- "You've made a mistake, Superman. A big mistake. A potentially fatal mistake. I run this town, Superman. Metropolis belongs to me. The people are mine, to nurture, or destroy, as I see fit. And they've forgotten that. They've looked at you, with your costume, and your flashy superhuman powers... and they've forgotten who their master is. Who is number one! And I intend to remind them, Superman. I'm going to show them you're nothing, Superman. A card-board cut-out. One day, very soon now, you're going to die, Superman. You're going to be destroyed and you'll know who's doing it. Everyone in Metropolis will know. But no one will ever be able to prove it. I'll not be arrested, Superman. Not ever again. Remember, Superman. You're a dead man. It's just a question of how soon!"
The Super Villain and Superman's Arch-Enemy. Alexander "Lex" Luthor is easily the smartest human being in the world (a "10th-level intelligence", according to Brainiac), and uses his incredible brainpower to match the Man of Steel's physical might. In The Silver Age of Comic Books he was a Mad Scientist who spent most of his time behind bars (to the point that his "costume" was a gray prison suit), later adopting a suit of Powered Armor to fight Supes mano a mano. In The Dark Age of Comic Books, he was re-envisioned as a Corrupt Corporate Executive who sold the patents for his fantastic inventions to become not only incredibly rich, but the most powerful man in Metropolis, prior to the arrival of a certain hero.
He has since gone back and forth in terms of characterization, at times the CEO of LexCorp, at times a Mad Scientist, at times a classic Diabolical Mastermind, and sometimes a combination of all three. He has faked his own death, impersonated his supposed son, revealed himself as one of Superboy's genetic donors, and met Death. He has been the leader of the Secret Society of Supervillains and the Injustice Gang, the mastermind of numerous plots against the heroes of Earth, a participant in General Lane's genocide of New Krypton, and briefly, President of the United States of America. He's even starred in his own spinoffs, serving as the Villain Protagonist in Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, and of the "Black Ring" story arc in Action Comics. In any incarnation, Luthor is driven by his burning hatred of Superman, which is frequently put down to envy over the fact that, no matter how rich Luthor becomes, no matter how much political power he attains, and no matter how hard he schemes, he will never, ever be Superman.
Luthor has appeared frequently in other media, featuring in video games, the original Superman films, Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, Superman Returns, and the television series Smallville. He has also appeared in the animated films Superman: Doomsday, and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. He is easily the most recognisable, and best known member of Superman's Rogues Gallery, and was rated IGN's "4th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time." Comic book critic Peter Sanderson has described Luthor as one of the few genuine megavillains, whose adventures cross genres, putting him a league alongside Professor Moriarty, Count Dracula, Hannibal Lecter, Doctor Doom, and Darth Vader.
Has his own page where tropes relating to him should go.
- "I'm you. Only smarter."
The son of the greatest hero of Earth-3, Alexander Luthor, and his wife Lois Lane, Alex was the only survivor of Earth-3 in the Crisis on Infinite Earths. He was genetically altered after passing through the barrier to Earth-1, which caused him to age to adulthood in a matter of weeks and develop mysterious space-warping powers. He was helped to adulthood by the mysterious Monitor, under whose tutelage he helped defeat the Anti-Monitor and save The Multiverse. With his world destroyed, he and other heroes without a world—Superman and Lois Lane of Earth-2 and Superboy of Earth-Prime—retired to a pocket dimension to live out their lives in peace.
Or so they thought. Driven mad by the isolation, Alex—who had never really learned morality, having aged so quickly—manipulated Superboy-Prime into helping them escape. He grew to resent the surviving Earth, which he viewed as flawed and imperfect, and in Infinite Crisis set into motion a scheme to Take Over the World. He was foiled by the world's heroes, Lex Luthor, and the unpredictable nature of Superboy-Prime, and was finally killed by Lex and the Joker.
- The Atoner: Tangent Comics Green Lantern brought him Back from the Dead for just enough time to once again stop a Multiversal Conqueror and save the world.
- Big Bad: Of Infinite Crisis.
- Bling of War: His golden costume/armor.
- The Chessmaster: Has a big plan for creating a perfect Earth.
- Dimension Lord: His goal is to gain control of the Multiverse, and create his own perfect vision of how things should be.
- Eviler Than Thou: With Lex Luthor. While Alexander wins out in the short run, Lex gets his revenge in the end.
- FaceHeel Turn: Was driven quietly insane by years of isolation.
- Fallen Hero: Alex was a great hero, and helped to save the Multiverse. Than he ends up trying to take it over during Infinite Crisis.
- Foil: His origin—being rocketed to another world as an infant, and then growing up to save reality, is evocative of Superman's own. Given his origins as the son of the backwards Earth-3's Luthor, this makes sense.
- Freudian Excuse: His entire world died, he was aged to early adulthood in a matter of days, he's trapped in a pocket dimension with only three other people for company (two of them a married older couple, one a teenager), and he's watching the surviving universe spin out of control. Is it any wonder he lost it?
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards fellow Crisis on Infinite Earths survivors Superboy-Prime and Kal-L. He resented Prime for having the past that he could not, and Kal-L for having the future he could not.
- Insufferable Genius: Par for the course for the Luthors. Alex is fully convinced that he is the smartest guy around, as he flaunts to Lex in the page quote.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Joker and Luthor's murder of him easily falls into this territory. When Alex came back as a Black Lantern his attempt at killing Superboy-Prime, after pointing out to him that he's nothing more than an in-joke also qualified.
- Kid Hero: Originally.
- Killed Off for Real: Murdered in a back alley by Luthor and The Joker after his plans fail. He stayed dead for the rest of the Post-Crisis continuity, his time as a Black Lantern aside.
- Manipulative Bastard: His manipulation of Prime and Kal-L turns him from The Woobie to full-blown Jerkass Woobie.
- Me's a Crowd: His Reality Warper powers could create duplicates of himself that could exist independently of his main body.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Justified by his control over the fabric of reality itself.
- Overnight Age-Up: Due to the antimatter barrier that gave him his powers, he went from a baby to a teenager in hours before aging to a thirty five year old man with none of the experiences to go with the aging. This lack of a childhood and experience with others contributed to his eventual descent into villainy.
- Reality Warper: His passage through the Anti-Monitor's antimatter storm as an infant gave him power over matter and anti-matter.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Black Lantern Alex gives one of these to Superboy-Prime.
- The Resenter: Of the survivors of the Crisis and the reality of the New Earth. Due to having to constantly see the worst moments of the New Earth's heroes during his time in Limbo, Alex began to see the New Earth as hopelessly corrupt and flawed, vowing to destroy it to create a perfect one.
- Shapeshifter: Able to take on the appearance of other beings, most notably Lex Luthor.
- Smug Snake: Alex isn't nearly as smart as he believes he is, takes it very poorly when his plan unravels, and ultimately fails to achieve any of his goals, before being unceremoniously killed by our Luthor and the Joker.
- Super Intelligence: Could comprehend the nature of the multiverse on a fundamental level.
- Tempting Fate: Revealing himself to Luthor and mocking his intelligence? That's gonna bite you in the rear, Alex.
- Tragic Mistake: Two: first he didn't invite The Joker to his team-up. Then he revealed himself to Luthor and taunted him. Getting on the bad side of DC's most notorious psychopath and its signature Magnificent Bastard is not a recipe for longevity.
- Underestimating Badassery: Does it to Luthor, Superman, Kal-L, Superboy, and The Joker. All prove to be major mistakes.
- Undignified Death: For all of his power, Alexander Luthor of Earth-Three ends up being murdered in an alley with a gun and a bunch of acid while begging for his life.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Nearly got shot by Batman for almost murdering Nightwing. Wonder Woman, who recently killed Maxwell Lord, stops him from pulling the trigger, but Alex walks away telling Wonder Woman it doesn't change anything.
- Unwitting Pawn: The Death of the New Gods mini-series revealed that he was subtly manipulated by the Source to recreate the Multiverse. But given the source, this revelation is apocryphal at best.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He is willing to obliterate the current universe to create a better one.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: He has control over matter and anti-matter thanks to crossing through an antimatter wave as an infant.
- "With the scientific marvels at my fingertips, I'm about to make myself master of the world!"
Lex Luthor's counterpart in the Alternate Universe of Earth-2. He vexed the Earth-2 Superman for decades as a Mad Scientist and war profiteer. Unlike Lex, Alexei was from Eastern Europe and had a full head of red hair, but was otherwise very similar. In the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was killed by Brainiac for questioning his plans while Lex smugly looked on.
- Arch-Enemy: Of Earth-2's Superman, Kal-L.
- Arms Dealer: In his first appearance, where he was a war profiteer and weapons merchant.
- Asshole Victim/Kick the Son of a Bitch: His execution at the hands of Brainiac was very much this, given that he was one of the few villains in the collective who actually rivaled Brainiac in nastiness. That, and Brainiac doesn't need two Luthors in the team.
- Ax-Crazy: Was a homicidal maniac focused on murdering Superman, instead of humiliating and de-powering him.
- Badass Normal: Like our Luthor, Alexei has no superpowers. Also like our Luthor, he's able to be a constant pain in the backside of his world's Superman despite this.
- Big Bad: Of Mr. & Mrs. Superman and the other comics starring Kal-L. If someone was causing problems for the Earth-2 Superman, odds were always good it would trace back to Alexei.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Wants to rule the world and will do anything to gain that power.
- Diabolical Mastermind: A classic example, and one of the earliest in comics.
- Evil Genius: A definitive example in the early comics.
- Evil Redhead: Had a full head of red hair.
- Evil Sorcerer: Unlike Lex Luthor on Earth-1, Alexei was quite comfortable with magic, exploiting mystical artifacts like the Powerstone in his schemes to eliminate Kal-L.
- Eviler Than Thou: With our Luthor. This caused a falling out between the two of them, when our Luthor objected to Alexei's plan to destroy both Earth's 1 and 2.
- Insufferable Genius: Bragged about his brilliance all the time.
- It's Personal: With Kal-L, whom he spent years trying to murder.
- Kill All Humans: Tried to blow up both Earths 1 & 2 in one Silver Age story, an act that would have resulted in the deaths of all humans in those two universes.
- Mad Scientist: Always had a new invention up his sleeve.
- The Man Behind the Man: Several single issue villains were revealed as agents of Alexei. In one notable example he supplied an angry television writer with a weapon with which to kill Earth-2 Lana Lang (the Daily Star TV critic), in order to confirm his theory that Kal-L worked at the newspaper.
- Perpetual Frowner: Usually portrayed with a scowl.
- Power Crystal: Briefly possessed the Powerstone, which allowed him to drain Kal-L's powers and alter his size.
- Retcon: Like Kal-L, Alexei's entire existence was a Retcon. Up until the late 1960s, the comics assumed that there was only one Superman, and all the stories from 1938 to the present were about him. The Superman comics from before around 1950 were then retconned to take place on Earth-2, so there were two Superman and two Luthors.
- Retgone: Vanished from the timeline after Crisis on Infinite Earths. Though very likely he was retconned back into existence following Convergence, but whether or not he's still dead remains to be seen.
- Smug Snake: As was par for the course for Silver and Bronze Age Luthor.
- Super Intelligence: Much like Earth-1's Lex Luthor, Alexei is the smartest man on Earth-2.
- Take Over the World: His main goal, as well as killing Superman.
- Villain Team-Up: With Lex Luthor and Ultraman on occasion.
- War for Fun and Profit: Started out as a war profiteer who set two small European nations against one another so that he could profit from the fallout and arm both sides.
- Cloning Blues: Being a clone gave him disadvantages, primarily his powers.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's only interested in getting money, and objects to his teammates when they are willing to kill.
- In the Blood: Becomes a villain due to being the clone of a criminal. On the other hand, while his template was a murderer, he just wants money and tries to fight his genetic influence, like when he subconsciously helped Guardian once.
- Shout-Out: To Marvel's Absorbing Man.
Atomic Skull I
A scientist with S.T.A.R. Labs with a rare seizure-inducing nervous disorder, Albert Michaels turned to a criminal syndicate who implanted him with a radioactive device that turned his nervous shorts into atomic blasts. Donning a costume and skull mask, Michaels became a super-villain and took over the syndicate, flying a skull-shaped hovercraft.
- Energy Blasts: He can attack with blasts of energy.
- Evil Genius: S.T.A.R. Labs scientist turned evil.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Made from it.
- Retcon: Post-Crisis, his powers were the result of seeking immortality and mutated himself. It is not known if his Bronze Age encounters with Superman are still canon as his first Post-Crisis appearance was in Captain Atom, yet his history with S.T.A.R. Labs and SKULL remained as established in The DC Comics Encyclopedia.
Atomic Skull II
Joseph Martin was an ordinary college student until he was caught in the blast radius of an alien "gene-bomb" that awakened his latent metagene, granting him super-strength and the ability to fire energy blasts, but also causing brain damage, turning his body's soft tissues invisible, and wreathing him head in green flame. Due to his brain injury, Martin believed he was the old 12-episode movie hero "the Atomic Skull" and that Superman was his archenemy, "Doctor Electron".
