.
- The Unfavorite: Darkseid hates him the most of his three sons, for the simple reason that he has nothing to redeem himself in his father's eyes. Orion may be Darkseid's enemy, but at least he's a strong warrior and an accomplished man. Kalibak may be an incompetent Butt-Monkey, but at least he's unfailingly loyal, and is all Darkseid has left of his mother. Grayven, meanwhile, is a Diet-Coke version of Darkseid who tries to be The Starscream.
The mother of Darkseid and Infinity Man, and the sister of Steppenwolf. After her husband Yuga Khan was absorbed into the Source Wall, Heggra became ruler of Apokolips, after which Darkseid manipulated her into declaring war on New Genesis. Disapproving of her son's affair with Suli, Heggra had Desaad poison her; in retaliation, Darkseid had Desaad covertly kill Heggra as well, securing his rule over Apokolips.
- Abusive Parents: Was cruel and domineering to her son, even assassinating the one person he ever loved.
- Adipose Rex: She's quite fat.
- Death by Irony: Killed by the same man she hired to kill Suli.
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: She apparently had a good relationship with her husband, as one of the first things Yuga Khan did after briefly regaining control of Apokolips was to execute Desaad for killing her.
- Evil Matriarch: Not only was she Darkseid's mother, she wanted him to be evil.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: As Darkseid's mother, she's appropriately horrible.
- Gone Horribly Right: Heggra wanted Darkseid to be an evil bastard that would rule Apokolips with an iron fist. When Darkseid fell in love with the kind-hearted scientist Suli, Heggra realized her influence was turning him into a nicer person so she had Desaad kill Suli with poison. As a result, Darkseid arranged for her to be poisoned by Desaad as well and went on the path that would make him the monster he is today.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Though Darkseid was already evil, it was Heggra who solidified him into the cosmic tyrant we know and fear.
- Posthumous Character: She's been dead for decades by the start of the Fourth World saga.
Darkseid's son by his first wife Suli. His greatest wish is to prove himself a worthy heir to his father, but that will never happen, considering the kind of person his father is.
- Abusive Parents: Darkseid at the best of times holds Kalibak in total contempt, and Kalibak runs afoul of Darkseid's penchant for You Have Failed Me often.
- Agony Beam: The Beta Club has one.
- The Brute: Mainly serves as his father's muscle.
- Butt-Monkey: Tries time and again to accomplish something to gain his father's approval and time and again he fails. He is also often berated by a thoroughly unimpressed Darkseid.
- Dumb Muscle: He's strong enough to trade blows with Superman but he's not terribly smart.
- Friendly Enemy: In Mister Miracle (2017) he's willing to sit down and negotiate with his step-brother while their respective planets are at war with each other. Compare this to his usual interactions with Orion.
- Green and Mean: His armor is usually green, and he's one mean, fighting machine at the service of his father.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards his brother Orion. Darkseid favors Orion, while Kalibak gets little respect.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He has actually shown a gentle side on a few occasions, but he does not want anyone to know about it, especially not his father, who values evil and cruelty over gentleness. This is perhaps evidence of his mother, who was herself a kind-hearted woman.
- Mighty Glacier: While his strength is comparable to Superman's, he's not nearly as nimble.
- Primal Stance: Occasionally seen on this position, signifying his savagery in combat.
- The Unfavorite: Orion is Darkseid's favorite son. Kalibak is treated as an annoyance. Still, he ranks above Grayven in respect, for whatever that's worth.
- Curiously, Kalibak is the son of the woman Darkseid truly loved, while Orion is the son of the woman Darkseid's mother forced him to marry after poisoning Kalibak's mother.
- Weapon of Choice: The Beta Club.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: One of his most consistent goals is gaining the approval and respect of his father. He always fails in this.
The uncle of Darkseid and general of the armies of Apokolips. Steppenwolf is one of Darkseid's most loyal and trusted servants, primarily because he has no interest in ruling Apokalips, he much prefers hunting and leading the Parademons. He is a genius tactician who rides a hover bike with the same power as Orion's Astro-Harness.
- An Axe to Grind: He wields an "electro-axe".
- Back from the Dead: He was killed by Highfather in revenge for his wife's death, but Darkseid managed to resurrect him.
- The Dragon: One of only a handful of servants Darkseid trusts, since Steppenwolf has no desire to govern.
- Egomaniac Hunter: He lives to hunt the most dangerous prey he can find.
