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    Manchester Black

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

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

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

    Master Jailer
AKA: Carl Draper

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.


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.

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

    Mercy Graves

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

AKA: John Corben
Luthor: "You're all heart, John."

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

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

    Mister Mxyzptlk
A magical imp from the land of Zrfff in the 5th Dimension. Mxyzptlk often gets bored in his home dimension and comes to our universe looking for excitement, usually fixating on Superman. With his powers, he could easily defeat Superman in any number of novel and imaginative ways, but that would be too easy. So he sets rules for their encounters that he rigidly adheres to, the most well known being that if Superman can get him to say, spell, write, or otherwise communicate his own name backwards, he leaves and can't return for 90 days. Also has the ability to break the 4th wall (and the 5th).
  • '80s Hair: In his first Post-crisis appearance, he disguises himself as an otherwise handsome man with a curly, black mullet.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: He was this to Supergirl in Action Comics #291. Kara makes clear she cannot stand a stupid, reality-warping, imp-looking prankster who thinks he is funny. Mxy's reaction was popping the question. He also plays this role in Supergirl.
  • Above Good and Evil: Somewhere between this and Blue-and-Orange Morality in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? where he knows what acts are good and evil but doesn't care about what that means. He does things because he's bored and freely switches between them as it suits him.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Mxy in Supergirl is, well, a hot guy played by Peter Gadiot.
  • Adaptational Species Change: Is a human in Smallville.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Mxy in Supergirl is far more dangerous than most Mxy incarnations. The same goes for his Lois & Clark incarnation, who nearly started World War III (and apparently vaporized a guy at the beginning of the episode. It's unclear if that was fixed when he was sent back home...)
  • Alien Geometries: His ludicrous powers are based on the fact that he comes from the fifth dimension.
  • Alliance with an Abomination: Though an extradimensional entity, he'll sometimes work with Superman if there's a problem even he can't deal with alone like the time the Joker stole most of his powers.
  • Attention Whore: His gripe with Superman as of Rebirth is the fact that Superman didn't go to rescue him when he was captured by Mr. Oz and spent more time with his wife and son than with him.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • 99% of the time, Mr. Mxyzptlk just wants to use his awesome Reality Warper powers to play harmless practical jokes and be a funny pest. As for that 1% of the time, be afraid.
    • Another storyline has him and Bat-Mite having a petty squabble which ends up destroying the entire multiverse with seemingly little effort on both of their parts. He even gets hit by Darkseid's Omega Effect with absolute no impact besides the beam lighting his cigar. He then destroys Apokolips with a gesture in the next panel.
  • Big Bad: In Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?.
  • Break the Haughty: When The Joker screwed him over and when Superboy-Prime caught him and beat him up.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Loses his powers when The Magic Goes Away during Day Of Vengeance. He seems to die while taking a kryptonite spear to the chest intended for Superman but can be heard whispering "Kltpzyxm" before he vanishes.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Post-Crisis Lex Luthor had to teach him how to lie.
  • Catchphrase: "Aw nuts!" in various continuities whenever he realizes he said his name backwards.
  • Cigar Chomper: For a while after his Post-Crisis debut.
  • Clarke's Third Law: His magic is sometimes handwaved as advanced science.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Doesn't last long after he reveals his true form in Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow?.
  • Composite Character: DC Rebirth said that every version of Mxy (including other media) is the same one travelling to different universes.
  • Court Mage: The New 52 version was this to a 5th dimensional king and made a major enemy out of the previous mage he replaced.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Died once and was almost instantly brought back to life by God.
  • Decomposite Character;
    • To explain why his name was originally spelt differently, they said that Mxyztplk was an alternate version from Earth-Two.
    • They used to hint that he was also Impossible Man from the Fantastic Four comics but a crossover between Superman and The Silver Surfer had them both meeting each other.
  • Deus ex Machina: Once appeared out of nowhere to save Superboy from the Kryptonite Kid, so he would be able to harass Superman for years to come.
  • Dimensional Traveler: One of the many inhabitants of the 5th Dimension.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Word of God says that similar DC characters like Qwsp, Bat-Mite and Johnny Thunder's genie, Thunderbolt also come from the same dimension as Mxy.
  • Final Boss: In the famous Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? story.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Yeah, the imp? That is not what he looks like.
    Mr. Mxyzptlk: Did you honestly believe a fifth-dimensional sorcerer would resemble a funny little man in a derby hat?
  • Fountain of Expies: Most Great Gazoo type characters in comics are based on him.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: He even secretly mocks the other characters for not realizing that they are fictional.
  • Friendly Enemy: In Post-Crisis days.
  • Great Gazoo: An imp from the fifth dimension.
  • Humanoid Abomination: See A Form You Are Comfortable With.
  • In Name Only: His Smallville counterpart is a european teenager who uses mind control abilities to fix football games.
  • Jerkass: Especially when compared to The Impossible Man during the Superman/Silver Surfer crossover. Impy is outraged that not only did Mxy not care about innocent lives being endangered, but he lied to him.
  • Insane Troll Logic: He holds a grudge against Superman for not rescuing him despite the fact that Supes had no way of knowing he was actually missing than simply poofing off to do something else as he always did, was preoccupied with caring for his wife and son in an entirely new universe, and was stuck with the responsibilities of becoming Superman once more in the much more cynical and problem-plagued world that came with the New 52.
