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    Manchester Black 
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" Look at me. I'm a monster with a badge and I have the President of the U.S. of bleeding A in my pocket— And a mad on to crack open every member of your family and suck out the gooey bits. Again... And again... And again. But you still won't do it. Somewhere inside you'll find a cheek to turn... "Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. I swear... Until my dream of a world where dignity, honor, and justice becomes the reality we all share— I'll never stop fighting." Poncy git... You can't exist in the real world. You just can't."

A snobby Brit with advanced telekinesis and telepathy. He led The Elite, a Captain Ersatz of The Authority. The team went on a crusade, savagely beating and murdering criminals instead of arresting them. They mocked Superman, calling him naive and obsolete for holding on to his morals and refusing to kill. Knowing that their bad example couldn't go on, Superman challenged them to a fight and humiliated them, exposing them as hypocrites in front of the whole world when Black called him out on seemingly murdering his teammates.

Desiring revenge, Black discovered Superman was Clark Kent. He engineered a mass attack on anyone in the entire world who had ever shown Clark Kent one iota of kindness. Superman beat back all the assassins, but Black caught Lois Lane and seemingly murdered her. Despite his rage, the Man of Steel decided not to kill him, shocking him and allowing him to realize that Superman is a true hero. He dispelled the illusion, revealing that Lois was still alive. He erased the knowledge of Clark's secret from everyone's minds, then killed himself. In the New 52, Manchester Black is a high-ranking S.T.A.R. Labs executive.


  • Abusive Parents: One of the reasons why he was so cynical was that he was implied to have been both physically and sexually abused by his parents.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Pre-Flashpoint. After seeing that Superman won't kill him, Black reminisces about his own past and how he tried to be a hero himself, just to have his dreams crushed. He hated Superman for reminding of his past, but after realizing Superman truly was a hero, Black realized that he was fighting a good man, making him a villain. He took his own life afterwords.
  • Antagonist Abilities: While the rest of his team had powers that could go either way, telepathy is something typically seen as a "villainous" power. He also has access to a teleporter, which he openly uses to Troll the Man of Steel.
  • Anti-Hero: During his first outing he was a Unscrupulous Hero, executing criminals, terrorists and anyone who gets in his way. Once in every blue moon, he still manages do be this when the situation favors him (such as when he was a member of the Suicide Squad).
  • Anti-Villain: After being defeated by Superman, he became a much more obsessed character noted for his willingness to get his hands dirty in the name of (his own warped view of) justice.
  • Ax-Crazy: He delights in violence. He won't even limit his violent acts to the perputrators and will extend it to their families.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: If you ask him, you're either a righteous man or you deserve to die by his hand. There's no middle ground.
    Manchester Black: Black is black, white is white, there is the innocent and the guilty...
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Played with. Manchester's telepathy and telekinesis are obviously mind-based, but Superman's powers are largely physical and rely on muscle. But in action, Manchester is an uneducated thug who uses his powers for brute force. Superman is much more intelligent and beats Manchester through strategy.
  • The Bus Came Back: Twice. First, when he was suddenly reintroduced in the New 52 Teen Titans run, before being put on a bus. Then, in Superman (Rebirth), he makes another return in order to groom Jon into being the Superman he wants Clark to be.
  • Cain and Abel: Black's ghost takes on this role towards his reformed sister, Vera.
  • Captain Ersatz: He and his team are a deconstructive parody of The Authority.
  • Catchphrase: "Black is black, white is white", in DC Rebirth, signifying his Black-and-White Insanity (Plus being a play of words on his name).
  • The Corrupter: In New 52 continuity he tried to play this way to Teen Titans and in DC Rebirth he switched to Jonathan Kent.
  • The Cynic: His main point of contention with Superman, who played The Idealist. Black thinks he's a hero who's not afraid to do bad, even deplorable things if it'll help the world in the long run. But as long as Superman's around, being utterly perfect and saving the world every day, Black is just another bad guy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied by his reminiscing about his past when he's Driven to Suicide. He notes he used to have dreams as a boy and his dreams were crushed. We don't see much more than that.
  • Demonic Possession: A part of Manchester Black seemingly survived his suicide, and proceeded to bodyjack his sister, Vera, trying to force her to destroy London (in reality, this was just Vera's latent multiple personality disorder amplified by her exposure to the Whorlogog). During Rebirth, his mind gets expelled from his body and now seems to inhabit a cow.
  • Driven to Suicide: Following his Heel Realization.
  • Evil Brit: Other than his thick English accent, omnipresent Union Jack tattoo, and a few snippets he told about his life, very little is known about his background, although he is most likely from the city of Manchester, England.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Was determined to drive Superman over the edge to kill him in order to prove that if driven far enough, Superman will throw his ideals out the window and show he is no better than Manchester. The fact that Superman won't give into the desire for revenge causes Manchester to realize that Superman truely was a hero, and he was a villain. Has gotten over this by Rebirth, mocking Superman with the knowledge he won't kill him.
  • Evil Is Petty: Manchester is a rather petty and vindictive man. His hatred for Superman is equal parts ideological divide and sheer hatred due Superman humiliating him.
  • Expy: He's basically Jenny Sparks from Wild Storm's StormWatch and The Authority; English flag motif on an otherwise Civvie Spandex costume and being the leader of murderous anti-villains/anti-heroes who have a gigantic ship from which they pass down judgement. This was intentional, as the Elite were Joe Kelly's way of deconstructing Stormwatch and The Authority to begin with.
  • Finger Gun: One of his trademark attacks, borrowed from Superman vs. the Elite. He makes a finger gun and "fires", releasing an extremely powerful kinetic blast. It's often his Coup de Grace.
  • Glass Cannon: Possess formidable and high destructive Psychic Powers, and is very creative in their use, allowing him to even hurt Superman by attacking his body from the inside. But aside from that he's physically just a normal human.
  • Heel Realization: Black try to force Superman into a position where he would have to kill a man, but his plan failed despite all the lengths Black went to. Distraught at the revelation that he had become a villain himself, Black made the supervillains forget that Superman is really Clark Kent, and then used his telekinetic powers to take his own life.
  • He's Back: Makes quite a dramatic return during Rebirth.
    (Superman fires heat beams at him)
    (Black casually stops the beams mid-air and lights his cigarette with them)
    Manchester Black: Yeah, mate. Me.
    (proceeds to hurl Superman like a ragdoll with his mind)
  • Humiliation Conga: After he was defeated in "Rebirth" he is trapped inside the body of cow, and his powers are too weak to fight off some kids trying to push him over.
  • Hypocrite: Freaks out when he believes Superman has crossed the line and killed his teammates.
    • He boasted that he and the Elite were the heroes that world wanted. He also boasted the Might Makes Right, and that if anybody defied the Elite, they would be killed. Despite his claims, he doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks.
  • Jerkass: Even at his greatest, he is still rude, obnoxious, violent, hypocritical, racist and disrespectful.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Not in the initial story, but after it he started threatening Superman with cruel and hard to uncover schemes and his powers with lack of moral restraints make him a credible threat, meaning his return usually is a sign things are going to turn dark.
  • Knight Templar: Views himself as the sole arbiter of justice and anyone against him, an enemy.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Psychic Powers are one of Superman's most notable weaknesses, and Black is a very powerful psychic.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Black is very emotionally manipulative. He had actually had some success convincing Superboy of his views.
  • Might Makes Right: His belief that he's doing the right thing is based entirely on the fact that he's the strongest super-human around.
  • Mind Rape: Became quite adept at this in Superman (Rebirth), successfully breaking Superboy.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite his claims of fighting for justice, it does seem like his ethos is little more than a facade for his narcissism and sadism.
  • One-Hit Kill: He can use his telekinesis to pinch a target's blood vessels together, causing them to have a stroke. Or snap someone's neck.
  • Oral Fixation: Often chews an unlit match.
  • Pet the Dog: After he fails to drive Superman to kill him, he acknowledges that Superman truly is a hero before removing all knowledge of his identity from his enemies.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In the comics, he's disparaged people of African and Korean descent; calls Superman in a debilitated state in Superman vs. the Elite "spastic"; and in both versions, his reaction to Superman revealing his ruse, how he beat the Elite, and reinforcing his beliefs was to call Superman a "poncy (a homophobic slur in the UK) twit" .
  • Psychic Powers:
    • Master of Illusion: He was also able to create very detailed illusions on a vast scale. Even Superman can't see through them.
    • Mind over Matter: Manchester Black is an incredibly gifted telekinetic, and was capable of amazingly precise use of his telekinesis. He was able to give Superman the equivalent of a stroke, for example, by pinching blood vessels in Superman's brain.
    • Mind Manipulation: He also managed to control entire groups of supervillains with immediate ease.
    • Telepathy: He can read and manipulate the minds of others and even higher order animals. He was skilled enough to block the mental probes of Martian Manhunter's mental probes cause mass individuals to forget information.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Used his telepathy to dish out a heart attack to his abusive father. It's implied this is one of the first things he did when he found out about his powers.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In his debut. While certainly powerful, his arrogance far outstrips his ability. Best demonstrated in his debut, he was convinced that his team would not only be to kill Superman, but any other hero who disagreed with them. note  By Rebith he is still arrogant but he has an understanding of his limits.
  • Smug Snake: Very smug about his position and powers.
  • Smug Super: Has no problem reminding everyone how powerful he is and that he has no qualms whatsoever about using lethal force. Has even fewer problems running the planet, for no other reason than nobody being strong enough to stop him.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred!: Attempts this on Superman by fooling him into think Lois was dead, and then intended for Superman to realize Lois was alive and he throw out his ethics for nothing. It didn't work.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he returns in Superman (Rebirth), he's a far greater threat than he originally was. He's now a successful Manipulative Bastard who breaks Superboy and turns him against Superman.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Is a "hero" who proudly ditches the concept, making himself into a target for Superman.
  • The Unfettered: Manchester Black will eagerily resort to lethal force against any threat he sees. That includes anyone or anything who dares to disagree with him.
  • Unreliable Narrator: When telling his origin to Superman, chooses to omit various... unsavory portions.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Has a Union Jack tattooed on his chest.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Assumed he and The Elite were the protagonists in their debut, anything they were doing was in the right and anybody who opposed them was in the wrong. He would be right if he were in The Authority, but as he was in a Superman comic, his violent ways made him a villain.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, actually. This is presumably dyed.
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    Massacre 
“Giving up? That isn’t like you, Man of Steel! Or are you trying to figure out how I always stay one step ahead of you? Come on, Superman — Make a move! Try to surprise me!”
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An alien mass murderer that clashed with Superman.

    Master Jailer 
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AKA: Carl Draper

" I don't want to hurt anyone. Well— that's not entirely true. I try and pretend I'm like everyone else. I brush my teeth and eat dinner and watch the evening news. I conform to the ethics they preach. But sometimes it's hard. Sometimes I forget I'm not working at the brig anymore. I miss it. I miss having prisoners to play with. The truth is. I don't want to hurt anyone— I just have to."

Carl Draper is a prison architect and locksmith who has gone off the deep end and is now obsessed with trapping people. He has a strange ability to summon and control chains, cages, and other restraining paraphernalia. Post-Crisis, he doesn't have powers, but can create complex Death Trap devices.


  • Daddy's Little Villain: Carla Draper, Post-Crisis, who had an open quasi-villainous identity as Snare and has also "borrowed" her father's Deathtrap hologram under the name Locksmith. Draper's Character Blog revealed that he suspected Carla was also responsible for the occasional Post-Crisis appearances of a Master Jailer.
  • Dark Age Of Super Names: His Post-Crisis name was Deathtrap. In fact, it makes perfect sense as he creates death traps, yet sounds pretty dark when compared with "Master Jailer".
  • Dishing Out Dirt: In one battle, he revealed that his powers work on sand, as well.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He gave up crime and became chief of security for Checkmate.
  • The Jailer: His creations can even give Superman trouble.
  • Karma Houdini: In the Post-Crisis version, Draper was a respected designer of restraining equipment who was always absolutely horrified when the mysterious Deathtrap hacked his systems and sent his latest invention after Superman. And he got away with this every time.
  • Variable-Length Chain: His outfit.

    Maxima 
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" It's over Superman! It's every planet for itself! The first who takes Warworld wins... and devil take the losers!"

