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The beings of the fiery planet Apokolips. In the comics, they are known as the New Gods, though they aren't referred to as such in this universe.

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Played by: Michael Daingerfield ("Supergirl"), Steve Byers ("Masquerade"), John Glover ("Finale")
"You so-called heroes are false gods, all of you... and when people stop believing in you, you'll shatter like glass."

Also referred to as "The Darkness" and "Our Dark Lord" (by his minions), Darkseid was unleashed when Clark used the Book of Rao to banish Major Zod and the Kandorians from Earth. Briefly spotted forming out of ravens and smoke at the end of the Season 10 premiere, he later body-jacks Gordon Godfrey, using him to spread a message of hatred and fear against vigilantes over the airwaves. Driven out of his host due to Kara's interference, Darkseid is later referenced by his agents Desaad, Granny Goodness and the newly-appointed Godfrey at the end of "Abandoned" before appearing, almost fully formed, to Earth-2 Lionel at the end of "Scion."

Without a host body, Darkseid remained a dreaded figure within Smallville's tenth season. He was said to be the Ultimate Evil that Jor-El warned Clark about, and was making plans to bring the Justice League and, eventually, the world, to its knees.

In the Grand Finale, Darkseid appears to Earth-2 Lionel as he lays dying of a gunshot wound, and Lionel makes a deal with the Dark Lord to resurrect Lex; Darkseid rips out Lionel's heart and puts it into Lex's new cloned body. Later, Darkseid confronts Clark, possessing Lionel's corpse. He attempts to destroy Clark, but Clark masters his power of flight and flies right through Darkseid, destroying his vessel.

  • Alternate Self: This isn't Darkseid's only form. He has another one in an alternate universe.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 10.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: When possessing someone.
  • Body Surf: Possesses Godfrey in "Supergirl," then Desaad in "Masquerade," and finally Earth-2 Lionel in "Finale."
  • The Corrupter: Apparently, as of "Patriot."
  • Dark Is Evil: Is called "The Darkness", his true form is a swirling cloud of darkness; in the comics, this was a given as his name was Dark-seid, but this version really adds to the association of shadows and darkness.
  • Deal with the Devil: The end of "Scion" suggests that he offers one to Earth-2 Lionel.
    • As it turns out, the deal is bringing Lex back to life in exchange for Lionel's soul and use of his body.
  • Demonic Possession: Can do it to anyone who has even the slightest bit of doubt or fear in their heart.
  • The Dreaded: Instills utter fear in those who know of him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The comic Darkseid was a Physical God, but this one is a living cloud of darkness and hate.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Par for the course with Darkseid, though.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In his real form.
  • Grand Theft Me: Seems to be his goal for Clark.
    • Ends up using Earth-2 Lionel instead. See above.
  • Large and in Charge: If his size during his appearance before Earth-2 Lionel is any indicator.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The monster behind Slade Wilson and the Vigilante Registration Act.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Darkseid didn't set off any warning klaxons?
  • Obviously Evil: He is an Eldritch Abomination that manifests as living darkness, he has a booming, deep voice, is called the "Dark Lord" by his followers, and when possessing someone, they get Black Eyes of Evil. Considering his attitude, he likely doesn't care.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Had blue eyes in his first appearance in "Lazarus," but they were retconned to this as early as "Supergirl."
  • Satanic Archetype: Inverted. In "Finale," Granny Goodness claims that he's the inspiration for the legend of the Trope Namer, not the other way around.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He can't possess people who are "pure"—that is, free of fear and doubt. This isn't as handicapping as it might sound, though, because no one can remain in that state permanently. People he fails to control the first time may not be so lucky a second time.
  • Ultimate Evil: Stated to be this by Jor-El in "Lazarus."

     Gordon Godfrey 

Gordon Godfrey
"If I can plant an idea, a seed of doubt within people, it will grow until it devours their faith in each other and in these heroes."

A right-wing DJ with an anti-immigration and anti-vigilante stance, Godfrey is possessed by Darkseid in Season 10's "Supergirl." Under Darkseid's control, he begins attracting a vastly-expanded audience and publishes a book purported to be an exposé on vigilante activity. He also kidnaps Lois and uses her as bait to draw in Clark. Defeated by Clark and Kara, Godfrey is freed from Darkseid's control.

