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    Massacre 
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“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!”

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.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In Superman: The Animated Series, right after Supes rejected her, she may have had something going on with Lobo.
  • 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 of 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).

    Menagerie 
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AKA: Pamela

Pamela and Sonja were Puerto Rican sisters who were infected with alien symbiotes (possibly by The Men in Black) that provide them with a range of abilities. Pamela was recruited by Manchester Black into The Elite. After Black induced a stroke in Pamela for attempting to betray, putting her into a vegetative state, Sonja assumed control of the crèche and became the second Menagerie and joined the Justice League Elite under Manchester's sister Vera.


  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Pamela has control over alien lifeforms known as "Symbeasts" which are tiny symbiotic parasites that shift and assemble over a host to form a variety of shapes and weapons. She can command them to take any form she can think of.
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    Misa 
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"Tee-hee! Waht a blast! With my bag of tricks, I'll have them running in circles for hours! We 'Hairies' may be genetic geniuses, but my people are nowhere nears a fun as these 'normals'."

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.
  • Green and Mean: She wears a green dress and she's a troublemaker.
  • Hippie Parents: Her parents Jude and Lucy Diamond Sky are the leaders of the reclusive 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.

    Neutron 
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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!"

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.
  • Containment Clothing: Neutron is a being of sentient nuclear energy that can only be held in a special containment suit.
  • Energy Absorption: Neutron can metabolize and store radiation in his body.
  • 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.
  • Flight: Neutron can fly under his own power.
  • Hand Blast: Usually emits radiation from his hands, though he can fire it from any part of his body, including his face.
  • Having a Blast: As well as his Hand Blasts, Neutron can release his nuclear energy as an area of effect blast.
  • 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.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Nat Tyron gains nuclear powers under the name Neutron.
  • 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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I am Maxim Zarov, codename 'Nimrod'. Hunter of the mighty. I have killed everything that ever lived. I look forward to killing a man from another world."

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.


    Obsession 
AKA: Dana Dearden, a.k.a. 'Mrs Superman'
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"I'll do anything for you, Superman! Ever after this time, I'm still as crazy about you as when I first caught sight of your after-image...even though you made me look like an idiot and married smeone else."

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.

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    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 realizes 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 institutionalization, 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 embarrassed by Preus' deification of their race.
  • Viler New Villain: He's a Kryptonian supremacist like Zod and fulfills a similar role of being an Evil Counterpart to Superman. However, Zod can at least have some Pet the Dog and Noble Demon moments and Superman can at least reason with Zod sometimes. Preus has none of those positive qualities and remains a monstrous, extremist villain who can make Zod look reasonable.
  • 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.
  • Idiosyncrazy: All of his crimes are themed around puzzles and games.
  • 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 
AKA: Robinson Goode
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"I would never kill you, Lois Lane. That 'Clark' of yours would never come back from that. But maybe olsen here sends a sincere message. This he'll remember. This you'll respect. This will make both of you think twice before coming back to Earth. And you'll be out there to remind him...Never come back."

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 
AKA: Fredrick von Frankenstein
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"We got split personalities! Multiple personality dis-orders! A multitudionous multiplicity...Of madcap madness! an' together...We're a laugh riot!"

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.


  • Alliterative Name: He normally shortens his full name to Freddy Frankenstein.
  • Catchphrase: "You're losing it!"
  • Help Yourself in the Future: Supposedly he summons his duplicates from his immediate past or future, though not much is ever made of the implications of this.
  • Hive Mind: Maintains total control over each duplicate, with them all speaking at the same time.
  • Implacable Man: Riot's powers mean he has no need to sleep, and the nature of his powers means that it's hard to hurt him; any impact against one duplicate is distributed across all of them, so Superman could theoretically hit the original Riot and produce two unconscious duplicates at the start of a fight but can't do enough damage to any single Riot if there are a dozen or more duplicates active already.
  • Me's a Crowd: Every time he's hit, he just duplicates.
  • Mutants: Riot's experimentation with a cloning machine activated his latent metagene, giving him the power to duplicate himself.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Like The Joker, he's a lot smarter than he looks.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Constantly spouts pop cultural references. Case in point.
  • Psycho for Hire: Has hired out his services to other groups, including Intergang, the Superman Revenge Squad, and Roulette. The money's always second to the adrenaline rush for him though.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Young Frankenstein.
  • Skull for a Head: Under that mask, his powers left him deformed with a tight-skinned, nearly skull-like face.
  • Slasher Smile: His face features a permanent grin.
  • Super Strength: Holds Superman mid flight in place with a few copies. Clark needs to struggle to get out, which makes more copies.
  • Super Toughness: Barely feels a full speed rush by Superman by having enough clones to take the hit. Should be noted here that Riot's durability can change based on how many copies of himself are around, so he can hypothetically tank harder hitting attacks with more clones.
  • Talkative Loon: Never shuts up.
  • Wall Crawl: A secondary power.

