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    Lois Lane 

Lois Lane
Voiced by: Dana Delany
Voiced in Latin-American Spanish by: Astrid Fernández, Rossana Cicconi (Superman: The Animated Series), Soraya Camero, Lileana Chacón, Rebeca Aponte (Justice League-Justice League Unlimited)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Sato
Voiced in French by: Véronique Augereau (Superman: The Animated Series)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Justice League | Justice League Unlimited

"Lane? Lois Lane? The one Superman always saves?!"
"Fraid so."
Terrorist and Lois Lane

The Daily Planet's star reporter, she never stops at anything to get a good front-page story, though her headstrong nature nearly gets her killed several times. She is initially skeptical of Superman, but eventually falls in love with him. She is also good friends with her fellow reporter Clark Kent who, like in the comics, never figures him out to be Superman's identity, although it's hinted, but never made clear, that she eventually found out in Justice League Unlimited.

  • Action Girl: She is outclassed by the supervillains of the show, but when faced with normal human opponents or when she's pushed into a corner without Superman to save her, she does well all by herself. Makes sense, because she WAS trained by her black-belt military solider dad after all.
  • Alliterative Name: Lois Lane
  • Damsel in Distress: As always. Lampshaded in-universe.
    Terrorist: Let's make an example of this hero. A very tragic example, I'm afraid, Miss...?
    Lois: Lane.
    Terrorist: Lane? Lois Lane? The one Superman always saves?!
    Lois: 'Fraid so.
  • Damsel out of Distress: There is one episode where Superman is being beaten by Lobo, Lois Lane shows up, grabs a metal rod and joins in the attack. True, this does nothing (the guy even eats the pipe), but it's the thought that counts.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Funnily enough, she's a subtler-than-normal version of this, as she regularly wears one to work.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has a witty remark for every situation.
  • Dude Magnet: Many including Superman and Batman have expressed massive attraction for her. However, she also attracts some unsavory and highly immoral men like Luthor and dangerous stalkers like Luminus.
  • Friendly Rivalry: She and Clark are frequently trying to outscoop each other, and she teases him on a regular basis, but they do work on assignments together a lot of the time, and genuinely care for one another. Lois was even in tears when she thought Clark was dead.
  • Idiot Ball: She's put herself in danger multiple times, but at least usually she didn't know how dangerous it was or at least tried to take some kind of precaution. But in "Target", she's being targeted for murder. She knows how dangerous her unknown enemy is and she's actually under police protection. During a phone conversation with Clark, she suddenly realizes who the attempted murderer is. What does she do? She sneaks off to confront them face-to-face. While Clark and everyone else still thinks she's under police protection. If it hadn't been for Luthor just happening to call Clark to give him a vital piece of information, she would have been dead by the end of the episode.
  • Interspecies Romance: She (a human) eventually begins a romantic relationship with Clark (a Kryptonian).
  • Intrepid Reporter: Her introduction revolves around her discovery of a wide-spread gun smuggling ring.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Played with actually. She starts out rather skeptical of Superman and, while she constantly teases Clark, "The Late Mister Kent" (and a few other episodes) shows that this may be to cover up a crush on him.
  • Magic Skirt: Gets this all the time, as most of the time she is falling from high heights, getting caught in gusts of wind, being carried by Superman, and being attacked by bad guys, all while wearing these short skirts. She eventually gives up and starts wearing pants.
  • Military Brat: Lois grew up on an Army Base along with her sister due to her father being enlisted in the military and was trained in combat.
  • Morality Chain: To Superman. It's shown in "Brave New Metropolis" that if she ever died, he may become much less forgiving towards criminals.
    Darker and Edgier Superman: I always thought if I set an example... did enough good... I could make a real change. I didn't realize I was in a war. Then, suddenly, you became a casualty in that war.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lois is a very beautiful raven-haired woman who is well remembered for her mini-skirt and long shapely legs.
  • Secret Keeper: Knows that Bruce is Batman, and being a reporter, it kills her that she can't say anything about it.
  • She's Got Legs: It seems like whenever Lois is on screen, it's a full-length point of view of her long shapely legs that are presented due to her mini-skirt.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She has a bit of this relationship with Clark as she's frequently teasing him, but does care for him deep down.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Seems to attract more than her share of freaks and killers, as lampshaded by Dan Turpin:
    Lois Lane: Bizarro?
    Dan Turpin: You know this guy? Figures. All the whackos come to you.
  • Will Not Be a Victim: She's the traditional damsel, frequently being rescued by Superman, but she is also a competent and driven woman all on her own. In "Target," despite a madman consistently trying to kill her, she remains unconcerned and defiant. She points out that she will never let herself become a victim, and actually beats up her assassin with her own hands before he catches her in one last Death Trap.
  • Worthy Opponent: Lex Luthor once explained to Lois that, as much as he disliked her for the shots she takes at him and his company, he respects her for her skills and abilities.

    Jimmy Olsen 

Jimmy Olsen
Voiced by: David Kaufman
Voiced in Latin-American Spanish by: Juan Carlos Vázquez, Luis Carreño (Superman: The Animated Series)
Voiced in French by: Christophe Lemoine (Superman: The Animated Series)

A cub reporter and photographer for the Daily Planet, he is the best pal of both Superman and Clark Kent, although he never finds out they are one in the same. He has a special signal watch with a distinctive "zee zee zee" that he can use to call Superman anywhere on Earth.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He looks much less stereotypically nerdy than most versions of the character.
  • Adorkable: It’s very downplayed compared to most versions of the character, but Jimmy gets adorably awkward when he's shy or embarrassed.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Superman's Pal" focuses on him.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Superman calls him "pal" or "my pal."
  • The Baby of the Bunch: While far from a baby, he's the youngest of the Daily Planet team and sometimes feels he isn't respected by the others. He may have somewhat of a point, as Lois introduces him to Clark the same way you would introduce a small child to an adult.
    Lois: Jimmy! Jimmy Olsen, say hello to Clark Kent.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted; he's fiercely loyal to Superman, his Big Brother Mentor, and if you touch him, Jimmy will throw every ounce of his resources into stopping you.
  • Distressed Dude: In "Solar Power" and "Superman's Pal", he's kidnapped by members of Superman's Rogues Gallery. In "Question Authority", he gets kidnapped by Huntress in order to attract Superman’s attention.
  • Heroic Bystander: Sometimes, Jimmy gets off the sidelines to save the day.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: "Superman's Pal" hints that Jimmy has a bit of an inferiority complex.
  • Intrepid Reporter: As always, Jimmy is this.
    • Camera Fiend: Jimmy's a photographer, not a regular journalist.
  • Let's Get Dangerous! / Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Jimmy doesn't look like much, but if you threaten anyone he cares about...well, the Man of Steel credits him with saving his life at least twice.
  • Muggle Best Friend: To Superman.
  • Nice Guy: In spite of occasional snarkiness, he's one of the most cheerful, friendly people in the series.
  • Teens Are Short: Jimmy is the shortest character of the regular cast and, while his age is never stated, he looks like he's in his teens or (at oldest) twenties.
  • Undying Loyalty: Or pretty awful close. Even after Superman has gone on a crusade for a monstrous alien overlord, Jimmy still isn't ready to give up on his pal. Although (understandably) reluctant to approach the Brainwashed and Crazy Superman, when the hero returned to normal, Jimmy was one of his only friends. When asked for his opinion by a news crew, he vehemently retorts:
    Jimmy: Superman's saved the world hundreds of times. We owe him another chance!
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Superman gives this talk to him twice in "Superman's Pal" once in each identity.

    Perry White 

Perry White
Voiced by: George Dzundza
Voiced in Latin-American Spanish by: Alberto Arvelo (Superman: The Animated Series)
Voiced in French by: Michel Muller (Superman: The Animated Series, Season 1), Mario Santini (Superman: The Animated Series, Season 2-3)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Justice League | Justice League Unlimited

"When I was your age, we didn't have computers or fax machines or..."
"Yeah, yeah, and you walked ten miles on your bare feet to work every day."
Perry White and Lois Lane

The editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet.

    Pa and Ma Kent 

Jonathan and Martha Kent
Voiced by: Mike Farrell (Jonathan "Pa" Kent) and Shelley Fabares (Martha "Ma" Kent)
Voiced in Latin-American Spanish by: José Gómez, Eduardo Rodríguez, Renzo Jiménez (Jonathan "Pa" Kent, Superman: The Animated Series), Héctor Isturde (Jonathan "Pa" Kent, Justice League), Gladis Yáñez (Martha "Ma" Kent, Superman: The Animated Series)
Voiced in French by: Joël Martineau (Jonathan "Pa" Kent, Superman: The Animated Series), Jean-Loup Horwitz (Jonathan "Pa" Kent, Justice League), Caroline Beaune (Martha "Ma" Kent, Superman: The Animated Series)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Justice League

"No, son. It doesn't matter where you were born or what you can do, you'll always be Clark Kent. Superman just helps out now and then."
"Still, it wouldn't be bad if people knew a little more about Superman. I don't want anyone thinking you're like that nut in Gotham City."
Jonathan Kent and Martha Kent

Clark Kent's adopted parents who took in Clark when they discovered his space pod while he was still an infant. Their upbringing of Clark and acceptance of his alien origins help shaped him into what he is.

  • Badass Normal: While neither of them do much fighting, when Brainiac went back in time, their response was simply to pull shotguns on him to defend their son, which results in them also being a Papa Wolf and Mama Bear.
  • Good Parents: Martha and Jonathan are kind and supportive of their son; they're a large part of the reason why he's such a Nice Guy.
  • Granny Classic: Martha is not a grandmother, but she certainly fits the image and personality; loving and supportive, loves to cook.
  • Happily Married: Neither of them get into quarrels. Really, they're the most pleasant couple in the DCAU.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: To both Clark and Kara (Supergirl, although she is Clark's foster cousin, calls them Ma and Pa).
  • Secret Keeper: Started keeping Clark's secret long before he knew about it himself.
  • Seen It All: In the Justice League episode "Comfort and Joy", Clark brings J'onn J'ozz home for Christmas. Despite his green skin, red eyes and Underwear of Power, they don't give it a second thought and warmly welcome him into their home. As they put it, they're used to having aliens in their house.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: It is a major theme in the Superman mythos how their upbringing of Clark, and the values they have instilled into him, are instrumental in shaping him into who he is.

    Emil Hamilton 

Professor Emil Hamilton
Voiced by: Victor Brandt (Superman: The Animated Series), Robert Foxworth (Justice League Unlimited)
Voiced in Latin-American Spanish by: Alfredo Sandoval, Framk Maneiro (Superman: The Animated Series), Héctor Isturde (Justice League Unlimited)
Voiced in French by: Igor De Savitch (Superman: The Animated Series, main voice)

A brilliant scientist who directs the facility S.T.A.R. Labs and later joins Project Cadmus.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: For one, he initially assumes that all aliens are benign.
  • Actor Allusion: Hamilton's The Other Darrin happens to be Robert Foxworth, who had played characters beforehand who were turncoat False Friends/Evil Former Friends and a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing like Hamilton in such films back in The '70s like Damien: Omen II and Airport '77.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: By the time of Justice League Unlimited, his role as an ally of the Justice League is nothing more of a facade to mask his connections to Cadmus and his own Fantastic Racism.
  • Broken Pedestal: A mutual one with Superman. He began to distrust Superman after the hero first went on a Brainwashed and Crazy rampage and then threatened him after he refused to help Supergirl or Superman due the fact the act would be considered national treason to the United States since she and Superman were government fugitives (see Selective Obliviousness). Superman, in turn, lost faith in him after he refused to help him and a critically injured Supergirl. Superman even lampshades the trope by acknowledging that Hamilton will never trust him again for the threat.
  • Dirty Coward: His reason for not helping save Supergirl’s life was purely because he didn't want to be in trouble with the government, and he only agrees because Superman frightens him into helping anyway. After going all Smug Snake on Superman at Cadmus HQ over his Face–Heel Turn, Hamilton shivered with fear after Superman leaves to tend to Huntress and Question.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He was horrified when it appeared that Superman had gone rogue.
  • Evil Former Friend: For Superman in Justice League Unlimited.
  • The Evil Genius: For Cadmus.
  • Evil Is Petty: In a way, while he joins Cadmus for Earth's best benefits, it's basically out of feeling betrayed by Superman's threats, despite it being for seeking help to save Supergirl.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Becomes a member of Project Cadmus in Justice League Unlimited.
  • Fantastic Racism: Not just towards the Super Family, but the entire Justice League as well.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Despite Superman being Brainwashed and Crazy at the time of the series finale of Superman: The Animated Series, Hamilton staunchly views Superman as a threat from there point on no matter what the reason. Of course, this ends up leading Superman to feel the same way about Hamilton, since he already regretted what he had done.
  • Hate Sink: Given he was disliked by the creators of Superman: TAS to begin with, they deliberately made him as unlikable as possible in Justice League Unlimited.
  • Heel Realization: See My God, What Have I Done? below.
  • Hero Antagonist: Subverted, he claims to have joined Cadmus out of Earth's best interests, but it's clear he's a Hypocrite who did so out of selfishness and pettiness.
  • It's All About Me: He pulls a Face–Heel Turn all because he felt betrayed that Superman threatens him, despite the fact Superman did that for him to save Supergirl's life. The only reason Hamilton refused to save Supergirl was that he might get in trouble with the government for doing it. Essentially, Hamilton is a selfish coward who stopped helping Superman the moment it negatively affected him, and turned on him less out of fear of what Superman might do to the world if he goes rogue, more out of fear that Superman might personally hurt him. Hurting other people like the Question or the Ultimen clones, though? No problem whatsoever.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Sure, refusing to offer medical aid to Supergirl was a pretty awful thing to do. But from his point of view, if he does, he'll probably be charged with treason (meaning either death or life without parole), unless Superman is cleared of his fugitive status... and Hamilton had no reason to think that would ever happen. It's kind of hard to fault that decision.
    • Then, after the above, Superman, at his wits' end, very violently and threateningly seizes him, not long after Superman demonstrated a lack of mental stability (he was mind-controlled, but Hamilton may not have fully accepted that explanation). Even Supes himself is worried about what might happen if he loses control, and Hamilton almost experienced that firsthand. Wouldn't you find it hard to trust him after that?
  • Mad Scientist: For Cadmus.
  • Morality Pet: To Galatea.
  • Mr. Exposition: His role on Superman: TAS, before all the things in the spoiler-hidden text happen.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The look he gives after Galatea hugs him says it all.
  • Never My Fault: See It's All About Me above and Self-Serving Memory and Took a Level in Jerkass below.
  • Parental Substitute: To Galatea.
  • The Professor: He was the one Superman tended to go to when he needed intellect to help him.
  • Revenge Myopia: See Self-Serving Memory and Took a Level in Jerkass below.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He conveniently forgets that the reason Superman threatened him was because he refused to help save Supergirl's life until Superman was forced to do so.
  • Self-Serving Memory: There is a possibility that Hamiliton did not care why Superman threatened him if he did not forget. All that matters to him that Superman threatened him and had to be stopped, no matter what the reason.
  • Smug Snake: Towards Superman when being confronted for his Face–Heel Turn. While not as bad as Dr. Milo, he still takes arrogant pride on how his scientific abilities would protect humanity from the League and goads on how Superman betrayed humanity justifies him joining Cadmus. After Superman leaves him alone, Hamilton then cowered from the intensity of his confrontation with the Man of Steel.
  • Start of Darkness: Following the events of "Legacy."
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: When he performs his Face–Heel Turn, by first stealing some of Supergirl's DNA after feeling betrayed by Superman to create a weapon against metahumans and then willingly joining Cadmus to oppose Superman (and then the Justice League) also due to feeling threatened by Superman (forgetting, or possibly not caring, why Superman did it in the first place), in the process he is then responsible for the chaos he and his conspirators cause in the Cadmus arc. In addition, he turns from the friendly and curious Absent-Minded Professor into a heartless and racist Mad Scientist with a Never My Fault idealism about his actions.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Superman apologizing for threatening him to save Supergirl's life, he still feels betrayed and it's what causes Hamilton's Start of Darkness.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He is still seen as an ally despite having undergo a Face–Heel Turn long ago until his true allegiance has been revealed to Superman. He is also a member of a U.S. government agency that the public trusts.
  • Walking Spoiler: As you can see, discussing him involves a lot of plot twists.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He sided with Cadmus because he believed Superman had gone out of hand.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • It's not known what's happens to Hamilton after his connections to Cadmus has been revealed and the Cadmus arc ends. DCAU fans have multiple speculation about his fate (from the Heel Realization to suicide), but were never confirmed by Word of God.
    • It is also unknown what happens to S.T.A.R. labs, as it was run by Hamilton himself and also acted as a front for Cadmus' experiments, though its possible it's either under new management after the Cadmus Crisis, or it has been boarded up, shut down and closed for good.

    Dan Turpin 

Dan Turpin
Voiced by: Joseph Bologna
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ricardo Mirabal, Luis G. Sánchez, Roberto Colmenares
Voiced in French by: Michel Muller

A Metropolis cop who is part of the Special Crimes Unit. He's known for his bravery, but is quite hot-tempered and foolhardy, and has had to be pulled from the force quite a few times. Nevertheless, he is one of Superman's most valuable allies, even saving his life at least once.