- Boom, Headshot!: He can survive being shot in the head, but it tends to blow his head apart.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can get some good ones in by Lampshade Hanging.
- Energy Blasts: What he uses as his primary attack.
- HeelFace Turn: Currently works under Maggie Sawyer in the MPD.
- I Love Nuclear Power: His he gots his powers, and his General powerset.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: The serial Atomic Skull's girlfriend Zelda Wentworth is the daughter of his nemesis Doctor Electron.
- Mythology Gag: The Atomic Skull from the old serial wears a costume resembling the Silver Age Atomic Skull.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. He shares the same name as the old serial Atomic Skull's alter ego.
- Super Strength: Strong enough to fight Superman.
- Touched by Vorlons: How he got greater powers.
A criminal who was taken down by Maggie Sawyer in the past, losing his right arm in the process. Obsessed with revenge, he put on an armored suit and attached a thought-controlled energy cannon to his stump.
- Arm Cannon: Connecfed to his BFG.
- BFG: It's upgraded enough to knock Supes over.
- Compensating for Something: Lampshaded when he gloats over his massive weapon.Maxima: Why do so many Earth males measure their masculinity by the size of their weapons?
- The Fighting Narcissist: He's so good-looking that he refuses to armor his face, which leads to his downfall.
- Powered Armor: What allows him to fight Superman.
- Stalker with a Crush: At times with Maggie.
- "Me am Bizarro."
Bizarro has had many origins over the decades, but one thing remains consistent: he is an imperfect copy of Superman created by science gone awry. Bizarro has powers similar to Superman but lacks his sense of justice and has difficulty telling right from wrong, often reveling in destruction for its own sake. Still, his deformed features combined with his childlike lack of guile sometimes makes him a sympathetic figure—sort of a modern-day Frankenstein's Monster.
See Bizarro for his own take on the situation.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Lois Lane in most stories. Though once he meets a Bizarro-Lois, he quickly transfers his affections to her.
- Alas, Poor Villain: A surprisingly high number of Bizarro appearances end with his death, and it's always treated with a heavy measure of sadness. Stories generally treat Bizarro are someone with the capacity for good things and sometimes even the intention to do good things, but having to be fight against due to tragic circumstance. As Lois Lane summed up at one point, "He came from good stuff."
- Anti-Hero: On Bizarro World, where he's the only superhero they have.
- Badass Cape: His cape is pretty cool.
- Bad is Good and Good is Bad: One of Bizarro's classic character tics is that he always says the opposite of what he means. This got downplayed after the Silver Age ended, but it's worth noting All-Star Superman had spoken almost entirely in Bizarro speech, since Superman got stranded on Bizarro's homeworld.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Although Bizarro is sometimes reduced to comic relief, in more serious stories, he's exactly as terrifying as you would imagine as an angry toddler with the powers of Superman would be.
- Blind and the Beast: Pre-Crisis, his only friend is a blind girl who doesn't realize he's a monster. His first Post-Crisis homages this by having him save a recently blinded Lucy Lane from a suicide attempt and she mistakes him for Superman.
- The Brute: Fills this role in the Superman Revenge Squad. During Last Son he even battles Zod's brute, Non, one on one.
- Chest Insignia: A backwards Superman shield. He sometimes wears a sign proclaiming "Bizarro #1" overtop of it.
- Clone Degeneration: He is an imperfect clone of Superman. Pre-Crisis, however, this was averted; the duplication ray that made him just made imperfect duplicates of everything.
- Depending on the Artist: Is his skin rocky, just white, or zombie-like? Are his costume's colors the same as Superman's, or darker shades? And whether he's wearing the "Bizarro #1" pendant.
- Depending on the Writer: Is his, and, by extension, all Bizarros' contrarian nature a conscious rejection of logical society (as in the Silver Age), a reflection of how their warped brains perceive reality (as in the Modern Age), or just sheer stupidity? Similarly, does he use sometimes-confusing "opposite" verbs and nouns in his speech, or not?
- Also extends to his superpowers: sometimes he possesses an inverted collection of Superman's powers ("freeze vision" instead of heat vision, "vacuum breath" instead of super breath), but other times they're completely identical to any other Kryptonian's abilities.
- Dumb Muscle: Possibly the single stupidest character in the Superman comics,note leaving him open to manipulation by Luthor, and any other villain with a reasonable IQ.
- Evil Knockoff: Though who is responsible for creating him varies—Luthor and the Joker are the two responsible in current continuity—his status as a direct, villainous ripoff of Superman remains the same. For his part, Superman has pretty much never considered Bizarro evil so much as incredibly misguided. This is across all incarnations, from the confused Superman clone to the backwards denizen of Bizarro World.
- Forgotten Phlebotinum: The scientist who created him Post-Crisis said he would have been a perfectly duplicate if Superman were human. Luthor could have used the cloning machine to make obedient clones of human superheroes and villains but it never occurs to him. This is very much averted with the Pre-Crisis technology that gave him life, however, as it made imperfect copies of everything and Bizarro used it to create enough other Bizarros to fill a planet.
- Friendly Enemy: Is sometimes one to Superman.
- Hulk Speak: Technically, "Bizarro speak".
- Idiosyncrazy: His obsession with opposites - though this in only present in some versions.
- Kryptonite Factor: Blue Kryptonite, which, depending on who is writing, either kills Bizarro or makes him smarter. Regular Kryptonite, again depending on who is writing, either does nothing to him or makes him stronger.
- Laughably Evil: In the Silver and Bronze Ages, Bizarro was used for his humor value much more often than as an actual threat, and he was much more of a frenemy to Superman in those days. "Tales of the Bizarro World" was a long-running backup feature in the Superman books that was played completely for comedy, and it was goofily adorable. Post-Crisis stories have treated Bizarro and his world more seriously.
- Legacy Character: There have actually been multiple Bizarros. In Pre-Flashpoint continuity, there have been three Bizarros. Pre-Crisis, there were two, the first being Bizarro-Superboy.
- Lightning Bruiser: Being a clone of Superman, means hes stronger, faster and tougher than more than half the superhuman population.
- Mental Handicap, Moral Deficiency: Bizarro is often written as if mentally disabled.
- Monster Progenitor: No matter where he comes from, the first appearance of Bizarro is usually followed by legions of others, created by him.
- Obliviously Evil: Bizarro is often portrayed as completely ignorant of the bad things he is doing; frequently he does not understand, for instance, that punching somebody at full strength might kill them.
- Oddball Doppelgänger: His original conception, though he's since been used as a "straight villain" more often.
- Offing the Offspring: When Mxyzptlk was destroying Bizarro World, Bizarro sent his son to the planet's core so he would die first.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: His shocked that Jimmy Olsen recognises his chalk white skin while dressed as Clark Kent. Interestingly it makes Jimmy conclude the Clark Kent couldn't possibly be Superman as Bizarro always does everything wrong.
- He also did this in his first adult Silver Age appearance when trying to visit Lois Lane at the Daily Planet. Superman, terrified of Bizarro revealing his secret identity, used super-clapping to drown out his voice.
- Pet the Dog: He genuinely cares about those he considers friends. Many writers and adaptations even portray him as not even hating Superman or Lois that much, and in fact seeing them as friends.
- Psychopathic Manchild
- Red Baron: The Idiot of Steel.
- Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: Once robbed a bank while pointing a gun at his own head. Luckily he turned down the money they offered him and demanded the contents of their trash cans.
- Superheroes Wear Tights/Underwear of Power: Both are present in his knockoff Superman costume.
- Superhero Trophy Shelf: Wanted to replicate Superman's when building his own Fortress of Solitude, but filled his with garbage rather than trophies.
- Superpower Lottery: Like Superman, he's a big winner, possessing most of the Man of Steel's powers, though with some differences.
- Breath Weapon: Unlike Superman, who has freezing breath, Bizarro breathes fire.
- Eye Beams: Can shoot freezing rays from his eyes as opposed to Superman's heat vision.
- Flying Brick
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Can take the same kind of beatings that Superman can and come out unscathed.
- Super Senses: Though at one point his microscopic vision was inverted and instead caused things to grow.
- Super Speed: Extreme speed enough to race Zoom.
- Super Strength: Enough strength to rival Superman.
- Supervillain Lair: Has his "FOURTRISS UV BIZARRO" based on Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Usually shown to be in a desert or volcanic region in contrast to Superman being based at the North Pole.
- Tragic Monster: Even pre-Crisis, he hated Lex Luthor for re-creating him, feeling that he didn't deserve to live.
- Tyke Bomb: Lex Luthor's intention for Bizarro in almost every version. Subverted in that it never actually works.
- Unskilled, but Strong/Does Not Know His Own Strength: Often, Bizzaro is shown to be somewhat stronger than Superman. Depending on the Writer, this is usually justified a number of ways. The first is that Bizzaro is essentially a child with the powers of Superman and has none of the conscious or unconscious self-control that Clark does so he always goes at the highest level of strength. His simple nature also means that he's focused and has a one track mind. This focus allows him to give it everything to the exclusion of everything else whereas Superman may be distracted by limiting environmental damage and rescuing innocent people during a fight. Also, whoever makes Bizzaro does it with the intention that Bizzaro will best Superman. His greater strength is an example of Power at a Price. While Bizzaro has higher energy reserves and can draw power from all sources of light (not just yellow sunlight), he is mentally stunted and handicapped with serious Body Horror issues that come from his altered form of energy processing (his tissue calcifies from energy absorption and too much power could turn him into a statue).
- Villainous Friendship: With Batzarro.
- Volcano Lair: His post crisis Fortress.
- You Make Me Sick: Reverse Flash says a variation to him after Bizarro says the second trilogy of films were superior.
A one-time copy of Bizarro that Bizarro himself made by using the duplication machine on himself in his first adult appearance. As an imperfect copy of an imperfect copy, he looked just like Superman, but had a brain just like Bizarro's.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He looks just like the normal Superman, but he not only has a brain like Bizarro but is also a bigger jerk on top of it.
- Hulk Speak: Just like the original Bizarro. It's how Lois is able to identify him as New Bizarro.
- Jerkass: Constantly mocks the original Bizarro for being ugly. Lois is disturbed enough by it that she actually prefers the original Bizarro to him.
- Kryptonite Factor: Because he's (physically, at least) a perfect duplicate of Superman, he's weakened by Kryptonite.
- Oddball Doppelgänger: Bizarro figured that making an imperfect duplicate of an imperfect duplicate would create a perfect duplicate of Superman, but while New Bizarro looks like the original Superman, he still thinks like a Bizarro, and is far more of a jerk than the original.
Sometimes has the unpronounceable name "Htrae," Earth backwards.
In Pre-Crisis days, Bizarro was lonely until a Bizarro-Lois was created, and the two promptly fell in love and flew away to find a new world for themselves. Finding a deserted planet that had been home to a dead civilization, they used the local tech to duplicate themselves into an entire planet of Bizarro Supermen and Bizarro Lois Lanes, with Bizarro #1 and his wife as the leaders. Over the years, more Bizarro duplicates of DC characters were produced and wound up on Bizarro World. Their highest law is the Bizarro Code stating that "Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!" When they arrested Superman for the awful crime of fixing something on Bizarro World, Superman got off the hook by pointing out that they themselves were guilty of living on a perfectly normal round planet. They duly felt guilty about this, so Superman carved their planet into a cube, making them happy again. Bizarro World is basically like the schoolyard game of "Opposite Day" as the foundation of an entire society. The results are very silly.
The Post-Crisis origin is that Bizarro was lonely until the day he discovered that the rays of a blue sun give him one extra superpower, the ability to duplicate himself. He used this to populate a cubic planet with other monsters who are just as logically warped as he is.
- Amusement Park of Doom: Bizarro Lex Luthor built the "Ark HAM AMuSiMENT PARK" where Bizarro criminals are forced to ride rollercoasters and eat cotton candy until they vomit.
- Bizarro Universe: Obviously.
- Brought Down to Normal: A World's Finest Comics story had Superman and Batman travel to Orr, which is actually a future Bizarro World; apparently it was exposed to radiation that turned everyone into regular humans.
- Discard and Draw: When it turned into Orr, it erased the powers of all the Bizarro-Supermen, but gave everyone psychic powers.
- Ditto Aliens: Most of Bizarro World's population are duplicates of Superman and Lois Lane.
- Enemy Civil War: Not all of Bizarro's duplicates get along with him.
- Lovable Coward: Yellow Lantern, the Bizarro version of the courageous Green Lantern. Strays into Dirty Coward territory during the rare moments when he's not played for laughs.
- Metamorphosis: Their children are born looking like humans/Kryptonians before permanently turning Bizarro after some time. Same thing happens with their animals.
- Only Sane Man:
- Opposite-Sex Clone: The female half of the planet's population. Mostly Bizarro versions of Lois.
- Perpetual Smiler: The Bizarro version of the normally grumpy Batman, who even has a smiley face symbol on his chest in place of a bat symbol.