    • Though this can be attributed to the slight Sanity Slippage he suffered while held captive.
  • The Jester: Was a court jester in his home dimension.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: It's rare that he well and truly gets into trouble, but when it happens, it's good to have a word that can send you into another dimension that said trouble can't reach. However, by the time he feels the need to do that, things have gotten to the point that it's not gonna be that easy...
  • Julius Beethoven da Vinci: Told Superboy-Prime that over the centuries, humans have known him as Loki, Coyote and Anansi.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: For a while it was strongly implied that he would visit the Marvel Universe and become Impossible Man but a crossover between Superman and the Silver Surfer showed them as two separate characters.
  • Legacy Character: In Superman Reborn, Mxy revealed that all incarnations of him in any medium were the same person.
  • Leprechaun: In Lois & Clark and Superman: The Animated Series he says that the leprechauns of legend were based on him.
  • Medium Awareness: In Rebirth, he reveals that is conscious of all his incarnations, and is aware that they are books/tv shows/animated series, etc. Part of his motivation in his comeback storyline is literally that he feels he doesn't get enough respect for being a core Superman character.
  • More than Three Dimensions: Presumably has five as he comes from the 5th Dimension, but it only really shows when he reveals his true form in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?.
  • The Needless: Spent his first 2,000 years without moving or breathing.
  • Nice Hat: Usually a bowler or a derby.
  • Our Genies Are Different: In Lois & Clark and Superman: The Animated Series, he says that he inspired the legends about genies and imps.
  • Parental Incest: His wife turned out to be his daughter thanks to a Stable Time Loop.
  • Portal Cut: In Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, he tries to escape back to the Fifth Dimension while Superman was sending him to the Phantom Zone and half of him went to each dimension.
  • Reality Warper: Mister Mxyzptlk possesses an unlimited ability to warp reality within the third dimension in any way he can imagine. His powers have been described alternatively as the product of fifth-dimensional magic or advanced technology from the fifth dimension that appears to be magical to third-dimensional beings. Attendant with his abilities is the fact that Mxyzptlk himself is not limited by physical laws: he needs no sustenance such as air or water, can exist in any environment (whether the bottom of the sea or in outer space) and is not vulnerable to any kind of real physical harm.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Wears purple and sometimes orange.
  • Stable Time Loop: Two of them:
    • Superboy once met Mxy time travelling from the past. He was a scientist back then and Superboy had to teach him about humor by showing him The Three Stooges movies in order to save the world.
    • After New 52, Mxyzptlk got a job as a Court Mage for an old king and married his daughter. He eventually grew up to be the king and gave his past self the job which is apparently normal in the 5th Dimension.
  • Stealth Mentor: Depending on the Writer, he's simply trying to teach Superman to lighten up and not take things so seriously.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Easily the most powerful member of Superman's Rogue's Gallery, with the only reason he doesn't defeat Superman right is because of his willingly restrains himself.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: While all versions of Mxy are absurdly powerful, just how absurdly powerful can vary. The above-mentioned instance when he and Bat-Mite destroyed the multiverse and then recreated it on a lark is certainly his high point. That time that the magic going away rendered him mortal and he seemingly died on panel is probably his low point (he got better).
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: This is how his abilities were described in his original Golden Age appearance.
  • Swap Teleportation: Once banished Superman and Captain Marvel to an alternate universe but had to swap them for two natives. Luckily one of those natives was Hoppy the Marvel Bunny.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Gsptlsnz isn't huge, but is an amazon compared to him.
  • The Trickster: His behavior usually.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His wife, Gsptlsnz, looks like a friggin' supermodel, while he is a short and ugly imp.
  • The Unpronounceable: Oh, that array of consonants makes discussion\spelling hard. It usually goes from "Mix-pih-tulk" to Mix-yez-pitl-ick". Backwards, it's easier to say ("Kel-tip-zex-im."). On Super Friends, it was pronounced more like "Mix-el-plik" and "Klip-til-skim," respectively.
  • Villainous Rescue: He's actually saved Superman multiple times, refusing to let anybody else get the satisfaction of beating him.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Has a goldfish called Superman.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His only apparent vulnerability is that whenever he speaks his name backwards, he is shunted back to the fifth dimension, and all effects of his "magic" vanish, making everything as it was before he appeared. This is a temporary deterrent: after ninety days, he can again visit the third dimension at will.
    • In Post-Crisis continuity, Mxy made up himself this weakness because a game has to have rules; pre-Crisis, it was a naturally ingrained weakness.
    • Rebirth also shows that despite his own spitefulness, he has a special weakness for games. So even though he was on track to take his revenge on Superman easily by making him forget his son, when Supes challenges him to a game, he's too enthralled to not play, even offering an all or nothing deal to the winner.
  • Willfully Weak: This is one of the reasons why he doesn't use his powers to the fullest. Aside from holding back to give his opponents a chance so the games would be more interesting Mxy is in effect The Omnipotent while within the third dimension. He even lampshades this during the Emperor Joker story arc when the Joker steals his powers and is strong enough to alter the entire universe and affect beings like the Spectre who is also a Reality Warper. When Superman asks how the Joker could be all-powerful when Mxy isn't, Mxy corrects him by stating that "I actually grasp the concept that if you wreck reality, there's nothing left to play with". Meaning that Mxy IS in fact powerful enough to alter reality to the point where his actions become literally impossible and the universe can't take the strain of being twisted in ways that shouldn't be possible, he's just not crazy or homicidal enough to do that - unlike the guy who was now wielding that power.
  • World-Healing Wave: All his damage is undone after he gets sent back to the 5th Dimension.