The queen of Planet Almerac. Impressed by his power, she asked Superman to become her king, and to father her children, but when he refused, she got pissed. At times, she's hit on other powerful men like Captain Atom (he rejected her in favor of Plastique) and Amazing Man (he stated that he wasn't interested in having kids yet). She got some Character Development, switched between being a good guy and bad guy several times, then met her end in the storyline Our Worlds at War.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: She has made numerous attempts to make Superman her husband, even outright saying that she'd be the ideal woman to repopulate the Kryptonian people due to how genetically similar they are. While a tempting offer, Superman was instantly repelled due to her being a conqueror and how she'd raise their children to follow in her footsteps. Every attempt she made since then is met with annoyance at best and outright displeasure at worst.
  • Action Girl: A warrior and a queen.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the New 52, she's a member of the Crucible Academy and a heroic character. She also had no desire to be queen of Almerac, choosing to make it a Republic and becoming president instead.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: She is a lesbian in the New 52 and has a crush on Supergirl.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Maxima is passionately attracted to Superman because he is one of the only men in the universe who is as strong as she is and hence, a desirable father to her children. Pity that Supes doesn't give a crap because she wanted to raise their kids to be conquerors and she didn't take rejection gracefully. At other times, she's hit on Captain Atom and Amazing Man, who are also pretty tough, and (in New-52 universe) even Supergirl, which suggests that she's drawn to strong people, regardless sex.
  • Almost Kiss: When she proposes marriage to Superman by pointing out how genetically compatible they are, she leans in for a kiss when she thinks he'll accept. She's about to reach his mouth before he says he has no interest in fathering despots.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She has a muscular yet voluptuous build for her attractive body.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Attracted to Superman because he can beat her in a fight.
  • Blood Knight: Really enjoys fighting.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When Superman rejects her because he's married to Lois, she is pissed.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Before, she would completely ignore anybody not at Superman's level of power.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: Comes with being a queen.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She thinks Superman not killing anyone is because they're not worth his time.
  • Fiery Redhead: A redheaded royal with superpowers.
  • Flying Brick: Her strength, speed, and durability are roughly equal to Superman's.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Becomes more heroic to win Superman's heart but when he rejects her because he's married to Lois, she returns to evil.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Intercepted a planet-destroying blast.
  • Human Aliens: Much like Kryptonians, her race is superficially indistinguishable from normal humans.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grows more heroic over time.
  • Incompatible Orientation In the New 52, she is unwilling to find a mate and have children because she is a lesbian. Likewise, her affection for Supergirl isn't returned.
  • Lack of Empathy: At first.
  • Love at First Punch: Maxima really fell for Superman after he beat her up.
  • Mind over Matter: Telekinesis is one of her powers.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Maxima is a tall and buxom redhead with the tendency to wear outfits that are very Stripperiffic and bare her midriff and highlight her long legs. Even when her outfits cover her whole body, they tend to be very skintight and highlight her muscular yet voluptuous build, buxom breasts, ripped broad shoulders, and long muscular yet shapely legs.
  • Most Common Superpower: She has very buxom breasts.
  • Only You Can Repopulate My Race: She is this to Clark. The fact that, unlike any human woman, she can give him children is the only thing that comes close to tempting him.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: "My moment of glory came in the struggle against the monstrous Doomsday. Now that was a battle!"note 
  • Psychic Powers: Telekinesis and telepathy.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Queen of Almerac and had a period as a superhero before pulling a Heroic Sacrifice by blocking a planet destroying blast.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Has worn both green and purple.
  • She's Got Legs: She tends to wear outfits (usually costumes that are either stripperiffic or very formfitting body suits) that highlight her long muscular yet shapely legs.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Although she is a lot more sane than most examples.
  • Stalker with a Test Tube: A Kryptonian/Almeracian hybrid could theoretically grow up to be the ultimate warrior.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Canonically 6'2", and exceptionally beautiful. Superman (6'3") was the only Justice Leaguer from that era who came close to her height, but even then she appeared to be nearly a full head taller than him.
  • Stripperiffic: She often wears gowns and casual attire that are generally immodest by Superman's standards.
  • Superpower Lottery: On top of being near Kryptonians in all physical stats, she is able to teleport herself or others, create force fields, control over metals, manipulate inorganic matter (usually to change her clothes on a whim), Eye Beams, multiple forms of mental power, illusion projection, and telekinesis. Though this may be explained because she is a product of selective gene manipulation to produce powerful offspring.
  • Tsundere: To Supes and other men she sets her eyes on.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Played With. She does seem to find Superman attractive, but she doesn't care whether or not he loves her, nor does she really care for love. She only wants him for breeding.
  • Woman Scorned: As Superman, Captain Atom, and Amazing Man found out the hard way, turning down a woman who can trade blows with Doomsday is a really bad idea.
  • Yandere: Since Superman rejected her advances, Max periodically attempted to wreak revenge, including an alliance with his nemesis Brainiac. She had also been known to set her sights on other heroes, sometimes in less violent ways (her attempted romance with Amazing Man during the period she was a reformed heroine), sometimes much more so (kidnapping Aquaman).

    Mercy Graves 
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"Already on it, Lex."

Created for Superman: The Animated Series, Mercy Graves is Lex Luthor's hired muscle, right-hand woman, and bodyguard. Much like Harley Quinn, she immigrated to the comics during the events of Batman: No Man's Land, but unlike in the DC Animated Universe, Mercy was reimagined as an Amazon.


    Metallo 
AKA: John Corben
Luthor: "You're all heart, John."
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The Six Million Dollar Man, if he was a petty criminal and his robotic body was powered by Kryptonite. Left horribly injured by a tragic accident, John Corben was rebuilt as a robot, with a chunk of Green Kryptonite powering his heart. Regardless of continuity, he inevitably starts off trying to return to his old life, but circumstance force him into villainy and he never goes back, his use of Green K making him a natural adversary for Superman as he attempts to resume his criminal career. Courtesy of a series of upgrades from Luthor, Brainiac, and Neron he is able to easily trade blows with Superman, yet his low-IQ means that he is rarely more than a single-issue villain, or The Dragon to the actual Arc Villain. He was revamped as a former soldier during the New Krypton storyline, where he, Superwoman, and Reactron serve as the muscle for General Lane's anti-Kryptonian conspiracy.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Superman: Secret Origin has him retconned into a guy who thinks he's Lois Lane's ex-boyfriend, but she states they had one date and she's avoided him and thrown away flowers he keep sending ever since. Lois despises how much he wants to impress her father, namely thinking she's wasting her time with her career and should just settle down and have kids with him.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the Silver Age, he was a reporter turned criminal upon his accident. Post-Crisis, he was a criminal from the start. In Secret Origin, he was a U.S. soldier serving under General Lane.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Secret Origin and New Krypton made him into one for Hulk adversary Glenn Talbot—a romantic rival for the hero's girlfriend, who also acts as muscle for said hero's General Ripper father-in-law, and whom said father-in-law views as the son (and son-in-law) he'd rather have.
  • Buried Alive: Does this to Superman and Batman in one crossover.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Whenever Metallo appears in non-comic media, you can expect that he'll make an Obligatory Joke about Superman "looking green at the gills" while exposing him to kryptonite.
    • It's also common for other characters to react to his appearance with a surprised utterance of his name, to which he'll pretty much always respond with "In the flesh."
  • Chest Blaster: His most consistent weapon is his ability to project rays from his Green Kryptonite heart.
  • Colonel Badass: In New Krypton where Lane has him enlisted as Colonel Corben.
  • Colonel Kilgore: Definitely displays this attitude in New Krypton, where he's far too eager to get into action, and has been promoted by Lane to hold the rank of colonel.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: He wears green and has a Green K heart. Reactron wears gold and has a Gold K heart.
  • Cool Helmet/Cool Mask: In New Krypton he wears a skull mask over his human face in order to evoke his old mechanical appearance.
  • Cranial Processing Unit: It varies, but Metallo is frequently portrayed as being able to survive so long as his metal skull remains intact.
  • Deal with the Devil: Has made deals with Neron, Brainiac 13, Lex Luthor, and General Lane in exchange for upgrades.
  • Depending on the Artist: Whether he's depicted as fully mechanical or hides his cyborg status beneath a coating of flesh. Also whether his mechanical parts are integrated into him, or worn as part of an exoskeleton or suit of Powered Armor, and whether he is human size or larger.
  • Depending on the Writer: What sort of life Corben had before becoming Metallo, and if he wants to go back to it. Also how smart and how strong he is, and how much of him is mechanical.
  • The Dragon: Has played this role to Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and numerous others over the years. In larger teams he's usually...
    • The Brute: Metallo is strong and tough, but not especially bright. In large teams he inevitably ends up as this, and has played the part for Luthor and General Lane amongst others.
  • Dumb Muscle: When written by anybody other than Geoff Johns, who makes him a far more calculating ex-soldier. Under most other writers, Corben remains an uneducated rube who is fairly easily manipulated by other villains.
  • Evil Mentor: Reactron was already far more evil than Metallo, but it's Metallo who gives him lessons on how to be an effective supervillain during New Krypton.
  • Evil Versus Evil/Eviler Than Thou: In Last Son and New Krypton where he faces down General Zod's forces.
  • Eye Beams: Frequently projects Kryptonite rays from his vision ports.
  • Fantastic Racism: Displays some of this attitude towards Kryptonians during New Krypton, though it's nowhere near as extreme as Lane or Reactron's.
  • Feel No Pain: Metallo's cyborg bodies are rarely equipped with pain sensors. While there are certainly advantages to be had in this, the sensory deprivation has at times driven him even crazier.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: John Corben was a petty criminal who became a supervillain overnight thanks to some fancy surgery and a conversion into a cyborg. Secret Origin tries to avert this by making him one of the U.S. Army's most highly decorated soldiers before he received his injuries.
  • Full-Conversion Cyborg: His brain was placed into his robotic, Kryptonite-powered body after a freak accident.
  • Healing Factor: His robotic bodies sometimes include a self-repair function that causes him to stitch himself back together.
  • Heart Light: His heart always glows green from the Kryptonite.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: A living brain powered by a Kryptonite heart, encased in a steel body, and in turn encased in vat-grown flesh? It doesn't get much more Hollywood than that.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Goes through bouts of this, but always comes back to being a supervillain.
  • Implacable Man: Is sometimes played this way, with his nigh-indestructible body, and ability to weaken Superman making him virtually impossible to stop. He'll just keep on advancing, no matter what Superman (or anybody else) throws at him.
  • Just Following Orders: In New Krypton, where in contrast to Reactron, who gloats about how much he loves to kill, Corben and Superwoman both use this as their excuse for their actions.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Metallo's sadistic executions of several of Zod's soldiers likely qualify as such. He himself has frequently been on the receiving end of this, with everyone from Luthor to Ultraman having, at some point, torn out his heart for the Kryptonite.
  • Legacy Character: Pre-Crisis, John Corben eventually died and his brother Roger had himself converted into a cyborg so he could get revenge on Superman as the second Metallo.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Metallo's Green K heart does bad things to Kryptonians, and he's often able to project its energies in the form of Eye Beams and other weapons. During the Last Son arc, Lex Luthor upgraded him to carry Red K, Blue K, and Gold K as well, though he's lost these extras by the time of New Krypton. Of all the Kryptonite-powered villains Superman has faced, he is easily the most popular and most enduring, in a large part thanks to the fact that he can back up his Flaw Exploitation with actual physical power.
  • Made of Indestructium: Metallo's shell is forged of "Metal 0", a nearly indestructible alloy that, in modern continuity at least, was made by Lex Luthor.
  • Mighty Glacier: Compared to anybody else on Earth he's a Lightning Bruiser. Compared to most Superman adversaries, his Implacable Man status makes him more of this.
  • Muggle Power: As part of General Lane's forces.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Metallo's bodies are almost impossible to destroy in the first place, and sometimes include a self-repair function.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the forces arrayed against New Krypton, Corben seems to be the only one who is even remotely sane. He lacks Lane's obsessions and paranoia, Luthor's narcissism, Superwoman's need to prove herself, and Reactron and Codename: Assassin's Ax-Crazy, and just wants to do the job. He actually has to rein Reactron in during their attack on New Krypton.
  • Parent-Preferred Suitor: In Secret Origin; General Lane is very supportive of the idea of Corben marrying Lois (despite Lois' disgust for him), seeing in Corben the son he always wanted.
  • Power Palms: Sometimes houses lasers or Kryptonite dischargers in them.
  • The Quisling: Sells out Earth to Brainiac 13 when the futuristic robot conquers Metropolis.
  • Retcon: During Secret Origin and New Krypton, Metallo's origins were altered to make him a former soldier reinstated by General Lane, and granted the rank of Colonel.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: During Last Son and New Krypton where, his heart aside, he looks completely human. In a Shout-Out to the T-101, he's revealed to have vat grown clone flesh over his mechanical exoskeleton.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Wore green in both Secret Origin and New Krypton.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: After his upgrades from Brainiac 13 and Neron. He seems to have lost these abilities by New Krypton though.
  • SkeleBot 9000: Post-Crisis, as a direct Shout-Out to the T-800.
  • Skull for a Head: His mechanical head always resembles a skull. In New Krypton, he wears a skull mask over his face in a Shout-Out to this.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: In his most recent Post-Crisis incarnation, he was revealed to have once been one of these. Promoted to Colonel Kilgore by General Lane during New Krypton.
  • Super Speed: It's rarely elaborated on, but he can keep up with Superman. That said, he's usually just enough slower to do the classic Implacable Man routine of slowly gaining on your enemies until you catch up.
  • Super Strength: Metallo's strong enough to seriously injure Superman, which even with the Kryptonite takes some doing.
  • Technopath: Post-Neron upgrades, which allowed him to fuse any piece of technology or metal into his shell.
  • Terminator Impersonator: Some portrayals incorporate various similarities to a Terminator, such has the Skelebot 9000 look, Glowing Mechanical Eyes, and on occasion, an external human disguise. In particular, his appearance on Smallville had Lois Lane refer to him as "a Real Life Terminator".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Repeatedly. Interestingly, while his New Krypton/Secret Origin incarnation is significantly weaker than its immediate predecessors, it is also a lot smarter, allowing it to be the most dangerous version of Metallo yet.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With fellow cyborg Reactron in the opening arc of New Krypton.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In his original Post-Crisis origin, he killed the scientist who saved his life by putting his brain in his metal body.
  • Villain Team-Up: Has worked with Luthor, Brainiac, General Lane, and several incarnations of the Superman Revenge Squad.
  • Walking Armory: Metallo's robotic shell contains a veritable arsenal of high-tech weaponry.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Even when he looks human, Metallo disdains shirts, exposing his chest (and Kryptonite heart) for the world to see.
  • Was Once a Man: Was once either a petty criminal or American soldier named John Corben.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Who rebuilt him and why varies, but this is always the source of Metallo's augmentation.
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    Misa 
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Misa is a girl that just wants to have fun. Her father Jude, and mother, Lucy Diamond Sky, are the leaders of a small race of advanced, genetically engineered people who were made by a scientist at Project Cadmus. Her people call themselves the Hairies, and they're seclusive pacifists, and Misa wants no part of their ways. She mostly just likes to cause trouble for the entertainment value, and often vexes Superman. She even joined the Superman Revenge Squad at one point.