  • Badass Bystander: Single-handedly turns the tide against Darkseid. With Superman captured and publicly humiliated in order to cow humanity into hopelessness, Turpin alone flips off the triumphant Darkseid and rallies the crowd behind him. He leads a counterattack, singlehandedly frees Superman, defeats several Parademons, and helps fend off the forces of Apokolips until the forces of New Genesis arrive to liberate Earth. Now, while it's true that the viewers already knew Turpin was a tough cop, Darkseid had no clue who this guy was and thought he'd conquered Earth by defeating its greatest champion. Unfortunately, this also counts as a Dying Moment of Awesome, as the fleeing Darkseid kills Turpin out of spite, prompting Superman to deliver this quote at Turpin's funeral:
    Superman: In the end, the world didn't need a Superman. Just a brave one.
  • Badass Normal: He rallied the people of Metropolis to oppose the forces of Apokolips and lead the charge.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Responds to Darkseid's planet-wide speech by insulting Darkseid to his face and proceeding to free Superman.
  • Butt-Monkey: He frequently gets humiliated by the Monster of the Week. (It doesn't help that he's constantly Tempting Fate with his pronouncements that the SCU will easily defeat the villain. At that point, the Theory of Narrative Causality practically requires him to get his comeuppance.)
  • Cowboy Cop: He tends to get aggressive.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: "I don't care how many worlds you've conquered, ugly, you ain't gettin' this one!" He follows this up by tossing a stolen Parademons' lance at Darkseid.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: He paid for the above by getting disintegrated by Darkseid's Omega Beams.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: The media (especially Lois and Angela) give him a hard time due to being part of the "cleaning crew" while Superman does all the work. Everyone sees him standing up against Darkseid and getting killed for it. Even Lois, Angela, AND Lex were at his funeral.
  • The Lancer: To Maggie Sawyer.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Turpin is modeled after his creator Jack Kirby. He's even Jewish like Kirby, proven with the Jewish funeral he gets after being vaporized by Darkseid.
  • Sacrificial Lion: When Superman was captured and Darkseid demanded the obedience of all humanity, Turpin was the only one who would not Kneel Before Zod. It meant his death, but it also kept Earth free.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: He was vaporized by Darkseid just to spite Superman.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He starts off very critical of Superman, but later learns to appreciate his good deeds.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Inverted. Maggie Sawyer comments that if she had a nickel for every time he's given up his badge of his free will, she'd be richer than Luthor.

    Maggie Sawyer 

Maggie Sawyer

Voiced by: Joanna Cassidy
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Elena Díaz Toledo
Voiced in French by: Sophie Deschaumes (Superman: The Animated Series, main voice)

The head of the Metropolis Police's Special Crimes Unit (SCU), working under Dan Turpin.

  • Ambiguously Gay: Ambiguous only because it's not downright stated (she's a lesbian in the comics).
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Superman spends most of his time working with her.
  • Fair Cop: She's very attractive.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Maggie Sawyer is an imported character from the Superman comics, first appearing in the 1980's, and has been an out-lesbian since 1988. However, this could not be explicitly stated in a kids show at the time, and the closest they get to covering this point is in "Apokolips... Now!" when she is visited in the hospital by a woman who comforts her throughout both parts of the episode. The woman is unnamed in the show, but DVD commentary and the credits reveal that she is Toby Raines, Maggie's long-time girlfriend in the comics, and was included as a reference to their relationship.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike Turpin, she trusts Superman right from the get-go.

    Lana Lang 

Lana Lang
Voiced by: Joely Fisher (adult), Kelley Schmidt (teenager)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Soraya Camero
Voiced in French by: Magali Barney (Season 1), Sybille Tureau (Season 2), Laurence Crouzet (Season 3)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Justice League

"Hmm... red, blue, yellow... primary, but it works in a superhero-ish kinda way."

Clark Kent's childhood friend from Smallville and one of the few Secret Keepers for Superman's identity. They've had a bit of a relationship during their teen years, but both of them moved on to greener pastures.

  • Alliterative Name: Lana Lang.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Invoked. When Luthor finds out she has been talking to Superman. She tells him the truth by explaining he was trying to warn her about his criminal activities, but reassure him by using this trope to say she doesn't care. In actual fact, her preference is definitely Single Woman Seeks Good Man. She tells Clark that she's learnt how to handle most men, but Clark was the only one she couldn't handle.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Lois. Both of their characters were even combined in Superman's Lotus Eater world as one character, Loana.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She had a crush on Clark since they were twelve, and they were dating during high school. In the present they broke up, but she still has some feelings for him.
  • Damsel in Distress: Superman saves her from being murdered in her first appearance as an adult.
  • Girl Next Door: To Clark in Smallville.
  • Heroic Seductress: She tries to be this during her relationship with Luthor, taking advantage on how close she is to him to deliver information about his schemes to Superman, despite the latter's reluctance. It backfires when Luthor finds out about it, and she gives up on it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lana is a very gorgeous red-haired woman who tends to wear outfits that present her figure and long shapely legs.
  • Secret Keeper: She knows that Clark is Superman.
  • She's Got Legs: She usually wears short skirts or dresses that display her long shapely legs.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: As stated above, she had a crush on Clark since they were twelve and they were dating during high school. But now he is in love with Lois.

    Angela Chen 

Angela Chen

Voiced by: Lauren Tom
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Astrid Fernández
Voiced in French by: Emmanuèle Bondeville (main voice)

A star gossip columnist for the Daily Planet and host for the popular news show Metropolis Today.


    Bibbo Bibbowski 

Bibbo Bibbowski

Voiced by: Brad Garrett
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Pérez Pons

A sea captain who frequents the dock of Metropolis. He's also an acquaintance of Lois Lane.

  • Alliterative Name: Bibbo Bibbowski — heck, it even repeats the first five letters!
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Lois gave him money to call Clark should she had been in danger on a story she was covering. He quickly forgot and spent it on a soda machine. Superman ended up saving her anyway.
  • Father Neptune: He's an unemployed sea captain.
  • Fearless Fool: Bibbo is not very smart, but he is incredibly brave. It takes a huge amount of guts to swat a King Kong-sized chimpanzee with a newspaper and scold it for making a mess on the docks. It takes an equally huge lack of brains to think that's a good idea.
  • Gentle Giant: He's big, burly, and one of the good guys.
  • Good Is Dumb: He's a virtuous, stand-up guy... but he's not too bright.
    Bibbo (striking a misbehaving Kaiju with a rolled-up newspaper): Bad monkey! Bad, bad monkey!
  • The Informant: For Lois.
  • Recurring Extra: He's an absent-minded longshoreman who appears in the pilot (with minor plot relevance; he's established as an informant for Lois who helped her on an arms smuggling expose, and whom she asks to inform the Planet of her whereabouts if she doesn't return from the ship she is investigating, a task he is quickly distracted from). He appears several times thereafter, often just to provide a comment on something strange that has occurred, though occasionally Lois or Clark seek information from him, and he often makes shows of support for Superman.
  • Shout-Out: A sailor with that squint and that jaw? Popeye, you put on a little weight!

Superhero Allies


Supergirl (Kara In-Ze / Kara Kent)
Voiced by: Nicholle Tom
Voiced in Latin-American Spanish by: Carmen Olarte (Superman: The Animated Series), Giannina Jurado (Justice League Unlimited)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chiaki Takahashi
Voiced in French by: Laura Blanc (Superman: The Animated Series, Season 2), Dorothée Pousséo (Superman: The Animated Series, Season 3), Chantal Macé (The New Batman Adventures), Caroline Victoria (Justice League Unlimited), Célia Charpentier (Justice League Unlimited, replacement voice)

Kara In-Ze is the sole survivor of Krypton's sister planet Argo. While exploring the space around the destroyed Krypton, Superman found Kara in a cryogenic facility and took her in as his adoptive cousin. Inspired by her adoptive cousin, Kara made a costume with Superman's logo and occasionally acted as Superman's effective sidekick in his adventures. She later becomes a member of the expanded Justice League.

  • Action Girl: Is a fight around? She'll go into it without a problem.
  • Adaptation Name Change: She's basically the comics' Kara Zor-El. In the comics, In-Ze was her mother Allura's maiden name. The change was done because, as a result of her altered origin, she's not part of the El family here.
  • Age Lift: Unlike the pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El who was born on a chunk of Krypton after its destruction (thus really was younger than Clark), Kara In-Ze is technically older, with the time in cryogenic suspension explaining why she's mentally and physically younger. This was later Ret-Canon to the comics when Superman/Batman introduced the post-Crisis Kara Zor-El.
  • Badass Adorable: While she may be one of the strongest beings in the galaxy, she is very much an adorable teenager with her own hangups.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Both the non-civilian outfit and, at least once, her regular clothes.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": "S" is for Supergirl too.
  • The Cameo: In "Hereafter", she can be seen with the Kents and Lana at Superman's funeral.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of the pre-Crisis Supergirl, Kara Zor-El (who was later rebooted into post-Crisis continuity). The reason that she wasn't Kara Zor-El outright was that DC had the editorial mandate of "Superman is the last Kryptonian, period." So the writers had to slightly modify her origin and name to fit the series.
  • Character Development: She develops greatly from her first appearance in "Little Girl Lost" to Justice League Unlimited. In her first appearances from Superman: TAS to JLU, she was criticized for being impulsive and reckless. By the time "Divided We Fall" rolls around, she was chosen to be in charge of the League while the original seven were in custody. In "Far From Home", Green Lantern himself notes that there is nothing more he can teach her.
  • Costume Evolution: In S: TAS and during her appearances in the Cadmus arc of JLU, Supergirl wore a unique costume that included a white tank top and blue skirt. During Unlimited's last season, she switched it out for one based on the Michael Turner design.
  • Cute Bruiser: She is a sweet and gentle teenager with the same powers as Superman.
  • Determinator: In "Chaos at the Earth's Core", she fights Metallo despite her powers being significantly reduced and him having a Kryptonite power battery that can kill her. Even weakened and near death, she managed to remove the battery from his chest.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Supes.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Kara was raised on a farm by Ma and Pa Kent, who treated her like one of their own children.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: Against Metallo, memorably.
  • Flying Brick: Her powers are on par with Superman.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-Universe she has considerable popularity in Japan. She is so popular that a chubby little fangirl kicked Stargirl in the shin for badmouthing Supergirl.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Stargirl in "Chaos at the Earth's Core", though by the end of the episode, they appear to be becoming friends.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Becomes this with Batgirl in "Girls' Night Out". Livewire hits Gotham and meets up with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, and Kara joins with Batgirl to stop them. Both later admit each has what the other would like, and the Justice League episode "Comfort and Joy" shows they're on a first-name basis (and Kara joined Barbara for skiing the Christmas Clark brings the Martian Manhunter to the Kent Farm).
  • Human Aliens: All the Kryptonians are outwardly indistinguishable from humans, despite obvious biological differences.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: She has a very hourglass figure despite her age (although, it is revealed in JLU that she is around the age of twenty).
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Green Arrow in Justice League Unlimited - a very unexpected, plausible and touching development.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Initially, though over time it lessened.
  • Magic Skirt: For both her two costumes.
    • Panty Shot: Subverted in "Girls' Night Out" where she flies around in a miniskirt. The inherent problem with such an act can be viewed in this scene..
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has an hourglass figure and wears Bare Your Midriff costumes. She takes every chance she gets at showing off those legs.
  • Prophecy Twist: Benefits from one.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of "Far From Home" she stays in the future with the Legion.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She was a teenager when Krypton was destroyed, before being revived years later.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Superman finds her in "Little Girl Lost," frozen in a cryogenic chamber.
  • She's Got Legs: She has nice legs and her costumes are prone to showing them off.
  • Sidekick: To Superman.
  • Superpower Lottery: She has all the powers of Superman: Eye Beams, Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Strength and X-Ray Vision.
  • Super Speed: Though not quite as fast as Flash.
  • Team Member in the Adaptation: Joins the Justice League during Unlimited. Normally Supergirl was an independent hero that aided the Justice League when necessary.
  • Twin Telepathy: In Supergirl's dreams, she relives the memories of her Evil Twin Galatea.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: In the comics and most versions, Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) is usually portrayed as a biological cousin to Superman. Here, she is his adopted cousin instead due to the alterations made towards her surname and origins.


Steel (John Henry Irons)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ramón Aguilera (Superman: The Animated Series), Alfonso Soto, Juan Guzmán (Justice League Unlimited)

The designer for an experimental suit of Powered Armor for the Metropolis SCU. After the pilot goes rogue, he redesigns and perfects the suit, taking it into battle himself in Superman's hour of need.

  • Arm Cannon: His forearm-mounted lasers.
  • Badass Baritone: Characters voiced by Michael Dorn and Phil LaMarr tend to have deep voices.
  • Badass Normal: He has no powers, but he kicks a lot of ass thanks to his suit.
  • The Blacksmith: He hand-forged the plating of his armor himself.
  • The Cameo: In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of him can be seen in the Legion museum.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting:
    • In "Tools of the Trade", Irons bears a strong resemblance to basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, probably because he debuted during Season 2, which first starting airing in 1997, the same year the Steel movie (where he was played by O'Neal) was released.
    • According to the commentary for the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Return", Phil LaMarr voice for Steel was supposed to emulate a young Morgan Freeman.
  • Drop the Hammer: John Irons has a powerful rivet hammer which can fire blasts of thermal energy.
  • Genius Bruiser: He fights using both his brawn and his brains.
  • Meaningful Name: In addition to being an armored hero who goes by the name "Steel", his real name of John Henry Irons is appropriate since, like the folk hero John Henry, he stands for noble causes and uses a hammer as his weapon.
  • Odd Friendship: With Supergirl.
  • Powered Armor: Wears a suit of it that he made himself.
  • Resign in Protest: In his premier he designed an experimental Powered Armor for Lex Corp., however he resigned to protest Luthor's decision to use it immediately instead of taking time to test out everything and correct certain potential flaws.
  • Shout-Out: Like his name suggests, he's based on folk hero John Henry.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He has an episode that introduces him, setting him up as Steel, then an episode where he becomes Steel... then vanishes until Justice League Unlimited. This is especially egregious since one episode later Darkseid invades. Really makes one wonder why he never bothered to help out. Well at least he was in time to help out on another one.

    Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) 

Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Juan Guzmán (Superman: The Animated Series), Rolman Bastidas (Justice League Unlimited)

A Daily Planet staff artist who is chosen to join the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force who use power rings to make green energy beams and constructs.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In Superman: TAS, his hair is brown instead of black, which makes him look more like the Silver Age/Bronze Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan (who in the comics was dead at the time). By the time of Justice League Unlimited it's back to being black with no explanation.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Kyle becomes Clark's co-worker to explain his appearance in Metropolis.
  • Badass Bystander: He stops a thief who stole Jimmy's camera (who looks exactly like Guy Gardner, another human Green Lantern).
  • Badass Creed: You know the one. He doesn't know it at first, and the Guardians recite it along with him.
  • Barrier Warrior: Sinestro tries to kill him once he gets the ring, so he has to quickly learn how to be one.
  • The Cameo:
    • He is among one of the attendees at Superman's funeral in "Hereafter", along with other members of the Green Lantern Corps.
    • In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of him can be seen in the Green Lantern display in the Legion museum.
  • Composite Character: Kyle was the only Green Lantern active in the comics when Superman: TAS was made, so he was used instead of the other human Green Lanterns. But his Origin Story, Arch-Enemy, costume, and even physical appearance are all basically Hal Jordan's, though he keeps his comic book counterpart's artist background. By Justice League Unlimited (where Hal Jordan eventually appeared himself), he looks closer to his comic book counterpart and his costume is completely redesigned.
  • Costume Evolution: He gets the standard DCAU Green Lantern outfit in Superman: TAS while by JLU he's since switched to a Non-Uniform Uniform based on his then-current Jim Lee design. Vs. The Fatal Five shows that he eventually changes to his outfit from the '90's run of the comics.
  • A Day in the Limelight: His only episode in Superman: TAS, "In Brightest Day", was basically a Green Lantern story that featured Superman.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Obviously.
  • Heroic Willpower: The power behind his ring.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The ring itself chose him.
  • Put on a Bus: By the time Justice League came out, John Stewart was the main Green Lantern with no sign of Kyle. It's later explained that Kyle was off training, with his mentor being John's ex Katma Tui. The Bus Came Back in JLU where he briefly has a speaking role alongside several other Green Lanterns.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He is Jimmy's friend from the art department.
  • Sequential Artist: He's employed as a graphic artist, but wants to break into comics and has been submitting portfolios without success.
  • Space Police: As a member of the Green Lanterns.
  • Take Up My Sword: He replaces Abin Sur as the Green Lantern of Sector 2814, where Earth falls under.


Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: José Manuel Vieira (Superman: The Animated Series), Alex Orozco, Alfonso Soto (Justice League Unlimited)

Darkseid's son, who was raised on New Genesis.

  • Dragon Ascendant: If one considers the Batman Beyond Unlimited/Justice League Beyond comics to be canon to the DCAU, he took up the mantle of ruler of Apokolips. He’s not happy about it, but he’s doing it in an attempt to maintain peace between the two New God factions.
  • Fiery Redhead: He has red hair and he despises Darkseid with a passion.
  • Flying Brick: The Astro-Harness covers the flight part.
  • Grumpy Bear: He has no obvious friendships with anyone, though he starts to warm up to Batman and the Flash. The Unlimited comic suggests that Kara is friendly to him and this seems to be reciprocated.
  • Happily Adopted: He loves his adopted father with as much intensity as he hates his biological one.
  • Magical Computer: The Mother Box, which also soothes Orion's familial rage and opens up Boom Tubes.
  • No Social Skills: Implied. In "Flash and Substance", upon greeting Flash with Batman after the former had just gotten done handling a criminal attack, he makes Captain Obvious comments about Flash's situation. In general, it seems mostly because he's a Grumpy Bear with a temper issue.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • After commenting on how boring and tedious it must be to attend the Flash’s museum opening, he receives a Death Glare from Batman. After a Beat, he decides he’ll tag along as long as it’s not black tie.
    • In Flash's apartment, he accidentally bumps into Flash's talking standee, which he destroys after it startles him, something he sheepishly admits to.
    • In the tie-in comic for Unlimited, after a long day’s mission with several other members of the League, he wonders out loud if anyone’s watched a romantic soap opera in the entertainment room that he’s been looking forward to watching.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Even his helmet seems to be frowning.
  • Physical God: He's a physical being, but is very formidable like the other New Gods.
  • Red Is Heroic: He dresses mostly in a red suit and, despite his anger issues, he is undiscutably a good guy.
  • Sky Surfing: With his Astro-Harness.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: In the tie-in comics for Batman Beyond, it turns out that he married Bekka since then. While he looks like a brick, his wife is Ms. Fanservice.
  • Unstoppable Rage: One that can only be held back by the Mother Box.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Unlike many other heroes, he's not often seen in the background in Justice League Unlimited. Presumably, this is because he has business to attend to on New Genesis and/or is better suited for larger scale missions such as ones in space. In the finale when Darkseid is revived, though, he and the other New Gods from New Genesis are a no show, which is not explained other than the implication that they might have been busy dealing with Apokolips in the mean time.
  • You're Not My Father: He hates Darkseid with every fiber of his being. It's not mutual.

Antagonists from Earth

Alas, not everyone on the Man of Steel's adopted planet appreciates his presence - and quite a few would love to see him Deader Than Dead. Who are these mere mortals that would challenge him, be it through brains, gadgets, or serendipitous superpowers? Read on...