    Mongul I (Pre-Crisis, Post-Crisis & New 52) 
"Happy Birthday, Kryptonian. I give you oblivion."
Click here to see the New 52 version 

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

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


AKA: Nathaniel Tyron

Nathaniel was a petty thug who was transformed by an accident into a living mass of nuclear energy, needing a containment suit to have a physical form. After murdering the ones responsible, he now does whatever he feels like, putting him in conflict with the Man of Steel.

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

AKA: Joel Cochin (Pre-New 52)

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.

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

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

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

  • Bald of Evil: Lost all of his hair upon gaining his powers.
  • Body Horror: Sometimes depicted as this, such as in All-Star Superman.
  • Depending on the Artist: The only real consistent detail about him is that he's purple. Everything else—his size, if he looks monstrous or more human-like—fluctuates between artists.
  • Dumb Muscle: Usually portrayed as fairly dim.
  • Enemy Mine: He and the rest of the Superman Revenge Squad allied themselves with Superman during the events of Last Son. Parasite proved very effective against General Zod's army as they, unlike Superman, did not understand the dangers inherent in closing with him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Janitor to deadly, sadistic supervillain.
  • Greed: Fittingly for a power-stealing parasite, he's often depicted as being a greedy bastard even before his transformation. The Maxwell Jenson and Rudy Jones versions' origins had them get exposed to the materials that mutated them because they thought there was something valuable in the containers that held them.
  • Horror Hunger: His hunger leads him to desperation and starvation.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Often treated the same way.
  • Lazy Bum / The Slacker: Varies. Modern stories show him as a metaphorical parasite (e.g., crashing at people's houses a bit too long or bumming lunches from coworkers) before he gains his abilities and becomes the Parasite.
  • Logical Weakness: Taking Superman's powers means he also gains his weaknesses, creating one of the few times kryptonite is actually helpful to Superman.
  • Mirror Boss: He is this for anyone he fights. This made him an ideal Superman villain for fighting Spider-Man in their second crossover, since many of Supey's other enemies would have been out of Spidey's league.
  • Personality Powers: Pre-transformation Parasite is often depicted as being greedy and/or a figurative leech who mooches off others.
  • Power Copying: Can copy the powers of others temporarily after absorbing energy from them. In Up, Up, And Away, he implies that he could get Superman's powers permanently if he had a few days with him.
  • Power Incontinence: Raymond Jensen's powers prevented him from hugging his own wife and children.
  • Power Parasite: It comes with a time limit, so he has to continuously drain a person's power to have it. In keeping with the "doesn't necessarily make them winners" aspect of this trope, he's not that dangerous (being defeatable by simply staying away from him does that) unless paired with other villains to back him up.
  • Powers as Programs: Draining Superman's powers leaves him open to being taken down by kryptonite.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Whenever writers remember to explain why he doesn't immediately develop Power Incontinence, it's typically indicated that he absorbs his victim's experience, as well.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: The Rudy Jones version started out as an enemy of Firestorm, but quickly began focusing his efforts on Superman instead.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His skin turned purple after exposure to the chemicals.
  • Touch of Death: If he holds on to people too long.
  • Vampiric Draining: Typically drains his opponents by touch.
  • Villain Team-Up: As a part of the Superman Revenge Squad, among others.

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

See their personal page.

AKA: Oswald Loomis

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.
  • 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.

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

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

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

    Queen of Fables 
AKA: Tsaritsa

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.

