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Apokolips is the dreaded domain of Darkseid. It is the polar opposite of New Genesis.

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AKA: Uxas

The Big Bad of the Fourth World, and later a prominent villain for The DCU as a whole, see his own article for detailed info.

Darkseid's Elite

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.

     Amazing Grace

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.


Darkseid's advisor and chief interrogator. This spineless, wormy little man dreams of one day ruling Apokolips himself. He is Bernadeth's brother.

  • 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.
  • 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 exorcized 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 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.

     Devilance the Pursuer
God of the Hunt
The god of the hunt, Darkseid's chief tracker. He was a recurring foe of the Forever People. Devilance was eventually killed by Lobo.

  • 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.


     Doctor Bedlam

Darkseid's chief scientist, who is a disembodied entity who inhabits a number of robotic clones called "animates".

     Glorious Godfrey
AKA: G. Gordon Godfrey / Rev. G. Godfrey Goode

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.
  • Pompous Political Pundit: G. Gordon Godfrey is a textbook example of this trope, arrogantly inciting the public against his targets of choice.
  • 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.

     Granny Goodness

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.
  • Break the Cutie: 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.
  • Combat Sadomasochist
    Granny: 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Kalibak the Cruel

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.

In Final Crisis, Kalibak first possessed a human thug; after his host died, Darkseid's scientists created a bestial tiger-man body for him to inhabit. He was killed in combat by Talky Tawny.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

AKA: Iluthin

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

One of Darkseid's concubines, she became the lover of Orion.


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.

     Virman Vundabar

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.

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.

     The Female Furies (as a whole) 

  • Amazon Brigade: Darkseid's troop of elite female warriors.
  • Bodyguard Babes: With faint implications of being a Royal Harem.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Alianna Hubbard

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.


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.

     Bloody Mary

A vampire that can control her victims and use 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.
  • Heel–Face 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.

AKA: Kay

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. She was killed during the Death of the New Gods storyline.

  • 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.
  • Bi the Way: Eventually revealed to be in love with Scandal, the field leader of the Secret Six.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fiery Redhead: Boisterous loudmouthed redhead.
  • Heel–Face 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.
  • Mentor Ship: She inserted herself in Superboy's life as a fighting trainer while trying to get in his pants.
  • Official Couple: With Scandal Savage.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Co-field leader of the Furies. She also works undercover as a prostitute when Granny Goodness requires it. Infamously infiltrated the Suicide Squad, an act Batman failed to do.

  • 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.

     Mad Harriet

A psycho with razor-sharp claws.

     Malice Vundabar

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.

     Speed Queen

She skates along at extreme speed.


This beefy woman's legs are so strong that she can generate earthquakes with her stomps.


She has light based powers.

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 third and youngest son, he plots to overthrow his father and take over Apokolips. He also dislikes being compared to his father, a comparison that he cannot escape since he is very much a pale imitation of Darkseid with his rocky skin and weaker Omega Beams.

  • 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.
  • 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.

     Yuga Khan
The original ruler of Apokolips and the most powerful New God that has ever lived, he is the father of Darkseid. 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.
  • 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 Minions

     The Deep Six


Darkseid's elite warriors, they are composed of various people brainwashed to serve him.


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.


Example of: