New Genesis is the domain of Highfather. It is the polar opposite of Apokolips.
- Arcadia: It's that kind of Utopia.
- Fantastic Racism: New Genesis has its inhabitants divided between two species: the immortal gods, who live in the city of Supertown, and the "bug", a species who grew from "micro-life" spread on the planet's surface during the Gods' war, and live in "Bug Mound". Predictably, this has led to occasional prejudice between the two, with many of the Gods regarding the Bugs as a lesser species.
- Ghibli Hills: Much of the landscape.
- Heaven: The New God equivalent of it, just as Apokolips is the equivalent of Hell.
- Utopia: It's everything that Apokolips isn't.
Ruler of New Genesis. He is Darkseid's good counterpart. As part of the pact between New Genesis and Apokolips, his son, Scott Free, was given as hostage to Darkseid, while Darkseid's son Orion was given to Izaya; Orion became the New Gods' greatest hero, while Scott escaped Apokolips and became a hero as well. Of all the New Gods, Izaya has the closest connection to the Source, which he often consults in times of need.
During Genesis, Izaya's physical form was killed by the Olympian war-god Ares, but his spirit lived on inside the Source. He sometimes returned to aid New Genesis by possessing the body of his hand-picked replacement, Takion. After the end of the Fourth World, Izaya incarnated on Earth as a homeless man and led the struggling good gods. Following Final Crisis, he has been resurrected to lead the gods of good in their new home.
- The Atoner: Regretful of his part in an escalating war with Apokolips that nearly destroyed everything. This led him to give up his own son as a peace settlement and swear to raise Orion correctly.
- Captain Ersatz: He may or may not have been based on Odin from Marvel's The Mighty Thor, as he fills a similar role.
- Friend to All Children: His original portrayal. In fact, his very first appearance was him listening to a singing recital of New God children, and then bowing to them because "the young are the carriers of life".
- God of Good: The Big Good of New Genesis' pantheon.
- Grandpa God: Old, white hair, beard, robes — check, check, check, and check.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: His portrayal before the New52, The Heart and all-wise mentor of the New Gods of New Genesis.
- Informed Ability: Highfather is supposedly Darkseid's equal in power and his staff has been repeatedly claimed to be a direct link to the Source granting Highfather access to near limitless energy to manipulate as he wishes along with his cosmic awarness. Yet he rarely does anything and the few times he does take action or a crisis occurs he is portrayed as powerless.
- Meaningful Name: He's named for the Biblical prophet Isaiah.
- Messianic Archetype: Izaya follows the Mosaic version of the archetype, reinventing himself as the spiritual leader of his people after a life-changing encounter with the (even more) divine.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Before the New 52 reboot.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Highfather's appearances in the New 52 continuity (in Wonder Woman and the Godhead crossover with the Green Lantern titles) portrayed him as a militaristic Well-Intentioned Extremist, what Izaya may have been before his epiphany. (He was actually the Big Bad of Godhead, committing atrocities that made Darkseid redundant in the storyline; fortunately he has a Heel Realization before the end.)
- Unwitting Pawn: Long ago, Darkseid killed Izaya's wife, but left him alive. The Roaring Rampage of Revenge that ensued caused the death of Darkseid's uncle Steppenwolf, clearing Darkseid's path to gain complete power over Apokolips.
One of the few mortals to ascend into the New Gods, Joshua Saunders was a blind human whom Highfather appointed guardian of the Source because he was apparently "without fate", meaning he would not be missed. Izaya made Saunders a "Source elemental" and his own avatar. In Genesis, Izaya was killed, and Takion took his place as Highfather, sometimes serving as a conduit for Izaya's spirit. He died in the Fall of the New Gods.
Other Gods of New Genesis
The daughter of Genesisian scientist Himon, she is the inventor of the Mother Box computers used by all New Gods as well as the co-inventor of the Boom Tube mode of transportation.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her favorite style of dress apparently, she wore this in her original comics and in Superman/Batman.
- Depending on the Writer: Bekka was originally depicted as a brunette, but since her reappearence in Superman/Batman, she is typically depicted as a redhead.
- The Empath: She can sense and help other people's emotions.
- Enthralling Siren: Her powers are compared to a siren, being able to enchant men with her touch alone.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She invented several New Gods-tech at her disposal.
- Has a Type: She is drawn towards romantically repressed men like Orion, and later falls for Batman too.
- Healing Hands: Her hands have a restorative feeling on itself. It may just be the enchanting aspect taking effect.
- Hot Scientist: Bekka is an inventor and pretty hot too. So much so not even Batman could resist her.
- Living Aphrodisiac: She can induce love and desire on men with her touch. It works both ways, since she also falls in love with the men she affects with her powers.
- Love Goddess: Among the New Gods, she fits the trope much better than most. Batman is unable to resist being in her presence.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Her father was the original Mother Box creator who lived in Apokolips and even worked for Darkseid.
- Ms. Fanservice: As if her charm powers were not enough, Bekka also fills the quota by dressing in a very revealing manner. When Batman comments that she reminds him of Catwoman, she most definitely qualifies.
