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An alien mass murderer that clashed with Superman.
- The Alliance: He joined the Alien Alliance alongside Maxima.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He can read nerve impulses, predicting what his opponents can do.
- Ball of Light Transformation: Massacre has the power to travel cosmic distances by converting himself into a form of energy.
- Dark Age of Supernames: Massacre. Not exactly subtle, is it?
- Dreadlock Warrior: His hair appears to be made of thin dreadlocks.
- Energy Weapon: Has energy blasters on his gauntlets.
- For the Evulz: Travels the galaxy, killing anyone he feels like just for fun.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Massacre is certainly an intimidating name.
- Shoulders of Doom: Wears massive pauldrons.
- Super-Strength: Superman has compared his punching power to Doomsday, and his feats of strength include easily pressing and throwing a three ton concrete block at Superman.
- Tricked-Out Gloves: Has energy blasters on his gauntlets.
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.
- Chained by Fashion: His Post-Crisis costume incorporates chains.
- 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.
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.
- Leg Focus: She tends to wear outfits (usually costumes that are either stripperiffic or very formfitting body suits) that highlight her long muscular yet shapely legs.
- 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 womannote , 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.
- 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.
- Super Breeding Program: She did the research to show Superman that, yes, his Kryptonian DNA and her Almeracian DNA are compatible and that their offspring would be very powerful, which is what she desires most.
- 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).
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.
- Expy: Primarily the Authority's Engineer, only instead of Nanomachines her versatile abilities are organic nature. Because she often flies with leathery wings she also emulates Swift, and her abilities carrying some mild body horror and being alien in origin might be a reference to Jack Hawksmoor.
- The Men in Black: Manchester Black once stated that the rogue Men in Black (from the Department of Extranormal Operations) once picked up the dregs of society, turning them into weapons and selling them off to the highest alien bidder. Pamela was bonded to an "alien warrior crèche" (or "symbeasts").
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Her body is a living hive for Giger-esque alien symbiotes that can assume any form to fulfil whatever function she desires.
- Touched by Vorlons: Pamela was bonded to an "alien warrior crèche" (or "symbeasts").
- 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.
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 stirring up trouble, rather than personal gain or revenge.
- Teleportation: Misa's bag of tricks includes a short-range teleporter.
Mister Z is a mysterious immortal who traps famous people from history within a crystal. The crystal was destroyed when attempts were made to place Superman within the crystal.
- Arc Villain: Of the "Blackout" arc.
- Character Name Alias: One of Mister Z's aliases is George Bailey: the name of the central character in It's a Wonderful Life.
- Classy Cane: Carries a famous walking stick topped with a gemstone that is the Crystal Prison that stores the famous souls he steals.
- Crystal Prison: Collects souls in the gem set into the handle of his cane.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Mister Z is an accomplished hypnotist.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Mister Z has used his immortality to amass an immense personal fortune. In the present day, he is usually dressed in impeccably tailored suits. During World War II, he wore Nazi uniforms.
- Put on a Bus: Mister Z was last seen stranded on a desert island.
- Resurrective Immortality: Mister Z is apparently immortal. The one time he has been seen to be killed, he later woke up in the morgue and escaped to parts unknown.
- Your Soul Is Mine!: Mister Z is a mysterious immortal who traps the souls famous people from history within a crystal.
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.
- Atomic Superpower: Nathaniel Tryon has been transformed by a nuclear meltdown into a living radiation entity. With the assistance of a specially designed suit, Neutron can retain his physical form and ability to interact with the outside world, although he has also demonstrated the ability to jettison the radioactive emissions that compose him and exist as a pure energy being outside his suit.
- 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.
- 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 Mutant: 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.
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.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: To Marvel's Kraven the Hunter.
- Badass Normal: It takes serious cajones to hunt Superman when you have no powers and are armed with conventional weaponry.
- Egomaniac Hunter: Believes that Superman is the only game left on Earth worthy of his attention.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: And game doesn't come much more dangerous than Superman.
- One-Steve Limit: Shares his codename with a minor Batman villain.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Part of his skill set.
- Supervillain Packing Heat: Nimrod has a high-grade sniper rifle with an advanced scope.
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.
- Alliterative Name: Dana Dearden
- Escaped from Hell: During her time in Hell, Harley Quinn recruited the deceased Dana to her gang as part of an attempted breakout.
- Flight: The coin that gave her the speed of Mercury also granted her his ability to fly.
- Gendered Outfit: Wears a costume inspired by Superman's but which leaves her legs bare.