- Running Gag: In the Post-Crisis arc by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner, the Bizarros always mentioned Bizarro!Luthor's baldness for some reason. When Bizarros tells Yellow Lantern to scare Bizarro!Lex instead of Bizarro!Lois, Yellow Lantern answers "Lex Luthor? Pfft! Him am bald so him am scared of nothing!".
- Sacrificial Planet: When an army of Bizarros fly to attack, they cleave an asteroid in half and Supes notes that they're powerful enough to do this to Earth.
- Save the Villain: Superman often saves Bizarro World from destruction, even though it would make his life much easier to just let it be destroyed.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Averted with most of the Bizarro characters themselves, but played straight with the name of their planet, which is sometimes called "Htrae". Since no one can actually pronounce that, most adaptations simply refer to it as The Bizarro World or Bizarro-Earth.
- The Bizarro version of Mr. Mxyzptlk is named Mr. Kltpzyxm, which has been used in the past to exploit the original's Weaksauce Weakness.
- Post-Crisis Geoff Johns' and Richard Donner's version of Bizarro!Mxyzptlk can't go back to the 5th Dimension because he doesn't know how to spell.
- Amazingly, this actually sticks in the future when it's transformed into Orr; their planet's new name coupled with its capital city (Azib) is "Bizarro" backwards, and Yllas and Kralc are "Sally" and "Clark" spelled backwards. Yllas even wears a brooch with the last letter of her name.
- Self-Duplication: All other Bizarros are duplicates of the original.
- Stop Helping Me!: Bizarro Amazo saves a crashing plane and is told off by the Bizarro pilot for stopping a scheduled crash of a plane with indestructible passengers.
- Super Empowering: Bizarro Amazo steals powers and gives them to non-powered people.
- Transformation Ray: If non-Bizarro criminals are put on trial, they can be punished with a Bizarro Ray that will turn them Bizarro.
- Underwater Base: Because the Justice League is based in outer space, the Bizarro Justice League is based in a submarine.
- World Shapes: A cube. When it turned into Orr, it changed into a flat oval.
The original Post-Crisis Bizarro created by Lex Luthor. Was a bit different than the other versions.
- Expendable Clone: Was considered to be nothing more than one by his creator.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Many years and a ton of cash went in to this.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Superman believed he intentionally plowed into him to cure Lucy Lane of her blindness.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Considering what eventually became of Lucy.
- Made In China: Or Hong Kong, to be exact.
- Mythology Gag: While the cover of each issue of The Man of Steel features a character facing the reader, Issue 5 has his back facing the reader. A nod to his pre-Crisis counterpart being a mixed-up, backwards creature.
- No Name Given: He was never named "Bizarro" in-story (as a Mythology Gag, Lex called him "Bizarre Oh, forget it!"). Though, Who's Who: Update '87 #1 gave it that name.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Initially it was his deterioration that led Lex to discover that Superman is alien, which at the time of the clone's single appearance Superman is believed to be a super-powered human.
- Superpower Lottery: This version has the exact same powers as Superman.
- The Speechless: He didn't utter a word, for some reason.
- Tragic Villain: Was met with disgust and repulsion all of his short life.
- Tragic Hero: He did his absolute best to help people, only to be met with disgust.
- The Voiceless: He doesn't speak.
The post-Rebirth Bizarro. He was genetically engineered by Lex Luthor and was going to be destroyed, but made it into the hands of Black Mask before being freed by Red Hood and Artemis.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls Jason Todd and Artemis 'Red Him' and 'Red Her', respectively.
- Berserk Button: Threatening to hurt any friend of his, especially Jason, will probably prompt him to freeze you alive.
- The Big Guy: Of the Dark Trinity of him, Red Hood and Artemis.
- Cuteness Proximity: He considers one of his first friends to be a stuffed toy he affectionately calls Pup-Pup.
- Dumb Muscle: Only he isn't dumb per se. He's definitely slow, but he's essentially only as old as an infant and so lacks virtually any life experiences of his own.
- Fake Memories: He has all of Superman's distant memories; from leaving Krypton to being raised by the Kents. He realizes that these memories aren't his, though.
- Gentle Giant: He looks bulkier than Superman, but he has all the innocence of a child and generally only attacks those who threaten those he cares about.
- Last of His Kind: Bizarro wasn't the only clone of his kind created, but when the risks of allowing mentally undeveloped clones of the most powerful hero on Earth became apparent, they were all killed. Bizarro was meant to be killed too but Black Mask stole him for his own agendas before they could.
Debuting in Superman: Lois and Clark, he's a mysterious mass-murderer with psychic powers.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: After reading Superman's mind and seeing images of his wife and son, he remarks that he doesn't know who they are, but he'll take pleasure in killing them. Big mistake.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He asks Superman why he's trying to stop him, as everybody dies eventually and he's doing them a favor by making their deaths spectacular.
- Light Is Not Good: He dresses in all-white clothes in addition to being an albino, and he is a mass murderer
- Mad Artist: His main goal is to cause the most visually appealing deaths and acts of destruction possible. He accuses Superman of trying to stifle his creativity when the hero moves to stop him.
- Mind over Matter: He has telekinesis powerful enough to knock Superman around and plow him through a mountain.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He can level entire towns and break mountains.
- Super Toughness: He can tank punches from an enraged Superman.
- Telepathy: He can read minds and communicate with others.
A gun-toting killer who can pull all kinds of weapons out of his pocket thanks to advanced technology. There have been three of these guys so far.
- BFG: All the Bloodsport's have featured these in their arsenals.
- Dark Age Of Super Names: Bloodsport is very dark age.
- Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Both Bloodsports have used Kryptonite bullets as a part of their arsenal.
- Distaff Counterpart: Oneshot character Demolitia was a killer vigilante who had acquired the Bloodsport weapon-teleporter for her vendetta against Lexcorp. The cover of her only appearance is an exact homage to DuBois's debut.
- Evil vs. Evil: The boxing match between the two of them—though given Trent's racism it's hard not to cheer for DuBois, who was sick rather than outright evil.
- Killed Off for Real: Both DuBois and Trent.
- No Name Given: The identity of the third Bloodsport is unknown.
The first one, Robert DuBois was an African-American man who dodged the draft during Vietnam. When his brother went in his place and was crippled, DuBois developed symptoms of PTSD and was in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years, before going on a rampage that was halted by Superman.
- Bald of Evil: DuBois.
- The Gunslinger
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Pulls any weapon he needs to out of thin air.
- Legacy Character: DuBois wore the outfit first, then Trent, and following both of their deaths, an unknown mercenary adopted the costume.
- The Mentally Disturbed: DuBois suffered from PTSD like symptoms, talked constantly of a non-existent past, and had a history of institutionalisation.
- Phony Veteran: DuBois claimed to be a veteran in order to assuage his sense of guilt.
- Scary Black Man: Robert DuBois was a physically intimidating African-American man, who could pull weapons out of a literal Hyperspace Arsenal and posed a challenge to Superman. Yeah, he qualifies.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Robert DuBois adopted the persona of one, after discovering that his brother had become a quadruple amputee, developing an obsession with the Vietnam War and evidencing symptoms of PTSD. He would later claim that he and his brother both served, and that the people of Metropolis were wasting the freedoms that they had been hurt protecting.
- Shooting Superman: He actually can, as his guns tend to be very powerful and/or use Kryptonite ammo.
- Survivor's Guilt: DuBois suffered from a horrible case of this after his brother was crippled in his place in Vietnam.
- Unwitting Pawn: DuBois was a pawn of Luthor's, who equipped him with most of his gear.
Following his imprisonment, the Bloodsport identity was adopted by Alex Trent, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. When Trent was defeated and jailed, he and DuBois got into a boxing match, which Trent won by teleporting in his weapons. DuBois was killed in the subsequent riot and Trent was later burned to death by his Aryan Brotherhood "friends" for needing weapons to defeat a black man. The identity of Bloodsport and the technology associated with it have since been adopted by a third, unnamed, criminal mercenary.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Trent was killed by his own allies for cheating in his fight with DuBois, thus showing weakness to an "inferior race".
- Chest Insignia: Bloodsport II featured an Iron Cross on his chest.
- Motive Rant: During his first encounter with Superman, Trent goes on one of these to justify why he does what he does, including a bit where he claims that he and Superman are Not So Different. It only serves to underline how sociopathic he actually is.Trent: You never lost a job because of a quota! Your son never idolized a basketball player instead of you! You're almost white, Superman—you'd do the same things in my place!
- Politically Incorrect Villain: The second Bloodsport, Alex Trent, was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, and held all the beliefs you would expect somebody like that to hold.
- Spree Killer: Alexander Trent, the second Bloodsport, was a bitter, racist, hate filled sociopath. Approached by Bloodthirst with the offer of getting revenge on the minorities Trent irrationally hated, he happily agreed to become an agent of chaos. He went on a rampage throughout Hob's Heights, his only goal being to kill as many blacks, Hispanics, Jews, aliens and "race traitors" as possible, his rampage slaughtered thirty people before Superman arrived. As such Bloodsport set fire to the heights and distracted Superman by launching two missiles one at Jimmy Olson, one at Ron Troupe. Seeming killing himself in an explosion, Trent survived and returned after most of Metropolis was destroyed to go on another spree killing, killing dozens more before being defeated.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Trent was a fairly hardcore Neo-Nazi
- "I will be everything there ever has been, Kryptonian."
One of Superman's longest-running, and most enduring adversaries, Brainiac has taken a number of incarnations over the decades. Initially a Coluan super scientist named Vril Dox, he was executed for crimes on his homeworld, but before managing to transfer his disembodied mind into a swarm of nanites. His consciousness took various bodies from then on, including a series of robots, a human mentalist named Milton Fine, a techno-organic nanoswarm, and a holographic energy being from the future. Eventually, these were all revealed to be probes sent by the real (non-disembodied) Coluan Brainiac (who had turned himself into a cyborg) in search of the last Kryptonian. In most guises, Brainiac is a collector and cataloger who takes samples of things, sometimes destroying what remains. Some of his samples include shrunken cities he keeps in bottles, most notably, the shrunken city of Kandor from Superman's home world. During the 1960s he often acted in concert with fellow Evil Genius, Lex Luthor; Post-Crisis, the two of them have usually been positioned as rivals, both with one another, and for the title of Superman's archenemy.
Brainiac's powers and abilities have changed as often as his origins and personality. During the 1960s he possessed no genuine superpowers, but utilized advanced technology, such as his iconic force-shield, shrink ray, flying saucer, telekinetic devices, and a headpiece that shot powerful beams belt to fluster the Man of Steel. In the Bronze Age, when he was first reimagined as a robot, he became a Walking Armoury, equipped with a wide variety of alien weaponry, technopathy, and superhuman physical attributes, while following the Crisis on Infinite Earths and his possession of Milton Fine he became a powerful psychic. Subsequent media portrayed him as a technopathic intelligence, capable of possessing almost any technology, a series of robotic bodies (including Brainiac 2.5, Brainiac 6, and Nanoswarm Brainiac) capable of fighting the Man of Steel in addition to being technopathic, a mechanical giant called Brainiac 13 who overrode Metropolis' entire power grid and could smack around Superman with no effort, and finally as a Coluan cyborg, with the ability to match Superman blow-for-blow and even overpowering him, on top of possessing more minor versions of all his previous abilities such as technopathy and telepathy. His bodies have been even more numerous; in addition to Milton Fine and countless robots, he has possessed Lex Luthor, Lena Luthor, Doomsday, and even, thanks to time travel, himself. One thing that has remained consistent about Brainiac is his status as both one of the smartest beings in the galaxy (a "12th Level Intelligence"), and one of the worst members of Superman's Rogues Gallery, with a death toll numbering in the billions.
One of the few Superman adversaries not named Luthor to have actual name recognition in the general public, Brainiac and his various future selves and alternate universe counterparts have played major roles in numerous Superman stories over the years, including Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, JLA: Earth-2, Panic In The Sky, Superman: Y2K, Our Worlds at War, the self-titled Superman: Brainiac arc, and New Krypton, to name just a few. He has appeared frequently in other media, including television shows Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Smallville, and the animated film Superman Unbound, as well as video games and novels, most notably as the Big Bad of Injustice 2. He's also the source of the term "brainiac", a portmanteau of "brain" and "maniac". In 2009, IGN rated Brainiac the 17th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.
Now has his own page onto which tropes about him should go.
A U.S. government agent employed first at Cadmus Labs and then by General Sam Lane and his Human Defense Corps, Jonathan Drew possesses limited telepathy and telekinesis, and no moral scruples of any sort. Murdering the original Guardian, Jim Harper, and the surviving members of the Newsboy Legion, he earned the permanent enmity of Harper's clone who took up the mantle of the new Guardian.
- Co-Dragons: To Sam Lane, alongside Luthor.
- FaceHeel Turn: In his original 1976 appearance in First Issue Special #11, he's basically the Punisher, who applies for a Super Soldier program to make him more effective at wiping out organised crime. While this is still in his backstory, he now just kills whoever his superiors tell him to.
- Fights Like a Normal: Drew's psychic powers are weak enough that he has to do most of his jobs with a gun and special ops training.