  • Bag of Holding: Misa carries a bag of tricks contains an arsenal of high-tech gadgets of her own design.
  • Hippie Parents: Her parents Jude and Lucy Diamond Sky are the leaders of the reculsive pacifist Hairies, who act very much like New Age Retro Hippies.
  • Mind-Control Device: Misa's bag of tricks contains a harmonizer that lets Misa possess the mind of whoever puts it on.
  • The Prankster: Misa's main motivation is that she likes stirring up trouble, rather than personal gain or revenge.
  • Teleportation: Misa's bag of tricks includes a short-range teleporter.

    Mister Mxyzptlk 
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" ...is yours truly, Mxyztplk the Magnificent, with an exclusive look at how I made a sap out of Superman—as usual!"

A magical imp from the land of Zrfff in the 5th Dimension. Mxyzptlk often gets bored in his home dimension and comes to our universe looking for excitement, usually fixating on Superman. With his powers, he could easily defeat Superman in any number of novel and imaginative ways, but that would be too easy. So he sets rules for their encounters that he rigidly adheres to, the most well known being that if Superman can get him to say, spell, write, or otherwise communicate his own name backwards, he leaves and can't return for 90 days. Also has the ability to break the 4th wall (and the 5th).


  • '80s Hair: In his first Post-crisis appearance, he disguises himself as an otherwise handsome man with a curly mullet.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: He was this to Supergirl in Action Comics #291. Kara makes clear she cannot stand a stupid, reality-warping, imp-looking prankster who thinks he is funny. Mxy's reaction was popping the question. He also plays this role in Supergirl.
  • Above Good and Evil: Somewhere between this and Blue-and-Orange Morality in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? where he knows what acts are good and evil but doesn't care about what that means. He does things because he's bored and freely switches between them as it suits him.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: It's pretty common that once Mxy has been beaten and sent home, everybody will breathe a sigh of relief and have an honest laugh at what they've just been through.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Mxy in Supergirl is, well, a hot guy played by Peter Gadiot.
  • Adaptational Species Change: Is a human in Smallville.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Mxy in Supergirl is far more dangerous than most Mxy incarnations. The same goes for his Lois & Clark incarnation, who nearly started World War III (and apparently vaporized a guy at the beginning of the episode. It's unclear if that was fixed when he was sent back home...)
  • Alien Geometries: His ludicrous powers are based on the fact that he comes from the fifth dimension.
  • Alliance with an Abomination: Though an extradimensional entity, he'll sometimes work with Superman if there's a problem even he can't deal with alone like the time the Joker stole most of his powers.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: He's certainly no more powerful than other natives of his realm (like Bat-Mite), who can potentially call him out on his shenanigans; and his power is dwarfed by even higher dimensional beings. As to what other, unrelated DC heavy hitters may be legitimately more powerful, it's a major case of Depending on the Writer, Strong as They Need to Be, and Rule of Funny.
    • In terms of physical power, Mxy is this to Superman. He's one villain who Superman knows he can't beat with force and always has to outwit.
  • Attention Whore: His gripe with Superman as of Rebirth is the fact that Superman didn't go to rescue him when he was captured by Mr. Oz and spent more time with his wife and son than with him.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
    • Very much a case of Depending on the Writer, but he's often portrayed as not just tormenting Superman purely for his own amusement. Several stories will have him trying to use his powers to help Supes unwind, learn a lesson, or take himself a little less seriously, almost like a court jester.
    • On Superman's side, he shows his All-Loving Hero status even applies to Mxy. Mxy is touched to discover that Superman's son Jon knows who he is because Clark would tell him about their adventures together as bedtime stories. Turns out that Clark did on some level learn to appreciate all the absurdity and silliness Mxy brought into his life.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • 99% of the time, Mr. Mxyzptlk just wants to use his awesome Reality Warper powers to play harmless practical jokes and be a funny pest. As for that 1% of the time, be afraid.
    • Another storyline has him and Bat-Mite having a petty squabble which ends up destroying the entire multiverse with seemingly little effort on both of their parts. He even gets hit by Darkseid's Omega Effect with absolute no impact besides the beam lighting his cigar. He then destroys Apokolips with a gesture in the next panel.
  • Big Bad: In Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?.
  • Break the Haughty: When The Joker screwed him over and when Superboy-Prime caught him and beat him up.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Loses his powers when The Magic Goes Away during Day Of Vengeance. He seems to die while taking a kryptonite spear to the chest intended for Superman but can be heard whispering "Kltpzyxm" before he vanishes.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Post-Crisis Lex Luthor had to teach him how to lie.
  • Canon Immigrant: First appeared in the Superman newspaper comic strip.
  • Catchphrase: "Aw nuts!" in various continuities whenever he realizes he said his name backwards.
  • Cigar Chomper: For a while after his Post-Crisis debut.
  • Clarke's Third Law: His magic is sometimes handwaved as advanced science.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Doesn't last long after he reveals his true form in Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow?.
  • Composite Character: DC Rebirth said that every version of Mxy (including other media) is the same one travelling to different universes.
  • Continuity Snarl: Played for Laughs. Mxy is fully aware of every other version of himself in all other continuities, and is implied to be the same person across all canons. Including the "Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow" version where he's portrayed as the ultimate villain who dies at the end of the tale. Doesn't seem to have any hard feelings.
  • Court Jester: Was a court jester in his home dimension.
  • Court Mage: The New 52 version was this to a 5th dimensional king and made a major enemy out of the previous mage he replaced.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Died once and was almost instantly brought back to life by God.
  • Decomposite Character;
    • To explain why his name was originally spelt differently, they said that Mxyztplk was an alternate version from Earth-Two.
    • They used to hint that he was also Impossible Man from the Fantastic Four comics but a crossover between Superman and The Silver Surfer had them both meeting each other.
  • Deus ex Machina: Once appeared out of nowhere to save Superboy from the Kryptonite Kid, so he would be able to harass Superman for years to come.
  • Dimensional Traveler: One of the many inhabitants of the 5th Dimension.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Word of God says that similar DC characters like Qwsp, Bat-Mite and Johnny Thunder's genie, Thunderbolt also come from the same dimension as Mxy.
  • Final Boss: In the famous Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? story.
  • Foil: To Bat-Mite, an actively friendly member of Mxy's race who none the less ends up causing nothing but problems for his favorite three-dimensional being. He and Mxy squabble constantly whenever they meet up.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Yeah, the imp? That is not what he looks like.
    Mr. Mxyzptlk: Did you honestly believe a fifth-dimensional sorcerer would resemble a funny little man in a derby hat?
  • Fountain of Expies: Most Great Gazoo type characters in comics are based on him.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: He even secretly mocks the other characters for not realizing that they are fictional.
  • Friendly Enemy: As much as he aggravates Superman, and as frustrated as he may get at Superman for outwitting him, it's nearly always clear that he regards the whole thing as a game and doesn't bear Superman any real malice. Post-Crisis, he even occasionally serves as a Trickster Mentor to him. All of which is a good thing; you don't want him seriously angry at you.
  • Friendly Rival: Bat-Mite, a fellow Fifth Dimensioner who is generally more benevolent but has less common sense.
  • Great Gazoo: An imp from the fifth dimension.
  • Humanoid Abomination: See A Form You Are Comfortable With.
  • In Name Only: His Smallville counterpart is a european teenager who uses mind control abilities to fix football games.
  • Insane Troll Logic: He holds a grudge against Superman for not rescuing him despite the fact that Supes had no way of knowing he was actually missing than simply poofing off to do something else as he always did, was preoccupied with caring for his wife and son in an entirely new universe, and was stuck with the responsibilities of becoming Superman once more in the much more cynical and problem-plagued world that came with the New 52.
    • Though this can be attributed to the slight Sanity Slippage he suffered while held captive.
  • Jerkass: Especially when compared to The Impossible Man during the Superman/Silver Surfer crossover. Impy is outraged that not only did Mxy not care about innocent lives being endangered, but he lied to him.
  • Julius Beethoven da Vinci: Told Superboy-Prime that over the centuries, humans have known him as Loki, Coyote and Anansi.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: It's rare that he well and truly gets into trouble, but when it happens, it's good to have a word that can send you into another dimension that said trouble can't reach. However, by the time he feels the need to do that, things have gotten to the point that it's not gonna be that easy...
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: For a while it was strongly implied that he would visit the Marvel Universe and become Impossible Man but a crossover between Superman and the Silver Surfer showed them as two separate characters.
  • Legacy Character: In Superman Reborn, Mxy revealed that all incarnations of him in any medium were the same person.
  • Leprechaun: In Lois & Clark and Superman: The Animated Series he says that the leprechauns of legend were based on him.
  • Loophole Abuse: In the Silver Age, it was established that if anyone said their name backwards in Mxy's immediate presence, they would be instantly teleported to whatever place they considered home. This could be useful if you were stranded someplace you didn't want to be, and Mxy happened to show up to make a pest of himself.
  • Medium Awareness: In Rebirth, he reveals that he is conscious of all his incarnations, and is aware that they are books/tv shows/animated series, etc. Part of his motivation in his comeback storyline is literally that he feels he doesn't get enough respect for being a core Superman character.
  • More than Three Dimensions: Presumably has five as he comes from the 5th Dimension, but it only really shows when he reveals his true form in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?.
  • The Needless: Spent his first 2,000 years without moving or breathing.
  • Nice Hat: Usually a bowler or a derby.
  • Our Genies Are Different: In Lois & Clark and Superman: The Animated Series, he says that he inspired the legends about genies and imps.
  • Parental Incest: His wife turned out to be his daughter thanks to a Stable Time Loop.
  • Portal Cut: In Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, he tries to escape back to the Fifth Dimension while Superman was sending him to the Phantom Zone and half of him went to each dimension.
  • Reality Warper: Mister Mxyzptlk possesses an unlimited ability to warp reality within the third dimension in any way he can imagine. His powers have been described alternatively as the product of fifth-dimensional magic or advanced technology from the fifth dimension that appears to be magical to third-dimensional beings. Attendant with his abilities is the fact that Mxyzptlk himself is not limited by physical laws: he needs no sustenance such as air or water, can exist in any environment (whether the bottom of the sea or in outer space) and is not vulnerable to any kind of real physical harm.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Wears purple and sometimes orange.
  • Stable Time Loop: Two of them:
    • Superboy once met Mxy time travelling from the past. He was a scientist back then and Superboy had to teach him about humor by showing him The Three Stooges movies in order to save the world.
    • After New 52, Mxyzptlk got a job as a Court Mage for an old king and married his daughter. He eventually grew up to be the king and gave his past self the job which is apparently normal in the 5th Dimension.
  • Stealth Mentor: Depending on the Writer, he's simply trying to teach Superman to lighten up and not take things so seriously.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Easily the most powerful member of Superman's Rogue's Gallery, with the only reason he doesn't defeat Superman right is because of his willingly restrains himself.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: While all versions of Mxy are absurdly powerful, just how absurdly powerful can vary. The above-mentioned instance when he and Bat-Mite destroyed the multiverse and then recreated it on a lark is certainly his high point. That time that the magic going away rendered him mortal and he seemingly died on panel is probably his low point (he got better).
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: This is how his abilities were described in his original Golden Age appearance.
  • Swap Teleportation: Once banished Superman and Captain Marvel to an alternate universe but had to swap them for two natives. Luckily one of those natives was Hoppy the Marvel Bunny.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Gsptlsnz isn't huge, but is an amazon compared to him.
  • Trickster Mentor: Usually.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His wife, Gsptlsnz, looks like a friggin' supermodel, while he is a short and ugly imp.
  • The Unpronounceable: Oh, that array of consonants makes discussion\spelling hard. It usually goes from "Mix-pih-tulk" to "Mix-yez-pitl-ick". Backwards, it's easier to say ("Kel-tip-zex-im."). On Super Friends (and in a passing reference in Miracle Monday, which was published around that time) it was pronounced more like "Mix-el-plik" and "Klip-til-skim," respectively.
  • Villainous Rescue: He's actually saved Superman multiple times, refusing to let anybody else get the satisfaction of beating him.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Has a goldfish called Superman.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His only apparent vulnerability is that whenever he speaks his name backwards, he is shunted back to the fifth dimension, and all effects of his "magic" vanish, making everything as it was before he appeared. This is a temporary deterrent: after ninety days, he can again visit the third dimension at will.
    • In Post-Crisis continuity, Mxy made up himself this weakness because a game has to have rules; pre-Crisis, it was a naturally ingrained weakness.
    • Rebirth also shows that despite his own spitefulness, he has a special weakness for games. So even though he was on track to take his revenge on Superman easily by making him forget his son, when Supes challenges him to a game, he's too enthralled to not play, even offering an all or nothing deal to the winner.
  • Willfully Weak: This is one of the reasons why he doesn't use his powers to the fullest. Aside from holding back to give his opponents a chance so the games would be more interesting Mxy is in effect The Omnipotent while within the third dimension. He even lampshades this during the Emperor Joker story arc when the Joker steals his powers and is strong enough to alter the entire universe and affect beings like the Spectre who is also a Reality Warper. When Superman asks how the Joker could be all-powerful when Mxy isn't, Mxy corrects him by stating that "I actually grasp the concept that if you wreck reality, there's nothing left to play with". Meaning that Mxy IS in fact powerful enough to alter reality to the point where his actions become literally impossible and the universe can't take the strain of being twisted in ways that shouldn't be possible, he's just not crazy or homicidal enough to do that - unlike the guy who was now wielding that power.
  • World-Healing Wave: All his damage is undone after he gets sent back to the 5th Dimension.