- Killed Off for Real: She sacrificed herself to save Superman from a magic-based attack. As of 2021, this death has stuck.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Her Superman obsession drives Dana to obtain superpowers, and later declare herself 'Mrs Superman' after a photo emerges of Supes wearing a wedding ring.
- Most Common Superpower: Is in the same league as Power Girl.
- Stalker with a Crush: Describes Dana's relationship with Superman.
- Super-Senses: Has the heightened senses of Heimdall, watchmen of the Norse Gods.
- Super-Speed: Has the speed of Mercury.
- Super-Strength: Has the strength of Hercules.
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.)
- The Bus Came Back: After his single appearance against the Justice League, he went unseen for more than two decades until become a recurring opponent of Superman.
- 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.
- One-Steve Limit: Shares his codename with a Nightwing villain.
- 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.
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.
- Exploding Cigar: Has used the lethal version as a weapon.
- For the Evulz: Why he became a villain.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Has some impressive toys.
- Green and Mean/Not Wearing Tights: Oswald is a mean-spirited practical joker who eschewed spandex in favor of a variety of green suits for most of his career.
- 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 Guns: 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.
- Instrument of Murder: In one of his early appearances, the Prankster used a miniature gun concealed in a playful-looking flute.
- 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.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: At the very beginning, Oswald was portrayed as short, fattie, freckled and with missing front teeth. Starting from John Byrne´s take on the character, he was featured to look and even to speak as a young Stan Lee.
- 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.
- Smokescreen Crime: During the One Year Later storyline, Luthor hires the Prankster to wreak havoc across Metropolis while he secretly breaks Kryptonite Man out of prison. Following this experience, the Prankster starts providing services to other criminals as a distraction-for-hire.
- 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.
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.
- 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 tons 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.
- Bling of War: The suit is gold-enameled.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Well, in Kandor anyway, where his Powered Armor is the only reason he has any powers. In the real world he doesn't need the suit... but has to wear it anyway.
- Clingy Costume: His armor is now burned into his body.
- Flight: The suit's rocket boots enable flight.
- Power Palms: Discharges his energy blasts from them.
- Psychic Block Defense: His armor is designed to keep both his body and his mind safe. When Lyla tries to Mind Rape him, he amplifies her attack, turns it back on her, and shreds her mind along with half a city block.
- Rocket Boots: How he flies in Kandor.
- 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
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.
- No Escape but Down: At the end of his first appearabce, the Puzzler escapes by leaping from a suspension bridge into the river.
- 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.
- Theme Serial Killer: After being beaten in a card game tournament, the Puzzler vowed ironic revenge on the five platers who bested him. He was only able to kill one champion, the poker champion. He beat him to death with a fireplace poker. The others (the bridge player who he tries to throw of a bridge; the hearts player to have a heart attack; the rummy champion to die of poisoned rum; the casino player killed in a casino) were saved by Superman.
The Puzzler II
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 Puzzler III
A descendant of Vandal Savage, the third Puzzler inflitrated ARGUS under the alias of Agent Evans. He later transferred his conscious into the body of an android named Puzzlebot that he had constructed to commit robberies.
- The Assimilator: The Puzzlebot is capable of assimilating any technological object into his own body that comes into contact with a puzzle-like device he sends.
- Brain Uploading: Agent Evans transferred his consciousness to his invention without knowing that only the data of his consciousness would be put in the robot.
- Eye Beams: The Puzzlebot can fire heat beams from its eyes.
- Super-Strength: His android body gives Puzzler superhuman strength.
- Super-Toughness: His android body gives Puzzler superhuman durability.
An identity-less 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, its 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.
- Heel–Face Turn: The Quarmerr returns briefly, years later, forced to help the evil sorcerer Karmang; but the Quarmerr still doesn't care about mortal affairs and absolutely doesn't care about Karmang's crazy agenda, so it surrenders and tells Mary Marvel all of Karmang's plans at the earliest opportunity so it can just opt out of the whole annoying situation.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: The Quarmerr is not remotely human, and is referred to as "it," not "him."
- 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.
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 un-killable 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.
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."
- Atomic Superpower:
- Chest Insignia: A radiation symbol and a flaming sword, respectively.
- Green Aesop: Villains who deliberately want to destroy the environment.
- Hand Blast: Radion can fire nuclear blasts from his hands.
- 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.
- One-Steve Limit: Protector is also the name of a member of the Teen Titans.
- Poisonous Person: Radion can kill people with his touch.
- 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.
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.