- Guns Akimbo: Usually carries two pistols.
- It's Personal: With Guardian II.
- Just Following Orders: Uses this as an excuse for the atrocities he commits on Lane's orders.
- Military Superhero: Created by the U.S. military to serve as a black-ops killer.
- Mind over Matter: His telekinesis is stronger than his telepathy, enabling him to fly, move heavy objects, and project force blasts.
- Psycho for Hire: Guardian calls him out on this, noting that while Drew might claim to be Just Following Orders, he enjoys his job.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Downplayed. Drew's bodysuit is blue, a primary color, but contains a lot of orange highlights that contrast well with Guardian's blue suit and yellow highlights.
- Smug Snake: Very sure of himself and his abilities, even after failing to successfully assassinate Jimmy Olsen.
- Telepathy: Can sense the surface thoughts of others and read their emotions and intent, though it doesn't go deeper than that.
- You Killed My Father: Why Guardian went after him.
Introduced in an arc shortly after Zero Hour! and returned in The Death of Clark Kent. He was one of Clark Kent's friends in high school, but he grew increasingly jealous over Clark always overshadowing him in sports. He was also berated by his father for always coming in second place. He grew up to be a mercenary, and developed the ability to channel energy, including kryptonite radiation. He discovered Clark's secret and kidnapped him, accusing him of using his powers to cheat back when they were kids. Clark protested that he did not have his powers back then, but Kenny refused to listen and challenged him to a fight in an arena full of Kryptonite. Clark pushed past the pain and defeated him with his superior fighting skill. Furious, Kenny tried to absorb the electricity powering the arena, but overloaded and died. Despite the hell Kenny had put him through, Clark mourned the loss of his old friend.
- Abusive Dad: Kenny's dad emotionally abused him for coming in second to Clark.
- Always Second Best: To Clark.
- Daddy Issues: Massive ones. Anybody who builds an army of robots resembling their father has got a screw loose.
- Decomposite Character: He has the pre-Crisis Lex Luthor's "Evil Former Friend of Superman from Smallville" origin story.
- Driven by Envy: Of Clark Kent, and subsequently, Superman.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Kenny Braverman was introduced in Superman's Zero Hour! issue.
- Energy Absorption: Drains any and all energy into himself.
- Evil Redhead: Under the helmet Kenny looks like an older, meaner Jimmy Olsen complete with red hair.
- Feed It with Fire: Fire is just another source of power for Kenny to absorb.
- Foil: To Clark, even gaining his powers from exposure to the radiation from Clark's ship passing overhead during his birth.
- Forgotten Friend, New Foe: He's the one who started the trend towards these in comics. If you like Hush and Malefic, thank Conduit.
- Freudian Excuse: His father's emotional abuse of him made him the unstable person he is today.
- Green Rocks: Was irradiated by Kryptonite when Clark's shuttle flew over his pregnant mother.
- Hired Guns: Was once a mercenary.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed by his own powers.
- Ill Boy: In high school, where his frequent bouts of poor health prevented him from excelling to quite the same degree as Clark.
- Jerk Jock: In highschool and afterwards.
- Killed Off for Real: Kenny got himself killed during his last confrontation with Clark and stayed that way.
- Man of Kryptonite: Could produce Kryptonite radiation.
- Powered Armor: His armor protects him from attacks and allows him to fly.
- Psycho Electro: Produces electricity and is definitely a few nebulae short of a galaxy.
- The Resenter: Resents Clark for having the life he wants.
- Sadistic Choice: Presented Superman with the option to save Smallville from being nuked or to save Jimmy Olsen from a spectacularly complex death trap.
- Thanatos Gambit: In the event of his own death, Conduit rigged up the above Sadistic Choice, which activated upon his heartbeat going still.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Clark speculated that Kenny might not have turned out so bad if it wasn't for his father. Given that Conduit builds an army of robots resembling the man, he may well have a point there.
- Hal Jordan: He needed someone to hate for what happened to him. He chose Superman.
Hank Henshaw and three other astronauts were accidentally exposed to cosmic radiation and given superpowers. Hank was the only one stable enough to survive, as an energy being capable of inhabiting machinery. He initially lacked control over his energy form, accidentally wreaking havoc on all machines around his host; he decided to leave Earth by hijacking a small portion of Superman's Kryptonian birthing matrix/starship. Combining the Kryptonian technology with traces of Superman's DNA from the rocket, he made a Cyborg-Superman body. Over time in space, he went mad and blamed Superman for "exiling" him, developing the delusion that Superman had trapped Henshaw in his own birthing matrix and sent it into space believing the machinery too complex for Henshaw to manipulate. He returned to Earth and posed as Superman during his death long enough to prepare for an invasion. His destruction of Coast City was the last straw that drove Hal Jordan mad, making him effectively a nemesis for both heroes. He has since become Grandmaster of the Manhunters, and served in the Sinestro Corps, making life miserable for Superman and Green Lantern alike.
- Alliterative Name: In proud comic book tradition.
- Arc Villain: Was the Big Bad of Reign of the Supermen, and a major player in several other story arcs.
- Arm Cannon: Frequently transforms his hands into beam weapons.
- Artificial Limbs: In his original appearance as Cyborg-Superman, one of Henshaw's legs and one of his arms were mechanical. In later appearances, three or even all four of his limbs may be artificial.
- Ascended Extra: Henshaw's gone from being a one-off villain with limited powers and scope to the Big Bad of Reign of the Supermen, and a major player in the DCU, holding titles including Grandmaster of the Manhunters, Alpha-Prime of the Alpha Lanterns, and Herald of the Anti-Monitor.
- Ax-Crazy: Completely insane.
- Back from the Dead: Claimed to be Superman, back from the dead; has since died and come back many, many times.
- Badass Cape: As part of his faux-Superman outfit. He continues to wear one even after joining the Sinestro Corps and changing the rest of his costume.
- Body Surf: Henshaw's ability to project his consciousness into any mechanical device or clone body is one of the reasons for his apparent inability to die. He can even take over the bodies of other sentient machines and cyborgs, as he did to the Alpha Lanterns.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Has featured the "S" symbol on his chest and the back of his cape.
- Captain Ersatz: In his first appearance, he and his crew were stand-ins for the Fantastic Four, with Henshaw as Mister Fantastic. He brings up the "ironic" similarities in an Intercompany Crossover.Hank: While residing in your computers I learned we share much in common. You four were bombarded by unique cosmic rays during a brave mission into space. My wife, I, and two of our friends experienced a similar fate while on the space shuttle Excalibur. The radiation that invaded our craft was both unexpected and unexplained. You four were blessed with tremendous powers and abilities. As were we, at first. Ultimately, though, my team lost their lives to the effects of the radiation. I survived as a nomadic intelligence, always forging new bodies of circuits and alloys. You swore to use your new for the good of mankind. Me, I resented my fate and the loss of my human body. I didn't fight for humanity. I declared war on it and its greatest champion.
- Chest Insignia: Originally had a version of Superman's "S" shield. He later replaced it with the Sinestro Corps symbol, but returned to displaying an "S" in "Reign of Doomsday".
- Cult: Facilitated the creation of a cult that venerated him as the reborn Superman. This cult later clashed with one that venerated the Eradicator.
- Cyborg: Has constructed a series of bodies for himself, all of which combine Superman's DNA with alien metals, giving him the appearance of being a half-mechanical Superman.
- Dead Person Impersonation: What he thought he was doing to Superman following the events of The Death of Superman.
- Death Seeker: Allied himself with Sinestro and the Anti-Monitor in the hopes he will die in battle, and the latter promised to kill him if he survived (for which Henshaw thanked him). Toyed with nonetheless, however, in that Henshaw is determined to die on his terms and not anybody else's. Hence his refusal to let Doomsday best him during Reign of Doomsday.
- Demonic Possession: Of Alpha Lantern Boodika.
- Dragon with an Agenda/The Starscream: Once served a tribunal that hoped to bring Superman to trial, in this role. The tribunal wanted to try Superman for the crimes of Krypton; Henshaw was just looking to seize the tribunal's planet for his own uses.
- The Dreaded: So much so that Sinestro himself recruited him into the Sinestro Corps.
- Driven by Envy: Not to the same degree as Luthor, but Henshaw is obsessed with proving himself to be better than Superman, who he believes receives the respect that should rightfully be his.
- Electronic Eyes: Always has one mechanical eye and one real one. Its version of his Eye Beams is considerably more enhanced than that of his Kryptonian eye, to the point where it's frequently the only one he bothers to fire.
- Enemy Mine: Forced into one with first the JLA and then Superman during Reign of Doomsday.
- Energy Beings: Henshaw's real form is that of a Pure Energy consciousness that can project itself into new bodies.
- Evil Costume Switch: He was always evil, but once he was done pretending to be Superman, the Cyborg exchanged its version of his costume for a red-and-black copy that has alternately featured the Sinestro Corps symbol and a silver (or red) Superman shield on the chest.
- Evil Twin: Partially. His human parts are cloned from Superman's, though his mechanical ones help to screw up the image.
- Evil vs. Evil: During his battle with Cyborg-Doomsday in Reign of Doomsday.
- Flying Brick: Can and does mimic all of Superman's powers, including Flight, Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Strength, Super Speed, Super Senses, Eye Beams, and Freezing Breath. That's in addition to his technopathic and psychic abilities.
- Flying Firepower: He flies and has Superman's Eye Beams and Breath Weapon and an arsenal of Kryptonian, Apokoliptian, and Oan weaponry.
- Freudian Excuse: Henshaw and his crewmen were exposed to energy that mutated their bodies and warped their minds. Two of his friends committed suicide, and while his wife was apparently cured, she proceeded to kill herself after Henshaw appeared to her in robotic form. And then, if that wasn't bad enough, he was forced from Earth after a conflict with Superman, leaving him isolated and free to indulge in his paranoia. It doesn't justify his grudge against Superman, but it certainly explains his madness.
- From a Single Cell: Henshaw's consciousness will always survive and transfer so long as a single piece of him survives his "death".
- From Nobody to Nightmare: A variant. While Hank Henshaw, astronaut, certainly wasn't a nobody before gaining his powers, Hank Henshaw, supervillain, was a minor antagonist with no real ability to fight against Superman. Then he beamed himself into a Kryptonian birthing matrix, and gained the power to create bodies based on Kryptonian technology, and Superman's genetics, turning himself into one of the greatest menaces in the DC Universe.
- Genius Bruiser: Henshaw was already a scientist and astronaut when he was exposed to the radiation that granted him his powers. He became a technological genius whose abilities allowed him to face the likes of Superman in combat, and return from the dead.
- Glass Cannon: Henshaw's mechanical parts are far more easily damaged than his organic ones. That said, they also hit far harder.
- Godzilla Threshold: One of the few villains Superman is willing to kill, which he does at the end of Reign of the Supermen. Henshaw gets revived, though.
- Go Out with a Smile: Any time he believes somebody has managed to kill him.
- Green Lantern Ring: Yellow Lantern Ring, actually. Having joined the Sinestro Corps War, and become Grandmaster of the Manhunters, the Cyborg-Superman gained a fistful of Yellow Power Rings taken from deceased Sinestro Corpsmen.
- Hand Blast/Power Palms: When he isn't just converting his hand into a full-on Arm Cannon.
- Healing Factor: One of the most extreme ones in comic books. Thanks to the combination of his enhanced Kryptonian physique, his mechanical self-repair function, his incorporated cloning technology, and his true nature as an Energy Being, Cyborg-Superman will recover from any injury, no matter how extreme. Over the course of his battle in the Watchtower with Doomsday he repeatedly rebuilt himself from scratch, with a different ratio of flesh-to-metal each time.
- Irrational Hatred: Henshaw's hatred of Superman is based on nothing but delusion. He blames the Man of Steel for causing his accident, for driving his friends to suicide, and for exiling Henshaw from Earth. None of these things were Superman's fault, but Henshaw is long past caring, and his hatred of Superman has reached frankly rabid levels.
- It's Personal: In a variation, Henshaw's loathing of Superman is one of the few things he has left, while Superman sees Henshaw as just another enemy. Similarly, Hal Jordan hates the Cyborg-Superman with a passion, while Henshaw is far more interested in pursuing his grudge against the Man of Steel, seeing Green Lantern as just another hero out to stop him.
- Joker Immunity: No matter how many times Henshaw is killed, he always comes back, much to his own chagrin.
- Kryptonite Factor: Donwplayed. Kryptonite will shut down Henshaw's organic parts, but has no effect on the Kryptonian (and later Apokoliptian) alloys that compose most of his body. Magic—even magic that was disabling Supergirl—has no effect on him whatsoever as demonstrated when he hijacked the Watchtower's magitek defenses and threw them at Doomsday.
- Lightning Bruiser: As a Kryptonian/machine hybrid this is to be expected.
- Man of Kryptonite: Can project both Kryptonite radiation and red solar rays from his incorporated Kryptonian weapons.
- The Mentally Disturbed: Henshaw suffers from delusions, depression, suicidal impulses, a completely irrational hatred of Superman, and is prone to mental breakdowns and fits of rage.