    Lex Luthor 

Lex Luthor
Voiced by: Clancy Brown
Voiced in Latin America by: Esteban Garcia
Voiced in French by: Alain Dorval (Superman: The Animated Series), Jean-Bernard Guillard (Justice League, main voice, and Justice League Unlimited)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Justice League | Justice League Unlimited

"I own Metropolis. My technology built it, my will keeps it going, and nearly two-thirds of its people work for me whether they know it or not. Even you have to admit, it's a model of efficiency. And yet, I've often thought... why limit myself to just one city?"

A genius multi-billionaire living in Metropolis who is the chief executive of his own company, LexCorp. In reality, he's a sociopath with a thirst for power and control, which he will gladly go to any length to have. Constantly flexes his Villain with Good Publicity muscle as much as he possibly can and has the resources and connections to finance and direct plots against Superman from a distance while still appearing as a benign, philanthropic captain of industry to the public at large.

He's an A-lister among Superman's rogues, not bad for a guy who doesn't have any Stock Superpowers and has to share a city with the original Flying Brick. He later takes on various exploits to hamper the Justice League and out them as threats to global security so he may do as he pleases unopposed.

  • Addictive Magic: Technological variant. Once he gets a taste of Brainiac's power in Justice League Unlimited, getting it back becomes his sole goal in life.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Word of God says he's Greek and his appearance was based on Telly Savalas, a Greek-American actor. Bruce Timm attributes assumptions that he's black, despite his skin being the same color as Superman's, on his lips.
  • And I Must Scream: Averted. Instead of going mad or resisting when he discovers that his cells have become a host for Brainiac, Luthor strikes a bargain with the robot.
  • And Then What?: When Brainiac explains that he intends to record and annihilate the entire universe, Luthor (who, like it or not, is along for the ride) responds with "And then what?"
  • Arch-Enemy: To Superman, as always.
  • Art Evolution: He received a redesign in Justice League. In addition to trading in his business suit for battle armor, he received a redesign in his physical appearance; he is taller, with broader shoulders, lighter skin, and altered facial features (a softened brow and pronounced cheekbones).
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His final fate as per Dwayne McDuffie is of him and Darkseid becoming part of the Source Wall after Lex reveals the Anti-Life Equation.
  • Badass Baritone: As voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • Badass Boast: "I'm already more powerful than all of you put together." He says this to the entire assembled Secret Society (aka the Legion of Doom), after owning Doctor Polaris. Dozens of villains with powers that let them fight the Justice League take one look at Luthor, and basically decide he's right.
  • Badass Bookworm: Best known for his brain, but he's physically ripped too and an effective fighter.
  • Badass Normal: It is nowhere near Batman's level of training, but when you can forcibly assume leadership of a large group of superpowered beings and keep them in line just through your intelligence and personal charisma, you qualify.
  • Bad Boss: A frequent exponent of He Knows Too Much and You Have Outlived Your Usefulness. And in "Fish Story," he decides to go ahead with his underwater detonations while his employees are still setting the charges. When this is pointed out to him, his reply is...
    Luthor: Their survivors will be well-compensated.
  • Bald of Evil: He doesn’t have a strand of hair on his head and is evil to the core.
    • At one point in Justice League, he is escorted by Supergirl and Steel to his secret bunker... fronted by a barber shop. Steel quips that this is a good choice since this would be the last place anyone would look for him and that he'd probably be getting his nosehairs trimmed here.
    • In another Justice League episode, Gorilla Grodd uses a device that turns every human in the vicinity into gorillas. Luthor turns into a hairless gorilla. He reacts with incredulity.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted so badly to merge with Brainiac again. Ironically, he then uses this exact same trope against Darkseid.
  • Big Bad: For much of Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League. He bankrolled individual supervillains, founded the Injustice Gang, provided secret funding to Cadmus, and eventually usurped the leadership of the Secret Society.
  • Big Damn Villains: In "A Better World."
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When it suits his purposes, he can be quite charming, but only when it suits him.
  • Body Horror: In "Panic in the Sky," Brainiac bursts out from under Luthor's skin, leaving a human body with black robot tentacles randomly placed over his body and Brainiac's face protruding from his stomach. Though momentarily astounded, Luthor doesn't Go Mad from the Revelation, which is itself evidence of a staggering amount of willpower.
  • The Chessmaster: He often has plans to manipulate everyone involved to accomplish his goals. One notable example is when he forms the Injustice Gang. He doesn't do so to create an evil equivalent to the Justice League, but really so that the other members will keep the Justice League distracted so they can't stop his real plan. Another notable example is when he deliberately has John Corben infected with a lethal virus so that he could use him as a guinea pig for the cybernetic Metallo transplant experiment to "save" him from the virus.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: He's physically based off of Telly Savalas' portrayal of Blofeld from On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Bruce Timm also took some of the characterization as well, describing both as a "cultured thug... a bruiser who wanted to be taken seriously."
  • Composite Character: Of himself. This version of Luthor ran the gamut from his modern Corrupt Corporate Executive incarnation (albeit with an emphasized scientific acumen), to the nineteen-forties Diabolical Mastermind, and to the Mad Scientist of the sixties and seventies.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The CEO of LexCorp.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He made damn sure he can turn the powers of any member of the Secret Society against them if they step out of line, as Doctor Polaris, Goldface, and Grodd found out to their sorrow. Also has an elaborate panic room hidden deep under a random Metropolis barber shop.
    Steel: Gotta hand it to you, Luthor; nobody would think to look for you here.
  • Cure for Cancer: He ended up having cancer thanks to him holding the chunk of kryptonite for years, and tried to get it cured, but it's terminal. Brainiac actually cured the cancer when he was inside Luthor's body.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He already has enough money and power in the world to practically own Metropolis and more but his obsession with Superman has led him to waste millions on projects solely dedicated to destroy the Man of Steel. Mercy Graves call him out on this in the Justice League series, stating that Luthor's leadership nearly led LexCorp to bankruptcy until she started making cuts on his "Kill Superman" R&D. The third season of Unlimited eventually justifies the trope by revealing that Luthor has lost all interest in money after tasting what Brainiac had to offer.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In Justice League Unlimited, when he's recruited into Gorilla Grodd's Legion of Doom.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: After losing his company and resorting to more obvious villainy. He reaches its height in JLU.
  • Dirty Coward: On at least two separate occasions he's left someone behind in a crumbling building to save his own neck; the first time it was Lois, and the second time Mercy. In the event of a dangerous situation, he always puts himself first. Even when facing Darkseid with Superman and Batman, the second the New God singles him out, Luthor bolts.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His actions in Justice League Unlimited can be considered this as he describes it to The Question (while beating the crap out of him), who's trying to stop him from becoming President to keep from fulfilling a future where Superman kills him and turns evil.
    Luthor: President? Do you know how much power I'd have to give up to be president? That's right, conspiracy buff. I spent $75 million on a fake presidential campaign, all just to tick Superman off.
  • Does Not Like Magic: In "Dead Reckoning," he explains that he doesn't like working with something he doesn't understand, like magic.
  • Domestic Abuser: He became this to Tala. It's also implied in "Tabula Rasa" that he was this to Mercy Graves at some point.
  • Do Wrong, Right: While he admits he was going to betray him anyway in a few weeks, Luthor's beef with Grodd's master plan is not that it is a horrible plan, but that it is rather stupid and didn't even work.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He only joins because Grodd dangles the last remaining chunk of Brainiac in front of him.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: He enjoys his merger with Brainiac since it gives him so much power. He shows signs of addiction afterward.
  • Dual Wielding: He uses two laser pistols in the third season of JLU.
  • Easily Forgiven: After a season and half of overt villainy—including prison breaks, forming the Injustice Gang, and fistfighting Superman in a suit of Powered Armor—he wrangles himself a presidential pardon in return for his help against the Justice Lords. Despite disapproving comments from the media, he is almost immediately forgiven by the public at large, to the extent that his presidential campaign in the second season of Justice League Unlimited draws Perot-in-'92 levels of support. Notably, Superman never forgives him, not once, and he's pretty consistently portrayed as unforgivable, if only because he's never thought he'd done anything wrong in the first place.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: As Brainiac's takeover of Luthor's body proceeds in Unlimited, Luthor has a brief stint of Super Strength.
  • Eviler Than Thou:
    • He tries to pull this on the Joker in "World's Finest", but the Joker completely owns him.
    • Ends up on both ends of this trope in "Alive!" He is the bigger evil than Grodd, but the lesser evil than Darkseid.
  • Evil Genius: Lex may be a total bastard, but he is a superb scientist and businessman, quite possibly the smartest human being on the planet, with an extremely advanced knowledge of robotics, cybernetics and a host of other fields. The fact that he uses his brilliant mind for entirely self-serving and outright criminal ends is what makes him such a monster.
  • Evil Is Petty: As explained in President Evil, he wasted millions doing a fake president campaign just to annoy Superman. And in "Divided We Fall", he admits that even in his "transcended" state, he'll enjoy murdering the Flash with his own two hands just to twist the knife.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He is voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • Expy: He was modelled on Telly Savalas' version of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: After being pardoned and while running for President.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts friendly, but it does nothing to hide his true nature as a manipulative narcissist.
  • Godhood Seeker: He seeks to become a god after being diagnosed with Kryptonite cancer and discovering the blueprints to Amazo's powers and immortality. He doesn't get the chance to upload his conscious into an Amazo android body but after learning that Brainiac has been living inside of him the whole time, he decides to make do with the alien AI's powers instead. After losing Brainiac in a battle with the Justice League, Luthor spends the last season trying to get him back because the taste of godhood was worth more than the billions he made as a criminal businessman.
  • Gorgeous Greek: Word of God says that Lex is Greek-American, and he's not exactly bad-looking.
  • Guns Akimbo: He wields guns in JLU.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He makes one to stop Darkseid in "Destroyer," although it's somewhat subverted in that he's explicitly only doing it for revenge, not to save Earth. Also, the whole situation was his fault in the first place. Darkseid would never have been revived to begin with if not for Luthor's actions.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • In Superman: TAS, he frequently has to be saved from the negative consequences of his own attempts to create the perfect anti-Superman weapon.
    • He contracted an incurable illness due to always keeping Kryptonite on him. He has to have a machine implanted in him to stay alive for most of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited until Brainiac cures him...for his own reasons.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Averted big time—in "The Great Brain Robbery", upon finding himself in the Flash's body, he immediately puts his powers to incredible use, from the standard Speed Blitz to the weirder applications of high-speed vibration.
  • Humiliation Conga: Luthor makes it through Superman: The Animated Series more or less about how he entered, give or take some humbling moments. Over the course of Justice League however, he gets cancer, loses his fortune, has his reputation as a captain of industry stolen forever, is forced to live life on the run from the law (with occasional stops in a Cardboard Prison), is possessed and puppeteered by an alien intelligence, (possibly) goes insane, is made into a lackey for Grodd, has his life's goal of Godhood snatched from him at the last minute by Darkseid, and ultimately winds up trapped in the Source Wall for all eternity. Many times he starts to reverse his situation and turn things around by manipulating others (conspiring with Cadmus, teaming up with Brainiac, hijacking Grodd), but all any of these brief respites do is set him up for a greater fall.
  • Immortality Seeker: One of his main goals in Justice League — after killing or discrediting Superman, of course. In "The Return", he gets a monologue about how, despite all his efforts, even his achievements will be forgotten in a few generations. In the Cadmus arc, it turns out his endgame was to upload his mind into a second Amazo, giving him a super-powered body for the rest of eternity. Upon being released from prison by Grodd and the Secret Society, he makes it clear that his goal is not defeating the Justice League or even reclaiming his company, but getting back the power he had when he was briefly bonded with Brainiac and the Dark Heart.
  • Insurance Fraud: In one story of the Comic-Book Adaptation, Luthor hires robbers to steal valuables that are reported as being accidentally destroyed during the attempted robberies so he'll collect the insurance money. Superman stops the scheme and Luthor has to save face by claiming the destroyed artifacts were copies made to deceive thieves.
  • It's All About Me: Luthor's ego requires constant feeding; this is one of the reasons Superman's humility galls him.
  • Jerkass: He's such a colossal dick. An example would be how in "Injustice for All", he ends up having to triple the pay of his Injustice Gang to keep them from walking out on him (and then has to pay even more than that to get the Ultra-Humanite's help in keeping him alive). And in the final season of Justice League Unlimited, he somehow manages to push several members of the Legion into backing a coup by Grodd, whose big master plan is to turn everyone on Earth into apes.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: For most of Superman: TAS, he remained untouched and never had to directly pay for his crimes. In the series finale, however, he's finally punched out by a depowered Superman. By the time of Justice League, Lex is an outlaw and is finally seen by the public for the criminal that he is.
  • Lack of Empathy: He really doesn't care about anyone or anything unless it's himself. He even invokes it to Superman during Darkseid's invasion in Justice League Unlimited to prove that his Enemy Mine offer is genuine:
    Lex Luthor: Let's be clear about this: we're not here to help you save the world — you're here to help me get revenge on Darkseid. When this is over, it's back at business as usual.
  • Mad Scientist: Big time. This is played up by the time of Justice League.
  • Made a Slave: In "Ghost in the Machine", Brainiac reveals to Luthor he downloaded his mind into LexCorp's computers following the events of "Stolen Memories" and sabotaged his latest weapon's demonstration to get Luthor to go into a research lab where he's rebuilding himself. Luthor refuses to help Brainiac in anyway, but after showing how he can create a 3D rendering to fool everyone, Luthor has no choice but to rebuild Brainiac's body. After being locked up for several days in the lab, Luthor collapses, and when Brainiac tries to force him to keep working, Luthor responds that as a human, he needs food and rest, but Brainiac only allows him enough time off to eat some chocolate bars from a nearby vending machine. Luthor is only freed when Superman and Mercy storm the lab and confront Brainiac.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Project Cadmus in Justice League Unlimited. And then he, in turn, is revealed to be simply the Unwitting Pawn of Brainiac.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: The only human Luthor cares for is himself. If he has a shot at godhood, and it comes at the price of the rest of humanity, well too bad for the human race.
  • Never My Fault: He gets cancer from manipulating Kryptonite for years. He blames it all on Superman, saying that he would never had caught the disease if Superman didn't oppose him in the first place.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance and voice were based on Telly Savalas.
  • Not Me This Time: When someone's attempting to kill Lois, Lex is at the top of the list due to the tech used being from his company. Lex points out he'd never leave such an obvious trail if he did want to kill her, which he doesn't because he respects her. Lois believes him more because the killer's M.O. is not Lex's style.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Brainiac in Season 3 of Justice League Unlimited. After Darkseid is accidentally revived instead of Brainiac, Brainiac stops appearing to Luthor since the last of Brainiac's functional remains were absorbed into Darkseid.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When it appears that Superman has been killed, he comes to the funeral and comforts Lois, saying sadly, "Believe it or not, I'm going to miss him too" There are at least three fanbase interpretations:
    • He also followed through on his word not to use a power-annulling weapon on the Justice League, after using it on the Justice Lords.
    • He also saved the world, twice. First time, he deprogrammed Amazo away from Blue-and-Orange Morality in "The Return" (though it must be noted that he's responsible for Amazo becoming such a threat to start with). Second time, is when he saved Superman from Darkseid, and by offering him the Anti-Life Equation, removing himself and Darkseid as threats for good, but again Darkseid was perfectly fine and dead until Luthor revived him and ran to the Justice League to bail him out.
  • Photographic Memory: After seeing the original Amazo blueprints for only a few minutes, he's able to secretly build his own model.
    Batman: And I suspect you have a photographic memory.
    Luthor: I'm too modest to boast.
  • Powered Armor: He wears it a lot in Justice League, where he's forced to go head-to-head with the League. That said, his real "power suit", as shown in the finale, is his business suit.
  • President Evil: Subverted. He only ran to annoy Superman. And it worked.
    • Played straight with the Justice Lord-verse Luthor, who seems to be almost exactly identical to the normal one. Murders the Flash, seems on the verge of starting a nuclear war, and mocks Justice Lord Superman by telling him that even if he somehow stops his Evil Plan of the week, he'll still get away with it and trying something else again since Superman doesn't have the guts to kill him. Turns out Superman does. Even so, this is treated as a Moral Event Horizon for Justice Lord Superman, which means that Justice Lord Lex succeeded in morally ruining him.
  • The Quisling: Despite previously having been an Unwitting Pawn, he voluntarily throws in with Brainiac in exchange for more personal power in "Divided We Fall", since he's on his way to godhood, loyalty to the human race is of negligible concern.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: As a Corrupt Corporate Executive, he uses money to buy his way out of getting in trouble for his actions.
  • Shadow Archetype: Lex is a cynical man who uses all kinds of money and political power to manipulate, throwing himself into conflict with Superman, an idealist who uses his abundance of physical power to protect.
    • He becomes a Badass Normal Genius Bruiser in Justice League in contrast to Batman.
    • Also with The Joker, most prominent in "World's Finest" where Luthor is more orderly and Pragmatic Evil while The Joker is chaotic and petty. However, in the later seasons, particularly after he bonds with Brainiac, Luthor's Mask of Sanity vanishes and he proves to be nearly as crazy as Joker. He's also a Bastard Boyfriend and abusive Jerkass just like Joker.
  • Ship Tease: Averted. Tala is into him, but he's not interested and he's a complete jerkass to her. In one scene, he grabs her as if to lean into her and kiss her, only to violently shove her away. After Tala decides she's over him and frees Grodd to start an internal conflict in the Legion, Luthor isn't hurt by her betrayal at all and Curb Stomp Battles her before sacrificing her to revive Brainiac. Too bad she revived Darkseid instead to spite him..
  • Smug Snake: For the entire duration of Superman: TAS. Having enough money and resources to weasel his way out of legal troubles, Luthor is a very arrogant businessman who thinks he's in control of the situation and often finds himself being bitten in the ass, whether it be Superman, the villains he hires to kill Superman, or other superheroes he dismisses as mere nuisance. It reaches to its logical conclusion in Justice League where Luthor's overuse of the Kryptonite causes him to walk into a confession trap set by the titular team (who are mostly unaffected by the Kryptonite radiation), as well as giving him a terminal illness where no amount of his money can save him. This ironically helps Luthor become the competent villain like he was in the comics, as having no money or minions means he has to be creative and smart with his evil plans.
  • The Sociopath: Although he can act caring and compassionate in public, he is a consistent liar and manipulator who treats people, his employees and even his love interests as disposable assets to further his goals. He shows no empathy to anyone except if they gave his life meaning such as Superman and Brainiac. And he shamelessly admits to Superman in Justice League Unlimited series finale that he sees their Enemy Mine against Darkseid as settling revenge against the Lord of Apokolips for stealing his prize instead of saving the world.
  • The Starscream: A successful one, too. He shoots Grodd and takes over the Legion as soon as he gets fed up with Grodd's... uh... big and evil plan. Bonus points for being completely open about his plans for treachery.
    Luthor: I wasn't going to do this for another few weeks, but seriously. Turning all of humanity into apes? That was your "master plan"?
  • Taking You with Me: His last trump card if he loses everything else.
    • When he finds out he's dying of Kryptonite-induced cancer, he forms the Injustice Gang in a last-ditch effort to take out Superman and all his friends.
    • His Justice Lord counterpart, President Luthor, is willing to launch a nuclear war just to spite Superman one last time.
    • After Darkseid took away Brainiac from him in the JLU finale, Luthor is willing to do anything to get revenge, even sacrificing himself to trap Darkseid into the Source Wall with the Anti-Life Equation as bait.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever working with Superman, or the Joker, or Grodd. He's really not a people person. The only one he really got on with is Brainiac.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Superman: TAS, Luthor served as businessman and The Man Behind the Man and Greater-Scope Villain behind various Superman villains. He was also easily outranked by Joker, Brainiac, and Darkseid in terms of scale. In "Legacy", he was a Butt-Monkey that a depowered Superman landed a head-butt on. However, the minute Luthor became a criminal mastermind in Justice League (Unlimited) and lapsed back to his Silver Age get-up (Purple Suit, Orange Jumpsuit), he became far more dangerous and powerful than ever before, believably becoming a League-level threat (second only to Vandal Savage, Brainiac and Darkseid), and even getting the upper hand on Batman in a fight during their fight in "Injustice for All".
  • Trade Your Passion for Glory: Lex Luthor was always brilliant but one can argue that his time spent behind the desk of a corporate office hampered his scientific passion and genius. In Justice League he would note how Lexcorp's great wealth and resources didn't achieve half the stuff that Professor Ivo did alone in his lab, more or less confessing that even he never built anything like the AMAZO Android. Indeed, he shows far more genius, elan and inventiveness as a criminal and open supervillain than he ever did as a civilian businessman.
    Lex Luthor: "Ironic...years of plotting...hundreds of millions spent on Cadmus R&D projects and none of it bore fruit. Now it's a lowly employee of Lexcorp, Doctor Ivo, creator of Amazo, who we have to thank for my impending godhood."
  • Troll: In Justice League Unlimited. His entire presidential campaign was a farce to get under Superman's skin. It was immensely successful at doing so.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Brainiac's during the first two seasons of Justice League Unlimited.
  • Villain Protagonist: He becomes this in the final season of Justice League Unlimited, which is about how he rises from prison to Gorilla Grodd's lackey in the Legion of Doom, to usurping the Legion of Doom and in the end, perhaps Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In Superman: The Animated Series and the second season of Justice League Unlimited.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When the League exposes his crimes in "Injustice for All," he becomes a lot more irritable and less composed than he was previously.
  • Villainous Rescue: In part two of "A Better World", Lex uses a power disruptor to stop the Justice Lords' Superman from killing Flash, then subdues the rest of the League's evil counterparts, as part of a deal he struck with the real Superman in exchange for a pardon.
  • Villainous Underdog: Even moreso during Justice League (Unlimited), where Luthor is stripped of his company, his reputation, and his funding but becomes a greater threat than ever before, representing what Neil Gaiman said that while one can imprison Luthor time and again, you can't really imprison his mind.
  • Villainous Valour: Discussed in the final episode of Justice League Unlimited, where Luthor saves the day and defeats Darkseid by forcing him to assimilate into the Source Wall with the Anti-Life Equation:
    Martian Manhunter: In many ways, Lex Luthor represented the very worst of humanity.
    Superman: And yet, he died to save the world.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: He had one in "The Way of All Flesh".
  • We Can Rule Together:
    • At the end of "The Last Son of Krypton", Luthor offers Superman a chance to work together, seeing opportunity to expand his global influence with Superman's powers. Naturally, Superman refuses, which officially starts the bitter rivalry between these two larger-than-life figures. "Brave New Metropolis" would show what the world would be had Superman taken the offer.
      Lex Luthor: A being with your abilities could be very useful to me on a, shall we say, global scale? Why don't you float on in and we'll discuss it?
    • When Luthor realizes that Brainiac has no idea what to do after collecting all the knowledge in the universe, he purposes to the android that they should remake the universe together since Luthor's creativity will give meaning to Brainiac's programming. Seeing the logic behind it, Brainiac accepts.