In "Abandoned," it is revealed that Darkseid isn't done with Godfrey yet, though, with Desaad introducing him to Granny Goodness as the third member of their "Unholy Trinity." His task, according to Desaad, is to break humanity's spirit, forcing them away from their saviors and into the dark.

     Granny Goodness 

Granny Goodness

Played by: Christine Willes
"Life is so much easier without a painful past."

An old woman who runs an orphanage for girls, Granny Goodness is far more than she appears. She first shows up in the Season 9 finale where she saves Tess from death by delivering her to Cadmus Labs. She later re-appears in Season 10's "Abandoned," where the full truth about her is unveiled: She is one of Darkseid's agents, tasked with recruiting soldiers for Darkseid. Indoctrinating the girls from a young age, Granny mind-wipes them, then raises them to be Tykebombs totally loyal to herself with no respect for human life.

Sweet and sugary on the outside, but with a ramrod spine, Granny is devoted to Darkseid's mission to Take Over the World, and her considerable psychic gifts make her uniquely suited to help him accomplish it.


Female Furies—Harriet (Lindsay Hartley))

A group of girls raised by Granny Goodness to become Darkseid's fighting elite. They are led by Harriet, a psychotic girl with Wolverine Claws and a fondness for cutting people up. In "Abandoned," they manage to capture Clark, although he quickly escapes from them.



Played by: Steve Byers
"When was the last time you had a nice hard cry?"

The third member of Darkseid's "Unholy Trinity," Desaad maintains a series of eponymously-titled Fetish clubs. Sleazy and obsequious, he has stated that his task is to "bind their [humanity's] bodies," while Godfrey and Granny attack their spirits and minds respectively. Beneath Club Desaad, he maintains a series of torture cells in which he imprisons, breaks and then corrupts his victims, who range from club-goers to undercover FBI agents. Devoted to Darkseid body and soul, he may well be the most powerful of the Ultimate Evil's minions, and acts as first among equals.

First appearing at a meeting with Granny and Godfrey near the end of "Abandoned," Desaad re-appears in "Masquerade" as the target of a Serial Killer hunt that Clark and Lois are participating in. Unbeknownst to them, Chloe and Oliver are also investigating Club Desaad, which leads to the former being captured and tortured by Desaad. Though Clark ultimately saves her, Desaad has the last laugh,branding Oliver with the Omega symbol, before allowing himself to be captured. He later frees himself and is the one who presents Oliver with the Gold K ring he will use against Clark.

  • Black Eyes of Evil: When confronting Clark.
  • Bondage Is Bad: BDSM is one of the activities that Desaad promotes at his clubs. There's a certain degree of Fridge Brilliance here—if people have a fetish for being dominated, they just might be easier to control.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Desaad has no illusions about how evil Darkseid is, and revels in the idea.
  • Co-Dragons: To Darkseid, with Godfrey and Granny. He's implied to be the oldest of the trio.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Seems to get off on being punched by Oliver.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Just look at his sickening smile when he mentions that Chloe died screaming. Don't worry, he's lying.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Wears a suit and tie while torturing his victims.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Preys on his victim's insecurities and flaws.
  • Mind over Matter: Can throw people around like rag dolls, induce hemorrhages with a thought, can get into people's heads in order to corrupt them, and even temporarily pins Clark with a wave of force.
  • Mind Rape: When torturing his victims, he employs imagery from their minds in order to break them.
  • Meaningful Name
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Desaad practically worships the notions of horror and evil, viewing himself as a prophet of the Apocalypse and relishing every second of it.
  • Older Than They Look: Hinted at. He does tell Chloe he's been in this game for a long time.
  • Religion of Evil: Worships Darkseid (and notions of evil in general), sees himself as a prophet of the end, and uses a lot of (satanic) religious imagery when describing their goals. It's fair to say he's a member of one of these.
  • Serial Killer: Kills anyone he cannot corrupt by causing massive hemorrhages, then dumps the bodies.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Tempts his victims with them, and references them constantly. He uses Pride to nearly break Chloe and successfully traps Oliver with Wrath.


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