    Mongul I (Pre-Crisis, Post-Crisis & New 52) 
"Happy Birthday, Kryptonian. I give you oblivion."
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A Galactic Conqueror who is more than a physical match for the Man of Steel, Mongul I was a major foe of Superman's during the Bronze Age, serving as the main antagonist of For the Man Who Has Everything, widely regarded as one of the greatest Superman stories ever written. Post-Crisis, he allied with Cyborg-Superman to destroy Coast City, and was eventually slain by the demon lord Neron. The New 52 has recently returned him to life as the villain of a Superman/Batman crossover; where he will go from here remains to be seen. In all three continuities, he is characterized as a brutal despot who enjoys watching others fight and die for his amusement, feels that the universe owes him its fealty, and runs every planet he rules into the ground with his limitless ambition and cruelty. See the Green Lantern Character Sheet for his son, Mongul II.


  • 0% Approval Rating: Run off of his own home planet and faced with revolution on Throneworld and Warworld, Mongul has never been a popular guy. This is best emphasised in a Post-Crisis story where he conquers a world and the inhabitants promptly commit suicide.
  • Abusive Parents: No wonder Lil' Mongul turned out so nice with a dad like this. Mongul generally treated his son no better than he did anyone else.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Mongul I is defined by his pride and his drive for dominance.
  • And You Thought It Was a Game: One of Mongul's plots involved suckering video gamers into doing real-life violence.
  • Bald of Evil: Bald and extremely evil.
  • Big Bad: Of For The Man Who Has Everything, and several other Bronze Age arcs.
  • Cain and Abel: Killed his younger brother in order to make sure his parents' attention always stayed on him.
  • Classic Villain: Personifies pride, is a brutal alien conqueror to Superman's benevolent guardian, and is made instantly recognisable by his purple costume, sheer size, and yellow skin.
  • Cool Chair: The throne of skulls in the picture.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Pre-Crisis Mongul I inflicted a brutal one on Wonder Woman.
  • Darkseid Duplicate: A multi-layered example; Mongul is an Expy of Thanos, which basically means he's a lower tier version of Darkseid more willing to get his hands dirty and focused on Superman and sometimes the Green Lanterns rather than being a threat to the universe at large.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Pre-Crisis, any battle between he and Superman was played this way, as Mongul was actually the stronger of the two. The one time that Superman managed to overpower Mongul, he passed out moments afterwards.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Post-Crisis Mongul was relegated to Cyborg-Superman's Dragon during The Death and Return of Superman.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Mongul I cares only about gaining and keeping power, and is prepared to use any means, however reprehensible to achieve that end. Might cross into Dystopia Justifies the Means, given how his rule usually turns out for those he conquers.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: He was killed by the demon Neron for rejecting his offer and insulting him.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Post-Crisis he was killed off in the space of about two panels, solely to show what a badass Neron was.
  • Enfant Terrible: When Mongul I was a child, he murdered his infant brother in order to better monopolize his parents' affections. Taken to patricidal extremes in the new universe where he reveals that after having offed his sibling, he eventually went on to gank his parents as he came of age to ascend the throne only to end up razing said dominion the ground in the ensuing civil war.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Mongul I is always enormous.
  • Evil Overlord: Of any planet he overruns. These have included his own homeworld and Throneworld pre-Crisis, Warworld and an unnamed planet post-Crisis and finally Warworld along with countless thousands of other worlds (if he's to be believed) in New 52.
  • The Exile: Exiled from his homeworld Pre-Crisis, and with good reason. Subverted in the New 52 since he inadvertently destroyed it, but played straight when he tried to take over and was kicked out of the Sinestro Corps and again when Sinestro jettisoned him into deep space via yellow energy rocketeer.
  • Expy: Of Thanos, another Galactic Conqueror created by Jim Starlin, and as such, is often treated the same way as Thanos. Ironically, Thanos himself is an Expy of Darkseid}.
  • Foil: To Superman, like is many of his adversaries, as a dark reflection of an aspect of his character. Both Superman and Mongul are mighty, possessing power to shake worlds, but Superman is humble and uses that strength to help and inspire those weaker than himself, while Mongul is proud and uses it to dominate and degrade those weaker than himself. Mongul is essentially a dark reflection of Superman in the same manner as Brainiac and Ultraman, the alien conqueror who destroys worlds to the alien guardian who protects them.
  • Galactic Conqueror: Galactic domination has always been his end game.
  • Genius Bruiser: While Post-Crisis Mongul is arrogant and not particularly brilliant, the Pre-Crisis version was usually portrayed as an intelligent, if vain conqueror, who was more than capable of out-thinking his adversaries. See For The Man Who Has Everything for a good case study. The New 52 has him revert to type coming up with complex stratagems involving taking the natural bloodlust in humanity and turning it against the world's finest via video game as well as using Sinestro's vindictive nature against him.
  • Gladiator Games: A huge fan of this in all continuities.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: He makes a lot of comments to this effect during his battle with Wonder Woman—though he may just be doing it to screw with her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Pre-Crisis Mongul meets his end at the hands of his own Black Mercy plant, remaining trapped in a coma forever.
  • Humiliation Conga: His last few Post-Crisis appearances. As noted above, his control of Warworld was usurped, and he was turned into Cyborg-Superman's abused lackey. Then he was defeated by Hal Jordan (despite his yellow skin giving him the edge), and not long after, by the rookie Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner (To be fair, Kyle didn't have the yellow weakness). Soon after that, he was curb-stomped by a newly-upgraded Wally West. Finally, he was effortlessly beaten to death by the demon Neron.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Tried on Prince Gavyn of Throneworld's sister Pre-Crisis.
  • It's Personal: How Superman takes the incident with the Black Mercy.
  • Jerkass: Honestly the nicest thing that can be said about him.
  • The Juggernaut: Pre-Crisis Mongul is all but unstoppable and only running into Superman will slow him down, as evidenced by the beating he gave to Wonder Woman in For the Man Who Has Everything. Post-Crisis Mongul, while tough, was not nearly as impervious. New-52 Mongul comes close to Pre-Crisis strength as it takes the combined might of Sinestro his entire Fear Corps and the aid of Bekka from New Genesis to finally beat him.
  • Karma Houdini/Karmic Death: Batman thinks that Pre-Crisis Mongul I got off too easy, being trapped in his own ideal fantasy. On the other hand, there are few more karmic ends for a being who used the Black Mercy on somebody else than being trapped by it (and Superman does mention off-hand that he intends to drop Mongul in a black hole afterwards). Averted Post-Crisis, where he is killed by Neron in a non-ironic or karmic fashion.
  • Kick the Dog: His fight with Wonder Woman becomes this, as he tries to beat her to death as slowly as he can. It's been suggested that all the sexist commentary he makes throughout the fight is just another way of hurting her.
  • Kill All Humans: Pre-Crisis Mongul tried to use the Sun-Eater to end all life on Earth.
  • Killed Off for Real: Post-Crisis, Pre-Flashpoint Mongul never returned after being killed by Neron in Underworld Unleashed.
  • Large and in Charge: A ten-foot tall dictator.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: His "Black Mercy" plant, which traps the victim inside of their own mental prison, based on their heart's desires. In New 52, he has modified them to both induce beautiful dreams one moment, then trap the victim in a horror show the next.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Came closer to killing Superman than any other Silver Age or Bronze Age foe ever did, and was seconds away from delivering a killing blow when the Black Mercy interrupted him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Regularly gave one to Pre-Crisis Superman. Casually delivers one to Wonder Woman in For the Man Who Has Everything. Post-Crisis Mongul received one from Neron, which eventually killed him.
  • Off with His Head!!/Creepy Souvenir: Keeps the decapitated heads of his foes in his "Hall of the Insufferably Arrogant."
  • One-Man Army: Pre-Crisis, wherein he conquers entire worlds using only his own power. New-52 Mongul and his progeny can battle a small planetoids worth of adversaries and win.
  • Offing the Offspring: Killed his own son Jochi to assume complete control over Warworld in New 52.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Espouses a lot of sexist rhetoric. Whether he believes it, or is just saying it to screw with Diana is never clarified.
    • In "For The Man Who Has Everything", though, it's implied he's trying to avert it.
    Mongul: I'm unfamiliar with this planet's customs. Which of you two is it polite to kill first?
  • Predecessor Villain: To his son and daughter Post-Crisis.
  • Pride: As IGN notes, Mongul's "brute strength is only rivaled by his brooding ego".
  • Punctuated Pounding: Does it to Superman after the latter wounds him with his heat vision in For the Man Who Has Everything.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: While Bronze Age Mongul was a definitive Superman villain, both Monguls I & II have become more associated with Green Lantern Post-Crisis. As of the New 52 he's clashed with the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight in the pages of Superman/Batman, and his Villains Month title has him facing the GL Corps.
  • Sadist: Mongul was a psychological and physical sadist who enjoyed the suffering of his opponents.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His trademark purple costume contrasts strongly with Superman's reds and blues.
  • Self-Made Orphan: In his "Forever Evil" tie-in Mongul murdered his own family as he came of age and eventually razed his homeworld to the ground during a civil war.
  • Smug Snake: Mongul is smart, but very full of himself, and his tendency towards toying with his victims causes him problems.
  • Smug Super: Very full of himself.
  • The Starscream: Post-Crisis Mongul I was this to the Cyborg-Superman, kept in line only by the latter's threats, and planning to turn on him at the first opportunity.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Comes with the territory of having an entire planet composed of war technology other doomsday devices for personal use at your disposal.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Whether he's stronger, weaker or about the same as Superman varies from story to story.
  • Super Power Lottery:
    • Super Reflexes/Super Speed: Fast enough to land hits on Wonder Woman and Superman.
      • Lightning Bruiser: Not only huge and strong, but shockingly fast as well, capable of landing numerous blows on Superman and Wonder Woman.
    • Super Strength: Strong enough to overpower nearly beat both Superman and Wonder Woman to death barehanded Pre-Crisis, and inflict some serious damage on Superman and Green Lantern Post-Crisis, putting him in the upper tier of DC's characters in terms of strength. In "New Continuum" Superman puts him on a pedestal equal to Darkseid.
    • Nigh-Invulnerability: Perhaps the only Bronze Age villain who could survive blows from an enraged, Pre-Crisis Superman, let alone nearly defeat him in combat. Even after his power was scaled down Post-Crisis, it still took a hit from Neron to kill him.
    • Mind over Matter: In Pre-Crisis continuity, Mongul had minor psionic abilities ranging from telepathy to telekinesis but they were limited in scope.
    • Chest Blaster: Often has an energy cannon on his chest.
    • Hand Blast: In his Pre-Crisis days, Mongul could also discharge force blasts from his hands too.
    • Eye Beams: Shown both in Pre-crisis and New 52, Mongul can shoot devastating energy beams from his eyes, though the effects can vary from incineration to concussive in nature.
  • Teleportation: He can teleport interstellar distances.
  • Took a Level in Badass/Jerkass: Pre-Crisis Mongul takes one in For the Man Who Has Everything, in which he graduates from a poor man's substitute for Darkseid and into a terrifying villain who can No-Sell attacks from Wonder Woman and Superman alike, and whose use of the Black Mercy gives him a vile twist.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Pre-Flashpoint, a flashback in Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #24 suggested that For the Man Who Has Everything was restored in Post-Infinite Crisis continuity. If so, that would leave the question of how Mongul escaped from his Black Mercy-induced fantasy, let alone escaped from the black hole Superman dropped him in. Happens again during the New 52 where he somehow escapes the Phantom Zone and brings Warworld back with him after the events of Superman: Doomed.
  • Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: Once asked Batman if it would be more polite to kill the woman (Wonder Woman) or the boy (Jason Todd) first. He also killed his younger brother when he was an infant.