    Mercy Graves 

Mercy Graves
Voiced by: Lisa Edelstein
Voiced in Latin America by: Lilo Schmid (Superman: The Animated Series), Edilú Martínez, Marycel Gonzáles (Justice League, Unlimited)
Voiced in French by: Emmanuèle Bondeville (Superman: The Animated Series)

  • Battle Butler: Lex Luthor's.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Poor girl has to constantly be on the move with a boss like Lex Luthor barking orders every two minutes.
  • Bodyguard Babes: A beautiful bodyguard who wears a chauffeur uniform with very tight pants.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Totally one-sided on her part much to her chagrin.
  • Canon Immigrant: She follows from Harley Quinn's lead. She proved popular enough that she would subsequently appear in the comics and in other animated series like The Batman (with some slight changes) and Young Justice, and heavily inspired the character of Tess Mercer from Smallville.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Strongly implied due to her Bodyguard Crush as she's shown to be highly resentful of women getting close to Lex. Best seen in My Girl where Luthor became unusually taken with Lana Lang so Mercy decided to secretly follow her and discovered her passing information on Lex's activities to Superman, proudly reporting back to Lex and being happy about Lana being killed for her betrayal.
  • The Comically Serious: Though she can be pretty snarky on occasions.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's good behind the wheel or in a fight, and she understands entirely when Lex speculates that it'd be a Shame If Something Happened...
  • The Dog Bites Back: Subverted first, as we're set up to think she'll turn on Lex for abandoning her to take the fall on one of his criminal deeds, but it turns out his hold on her is too strong. But she finally gets to do it for real in Justice League when he uses his prison call on her and she immediately hangs up. Then she goes right back to him two seasons later when he's "reformed" and running for President.
  • The Dragon: To Lex Luthor.
  • Foil: To Harley Quinn in "World's Finest". Where Harley is flamboyant and hyperactive, Mercy is restrained and precise. They don't get along.
  • Friends with Benefits: While there's no real romantic feelings between the two, it's heavily implied (especially in Justice League) that the two have more than a professional relationship going on. Their entire relationship oozes with emotionally oppressive relationship subtext, and Lex all but spells out in "Tabusa Rasa" that they've been intimate on a regular basis.
  • Girl Friday: A bit of a Badass Normal with many skills and few scruples. She is very useful to Lex.
  • Hidden Depths: When Lex is exposed as a criminal, he names Mercy the new head of LexCorp. She turns out to be a much better businessperson than Lex. As it so happens, cutting out Luthor's obsessive supervillain side-projects and selling off Luthor's anti-Superman resources has made LexCorp more profitable than ever. Luthor is rather nonplussed when he finds out.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: She is way more level-headed than her boss, and seems to be able to keep up with her boss' commands. Of course, we see that when she became head of LexCorp, she was much more successful than Luthor ever was, especially due to not being obessed with defeating Superman, and just less focused on supervillainy in general.
  • Kick Chick: Almost exclusively uses high kicks, except for her gun. She also wears a short mini-dress which almost always gives the viewer a great view of her legs even when she isn't fighting. No Panty Shots, though.
  • Magic Skirt: She is always running around doing high kicks, being beaten up and sent flying by people, all in an outfit that looks more like a tight top than a full chauffeur's uniform.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Even moreso in Justice League, to the point where the android Amazo (while channeling Flash) hits on her.
  • Ninja Maid: For Lex.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: In "Ghost in the Machine", she explains to Superman that Luthor took her in off the streets, explaining her loyalty to him. Unfortunately, Luthor doesn't return the sentiments and abandons her when the room collapses, prompting her to turn on him in Justice League.
  • Servile Snarker: Not at first, but she does develop into a snarker. She's the one person to whom it's safe to deliver his As You Know speeches and the only one who will ask, sincerely, "Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?"
  • She-Fu: She doesn't hesitate to show off what she's got when she fights.
  • She's Got Legs: She wears a ridiculously short dress (or a tight shirt with tight pants) that shows off her long toned yet shapely legs.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's quite tall and attractive.
  • Street Urchin: According to Mercy, she was one of these until Luthor came along took her in, cleaned her up, and made her his right-hand girl, explaining her hopeless Undying Loyalty to him.


Metallo (John Corben)
Voiced by: Malcolm McDowell (Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited), Corey Burton (Justice League)
Voiced in Latin America by: Rafael Monsalve, Renzo Jiménez, Rubén León (Superman: The Animated Series), Ezequiel Serrano, Roberto Colmenarez (Justice League, Unlimited)
Voiced in French by: Jean-Louis Faure (Superman: The Animated Series, 1st voice), Bruno Dubernat (Superman: The Animated Series, 2nd voice), Vincent Violette (Superman: The Animated Series, replacement voice), Éric Chevalier (Justice League), Magid Bouali (Justice League Unlimited)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Justice League | Justice League Unlimited

"There's the reality! The metal behind the man! It's all I am now! It's who I am... Metallo."

John Corben was a mercenary hired by LexCorp to steal an experimental Mini-Mecha and deliver it to Lex's (illegal) buyers. Superman's debut in Metropolis was crushing the robot and hauling Corben off to prison. While in jail, Corben contracted a fatal disease. Lex Luthor, thankful for Corben refusing to testify against him, offered a solution: upload Corbin's mind into an immortal robot body, powered by a Kryptonite core. Corben enjoyed the limitless strength and durability, but the lack of touch, smell and taste drove him insane. Especially once he found out that the fatal disease he contracted was deliberately applied to him by Luthor. Still, he is a dedicated enemy of Superman. He later joins the Legion of Doom in Justice League Unlimited.

  • Adaptational Job Change: In the comics at the time, he was a small-time conman before becoming Metallo; while pre-Crisis, he was a journalist (and secretly a thief and a murderer). Here, he was a mercenary-for-hire.
  • Adaptational Nationality: In the comics, he's American. Here, he's English.
  • And I Must Scream: His fate at the end of both his first appearance as Metallo ("The Way Of All Flesh") and then his second one in "Action Figures."
    • The first time, he ends up sinking to the bottom of the ocean, leaving him stranded and forced to wander aimlessly until he managed to hit land by sheer chance. He was down there for a year, and the strain of it caused him to lose his mind.
    • The second time, he ends up Buried Alive beneath tons of solidified magma. He discusses it when he returns in "Heavy Metal."
    Metallo: Remember how you left me, Superman? Buried in rock?! I couldn't move. I couldn't see. I couldn't hear. But I could think, and all I thought about was how I was going to make you pay!
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Disabling his Kryptonite core is usually the only way to stop him.
  • Blessed with Suck: He gets an immortal, super-strong body powered by Superman's biggest the cost of losing all tactile sensation.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The fake flesh on top of his metal skeleton lacks nipples.
  • Brain Uploading: After Lex poisoned him, his brain was put into a robotic shell.
  • Cyborg: In "The Way of All Flesh", Corben becomes Metallo; his original organic brain sealed inside a completely artificial body of virtually indestructible metal.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Revels in gaining a indestructible cybernetic body that saves him from a deadly virus and renders him immune to pain, but finds out the hard way that it also depletes all his pleasurable senses, and that the transplant is irreversible.
  • Easy Amnesia: In "Action Figures", Metallo's time on the bottom of the ocean wiped his memories clean. He briefly becomes a hero to some local children...until he remembers Superman.
  • Evil Brit: He's played by Malcolm McDowell.
  • False Reassurance:
    • When he mentioned that he couldn't feel anything, the doctors said there would be "adjustments" to be made. He assumed they meant that his new body needed some fine-tuning; what they actually meant was that he'd have to get used to his new condition.
    • When he goes to confront Luthor, he tries to explain that, in time, he would be able give Metallo his senses back (or transplant Corben’s brain onto another organic body). Metallo is not fooled this time.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's often friendly and grinning, but he is usually assuming the pleasant persona to mock and insult his foes.
  • The Hedonist: Before his transformation into Metallo, he was shown to be a reckless and thorough hedonist who enjoyed life's pleasures from good food to women. It's how Luthor managed to give him an incurable disease by poisoning his food and what instantly drove him insane by being trapped in a sensory-deprived body.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His transformation into Metallo is entirely the result of Luthor ruining his life so as to manipulate him for his own ends, and his pain as he realizes how much becoming Metallo has cost him is genuine...but he's also a remorseless sociopathic mercenary who has hurt a lot of people, so the audience's sympathy for him is limited.
  • Motive Decay: Zigzagged. Initially, it seems to be played straight; after "The Way Of All Flesh", he seems only interested in defeating Superman and not in avenging himself on Luthor. However, Fridge Brilliance clarifies that there's three easy reasons why he's after the Man of Steel:
    • The first is that Corben has his own grudge against Superman. The Man of Steel interfered with his attempts to avenge himself on Luthor, which would have been bad enough, but the end result of that little encounter was that Corben spent a year wandering blindly along the bottom of the ocean. Not a week after that, a fight with Superman left him buried alive under tons of rock for weeks, maybe months, until Intergang dug him out. No wonder he's pissed off!
      • One could also make the argument that Corben would never have been infected by Luthor in the first place if Superman hadn't been around. Not a very sane argument, but, after what Corben's been through, it's very doubtful that he's stable.
    • The second reason is that Corben needs to kill Superman before he can get revenge on Luthor. Superman is far more of a threat to Metallo than Luthor is — Corben can just smash his way into Luthor's office and rip Luthor's head from his shoulders whenever he wants, but to do that, first he's got to stop the Big Blue Boyscout from interfering with his unlawful vengeance.
    • Finally, the reason why Corben would focus on Superman over Luthor is that Superman is the person responsible for some of the worst of his pain and offers him nothing in return, whilst Luthor (who is a very charismatic and persuasive sort of individual) can make the argument that he can find a way to reverse the transfer or at least upgrade his body with tactile input.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: His robotic body makes him difficult to kill.
  • Robotic Psychopath: He's a skilled mercenary upgraded to a cybernetic body, a process that made him even deadlier, but drove him insane.
  • Sense Loss Sadness: The inability to taste, smell or feel anything drives him to the edge in less than a day.
  • Smug Snake: He tends to be very condescending to everyone.
  • Super Strength: His robot body makes him far stronger than a normal human being.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He was deliberately infected with the lethal virus by Lex Luthor so he would require the cybernetic transplant, effectively becoming his “saviour’s” own guinea pig.
  • Villainous Crush: Despite his vendetta, he clearly had an attraction to Lois Lane. His first instinct upon seeing her again was to kiss her. Unfortunately, he's unable to take any enjoyment when he realizes he can't even feel her lips.

    Bruno Mannheim 

Bruno Mannheim
Voiced by: Bruce Weitz
Voiced in Latin America by: Roberto Colmenárez
Voiced in French by: Mario Santini (1st voice), Christian Pélissier (2nd voice)

Mannheim leads Metropolis's branch of Intergang, a major criminal syndicate. He soon gets weaponry from Apokolips, allowing him to deal with Superman and the local police force. Eventually, Superman and the police team up, and Mannheim is forced to flee to Apokolips, where he meets his new boss, Darkseid. Instead of killing him outright, Darkseid sends him back to Metropolis so he can overtake the nuclear power plant. He then sets the reactor to overload, and Darkseid leaves him to die as the reactor goes critical.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: A very downplayed example. This version of Mannheim is still an unsympathetic, unrepentant crook who willingly collaborates with Darkseid, but he isn't the cannibalistic cult-leading psychopath he was in the comic.
  • Adaptational Wimp: His comic book counterpart is Darkseid's chosen apostle on Earth and much more threatening. This version of the character is just a regular mob boss who Darkseid manipulates in his plan to invade Earth and gets nonchalantly sacrificed once he is of no more use.
  • Asshole Victim: For starters, he's indirectly responsible for Winslow Schott, Jr. becoming Toyman because he framed his father and had him die in prison. He more than deserved being left to die by Darkseid.
  • The Chew Toy: And completely deserving it.
  • Les Collaborateurs: He helps Darkseid in his plan to conquer Earth.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He appears to be the main threat at the end of the series, but it turns out that he's really working for Darkseid.
  • Jerkass: He's the head of a criminal syndicate who ruined a man's life by framing his father. What did you expect?
  • Karmic Death: He helps Darkseid with his invasion schemes and is left to die for all his troubles.
  • Killed Off for Real: Darkseid lets him die in a nuclear explosion.
  • Lensman Arms Race: Cops? No problem. Superman? Apokolips weaponry. Superman + Cops? Flee and call in the Parademons!
  • Save the Villain: In his first appearance, he had to be saved from the Toyman.
  • Smug Snake: He's a very arrogant bastard, that's for sure.
  • The Syndicate: Leads one.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Working for Darkseid, yeah, that can't go wrong! It gets him killed when Darkseid abandons him to die in a nuclear explosion.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's rehearsing a speech for the grand opening of a park he built for the city in his debut episode.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Darkseid leaves him to die after he serves his purpose.


Toyman (Winslow Schott, Jr.)
Voiced by: Bud Cort (Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock , Justice League Unlimited), Corey Burton (Justice League)
Voiced in Latin America by: Eduardo Rodríguez (Superman: The Animated Series), Óscar Flores (Static Shock)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Static Shock | Justice League | Justice League Unlimited

"A childhood is a terrible thing to lose, Miss Lane, but I'm getting mine back... with a vengeance."

Winslow Schott wanted nothing more in life than to make toys. Unfortunately, he had little money, and could only achieve his dream by taking a loan from gangster Bruno Mannheim. The toy company soon became a front for Intergang activities. When the police busted the operation, Mannheim let Winslow take the fall, and the kindly toymaker spent the rest of his life in prison. Now Schott's son seeks revenge, adopting the identity of Toyman and using a variety of deadly toy-themed weapons and death traps against the gangster and his mooks. Naturally, this attracts Superman's attention. He later joins the Legion of Doom in Justice League Unlimited.