- Nuke 'em: Tried to nuke Metropolis as part of his plan to rebuild it as a new Engine City.
- One-Man Army: If you want to stop Henshaw and you aren't Superman or Doomsday you'd better have an army. A big one.
- Psychic Powers: Of an ill-defined and evolving variety.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His Manhunter/Sinestro Corps uniform. He later modified this outfit to create his final "evil Superman◊" uniform, with a red shirt, black pants, red trunks, and a black cape.
- Red Baron: Styled himself "The Man of Tomorrow" when posing as Superman reborn.
- The Resenter: Towards anybody who has a "normal" life. He's particularly spiteful towards Superman, who has everything Henshaw has lost.
- Revenge Before Reason: Wants revenge on Superman for things that never happened in the first place.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Became more associated with Green Lantern following his attack on Coast City. He never let go of his hatred of Superman, though, and his last Pre-New 52 appearance, however, was in the Superman Family Crossover, Reign of Doomsday.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Finished the Post-Crisis universe trapped in his central node, under care of S.T.A.R. Labs.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: His mechanical parts can shift into almost any weapon Henshaw imagines.
- Skull for a Head: Three quarters of his face is taken up by a grinning metal skull.
- Superpower Lottery: Even more so then Superman. Given that he has a cybernetic version of Superman's body, he possesses all of his powers as well as his original technopathic powers and the ability to transplant his consciousness into mechanical devices, and create new bodies. More recently, he was given multiple Yellow power rings as a member of the Sinestro Corps. Then he gains the Phantom Ring.
- Technopath: Can control most technology and transplant his consciousness into mechanical devices. This has allowed him to create new weapons at will, gain control of the Manhunters, and at one point, operate one billion robots at a time.
- Terminator Impersonator: Sports much of the aesthetic of a Terminator, what with half its body being a Skelebot complete with Glowing Mechanical Eyes. You could basically call him a "Terminator in a Superman costume", but he is a human whose intelligence was merged with machinery and then created an artificial body to impersonate Superman. His similarity to a Terminator was played up in Superman Versus The Terminator, where he allies himself with a Terminator so that the two can destroy their mutual enemies (Superman and John Connor) and pave the way for machinekind to rule. Further, in order to combat the increased threat that Kryptonians pose, Skynet upgrades its Terminators with abilities like Heat-Vision and Jet Packs.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from a minor villain with technopathic powers to a serious menace whose body incorporated Kryptonian genetics and machinery. He upgrades his act again when he added Apokoliptian and Oan technology to his cyborg body, and again when he gained several Sinestro Corps power rings.
- Two-Faced: Half-machine, half-Superman to be precise.
- Unwanted Revival: The Manhunters do this to him in the aftermath of the Sinestro Corps War, much to his anger and disappointment.
- Villain Team-Up: Has worked with Mongul I and the Sinestro Corps.
- Villainous Breakdown: About once per arc.
- Villain Override: After merging with the Central Power Battery he's capable of overriding control of any rings that recharged afterwards.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: A mild variant. While his bodies inevitably look like a cross between Superman and the Terminator, how much of him is mechanical vs how much of him is flesh, as well as the composition and form of the alloys involved, is subject to change.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He really does not, and a lot of his motivation is trying to goad people into destroying him, following his realization that revenge was hollow and would gain him little.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Is sometimes characterised as such, particularly during the Sinestro Corps War, where all he wants to do is die.
Despotic ruler of Apokolips. This evil god of tyranny often comes in conflict with Superman and other superheroes. You can find out more about him in his own article.
A monster who showed up on Earth one day and started trashing everything for no reason. After tangling with a number of outclassed heroes, he found his match in Superman, with the two battling to the death (giving Superman his only canonical death). Doomsday is incredibly fast, strong, and invulnerable. He is cunning but not intelligent. More importantly, he has the ability to regenerate from any injury, even death, and adapts new defenses in the process so he can't be killed the same way twice. Eventually, it was revealed that Doomsday was engineered on Krypton and meant to be the ultimate life form. In spite of this, Doomsday has suffered Villain Decay. Even though he should be getting more powerful with each fight, Superman has been more and more successful in each rematch.
During the events of Reign of Doomsday, an attempt was made to undo this villain decay, by unleashing four clones of Doomsday, each of which effortlessly defeated one of Steel, the Eradicator, the Cyborg-Superman and Supergirl, and Superboy. The mastermind of this plot was Lex Luthor, but his plan was hijacked by the Doomslayer, a sentient Doomsday clone who aimed to destroy himself, the other Doomsdays, and anybody else who had knowledge of them, all in the name of saving the universe from Doomsday.
In the New 52, Doomsday returned as a Walking Wasteland, whose mere presence causes everything around him to die. Attacking Krypton decades ago, he was exiled to the Phantom Zone, but inadvertently freed in the present day. Superman makes numerous efforts to halt, and finally kill, the rampaging monster, but all of them fail, with one even seeing Superman possessed by Doomsday.
- Achilles' Heel: Granting him sentience weakens him, as it allows him to feel fear and doubt. Averted with the Doomslayer, which was sentient, but insane.
- Adaptive Ability: He becomes immune to anything used against him. He occasionally develops offensive abilities, like the ability to extend his spikes and reel in who they impale.
- Appropriated Appellation: He was named by Booster Gold, who remarked, "It was like Doomsday was here!" after getting attacked by him.
- Ax-Crazy: Doomsday was tortured into total insanity by his creator. The Doomslayer clone is in the same boat, but retains his sentience.
- Back from the Dead: Doomsday's most infamous ability is to return to life and evolve, becoming immune to whatever killed him previously.
- Big Bad: The Doomslayer clone was the Big Bad and Final Boss of "Reign of Doomsday".
- Breath Weapon: He eventually gained fire-breath.
- The Brute: Anyone who can wrest control of his mind tends to employ him as this.
- Cloning Blues:
- Doomslayer, who hates being a clone of a monster, and fighting against Doomsday's rage.
- In an alternate timeline where the original Young Justice was never formed, a thinking teenaged clone of Doomsday named Doomsboy was created when what would have been Superboy turned out powerless. He's got the angst of living up to Superman's legacy Conner usually has with the bonus of being associated forever with the monster that killed him. This makes him more reckless and selfish until he decides to just kill Conner for trying to set him straight after denouncing everything Superman stood for.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His early appearances had him dishing out numerous ones to foes as diverse as the JLA and Darkseid. Bonus points for battering the former with literally one hand tied behind his back.
- Cyborg: The clone that was sent after Cyborg-Superman during Reign of Doomsday was able to mimic his technopathic powers, and create mechanical limbs and weapons for itself.
- Deus Exit Machina: A variation. It's noted that superheroes with magic or cosmic powers, like Doctor Fate or Shazam have a tendency to be conspicuously absent from the group of heroes that have to face Doomsday whenever he shows up. This means that almost all of the fights with him have to be resolved with physical force, which is his speciality meaning that it's not the best of ideas...
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Showed up out of freaking nowhere and absolutely wrecked the Justice League, Supergirl, Cadmus, Metropolis, and Superman.
- Didn't Think This Through: His creator Bertron wanted to make the Ultimate Life Form and proceeded to launch him out into prehistoric Krypton for decades. Bertron never stopped to think what would happen when he finally succeeded or what would happen when he would break free.
- Dumb Muscle: Up to Eleven in that he killed Superman, but he is a quite animalistic being with no other thought than to destroy any living thing it encounters because they threaten his existence. Thanks to his Adaptive Ability, however, he "Evolved" sentience due to being outwitted over and over. He then promptly decided his old way of life was stupid and underwent a HeelFace Turn.
- The Dreaded: Many in the superhero and supervillain community are terrified of him especially since he is one of the few beings alive who can go toe-to-toe with Superman and is the being infamous for actually killing the Man of Steel. Superman himself admits to being frightened of him.Narrator: This was an anomaly. This was a being of such immeasurable power that its name, in any translation— be it recognizable or wholly alien tongue— struck unholy terror into the hearts of those who heard it. No mercy involved. No cracks in the veneer of indestructibility. It had never had an earthly name until recently, earning it rightly with the murder of the greatest hero of the age. It was a name that parents frightened their children with. It was a name that had become myth. Doomsday.
- Enemy to All Living Things: He attacks until a planet is completely extinct, then moves to another one. Rinse and repeat. He typically starts with the greatest threats he can perceive, motivated by survival.
- Flying Brick: He acquired the ability to fly in Reign of Doomsday.
- Freudian Excuse: From the moment he was born, he was left on the Death World known as prehistoric Krypton and killed an ungodly number of times. He remembers every single horrifying moment.
- From a Single Cell: He can regenerate from any trace of him left.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Trope Namer. His sole reason for being was The Death of Superman. And to defeat Superman, Doomsday had to be overtly strong and feral to the point he has basically no personality, being comparable to an angry stampeding animal. The contrast between Doomsday and the rest of Superman's foes is touched upon in the story, with Superman fearing he might have to delve into He Who Fights Monsters territory.
- Genetic Memory: The memory of each and every one of his previous deaths is imprinted onto his consciousness.
- Genius Bruiser: The Doomslayer clone, which masterminded a plot aimed at destroying Earth, and could operate technology designed by Luthor.
- Godzilla Threshold: Doomsday is so far the only member of Superman's rogues gallery for whom lethal force is basically the only viable option 99% of the time, as he's an unthinking, unreasoning beast who will not stop for anything else, and seeks to destroy all life wherever he can find it. And it's not as if he's likely to stay dead, anyway.
- Gone Horribly Right: Bertron wanted to make Doomsday into a being who could beat even death. The poor schmuck got it and a whole lot more.
- Healing Factor: While he normally dies before reviving fully healed, he can heal from injuries mid-battle.
- Hero Killer: He is known as The One Who Killed Superman.
- Hollywood Evolution: Bertron's method of creating Doomsday was to keep launching clones of the same baby into the hostile environment over and over again until the baby "evolved" into the ultimate survivor.
- HULK MASH!-Up: Doomsday is often compared to the Hulk due to their similar levels of strength and pure savagery, although Doomsday is usually less massive and speechless (except on occasions where he develops intelligence).
- In a Single Bound: In most adaptations, he can't fly, but can leap into the sky and across cities.
- It Can Think: Has 'evolved' this a few times, but ironically enough becomes less dangerous when he does because he becomes capable of feeling fear, doubt, and in one case, actually thinking about why he's killing everything in sight. Even Doomslayer went from 'kill EVERYTHING that's alive'' to 'kill this one planet, myself, and all my clone brothers to protect the universe from me', which is at least a slight improvement.
- It Only Works Once: Whenever Doomsday is killed, he comes back with an immunity to whatever had done him in. He's even developed an immunity to Darkseid's infamous Omega Beam. The only thing he can't evolve an immunity to is entropy.
- Jobber: Can happen around and to Doomsday, who for all his power, does have glaring holes in his abilities. Notably, Green Lantern, Maxima, and Darkseid all forgot their telekinetic powers around Doomsday, despite Doomsday having no ranged weaponry at the time.
- The Juggernaut: You'd need someone like Superman or stronger to even think of slowing him down.
- Kill All Humans: Doomslayer wants to kill the entire population of Earth in order to make sure that all knowledge of how to create Doomsday clones is lost.
- Lamarck Was Right: Was created deliberately through a brutal process of Lamarckian evolution, taking a baby and killing it over and over until it 'learned' to evolve.
- Lightning Bruiser: Can overpower and outrun people like Superman and Darkseid.
- Logical Weakness: His Spikes of Villainy are made out of bone, meaning that if someone manages to break one of them (admittedly, this is no minor feat), it will inflict serious pain on him, something Superman took advantage of during the closing moments of their battle in Metropolis.
- Mind over Matter: The clone sent after Superboy in Reign of Doomsday possessed a copy of his tactile telekinesis.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Doomsday got his name when Booster Gold compared his rampage to the end of the world.
- The Needless: Doomsday does not require air, water, nor food to function.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Doomsday's body is a solid mass with no vital organs, meaning he can take ridiculous amounts of damage without suffering much pain or feeling fatigue. To make matters worse, injure him with something once and his Adaptive Ability will ensure it won't work again.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Doomsday will not rest until everything around him is destroyed.
- One-Man Army: Doomsday can take out entire planets on his own, and has torn through the whole Justice League on several occasions.
- Outside-Context Problem: In his first appearance. No one has any clue who left him in his prison or how long ago it happened; he just claws his way out of it and goes on a rampage.
- Really 700 Years Old: Was born in prehistoric Krypton, putting him closer to Time Abyss.
- Sealed Evil in a Can:
- In his first appearance, Doomsday arrives on Earth trapped in a Calatonian casket and a containment suit. He breaks free from the former with ease once his injuries are healed, while the latter gets shredded during his confrontation with the Justice League.
- In Superman: Doomsday, Doomsday is initially trapped in a spaceship that is unearthed by LexCorp. Once he awakens, he kills the digging crew and goes on to destroy everything he sees in Metropolis.