    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 Horribly Right: 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.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Like many of Superman's other alien villains such as Mongul, Darkseid, and Doomsday, Rogol Zaar towers over Superman.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: The reason Hamilton created the Ruin identity to oppose Superman is that he determined that Superman's presence on Earth is draining Earth's sun of power and accelerating its death. However, considering that his calculations state that the sun will die in 4.3 billion years... even if humanity as a species lives that long, if the human race hasn't developed the means to leave Earth by that point they probably deserve to die.
  • Teleportation: As Ruin, he is able to enter the Phantom Zone (though at a detriment to his health), and reemerge anywhere, effectively allowing him to teleport.

    Silver Banshee 
AKA: Siobhan McDougal
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"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.
  • Required Secondary Powers: She is immune to her own scream and well as sonic attacks from others, like Black Canary's Canary Cry.
  • 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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AKA: Clark Kent / Kal-El of Earth-Prime
Superboy Prime punching time.
"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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"Chose Su-Per-Man! Choose! Protect human monsters by hurting an innocent! cy hurting me more! Or stand with me against them! STAND WITH ME!"

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.


  • Achilles' Heel: The soviets used repeated sound patterns in order to control him. Upon learning this, Superman whistled these same patterns to induce spasms in their second fight.
  • 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.
  • Flying Brick: Another parallel to Superman. His first attack made Superman taste blood.
  • 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.
  • Hulk Speak: Subjekt speak like Hulk.
  • Mind over Matter: He possess telekinesis powerful enough to hold Superman in place.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 confrontation 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.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Toby Manning was holding up stagecoaches as a 10-year old.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Aside from being a King Kong Copy, he seems to be based on a large gorilla called Chandu that's Superboy once fought in the year before Titano's debut. Chandu had heat vision, Kryptonite Eye Beams and X-Ray Vision.
  • 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 was 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.

    Ultraman 
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AKA: Kal-Ul (Pre-Crisis), Lieutenant Clark Kent (Post-Crisis), Clark Kent/Kal-Il (New 52)
" ...I am Ultraman! Nothing can kill me. Nothing can hurt me. Nothing has ever freakin' scratched me. Metropolis is mine. Its people are mine. They love me."

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)


    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.
  • 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.
  • Engineered Heroics: His team-up with Superman to defeat one of Klerik's Mooks? A trick to earn the world's trust.
  • 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.

    Viroxx 
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"This sytem contains nine planets. They must all be converted into energy for Viroxx."

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, it was Mxyzptlk, and no one else can see it! He tricked all of us! The whole thing's a trick where he always wins in the end."

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.


  • Accidental Murder: Sort of... he wanted to kill Mxyzptlk for upstaging him, but killed the King-Thing, who had borrowed Mxy's hat, instead. But since the Fifth Dimension is in a self-perpetuating loop, he actually did kill Myx as well, since Myx became the King-Thing.
  • 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 Action Comics (New 52). 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.
  • Cain and Abel: Though he doesn't know it, Mxyzptlk is his brother, and he kills him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Mister Mxyzptlk. However, that doesn't necessarily make his enemy "good".
  • Evil Is Petty: Mxy makes him look like a chump, so he tries to murder him. He also tries to ruin Superman and then kill him, even though Clark's never done a thing to him, extending this hatred to every version of Superman across the multiverse. During all this, he also takes the time to reduce a child to hamburger meat, just because he can.
  • 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.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He influences or creates several villains to attack Superman.
  • Oxymoronic Being: A royal court jester who doesn't have a sense of humor and is rather button-down.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother died in childbirth and his father had him sent away because he couldn't bare to look at his kids in his grief.
  • Retcon: In the New 52 continuity, it's him who's responsible for the death of the Kents, but by the start of Rebirth it's changed so Doctor Manhattan caused it instead.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He didn't know the King-Thing was his father when he killed him by mistake.
  • 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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