    Neutron 
AKA: Nathaniel Tyron
"Do you feel it, Superman? Can you tell how strong I am becoming? The blast merely had the explosive force of ten hydrogen bombs— and my power is still growing! My body has become an ever-increasing nuclear chain-reaction! In time, Man of Steel, I'll be able to decimate worlds! Nothing will be able to stop me then, Superman— Not even you! Now do you see why, Superman? Because of you, I am being converted into pure energy! And as you know— energy can never be destroyed!"
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Nathaniel was a petty thug who was transformed by an accident into a living mass of nuclear energy, needing a containment suit to have a physical form. After murdering the ones responsible, he now does whatever he feels like, putting him in conflict with the Man of Steel.


  • Achilles' Heel: Completely wrecking Neutron's powersuit will stop him far faster than attacking Neutron himself. Of course, you've got to be prepared for the nuclear explosion that will result from that.
  • Ax-Crazy: Neutron really enjoys killing people.
  • Blood Knight: Always spoiling for a fight.
  • Energy Beings: To the point where if you strip away his containment suit he loses his physical.
  • For the Evulz: He even gives a speech about how he doesn't know the people he is attacking. He's doing it because it is fun.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Neutron was little more than a B&E man before he was exposed to radiation.
  • Hand Blast: Usually emits radiation from his hands, though he can fire it from any part of his body, including his face.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Feeds off it too.
  • Implacable Man: "Cold won't do it. Neither will heat. I don't even need to breathe!"
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Neutron's completely immune to heat, cold, and suffocation, and since his body is nothing more than a living chain of fission reactions, physical force is all but useless against him.
  • Nuclear Nasty: Nuclear powered and a relentless psycho.
  • Power Incontinence: Unfortunately, he doesn't care at all. He'll just laugh if he accidentally barbecues bystanders.
  • Psycho for Hire: Neutron's not above hiring out his services to other villains like Luthor, but he's in it for the kicks, not the cash.
  • Pure Energy: Neutron no longer has a physical form. He's pure radioactivity.
  • The Social Darwinist: Believes that anyone who can't hack being irradiated should just hurry up and die.
  • Super Strength: Even without emitting radiation, Neutron still hits with the force of a nuclear blast.
  • Walking Wasteland: He thinks it's funny, too.

    Nimrod the Hunter 
AKA: Maxim Zarov
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A hunter and marksman of uncanny skill, Maxim Zarov gained a deserved reputation as the finest big game hunter on Earth and became known as "Nimrod the Hunter". As his skill and reputation grew and grew, so did his pride, and he believed he had reached the logical end of his career when he shot a charging tyrannosaur through the head at less than a hundred meters. Until, that is, one of his beaters convinced him to try to kill the alien Superman, recently revealed to the world. Intrigued, Nimrod took the challenge.


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    Obsession 
AKA: Dana Dearden, a.k.a. 'Mrs Superman'
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Dana Dearden is aptly described by the aliases she's used: Obsession and Mrs. Superman. She was a young woman obsessed with Superman. She dated Jimmy Olsen to get close to Superman, and when that didn't work she stole mystic artifacts which granted her the strength of Hercules, the speed (and flight) of Hermes, the thunderbolts of Zeus, and the sight of Heimdall.


    Paragon 
AKA: Joel Cochin (Pre-New 52)
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" Perfection isn't easy. It's not simple. But it's not impossible."

A Justice League villain with a superiority complex though he's squared off against Superman solo. His power is that he's has heightened versions of the abilities of anyone around him (though he quickly loses these powers when the people he is emulating exit his range.)


  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Subverted. In his initial appearance Paragon faced and defeated the Justice League of America by duplicating their unique abilities... but is later defeated by the Red Tornado, an inorganic android, and Green Lantern (armed with his power ring), whose artificial powers Paragon could not duplicate.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: In his earliest appearance Cochin's stated goal was the eradication of all those he considered "inferior"—more than three-quarters of the human race.
  • Power Copying: He can copy the powers of everyone near him at heightened levels. The only reason he hasn't taken over the world is because he only retains his copied powers while the source of them is nearby. Plus, he is unable to copy the powers of inorganic beings such as the Red Tornado or weapons such as Green Lantern's ring.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: After his single appearance against the Justice League, he went unseen for more than two decades until become a recurring opponent of Superman.

    Parasite 
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AKA: Raymond Maxwell Jensen (Pre-Crisis), Rudy Jones (Post Crisis), Joshua Michael Allen (New 52)

" You don't know real hunger,Superman! You'll never know! The suffering! The emptiness! The hate for those who don't ache to be sated!"

A janitor who got doused in radiation or chemicals or whatever. Rudy Jones hungers for life energy which he needs to survive and which kills anyone he touches. Fixates on Superman because the Big Guy is like an All-U-Can-Eat buffet. Rudy gains the vitality, abilities, and memories of those he touches, although the effect is usually temporary. Eventually, he absorbed a second personality that acted as a voice of guidance, making Rudy more dangerous.

In one of his more devious schemes, he used absorbed shapeshifting powers to impersonate Lois, leeching her memories to maintain the facade throwing Superman into emotional turmoil as he was slowly being drained.


  • Bald of Evil: Lost all of his hair upon gaining his powers.
  • Bed Trick: In the Til Death Do Us Part storyline, Parasite took on the form of Lois to impersonate her and sleeps with an unwitting Lex Luthor who had no idea it was really Parasite.
  • Body Horror: Sometimes depicted as this, such as in All-Star Superman.
  • Depending on the Artist: The only real consistent detail about him is that he's purple (and even then, he's sometimes colored green). Everything else—his size, if he looks monstrous or more human-like—fluctuates between artists.
  • Depending on the Writer: How sympathetic of a villain he is will vary according to different writers and incarnations. Sometimes he'll simply be presented as a greedy, self-centered Jerkass whose sole focus is himself and draining as much power from Superman as he can. Other times, he'll be portrayed more sympathetically, either as Rudy or the Parasite, and Superman will go out of his way to try to help Parasite and/or redeem him.
  • Dumb Muscle: Usually portrayed as fairly dim.
  • Enemy Mine: He and the rest of the Superman Revenge Squad allied themselves with Superman during the events of Last Son. Parasite proved very effective against General Zod's army as they, unlike Superman, did not understand the dangers inherent in closing with him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Janitor to deadly, sadistic supervillain.
  • Greed: Fittingly for a power-stealing parasite, he's often depicted as being a greedy bastard even before his transformation. The Maxwell Jenson and Rudy Jones versions' origins had them get exposed to the materials that mutated them because they thought there was something valuable in the containers that held them.
  • Horror Hunger: His hunger leads him to desperation and starvation.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Often treated the same way.
  • Lazy Bum / The Slacker: Varies. Modern stories show him as a metaphorical parasite (e.g., crashing at people's houses a bit too long or bumming lunches from coworkers) before he gains his abilities and becomes the Parasite.
  • Logical Weakness: Taking Superman's powers means he also gains his weaknesses, creating one of the few times kryptonite is actually helpful to Superman.
  • Mirror Boss: He is this for anyone he fights. This made him an ideal Superman villain for fighting Spider-Man in their second crossover, since many of Supey's other enemies would have been out of Spidey's league.
  • Personality Powers: Pre-transformation Parasite is often depicted as being greedy and/or a figurative leech who mooches off others.
  • Power Copying: Can copy the powers of others temporarily after absorbing energy from them. In Up, Up, And Away, he implies that he could get Superman's powers permanently if he had a few days with him.
  • Power Incontinence: Raymond Jensen's powers prevented him from hugging his own wife and children.
  • Power Parasite: It comes with a time limit, so he has to continuously drain a person's power to have it. In keeping with the "doesn't necessarily make them winners" aspect of this trope, he's not that dangerous (being defeatable by simply staying away from him does that) unless paired with other villains to back him up.
  • Powers as Programs: Draining Superman's powers leaves him open to being taken down by kryptonite.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Whenever writers remember to explain why he doesn't immediately develop Power Incontinence, it's typically indicated that he absorbs his victim's experience, as well.
  • Ret-Gone: The Silver Age Parasite, replaced by the first Post-Crisis version who shares the same origin. Darkseid, who still has memories of the Pre-Crisis version, manipulated things to allow a new version to be created.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: The Rudy Jones version started out as an enemy of Firestorm, but quickly began focusing his efforts on Superman instead.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His skin turned purple after exposure to the chemicals.
  • Touch of Death: If he holds on to people too long.
  • Vampiric Draining: Typically drains his opponents by touch.
  • Villain Team-Up: As a part of the Superman Revenge Squad, among others.

    Phantom Zone Criminals 
Krypton had no system of capital punishment, so instead of execution, the most heinous criminals were imprisoned in the Phantom Zone, a dimension without time or physical substance. Over the years, numerous super-powered Kryptonian criminals have escaped the Zone to bedevil Superman. In addition to the ne'er-do-wells below, there are numerous less prominent Phantom Zone criminals, including Kru-El (Superman's distant cousin), Quex-Ul, Az-Rel, Nadira, Car-Vex, and Jer-Em.

See their personal page.

    Prankster 
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AKA: Oswald Loomis

" I'm not a murderer — I'm a prankster. This was just a big joke!"

The original Prankster was a criminal and conman who used elaborate practical jokes to commit crimes. Post-Crisis is a former children's variety show host who got canned in favor of newer types of children's programming—which drove him over the deep end. Now he makes weapons disguised as or styled after traditional pranks, such as cream pies, joy buzzers, whoopie cushions, runaway refrigerators, etc. Has been able to remain as least a nuisance to Superman over the years through clever tactics and misdirection. Superman can't immediately figure out what he needs to punch, but by the time he's found it, he's usually pretty irritated. Notable for being one of Supey's longest-running villains, he first appeared in 1942.


  • Affably Evil: Post-Busiek anyway; prior to that, he was more of a jerk. He is openly friendly, jovial, and cheerful, and is happy to help out his employers as best he can.
  • Anti-Villain: While he's not a good guy by any means, his motivation is more the thrill of the chase than actual success, and he has lines he won't cross. He's just a guy who loves the limelight, not a psychopath. It's noted that he treats his employees well, for one.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He completely wraps himself up in the supervillain aesthetic, with deathtraps and wacky schemes being done pretty much For the Evulz.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: This is the backstory for the Post-Crisis version. Beginning his career as a children's television host, he turned to crime after his show was cancelled.
  • For the Evulz: Why he became a villain.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Has some impressive toys.
  • Harmless Villain: Prankster is more of a nuisance than a threat, which makes him ideal for more dangerous villains to hire as a distraction. (He does have his occasional Not-So-Harmless Villain moment, though.)
  • Hired Gun: Under Kurt Busiek, he begins to work as a "distraction-for-hire". Criminals can hire him to keep Superman and the police occupied while they commit their crimes unopposed.
  • It Amused Me: Seriously, how can you not love a guy with no powers, whose primary goal is just pulling the biggest practical jokes on the largest number of people possible, and whose favorite target is the most powerful being on Earth? Sadly, he usually is portrayed as genuinely evil underneath it all, but Depending on the Writer, he may simply be the world's most ambitious performance artist.
  • Laughably Evil: He still retains that old comedian charm, and puts it to work in his crimes. His goal is as much to have a great time as it is to actually succeed.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Most notably in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?. He also has a very low tolerance for clients who turn on him.
  • Pie in the Face: It can be regular pie or have some kind of nasty surprise in it.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He strictly sticks to low-level diversions, mainly to allow bank heists or the like, so nobody will try very hard to take him down. He can make his artifacts outright lethal, but he feels it's not really worth it. He also refuses to sell his stuff, only rent it - he's a comedian, not an armorer.
  • The Prankster: Well, yeah!
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Wears a green suit and an orange tie.
  • We Need a Distraction: His modern M.O.; Prankster exists as a means for lesser villains to stay out of trouble by creating bombastic and grandiose schemes that Superman will rush to stop, leaving his charges free to do whatever lower-key crimes they like.

    Preus 
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"How you shame the legacy of the Superman, Kal-El."

A fanatical member of the Kandorian Citizen Patrol Corps (CPC) and a fervent worshipper of "The Superman", Preus encountered the Man of Steel when he was trapped in Kandor as "Kal-El." Convinced that Kal-El is a race traitor who perverts the image of The Superman, Preus attempted to kill him, before escaping into the real world where he battled both Superman and Lyla. He later became the leader of a cult of white supremacists, facing off against Superman and the Martian Manhunter.