- Evil Uncle: Subverted, even though he's Darkseid's uncle (and evil), he's very much loyal to his nephew.
- Posthumous Character: In Kirby's run on the New Gods comics, he's been dead for years. He's later resurrected.
- The Strategist: Despite his incredible skill in combat, he prefers to study and probe his enemies first.
The original ruler of Apokolips and the most powerful New God that has ever lived, he is the father of Darkseid and Izaya. Prior to the beginning of the series, his quest to understand the Source caused him to merge with it, but he does briefly return only to get back in the Source by the end of that event.
- Abusive Parents: He's much worse to Darkseid than Darkseid is to his children.
- Adaptational Name Change: In the New 52, Yuga Khan is an alias, and his real name is Zonuz.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His efforts to understand the source.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: In the New 52, he has access to the "Torment Sanction," a host of cosmic effects primarily focusing on the suffering of others and creation itself.
- The Dreaded: Let's put it this way: Darkseid is already feared across the entire universe, and Darkseid himself fears him.
- Energy Absorption: He can absorb the life force of entire planets.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Murdering Queen Heggra seemed like a good idea at the time to Darkseid and Desaad, but when the two were confronted by an unleashed Khan ages later... Uh Oh!
- God of Evil: His position in the New 52, as revealed in Darkseid War, is the god of evil and torment.
- Greater-Scope Villain: To Darkseid. He was much more ruthless and powerful than his son and he made him a villain in the first place.
- Large and in Charge: His intimidating stature alone may prevent one from putting their power to the test - even Darkseid himself dared not face him.
- Last of His Kind: He was the last survivor of Galactica, the Third World, and therefore, he was the last Old God.
- Predecessor Villain: The original Apokoliptian conqueror before his son Darkseid took.
- Too Powerful to Live: In the only issue he appears, he becomes part of the Source Wall by the end. Played With in his appearance in the Shazam one-shot for Darkseid War, as he appears, but is restrained and used to siphon his power quickly.
Darkseid's inner circle. After the God of Tyranny himself, these are the most potent and evil beings of Apokolips and the main instruments through which Darkseid works his dark will.
One of Darkseid's greatest minions, she pretends to organize a rebellion every once in a while. When it inevitably fails, the people are left hopeless again, solidifying Darkseid's control once more. She is Glorious Godfrey's sister.
- Absolute Cleavage: Wears it.
- Compelling Voice: Her main power.
- Dating Catwoman: She was Superman's girlfriend, after Darkseid briefly rendered Superman amnesiac.
- In the Hood: Wears one.
- Mole in Charge: Her entire function on Apokolips.
- Rebel Leader: Her role consists in posing as one while being The Mole for Darkseid; obviously this results in her "rebellions" inevitably being crushed, leaving people hopeless and further solidifying Darkseid's control over the planet.
- Stripperiffic: Her outfit has Absolute Cleavage and a distinct Vapor Wear.
Darkseid's advisor and chief interrogator. This spineless, wormy little man dreams of one day ruling Apokolips himself. He is Bernadeth's brother.
- Adaptational Ugliness: He was initially just a really ugly man prior to the New 52. Since then he resembles the Grim Reaper with leathery skin.
- Agony Beam: Many of his devices have one.
- Black Cloak: Wears one, although the color varies depending on the portrayal but most often its a shade anywhere from a dark purple to a bright magenta.
- Butt-Monkey: He is tortured or executed after every failure or betrayal, but he's a god, so it doesn't stick. Not like he doesn't deserve it.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Well, Darkseid does kill him. A lot. But never for very long, since he's too valuable to completely destroy.
- Combat Sadomasochist: He became one of these while he possessed Mary Marvel. He seemed to get off on Supergirl striking her, and started to blatantly come on to her the more Supergirl fought.
- Death Is Cheap: Desaad has been killed more times than anyone can count but because Desaad is so vital to Darkseid, he never stays dead long. Each time Darkseid is forced to resurrect him claiming "this is the last time."
- Demonic Possession: Desaad possessed Mary Marvel during Final Crisis, apparently reveling in turning the pure young heroine into an oversexed murderer. He was exorcised when Captain Marvel Junior used Shazam's lightning to turn Mary back to her mortal self.
- Dirty Coward: He's not very brave.
- Emotion Control: He is able to enter into people's mind to manipulate their emotions.
- Emotion Eater: Also demonstrated the ability to feed himself of their worst sentiments even without manipulating them, thus becoming more powerful.