- Not only does Doomsday have Nigh-Invulnerability, but the combination of his Healing Factor and Adaptive Ability means he can come Back from the Dead with immunity to whatever killed him the last time. As a result, in most adaptations, the heroes only manage to defeat him by banishing him to a place he cannot escape from: the Phantom Zone in Justice League and Injustice: Gods Among Us, the center of the Earth in Smallville, etc.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Doomsday wears green pants. Doomslayer is orange and green.
- Self-Made Orphan: He shredded his creator, Bertron, who Doomsday hates more than anything, to the extent that he's occasionally been written as seeing literally every living thing as Bertron.Bertron: No! You can't do this to us! We made you better! Don't you see? No one can equal you! My genius built you—created you! You cannot kill... your father!
- Spikes of Villainy: Doomsday has bony spikes protruding from various regions of his body, essentially shielding him from most physical attacks. Later incarnations of the character can also extend the spikes and use them as improvised weapons to stab his enemies.
- Stripped to the Bone: Happened to him once when he got blasted by Imperiex.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: The Doomslayer aims to kill not only himself, but all other versions of Doomsday, and anybody who might be able to recreate Doomsday, leading him to try and kill the entire planet Earth.
- Super Soldier: Bred to be the definitive one.
- Technopath: One of the clones from Reign of Doomsday possessed these powers, and used them to defeat Cyborg-Superman.
- Time Abyss: He's millions of years old.
- Took a Level in Badass: The Doomsday clones and the Doomslayer in "Reign of Doomsday", which brought Doomsday back up to his previously badass levels; in fact it took The Eradicator taking control of the original Doomsday to turn the odds in the favor of the heroes.
- Tragic Villain: He was killed thousands of times over, and had every single death recorded into his memory. This caused him to believe that he had to kill all life just to stay alive. He does not even understand that killing is wrong.
- Ultimate Life Form: Was designed to be the strongest possible being ever created.
- Unskilled, but Strong:
Superman: You're different now. You can think for yourself. So think about this. Before, you were a mindless thing. Nothing could hurt you. You couldn't feel pain, much less understand it. But once you have felt itit changes youforever. And you'll begin to understand something new. Fear. I've lived with it all my life. You don't want to die again, do you? The agony of what's happened to you affects your speedyour strength...and that little bit of doubtthat you cannot win todaygrows. You understand now, don't you? You will never hurt me again.
- Played straight as a mindless brute, he fights with no finesse, but he doesn't really need it since he's stronger, faster, and tougher than Superman.
- Inverted when he was revived from being destroyed by Imperiex. Superman beat him without much trouble, and specifically noted that since he's now a sapient being fighting for his life, rather than a berserk beast hopped up on adrenaline all the time and feeling no pain with no goal other than killing, he's easier to take down. This suggests that Superman was actually slightly stronger than Doomsday the whole time, and they only drew in their first fight because Superman had restraint and self-preservation instincts that Doomsday didn't.note Basically, his lack of skill is a skill in its own right that makes him more effective.
- Unstoppable Rage: He is nothing but pure rage at everything around him.
- Villain Decay: Because you can't really top killing Superman. Every instance since then he's been defeated easier and easier.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Doomslayer, who wants to end the threat that Doomsday poses to the universe, by killing himself, the other Doomsdays, and everyone who knows about them.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: At his very core, he's an extremely frightened and traumatized toddler who has come to view every single bit of life as a threat thanks to how he came to be what he is now. The Doomslayer is a more traditional example, aiming to kill himself, the other Doomsdays, and Earth because he hurts too much to think straight about it.
- The Worf Effect: Imperiex disintegrated him with a single blast.
A villainess who can use magic thanks to her Mists of Ibella. She was known for selling fake kryptonite to various villains of the world.
- Bullying a Dragon: A recurring theme of her appearances is that trying to con supervillains, even with illusion and charm powers, can go wrong very, very fast.
- Charm Person: One of her most special powers is pheromone secretion that causes men to fall in love with her, obeying her commands.
- Con Artist: As the Encantadora, Lourdes sells fake Kryptonite to several villains, such as the Riddler. When they find out about her deception, they seek revenge on her, but she is rescued by Superman.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She's very protective of her brother.
- Femme Fatale / The Vamp: She is known to have a very sensual personality. She has also kissed Superman few times.
- Gratuitous Spanish: She is from Spain and the writers will remind you of it by generously peppering her dialogues with unnecesary Spanish words and phrases.
- HeelFace Turn: Maybe. In her last appearance, after Superman save her and her brother from Ra's al Ghul, she vowed that she would turn over a new leaf.
- Hot Witch: A beautiful woman with one of the most powerful, magical artifacts known to man.
- Master of Illusion: Lourdes has been granted great power by the magical Mists of Ibella which she wears around her neck in a vial. With it, she can manipulate the perceptions of people to such an extent that Superman was affected by fake Kryptonite, despite knowing it wasn't genuine.
- Most Common Super Power: Very much so.
- Villain Teleportation: Although she seems to be nearly powerless with the Mists, she has harnessed some of its power and can teleport at will without having the the Mists in her possession.
Lois Lane's father, and a high-ranking U.S. General. Originally portrayed as a gruff, but well-meaning father, who sacrificed his life to save the world during the Imperiex War, he was retconned into a fanatical, anti-alien bigot during the events of the New Krypton arc. His extreme hatred and racism led him to head Project 7734, a conspiracy aiming for the destruction of Superman, all other Kryptonians, all other "alien threats", and any of their sympathizers. Eventually, he committed suicide, turning himself into a martyr for the Anti-Kryptonian cause.
The New 52 continued with this characterization of Lane. Convinced Superman is a threat from the day he arrives on Earth, Lane sponsored the creation of Metallo and numerous other projects intended to fight Superman in the event that he turned on humanity. He was later elected to the US Senate where he has continued his anti-Superman crusade. Unlike his pre-Flashpoint self, this version was mostly interested in being prepared rather than hitting first, and claimed that he didn't dislike Superman because he was an alien, but because he thought he was a coward.
The DC Rebirth appears to be making a change to his characterization again, starting off with being merely a serving general at the Pentagon. He and Lois are described as being estranged and out of touch since before his grandson, Jon, was born.
- Absolute Xenophobe: Lane wants all alien life eradicated, and just chooses to start with New Krypton. He makes it clear that given the chance Superman, Supergirl, and every alien he can get his hands on will be terminated.
- Abusive Dad: Cold and remote when they were children, he used Lucy's desire for his affections to turn her into Superwoman when she was an adult.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: His actions in New Krypton retcon him into one of the Hulk's enemy, General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, with even fewer redeeming qualities.
- Archnemesis Dad: To his daughter, Lois, and his son-in-law, Superman. By the time he's done, he's destroyed what remains of Superman's race, including his uncle, his aunt, his cousin's best friend, and many of his former subordinates and allies.
- Ate His Gun: How he kills himself pre-52.
- Backported Development: At the start of the "New Krypton" arc, his anti-alien prejudice is presented as a result of his "death" in an alien invasion. Then the Superman: Secret Origins miniseries retcons that he was always like that.
- Bad Boss: Demands everything from his subordinates and gives nothing back. When one of his units starts displaying actual human qualities, he has Reactron kill them all, and he regularly tries to threaten Luthor with death if he doesn't cooperate.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning his tortured relationship with Lois.
- Big Bad: One of the top contenders in New Krypton
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Lane is far more dependent upon Luthor than he cares to admit. While in theory Luthor is The Dragon and Lane the Big Bad, in practise, Lane could not win without Luthor, and has to cede quite a bit of authority to him, causing their relationship to trend towards this trope. That his plan works is due not to his own brilliance (though good luck telling him that), but because Luthor does all the heavy lifting.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Shares the role with Brainiac and Zod in New Krypton. While he ultimately outmaneuvers them both, and blows New Krypton sky-high, the resultant open war with Zod is not one that he can win.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Take away Luthor and Lane is left with no ability to enact his plans. Worse still, when it comes to open warfare he and his Human Defence Corps (Metallo aside) have no real ability to stand up to Zod's forces, putting Superman in the position of having to bail them out.
- Blood Knight: In Superman Unchained. When it becomes clear that Superman won't play ball, he's pretty eager to start a fight. And when Superman answers his challenge with a glowing suit of battle armor and a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner that doubles as an Ironic Echo, his response is to remark, rueful and amused, "Heh. He has to wait until now to make me like him."
- Characterization Marches On: Would you believe that the Silver Age Sam Lane was nothing more than a humble farmer, without a trace of evil or fanaticism?
- Driven to Suicide: Kills himself in an attempt at martyrdom, seconds before Kara and Connor would have arrested him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's desperate for Lois to understand what he did and to okay his actions.
- Everyone Has Standards: He may be a General Ripper who is estranged from his daughter because his extremely conservative views, but he protests when he discovers that she brought his grandson Jon (whom he's seeing for the first time) to a warzone. In her defense, she wanted him to stay at home and he's more than capable of taking care of himself (not that he knows this).
- Evil Old Folks: Somewhere in his sixties.
- Faking the Dead: After the Imperiex War and before New Krypton.
- Fantastic Racism: He sees all Kryptonians and those similar to them, like Mon-El, as threats to national security. He does not see any difference between bad guys like General Zod or good guys like Flamebird, and tries to argue that Kryptonians are inherently violent.
- Post the New 52, he's dialed back on this, with his issues with Superman being more about what he does - or doesn't - do
- Final Solution: Uses Reactron and red solar radiation in order to effect a full-scale genocide of the people of Kandor, even going so far as to order that any prisoners his forces take be executed.
- General Ripper: Massively so in New Krypton, where he becomes an even less moral General Ross. He's convinced that the Kryptonians are a threat, long before they establish themselves as such, and sets out to force everybody else to see things his way.
- Glory Hound: A big part of Lane's agenda is simply about turning himself into a hero.
- Government Conspiracy: He's part of Project 7734, a conspiracy within the US Army to start a war with New Krypton without presidential authorisation.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Sam Lane seemed less than thrilled to find out that his daughter Lois was going to marry Clark Kent, and seemed to give various reasons to why he didn't like him, ranging from Clark being too mild-mannered to blaming Clark for breaking off the engagement the previous time (Clark promptly pointed out that it was actually Lois who broke it off). Ron Troupe, who was engaged to Lois' sister, Lucy, was worried how he would take Lucy marrying a black man. Lucy replied that Sam was by no means racist. He hated all of his daughters' beaus.
- Heroic Sacrifice: How he was believed to have met his end during the Imperiex War. Later retconned into him faking his death.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Lane started the war between New Krypton and Earth, seemingly oblivious to the fact that it was not a battle that his Human Defense Corps could win. While Superman steps in and stops Zod, Lane's catastrophically bad decision making still costs him his army, and leads to his suicide.
- Hypocrite: During the New Krypton storyline, he mocks Lex Luthor for deluding himself into thinking he's "humanity's savior", despite the fact that Lane thinks the same of himself.
- Insane Admiral: By the time of New Krypton Lane has lost touch with objective reality. He's blinded to the fact that his own actions are a huge part of New Krypton's hostility towards Earth, refuses to acknowledge all the times that Superman et al have saved the world, considers Luthor, Metallo, and Reactron to be the finest allies he could ask for, and is absolutely convinced that he is a selfless martyr, sacrificing himself for humanity.
- Jerkass: Is he ever.
- Kill Sat: Owns a few.
- Killed Off for Real: In the Post-Crisis, Pre-New 52 continuity, General Lane stayed dead.
- Knight Templar: On the subject of aliens and Kryptonians in particular. He's willing to kill not only them, but all of their sympathisers.
- Knight Templar Parent: He doesn't know Clark's secret, but he gave him a hard time when he and Lois announced their engagement. So far as he knew, Lois wasted the best years of her life pining after Superman before settling for some mild-mannered reporter.
- Leave No Survivors: Orders that every Kryptonian his men capture be executed.
- Lighter and Softer: Alive again with the universe reboot of DC Rebirth, the fanaticism and General Ripper scheming are vastly tamped down, though the mistrust of Superman and tensions with Lois and her husband are retained. Though after meeting his grandson Jon for the first time and immediately warming up to him, it's hinted that a mending of ties with Lois and her family and a softening of his characterization is ongoing.
- Meaningful Name: Not Lane himself, but his project. Flip 7734 upside down and it appears to spell "HELL".
- Moral Myopia: Guys like Reactron and Metallo, who regularly kill civillians, and in Reactron's case, murdered an ex-girlfriend for leaving him? Good soldiers. Kryptonians responding to the violence he instigates? Rabid dogs who have to be put down in the name of national security. This is most obvious when Kara is threatening to kill him in retaliation for the genocide of her race, and Lane tries to use her anger as "proof" that all Kryptonians are inherently evil. Apparently she was just supposed to sit there and take it while he annihilated her race.
- Muggle Power: Project 7734 is meant to equip regular human soldiers with the equipment and allies that they will need to battle Kryptonians.