  • Absolute Xenophobe: Though he can't decide whether all the aliens should die, or serve the Master Race that is the Kryptonians.
  • Arc Villain: He and Lyla share the position of main villain in Godfall.
  • Ax-Crazy: A Kryptonian psycho.
  • Badass Cape: In Kandor. It burns off during his battle with Superman in Metropolis.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: Preus only sees good and evil.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes become black after he breaks free into Metropolis.
  • Chest Insignia: A copy of the Superman symbol. He later burns a line through it to demonstrate that he has thrown away his belief in The Superman.
  • Cowboy Cop: A very dark take during his days with the CPC.
    • Dirty Cop: In the sense of being a fascist bastard who considers all non-Kryptonian life expendable, and doesn't give a damn about bystanders.
    • Rabid Cop: A psychopath with a badge.
  • Cult: Leads a gang of white supremacists after the events of Godfall.
  • Evil Counterpart: Not only does he have Superman's powers, but he follows a very warped version of the Man of Steel's code.
  • Eviler Than Thou: With Lyla in "Godfall". While she's the one behind almost everything that happens in the story, Preus seizes the role of Big Bad from her in the end.
  • Eye Beams: Though his are black instead of red.
  • Fantastic Racism: Seeks to kill all of the "impure," which includes most of Kandor's alien population. He's none too fond of humanity either, following his escape.
  • Final Boss: Lyla may be the Big Bad of Godfall, but Preus is the last bastard standing, and assumes the role of main antagonist as the arc reaches its climax.
  • Flying Brick: After escaping to Metropolis.
  • The Fundamentalist: A fundamentalist worshipper of Kandor's cult of Superman.
  • A God Am I: Comes to see himself as the reincarnation of The Superman after making his way to Metropolis and gaining his powers. This may just be a way of rationalizing his manifestation of "alien" abilities to himself.
  • The Heavy: In Godfall where Lyla's the Big Bad, but Preus moves the plot.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Of the highly-fictionalized godfigure "The Superman".
    • Broken Pedestal: After he finally realises that Kal-El is Superman. At this point, Preus snaps and tries to kill Kal-El for failing to live up to his own idealized image of who Superman was.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: From being a CPC.
  • Holier Than Thou: Convinced that he is The Superman's most fervent disciple.
  • Inspector Javert: He initially pursues Kal-El because he believes the latter has killed his own son (who was actually a construct created by Lyla).
  • Karmic Transformation: He doesn't take the emergence of his powers very well, as he is now an alien freak, the very thing that he loathes so much.
  • Knight Templar: To scarily demented levels. He's a xenophobic Rabid Cop who thinks that all lawbreakers should be killed and is willing to accept veritable tonnes of collateral damage.
  • Light Is Not Good: He may be a blonde bearing Bling of War, but he isn't good at all.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He is this in Kandor because of his power armour, and is this in Earth because he is a Kryptonian.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: One could make a very good case for Preus being in need of institutionalisation, given his rabid religious views, Black-and-White Insanity, and general detachment from reality.
  • Police Brutality: Kills suspects, accepts blocks of civilian casualties, racist to the core... Preus is bad policing personified.
  • Powered Armor: Wears a suit of power armor as a member of Kandor's police force. It compensates for the exposure sickness, allows him to fire energy blasts, enables flight (not that he needs it outside of Kandor) and can turn psychic attacks back on their users.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Preus' racist rhetoric should have a very familiar feel to any students of WWII history.
  • Sanity Slippage: He was a self-righteous, arrogant bastard with a tenuous grip on reality from the beginning. After emerging from Kandor into the real world and becoming one of the aliens he so hates his last few shreds of sanity vanish, and he's reduced to a screaming, ranting madman.
  • The Social Darwinist: A believer of this.
  • State Sec: What the CPC is.
  • Super Senses: Has them.
  • Super Speed: He is a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Super Strength: Has it.
  • Superior Species: Many Kryptonian villains have this view, but Preus takes it to psychotic levels. General Zod would likely be embarassed by Preus' deification of their race.
  • You Are What You Hate: Doesn't realize at all that Kal-El is as Kryptonian as he is, and that Kryptonians themselves are just "aliens" on Earth.

    The Puzzler I 
AKA: Unknown
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"Round and round the wheel of fortune spins—but should the indicator land on the red instead of the blue section, a strangling device will automatically put you out of your misery!"

The Puzzler is himself something of a puzzle. Who he really is and how he became obsessed with games, tricks and puzzles is unknown.


  • Badass in a Nice Suit: His usual 'costume' is a double-breasted business suit.
  • Badass Normal: It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to take on Superman when your only real skill is being an expert at games and puzzles.
  • Calling Card: His sign is a bent nail – half a common puzzle.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Puzzler once entered a card-playing tournament as a masked contestant. He did well, but was ultimately beaten at poker, rummy, hearts, casino, blackjack and bridge. He vowed ironic revenge for this humiliation. He beat the poker champion to death with a fireplace poker, although was prevented from his attempts to kill the others in equally ironic fashions.
  • Protection Racket: His first criminal enterprise was operating a business in Metropolis which consisted of extorting people if they don't pay him for protection.
  • Sore Loser: To put it mildly. He attempts to murder the five people who bested him in a card game tournament.

    The Puzzler II 
AKA: Valerie Van Haaften
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"Hi people. My name is Valerie Van Haaften a.k.a. The Puzzler. One P, two Zs. I once fought Superman to a standstill. Check my clippings."

Valerie Van Haaften is the Puzzler, an enemy of Superman who can break down her body into puzzle pieces. For years she admired Superman, even having the idea of becoming a heroine and joining a team of superheroes to draw his attention. Unable to realize her dream, Valerie started a life of crime.


  • Detachment Combat: Valerie can detach the various puzzle pieces that comprise her body and propel them at the same speed as bullets from a gun.
  • Flight: Valerie can fly, although the exact mechanism for this has not been established.
  • Logical Weakness: She can be stopped if the majority of her pieces are kept apart from each other. Superman took advantage of this in their second battle by trapping her head under a garbage can and containing the rest of her in his cape.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Her powers are magical in nature, meaning she can hurt Superman quite easily.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: She cannot be hurt in a conventional sense, she just breaks into pieces.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: Valerie's body is comprised of puzzle pieces. If separated, they will reassemble themselves.

    The Quarmerr 
AKA: The Sand Superman
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"I want— life! I want to continue existing... I want to help people— as you have done! I want to be Superman— and so you must die!"

An identityless being from the extradimensional realm of Quarm, brought to our world in the same freak accident that rendered all kryptonite on Earth harmless (more showed up from space later, of course). The Quarmerr formed a body for itself out of irradiated sand and leeched off of Superman's life force, trying to steal his identity. The villain of the "Kryptonite Nevermore'' story arc by Denny O'Neil, often considered the official start of the Bronze Age at DC.


  • Anti-Villain: Really, it just wants to survive as its own entity.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Having no identity of its own, the Quarmerr shows some interest in doing good merely because it's such a central aspect of who Superman is, but it's perfectly willing to kill Superman to gain his identity for itself.
  • Canon Discontinuity: While later stories did not dispute that the Quarmerr's story arc had happened (indeed, his introductory issue is still considered a classic), the intended lasting effect — leaving Superman only half as powerful as he had been — was forgotten almost immediately, and he went right back to being able to shove planets around soon afterward. However, rendering all kryptonite currently on Earth harmless did remain a plot point for almost a decade.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Intended as this by the writers. The Quarmerr's story arc was meant to introduce more serious drama into the Superman books after the goofiness of the Silver Age (and it succeeded at this), and also to permanently reduce Superman's powers (though later writers mostly ignored the supposed de-powering).
  • Life Drinker: Absorbing Superman's powers and essence into itself.
  • Mr. Exposition: Most of what Superman learns about the Quarmerr's nature comes from Wonder Woman's sometime mentor, the blind mystic I Ching.
  • Sentient Sands: After Superman got hit with a blast of weird energy from an experiment and landed in the desert sand, leaving an impression of his body, the sand where he landed later formed itself into an imitation of his shape and shambled confusedly away, not even realizing what it was.

    Queen of Fables 
AKA: Tsaritsa
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"You call me the Queen of Fables. You may attempt to court me now."

Tsaritsa was the actual evil queen from Snow White. Awakening in modern times, this cruel tyrant hopes to reawaken her empire.


  • Ax-Crazy: Batshit insane in general.
  • Domain Holder: After breaking free from the story book and gaining the ability to travel back and forth, it's revealed that inside the book, she is completely unkillable and her power over reality is at its peak.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She doesn't understand why Superman, whom she thinks is Prince Charming, would choose to marry a "peasant" like Lois Lane instead of royalty.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: A queen but definitely not a good person.
  • Kryptonite Factor: She is weakened by contact with Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth, since she and her powers thrive on fiction. However, she was able to break the normally indestructible Lasso at one point.
  • Mage in Manhattan: She can conjure up any storybook creature or prop to do her bidding. She can also trap people inside fairy tale worlds.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Threatened to kill Lois Lane if Superman would not give in and marry her.
  • Reality Warper: Has the ability to wildly alter reality into "storybook" worlds.
  • Refugee from TV Land: What she does.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: She occasionally harasses Wonder Woman, trying to get revenge on "Snow White".
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: She was originally defeated when Snow White trapped her inside a story book. In her first appearance, she was defeated by being trapped in a U.S. Tax Records book.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She thinks Superman is Prince Charming and hopes to marry him. She even once abducted him and trapped him in a Kryptonian forest (gleaned from tales of Krypton).
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'10'' and a beauty, especially when she tried to seduce Superman while in Kryptonian garb.
  • Theory of Narrative Causality: Once she uses her powers, both herself and her targets are mostly bound to follow the rules of the story.
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: She thinks Wonder Woman is Snow White and Superman is Prince Charming. Nothing can convince her that she is mistaken, not their powers, not the fact that the story of Snow White happened hundreds of years ago, nothing.
  • Vain Sorceress: She uses magic to maintain her looks. When tied up in Wonder Woman's magic lasso, she reverts to an old woman.

    Radion and the Protector 
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Radion: "Fallout will spread across the nation, reaching everywhere, touching a million, two million, three million people... What is touched will be contaminated... and those contaminated will produce mutations... Some will be mutations like myself, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men... Others will be monstrosities... yet still, they will represent the future of mankind... a future I will control!"

Two men mutated by radiation exposure, who now use their powers to "protect" industries that damage the environment, specifically in the hope of creating more mutants like themselves. Protector is relatively sane, but Radion is straight up mad. Villains of the storyline "Krypton No More."


  • Chest Insignia: A radiation symbol and a flaming sword, respectively.
  • Green Aesop: Villains who deliberately want to destroy the environment.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: And they want to spread the love.
  • Ironic Name: Not many villains would call themselves "the Protector," but it depends what one is trying to protect, doesn't it?
  • Mutants: By nuclear radiation.
  • Toxic, Inc.: What they've dedicated themselves to "protecting."
  • Transhuman Treachery: They don't care how many may get killed or horribly mutated by the nuclear catastrophe they try to cause, as long as some become superhumans like themselves.
  • Transmutation: The Protector's main power is to change the elemental makeup of his own body. That and flight.

    Red Cloud 
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AKA: Robinson Goode

Robinson Goode is a reporter for the Daily Planet. She is also secretly Red Cloud: an enforcer for the metahuman crime syndicate the "Invisible Mafia".


  • Deadly Gas: Often makes people breathe her in, suffocating them to the point of death.
  • Flight: While in her cloud form, Goode is weightless; this means she can defy the pull of gravity to fly.
  • Intangibility: While in her cloud form, Robinson has all the same properties as air. As such, she cannot be damaged physically and can travel through small gaps.
  • Super Smoke: Robinson is able to transform herself into a cloud of red mist.

    Riot 
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AKA: Fredrick von Frankenstein

A bizarre man with the power to duplicate himself whenever he's struck. He lives only to sow chaos and confusion. He may be a distant relative of the infamous Doctor Victor von Frankenstein.


    Rock 
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AKA: Micah Flint

Micah Flint was a volunteer in Project High Frontier, a series of LexCorp experiments to bioengineer humans for deep space exploration, which ended up turning him into a being of stone with super strength. Obsessed with revenge on Lex Luthor, he gained a great hate when Superman stopped him.


  • Gone Horriblyright: Project Hiugh Frontier was attempting to bioengineer humans to be able to survive in deep space. With Micah, they succeeded, just not in a way that he wanted.
  • Meaningful Name: Micah Flint. Mica and flint are both types of stone.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Being made of stone, Rock's body is almost indestructible.
  • Rock Monster: LexCorp's experiments transformed Flint into a being of stone.
  • Super Strength
  • Super Toughness: Being made of stone, Rock is nearly impossible to damage.

    Rogol Zaar 
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"A whole army of Jor-El's greatest nightmares... all escaped from his own nightmare world... come to punish his entire family for what he has done to all of us."

A powerful alien warrior who considers Kryptonians a cosmic plague. Rogol Zaar claims to have been responsible for the destruction of Krypton, and has come to Earth to eliminate Superman and Supergirl.


  • An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice is an axe.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Invulnerable to most forms of damage. Only extremely powerful opponents like Superman can hurt him.
  • Super Strength: Strong enough to go toe-to-toe against Kryptonians.