AKA: Fredrick von Frankenstein

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

AKA: Emil Hamilton

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

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

    Silver Banshee
AKA: Siobhan McDougal

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also he has his own Self-Demonstrating page.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Because Superboy-Prime killed so many of his fellow heroes and his whiny attitude about how much he suffers, he is pretty much despised by all of the DC superheroes.
  • Accidental Murder: His first confirmed kill, Pantha, came during the middle of a pitched battle. Superboy-Prime accidentally punched her head off.
  • Arch-Enemy: Conner Kent (that he consider a "fake" Superboy) and the Speedsters like Bart Allen.
  • Arc Villain: Infinite Crisis, Sinestro Corps War, and Legion of Three Worlds, all end up focusing on Prime in one way or another, despite the fact that in every single one of them he is supposedly subordinate to the real Big Bad.
  • Ascended Fanboy: What he started out as.
  • Ax-Crazy: Prime is now completely demented, and dangerously so.
  • Badass Cape: Especially with the Anti-Monitor armor.
  • Basement-Dweller: When he's knocked back to Earth Prime.
  • Beard of Evil: As the Time-Trapper.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Mentioning Superboy.
    • Being considered a minor villain in Superman's life.
    • Pretty much anything, really, but telling him what to do is a big one.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: His usual insults are along these lines. "Stupid" and "dumb" are pretty common.
  • Blood Knight: Actually enjoys taking on various heavy hitters like Black Adam or Ion, because he knows he is the heaviest of them all and wants to show it.
  • Broken Pedestal: He became disillusioned with the DC heroes after witnessing The Dark Age of Comic Books.
  • The Bus Came Back: After apparently having been erased following Flashpoint, he returned in a 2020 issue of Shazam, right back to being a crazy manchild.
  • Butt-Monkey: The heroes hate him, he's eventually forgotten and is one of the most hated characters of DC Comics. Black Lantern Alex Luthor Jr. even lampshades this.
  • The Cameo: Appears in 1, maybe 2, panels in the Convergence series
  • Canon Discontinuity: Near-everything about him in Countdown to Final Crisis that wasn't related to the Sinestro Corps War. His destruction of Earth-15 stuck, according to The Multiversity.
  • Chest Insignia: He's sported the "S"-shield on his uniform, his power armor, and cut into his chest with heat vision. Conner Kent burned a bar sinister through that last one with his heat vision in order to make a point.
  • Comic Books Are Real: He read Superman comics before getting to meet him. He's even named Clark because of Superman. His city-dwelling young adult parents, the Kents, thought it was appropriate since they found him in a basket (unlike Superman, he was teleported to Earth without a rocket ship.)
  • The Corruptible: He was just a naive, hopeful teenager before Alex Luthor Jr. got a hold of him in their stay outside of the universe.
  • Dirty Coward: Tends to panic and run when things turn against him. He's so strong that these moments happen far too rarely.
  • Ditzy Genius: Prime built a set of armor that converts red sunlight into yellow and then feeds it to his cells virtually from scratch, based off the design of the Anti-Monitor, whom he only scanned with Super-Vision.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: During Infinite Crisis, despite knowing he had the ability to move and break planets, when he got into a fight with the Titans, the Justice Society and Doom Patrol, he kept proclaiming he didn't want to hurt anyone, despite it being pointed out he was breaking bones with his wild swinging. Then he punched Pantha's head off by accident.
  • The Dragon: He's been The Dragon to both Alexander Luthor Jr., and The Time-Trapper; in the case of the Time-Trapper, he was completely unaware of it until the end of the arc.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: During the Sinestro Corps War, when he worked for Sinestro while plotting against him and his corps.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: He's never the Big Bad, but he's so much more powerful than Alexander Luthor Jr., Sinestro, or even the Time-Trapper, that inevitably ends up as the main threat in their respective storylines.
  • The Dreaded: Following the events of Infinite Crisis, Prime is a feared enough figure that Sinestro had him recruited into the Sinestro Corps for his ability to inspire fear. 1,000 years into the future, he's remembered only as a dark being and an inspiration for the Legion of Super-Villains. And Green Lantern rings themselves seem to be afraid of him.
  • Dumb Muscle: Though he sees himself as a Chessmaster, he's actually very, very bad at understanding other people or anticipating what they'll do. He's a threat because of his sheer, raw power. Not his brain, as Alexander Luthor Jr. used to his advantage.
  • Emo Teen: Up to Eleven. All Prime does is complain about how life has treated him badly. While it honestly has, his self-pity eventually reaches the point where he blots out his self-awareness, and that's when he becomes truly dangerous.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Averted. When Superboy-Prime finally comes home, he is shocked to discover that his parents and girlfriend read Infinite Crisis, Sinestro Corps War, Countdown to Final Crisis, and Final Crisis - Legion of 3 Worlds, and are now terrified of him. It is implied that he killed Laurie Lemmon and his parents let him live with them out of fear. While he becomes more possessive and controlling of his parents, he still wants them to love him. However, it is clear that all the love they had for him has been replaced by fear. This is best shown in Adventure Comics #4, when Superboy-Prime demands that his parents take him to Jet's Comics, as it was a matter of life and death. They do as he commands, and along the way his father, Jerry Kent, begs Prime not to hurt them. Prime asks why in the world they would think that he would hurt them. His father points out what he had done to Laurie, to which Prime responds that he had done it because she didn't like him anymore. Prime then asks Naomi, his mother, if she loves him, to which she replies that she is terrified of him. Upon arriving at Jet's Comics, Prime tells Naomi he loves her, apparently ignoring her previous comment. When Prime leaves the car, Naomi tells Jerry to drive away, to anywhere. Jerry refuses, pointing out that he would just find them like he did last time.