- Evil Genius: As Darkseid's Dragon should be.
- In the Hood: Wears it.
- Meaningful Name: He is named after the Marquis de Sade.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He's a wimp with no fighting skills compared to the other gods, but he's still much stronger and tougher than an ordinary human and immune to things like the The Scarecrow's fear toxin.
- Obviously Evil: Like his master.
- Sadist: He is actually the God of Sadism, though of the depraved spineless bully variety rather than the relentless force of evil his master embodies.
- Smug Snake: Arrogant but (relatively) weak.
- The Starscream: He wants to rule Apokolips, but he's too afraid of his master.
- Torture Technician: Desaad is well known for his torture techniques. Everything from manipulating words with his venomous tongue to tearing bits and pieces from someone's flesh.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Desaad was once an innocent boy on New Genesis until Darkseid made him believe his beloved pet cat ate his pet bird. Convincing Desaad to avenge the bird by burying the cat, Desaad was horrified when the bird returned alive, after the cat had suffocated underground. Blaming the bird, Desaad killed it and with his heart thoroughly corrupted, he returned to Apokolips with Darkseid.
- Blade on a Stick: His signature Lance, which is fitting for a hunter.
- The Bus Came Back: Showed up out of nowhere in 52 to make life difficult for three characters lost in space. He hadn't been seen since the Forever People left him there.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: In his original appearance, he can counter anything that the Forever people and even similarly "do-anything" Infinity Man tries.
- Off with His Head!: This is how Lobo killed him.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: He wouldn't be Darkseid's main tracker if he didn't had the skill to track down his prey.
Darkseid's chief scientist, who is a disembodied entity who inhabits a number of robotic clones called "animates".
- C-List Fodder: Has never really been as prominent as Darkseid's other lieutenants, like Granny or Godfrey. He's reduced to dying offscreen in Death Of The New Gods.
- The Disembodied: His true form is pure psychic energy that can induce fear in people, but he usually appears possesses his "animates," blank-featured robots that resemble his original form while his mind occupies them.
- Evil Genius: His main job is as Darkseid's top scientist, specializing in means of inciting mass hysteria.
- Psycho Serum: His Paranoid Pill.
Darkseid has Godfrey pose as a televangelist to turn the people against their superheroes and preach the gospel of "Anti-Life" — unthinking obedience, making them easier to conquer. He is Amazing Grace's brother.
He set the events of the Crisis Crossover Legends in motion by assuming the mortal guise of "G. Gordon Godfrey", a Pompous Political Pundit who drove the U.S. public to distrust its superheroes. He eventually overplayed his hand dramatically, and his attempt to wear the stolen helmet of Doctor Fate punctuated his defeat.
During Final Crisis, Glorious Godfrey possessed a human man and posed, again, as a televangelist to distract people from Darkseid's plan. He dies when his host body burns out and Darkseid refuses to create a new body for him.
- Ascended Extra: He actually was never a prominent character in the original Fourth World saga. As time went on, he became as prominent as Desaad and Granny Goodness due to his role in manipulating the public. His G. Gordon Godfrey persona managed to earn him a cameo on Justice League, and recurring roles on both Smallville and Young Justice.
- Bad Habits: Wears them.
- Compelling Voice: That can turn the masses into an angry mob out to destroy the resident superhero.
- Dark Messiah: He is the New God who preaches Anti-Life as a gospel that victims willingly accept, and not just a MacGuffin for mass mind-control.
- Divide and Conquer: His strategy.
- Glorious Leader: His role (it's even in his name)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's been used as a Take That! against both right-wing pundit G. Gordon Liddy and left-wing pundit Al Sharpton. The message here, apparently, is that mass media and extremists in general can be bad. In Final Crisis, not only was he a parody of Sharpton, but his appearance invoked Don King.
- According to Kirby's assistant and biographer Mark Evanier, Godfrey was created as Kirby's Take That! to the fire-and-brimstone religious rhetoric of the 1970s-era Billy Graham.
- Pompous Political Pundit: G. Gordon Godfrey is a textbook example of this trope, arrogantly inciting the public against his targets of choice.
- Religion of Evil: He stated out running revival-tent shows that preached Anti-Life, telling his followers, the Justifiers, that they could now justify all their darker impulses.
- Smug Snake: He is not as glorious as he believes himself to be.