  • Achievements in Ignorance: In the Justice League episode ”Hereafter”, Vandal Savage comments that Toyman had unknowingly created a time machine that sent Superman 30,000 years into the future as opposed to a death ray he thought he had.
  • Affably Evil: He can be quite genial, particularly to Lois, though in a very creepy way.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He sics a giant rubber duck on Mannheim in "Fun and Games", a very large Rock-'Em-Sock-'Em Robot/ wind up kangaroo hybrid on Superman in "Obsession," and a massive toy-like robot on the League in "Hereafter".
  • Cool Mask: Wears an ever-smiling mask that he never removes.
  • Creepy Monotone: He speaks in a cold and emotionless tone of voice.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In the Static Shock crossover "Toys of the Hood," even though he had genuinely fallen in love with Darci enough to try and give her a new identity, he was always aware of betrayal, so he put in a fail-safe that would destroy her.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As goofy as he looks, he manages to create a time machine by accident, destroy Killer Frost in a fight via a yo-yo, successfully navigates the Hall of Doom through the universe and create a nerf gun that causes parademons to explode.
  • Death by Irony: Presumably the original reason for Schott's gimmick- he uses toy-themed weapons to attempt to kill the man who ruined his father's toy business and sent him to prison.
  • Demonic Dummy: The staff of the show said his design was based off of a ventriloquist dummy that used to be sold in magazines back in the day.
  • The Dragon: Is basically Luthor’s right hand man during “Alive!”
  • Expressive Mask: Completely (and very creepily) averted.
  • The Faceless: Orphaned after his father dies in prison, Toyman becomes a toy-crazed supervillain, hiding his face behind a Howdy Doody-like mask. Schott is never seen without the mask, although it's frequently cracked and broken in his battles with Superman, and his fellow villains.
  • Freudian Excuse: See Parental Abandonment, below.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He invents toy-like weapons.
  • Happy Fun Ball: His specialty.
  • Killer Yo Yo: He knocks out Killer Frost in a Single-Stroke Battle in the penultimate episode of Justice League Unlimited. Using a yo-yo.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In his first appearance, his entire motivations resolve around trying to kill Bruno Mannheim as revenge for what he did to his father. Superman still ends up saving Mannheim, but it's hard to feel sorry for all the things Toyman makes the guy go through.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: He wears a creepy doll-like mask and is also an insane criminal.
  • Monster Sob Story: He attempts to get sympathy from Lois Lane by telling her about his Freudian Excuse.
  • Motive Decay: In his first appearance, he was seeking vengeance against Bruno Mannheim, the man responsible for ruining his father's life. After that, Toyman never makes another attempt to kill Mannheim again and focuses all his future efforts on either creating lifelike female androids to be his companion or just trying to kill Superman. Makes sense, since by the time Toyman has his second appearance, Darkseid has already killed Mannheim, depriving him of his chance for revenge.
  • Nerf Arm: Toyman's weapons include suction-cup darts (that explode) and nerf bullets (that make the target explode after bouncing off).
  • No One Could Survive That!: Happens at the end of both of his Superman: TAS appearances.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: His weaponized toys are much deadlier than they appear to be.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: His father died penniless and he's never shown committing crimes for money, but he apparently has endless resources to pay for his tanks, helicopters, giant rubber ducks, and incredibly advanced robots. Oh, and in his Static Shock appearance, he somehow got his hands of enough Kryptonite to build an entire army of robot minions made of it.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has this reaction in "Hereafter" after he "killed" Superman and a distraught Wonder Woman tore his machine apart in response and literally told him that she was going to kill him for what he had just done. Thankfully for him, the Flash saved his life telling Wonder Woman Superman wouldn't want her to do such a thing.
  • Parental Abandonment: His dad (framed by the mob) died in prison, leaving him to be switched from one foster home to another.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Goes straight Up to Eleven.
  • Slasher Smile: Painted onto his mask.
  • Stalker with a Crush: In "Obsession."
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Expressed for him by Lois.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Killer Frost does this to him in "Alive!". Toyman is able to take her down using a weaponized yo-yo.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Even if he is a dangerous criminal, it's hard not to feel sorry for the fact that he became this way because his father was screwed over by Mannheim and died in prison while he was shipped off to several neglectful foster homes.


Luminus (Edward Lytener)
Voiced by: Robert Hays (Superman: The Animated Series), Nicolas Guest (Justice League)
Voiced in Latin America by: Eduardo Rodríguez (Superman: The Animated Series)
Voiced in French by: Vincent Ropion (Superman: The Animated Series), Mathias Casartelli (Justice League)

Edward was an engineer at LexCorp who specialized in light and laser manipulation. He was a mole for Lois in one of her stories, and while Lois' work won her a journalism award, he was fired. In revenge, he tried to murder Lois, and then Superman got involved. Lytener took up the persona of Luminus and decided to get his revenge on Superman. That failed, too. Luminus is last seen fighting the Justice League after a jail break.


Livewire (Leslie Willis)
Voiced by: Lori Petty (Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures), Maria Canals Barrera (Justice League)
Voiced in Latin America by: Elena Prieto (Superman: The Animated Series), Úrsula Cobucci (Justice League, Unlimited)
Voiced in French by: Magali Barney (Superman: The Animated Series), Virginie Ogouz (The New Batman Adventures), Caroline Maillard (Justice League)

A Metropolis radio personality who built her career by bashing Superman on the airwaves. She finds herself suddenly possessing electrical superpowers after both she and Supes are struck by the same lightning bolt during a thunderstorm. Blaming him for her condition, she soon adopts the persona of "Livewire" and takes her Superman-bashing to a new, dangerous and shocking level. She later fights Batgirl and Supergirl in a crossover episode of The New Batman Adventures and joins Grodd's Secret Society in Justice League Unlimited.

  • Absolute Cleavage: She has a large lightning bolt-shaped slit that goes down to her belly button, although no cleavage is actually drawn.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the tie-in comics, she temporarily loses her powers. While human again, she's a blonde rather than the brunette she was in the show.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In both the tie-in comics and the mainstream comics, she eventually becomes an ally, a stark contrast to her original animated incarnation who simply did things For the Evulz.
  • Attention Whore: A decent part of her characterization, especially in her first appearance. It's particularly obvious before her transformation.
    • In the tie-ins, realizing this is her first step towards a Heel–Face Turn: she tries to call Superman out for a big, flashy showdown in the middle of an alien invasion, but instead of fear from the populace she only gets annoyance that she's trying to grab the spotlight when there's far more important events taking place, causing her to realize how ridiculous her usual schtick is.
  • Badass Boast: "You can't stop me anymore than you can stop rain...wind...or LIGHTNING!"
  • Canon Immigrant: She originated in Superman: The Animated Series and was subsequently added to the original comics.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Comes with her job as a Shock Jock.
  • Dumbass DJ: Before gaining her powers, she was a popular DJ who spent all her time insulting Superman in order to boost her ratings.
  • Elemental Baggage: She works like a battery; she must absorb charge from other electricity sources to use her powers, and when that charge runs out, she's normal.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Livewire's outfit is created by ionizing the air around her, and she herself describes it as "form-fitting."
  • Goth: Dressed like one as a human.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the tie-in comics to the show, at least. After making the jump to the main DC Universe, she eventually turns good there as well.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Twice in the Tie comics:
    • The first time is to stop Brainiac from releasing all the world's nuclear weapons: she ends up using all her power and the effort leaves her pretty much brain dead, and Star Labs can only barely manage to keep her alive.
    • The second time is after Luther uses Apokolips tech to revive her in order to sell her to Apokolips, Superman intervenes but ends up getting himself and Leslie sent to Apokolips itself where they find out Darkseid plans to use Livewire to power a doomsday weapon. Leslie and Superman manage to foil the plan and Leslie, fully powered by the planet itself, starts to wreak havoc, but realizing that she will go nuclear soon tells Superman to run. Being Supes he refuses and races Leslie back to earth where he flies her to a clearing to explode. Luckily for her it doesn't hurt her, but it kills Superman. Leslie uses the last of her power to restart his heart, which reverts her back to normal. Later she gets struck by lightning again and returns to being Livewire, but now as a hero.
  • Hypocrite: She trashes Superman for supposedly "only thinking of himself" even though the second she gets her powers she does her best to use them for her own benefit while screwing over everyone else.
  • Jerkass: As a shock jock, it's sort of her thing. How much was an act and how much was her personality is unclear, but she seemed to believe what she was spouting.
  • The Lad-ette: While she's a woman, she doesn't act very feminine.
  • Leitmotif: An electric guitar tune.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Passing through Superman first apparently means it can create metahumans. Applying the trope to Livewire specifically, she's able to do nonsensical things like dive into TV screens and then appear on them.
  • Logical Weakness: Livewire and water do not mix. Her stored electricity will short circuit and at least partially dissipate if she gets wet.
  • Motor Mouth: She often makes multiple snarky comments while on-screen.
  • Never My Fault: Her transformation was due to her stupidity of hosting a concert in the middle of a storm. Superman tried to get her to cancel it as she was both putting herself and the audience in danger; she wouldn't listen and got hit by lighting. She then blamed Superman for the mess, mostly from seeing on TV a reporter interviewing Superman accusing that he deliberately didn't push Leslie out of the way when the lightning struck.
  • One-Liner: Loves these. Makes sense given her past as a Shock Jock.
  • Psycho Electro: She has electrical powers and isn't very sane.
  • Pure Energy: Livewire describes herself as such and, though it makes for a very interesting character, it does not make any more scientific sense than every other "energy being" out there. And, oddly enough, she apparently still has a skeleton.
  • Sexy Spectacles: Invoked this before her transformation. Getting struck by lightning seems to have improved her vision, though.
  • Shock and Awe: Gains electric powers after being struck by lightning.
  • Shock Jock: Before getting her powers. Afterwards, she drops the "jock" part.
  • Straw Feminist: At times.
  • That Man Is Dead: "Meet [Leslie Willis's] replacement!"
  • Vapor Wear: See Absolute Cleavage.
  • Verbal Tic: She tends to tack the word, "babies", onto the end of almost every other sentence when talking to other people.


Parasite (Rudy Jones)
Voiced by: Brion James (Superman: The Animated Series), Brian George (Justice League)
Voiced in Latin America by: Alí Rondón (Superman: The Animated Series)
Voiced in French by: Bruno Choël (Superman: The Animated Series), Olivier Cordina (Justice League), Michel Barbey (Justice League Unlimited)

Once an employee of S.T.A.R. Labs, Rudy was exposed to an experimental chemical compound that spilled on him when he tried to steal it. Now, as The Parasite, he possesses the power to absorb the energy, memories and physical abilities from anyone he touches, including Superman. He later joins the Legion of Doom.

  • Achilles' Heel: He gains the weaknesses of those whose powers he copies, usually with greater effect than the originals.
  • Affably Evil: Very amiable, though in this case it only serves to make him more creepy.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: He has this in "Two's a Crowd".
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Superman first approached him by treating him with sympathy for his accident and offering help. Parasite played along to trick him into physical contact so he could absorb his powers.
  • Composite Character: Of himself, between the Rudy Jones and Maxwell Jensen Parasites. He has the name and origin of the former and the powers of the latter.
  • Decomposite Character: Word of God confirmed the Batman Beyond-era Parasite in the JLU episode "Epilogue", based on how Ed McGuinness drew Jonesnote , is a Legacy Character.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He is arguably the most prominent character to get this anti-climactic death.
  • Drunk with Power: As a defining character trait. His main motivation is that his whole life people have been pushing him around and looking down on him, and now he wants as much power as he can for as long as he can...and enjoys using it to lord over others.
    • That said, on a good day, he can be a relatively well-adjusted guy considering it all. He seems pretty satisfied with getting cable TV in his prison cell once he's captured.
  • Eviler Than Thou: He's on both sides of this in two episodes of Superman: TAS. In "Two's A Crowd", he's less evil than Earl Garver, initially trying to encourage him to be a good prisoner and comply, which will make his life easier. It's only after being duped by Garver that he goes rogue, and that lasts only until he realizes Garver is using him as an expendable dupe. Then, in "Double Dose", he pulls this on Livewire, playing along as her partner only until they have Superman incapacitated, then preventing her from killing him so he can leech the life from the both of them.
  • Evil Is Petty: In "Two's A Crowd", he demands payment to use his powers to read the mind of Mad Bomber Earl Garver. His payment? That he gets a big-screen television with cable TV hookup installed in his cell.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He went from a janitor to deadly supervillain.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's frozen and then blown up along with Grodd's other followers in "Alive!"
  • Power Parasite: He can absorb the powers of any metahuman he drains.
  • Secret Identity Apathy: Parasite finds out that Superman is Clark when he absorbs his powers during his first appearance, but other than using this to ambush him at home and take him prisoner so he can be a permanent "meal", he shows zero interest in it. A throwaway line from his first appearance suggests that he lost all of his memories — therefore including who Clark is — but next time we see him he shows no sign of this (and he gets him several times in later episodes anyway), so presumably Parasite spends the entire DCAU knowing that Clark Kent is Superman and simply not caring (or maybe not thinking to share that information with anyone.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: In "Two's a Crowd," Earl Garver takes control of Parasite after Parasite tries to absorb Garver's memories. Eventually, the two of them duke it out for control of the body.
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: The reason he tried to steal a chemical compound in the first place.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: He goes from hardluck janitor to one of Superman's most dangerous enemies.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: When Rudy Jones was first introduced, his characterization was desperation instead of malevolence, and he stopped his partner when he tried to actually hurt people. However, after he became Parasite, he became obsessed with draining anybody he could get his hands on and taking revenge on a world that hurt him.


Volcana (Claire Selton)
Voiced by: Peri Gilpin
Voiced in Latin America by: Livia Méndez

  • Anti-Villain: In her debut episode, the only reason she turned to crime was to collect enough money to leave the USA and escape the government agents trying to take her back as a living weapon. She is depicted as a conventional villain when Supergirl confronts her just a few episodes later.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her new outfit in Justice League.
  • Canon Foreigner: She is a original character created for the series.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's willing to fight and is also a villain.
  • Dating Catwoman: She was flirting heavily with Superman at the end of her debut episode and he never stopped her. In fact, he looked like he was having fun while she did it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At one point, when Superman catches her, she remarks "You're going to make me earn this, aren't you?"
  • Distracted by the Sexy: She gains entry to a private party and draws the eye of on-duty photographer Jimmy Olsen, through raw sex appeal.
  • Flying Firepower: She has pyrokinesis and some flight (possibly a form of telekinesis).
  • Friendly Enemy: At the end of her debut episode she and Superman and shown to be on incredibly good terms, showing that they're friends now. They were playfully flirting and trading barbs. Volcana even blows a fiery kiss towards Superman and he smiles at it.
  • Motive Decay: In her first appearance, she's an Anti-Villain who Superman forms a quasi-partnership with. Afterwards, she's just a random baddie.
  • Playing with Fire: She can create streams and even crude shapes of fire (assuming there's air to fuel the combustion).
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair falls past her knees.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Justice League, she shows a willingness to kill using her powers, making her more sinister than before.

    Corey Mills 

Sergeant Corey Mills
Voiced by: Xander Berkeley
Voiced in Latin America by: Eduardo Rodríguez
Voiced in French by: Patrick Osmond

    Detective Kurt Bowman 

Detective Kurt Bowman

Voiced by: Eddie Barth

A corrupt detective who despises reporters because Lois cost him a promotion with an article on police corruption. Bowman also murdered a woman, and pinned it on a small time burglar. And Bowman is perfectly willing to kill so he isn’t caught.

  • Corrupt Cop: Detective in his case, but he's known for taking brides and ignoring protocol. He's also not above murder either.
  • Death by Secret Identity: After his crimes are revealed, he's soon sentenced to death. Right before the lever is pulled for the gas chamber he's in, he wonders how the heck Clark had survived the bomb he implanted into his car and quickly came to the realization he was Superman.
  • Jerkass: He’s a spiteful, petty Dirty Cop who it turns out is quite willing to resort to murder.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is executed by gas chamber, the same way the man he framed would have died.

    Earl Garver 

Earl Garver
Voiced by: Brian Cox

A deranged scientist who created a radioactive bomb, and threatened to use it on Metropolis if his ransom demands weren’t met. Garver was left in a coma during a raid on his heavily fortified house, and Parasite was brought in to read Garver's mind. It went very wrong.

  • Grand Theft Me: Pulled this on Parasite.
  • Mad Scientist:
    Professor Hamilton: Earl, please, listen to reason!
    Garver: I am listening to reason. My reason.

    General Hardcastle 

General Hardcastle

Voiced By: Charles Napier

A U.S. Army general with a hatred for Superman.

Antagonists from Apokolips

A planet-sized Mordor on the other side of the galaxy, Apokolips knows little beyond conquest, corruption, and cruelty - and few would dispute that the twisted beings who rule it number among Superman's deadliest foes.


Voiced by: Michael Ironside
Voiced in Latin America by: Paul Gillman (Superman: The Animated Series), Framk Maneiro (Superman: The Animated Series), Néstor Araujo (Justice League, Unlimited)
Voiced in French by: Marc de Georgi (Superman: The Animated Series), Bruno Dubernat (Justice League), Marc Alfos (Justice League Unlimited)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Justice League | Justice League Unlimited

"I am many things, Kal-El, but here, I am God".

"As I told you once Superman, if you would not be my knight, you would be my pawn."

The superpowered, diabolical tyrant of Apokolips. Darkseid's ultimate goal is dominion over all life and existence: to that end he is forever seeking the 'Anti-Life Equation', a form of cosmic knowledge which could be used as an ultimate weapon. His recurring efforts to manipulate, conquer or depopulate the Earth have earned Superman's hatred: Superman will stop at nothing to see his end.