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite the atrocities Superboy-Prime commits, he still very much loves his parents Jerry and Naomi Kent and his girlfriend and childhood friend Laurie Lemmon. Deconstruction, as the love he has for them becomes dark and twisted.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When not in an Ax-Crazy state, Prime has some morality left, as shown during Countdown to Infinite Crisis when he used an evil version of Zatanna for his plans. He stated "She was using her powers to torment children, so I tormented her".
  • Evil Counterpart: Played as one to our Superboy, Kon-El, on occasion, courtesy of their contrasting attitudes.
  • Evil Is Petty: Prime has the powers of a god and the manners and personality of a whining child throwing a tantrum. After getting depowered, he's reduced to poking internet forums from his parents' basement.
  • Evil Twin: To Superman, being an alternate universe version of him from his younger days.
  • Face–Heel Turn: From hero in the first "Crisis" to crazy villain. In Infinite Crisis, Alexander Luthor convinces Prime to help him with the idea that he could revive Earth-Prime and save his family. Prime ends up fully turning after he knocks Pantha's head off.
  • Fallen Hero: Once upon a time, this kid was a genuinely heroic character, believe it or not.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards clones.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Got imprisoned into the Source Wall.
  • Final Boss: In both Infinite Crisis and the Sinestro Corps War, where he outlasts the actual Big Bad and becomes the final, physical threat the heroes must take down.
  • Flanderization: Since Infinite Crisis he became progressively more and more Wangsty.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: His home world is our world!
  • Freudian Excuse: His/our world was destroyed (it's/we're better now), he's been stuck in a pocket dimension for years with a Manipulative Bastard forced to see the DC Universe go through the worst of times and no-one remembers him. Clearly, this combined with his teenage mentality is the root of his insanity. But at the latest when he got back to his world and hurt his girlfriend, it becomes clear that it doesn't hold water.
  • Genius Bruiser: While certainly not a social genius, and lacking in common sense. Prime did build a complete replica of the Anti-Monitor's armor while imprisoned by the Flashes.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He cut a "S" into his chest with heat vision. Then Conner Kent burned a bar sinister through it with his heat vision in order to make a point.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He hates Superboy because of how he believes he took his place as the heroic Superman that Prime always wanted to be. The fact he's a clone of Superman only makes Prime hate him more for being fabricated instead of born like Prime was.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Gained a Yellow Power Ring as a member of the Sinestro Corps. Never used it though.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Prime will explode at the drop of a pin, descending into Unstoppable Rage more often than not.
  • Hate Sink: Whether it’s being a selfish mass murdering, hypocritical, child killing, Omnicidal Maniac who butchers heroes and/or their loved ones evey time he returns or being the ultimate on panel surrogate for a toxic fan base for comics, Prime has become one of the most absolutely reviled characters in comic books period, making everyone villains and heroes alike to anyone who know who he is despise him making him a Love to Hate example at the utmost stretch at best, to cringing in irritation and horror at worst. It’s almost impressive.
  • Heel Realization: During Blackest Night when Prime puts on a Black Lantern ring, he channels every color of the emotional spectrum. Each color forces him to realize his faults and own up to his failings. Green showed him he's only fighting at all for a delusional demand for the respect he never got in life. Orange showed him that he was envious of the lives everyone else got to live while he was trapped between dimensions and helped him realize his just wanted everyone to love him as they would the real Superman. Yellow showed him that he feared the heroes he once admired. Indigo showed him that he felt sorry for the people he hurt, especially his girlfriend Laurie. Violet showed him that he still loved his family and especially Laurie. The biggest one was Red, rage and hate. When controlled by Red, Superboy-Prime admitted that he hated himself for what he had become, everything he had done, and screamed the truth that he had suppressed for so long when confronting the Black Lantern Lex Luthor Jr. of Earth 3. This was unfortunately subverted later, as he would later cast that away and return to being an evil jerk in Teen Titans.
    Prime: YOU thought YOU were better than everybody! I NEVER wanted to be better than everybody. I just wanted to fit in! I wanted to be worth SOMETHING. I wanted to MATTER. I wanted to be HEARD! But you never LISTENED to me!
  • Hero Killer: Prime has proven time and again, that anytime he shows up, people you care about are going to hurt or die. He's killed over fifty Green Lanterns, Kal-L, Connor Kent, several members of the Teen Titans, and numerous members of three Legions of Super Heroes, and yet the death toll just keeps on growing.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Does it in Sinestro Corps War, taking over from Sinestro and the Anti-Monitor.
  • Ignored Expert: Unusually, his father wasn't. The government of Krypton believed him and gave him their full support... only to somehow still completely bungle the evacuation.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Part of the problem. He wants to be loved unconditionally, on his terms, and if people don't do that, which they almost certainly won't, he lashes out.