- The Starscream: During the Legends X-Over, he ultimately plans on stealing Doctor Fate's helmet to add to his powerful army on Earth and overthrow Darkseid.
- Would Hurt a Child: Proves that he would and does in Legends.
The leader and trainer of the Female Furies. Although she is an elderly woman, she is one of the most wicked and dangerous beings alive.
Granny incarnates on Earth in Final Crisis, first as a human pimp and later in the body of the Apokolips-born Green Lantern, Kraken. In this form, she captures Batman for the Evil Gods and nearly conquers Oa in Darkseid's name, but is exposed by Hal Jordan.
- Apron Matron: A sick parody of one.
- Bad Samaritan: Runs orphanages... for horrible purposes.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Commonly treated as a joke by comic fans, Granny Goodness has the best track record of not getting her butt kicked by super-heroes and the New Gods, and commits acts of brainwashing and horrific abuse without any consequences upon children 24/7 on Apokolips. Truth is, she's only silly if you've never actually read a story about her.
- Combat SadomasochistGranny: Did that hurt? Good. It was supposed to.Amanda Waller: Yeah, it hurt. (rifle-butts her) Does this? It's supposed to!Granny: That's all right, dearie. Granny likes pain.
- What's more, Granny instills this in her "children." Those raised by Granny are taught that pain and torment are the truest expressions of love.
- Evil Old Folks: She's technically younger than Darkseid, but looks old in a way we understand.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Not only does her name count, but her lethal attack dog was called "Mercy".
- Freudian Excuse: A flashback story established this as why she's evil: she was made to train alongside an attack dog named Mercy, whom she felt love for. Rather than kill it as her final test of loyalty to Darkseid, she killed the commander who told her to instead. This caught the attention of Darkseid, as she argued to let Mercy live as the dog was a loyal and powerful servant. Darkseid then ordered Mercy to kill Granny. When Granny killed her beloved pet in self-defense, Darkseid was so impressed that Mercy was so well-trained as to be more loyal to him than Granny, that he granted her inner-circle status. And Granny pretty much lost what little goodness remained in her heart as a result of having to kill the only being she ever loved.
- Ironic Name: She's anything but good.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She used to be an extremely in shape bald woman who could rock a skintight outfit◊. In her present appearance age has definitely taken its toll, although oddly her hair has grown.
- Never Mess with Granny: Seriously, not unless you have a small army of badasses backing you up. Though in Kirby's original stories, she is a Non-Action Guy and relies entirely on weapons provided by Darkseid and the graduates of her "orphanages."
- Orphanage of Fear: She runs these, to break children's spirits and weed out potential recruits.
- Terms of Endangerment: Her trademark. She tend to refer to other people in a grandmatronly way, even though she doesn't even bother with Faux Affably Evil.
- Torture Technician: She is this, and most of her victims are children.
- Undying Loyalty: There's a reason Granny is so highly placed in Darkseid's inner-circle: she genuinely worships him, and it shows in her training. Granny has trained the Female Furies to be loyal to Granny first, but Darkseid foremost, meaning that in a test of loyalty, the Furies will choose Darkseid.
Darkseid's personal assassin and weapon master. Kanto is a master of both courtly intrigue and fencing, and ruins men just as efficiently with the pen as with the sword. He dresses in the manner of a Renaissance nobleman.
- Affably Evil: While he's a ruthless assassin, he's still surprisingly pleasant.
- Agent Peacock: For an enforcer of the greatest dictatorship in the universe, he's quite the dandy.
- Beard of Evil: He has a closely-trimmed goatee.
- Legacy Character: Walt Simonson revealed that Kanto is the traditional name of Darkseid's assassin, and this Kanto is the fourteenth.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Kanto's appearance is based on both Cesare Borgia and Errol Flynn.
- Wicked Cultured: And no wonder. A Simonson story revealed that he was exiled in his youth and grew to manhood with the actual Borgias as a loyal soldier and messenger.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Mister Miracle see each other as such. In their first encounter, Kanto has Scott captured, but lets him go after he survives several attempts at killing him, earning Kanto's respect.
A renegade bug from New Genesis, he led a colony of bugs from New Genesis to Apokolips. There, in return for his loyalty, he was made a New God by Darkseid.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Especially in the original Kirby stories, he's more interested in conquering for himself than in advancing Darkseid's agenda. However, as Darkseid notes, his egotism and short-sightedness make him mostly useful as an advance scout.
- Energy Absorption: He has the ability to absorb all forms of energy, including Green Lantern light.