  • Abusive Parents: He is, quite simply, not a nice person and his children do not receive special treatment.
  • Agony Beam: His Omega Beams normally kill, but he can dial them down to this to amuse himself.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Orion, his biological son who was raised on New Genesis. In a twist, while Orion absolutely despises Darkseid, Darkseid views his son as a Worthy Opponent and likes him more than his brother Kalibak, despite the latter's Undying Loyalty.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Utterly assured in his own strength to the point of delusion. When facing off against Superman in "Destroyer", he states that Superman was "barely able to hold [his] own" against him in their last fight, when in actuality Superman beat him into the ground and would have killed him if not for Brainiac's self-destruction getting him first. Superman proceeds to handily disprove his notions with his "World of Cardboard" Speech.
  • Art Evolution: When Darkseid appeared in the Justice League episode "Twilight", he received a redesign in his physical appearance; He keeps the same costume that he wore back in Superman: TAS, but his body was redesigned to be more Kirbyesque in appearance: he’s slimmer, less blocky, and his face is less stylized and more craggily and rock-like in appearance [this could possibly be due to the events of "Legacy," where Superman caused the Omega Effect to backfire, blowing up Darkseid’s head].)
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Lex Luthor finally achieves what Darkseid had sought, the Anti-Life Equation, and hands it, a floating white ball of energy, to Darkseid. Both of them grab hold of it and disappear without a trace, assimilated into the Source Wall, as per Word of God.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: This is shown perfectly in the penultimate episode of JLU. He was killed three seasons before and Apokolips is in the middle of a Civil War for who will take his place. After getting resurrected, he returns to Apokolips in the middle of a battlefield, halting the war completely. Usually, on a planet full of starscreams and after being dead for a few years, you would think that someone would try to rebel. In this case, however, Darkseid doesn't even have to say anything. He just stands there and everyone immediately bows down to him. "Darkseid Is," indeed.
  • Back from the Dead: He was killed by Brainiac's exploding asteroid Supervillain Lair, but gets brought back when Luthor uses Tala against her will in an attempt to restore Brainiac. According to the DVD commentary, Tala did it on purpose just to spite Luthor. Hell hath no fury, indeed.
  • Badass Baritone: Michael Ironside does a deep and menacing voice, making his boasts all the more memorable. In Latin America, his first voice actor, Paul Gillman, tried this but the results were mixed, with him sounding like a Dr. Claw clone, but his third voice actor, Nestor Araujo, gave him a voice very similar to Ironside, making his boasts in Justice League all the more menacing.
  • Badass Boast: He has lots of 'em.
    • "I am many things, Kal-El. You couldn't begin to imagine half of them, but for now, I shall take the role of your executioner."
    • "I am many things, Kal-El... but here, I am God."
    • "Super or otherwise, you're merely a man. And I am a god."
  • Bad Boss: Servants are regularly abandoned once they are no longer useful, you are sent to the slave-pits for ''talking'', and with Kalibak he combines this trope with utter contempt for his son and his efforts to please him.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: "Legacy". Superman might have finally defeated Darkseid, but his victory proved hollow when he threw Darkseid down to his slaves and instead of turning on their oppressor, they helped him. This was on top of Darkseid succeeding in damaging Earth's trust of Superman.
  • Bald of Evil: He has no hair.
  • Berserk Button: Do not question his orders. Mannheim and Desaad both found this out the hard way.
  • Big Bad:
    • Of Superman: The Animated Series Seasons Two and Three. He, Luthor, and Grodd are in the running for this in Justice League.
    • He's this for the DC Animated Universe as a whole, being its single greatest threat besides Brainiac.
  • Blatant Lies: He tries to underscore that Superman beat him twice, especially in Unlimited where he pretends that Superman could barely hold his own in their last fight when in truth Superman would have killed him if it wasn't for Batman.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Reacts this way to Superman's And This Is for... Dan Turpin punch.
    Darkseid: Had I known one human's death would pain you so, I would have killed more.
  • Came Back Strong: He comes back intermixed with Brainiac remnants, and claims to be more powerful than ever - which is backed up by Superman having to drop all his usual self-control and still losing the moment Darkseid changes tactics.
  • Character Tic: Darkseid is frequently depicted with his hands folded behind his back.
  • The Chessmaster: "I told you once, Superman, if you would not be my knight, you would be my pawn."
  • Cruel Mercy: He was brought back to life by Luthor and the Secret Society and "thanks" them with attempted murder.
    Darkest: It seems I have you to thank for my resurrection. Though your world will suffer slowly, I grant you a quick death.
    • He even gives one to Superman in their last fight, when he's got him in a trap that gives endless pain, he admits he feels enough mercy for Superman and tries to end his life then and there by cutting out his heart.
    Darkseid: Still alive. You impress me, Kryptonian. More, your valor has touched my heart. Oh yes, there is still some small part of me that knows mercy. I will end your pain... with something special I've been saving for just this occassion.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Up until "Legacy", all his fights have Darkseid dishing one against Superman, and even though he had the upper hand for most it with Superman's blows pissing him off more than actually hurting him. Subverted when it's revealed that Darkseid only did so well in their first bouts because Superman underestimated him and held back. When Superman is actually mad and motivated, it's a different story. Their fight in "Legacy" is close and leaves them both injured and exhausted mainly because Darkseid got in a bunch of Omega Beams at the very beginning, but "Twilight" and "Destroyer" show that Superman can utterly decimate Darkseid when he gets serious. "Twilight" actually ends with Superman leaving him a bloody mess that can't even move under his own power.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • Allowed Bruno Mannheim to use technology from Apokolips for his crimes, and later offered to make him a "king" in exchange for helping him with his invasion of Earth. It turns out that Darkseid only meant "a king of fools".
    • Entered one with Brainiac in "Twilight". Darkseid's ranks depleted by a recent skirmish with New Genesis, leaving Apokolips helpless against Brainiac's invasion. Darkseid cut a deal to bring Superman to Brainiac for the AI's use in exchange for sparing Apokolips, but as it turns out, he was still the Devil in this arrangement as well, as the entire deal was just a ploy by Darkseid to get control of Brainiac with a Mother Box. Fitting for the trope, the plot goes awry for Darkseid and he ends up dying alongside Brainiac when his base self-destructs.
  • The Dreaded: Practically everyone is terrified of him, even his own servants. In fact, he terrifies the members of the Legion of Doom enough that they are willing to enter into an alliance with the Justice League against him.
  • Dying Smirk: In the Justice League episode "Twilight", he scoffs and calls Superman a "loser" after Batman boom tubes Clark and Orion away right before Brainiac explodes.
  • Electric Torture: "It's called the Agony Matrix. Direct neuro-stimulation of pain receptors. All of them. Imagine the worst pain you have ever felt in your life times a thousand. Now imagine that pain continuing forever. Oh, that's right. You don't have to imagine."
  • Establishing Character Moment: What's the first thing he does when he meets Superman face-to-face? Blast him with his Omega Beams until he's on his knees. Who is he? That is who he is, Kal-El.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Darkseid has only one loved one, his son Orion. While he recognizes that he will probably have to destroy him eventually, he is proud of Orion and considers him a Worthy Opponent. Even then, Darkseid remains an Abusive Parent, and goes out of his way to treat Orion worse than The Un-Favourite Kalibak, just to force Orion to be stronger, and even tries to kill him in "Twilight".
  • Evil Is Petty: He murdered Dan Turpin for no other reason than to stick it to Superman. That, and the fact that Turpin rallied everyone against Darkseid. Once he learns just how much it hurt Superman, he promises to kill many more humans.
  • Evil Overlord: As one would expect from Darkseid.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Comes with being voiced by Michael Ironside.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Even Brainiac can't compete. In the Grand Finale, Darkseid not only assimilates Brainiacs' remnants into himself to become stronger than ever, he launches an invasion of Earth that unites the Justice League and the Society against him, meaning he is so evil and dangerous than even the other villains want to stop him.
  • Exact Words: Tells Bruno Mannheim he would make him a king if he helped his invasion, and when leaving him to his death states that he was "king of fools."
  • Eye Beams: His Omega Beams.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Even those he knows there's no way he can escape Brainiac's exploding base under his own power after Superman's assault and Batman left him to die after dragging Superman and Orion away, Darkseid can't help but sneer and take solace in the fact that Superman was denied the satisfaction of killing him with his own two hands, calling him a "loser".
  • Famous Last Words: In "Twilight".
    Darkseid: Loser.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Word of God stated that his final fate is this. He winds up fused to the Source Wall in the end, trapping him immobile at the ever-expanding edge of the universe with no way of interacting with any reality ever again.
  • Final Boss: Of Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League.
  • Galactic Conqueror: Has conquered an unspecified number of planets prior to the series.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is cunning and strong.
  • A God Am I: He is a literal alien god, but Darkseid goes one step further as he is actually worshipped as God even amongst his own people, having established a personality cult around himself. It is so all-pervasive that even his army of slaves, who hate and fear him and whom he treats abominably, help him rather than overthrow him when the opportunity presents itself, simply because he controls them so thoroughly and completely.
  • God of Evil: More specifically, the God of Tyranny.
  • Godzilla Threshold: He's the one villain that Superman does not hold back on, and he's the one villain that Superman is perfectly willing to kill.
    Superman: ... this time, I'm not going to stop until you're nothing but a greasy smear on my fist. Let's go.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Through brainwashing Superman in "Legacy," he is indirectly responsible for Cadmus being formed after Superman's rampage in Justice League Unlimited (and to an extent, causing Superman's ally Emil Hamilton to pull a Face–Heel Turn and join Cadmus). He also shares this title along with the Justice Lords, whose existence also upgrades Cadmus' agenda, and Brainiac, who uses the Cadmus arc to further his own personal agenda. Along with Brainiac, he is also considered to be the Greater Scope Villain for the entire DC Animated Universe.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His first on-screen defeat is due to Superman covering Darkseid's eyes as he's firing his Omega Beams, detonating the energy right in his face.
  • I Have No Son!: Towards Kalibak; Orion, not so much.
  • Invincible Villain: During Superman: The Animated Series. Darkseid's plans against Earth ultimately fail, but Superman isn't able to defeat him until "Legacy". Even then, Darkseid was a Victorious Loser.
  • It's Personal: By a wide margin the single villain Superman detests the most, Darkseid being responsible for the murder of Dan Turpin as well as brainwashing him and turning him against Earth, something that also nearly led to the death of Supergirl as a side-effect. Superman hates him so much that he eventually puts aside his Thou Shalt Not Kill rule and makes at least two attempts to outright kill the bastard, one of which actually succeeded (at least temporarily).
  • It's What I Do: Quotes this trope word for word when Brainiac calls him out for betraying him.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Due to Superman: The Animated Series being cut short, Darkseid never suffered any punishment for villainy despite almost causing an apocalypse on Earth, twice. Justice League finally sees him die for his villainy in "Twilight".
  • Kick the Dog: When forced to retreat in "Apokolips... Now!" he kills Dan Turpin just to spite Superman. Following that up in "Legacy", Darkseid says if knew the death of one human would have hurt Superman, he would have killed more, and promises that he will kill more in the future.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • Can you honestly say that Bruno Mannheim didn't deserve the harsh treatment (and later abandonment and death) that Darkseid subjected him to?
    • He does this again to Lex Luthor in "Alive!" by terrifying him and his Legion of Doom after they attempted to resurrect Brainiac.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Any time Darkseid shows up, whether it's in Superman: TAS or JL, things get a lot more serious.
  • Large and in Charge: Rules Apokolips with an iron fist, and towers over almost every other character in the DCAU.
  • Loophole Abuse: At the end of "Apokolips... Now!", he is forced to agree to stop trying to invade Earth or face the wrath of New Genesis. He spends the rest of the series scheming various ways to strike out at Earth without violating the letter of his agreement. After gaining Brainiac's powers, he no longer has to worry about violating the treaty, because he is confident he can destroy New Genesis if they try to stop him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Near the end of Superman: The Animated Series, he convinced Superman that he was his surrogate son so that he could be a loyal solider to him.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He is capable of taking a lot of damage; even Superman has trouble doing any lasting (or visible) harm to him. The only time he's seen wounded in Superman: TAS is after Superman hit Darkseid with his own attack. This is partly why Superman stops holding back on him in Justice League.
  • Oh, Crap!: Watch Superman's World of Cardboard speech, Darkseid's face of utter horror as the Man of Steel hurtles towards him. He knows shit has hit the fan.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: When Superman states that the people of Earth won't submit to his rule, Darkseid shows no hesitation at the idea of killing every human on Earth. When New Genesis prevents him from invading the planet, he tries to destroy the planet by directing a comet into it. As he states; "What I cannot have, I destroy."
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Darkseid's power and evil are made clear by Superman's very uncharacteristic behavior toward him.
  • Parental Favoritism: Ironically, Darkseid actually likes Orion more than Kalibak. In fact, Orion is the only one who Darkseid regards as his son, an honor Kalibak has failed to achieve because of his incompetence.
  • Physical God: He is an actual god who happens to also be an alien. Darkseid is immortal, Nigh Invulnerable, possesses Super Strength on par with Superman, and has various other powers. In a universe of superhumans, sorcerers, demigods and aliens, Darkseid is still one of the most powerful characters in the series.
  • Playing Both Sides: Does this in the conflict between Superman and Brainiac in Justice League. Even though neither of them trust him, he puts them both in situations where they feel they need to work with him. He almost wins.
  • Polluted Wasteland: His entire planet.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: After Bruno Mannheim installs an explosive at an important laboratory with the help of a few Parademons on Darkseid's orders, Darkseid leaves Mannheim to die in the explosion, but right before doing so, he uses his Omega Beam to teleport the Parademons away. Mannheim's usefulness is over, but the Parademons can still serve as frontline troops in the upcoming invasion of Earth. No sense in being wasteful.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are red and he is (very) evil.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His motive for invading Earth in the JLU finale after being resurrected is to get revenge on Superman for killing him, first by forcing him to see Earth burn, then by cutting his heart out with a Kryptonite knife.
  • Scars Are Forever: In "Twilight", he still sports the scars that Superman gave him at the end of "Legacy".
  • The Sociopath: He has no sense of guilt or empathy, and is very manipulative and cruel.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Except when he's really angry, Darkseid rarely raises his voice above a whisper. He doesn't have to mind- when Darkseid speaks, people listen and obey. His voice alone is a reminder of his power as no matter how calm he sounds, you never forget that he is in charge.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: Darkseid loves doing this and is damn good at it.
    Darkseid: I hope you appreciate, Kal-El, everything that happens from this point is on your head. The skies will rain fire, the oceans will boil, the streets run red with the blood of billions. Only then, when your last pitiful hope has been vanquished, will I end your life. Let's go.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Definitely Darkseid's Omega Beams, especially when he sets them to "vaporize"; they will never stop chasing you no matter how far you run.
  • Super Strength: He's strong enough to hold his own against Superman.
  • Victorious Loser: Twice!
    • In "Legacy", despite losing to Superman, his enslaved subjects decide to take him and nurse him back to health to Superman's shock, with him only reaffirming that he is "God" on Apokolips.
    • In "Twilight", despite being beaten within an inch of his life by Superman and Left for Dead in Brainiac's exploding base, Darkseid dies smirking at the fact his greatest foe was denied the chance to kill him personally, calling him a loser as the base explodes and kills him.


Voiced by: Michael Dorn
Voiced in Latin America by: Luis G. Sánchez (Superman: The Animated Series), Armando Volcanes, Régulo Ríos, Ricardo Omaña (Justice League, Unlimited)

Darkseid's deformed and rather slow-witted son. He fights on his father's side for his approval, desperately seeking something he will never have.

  • The Brute: He's super strong, and not much else.
  • Determinator: His fight with Superman in his first episode. He will NOT give up.
  • Dumb Muscle: While not your usual Manchild type, he knows nothing about subtlety and is easily manipulated.
  • The Dutiful Son: Sort of; he will sometimes disobey Darkseid, but only if he believes that the success would both aid Darkseid and possibly make him proud of Kalibak's efforts.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: It helps that this version of Kalibak is voiced by Michael Dorn.
  • The Grotesque: Perhaps part of the reason why Darkseid frowns upon Kalibak is because he's one of the ugliest New Gods; despite Darkseid himself being no wall painting. Kalibak is a hunchbacked guy with an exaggerated top heavy build, a vaguely leonine appearance (cat-like ears, mane of black hair), and his father's exaggerated, heavy features.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He repeatedly fails to make his father proud, which is the only thing he wants — there's no real evidence he enjoys killing and slaughter for its own sake, it's just that these are the only things his dad has any interest in.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: His "strategy" when confronting Superman.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: While not as durable as Superman, he's still pretty tough, as shown by him being unaffected by Batman shooting him with a missile.
  • Overlord Jr.: Well, he tries to be one, but it never works.
  • Super Strength: He is very strong.
  • Sweet Tooth: He likes cake.
  • The Un-Favourite: Darkseid views him as nothing more than a lowly grunt with no brains, and treats him as such. All of Kalibak's failed attempts to prove himself only fuels his father's disdain for him.
    Darkseid: A technicality of his birth. As far as destiny is concerned, I don't have a son.
Ironically, Darkseid acknowledges Kalibak's half brother Orion as his son, despite the latter openly opposing him and fighting on the side of good.
  • Villain Decay: His first appearance was a whole-episode slugfest where he stood toe-to-toe with Superman. In subsequent appearances, he's little more than a doorstop; Superman punches him out in less than a minute in "Legacy", and although he beat Wonder Woman, he loses to Batman in Justice League.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To Darkseid.
    Darkseid: I can't believe he's blood.
  • The Worf Effect: He gets subjected to this a lot after his first appearance in the DCAU. This becomes Hilarious in Hindsight, considering who voices him. This is most notable in the Justice League episode "Hereafter" when Kalibak crushes Wonder Woman (perhaps the second physically strongest League member) with ease and brags about this feat to Batman. Superman scoffs at this and takes him down with one punch.


Voiced by: Robert Morse (Superman: The Animated Series), René Auberjonois (Justice League)
Voiced in Latin America by: Renzo Jiménez (''Superman: The Animated Series')

A resident of Apokolips and Darkseid's personal assistant.

  • Dirty Coward: He may act high and mighty, but when the tables are turned, he runs for it.
  • Evil Genius: He creates many machines for Darkseid's army (mostly for torture) and is his right-hand.
  • Killed Off for Real: Darkseid eventually gets fed up with his bullshit and Omega Beams him, and unlike Kalibak who just disappears (due to being transported elsewhere), we see Desaad's body shredding apart into nothingness.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He deceives Kalibak into thinking that trying to confront Superman head-on will earn his father's approval. As expected, it only pisses him off.
  • Sadist: He enjoys making people suffer for his own pleasure. After all, he IS Darkseid's torture specialist.
  • Smug Snake: Desaad has a very high opinion of himself.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Criticizing Darkseid after his latest invasion backfired, yeah, real smart.