  • I Lied: He promises to take the villain Dummy out of the Monsterlands if he removes the miniature red sun neutralizing his powers and keeping him imprisoned. Prime goes back on his word the instant he breaks free, incinerating Dummy with his heat vision.
  • I'll Kill You!: Infamously. "I'll kill you to death!"
  • In-Series Nickname: Superheroes know him just as "Prime" instead of calling him Superman or Superboy.
  • Ironic Hell: His fate at the end of Legion of Three Worlds, trapped on the very world he wanted to get to the whole time, powerless, and with his parents and former lover utterly terrified of him because of the monstrous actions he committed to get there in the first place.
  • It's All About Me: As far as Prime is concerned, the entire multiverse can die if he can't have his world.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: When he accidentally kills several Titans in Infinite Crisis he seems to regret it, later however he calls them stupid and sadistically says he wasn't even trying then. Also despite having something of a Heel Realization in Blackest Night, he is still just as bad as ever in later events.
  • Joker Immunity: He's got it and he knows it.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: At the beginning of Legion of Three Worlds, he kills a pair of xenophobic farmers who'd previously murdered an alien child that'd crash-landed on their property. Not that Prime knew or cared about this.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Sort of. On one hand, he's usually portrayed as a serious threat whenever he shows up due to how powerful he is and his status as a Hero Killer. One the other hand, his childishness and Narm-riddled lines (such as the one under I'll Kill You! above) can made him difficult to take seriously or even unintentionally comedic.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Defied. With his home universe dead, there was no Kryptonite left that could hurt him—at least until his encounter with the Threeboot!Legion, who were revealed to be from a new version of Earth-Prime. The closest thing to an exploitable weakness that he has is darkness, as his powers apparently burn out very quickly if he doesn't have ready access to a yellow sun. Good luck actually enshrouding him long enough to sufficiently deplete him, however.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As Superman.
  • Manchild: Superman-Prime. It's just Superboy-Prime but with an adult's body.
  • Mood-Swinger: Prime's moods change from second to second.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Happened a few times, last time in Blackest Night. Subverted in the end though, as he doesn't really regret it because of the misery he has caused to others, but because he thinks that it was the fault of his victims and that they have ruined his reputation.
    • Played straight when he confronted the Black Lanterns during Blackest Night while possessed by the black ring. See Heel Realization above.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: In Infinite Crisis.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: When the Kents found a baby, they thought it'd be fun to name him "Clark" after the comic book hero with similar origins.
  • Narcissist: Prime is all about Prime. He's unable to look past his own pain to identify with the struggles of others, views his lost world and family more as possessions than anything else, thinks the entire multiverse should conform to his view of how things ought to be, and worst of all, will snap if anything damages his ego, or his delusional notions of heroism.
  • Never My Fault: Prime blames his victims for making him attack them, because he doesn't want to have to deal with what he's become.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In Infinite Crisis, he was revealed to be magic-proof. It was never really explained why.
  • No Social Skills: Prime has no ability to deal with other people, and spends most of his time just screaming at them, expecting them to do what he says.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Out to end the multiverse as a whole.
  • One-Man Army: Prime has fought the entire DC Universe to a standstill.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: At the end of Legion of Three Worlds, Prime comes face to face with an older version of himself who's become the Time Trapper. Prime's only concern is yelling about his future self's "stupid beard", before trying to punch him in the face for telling him what to do. Can't blame Braniac 5 for muttering "what an idiot" when this goes badly for him.
  • Physical God: Has all the power of Pre-Crisis Superman. He can take on the entire DC Universe by himself.
  • The Power of Hate: Hates the other heroes, the multiverse itself, and himself, and seems to draw power from that.
  • Powered Armor: Wore power armor in both Infinite Crisis and the Sinestro Corps War. Both outfits were modeled on the armor sported by the Anti-Monitor, and were designed to feed solar energy into Prime's body.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A rather tragic example. A lot of the horrible things Prime has done is because, for all of his raw power and abilities, Prime is still only a teenage boy unable to cope with the loss of his homeworld and loved ones.
  • Rage Against the Author: Once he learns he might die, the reaction is flying to DC's office enraged.
  • Reality Ensues: During Final Crisis - Legion of 3 Worlds, when Superman suggests that they try to redeem Superboy-Prime, his Legion of Super-Heroes teammates think he is crazy for even suggesting it. And there was a problem with his idea, because one, Superboy-Prime was psychotic, and two, he was trying to be a villain. All the other times, Superboy-Prime was trying to get back home. By this story, he accepts his world is gone, and is trying to be a villain because he found out he is regarded as merely a footnote in Superman's history and ultimately has no impact on history, so he resolved to be a villain with more of an impact than any other enemy of Superman. Superman trying to redeem him goes as well as you might expect it to.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Up to Eleven in Legion of Three Worlds where his eyes are constantly blood-red, even when he isn't about to use his Eye Beams.