- One-Track-Minded Hunger: Spends most of his time in hibernation, as merely being awake rapidly drains his power. Fortunately, there's always some food near.
- The Starscream: Canonically a close second to Darkseid in terms of power, though his inability to sustain himself for long keeps him from challenging Darkseid for supremacy.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Her skin is pale blue.
- Dating Catwoman: With Orion.
- Forced Sleep: She can make anyone sleep with the touch of one of her hands.
- Manipulative Bastard: It's made clear fairly early on that she is serving her own, or Darkseid's agenda, not Orion's.
- Replacement Goldfish: Was chosen as Darkseid's new concubine do to her resemblance to his dead, first wife. Though we have only her word on this, and she is shown to deceive Orion about other things.
- Touch of Death: She can kill a person by touching them with one of her hands.
A vicious little man who was raised in Granny Goodness's orphanage just like Scott Free, Virman is one of Granny's greatest successes. He is preoccupied with military efficiency, especially that of the Prussian Empire of Earth, on which he based his persona. His niece Malice is one of the Female Furies.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: His lavish Prussian fashion made him this.
- Beware the Silly Ones: His affectations like his accent and his name make him difficult to take seriously, and he's a terrible coward in person. He's also very good at his job. This even gets a Lampshade Hanging in his first appearance, where Mister Miracle points out that Vundabar foolishly takes his persona seriously, but is still quite deadly.
- Germanic Efficiency: His persona is based on this.
- High-Class Glass: wears a monocle.
- Kaiserreich: His attire and even his interest in Earth's Prussian culture made him this trope.
- The Napoleon: Shortest member of Darkseid's officer and one of the most vicious.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: His appearance was based on Benito Mussolini.
- No Sense of Humor: As part of his Germanic Efficiency persona.
- The Strategist: Like Steppenwolf, but more towards unpowered enemies.
- We Have Reserves: Is perfectly willing to sacrifice his own troops to increase casualties among the enemy.
- Wicked Cultured: Well, unlike Kato, his sophisticated tastes were based on Prussian aristocracy.
The Female Furies
Darkseid's elite female warriors, founded and led by Granny Goodness. They serve him without question. Supergirl, Mary Marvel, and other powerful women have served on this team, usually thanks to Brainwashing (with an exception or two).
- Amazon Brigade: Darkseid's troop of elite female warriors.
- Bodyguard Babes: With faint implications of being a Royal Harem.
- ...with Squick undertones for some like Bernadeth, Mad Harriet, and especially the child-like Malice Vundabaar.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Darkseid doesn't need a personal guard by any stretch of the imagination, he's just above wasting his time on personally destroying anyone stupid enough to try something.
- HeelFace Turn: In Kirby's original series Lashina, Stompa, Mad Harriet, and Bernadeth actually joined Mister Miracle and Big Barda (due to their loyalty to Barda). This period is usually forgotten about because they inexplicably vanish from the series and a later Kirby story briefly shows them working for Apokolips again.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: A group of distinctive Dark Action Girls with their own internal politics and motivations, all firmly at least a step above the mooks that Apokolips has to offer.
- Undying Loyalty: To Granny Goodness, but to a much greater extent to Darkseid. To the point where they'll turn on Granny at Darkseid's command without a second thought.
A human woman recruited by the Furies. Do not underestimate her.
- Strong as They Need to Be: As Mister Miracle found out the hard way, her strength and speed is augmented to rival her comrades.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She has not reappeared at all since her original comics appearance in 1978, but her membership with the Furies gets mentioned occasionally with nothing revealed about what's become of her since.
The Furies' resident archer.
- Hell Hound: She controls a pack of cybernetic hell hounds.
Co-field leader of the Furies. She shares this duty with Lashina, whom she doesn't get along with. She is Desaad's sister.
- Foreheadof Doom: Her defining feature. She's got an unflattering haircut and her actual face is shrivelled up.
- Gonk: Uglier than her brother.
- Kill It with Fire: What her weapon does.
- Knife Nut: Her Fahren-Knife causes anything it cuts to burst into flames.
- My Brain Is Big: Look at her, her head is huge.
- Punny Name: The last bit "-deth" for death.
A vampire that can control her victims and use telekinesis.
- Eye Beams: Simulate telekinesis. Unfortunately for her, other people can grab them and yank her by them.