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 as any impact against one duplicate is distributed across all of the duplicates currently active. Superman could theoretically hit the original Riot and produce two unconscious duplicates at the start of a fight, but he 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.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His power may allow him to forgo sleep but don't actually remove the psychological need for it, driving him insane. He needs outside help to regulate them and merge his duplicates to get some much needed rest.
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 High 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-Toughness: Being made of stone, Rock is nearly impossible to damage.
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.
- Cult of Personality: Has one surrounding him that's so great that anyone bearing his axe immediately has his supporters kneeling to praise his glory.
- Evil Is Bigger: Like many of Superman's other alien villains such as Mongul, Darkseid, and Doomsday, Rogol Zaar towers over Superman.
- Empathic Weapon: His axe comes when he calls and even retains a connection when he is separated from it in the Phantom Zone. Supergirl takes it and finds it reacting to protect her when she seems threatened, while also amplifying and feeding off her rage for power in combat.
- Facial Horror: His current appearance looks like his upper lip and nose have been flayed off.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He's made the center of an arc that retcons Krypton as murdered by him instead of merely dying, and his motivation is stated to be because Krypton destroyed his world, but there is very little development past this single detail and he's ultimately just the pawn of a far more vile Big Bad.
- It's Personal: If his immense hatred and destruction of Krypton wasn't enough, he also killed the shrunken city of Kandor to raise the personal stakes for our heroes.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Invulnerable to most forms of damage. Only extremely powerful opponents like Superman can hurt him.
- Rogue Agent: Of the Circle, a secret cabal of galactic powers that covertly tried to manage the universe. He worked for someone who wanted to be more proactive by destroying worlds before they became a problem, and when presented with the opportunity to destroy Krypton took it even though the operation was denied.
- Super-Strength: Strong enough to go toe-to-toe against Kryptonians.
- You Are What You Hate: He wants nothing more than to extinguish Kryptonians by his own hands but his reaction to kryptonite suggests Kryptonian ancestry.
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.
- 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.
- One-Steve Limit: The codename "Ruin" is also used by a Blue Beetle villain.
- 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.
Siobhan 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.
- Amazonian Beauty/Statuesque Stunner: Her official stats are whopping 5'11, 150/160 lbs. or so, and still looking fairly hot for a skull-faced Gorgeous Gorgon.
- 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.
- 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.
- Our Banshees Are Louder: The banshee of the DCU are typically mystical in origin, receiving immortality, super strength, 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.
- Super-Scream: 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.
- Super-Strength: Described as having the strength of 10 men.
- White Hair, Black Heart: A murderous banshee with long, silvery hair.
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.
See Superboy-Prime for more info.
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.
- Aggressive Categorism: Humans to him are nothing but monstrous torturers that would take the next chance to dissect him again.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Being experimented on since birth has twisted him into someone that wants to see all of humanity dead without compromise.
- 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.
- Category Traitor: He can sense Superman is an alien like him but can't comprehend why he would side with humans over him. He tries to force Clark to choose between standing with him or with humanity.
- Dirty Communists: Another contrast between him and Superman is that he was technically born and raised in the Soviet Union, kept in the custody of their government. Downplayed in that he has no political or national affiliation past that. He's introduced speaking Serbian but later speaks (broken) English.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: His speech bubble has a thick, craggy outline with a blue gradient towards the top and a very thick, rough font for the lettering.
- Flying Brick: Another parallel to Superman. His first attack made Superman taste blood.
- Hulk Speak: Subjekt speak like Hulk.
- Mind over Matter: He possess telekinesis powerful enough to hold Superman in place.
- Mysterious Past: It's never revealed why his parents were on their spaceship or even if they meant to come to Earth.
- The Nameless: 'Subjekt-17' is just what his captors called him, and it's unclear if he ever had a name of his own. It's one of the many grievances he has against humanity.
- Shadow Archetype: 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 and his alien nature was more obvious on top of that.
- They Would Cut You Up: His backstory is being vivisected practically his entire life, soon after he was born. His present appearance is riddled with long surgical scars crudely stapled shut, making him resemble Frankenstein's monster.
- Tragic Monster: Vivisected as a test subject by callous scientists that treated him like an animal at best and monster at worst, he sees himself as a broken, crippled thing with nothing to his life but retribution against the species that tormented him for decades. His last appearance has him seemingly dying and sounding first outraged and almost heartbroken that Clark chose the human monsters over him.
- Tranquil Fury: His rage is bottomless but after his initial rampage he quietly bides his time. Telepathically cloaking himself, he moves among humans for months to learn more about them for the best opportunity to strike.
- Villain Teleportation: His first battle against Superman was abruptly interrupted by Arion teleporting him away. His second and final fight ends with him disappearing with far less fanfare seemingly under his own power.