- Narcissist: In a similar vein to Luthor and Zod. Lane sees his children and his army as extensions of himself, wants to be viewed as the savior of the human race, and when his plans fail, commits suicide in an effort at achieving martyrdom.
- Not So Different: From General Dru-Zod II of Krypton. Lois calls him out on this, pointing out that from the Kryptonian perspective he's the "one alien" that he thinks will bring ruin to Earth. This prompts his Villainous Breakdown and eventual suicide.
- Old Soldier: His original portrayal, pre-retcon.
- Parental Favoritism: Clearly favors Lois over Lucy.
- Parental Neglect: Completely ignored both Lois and Lucy when they were growing up, leaving them both with their fair share of neuroses.
- Patriotic Fervor: Convinces himself that New Krypton is a threat to the USA, then sets out to prove he is right, killing thousands in the name of defending American security.
- Police State: Does his best to do this to Metropolis and then the USA as a whole during the events of New Krypton.
- Retcon: His villainous portrayal in New Krypton, and indeed, his being alive at all.
- Rogue Agent: Lane isn't working directly for the American government, launching his operation without oversight or permission.
- Shipper on Deck: Supports the idea that Lois should marry his right hand man, John Corben aka Metallo. This is only because he sees John as the son he always wanted, rather than out of any concern for Lois.
- Smug Snake: Very much so. Lane is convinced of not only his invincibility, but of the fact that the world is behind him. Finding out that they aren't comes as a massive shock to him.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Given that he ignores the fact that Superman and friends save the world on a daily basis.
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers one after Lois points out to him that he's Not So Different from Zod, then another one when Supergirl and her allies break into his secret base. He rants about how the Kryptonians are dangerous animals who have to be exterminated, and then kills himself.
- Villain Respect: A change in his characterisation post New 52, he gives this to Superman in Superman Unchained, remarking when Superman answers his challenge with an Ironic Echo that serves as a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner in glowing battle armor, his response is a rueful and amused:Heh. He had to wait until now to make me like him.
- We Have Reserves: A belief that he applies to his own daughter, Lucy.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wanted Lois to be a boy. Part of the reason Lois is an Action Girl these days.
The iron-fisted ruler of the Balkan republic of Pokolistan, Zed Avruiskin was the son of two Soviet astronauts. While on a mission in space, Zed's mother was exposed to Kryptonite radiation which ultimately killed her, but not before she gave birth to her son. Due to the radiation, Zed was born with a bizarre condition: yellow sunlight weakened him, but red sunlight gave him the same powers as a Kryptonian, which made him an ideal tool for the Soviet government. One day, while meditating, he made mental contact with the ghost of a Kryptonian criminal trapped in the Phantom Zone—an alternate universe version of General Dru-Zod II (see below).
After the USSR fell, Zed—now calling himself General Zod—obtained a suit of armor that filtered red rays from Earth's sun, allowing him use of his powers even outside. He seized control of the tiny republic of Pokolistan and used his position to wage a personal war against Superman, believing that the meteor shower that killed his mother was the one that brought Kal-El to Earth. Zod died in battle against Superman, his powers failing him at a critical moment.
See the Phantom Zone Criminals, below, for more on the original Zod.
- Arc Villain: He was the driving force in the Superman books for a while, until death took him out of play.
- Badass Cape: On his armor.
- Catchphrase: The classic "Kneel Before Zod".
- Clothes Make the Superman: His red armor filters sunlight, enabling him to have Superman-level strength despite the yellow sun.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Captured and tortured Bizarro when he could not get his hands on the real Superman.
- Cool Helmet/Cool Mask: Wears a Darth Vader style gas mask and helmet combo.
- Darth Vader Clone: Looks like Vader wearing red.
- Demonic Possession: Might be possessed by the alternate universe Zod.
- Dirty Communists: As a Soviet counterpart to Superman, he's a product of their work, even if the Cold War is long since over.
- Evil Counterpart: With his inverted powers, he makes for a pretty obvious one and initially served the Soviet government as their answer to Superman. He later became an...
- Evil Twin: Transformed himself into one through plastic surgery.
- Former Regime Personnel: Once a Soviet agent, later the tyrannical leader of a former Communist republic after the Iron Curtain came down.
- The Generalissimo: As dictatorial ruler of Pokolistan.
- Insane Admiral: Never let a whack-job with an unhealthy Superman obsession reach the top ranks of your military. It never ends well.
- Irrational Hatred: Has no reason whatsoever to hate Superman, though being influenced by the alternate universe Zod, whom Superman executed, might have had something to do with it.
- Kick the Dog: His torture of Bizarro, who served as a substitute for Superman.
- Killed Off for Real: Avruiskin did not recover from his death during his last fight with Superman. The real General Zod eventually returned to the comics and the Soviet version was more or less forgotten.
- Kneel Before Zod: He may not have been the original Zod, but he shared his desire to force Superman to kneel before him, as evidenced by the page quote. He also says the catchphrase during his battle with Superman.
- Legacy Character: In a bizarre twist, as Superman had yet to meet the original General Zod (at least in post-Infinite Crisis continuity...) when he took on Avruiskin (though he had encountered a couple of alternate universe doppelgangers).
- Lightning Bruiser: As fast, strong, and durable as Superman at least under red light.
- The Man Behind the Man: To La Encantadora. He may also have been the (initial) real identity of the villain Ignition.
- The Mentally Ill: Avruiskin's fixation on Superman was never healthy, and his eventual decision to have his face surgically altered to resemble the man he hated reeked of deep-seated psychological issues.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: Pokolistan under his rule.
- The Power of the Sun: Under optimal conditions, solar energy is the main source of General Zod's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a red sun star system. He has a bio-cellular matrix, "red" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when red solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
- Ruritania: Runs one in the form of Pokolistan (whose name should honestly make it Central Asian).
- Shadow Archetype: Even more so than the real General Zod. Whereas Kal-El is an alien who gains powers under a yellow sun, Avruiskin was a human who gained powers under a red sun. He even had his face surgically altered to look just like Superman.
- Superpower Lottery: Under the effects of a "red" sun, General Zod possesses the same powers as an average Kryptonian under the effects of a "yellow" sun.
- Super Soldier: For the Soviets.
- Tin Tyrant: Dictator of Pokolistan, always clothed in solar-shielding red plate.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Yellow sunlight reduces him to the level of a weaker than normal human.
- You Killed My Father: You Killed My Mother, actually. In Avruiskin's head the meteor shower that gave him his powers and killed his mom was all Superman's fault.
H'el is a mysterious Kryptonian that debuted in the New 52 story arc, H'el on Earth. With Krypton dying, he was sent into outer space to find a way to save his planet. Decades after Krypton's destruction, he arrives on Earth knowing how to resurrect Krypton, but at the expense of Earth.
In Krypton Returns, H'el ends up in Krypton's past due to the events of H'el on Earth. When he learns about his origins, he goes mad and enslaves Krypton. With the help of the Oracle, Superman, Supergirl, and Superboy travel back in time to stop him.
- Affably Evil:
- H'el is rather nice to fellow Kryptonian Supergirl, who also wants to go back to her old life on Krypton. He later convinces her join him in his quest to resurrect Krypton, but manipulates her to estrange her from Superman.
- H'el was also friendly to Superman, initially. When they first meet, H'el hugs Superman and says he's like a brother. Superman was already suspicious, but then H'el offers to kill Superboy in front of him to prove his loyalty to Krypton (Kryptonians other than Superman are viciously racist against clones). Superman responded poorly to this.
- When he learns about his true origins, he loses the affable part and becomes stone cold evil.
- And I Must Scream: At the end of Krypton Returns, Superman traps a badly wounded H'El in an infinite time loop within Krypton's core that will preserve him within a few endlessly-repeating seconds of time for all eternity.
- Artificial Human: H'El is revealed to be this in Superman #23.3. He was created from a collection of genetic material gathered all over Krypton's history by Jor-El in an unmanned spaceship to find a planet where the people of Krypton could be safely evacuated to by the time Krypton exploded.
- But What About the Astronauts?: H'el's origin is explained this way.
- Depending on the Artist: H'el was originally portrayed in promotional art (as well as Superman #13 and Superboy #14) as having a backwards "S" symbol carved on his chest. From Supergirl #14 and onwards, H'el is no longer portrayed with the backwards "S", though this was later revealed to have been due to H'el masking the backwards "S" with his powers, with Kara calling him out on it. Given that H'el was originally a new design for long-time Superman doppleganger Bizarro, the backwards "S" did have a clear purpose, but on H'el it's currently unclear as to how he got it and why he tried to hide it.
- Expy: H'el's pale skin and backwards "S" scar was because he was originally meant to be the New 52 incarnation of Bizzaro. However, he was so different that he was made into a new character.
- A case can also be made that he's one of Superboy Prime, given his hatred of Superboy, his belief that everything was better on his planet (albeit with Krypton instead of the Earth from his universe), and starting off as friendly before becoming evil. Considering Superboy Prime hasn't made any post-Flashpoint appearancesnote , H'el is arguably a Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Prime.
- Fantastic Racism:
- H'el hates Superboy, a human/Kryptonian clone, with every fiber of his body. This is because Krypton used to use clones as servants until they revolted and nearly wrecked their planet.
- H'el also thinks Earth and every human on it is inferior to Krypton and Kryptonians. He doesn't care what price Earth has to pay in his goal to ressurect Krypton.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: H'El doesn't take the revelation of his true origin well, to say the least.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: H'el has a scar over his left eye and another across the bridge of his nose. How he got them is unknown.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: H'el certainly thinks so. He takes Supergirl to an urban war zone to try to make her think the same.
- I Was Quite a Looker: H'el wasn't always a scarred, pale skinned, black-eyed man. Flashbacks and his hologram in Supergirl #15 show how he used to look back on Krypton, when he was quite handsome. Except this is revealed to be a false memory and he always had his current appearance.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: H'el's plan is to travel back in time to before Krypton exploded, and prevent its destruction. However, the energy needed for the time travel would destroy our entire solar system. Not that H'el cares about our solar system.
- Superpower Lottery: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, H'El possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian, but has also has many other abilities that are not associated with Kryptonians like:
- Mind over Matter: He can use telekinesis in the traditional "lift with your mind" type and create psychic whirlwinds and barriers.
- Translator Microbes: He gave Supergirl the ability to speak and understand English.
- Villain Teleportation: He can teleport himself and others with little effort. When Superboy harms Supergirl in Superman #16, H'el becomes so mad that he teleports the entire Fortress of Solitude miles away.
- Trapped in the Past: In Superman #17, H'el falls into a temporal portal after being stabbed by Supergirl. He ends up back on Krypton twelve years before its destruction, where he is found by a young Jor-El. This sets up the sequel story, Krypton Returns.
- True Companions: On Krypton, H'el was like family to Superman's birth parents, Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van. The day before he was sent into space, they gave him the family crest; making him an honorary member of the House of El. His one-shot issue revealed this was a false memory and he never met any member of the House of El before.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Just look at his picture.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: All H'el wants is to resurrect his home planet, Krypton. Unfortunately, Earth has to be destroyed for him to bring back Krypton.
- You Are What You Hate: He is completely unaware he is an Artificial Human until Krypton Returns, and hates clones like Kon-El, another Artificial Human himself.
First appearing during the Emperor Joker storyline, Ignition is a hulking giant clad in black armor, who serves as The Joker's muscle. The Joker does not remember creating him (though Mxyptlk refers to him as "Clyde"), and Ignition himself seems to have knowledge of the pre-Emperor Joker universe. A powerhouse who was capable of matching the Man of Steel in physical combat, Ignition was implied to be the Russian Zod, only to later turn up as a member of Zod's army after The Joker's defeat. His real identity remains unknown.
- Cool Helmet/Cool Mask: It looks like a dark Klan hood and he's never shown without it.
- Co-Dragons: To the Russian Zod, alongside Faora.
- The Dragon: To Emperor Joker when the villain stole a portion of Mr. Mxyzptlk's power and shaped the world into his twisted image.
- Flight: Ignition is able to fly and maneuver as well as a Kryptonian.
- In a Single Bound: Due to his extremely dense muscles in his legs, he can leaps miles at a time.
- Lightning Bruiser: Huge and strong, but also fast and agile.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: It takes the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman, or Captain Marvel to hurt Ignition.
- Powered Armor: Maybe. Whether Ignition's armor provides his powers or is just for disguise purposes is never revealed.
- Super Speed: Downplayed. Ignition can react and maneuver faster than the healthiest, most fit human athlete. However, he can't run or move nearly as fast as speedsters like Superman or the Flash.
- The Un-Reveal: It was first thought he was part of Emperor Joker's reality warp, but the Joker later states he cannot remember creating him. It later transpires that Mr. Mxyzptlk made a deal with Ignition referring to him as Clyde. The meaning of this is still unknown.
A vast criminal syndicate created by Darkseid to carry out his plans on Earth, Intergang supplies criminals with Apokoliptan weaponry and seeks to undermine humanity. They are a dominant force in the Metropolis underworld, and their various incarnations have regularly clashed with Superman.