  • Redemption Rejection: In Final Crisis - Legion of 3 Worlds, Superman tries to redeem Superboy-Prime by reminding him of his loved ones, like his girlfriend and parents. By then, he has accepted they are gone and is trying to be a villain, so he rejects Superman's words.
  • The Resenter: Towards the survivors of the Crisis and anybody else he thinks has got it better than him.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In his return in Shazam, he's determined to get "revenge" on Billy Batson... who he's never even met before.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: He joined the Sinestro Corps and menaced Green Lantern, the Legion of Super-Heroes, then the Flash Family and Shazam. In a way, he's graduated from any single character's Rogues Gallery and become the DC Universe's enemy.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In order, his cans have been the Speed Force, an Oan Sciencell near a Red Sun Eater, the Source Wall, and inside the Magiclands.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Of a sort when he was trapped outside of the universe in the aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earths, at least until he was corrupted by Alex Luthor Jr. of Earth-3.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: What he wanted to do during Final Crisis by bringing back his earth and his other attempts to get back Earth-Prime. Ironically, he ended up succeeding with Infinite Crisis as Earth-Prime ended up reborn. Unfortunately, everyone there knows what he did via comic books tuned into the multiverse and his parents and girlfriend end up being terrified of him. Played straight with Convergence where the Anti-Monitor was prevented from destroying the infinite multiverse and so Earth-Prime was never destroyed and, presumably, Superboy Prime never became evil.
  • Smug Snake: He may be a self-hating Emo Teen, but he is still smug as they get.
  • Smug Super: As only a villain with Pre-Crisis Superman's powers could be.
  • The Starscream: To Sinestro and the Anti-Monitor, whom he always intended to betray.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Has the power of a Pre-Crisis Superman, making him magnitudes of power stronger than almost any other being in the DCU. So naturally, he rarely shows up.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: When he gets sent back to Earth-Prime, only to discover that everybody knows what he's done and that he's the most loathed being on his world.
  • Straw Fan: Is a particularly mean-spirited depiction of annoying comic-book fanboys, embracing every stereotype thereof. To the point that in Blackest Night, Black Lantern Alex Luthor Jr. outright called him "an in-joke".
  • Superpower Lottery: A colossal winner. He's got all the powers and abilities of the Pre-Crisis Superman, making him one of the most powerful beings in the DCU, capable of fighting the combined might of almost every hero on Earth at once. No matter how stupid or whiny Prime gets, his sheer level of power makes him a constant threat to everyone alive. On top of that, Superboy-Prime is immune to Kryptonite thanks to being from another universe, and immune to magic for no explained reason at all. Meaning that in addition to having Superman's powers on a scale that dwarfs his, he has only one of his three weaknesses.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: He's from Earth-Prime. Our world. That's right, he's on this planet right now.note  This works against him in Blackest Night.
  • Tautological Templar: Prime is quite simply, a psychopath struggling to justify himself. Up until he decides to be "the greatest villain ever", he believes that since he is Superman, he can't be insane or villainous, because Superman wouldn't be those things. This is especially prominent when he murders Zod of Earth-15, the Superman of that world, for not being a villain like most other Zods, along with his family, responding to a cry of him being a maniac.
    Superboy-Prime: I'm not a maniac! I'm Superman, and you're supposed to be the maniac. Why aren't you listening to me?
  • Teens Are Monsters: Prime is every adult's nightmares about teenagers combined in one whiny, petulant package.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: After much trauma from the death of his world and loved ones and violent rejections from his former heroic idols, Prime decided he'd become the worst villain the DC Verse has ever known since he couldn't be the hero he originally wanted to be. Made even more apparent after Prime went to the future and found out history described him as an annoying footnote instead of anyone notable.
  • Time Master: As the Time Trapper.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His future self becomes the Time Trapper. His current self didn't like this, so he took him out.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: From Infinite Crisis, he starts off disparaging Conner Kent for being wangsty (a not, at the time, unreasonable critique, given Conner was paralyzed by Cloning Blues). Then he picks a fight with Conner, starts killing Titans. After getting sealed in another dimension and escaping again, all bets are off - Superboy-Prime becomes a volatile jerkass who incinerates people without a second (or even first) thought, and just generally rampages around in a perpetual tantrum.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Inverted. As it's not Prime himself, but everyone who's seen the things he can do and still stupidly decide to mock and taunt him. These people usually end up dead.
    • Although punching his future self Time-Trapper wasn't a very smart move to make, to say the least.
  • Tragic Villain: Initially at least, despite the monster he would become, Superboy-Prime started out as an innocent kid who just wanted to help people and be like Superman. If the Crisis on Infinite Earths hadn't happened, he probably would have been a great hero. It's hit on very hard when he's imprisoned in the Speed Force by the Flashes and he screams "Don't you understand?! I'm a hero! When I grow up I'm going to be SUPERMAN!!". However as time went on, his atrocities became severe enough that all sympathy that could be given to him was destroyed, especially when he grew to accept the role of a villain.