- We Will Meet Again: His last appearance is vowing to return and make Superman pay along with the rest of humanity. Hasn't been seen since and it's likely he died from the injuries of his final battle against Clark.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He us an alien superbeing tortured since birth that has nothing left to live for but utter contempt for humans and a desire to watch them all suffer.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Subject is spelled with a 'K'.
Terra-Man I (Pre-Crisis)
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)
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.
- Age Lift: This version was born much later than Pre-Crisis.
- Cowboy: What he likes.
- Fantastic Racism: Against aliens.
- Green Thumb: His plants could restrain Superman and drain his energy.
- The Gunslinger: His powerset.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Black Adam split him in half.
- Killed Off for Real: By Black Adam.
- Knight Templar
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He did genuinely care for Mother Nature.
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. Popular enough to have guest-starred in Lou Scheimer's The New Adventures of Superman and Bruce Timm's Superman: The Animated Series.
- 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/Killer Space Monkey: Though as mentioned above, whether he is a chimpanzee or a gorilla has changed between incarnations. He used to be the page image on the second trope.
- 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.
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)
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.
- Immune to Drugs: Possesses immunity to all poisons, diseases and toxins.
- Man of Kryptonite: He absorbs red sun radiation and accidentally depowers Superman when he tries to use the energy as a light.
- Multiversal Conqueror
- Never Gets Drunk: Possesses immunity to all poisons, diseases and toxins.
- 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.
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:
- To Korsa, for destroying his world and turning his wife into a drone, which led to their daughter being absorbed by her mother as energy for Viroxx and him being forced to kill her in self-defense. He becomes an unfettered Knight Templar driven to destroy Viroxx at all costs and pursues it into dark space even after it has been driven out from the galaxy.
- Superman, noble and kind as he is, vows to stop Viroxx from claiming anymore lives. However, he becomes even more invested in the fight when Lois Lane is also transformed into a drone as well (she is saved by the end though, as expected)
- 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' life-force, 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.
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?
- 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.
Born on the South Side of Metropolis, Jenny rose through her unfortunate circumstances to fly through law school and landed the best job in the DA's office. However, none of that could help stop Brainiac from collecting part of the city and consequently killing her mother. Later, she was gifted the ability to manipulate shadows by Vandal Savage, and sought to use this power to weed out the monsters of society. She caught the attention of Superman when she attacked, infected, and experimented on Metropolis citizens with her shadows.
- Casting a Shadow: Wrath has darkness manipulation powers.
- Combat Tentacles: The shadows that Wrath creates can be used as tentacles to strangle her foes or be used as spiky projectiles.
- Emotion Control: Wrath's shadow power can extend to those nearby, controlling them to feel very angry and cause chaos.
- One-Steve Limit: The name Wrath is used several other characters in The DCU, including a series of Batman villains, a son of Trigon, and one of Seven Deadly Enemies of Man.
- Psychic Link: Wrath maintains a a telepathic connection to everyone whom comes under the thrall of her shadow. Everything they see, feel or otherwise experience, she'll know of it immediately.
- Super-Toughness: Wrath is able to be thrown through walls by Superman, even though he was in his weakened state, without any serious injury, even laughing through the beatdown from Superman's anger.
The blond bombshell calling herself the Yellow Peri derives her powers from an ancient magical spell book. By touching the mystical book with one hand and her forehead with the other, she can read its spells and use its magic in all matters of ways. She debuted as a teenager when Clark was still Superboy (in the Bronze Age), then returned years later as an adult.
- An Arm and a Leg: In the Reign in Hell miniseries, a demonic attack that causes Peri to savagely lose both legs from the knees down.
- Anti-Villain: Normally, she's actually trying to be a hero — she's just spectacularly bad at it.
- Cleavage Window: Her costume has one, alhough how prominent it is depends on the artist.
- Clingy MacGuffin: Despite being seperated from her on multiple occassions, including being thrown into space and sealed in lead, her Tome of Eldritch Lore always finds its way back to her.
- Inept Mage: As the Yellow Peri, she attempts to use her powers to help others, though her magical gestures, more often than not, seem to backfire.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Whenever seperated from her Tome of Eldritch Lore, Loretta loses all memory of even being the Yellow Peri.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: In JSA, Yellow Peri attacked Stargirl during the Starheart's campaign against elemental or magic based powers.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Yellow Peri derives all of her powers from the magic book. She is able to read its spells and use its magic by touching one hand to her forehead and the other to the book. There does not seem to be any limits to her powers when they are utilized.