- Mind over Matter: She's a telekinetic.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Aside from her Horror Hunger and pale skin, she demonstrates none of the traditional weaknesses.
- People Puppets: She can use her victims as puppets through telekinesis.
Her swords, and karate chops, can slice through any matter like a hot knife through butter.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: As stated above her blades can cut through improbable materials with ease and without damaging them.
- Dual Wielding: She wields a pair of swords.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: For a time she defected and worked at Cadmus alongside Guardian II as security.
- The Pollyanna: After her initial appearances, she's positively cheerful about slaughter, torture, and mayhem.
- Punny Name: A guillotine is a tool of execution which works via a sharp dropping blade.
- Razor-Sharp Hand: When she doesn't have her swords, she will simply use her hands for a similar effect.
A Fury who decided to escape to Earth when she saw the opportunity, developing an obsession with the young hero Superboy. She eventually joined the Secret Six and fell in love with its leader, Scandal Savage.
- Affectionate Nickname: She calls Superboy "pup", which starts out in a grey area between this and Terms of Endangerment, shifts to affectionate, and then shifts back into that grey area.
- Blood Knight: Knockout loves a good fight and is furious in Superboy when she realizes Dubbilex tricked the rest of the Furies away with mental trickery to make them think they'd successfully killed her when they tracked her to earth even though she knew she had no chance of surviving the battle she was still enjoying it.
- Combat by Champion: Dreamed of taking on Big Barda, her trainer and ex-champion of the Furies, to prove she Surpassed the Teacher. Their only fight was forced to end in a draw, and then Death of the New Gods prevented them from having another encounter.
- Cute and Psycho: Superboy's relationship with her ended badly when he realized that she killed For the Evulz and tried to make him do the same.
- Dating Catwoman: She flirted with Superboy, and it is implied that she took his virginity.
- Evil Counterpart: For Big Barda. Both go through similar journeys, but while Barda is unquestionably on the side of good, Knockout is an antihero at best.
- Fiery Redhead: Boisterous loudmouthed redhead.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: She doesn't bother to use weapons, instead she uses her fists.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Made some half-hearted attempts to reform before joining the Secret Six, a decidedly unheroic team.
- It Doesn't Mean Anything: She had a little trouble understanding why Scandal got so upset when she caught her in bed with Deadshot.
- Official Couple: With Scandal Savage.
- Redhead In Green: Her battle outfits are always green.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Left because she realized Earth is a lot nicer place to be than the hell-hole that is Apokolips.
- Statuesque Stunner: Towers over all the other Secret Six members except Bane and King Shark, and stands face-to-face with Barda.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Invoked. She inserted herself in Superboy's life as a fighting trainer while trying to get in his pants.
- Unequal Pairing: With Superboy, a young inexperienced clone who was sort of a teenager but less than three years old in actuality whom she was trying to manipulate and control while she was unquestionably an adult.
- Ascended Extra: Lashina's a relatively minor character in the original comics, but expect her to be the voice of the Furies in any other medium.
- Bandage Babe: Leather straps, but the visual's the same.
- Batman Gambit: Her infiltration of the Suicide Squad relied on people either not knowing that Duchess and Lashina were the same person, or watching for signs of her faking Laser-Guided Amnesia. Had anyone seriously confronted her, she'd have been stranded without a back-up plan.
- Bondage Is Bad: A straightforward example, though unlike most cases, she's too overtly vicious to find a willing partner.
- Brains and Bondage: Though not immediately obvious, she's clever enough a strategist that she manipulated the Suicide Squad into attacking Apokalips without most of the team having the first clue of her real nature.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Faked during her time in the Suicide Squad.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: To Big Barda. They don't get to fight often, but they engage in some of the more vicious fights in comics.
- Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Averted.
- The Squadette: As "Duchess" of the Suicide Squad, her identity when left stranded and amnesiac on Earth.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's in Maxima and Starfire's league, height-wise.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: She's implied to have an attraction to Superman. The animated series takes this a step further and implies that they were lovers while he was brainwashed.
- Whip It Good: Metallic whips.
A psycho with razor-sharp claws.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She's almost always illustrated with yellow skin.
- Ax-Crazy: When you have "Mad" on your name, it's clear you're not very stable.
- In a Single Bound: She can jump incredibly high as well.
- Progressively Prettier: This depends on the artist, but she's a lot more attractive in Superman: The Animated Series than usual.
A little girl dressed like Alice from Alice in Wonderland. She has her shadow monster, Chessure, devour her victims. Malice is Virman Vundabar's niece.