Voiced by: Sherman Howard (Superman: The Animated Series), René Auberjonois (Justice League)

The master hunter and general of Apokolips' army.

  • Blood Knight: He enjoys the thrill of hunting down others.
  • The Dragon: He stands out as one of the deadliest of Darkseid's minions.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's killed in battle by the forces of New Genesis in "Twilight".

    Granny Goodness 

Granny Goodness
Voiced by: Edward Asner
Voiced in Latin America by: Frank de Carip (Superman: The Animated Series), Luis Pérez Pons (Justice League, Unlimited)
Voiced in French by: Olivier Proust (Superman: The Animated Series, Season 2), Gérard Surugue (Superman: The Animated Series, Season 3), Jean-Louis Rugarli (Justice League Unlimited)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Justice League Unlimited

"Let me tell you tadpoles how I work: I seek out the lost little lambs society has cruelly abandoned, I take them lovingly under my wings, give them the power to face the cold heartless world... and kick its butt!"

An inhabitant of Apokolips and the leader of the Female Furies. She also served as one of Darkseid's strongest lieutenants.

  • Amazon Brigade: She formed and leads the Female Furies, a group of female super-powered warriors from Apokolips.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First introduced as a cameo in a flashback, where she is seen proceeding to the exchange between Highfather's and Darkseid's children. She is brought back one episode later as the new leader of Intergang and Supergirl's Starter Villain.
  • Crossdressing Voices: An elderly woman voiced by Edward Asner.
  • Dark Chick
  • Evil Old Folks: Apokoliptans don't necessarily age at the same rate as Earthlings, of course, but she was already an old woman way back when Orion and Scott were exchanged as infants. And as for evil, well, it's child abuse and endangerment seven days a week at Granny's house.
  • Fat Bitch: She's rather plump and evil as they come.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The design of Granny's face resembles her (male) voice actor.
  • Ironic Name: She's old alright but there's nothing good about her, at all.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She never fights Superman directly, but she is one of Apokolips' elite, meaning she's a lot stronger than a normal human.
  • Orphanage of Fear: She operates one on Apokolips, where the many orphans of that world undergo reeducation; she tried to start a similar facility on Earth, but it got shut down.
  • Shout-Out: An obscure one. Norm Peterson wisecracked that Ed Asner would be the ideal actor to play his never-seen wife, Vera. The creators of Superman: TAS must have remembered and been inspired by that one-episode remark.
  • Starter Villain: She is the first supervillain met by Supergirl, and the one whose plan she foils to prove her value to Superman.
  • Terms of Endangerment: This is Granny Goodness we're talking about here, so duh!
  • Third-Person Person: Granny refers to herself as 'Granny'.
  • Vocal Dissonance: And Ed isn't even trying to hide it.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She has white hair due to being an old woman, and definitely not a nice person.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Her orphanages are designed to torture Apokoliptian children, both physically and psychologically, into becoming loyal servants of Darkseid.

    Female Furies 

The Female Furies (Lashina, Mad Harriet, and Stompa)

Voiced by: Diane Michelle (Lashina), Andrea Martin (Mad Harriet), Diane Delano (Stompa)
Voiced in Latin America by: Astrid Fernández (Lashina), Anabella Silva (Mad Harriet)

Three women from Apokolips who serve under Granny Goodness.

  • Amazon Brigade: A group of female super-powered warriors from Apokolips pretty much fits the bill.
  • Brawn Hilda: Stompa is the chunkiest and plainest-looking of the Furies. However, she's got a vaguely Brooklyn Rage accent.
  • Starter Villain: Since Granny Goodness is Supergirl's first villain, she naturally meets Granny's cronies as well.
  • Super Strength: Stompa is the strongest of the Furies, using tremor-inducing kicks and stomps to shake enemies off of their feet or crush them underfoot.
  • Whip It Good: Lashina wields an energised whip as her Weapon of Choice.
  • Wolverine Claws: Mad Harriet fights with retractile spikes on her knuckles.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Or specifically, would hurt a teenage Argoan.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Lashina takes an interest in Superman shortly after meeting him. While he was brainwashed by Darkseid she takes the opportunity to get close to him, with it being heavily implied that the two had sex. Once Superman returns to Apokolips after returning to normal she continues to call him pet names like "lover" while asking him for a kiss and leans in for one.
    • An unused idea for Batman Beyond would have revealed that this affair produced a son between the two, who would become the new ruler of Apokolips.


Voiced by: Michael York (Superman: The Animated Series), Corey Burton (Justice League Unlimited)
Voiced in Latin America by: Renzo Jiménez (Superman: The Animated Series), Héctor Indriago (Justice League, Unlimited)
Voiced in French by: Igor De Savitch (Superman: The Animated Series), Jérôme Frossard (Justice League)

A resident of Apokolips and servant of Darkseid.

  • Evil Brit: Despite not being human, he still sports a British accent.
  • Louis Cypher: His first appearance has him supplying alien weapons, not revealing his true origins as a part of a race of god-like powerhouses until the end of the episode.
  • You Have Failed Me: He loans Apokoliptian weaponry to Intergang so that they can kill Superman. When they ultimately fail, he leaves them to their fate, even mocking Bruno Mannheim when the crime lord begs for another gadget.

Antagonists from outer space

You'd think our Man of Steel would have his hands full already, facing threats from both Earth and Apokolips - and you'd be right. But that's not to say ne'er-do-wells from other planets - other dimensions - haven't piled on as well...


Voiced by: Corey Burton
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Miguel Pérez (Superman: The Animated Series), Alfonso Soto (Justice League), Rolman Bastidas (Justice League Unlimited)
Voiced in French By: Jean-Luc Kayser (Superman: The Animated Series), Frédéric Meaux (Static Shock), Mathieu Buscatto (Justice League), Jean-Louis Rugarli (Justice League Unlimited, main voice)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Static Shock | Justice League | Justice League Unlimited

"The fewer beings who have the knowledge, the more precious it becomes."

A supercomputer from the planet Krypton who survived the planet's destruction. Now Brainiac seeks to gain as much knowledge from the galaxy as it can, by any means, as well as increase the value of that information by destroying any "redundant" data (i.e., the original civilizations).

  • Adaptation Species Change: From a Coluan to a sapient (Kryptonian) supercomputer.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Brainiac knew Krypton was going to explode back when he was just a supercomputer, but chose not to support Jor-El's findings; Brainiac knew fully well that the revelation would only cause panic and might interfere with Brainiac's own escape plan, and since he represents the sum total of all of the planet's knowledge, he believed that it was the only thing worth saving anyway.
  • Bald of Evil: None of his android bodies have hair and he kills entire planets after accumulating all of their knowledge.
  • Big Bad: Of the first and second seasons of Superman: TAS and a Big Bad Duumvirate with Lex Luthor in Season 2 of Justice League Unlimited.
  • Body Horror: After he merges with Lex Luthor.
  • The Chessmaster: Zigzagged. He's an incredibly intelligent individual and capable of far-reaching plans. But, as Lex notes, he lacks an imagination.
  • The Collector: Of information.
  • Composite Character: While he has the motifs, methods, and personality of the comic book version of Brainiac, his history is essentially a mild variation of Eradicator's.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: One Brainiac is among the most powerful and deadly adversaries in the cosmos. When there's multiple Brainiacs attacking Superman or the League, they're little more than Mooks.
  • Creative Sterility: Luthor accuses him of this and he could not refute it. Then Luthor proposes a partnership, providing the imagination Brainiac sorely needs...
  • Creepy Monotone: Because he's an artificial intelligence, he speaks without any inflection or emotion.
  • Deal with the Devil: Enters one with Darkseid in "Twilight", offering to spare Apokolips in exchange for delivering Superman. Unfortunately for Brainiac, Darkseid was the true devil in the deal and was simply using it as a ploy to get close to control Brainiac with a Mother Box.
  • Doomed by Canon: His final appearance in Superman: TAS is in "New Kids in Town", where it is revealed that he survives at least as far as the 30th century. His future self goes back to a time when Kal-El was a teenager to try and kill him before he became Superman, only to be defeated by the assistance of three members of the Legion of Superheroes and hurled into the sun, where he is completely destroyed. Since this is chronologically his last appearance in the DCAU, that means that even if Brainiac did survive the events of the Grand Finale for Justice League Unlimited, he'll still be destroyed for good in the long run.
  • Eviler Than Thou: He pulls this on Lex Luthor. He is also on receiving end from Darkseid in "Twilight".
  • Faux Affably Evil: He has these moments, such as appearing pleasant to Jor-El, Superman, and Lex Luthor, before his true nature is revealed. Afterwards, he provides some dry remarks towards a captive Luthor, and even a couple of quips towards Superman as he attempts to destroy him. For an evil supercomputer, he is not completely humorless.
  • Fighting a Shadow / Actually a Doombot: The real Brainiac is an AI inhabiting a vessel in the depths of space; all those robot bodies that Superman destroys are just remote-controlled drones.
  • Flying Brick: His main body is super strong and capable of flight and energy blasts.
  • From a Single Cell: The tiniest bit of Brainiac always survives, is stored somewhere, and manages to take over more technology and reform himself completely. He is then defeated, and the processes repeats itself. However, the process of bringing him back is usually by complex means.
  • Fusion Dance: With Luthor. Then with Darkseid in the finale of JLU, though without his personality manifesting.
  • A God Am I: When fused with Luthor.
  • Grand Theft Me: Not only can Brainiac hack into any technology he comes into contact with, he can also take (in)direct control of organic lifeforms.
    • He mind-controls Richie Foley and some of the Justice League in a crossover with Static Shock, but this is soon reversed without any long-term effects.
    • This gets taken further in Justice League Unlimited, when it's revealed that he's been inhabiting Lex Luthor's body like a parasite, and turns Luthor into a cyborg. However instead of a complete takeover, Brainiac and Luthor share equal control, and they try to merge into a single being.
    • Subverted with Darkseid, whose personality presumably overpowers Brainiac's without effort.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of Superman: TAS due to his connection to Krypton's destruction and the second and third seasons of Justice League Unlimited. He is also arguably considered to be this of the entire DCAU. His crimes are on a much greater scale than even Darkseid's known deeds, as he's responsible for the destruction of dozens if not hundreds of populated worlds and the deaths of hundreds of billions. And, as "New Kids In Town" shows, he ultimately ends up outliving every other villain and remaining a problem far after Superman's death.
  • Green Is Blue: He is frequently referred to as "green". He is, in fact, blue.
  • Hypocrite: He accused Darkseid of using and betraying him. Considering that Brainiac betrayed his home planet to save his own skin (including his creators who practically worshipped him), that's pretty low.
  • I Am the Noun: He's fond of saying "I am Krypton."
  • It's All About Me: In "The Last Son of Krypton", he sabotages Jor-El's efforts to warn people about Krypton's imminent destruction because it might interfere with his own escape, which he judges to be more important than helping evacuate the planet.
  • Joker Immunity: The biggest example of the DCAU, getting destroyed every appearance he makes just to return later. Justified due to redundant parts (including full copies of his 'personality', hidden in space, tucked away in software, or even stored in a nanotech form inside a human host.) "Killing" Brainiac is more like overcoming an epidemic than destroying a person. Even when his subsumed remnants are carried off with Darkseid and Luthor, some bit somewhere eventually grows into the 'future' version seen in "New Kids in Town".
  • Kneel Before Zod: From "New Kids in Town," Brainiac makes a teenage Clark do this, even saying, "At last, the son of Jor-El kneels before me." Much like in Superman II, Clark gave him a big surprise.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Along with Darkseid, Brainiac is definitely among Superman's most dangerous enemies; given his humorless stoicism, complete ruthlessness, and plans to destroy the universe.
  • Meta Origin: This version of Brainiac is an integral part of Superman's own backstory, giving their rivalry a more personal nature.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • He sports a Psychotic Smirk when he thinks he has Superman captured in "Stolen Memories".
    • In "Knight Time", he suddenly starts making emotive facial expressions when Superman attacks his spaceship.
    "Goodbye, Kal-El. It was an unexpected bonus destroying you."
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: According to the canon tie-in comic for the infamous Superman 64 video game, he defeated and imprisoned Darkseid with his technology once in the past. Which lends credence to the idea that, even though he planned to betray them, he was telling the Justice League the truth when he said he needed their help to stop Brainiac from destroying Apokolips.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to collect all the information of every civilization the universe and destroy each planet, ultimately making him the only source of knowledge. At the time that he first appears in the series, he has already destroyed dozens of planets and killed billions.
  • Planet Looters: He travels from planet to planet, collects its knowledge, and then destroys it to move on to the next.
  • Robotic Psychopath: He is a cold-hearted machine who feels no pity or remorse and his quest for knowledge has resulted in entire planets being wiped out.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: In "Twilight, Part 2", Batman smashes one of his computers, causing him to undergo a critical failure and default to his self-destruction sequence. The resulting explosion kills both him and Darkseid.
  • Self-Serving Memory: When he demands that Luthor rebuild him in "Ghost in the Machine", he chooses to refer to the events of their last meeting as "[Luthor's] betrayal", conveniently forgetting that Brainiac was the one who had attempted to follow his modus operandi of taking all information on the planet and then blowing it up while Luthor had apparently been willing to keep his end of the bargain.
  • The Stoic: Unsurprisingly since Brainiac is an evil robot, he's not very emotive. Though it's implied that he's not completely emotionless, as he seems to hold a personal animosity against Superman; also see Not So Stoic above.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: His later bodies vary wildly in power, despite looking the same. This is most pronounced in "Twilight"; his primary body gives Superman a hard time and takes several blows from Hawkgirl's mace to put down (note that one blow from that mace was able to cave Darkseid's face in), but all his identical-looking back-ups get wasted en masse by the much weaker J'onn J'onzz and Wonder Woman, with even Batman taking out a couple with his gadgets. It's also very noticeable in "New Kids in Town"; that form has trouble with a Clark who had started to unlock his power yesterday (and was comparatively extremely weak) and gets pierced by shotgun slugs.
  • Superpower Lottery: A big winner, just like his arch enemy.
    • Super Intelligence: He has all the information of the dozens of civilizations he's destroyed stored in his synthetic brain. He claims to be a "twelfth-level" intellect, with only Luthor even registering on the scale compared to him.
    • Super Strength: Brainiac, like Darkseid, is one of the few beings Superman has no issue killing and never holds back against. Despite this, Superman still sometimes has trouble putting him down; Brainiac can trade blows with the Man of Steel for a while and hurt him with his own strikes. This puts him as among the strongest beings in the DCAU, only below Superman himself, Doomsday, Darkseid, Captain Marvel, and Mongul.
    • Flight: He usually rides around on a small vehicle resembling a speeder bike, but "Twilight" shows that his main body is capable of self-sustained flight.
    • Super Toughness: See above.
    • Nigh-Invulnerability: Even if you can get past his regular durability, Brainiac is obscenely hard to kill, because...
      • From a Single Cell: ...he is able to come back in some form as long as a copy of his mind survives.
    • Hand Blast: He can fire yellow energy blasts out of his hands capable of hurting even Superman. The latter has to summon all his Heroic Resolve to keep fighting through them.
    • Technopath: He can hack and control most forms of technology, making using any advanced tech against him an iffy prospect at best. Luthor figures this out the hard way in Brainiac's introductory episode, as his plan to nuke Brainiac's ships goes wrong when Brainiac mentally takes control of the missiles. He can also copy his mind onto nanobots and then shoot him in a beam to infect people with, which he uses to plant a copy of himself in Luthor.
    • Mind over Matter: Present, but seldom seen. Most visible when he telekinetically moves around a bunch of metal at the climax of the second season of JLU right before Flash runs around the Earth to punch him.
    • Shock and Awe: He can channel electricity through his limbs, which comes in handy in his battles against Superman.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Superman uses potentially lethal force on him even before he discovers his Fighting a Shadow nature.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: He wasn't directly responsible for Krypton's destruction, but sabotaged Jor-El's efforts to warn the people so he could concentrate on his own escape.


Voiced by: Tim Daly (Superman: The Animated Series), George Newbern (Justice League Unlimited)
Voiced in Latin America by: Orlando Noguera (Superman: The Animated Series), Luis Miguel Pérez (Justice League, Unlimited)
Voiced in French by: Emmanuel Jacomy (Superman: The Animated Series), Patrick Larzille (Justice League Unlimited, 1st voice), Olivier Cordina (Justice League Unlimited, 2nd voice)
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Justice League Unlimited

"Me am hero! Me show you!"