- Power Incontinence: Bekka is unable to control her charm powers on other people and if that isn't bad enough, she is affected by it as well.
- Starcrossed Lovers: During the "Torment" story arc, Bekka and Batman form this pair. Even though he is a staunch Celibate Hero, during that arc he is willing to throw it all away to be with her and she definitely reciprocates the sentiment. Unfortunately, Bekka is married to someone else whom she also loves and her husband loves her back. Even if she pursued a relationship, she would have outlived Batman many lifetimes due to being a New Goddess herself.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: She is Happily Married to Orion, but being separated from him for such a long time as well as the unwanted effects of her powers affecting her just as much as Batman, she can't help but fall in love with the Caped Crusader.
- Action Girl
- Amazonian Beauty: She is over seven feet tall and towers over her husband and even Superman.
- Badass in Charge: Barda was the field leader of the Female Furies and the group's strongest warrior.
- Chainmail Bikini: Frequently worn outside of combat (or when the stakes are low).
- Defector from Decadence
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: Quite often with Mister Miracle.
- Happily Married: To Mister Miracle.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted; her battle armor includes an elaborate helmet.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Barda's first meeting with Scott Free was when she crashes into Himon's class to reclaim Auralie, a fellow Female Fury trainee — in order to keep her out of trouble; she doesn't attempt to capture the others as long as they forget Auralie was there. Auralie is later captured and tortured to death, which drives Barda to assist Scott's escape from Apokolips.
- Immortality: Barda was born in the year 1748, but hasn't aged.
- Instant Armor: She summons a set when it's time to get dangerous.
- Ms. Fanservice: Though Barda favors practical armor when going into combat, outside of it she often wears a red bikini that exposes her sculpted and curvaceous physique. She is also considered quite the beauty in-universe.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her appearance is based off the actress Lainie Kazan...
- Reality Subtext: While personality wise she's influenced by Kirby's own wife.
- Not So Above It All: Owns a pair of bunny slippers, and once played a (Pokemon) cardgame with Black Canary's adopted daughter.
- Simple Staff: Her most-used weapon is an extendable staff.
- Actually, it's more of a Boom Stick called the Mega Rod, which fires powerful energy blasts that have nearly felled Superman.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's the Official TVTropes Poster Girl for this one.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: She dies early on in Death of the New Gods to motivate Mister Miracle.
- Super Strength: Barda has this in spades, enough to fight against powerhouses like Superman and Wonder Woman.
- Super Toughness: Barda is incredibly tough, though she is somewhat vulnerable to bullets and bladed weapons like Wonder Woman.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Scott Free.
- Cute Monster Girl: The Second Forager.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The original Forager ended up dying saving both Batman's life and Earth.
- Interspecies Romance: The second Forager had a relationship with Jimmy Olsen during Countdown to Final Crisis.
- Insectoid Aliens: Maybe for the first one. The original Kirby comics suggested he may have actually been a New God.
- Red Is Heroic: Both Foragers dress mostly in red.
In Death of the New Gods, the Forever People died in a Bus Crash before the story began. Grant Morrison published vaguely goth designs for their new incarnations in a Final Crisis sketchbook, but the actual story revealed that their new counterparts were actually the Japanese "Super Young Team".
Mark Moonrider is the team's unofficial leader. He has a "Megaton Touch" that shoots energy from his hands.
- Hand Blast: His Megaton Touch.
- The Hero
- Sailor's Ponytail
- Standardized Leader: Of all the Forever People, Mark has the fewest defining characteristics, but the others defer to him. To drive the point home, when the Forever People guest-starred in an episode of Young Justice, Moonrider didn't get a single line.
The keeper of the Mother Box, Vykin has powers of magnetism and technopathy.
The team's muscle. Big Bear is a hulking young man who drives the Forever People's super-cycle. He can alter the density of objects.
Serifan is a young and wistful young man who dresses like a cowboy. He has no powers but carries two pistols that shoot "cosmic cartridges".
Possessed of psychic powers that allow her to cast illusions, Dreamer is the team's heart. She is romantically linked to Mark Moonrider.
Born in New Genesis, Himon lives in Apokolips as a Hunger Dog, gathering and training young people to build devices like Mother Boxes while learning to dream of freedom.
- The Atoner: To make up for his role in enabling Darkseid's reign, Himon has vowed to remain on Apokolips until the day when Orion is prophesized to defeat the tyrant.
- Escape Artist: Himon has made an art form of miraculously escaping the increasingly elaborate executions staged whenever he is captured. He also teaches his proteges ways to escape capture.
- The Fagin: Jack Kirby's preview text for the Mister Miracle issue introducing him explicitly compares him to Fagin from Oliver Twist. He does teach his young wards how to steal the parts needed to construct the Mother Boxes and other devices he teaches them to build.
- The Mentor: To Scott Free, in the ways of both escape artistry and free will. The New 52 had him as a mentor to the Forever People, as well.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He discovered "Element X" and used it to create both the Mother Boxes and the Boom Tubes Darkseid used in his rise to power. Metron respects his intellect enough to openly greet him as a friend.