    Ruin 
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AKA: Emil Hamilton

"Haven't you learned by now, Superman? There is no Emil Hamilton. Not Anymore! For you and your friends ... there is only Ruin!"

Professor Emil Hamilton was once one of Superman's greatest friends. He often used his scientific genius to assist the Man of Steel in the never ending battle against evil. Unfortunately, his mind eventually snapped. Donning a suit that exploited Superman's weaknesses, allowed him to teleport, and concealed his identity, he began a campaign to destroy him, targeting his friends and loved ones first. Superman was horrified to find his friend under the mask. When Emil tried to justify his actions by claiming that Superman was sucking the Sun dry of its energy, causing mankind's extinction in 4.5 billion years, Superman realized that he was crazy beyond help, and put him away.


  • An Arm and a Leg: During the events of The Fall of Metropolis, he's shot in an arm and by the time he's rescued, it's too far gone and has to be amputated and replaced with a robotic one.
  • Artificial Limb: As noted above, he replaced his lost arm with a robotic one.
  • Ax-Crazy: Homicidal and unhinged.
  • Evil Genius: He is a brilliant scientist and inventor.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Former friend of Superman turned Supervillain.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: His Ruin phase isn't the first or even the second time he's gone villain. He was introduced as a research scientist who'd just snapped when Lex claimed ownership of his force field technology. It was only after his parole that he became Superman's ally. And this isn't counting his DCAU incarnation.
    • In Convergence, he has regained his senses and become a good guy again, rebuilding Jimmy Olsen's Whiz Wagon vehicle and calling it "a rather helpful rehabilitation exercise, as it were."
  • Mad Scientist: He's always been mentally unstable. Superman was rehabilitating Emil when he allowed the scientist to be his science adviser. At his best, he was an Absentminded Professor.
  • Not Quite Back to Normal: During Brainiac 13's attack on Metropolis, Hamilton's robotic arm was infected with the vallain's nanites, turning him into the evil cybergang leader Overmind. Though the nanites were dealt with, seemingly restoring Hamilton to normal, Superman's words when he figures out Ruin's identity ("I was so sure he'd recovered, that he was well again...") suggest that they might have caused some lasting damage, leading to Hamilton's Sanity Slippage.
  • Power at a Price: His teleportation technology is bad for his health, limiting the number of times he can do it per day.
  • Powered Armor: As Ruin, he dons a "power suit" that fired red sunlight and kryptonite radiation, allowed teleportation through the Phantom Zone, and other nasty surprises.
  • The Professor: Before his Face–Heel Turn, he was Superman's "scientific advisor", eking out a general living as a technical consultant. He was responsible for creating many devices that aided Superman, including the Phantom Zone Projector and early Superman Robots, as well as helping Superman during such problems as the 'Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite', when Red Kryptonite created by Mister Mxyzptlk shut down Superman's powers; until Superman's powers were restored, Hamilton provided him with various machinery such as a force field belt and an armoured suit to allow him to continue as a hero.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: If the suit is forcibly removed from Hamilton's body, it self-destructs with a massive force, apparently enough to destroy a small city, although enough time elapsed between the removal and the explosion for Superman to get it to a safe distance.
  • Teleportation: As Ruin, he is able to transport himself to the Phantom Zone (though at a detriment to his health), and reemerge anywhere, effectively allowing him to teleport.

    Silver Banshee 
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AKA: Siobhan McDougal

"You are also a fool, Superman. As all mortals are fools... It is not my touch that kills... It is my voice!"

Siobhan McDougal made a deal with an evil spirit to gain the power to take over her woman-hating Gaelic tribe. Forced to find a certain occult book as payment, she remorselessly kills anyone in her path, forcing Superman to stop her.


  • Deal with the Devil: Dragged into an infernal netherworld during a ritual, an entity called "the Crone" granted her powers and the ability to return to Earth as the Silver Banshee, but demanded payment in the form of an occult book that belonged to her father.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Twice. The first when she was a normal woman (see above). The second time when Batman found the book among some stolen goods in Gotham City. Superman brought the book to Castle Broen where he was confronted by Silver Banshee. The Crone appeared at the castle, and after an enigmatic warning to Superman, she dragged the Banshee to her Netherworld.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: Even when her face looks like a skull, she still looks really hot.
  • I Gave My Word: She does keep any promise she makes, like when she promises not to kill somebody.
  • I Know Your True Name: If she knows your true name, then if you hear her scream, you will die. Fortunately, Superman's true name is Kal-El, and he's not telling her that anytime soon.
  • Logical Weakness: Since her powers are powered by her voice, she needs air. Superman once beat her by dragging her to the edge of space, bringing her back down before she suffocated, and during a car chase with Solomon Grundy, she couldn't scream continuously, needing to stop and catch her breath.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Even if she doesn't know someone's name, her scream is still very destructive, and debilitating to people with super hearing like Superman and Supergirl.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: The banshee of the DCU are typically mystical in origin, receiving immortality, superstrength, and a hideous scream that can kill those who hear it. Of course, Silver Banshee has to know your True Name before.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has very long white hair.
  • Required Secondary Powers: She is immune to her own scream and well as sonic attacks from others, like Black Canary's Canary Cry.
  • Skunk Stripe: Inverted. She has white hair with a few black strands in it.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Her official height is a whopping 6'11, and is fairly attractive for a skull-faced banshee.
  • Super Strength: Described as having the strength of 10 men.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: A murderous banshee with long, silvery hair.

    Superboy-Prime 
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Superboy Prime punching time.
AKA: Clark Kent / Kal-El of Earth-Prime
"They'll never get rid of me. I always survive."

A younger version of Superman from the Alternate Universe of Earth-Prime, where (other than him) the only super-powered beings existed in comic books. Prime's world was destroyed in the Crisis on Infinite Earths and he took refuge in an extradimensional space with the Earth-2 Superman, Earth-2 Lois Lane, and Earth-3 Alexander Luthor Jr. Originally a noble and optimistic young hero, years of isolation and Alexander's manipulations turned Prime into a hateful monster who despised the "inferior" heroes of New Earth for being allowed to live while his world died.

After a murderous rampage in Infinite Crisis, Prime participated in the Sinestro Corps War before being sent back, powerless, to the reconstituted Earth-Prime by the Legion of Super-Heroes following Legion of Three Worlds (in which his future self was revealed to have become the Time-Trapper).

Once thought to have his entire history erased by the events of Convergence, Superboy-Prime was revealed to be trapped in the Monsterlands, where Dr. Sivana and Mr. Mind discovered him.

Also he has his own Self-Demonstrating page.


See Superboy-Prime for more info.

    Subjekt- 17 
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The apparent sole survivor of his own dead world, he came to Earth and was subsequently captured by a government organisation that tortured him for most of his life until Superman found his prison.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: Appears to regard all humans as equally guilty of what he went through, even though his actual captors are now all dead and Superman serves as proof that not all humans are like that.
  • For Want of a Nail: Superman has to acknowledge that Subjekt-17 is basically evidence of his own nightmare of what might have happened if he'd been found by someone other than the Kents.
  • The Nameless: 'Subjekt-17' is just what his captors called him, and it's unclear if he ever had a name of his own.

    Terra-Man (Pre-Crisis & Post-Crisis) 

Terra-Man I (Pre-Crisis)
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AKA: Tobias "Toby" Manning

" Is there any way I can bust loose from this hombre— Or will he stick me in the pokey till I'm ready fer Boot Hill? Only one way to find out, folks— Tune in tomorrow night at nine— Same Terra-time... Same Terra-channel!"

A literal space cowboy. The son of an outlaw in the Old West, alien criminals killed his father and abducted him. Growing up in interstellar space, he eventually became a master Space Pirate in his own right—even acquiring a spacefaring alien steed resembling a Pegasus—and decided the time had finally come to return home to Earth. Upon arrival, he found he'd spent so much of his life traveling at relativistic speeds that a whole century had gone by. Moreover, the Earthling populace seemed overly impressed with some consarned alien named Superman. Taking great offense at this, the outlaw named himself Terra-Man and set about making life as miserable for the alien as possible. Superman has lampshaded the fact that Earth is too much of a low-tech backwater to be a worthwhile target for a space pirate; Terra's only real motivation in coming back here is to pick fights with Superman. He talks in very broad cowboy jargon and is usually played at least somewhat for laughs, but his array of alien weaponry makes him one of Supey's more powerful enemies.


  • Alien Abduction: When he was a boy in the 19th century.
  • Arsenal Attire: Several items of Terra-Man's costume were actually high-tech weapons in disguise, such as a neckerchief that would wrap itself around a target and constrict, and spurs that transformed into Deadly Discs.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: The aliens who abducted him altered his physiology to allow him to survive in the vacuum of space unaided.
  • Cigar Chomper: In keeping with his gunslinger image, Terra-Man smokes cigarillos: just like Clint Eastwood does in the Spaghetti Westerns that were popular when the character was created.
  • Deadly Disc: Terra-Man's spurs transform in deadly spinning discs he can control remotely.
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Terra-Man's Six Shooters are modified to fire tracer bullets and other specialized applications; some of these bullets were made of Kryptonite on at least one occasion.
  • Disturbing Unchildlike Behaviour: Toby Manning was holding up stagecoaches as a 10-year old.
  • Dying Message: After being shot, Jess Manning drew a rough outline of the Collector's ship in the dirt and planted a bullet in the centre to indicate who had killed him. It was this drawing that eventually helped Toby regain his memories.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against Superman for being an alien bigshot on Earth.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: A 19th century man in the present day.
  • The Gunslinger
  • Homing Projectile: Terra-man's arsenal of Trick Bullets included heat seeker rounds that would home in on their target.
  • Laughably Evil: Although he's definitely not a harmless villain, his stories usually have a humorous element to them, even if it's just the writers having fun by going completely over the top with his cowboy dialect.
  • Murder by Remote Control Vehicle: In Action Comics #468, Terra-Man controls a fleet of driverless cars and sends them charging towards Superman as the urban equivalent of a cattle stampede.
  • Nice Hat: Gol dang! What's a cowpoke without his trusty cowboy headwear, ya derned galloot! (Actually, it's of the fairly understated Clint Eastwood type, rather than some giant ten-gallon hat.)
  • Our Wormholes Are Different: Nova who had the ability to open wormholes; allowing near-instantaneous interstellar travel.
  • Outlaw: It runs in the family.
  • Pegasus: Named Nova. Nova can fly in space and create space warps.
  • Rapid Aging: One of Terra-Man's western themed alien gadgets was a chewing tobacco which could age Superman.
  • Ray Gun: An endless variety of them, but mostly made to look like six-shooters.
  • Showdown at High Noon: Any confronatation with Terra-Man is almost guaranteed to end in one of these. In World's Finest #261, he and The Penguin hypnotise Superman and Batman into having one.
  • Space Pirates: His profession.
  • Space Western: A Wild West outlaw in space.
  • Time Dilation: Spent so many years traveling around at near light-speed that a century passed back on Earth.
  • Trick Bullet: His six-shooters can fire a variety of different ammo, including kryptonite slugs, heat seekers, explosive rounds, and bullets that teleport their target.
  • Weird West: A Wild West outlaw in space.
  • The Wild West: Where he originally came from.
  • You Killed My Father: Manning was raised by the alien known as the Collector, who had killed his father: wiping Manning's memory of his father's death. Manning travelled with the Collector for years, stealing for him as he had for his real father, but eventually his memories returned and he murdered the Collector to avenge his father.

Terra-Man II (Post-Crisis)
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AKA: Tobias Manning

"You're talkin' about buildin' strongholds, instead of saving this planet... I've got a big problem with that!"

Tobias Manning was a guy obsessed with protecting the environment, and with cowboys. He went on a crusade to eliminate any perceived threats to Mother Nature, which unfortunately includes all aliens like Superman. He was eventually murdered by Black Adam.


    Titano the Super-Ape 
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"The chimp has suddenly grown incredibly large! The nuclear rays of the exploding uranium meteor must have caused a strange biological change! Run, Miss Lane! If that creature goes berserk, with his strength he can destroy the city!"

A fifty-foot-tall ape with incredible strength, savage intelligence, and the ability to shoot rays of kryptonite radiation from his eyes. Originally a normal chimpanzee, Titano was used as a lab animal by amoral scientists; a Freak Lab Accident turned him into a gigantic monster. What sort of ape he is, and the exact details of how he gained his powers has varied between incarnations.