An imperfect clone of Superman created by Luthor. He has almost all of Superman's strengths, but a damaged mind that leaves him unable to think clearly and understand that his actions are harmful. He truly wants to be a hero, but doesn't understand that he's actually hurting people. A while afterwards, Luthor lobotomizes and brainwashes him in order to be more evil, and he becomes part of the Legion of Doom.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: He seems to have some kind of intellectual disability.
  • Anti-Villain: His damaged mind means he really wants to be the good guy, but can't overcome the warped version of reality it's feeding him, or the fact that he Does Not Know His Own Strength. Justice League Unlimited has this removed by having him lobotomized and brainwashed.
  • Appropriated Appellation
    Mercy: Bizarro is what you "am."
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: In Justice League Unlimited, apparently due to being brainwashed. This is very different to his appearances back in Superman: TAS, where instead he's simply dimwitted and not very observant, and he doesn't make use of his comic book's "scrambled speech".
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: He becomes lobotomized to be his Silver Age comic book counterpart in Justice League Unlimited.
  • Characterization Marches On: He was a Tragic Monster in his first two appearances, depicted as suffering a severe case of Cloning Blues and genuinely trying to be a hero, with his "villainous" actions being complete accidents. In his third appearance, he became Denser and Wackier, but was still not particularly evil, instead being manipulated by Mxyzptlk into fighting Superman a second time. Come Justice League Unlimited, he is brainwashed off-screen by Grodd, reducing him to their Dumb Muscle with a Bad is Good and Good is Bad logic.
  • Clone Degeneration: He started out as a flawless clone of Superman until he eventually started becoming the pale and deformed idiot that we know him as.
  • Copied the Morals, Too: Luthor wanted the clone of Superman to be a tool that he could use and control. Unfortunately for Luthor, Bizarro genuinely wants to be a hero too much to be Luthor's instrument. Unfortunately for Bizarro, rapid physical and mental degeneration kicked in, leaving Bizarro unable to be the hero he wished to be.
  • Dumb Muscle: Possibly the single stupidest character in the DCAU, leaving him open to manipulation by Luthor, and any other villain with a reasonable IQ.
  • Friendly Enemy: Under normal circumstances, he was quite affable and unaware of the problems he was causing.
    Bizarro: [sincerely] Superman! Bizarro am happy to see you!
  • Happy Ending Override: By the end of Superman: TAS, he was living happy on another planet with his "dog" and no longer was a villain. Then, come Justice League Unlimited, Grodd brainwashed him into being a villain.
  • Hero with an F in Good: He means well, but his attempts at emulating Superman's heroism often results in disaster. The problem is he's too mentally damaged to properly grasp the nuances of the situation — even in "Little Big Head Man", it's shown that during his daily "saving" routine, he tends to grab the first "city-zen" in the boulder's path and then let it keep smashing through his fake city, rather than stopping the boulder before it hits anyone or anything.
  • Hulk Speak: Unsurprisingly, due to being the poster boy for Dumb Muscle, he has a very poor grasp on grammar.
  • Laughably Evil: Because of his extreme idiocy, he often causes some hilarious trouble for everyone around him.
  • Leitmotif: His theme is Superman's theme played in reverse and with some notes played off-key to represent his nature as an imperfect copy of Superman.
  • Manchild: His mental handicap makes him very childlike. He borders on Psychopathic Manchild whenever he has a temper tantrum.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He's very resilient like Superman, but with a bonus — he lacks a weakness to Kryptonite.
  • Obliviously Evil: Bizarro is often portrayed as completely ignorant of the bad things he is doing; frequently he does not understand, for instance, that punching somebody at full strength might kill them.
  • Superpower Lottery: He's got all of Superman's powers.
  • There Was a Door: "Door" is one of many concepts he doesn't grasp. He's not that great at "ceiling" either.
  • Tragic Monster: In spite of all the trouble he causes, all he really wants is to be a hero like Superman.

    Jax-Ur and Mala 

Jax-Ur and Mala
Voiced by: Ron Perlman (Jax-Ur), Leslie Easterbrook, (Mala, "Blasts from the Past"), Sarah Douglas (Mala, "Absolute Power")
Voiced in Latin America by: Daniel Jiménez (Jax-Ur, "Blasts from the Past"), Luis Miguel Pérez (Jax-Ur, "Absolute Power"), Citalli Godoy (Mala, "Blasts from the Past"), Claudia Nieto (Mala, "Absolute Power")
Voiced in French by: Joël Martineau (Jax-Ur), Céline Monsarrat (Mala)

A couple of Kryptonian criminals. Long before Krypton was destroyed, they tried to overthrow the Council, only to fail and be sent to the Phantom Zone. Years later, Superman found out about them and freed Mala out of sympathy, feeling she had served her sentence. He then tried to have her reformed, but her evident racism toward humans, coupled with him rejecting her advances, led her to betray him and free Jax-Ur so they could take over Earth.

  • Adaptational Badass: Jax-Ur, as a result of being amalgamated with General Zod in this version. In the comics, he was out of shape and overweight, so he was no physical match for Superman even with his Kryptonian superpowers. In addition, his comic backstory had him as a Kryptonian scientist, rather than a military general like Zod. That said, unlike Zod, this version was made the shortest (and presumably weakest) member of the team, possibly as a reference to comic!Jax-Ur.
  • Affably Evil: Jax-Ur stays unfailingly polite with Superman whenever they interact, and doesn't seem to particularly hate him, just fighting him because he is an obstacle. In Absolute Power, he actually is a respectable host willing to calmly discuss what he is doing on the planet, and even helps recover Kal-El's ship so he can get home until fighting becomes inevitable.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Mala made it rather clear she was trying to get in Superman's pants before freeing Jax-Ur, and "Absolute Power" has a scene implying she is using one of her guards as a sex slave.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Mala is very strong, and very beautiful.
  • Beard of Evil: Jax-Ur, thanks to being a General Zod expy.
  • Beware the Superman: Like Superman, they are Kryptonians, with the same abilities. Unlike him however, they use their powers to force their reign on species they consider as inferior.
  • Composite Character: This version of Jax-Ur shares more similarities with General Zod than his actual comic book counterpart. Similarly, Mala is closer to the second movie's Ursa. In addition, she's The Big Guy of the team, a role that was played by Non in said movie.
  • Dark Action Girl: Mala, obviously, being a female evil Kryptonian.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: Both the Jax-Ur of the comics and General Zod retain the use of both eyes, but when they were amalgamated into this Jax-Ur, he's sporting an eyepatch over his right eye.
  • Entitled to Have You: Before realizing Superman wasn't interested, Mala considered she was the obvious choice for his mate because of their common species. She feels flat-out insulted when she realizes he cares more about Lois.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: At the very least, Jax-Ur seems to genuinely care for Mala, seeing how he made efforts to save her even as they were about to be swallowed by a black hole. A bit downplayed with Mala, as while she seems to care about him to an extent, she also was willing to move on and start a new relationship with Superman before his refusal led her to free her previous lover.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Not many, but Mala was shocked and saddened to learn of Krypton's demise.
  • Expy: Jax-Ur is a stand in for General Zod, and in the comics Jax-Ur is actually a scientists who sided with Zod right before Krypton exploded. Mala seems to be an amalgamation of Faora and Ursa.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Jax-Ur sports one and is even shown only able to use heat vision with his one good eye.
  • Flying Brick: Comes with being Kryptonians.
  • Gender Flip: Mala was a male in the comic.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Even after both get fully charged and with experience at using their powers, Mala is still the most aggressive, physical fighter of the duo. Justified as Mala is bigger and presumably stronger, plus Jax-Ur being a military leader while she was his second in command means that she's used to doing most of the fighting.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Mala is tall for a woman, in fact slightly taller than Jax-Ur, and very muscular. She still looks rather pretty.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: After being released from the Phantom Zone, Mala was legitimately trying to follow Superman's example. Unfortunately, after some collateral damage occurred while stopping a fairly routine robbery, and then a bad interaction with an especially catty Lois Lane, Superman begins to contemplate sending her back to the Zone. Mala is horrified by this and then releases Jax-Ur out of spite and jealously to bring the Earth to heel, making her the villain the story needed her to be.
  • Too Powerful to Live: A non-lethal variant, but Superman was well-aware keeping them on Earth would be too dangerous, since they were practically impossible to keep captive and just as strong as he was, so he sent them back to the Phantom Zone at the end of their first appearance. Possibly played straight in their second appearance, where they eventually end up swallowed by a black hole, something that realistically would kill them.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Superman sent them back to the Phantom Zone, they managed to escape it through an anomaly and ended up in space, where they nearly died from suffocation. Some alien scientists saved them by bringing them on their ship, and then back to their planet. They thanked them by taking over the planet and behaving like tyrants.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Jax-Ur an Mala are both in a relationship, and pretty evil.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: In their second appearance, they justify their oppression of the alien planet they took over by pointing out they made the society united, better organized and overall prosperous.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Mala in her first episode, though it had less to do with him being a hero and more with them being the only two kryptonians on the planet. The moment he rejects her, she gives up and brings back Jax-Ur instead.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Mala is white-haired, and not a nice person.
  • Woman Scorned: Mala was at least willing to pretend she could behave and treat humans properly as long as she had a chance with Superman. The moment he made it clear he had no such feelings toward her, she snapped and freed Jax-Ur.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Despite being current lovers with Jax-Ur, Mala is ready to become mates with Superman.

    Mister Mxyzptlk 

Mister Mxyzptlk
Voiced in Latin America by: Raúl Xiques
Voiced in French by: Gérard Surugue

A pint-sized humanoid from another dimension who has decided to torment Superman with his powerful reality warping abilities merely for his own amusement. The only way Supes can effectively get rid of him is to trick him into saying, writing, or otherwise revealing his own name backwards. And even then, he's only gone for three months.

  • Adaptational Wimp: Zigzagged. Technically speaking, he is just as powerful as he is in the source material, but comic book Mxyzptlk could actually be a real challenge to Superman and was at least once a quite spectacular case of Not-So-Harmless Villain. This incarnation, on the other hand, usually is a nuisance at best and gets easily tricked by Superman into saying his name multiple times in a single episode. Justified by Rule of Funny. Turns out that this is an Averted Trope as Superman Reborn revealed that because Mxy lives in a dimension outside of the Multiverse, that every version we see is the same one just wearing a new guise and putting on a new persona.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: While most versions of Mxy mostly just want to toy around and have fun with Superman, sometimes even believing himself to be doing the Man of Steel a service, this one explicitly hates him and wants nothing more than to kill and humiliate him, not necessarily in that order.
  • All Myths Are True: Claims to be the source behind genies, elves, and leprechauns.
  • Amusing Alien: He does rather ridiculous things with his abilities.
  • Catchphrase: Due to the fact he's an Adaptational Wimp, his is "Aw, nuts."
  • Great Gazoo: He uses his powers to mess with Superman.
  • Ignore The Fanservice: Gspy tries to divert his attention with a wardrobe full of Sexy Whatever Outfits and he doesn't even turn around.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Even though his fifth-dimensional magic should make him the most powerful of Superman's enemies, he's probably among the least competent of them all.
  • It Amused Me: His initial motivation to torment Superman. After his first defeat, however, it becomes more personal.
  • Jerkass: This isn't your Silver Age well-meaning Mxy.
  • Large Ham: What else would you expect from Gilbert Gottfried?
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Can cause this. In general, whenever he uses his powers to Baleful Polymorph or otherwise alter someone, they don't remember anything that transpired after being changed back. The tie-in comics took this a step further by having everyone but Superman's memories of everything he does disappear after he leaves, which means no matter who many times he screws around with their lives, everyone in Metropolis is totally unaware that he even exists.
  • Laughably Evil: His smug attitude, reality-bending antics, and tendency to be easily fooled into saying his name backwards, results in a lot of hilarious moments.
  • The Napoleon: While he appears as a short man, he has huge intentions when it comes to messing with the Man of Steel.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a tiny purple bowler hat.
  • No Indoor Voice: It's Gilbert Gottfried, this goes without saying.
  • Non-Linear Character: In more ways than one. It's implied that Mxy's nature as a hyper-dimensional being allows him to mess with third dimensional reality any way he wants. It's also confirmed in DC Rebirth that every version of Mxyzptlk is in fact the same one across different universes. This Mxyzptlk is the same one originally created by Seigel and Shushter in the beginning and everyone we've seen since.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Mxyzptlk is tiny, bulbous and four-fingered. This may be a half-hearted attempt at A Form You Are Comfortable With, or it could be Leaning on the Fourth Wall; he's entered a cartoon universe, so he takes on a cartoony appearance.
  • Reality Warper: He can use his powers to alter reality in several ways, such as turning the Daily Planet staff into animals, or bringing Rodan's Thinker to life.
  • Sore Loser: To say that he doesn't take Superman besting him well would be a very enormous understatement.
  • The Trickster: He tries to mess with Superman, but by the end of his debut episode, the Man of Steel turns out to be too smart for his tricks.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His wife, Gsptlsnz, looks and sounds like Jessica Rabbit's sister, while he is a short and ugly imp with the fashion sense of the Joker on laundry day and the pipes of Gilbert Gottfried.


Voiced by: Brad Garrett
Voiced in Latin America by: Óscar Zuloaga (Superman: The Animated Series), Guillermo Martínez (Justice League)
Voiced in French by: Pascal Renwick (Superman: The Animated Series, 1st voice), Marc Alfos (Superman: The Animated Series, 2nd voice, and Justice League)

A trash-talking, brutish bounty hunter from the (former) planet Czarn. Lobo will track down anyone and anything, as long as the price is right, and he'll have himself a literal blast while doing it. He may also give blasts to other people. He's generous that way.

  • Amusing Injuries: Receives these a lot. And finds the injuries of others amusing as well.
  • Ash Face: One of the Preserver's security probes shoots a beam on his head with this as the sole result.
  • Badass Biker: He rides on a space chopper.
  • Badass Boast: Gets two rather good ones in his debut episode:
    Lobo: The name's Lobo. That's "L" as in "lacerate," "O" as in "obliterate," "B" as in "disemBowel," and "O" as in... Um, er, I guess I can use "obliterate," twice, huh, what do you think?
    Lobo: See, someone's payin' me a heap'a cash for yer carcass. And the Main Man... always delivers!
  • Badbutt: He's very accurate to his comic counterpart, but he's also somewhat restricted by the fact that he's in a family-friendly cartoon. His hook never penetrates skin, for instance.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: And talk, too. No, don't ask how that works when nobody else in the DCAU can; it's Rule of Funny.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Naturally.
  • Bounty Hunter: Lobo is recognized and feared throughout the galaxy as a persistent master bounty hunter.
  • Cool Bike: His chopper doubles as a Cool Spaceship.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Lobo is actually quite good at his job, if not the brightest bulb in the box.
  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with Superman against the Preserver.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Upon hearing that Superman has been killed, he joins the Justice League and makes himself at home. None of them are pleased and he takes artistic liberty with following their rules, but due to other pressing matters, they don't have the time to tell him to leave.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Frag!". On the other hand this is averted like hell in the Venezuelan Spanish dub, when he swears hard.
  • Guns Akimbo: He is this in "Warrior Queen".
  • Hand Cannon: A normal human wouldn't be able to lift his handgun.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Since the show is intended for kids, he's not allowed to do anything truly horrific, and comes across as mostly Played for Laughs instead. Though he rather casually admits that he blew up his home planet and everyone else on it.
  • Incoming Ham:
    Lobo: I'm givin' you geeks ten seconds before I frag everything in sight. One... TEN!
  • Jerkass: He's not really a nice person at all, since he hits on every woman he sees (with horrible and emasculating failure to his pride) and cares very little about innocent lives.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's... somewhere in there. If nothing else, he has a genuine (if a bit warped) respect for Superman, and always keeps his word. It's not much, but it's something.
  • Last of His Kind: Like Superman. Unlike Superman, however, he destroyed his own planet.
  • Laughably Evil: Because of his crude, dark, irreverent, and over-the-top sense of humor.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to his R-rated webseries. Averted in the Venezuelan dub.
  • Leitmotif: A hair-metalesque electric guitar riff.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Almost Superman-level resistance to harm and no Kryptonite Factor to boot though in Lobo's case it's more to do with his ability to heal and recover from damage. While he is tough he isn't exactly invulnerable like Superman as compromising his respiration (gassing him) seems effective. It made Lobo pause and force him to play possum while he recovered before sucker punching Superman. It's also how the preserver captured and kept Lobo weak.
  • Noble Demon: For all his vices, he always keeps his word when making promises. Including the one he made to Superman to leave Earth alone after their encounter.
  • Obligatory Swearing: In the Venezuelan Spanish dub, in the very first episode when he appears, he utters "son of a bitch" twice for some bizarre reason, despite the series being geared towards younger audiences. Some reruns in some countries remove it though.
  • Pet the Dog: Although he doesn't actually mourn Superman in "Hereafter", the fact that he volunteers to do good for free is an uncharacteristic gesture of respect. Sadly, it isn't appreciated. Particularly not by Kalibak.
    Lobo: (dumps an enormous pile of junked cars on top of a downed Kalibak) Say it! Say it!
    Kalibak: ...Uncle.
    Lobo: (goes to grab another) I CAN'T HEAAAAAR YOU!
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The one time he fights Superman, he is merely being paid to do it by someone else. Otherwise, he is perfectly happy with leaving Superman alone.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: And with no pupils, to boot.
  • Super Strength: Lobo's strength is close to that of Superman's.
  • Tempting Fate: His "Who's gonna make me?" boast, which usually leads to appropriate trouble showing up. After the Preserver goes One-Winged Angel in response, he mentions he should probably quit saying it.
  • Token Evil Teammate: When it seemed like Superman was killed, Lobo filled in to quash the rioting in Metropolis. Not surprisingly, this was a temporary arrangement.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Implied to some degree by his reaction to The Preserver's tractor beam.
    "Holy fragaroni! It feels like I'm being torn apart!" (beat, amused) "Cool!"
    "If they manage to catch us again, they'll probably trap our butts to the floor ith razor wire! Not that it isn't an interesting way to liven up an otherwise ho-hum evening but i have a bounty to collect."
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: Provides the page quote. Apparently, his high school science project involved blowing up his home planet.
  • You Got Spunk: Towards Lois.

    The Preserver 

The Preserver
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Voiced by: Sherman Howard
Voiced in Latin America by: Rafael Monsalve
Voiced in French by: Mario Santini
Appearances: Superman: The Animated Series | Batman Beyond (flashback)

An alien who runs a cosmic zoo which houses the rarest creatures in the universe, as each is the last of its kind. He hires Lobo to capture Superman, the last Kryptonian. However, after getting Superman, he betrays Lobo and captures him as well since Lobo is the last Czarnian.

  • Body Horror: Transforming into his true form involves the substantially larger clawed beast clawing its way out of his peaceful form's mouth and leaving behind a hollow skin.
  • Canon Foreigner: He was created for the series.
  • The Collector: He collects living creatures who are the last of their kind. He doesn't target "sentient" creatures usually, but since both Superman's planet and Lobo's planet don't exist anymore...
  • Creepy Monotone: He speaks with a robotic-like voice, without any inflection or emotion.
  • No-Sell: Lobo punches his monstrous form in the face, to no effect.
  • Not So Stoic: He loses it when he turns into his monstrous form after Superman and Lobo fended off all of his attempts to put them back in their cage. He comments to Lobo that "a trash like him is not worth saving".
  • One-Winged Angel: He loses it and turns into a hulking red monster with giant claws as a last resort measure to force Lobo and Superman back into their cage.
  • Power Floats: His first form hovers over the ground.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Lobo opens the ship's airlock with his hook and the Preserver is sucked in outer space.
  • Voice of the Legion: He speaks with a reverbal voice.


Voiced by: Sharon Lawrence
Voiced in Latin America by: Livia Méndez
Voiced in French by: Céline Monsarrat



Voiced By: Stephen Root

A large parasitic alien and Eldritch Abomination that brainwashes all of Smallville into becoming its servants.

    Reverend Amos Howell 

Reverend Amos Howell
Voiced By: Stephen Root

A traveling preacher who is Unity's main servant, bringing it to Smallville.

Alternative Title(s): DCAU Superman The Animated Series


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