  • Uncertain Doom: At the end of Adventure Comics #5, after Superboy-Prime's battle with the Black Lanterns and admitting to himself that he hates what he has become and only wanting a happy ending. Laurie Lemmon enters the basement, sporting a broken arm. She comforts Prime, telling him that "they" heard him, and that they sent her to tell him that they are sorry for what they did to him, and are going to leave him alone—"they" being previously mentioned as being the writers at DC Comics. As they embrace, a Black Lantern ring on Laurie's hand detects the hope within Prime's heart. However, he soon reappeared anyway.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Alex Luthor Jr., and subsequently, of the Time-Trapper. Who is his own future self.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In his first appearances, in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Prime was an ordinary teenaged boy, eager to try and help out with the total end of all existence. Then he got stuck in another dimension, watching the Dark Age of Comic Books, which started him down a very long fall.
  • Villain Decay: In his last Post-Crisis appearance Prime was taken down by a group of Teen Titans despite the support of their other enemies and three clones of Kon-El. Compare this to Infinite Crisis where he single-handedly beat up not only the much larger group of the Titans, but the JSA and the Doom Patrol as well, or Legions of Three Worlds when he took three versions of the Legion of Superheroes, or the Sinestro Corps War when he killed the Anti-Monitor and was tackled by almost every hero on Earth.
  • Villain Team-Up: Has teamed with Alexander Luthor Jr., the Sinestro Corps, the Legion of Supervillains, and numerous other major players in the supervillain world.
  • Villainous Breakdown: All of the time. In the classic villain style, he remains smug up until the point where he no longer has the upperhand. And he's scared to death of Bart Allen.
  • Villainous Friendship: Actually does seem to have been friends with Alexander Luthor Jr. of Earth 3.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's had a few times when he's been in the limelight.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He develops a fear of Bart Allen after he traps him in the Speed Force for a while. Bart is the only character that he'll run from. He's also afraid of the dark, since he hates being cut off from sunlight and losing his powers.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Consistently blames his victims for his crimes, usually accusing them of making him do it.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: When he goes to DC HQ to find Dan DiDio before the Black Lanterns kill him, you can see how truly terrified Dan is that the character he treated so badly is real and coming after him. It may be the reason why at the end of the comic, the writers decide to stop treating Prime so poorly. Although the "revived" Laurie who tells him about the writers deciding to treat him better was a Black Lantern looking for hope.
  • World's Strongest Man: He was the most powerful being on Earth-Prime. Post-Crisis he is one of the most powerful beings, if not the most powerful being in the universe as he retains his Pre-Crisis powerlevel.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has struck many female superheroes, has been implied to have killed his girlfriend, Laurie when she rejected him, and threatens to kill Wonder Girl just to spite Superboy.
  • Written by the Winners: When he arrives in the future, he is outraged to see that history depicts him as an even bigger loser than he really is. The records claim that he was easily beaten in all his major battles, and that Neutron had a bigger impact on Superman than he ever did.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Up until Final Crisis, he was convinced that he was the hero and everyone else was corrupt and stupid villains. In Blackest Night, he's convinced being the star of Action Comics makes him the hero automatically. Then he tries to murder the writers at DC anyway.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Double Subversion. At the end of Adventure Comics #5, where Superboy-Prime admits that he hates what he has become and just wants a happy ending. Laurie Lemmon enters the basement and comforts him, telling him that they are sorry for what they did to him and are going to leave him alone—"they" being previously mentioned as being the writers at DC Comics. As they embrace, a Black Lantern ring is shown on Laurie's hand that detects the hope within Prime's heart, implying she is really a Black Lantern and is manipulating him into feeling hope before she kills him. However, when Superboy-Prime is accidentally transported back to New Earth, a flashback shows him reconnecting with Laurie Lemmon and his parents, implying she is the real Laurie Lemmon and they are happy together. Sadly for Prime, he is separated from his loved ones again. He blames the Teen Titans and battles them. When he loses, they imprison him within the Source Wall.

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

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

Terra-Man I (Pre-Crisis)

AKA: Tobias "Toby" Manning

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.

Terra-Man II (Post-Crisis)

AKA: Tobias Manning

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

AKA: Winslow Schott

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

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

AKA: Neil Quinn

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

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


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

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

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

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


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.

     Rogol Zaar 


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