  • Apes in Space: His pre-crisis origin.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Titano is smarter than your average chimp or gorilla, though by how much is hard to quantify.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Pre-and-Post-Crisis. In the New 52, he's only slightly larger than an average gorilla.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Pre-crisis Superman deals with him by sending him back to prehistoric time where he can enjoy himself with the dinosaurs.
  • Cooldown Hug: Has received them from both Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen.
  • Depending on the Writer: What sort of ape he is. Pre-Crisis he was a gorilla. Post-Crisis he was a chimpanzee. Post-New 52 an albino gorilla. One wonders when they will make him a gibbon or orangutan.
  • Eye Beams: Fires Kryptonite rays from his eyes.
  • Interspecies Friendship: In some versions of his story, Lois is the only human he trusts, because she was kind to him before his mutation.
  • Killer Gorilla: Though as mentioned above, whether he is a chimpanzee or a gorilla has changed between incarnations.
  • Killer Space Monkey: He's the page image.
  • King Kong Copy: He was created so that Superman could face off against King Kong without violating copyright.
  • Magic Meteor: Technically not a meteor because it hadn't entered Earth's atmosphere but one of these gave him powers while still in space.
  • Man of Kryptonite: One of the oddest examples, being a giant ape with the ability to fire Kryptonite from his eyes. A second New 52 version had him as a Kryptonite-powered robot.
  • Space Whale Aesop: His Post-Crisis story says that animal testing is wrong because it causes the animal unnecessary pain . . . and makes them grow gigantic and wreck the city.
  • Super Strength: Even for a fifty-foot tall ape, Titano is freakishly strong.
  • Tragic Monster: It's usually acknowledged in-universe that he's a tortured animal rather than an evil villain.

    Toyman 
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AKA: Winslow Schott

"...I will first destroy all the souvenirs... all the memories of your life's work— ...Just as you've destroyed mine! And then... I will destroy... ...You!"

Winslow Schott is a toymaker gone mad. He makes toys now as innocent facades that house dangerous weapons and gadgets. One incarnation of the Toyman was himself a doll, vaguely of the Howdy-Doody variety. In The Dark Age of Comic Books, the idea of a dangerous toyman wasn't taken seriously by readers, so Toyman was recast as a dangerous child-obsessed creep with strong Psychopathic Man Child tendencies. In The Modern Age of Comic Books, though, this Darker and Edgier incarnation doesn't fly, so it was revealed that the psycho-pedophile Toyman was really a defective android created by the real Schott, a former toymaker-turned-vigilante who will do anything to protect children—including murder.


  • Actually a Doombot: The Reset Button variant of this was done to his Darker and Edgier incarnation, by revealing to be a malfunctioning robot duplicate.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Back before the Crisis, when superhero comics had more leeway to be funny or even, perish forbid, occasionally cute, Toyman stories were played for humor. He's supposed to be a ridiculous villain. One of his last Pre-Crisis appearances, "The Great Toyman Trivia Contest," is hysterical.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The Toyman looks silly what with his huge bowtie and 19th century children's haircut, but back in the 90´s he became a much more sinister figure and killed Cat Grant's child.
  • Child Hater: During his paedophile years, when he would do anything to hurt children.
  • Deadly Remote Control Toy: A standard part of the Toyman's arsenal: ranging from exploding toy planes and flying action figures to toy tanks which fire live rounds.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: His gimmick focuses mostly around building a large arsenal of toy-like gadgets.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Just prior to Infinite Crisis, Zatanna revealed that she had tried to "fix" Toyman by magically altering his personality. This led to Toyman kidnapping homeless kids, under the delusion that he was helping them.
  • Hearing Voices: The Darker and Edgier version would often hear the voice of "Mother" in his head. The same story that revealed this version was Actually a Doombot explained that "Mother" was actually the real Toyman, trying desperately to regain control over the malfunctioning machine.
  • Knight Templar: Following the disposal of the paedophile Toyman robot, he was recast as a hardcore vigilante who would kill to protect children.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Zatanna undid her spell, Toyman was horrified at what he had done to the innocent children he'd kidnapped, to the point where he made no attempt to escape as his hideout collapsed on top of him.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He is a regular human with a silly Bat-villain-like gimmick going against one of the most powerful superheroes on the planet, so you would not expect him to be be remotely a credible threat, especially compared to villains like Luthor or Darkseid. While he never really was a Big Bad, he did show every now and then that he could be genuinely creepy and dangerous.
  • Robot Master: He is really fond of creating various toy-like robots as his personal army and vehicles. He's perfectly capable of making full-fledged lifelike androids, and will do so if a scheme calls for it, but he just seems to find it less interesting.
  • Same Character, but Different: Toyman is one of the Superman villains to have been reimagined the most, both in the comic and everywhere else. Even to date, he doesn't have an established iconic design and personality known to everyone, to the point almost all his appearances in media portrayed him as a completely different character. In his Pre-Crisis days, he could verge on being a Harmless Villain (though even then, he wasn't above murder), but he hasn't been portrayed that way in a long time.
  • Vigilante Man: In the modern age, he was reimagined as a Knight Templar ready to anything in order to protect children.
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • With The Prankster and Robin villain The General among others.
    • He was part of arguably the first supervillain team-up, when he, the Prankster, and Luthor briefly became the Terrible Trio back in the early Golden Age.
  • Wicked Toymaker: Quite possibly the Trope Maker in comics.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Cat Grant's son Adam Morgan is first kidnapped by Toyman (alongside other children), then is stabbed to death when he attempted to escape from him.

    Toyman II 
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AKA: Jack Nimball

In the 1970s, a man named Jack Nimball assumes the identity of the second Toyman during a period in which Schott retires from his criminal career. Nimball wore a jester costume and used a similar modus operandi to the original Toyman. However, this version of Toyman proved short-lived. Schott killed Nimball with a mechanical toy bird and resumed his criminal career.

This was the version of the Toyman who appeared in Challenge of the Superfriends.


    Ulysses 
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AKA: Neil Quinn

"You're right, Superman. A perfect world doesn't happen overnight. A perfect world has a cost. And Earth must pay for it."

Neil Quinn was the son of Peter and Bridget Quinn, two scientists involved in a government project tasked with investigating the properties of the mysterious fourth dimension. The fourth dimension's energies caused their laboratory to almost collapse, so Peter and Bridget threw their son into the fourth dimension to keep him safe. Adopted by the inhabitants of the Great World, Neil developed superpowers and was tasked with travelling across the five dimensions to find people who could be sacrificed to sustain the Great World.


  • Action Bomb: He can amass all the energy in his body in one massive explosion. After the destruction of the Great World, he attempts to destroy Metropolis with it. Superman stops him with an Action Bomb of his own.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: When the New 52 Superman dies, he's visibly saddened by it, despite his smug attitude when Clark showed up earlier.
  • Anti-Villain: He has sacrificed millions of innocent people to keep the Great World running and was planning to the same to humans. According to Ulysses, the Great World needed to be powered by living people each decade.
  • Arc Villain: Of The Men of Tomorrow story arc.
  • Blessed with Suck/Cursed With Awesome: His adopted parents debate whether not needing to sleep is a good thing or a bad thing.
  • Body Horror: Upon being hit by Superman's super flare, Ulysses' body is horribly disfigured and his hair is burned off.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: To Superman in their first confrontation.
  • Engineered Heroics: His team-up with Superman to defeat one of Klerik's Mooks? A trick to earn the world's trust.
  • Energy Absorption: His mutated physiology allows him to absorb any kinds of energy, such as Superman's Eye Beams. Superman's super flare proves to be too much for him, however.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones For all his hatred of humanity, Ulysses genuinely loves his biological parents.
  • Flight: He takes to the skies whenever he fights Superman.
  • Galactic Conqueror: He's conquered multiple planets in the five universes.
  • Man of Kryptonite: He absorbs red sun radiation and accidentally depowers Superman when he tries to use the energy as a light.
  • Multiversal Conqueror
  • Planet Looters: Sacrifices the populations of various planets in The Multiverse to save his adopted homeworld.
  • The Sleepless: Says he's never needed to sleep.
  • Super Strength: Ulysses is strong enough to exchange blows with Superman.
  • Super Speed: His speed allows him to take Superman by surprise.
  • Transhuman Treachery: After being adopted by the people of the Great World, he was more than willing to sacrifice millions of humans to protect his adopted home.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He completely loses it when the Great World is destroyed, attacks Superman and threatens to destroy Metropolis, believing Superman tricked him into destroying his adopted home.

    Ultra-Humanite 

Superman's first Arch-Nemesis, before Luthor, was another bald scientist called the Ultra-Humanite. Arguably the first comic book villain with super-powers (in his case, super-intelligence), he eventually gained a gimmick where he surgically transferred his brain into other people's bodies, most notably actress Dolores Winters. Starting with The Bronze Age of Comic Books, the Ultra-Humanite has exclusively been a villain for the Justice Society of America, and almost never locks horns with the Man of Steel alone. See the JSA Villains page for more info.

    Ultraman 
AKA: Kal-Ul (Pre-Crisis), Lieutenant Clark Kent (Post-Crisis), Clark Kent/Kal-Il (New 52)

One of Superman's first and best known evil counterparts, Ultraman is a criminal from an alternate universe who gains his powers by being exposed to Kryptonite. He is a member of the Crime Syndicate, a team of supervillains paralleling the Justice League. See their page for more info.

(Not to be confused with the Japanese hero of the same name)


    Viroxx 
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An obscure Post-Crisis villain, Viroxx is an alien entity from beyond our galaxy that feeds on the life force of planets. Superman is summoned by a fleet of countless races that have escaped Viroxx's destruction of their homeworlds to help defeat it. While they are seemingly successful in this task, Viroxx survives and sends one of its drones to pursue Clark and convert him to their side. They are unsuccessful and transform Lois Lane into a drone instead, forcing Superman to seek the alien refugees to help him in saving his wife. Viroxx comes close to absorbing Earth, but in the end, its stopped by the combined efforts of Superman and the alien fleet and sent retreating into darkspace.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Korsa Majalis, an alien scientist who had his planet destroyed by the entity, whom also converted his wife into its drone. However, being a barely sentient creature with a death toll of trillions at best, Viroxx doesn't return the sentiment.
  • Arc Villain: The main threat of the Infestation storyline.
  • Eldritch Abomination: In over five thousand years, this thing left devastation and death in its awake, is a force of nature interested only in absorbing energy and nobody found a way to destroy it. In the end, it takes Superman and all refugees combining their firepower to injure it and sending it running away from our galaxy rather than killing it.
  • Energy Beings: Viroxx looks like a massive glowing cloud of golden energy due to having been born from a star.
  • Expy: Though it could be easily considered one to Galactus due to feeding on planets, its also very (possibly coincidentally) similar to a C'tan from Warhammer 40,000, due to being gas entities that subsist on living energy (both planets and individuals' life force) and being served by a soulless robotic army that it has created from its victims.
  • It's Personal:
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Absolutely nothing fazes this thing; Superman tried to punch it to no avail, several ships focused their firepower on it to annihilate it and Viroxx was able to reform From a Single Cell, then Korsa created a superweapon designed specifically to destroy it only to backfire when its absorbed and made it even stronger. It takes a ridiculous amount of power to injure it, and in the end, they don't even kill it, they merely send it running with its tail between its legs.
  • Planet Eater: He feeds primarily on planets' lifeforce, but any energy absorbed by its drones from individual victims is also transferred to him.
  • Suddenly Voiced: At first, its a completely voiceless entity communicating with its drones telepathically. After absorbing Korsa's superweapon, it gains the ability to speak and its appropriately thunderous.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Viroxx converts any living beings into its "warrior-cells", cold and unfeeling psychopaths driven to kill anyone and convert them into energy in turn for its master. The process is supposedly irreversible, though after Viroxx is driven out from the galaxy, the refugees find a way to cure the infected.
  • The Virus: It certainly deserve the name and its frequently compared to as a sentient virus by everyone.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Viroxx flees the galaxy following its crippling defeat by Superman and his allies, though it wasn't destroyed at the end. Korsa pursues Viroxx into dark space vowing to destroy it, but neither of the two were ever seen again after this storyline.

    Vyndktvx 
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The Demon from Dimension 5

"No thanks. I'm teetotal."

The former court jester of the Fifth Dimension's King-Thing who fell out of favor when Mr. Mxyzptlk paid his country a visit. Jealous of all the wonderful tricks his would-be rival dazzled the royals with, Vyndktvx enacted an audacious "trick" of his own, one that would not only bring ruin down on the upstart prankster's bowler-hatted head, but to the life of Mxyzptlk's favorite assistant and star of his very best farces as well: Superman.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Jor-El fighting back the Multitude from Krypton caused Vyndktvx's Multispear to backfire on him, damaging his hand. Being who he is, he proceeded to take out his anger on the Kents.
  • Big Bad: Of Grant Morrison's Action Comics. He's the founder and leader of the Anti-Superman Army.
  • Big Red Devil: One of his forms is a multi-limbed and multi-faced caricature of one.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Mister Mxyzptlk. However, that doesn't necessarily make his enemy "good".
  • Expy: He takes a lot of cues and even uses a comparable set of minions to the villainous version of Mister Mxyzptlk from Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • Hollywood Voodoo: He can use "isomorphic magic" to remotely influence a person's life in a negative fashion too subtle to perceive or resist (such as tweaking probabilities that they get into a lethal but otherwise mundane car crash) so long as he has a possession of theirs to act as a medium.
  • Oxymoronic Being: A royal court jester who doesn't have a sense of humor and is rather button-down.
  • Straight Edge Evil: Unlike the cigar-chomping Mxyzptlk.
  • Technician Versus Performer: The Technician to Mxyzptlk's Performer.
  • The Unpronounceable: Subverted. Signifying his lack of whimsy compared to Mxy, his name is rather easy to say.

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