- Reverse Mole
A fun-loving god, and Orion's best friend.
The son of Highfather, but raised on Apokolips as part of Highfather's peace treaty with Darkseid. Darkseid left him to the mercies of Granny Goodness, who did her best to break his spirit — and failed. He eventually escaped and settled down on Earth with Big Barda. He and Barda were also members of the Justice League of America during the Giffen "JLI" era.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Shilo Norman, who took the spotlight in Seven Soldiers and Final Crisis.
- Amazon Chaser: To him, Barda's superior size, ferocity and strength are a part of what he loves about her.
- Breakout Character: His title was the longest-lasting of the original Fourth World series, and he and Barda were also well-loved parts of the Giffen Justice League.
- Brought Down to Badass: After having realized becoming the leader of New Genesis wasn't his specific cup of tea. Scott Free opted to forfeit his divinity and occupation as such so he could live with his wife back on earth.
- Escape Artist: Par excellence. He (and Shilo) are the greatest Escape Artists in the universe (probably the whole Multiverse), bar none.
- Happily Married: To Big Barda.
- Heroic Willpower: He has resisted every single attempt of Darkseid trying to break his spirit. Y'know, he is the Anthropomorphic Personification of freedom.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the older (well, technically younger, but effectively older - Scott is a god) Oberon.
- Meaningful Name: He is the world's greatest escape artist.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's somewhat based on fellow writer/artist Jim Steranko, who was an escape artist earlier in his life.
- Non-Action Guy: Definitely not the case in Kirby's original stories. Heck, he was trained as an aero-trooper in Darkseid's armies.
- Punny Name: When one gets away 'scot-free', they are escaping without facing any danger from what they are escaping from. In fact, he was intentionally named Scott Free in-universe by Granny Goodness in order to mock his seeming inability to escape from her orphanage.
- Rags to Royalty: Scott Free was raised without knowing he was Highfather's son.
The Dog of War. The son of Darkseid, but raised on New Genesis as its greatest champion according to the terms of Highfather's peace treaty with Darkseid.
Had his own series in the early 2000s, written and drawn by Walt Simonson, which ran for 25 issues, and featured Orion finally confronting his father, winning, and showing what happened next. Final Crisis begins with Orion found dying of a bullet wound and foretelling doom with his last words; the murder investigation kicks off the story.
- Captain Ersatz: He may or may not have been based on Marvel's The Mighty Thor as creator Jack Kirby originally envisioned his Fourth World saga as replacing Thor and his fellow Asgardians and he does fill a similar role. Unlike Thor, however, Orion is the foster son of the god of the good guys, while his evil brother Kalibak serves their biological father.
- The Chosen One: As half of the stories he's appeared in remind the reader, prophecy foretells that Orion will be the one to finally kill his father.
- Fiery Redhead: He has red hair and he despises Darkseid with a passion.
- Flanderization: Orion in the original comics often tried to prevent his Unstoppable Rage and angsted about it. Now is most know for to be The Berserker.
- Glamour Failure: If he removes his Mother Box. He still looks human without it, just somewhat deformed facially.
- Happily Adopted: He loves his adopted father with as much intensity as he hates his biological one.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Something notable in the original Kirby comics is that despite all his angsting about himself Orion is genuinely a heroic individual - he makes a point of not letting innocents be harmed in his battles and he only breaks out his Unstoppable Rage against those who really deserve it.
- Humans Are Special: In the New 52, Orion takes more of a shine to the often hapless powerless mortals of existence and the world they inhabit. Going so far as to state that New Gods with all their quirks and immortality just aren't as fascinating as the mortals of earth.
- In the Blood: His Unstoppable Rage is described as part of his heritage, and is a large source of angst for him. However, Kirby deliberately defied this trope on the whole - Orion was raised right by loving parents, and that's what matters.
- Orc Raised by Elves: Orion is this, being part of an experiment/peace deal that also included Raised by Orcs. Scott Free was the son of Highfather and was given to be raised by the Evil Overlord Darkseid. Darkseid's son, Orion, was raised in his place. Both of them grow up to be heroes.
- Perpetual Frowner: Unless he's fighting; one of the original Kirby comics had him giving a Psychotic Smirk as destroyed a villain's Mother Box.
- Red Baron: The Dog of War.
- Red Is Heroic: Dresses mostly in a red suit, and despite his anger issues he is indisputably a good guy.
- Reluctant Warrior: Has some elements of this in the original comics.
- Sky Surfing: With his Astro-Harness.
- Sue Donym: In his original series, Orion becomes... O'Ryan. (The fact that Orion disguised himself as a human in early issues of Kirby's New Gods is often forgotten by later writers).
- Unstoppable Rage
- War God: He's New Genesis's resident God of War.
- Warrior Poet: Also has some elements of this in the original comics. Occasionally he gets this back.
- Worthy Opponent: It's this reason why Darkseid actually likes (well, respects would be more accurate) Orion the most of his sons
- You're Not My Father: Hates Darkseid with every fiber of his being.