- Depending on the Writer: Whether they are all about serving Darkseid, or if they also hope to make a profit as professional criminals. Granted, some of this is also dependent on who is running the group.
- Elite Mooks: During the Morgan Edge, Vincent Edge, and early Bruno Mannheim years, Intergang employed a small army of highly-trained, well-equipped, and disciplined soldiers, including elite Shock-Troopers, faceless Gassers, and gravity-defying Wall-Crawlers. Collectively, they could occasionally slow Superman down for a couple of minutes, more than your average variety street thug could ever hope to.
- Joker Immunity: A variant. Incarnations of Intergang collapse, various leaders are killed or imprisoned, but the organization itself will always recover and bedevil Superman again.
- The Quisling: Selling Earth out to Darkseid, one soul at a time!
- Religion of Evil: Not originally, but under Bruno Mannheim's leadership, Intergang began to subscribe to one, worshiping criminality.
- The Syndicate: The most powerful one in Metropolis.
A slick Metropolis businessman, president of Galaxy Broadcasting. Pre-Crisis, Edge was ruthless but not really evil; he hired Clark Kent as a newscaster and was generally a good boss. Post-Crisis, Edge was Intergang's initial leader, and was a willing servant of Darkseid.
- Adaptational Villainy: Pre-Crisis, he could be ruthless as a businessman, but he wasn't really evil and was a Benevolent Boss, and it was a clone who has ties to Darkseid and Intergang. Post-Crisis and every version since has seen him as a Corrupt Corporate Executive with legitimate ties to Intergang.
- Benevolent Boss: Pre-Crisis.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Post-Crisis and onward.
- The Mole: For Intergang.
- Pompous Political Pundit: In "New Krypton", he's an Expy of Glenn Beck. He's hired by General Lane to spread populist anti-Kryptonian propaganda on his news show.
Morgan Edge's equally evil father, Vincent Edge took over his son's role as head of Intergang after Morgan was forced to step down due to stress.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: In his role as the head of Galaxy Broadcasting.
- Evil Old Folks: In his seventies, and still a gangster.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Once used the death of Cat Grant's son to try and hit on her.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For his son, Morgan Edge.
Bruno "Ugly" Mannheim
A truly wicked mob boss, "Ugly" Mannheim is Intergang's fourth leader and Darkseid's chosen apostle on Earth. Mannheim was touched by Darkseid himself and is as close to pure evil as a human can be.
- Bad Boss: To say the least!
- Big Bad Duumvirate: For a while he played this role alongside Vincent Edge, heading up the criminal side of Intergang, while Vincent oversaw the legitimate part of Morgan Edge's businesses.
- Card-Carrying Villain: It goes with the faith.
- Generation Xerox: His father, Boss Moxie, was also a mobster, and member of Intergang, back in the 1940s.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Had a face marred by the evil variety when he first appeared; hence the nickname.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He cooks and eats underlings who fail him.
- The Leader: Probably the most iconic and recognizable of Intergang's leaders.
- Religion of Evil: He worships the Crime Bible, and his beliefs are Exactly What It Says on the Tin. He even sees Cain as his icon.
"Boss" Moxie Mannheim
Intergang's original leader in the 1920-40s, he was cloned by Cadmus Labs, and with help from clones of several of his key subordinates, murdered Vincent Edge and took over Intergang while his son, Bruno, was in exile on Apokolips.
- The Don: A classic forties gangster in the Al Capone mold, right down to the pinstripe suit.
- Neck Snap: Died when Superboy-Prime broke his neck during Infinite Crisis.
Ginny "Torcher" McCree
Boss Moxie's moll, Ginny McCree was cloned back to life by Cadmus Labs and granted pyrokintetic abilities.
- Dark Action Girl: Whose control over flame made her highly dangerous.
- Playing with Fire: It's right there in her nickname, even.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Boss Moxie.
Mike "Machine" Gunn
Boss Moxie's right-hand man and enforcer, Mike Gunn was one of the original Intergang members who were cloned by Cadmus. Outfitted with cybernetic arms that could convert into automatic weapons, he resumed his old role as the new Boss Moxie's buttonman.
- Arm Cannon: Arm machine gun, anyway.
- Bottomless Magazines: An actual ability. His guns are equipped with self-replicating ammo.
- Cyborg: One of the many half-man/half-machine villains whom Superman has clashed with.
- The Dragon: To Boss Moxie.
A bald killer with a penchant for strangulation, Noose was kept on Boss Moxie's payroll to eliminate competition. He was one of the original Intergang members to be cloned at Cadmus Labs, and was given elongated, super-strong fingers to better help him do his job.
A monster engineered by the Russian Zod from tumours in Superman's body, Kancer is an imperfect Kryptonian clone, forced into the shape of a vaguely humanoid worm-monster, and encrusted with crystaline growths that resemble Green Kryptonite. Believing that it had been rejected by its "father" (Superman), Kancer looked up to the Russian Zod, and attacked Superman on his behalf, with its Kryptonian genetics and nectrotic touch enabling it to seriously injure the Man of Steel.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Views itself as Superman's son, having been born within his body. It also blames Superman for trying to excise it.
- The Brute: Fills this role in the Russian Zod's army.
- Cain and Abel: With Superboy, who it believes is not worthy to wear Superman's "S"-shield.
- Clone Degeneration: Does not look even remotely human.
- Happily Adopted: In a sick sort of way, as it views the Russian Zod as its new father, and clearly cares about him a lot.
- Lightning Bruiser: Strong, durable and fast enough to fight Superman.
- My Nayme Is: "Cancer" with a "K".
- Serial Killer: Went on a serial spree in Metropolis in order to attract Superman's attention.
- Superpower Lottery: Has all of Superman's abilities, plus a few more.
- Eye Beams: Kryptonite beams.
- Flight: Fast flight enough to match Superman.
- Flying Brick: His powers mixed in poison.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Immune not only to physical harm, but to poisons and diseases.
- Poisonous Person: Kancer has a nectrotic, corrosive touch that can dissolve almost anything, and can even injure Superman.
- Super Senses: Enough to detect Superman.
- Super Speed: Fast enough to keep up with Superman.
- Super Strength: Enough to rival the man of steel down strength.
- Xenomorph Xerox: It resembles a Xenomorph.
When Metallo's Kryptonite heart just isn't enough, the bad guys call in the Kryptonite Man. There have been several variations on this radioactive menace, all of whom have had the ability to project Kryptonite radiation, making them walking Achilles heels as far as Superman is concerned. Pre-Crisis, a teenaged alien criminal who flew through a cloud of Green K arrived on Earth calling himself the Kryptonite Kid, and with the power to transmute any matter into Green K. He returned as an adult in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, and was killed in battle with Krypto. Post-Crisis, Mad Scientist K. Russell Abernathy briefly became a new Kryptonite Man, with the power to see all forms of radiation, but was quickly jailed by Supergirl. Finally, in the New 52, Domestic Abuser Clay Ramsay joined one of Luthors supersoldier programs after being beaten by Superman, and was transformed into yet another incarnation of the villain.
- Domestic Abuse: Clay Ramsay was beating his wife when Superman threw him in a river.
- Evil Redhead: The Kryptonite Kid.
- Eye Beams: Abernathy had these.
- Flight: Ramsay can use his energies to fly.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Abernathy and Ramsay, who both had power over other forms of radiation as well.
- Legacy Character: The various Kryptonite Men have had little in the way of actual connections to one another, yet all picked the same codename.
- Mad Scientist: Abernathy, who was willing to cross any lines to harness the power of Kryptonite.
- Man of Kryptonite: Trope Namer. All versions of the Kryptonite man have been poison to Superman, in one way or another.
- Mutual Kill: The Kryptonite Kid and Krypto in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow.
- Never My Fault: Ramsay, who refuses to accept that is wife left him because of his abuse, and instead blames Superman for breaking up his marriage.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Sometimes wears green, sometimes is green, always wears colors that contrast with Superman.
- Super Soldier: Ramsay is the result of Luthor's supersoldier program.
- Super Strength: Ramsay possesses a degree of this.
- Teens Are Monsters: The Kryptonite Kid once again.
An arrogant radio host whose boss fired her for criticising Superman. She gained powers over electricity and decided to take her anger out on the hero, who she blamed for the loss of her job.
- Absolute Cleavage: She has a large lightning bolt-shaped slit that goes down to her belly button, although no cleavage is actually drawn.
- Adaptational Heroism: Unlike her animated counterpart, she eventually makes a HeelFace Turn.
- Attention Whore: Somewhat subverted in the comics. She didn't end up that way until the station she was a Shock Jock at was converted into a country station and her manager fired her for bashing Superman (who had saved his wife once before). The accident that turned her into Livewire was what really pushed her over the edge.
- Canon Immigrant: She came from Superman: The Animated Series.
- Dumbass DJ: Before gaining her powers, she was a popular DJ who spent all her time insulting Superman in order to boost her ratings.
- Energy Absorption: She feeds on electricity and can absorb the energy of anything electric, including thunder, into her body to discharge it back in lightning bolts.
- HeelFace Turn: After the events of Superman: Back In Action, where she helped save earth from "The Auctioneer", she agreed to get help, and was taken to S.T.A.R. Labs for treatment. It finally stuck after a minor relapse (Superman #711, July 2011), when she was placed in Superman's old containment suit (Superman Blue), which helped to clear her head by regulating her body's energy, bringing her back to her senses. Seeing she was truly sorry for what she had done, Supeman vouched for her testimony and she was re-admitted to the S.T.A.R. Labs reform program under Dr. Sterling Roquette (former member of Project Cadmus). Superman, impressed by her progress, later inducted Leslie into the second incarnation of the Supermen of America.
- Meganekko: Before becoming Livewire.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her comic-book origins are a Shout-Out to Howard Stern, who also lost his job as a DJ in a similar fashion to Leslie.
- Psycho Electro: Her powers affected her brain, kicking her natural Attention Whore tendencies Up to Eleven. Superman eventually fixed this by giving her one of his old containment suits from that time he was an Energy Being, facilitating a HeelFace Turn.
- Shock and Awe: She has the ability to absorb, generate and project volumes of electrical energy of an extremely high voltage. She also has the ability to transform into living energy.
- Shock Jock: Her pre-power career.
- Vapor Wear: Her outfit.
- Villainous Crush: Albeit a minor one. During a story arc in Action Comics (Superman: Back In Action), she had to team up with a group of metahumans to take down a god-like extraterrestrial named "The Auctioneer," one of them being Nightwing. During this partnership, we find out that she finds him very attractive.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Getting her wet shorts her out. Counts as Fridge Brilliance when you remember that her abilities are electrically-based.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Because of her ability to become, discharge, and absorb pure energy, her body's own energy levels were in a state of constant flux, affecting her brain-chemistry as well. The more energy she absorbed, the harder it was for her to think straight. This, in combination with environmental stressors was what led to her unstable personality. Thankfully, Superman was able to rectify this by placing her in his old containment suit, returning her to normal.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shes got blue hair.
She mesmerized Superman into believing he was her husband, and erased his memories of Earth and Lois. They lived together for a while, raising a son as ordinary citizens in Kandor. All the while, his spirit was slowly being broken, because although he loved her, life in Kandor is just too depressing. When she was ready, she copied his powers and escaped the bottle city, intending to rule Metropolis as its new God. She was shocked to discover that Superman was simply Metropolis' protector, not its ruler, and angrily tried to destroy him and the city. In the end, she realized that she truly had feelings for him, and seemingly sacrificed herself to save him from another threat. She hasn't been seen since her storyline, Superman: Godfall, but she may come back, one day.
- Adaptational Villainy: She seems to be inspired by the pre-Crisis character Lyla Lerrol, although the only similarities are the name, that she comes from a Kryptonian city (Lerrol was actually Kryptonian) and her non-marriage to Superman (Lerrol and Supes nearly got married, but then he was drawn back to his own time). Lyla Lerrol was not any kind of villain, though.
- All of the Other Reindeer: What lead her down the dark path.
- Arc Villain: Shares the role with Preus in "Godfall".
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: The implications of what she did to Superman after making him think that she was his wife are never fully explored.
- Eviler Than Thou: With rabid Kryptonian cop, Preus.
- Flying Brick: After gaining Superman's powers.
- A God Am I: Develops these delusions after stealing Superman's powers.
- Heel Realisation: Comes to the realization that Superman did not deliberately deceive her, and that she and Preus are the actual villains of the piece.
- Hero-Worshipper: Of Superman.
- Broken Pedestal: When she found out he was not a ruler but a protector.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices her life to save Superman and put a halt to Preus' rampage.
- Master of Illusion: She can make them solid. Her son with Superman was an illusion as well.
- Mind Rape: Does it to Superman.
- Ms. Fanservice: She spent most of her storyline in a towel or in her underwear.
- Never Found the Body: Being Comic Books, we never found her body.
- Power Copying: She can permanently copy people's powers, but only if their spirits have been broken enough.
- Psychic Powers: One of her abilities.
- Sadly Mythtaken: In-universe no less.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: A tragic woman broken by the fact Superman isnt her love and her life has been a lie.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, actually.