She skates along at extreme speed.
This beefy woman's legs are so strong that she can generate earthquakes with her stomps.
- Brawn Hilda: She's the plainest and most muscular of the Furies.
She has light based powers.
- Token Minority: The only known Female Fury who is dark-skinned.
Other New Gods of Apokolips
A hulking minion of Darkseid specifically sent to bring back a terminally ill person whom Desaad believes has most if not all of the Anti-life Equation in him.
- Appeal to Flattery: How the ill person convinces him to spare the KO'ed Orion and Lightray after surrendering; after all, he's the one he came for and those two couldn't possibly be a threat to one as strong as he.
- The Brute / Hair-Trigger Temper: A nasty disposition with the strength to go with it; only by constantly remembering his orders does he keep from tearing his quarry apart.
- Curbstomp Battle: Whether they confronted him directly or caught him off-guard, Orion and Lightray were no match for him.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Became a victim of this when the man threw himself off the balcony and made it seem like Agogg was responsible. Darkseid simply would not believe the person would sacrifice himself like that, and accused Agogg of trying to keep the equation for himself, demanding he reveal it to him immediately or be incinerated on the spot. It doesn't end well.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Nursery his target used to frequent to entertain the young patients had better help Agogg locate him quickly.
Darkseid's exiled minion. Can control minds, but he's only interested in turning people into sex-slaves.
- Gonk: Looks more like a goblin than a New God.
- Green and Mean: Has green skin and is sadistic.
- No Respect Guy: He can override free will, which you'd think would make him an invaluable minion of Darkseid, but since he only uses it to fulfill his sexual urges it instead got him kicked out of Apokolips.
- Slimeball: His whole gimmick is turning his victims into strippers and porn actors.
- Tombstone Teeth: A massive set of dentures.
- Biomanipulation: Their original gimmick, since most of them have the power to mutate living organisms with their touch. In several stories, including their original appearances, this verges on the ability to create Organic Technology.
- Body Backup Drive: Used to bring them back, as they were killed off in their first arc. Before they die, they "spawn" versions of themselves, who inherit the memories and personalities of the originals as and when they die.
- Fish People: Just look at them.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: They are a group of amphibian warriors who serve Darkseid on the sea.
Darkseid's elite warriors, they are composed of various people brainwashed to serve him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Courtesy of Glorious Godfrey, all of them are to one degree of another.
- More Than Mind Control: Their original appearance in The Forever People had them as zealots of Godfrey's church of Anti-Life, reveling in the idea that they could "justify" targeting anyone they hated.
- Evil Mask: The Final Crisis incarnation of the Justifiers takes advantage of the Anti-Life Equation to create helmets that brainwash anyone wearing them into another Justifier mook.
- Canon Welding: In Final Crisis, the Secret Society of Super-Villains are brainwashed into becoming the new Justifiers, which follows up on Darkseid's role as the Man Behind the Man for the original Bronze Age of Comic Books incarnation of the Society.
- Catchphrase: "Anti-Life justifies my hate!"
- Does This Remind You of Anything? / A Nazi by Any Other Name: In their original appearances in The Forever People, the Justifiers are seen burning books they consider "decadent," rounding up people they consider "human trash," smashing windows and vandalizing store windows. Just to drive it home, there's an (apocryphal) quote by Adolf Hitler right on the first page of the issue, depicting a crowd of Justifiers chanting their mantra.
- Elite Mooks: Glorious Godfrey's, and in Final Crisis, Darkseid's.
- Powered Armor: Wear it.
The normal shock troopers and foot soldiers of Darkseid.
- Henchmen Race: They're both bred from stock and modified clones of Apokoliptian citizens, but their only purpose is to serve as Apokoliptian soldiers, and they serve their superiors (Darkseid foremost) without question.
- Mooks: To Darkseid, usually employed to invade other planets or to oppress the citizens of Apokolips when his normal soldiers aren't doing their jobs properly.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Its show that a handful of Parademons can develop minds and personalities of their own and become peaceful beings, unlike the vast violent and mindless majority that are blindly loyal to Darkseid.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Due to their limited sentience, they are often killed without hesitation by other heroes. Best exemplified in the DCAU where Superman himself uses his heat-vision on them during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Undying Loyalty: They follow Darkseid's will mindlessly.
- Zerg Rush: Their true strength lies in their large numbers and unrelenting savagery.