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     Superman/Kal-El/Clark Kent 
  • Age Lift: In most incarnations Clark Kent begins his career as Superman in his late twenties to early thirties. Here, he starts at the age of 19.
  • Ascended Fanboy: As a kid, Clark Kent was a huge fan of Captain America that inspired him into becoming Superman.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Begins training with Batman in Book Four, in order to be less reliant on his powers after his experience in Apokolips.
  • The Cape: Quite obviously. Hulk also referred to Superman as "Cape Man".
  • The Chosen One: As The Prophecy states, Superman is the "Child of the Star" that is destined to "unite mutantkind", and drive back the darkness that is threatening the Earth.
  • Clark Kenting: Present and accounted for, improved with a holowatch.
  • Composite Character: Of his incarnation in Smallville and the DC Animated Universe.
  • Flying Brick: One of the major Trope Codifiers of this trope.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Aside from the usual suspects, he has learned much of Krypton's technological knowledge, is not afraid to use it if it proves useful, and even modifies and improves on it from time to time.
  • A God I Am Not: Superman makes it clear from day one that he does not want to be deified or worshiped by anyone.
  • The Hero: The protagonist of this story.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Superman never bothered to be suspicious of General Zod and his overtly aggressive actions. Justified that the only surviving records of Zod in the Fortress of Solitude were of his incredible military feats prior to his war crimes against the Shi'ar that led to his imprisonment in the Phantom Zone, and thus Zod was painted as a hero. Furthermore, Zod was the only other living relative that Superman could call family. It is not until that the truth was finally told, it was already too late.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Subverted/played straight - Superman goes through this about once every five chapters for doing what legitimately needed to be done, and needs to be snapped out of his depression by his teammates.
    • My Greatest Failure: His greatest mistake was failing to realize that General Zod, whom Superman looked up to as his idol, was planning to make Earth his "New Krypton" after Superman gave him direct control of Sentrius.
  • Science Hero: The latest chapter reveals he was much a science nerd even before becoming Superman.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Mostly in book two with Allison Blaire, Aka Dazzler, aka Power Girl. He's the god-damn Superman, yet he doesn't know how to handle his first date, though he keeps it to himself mostly. Doesn't help that most of his youth was spent in the Fortress of Solitude. He gets over it quickly.

     Justice League 

Batman/Bruce Wayne

  • Badass Normal: He takes on the Juggernaut, the Executioner, a Sentinel, the Rhino, and the Kingpin, and even manages to stall General Zod in hand-to-hand combat.
  • The Cowl: As per usual.
  • I Work Alone: Naturally when he first met Superman, but hypocritical with already having Robin and Batgirl at his side.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Never fails to make these ones. Not even Robin and Batgirl have figured out how he does.

Wonder Woman/Princess Diana of Themyscira/Diana Prince

  • The Cassandra: Aside from Batman, she is the only other superhero in the Justice League who is strongly suspicious of General Zod.
  • Older Than They Look: Much to Tony Stark's shock.

Aquaman/Arthur Curry

  • Adaptational Name Change: Curry is only his adopted name.
  • Discard and Draw: In Book 3, he loses his hand to protect Namor. He replaces it with a retractable harpoon. In Book 4, Nimue and Merlin give him a magical hand made of enchanted water that gives him hydrokinetic abilities.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: In this story, Arthur's father is Atlantean and his mother is human. A reversal of the usual comics canon.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In this story, he's the cousin of Namor and Namorita.
  • Warrior Prince: Cousin of the King of Atlantis.

Flash/Wally West

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onnz

  • Last of His Kind: Initially this seems to be the case until it's revealed that his wife and daughter are still alive in Mars. Sadly, his wife dies of radiation poisoning when they go to rescue her.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Mystique.

Spider-Man/Peter Parker

  • Dating Catwoman: At some point he had a romantic relationship with Black Cat.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: As usual, due to Jonah Jameson's fault. Things get better for him thanks to Superman, though.

Green Arrow/Oliver Queen

Dazzler/Power Girl/Alison Blaire

Supergirl/Kara Zor-El



Professor Charles Xavier

Cyclops/Scott Summers

  • The Leader: Leader of the X-Men when Xavier isn’t in charge.
  • Eye Beams: His optic blasts abilities.

Jean Grey/Phoenix

  • Split Personality: Based on the movies, in this incarnation the Phoenix exists as an alternate personality inside Jean's mind, which was created when her powers first awakened, and Professor Xavier had to place her under mental blocks to keep her from harming anyone.
    • Split-Personality Merge: Subverted, while Jean and the Phoenix do come to an "understanding", she doesn't cease to exist as a separate entity.


Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner

Spyke/Evan Daniels

  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Is one of these.
  • The Rival: Was this in school to Pietro/Quicksilver
  • Put on a Bus: Averted, his bus ticket gets revoked here. Superman convinces him to stay with the X-Men when he's about to join the Morlocks.


  • Goth: Fits the look.
  • Ship Tease: Has some with Clark at first, even kissing him on Christmas, although nothing comes of it. She eventually starts a relationship with Gambit.

Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff

Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde

  • Better as Friends: In the early chapters of Book One, she had a huge crush on Superman, but later grew of it when she realized she only loved him as a friend.

Colossus/Piotr Rasputin

Gambit/Remy Le Beau

  • Gentleman Thief: Like he is in canon. Not exactly very proud of it, though.


Iceman/Bobby Drake

Jubilee/Jubilation Lee

Brainiac 5/Android

  • Antagonistic Offspring: Heroic example, as he rebels against his creator, the original Brainiac.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the team's first confrontation with Brainiac, Mark uses Brainiac's resources to upgrade himself into a techno-organic form.

Leviathan/Ron Williams

Phantom/Tinya Wazzo

  • Interrupted Suicide: Thankfully, Alison stops her right before she jumps off a building.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She's the missing daughter of Councillor Wazzo.
  • Mistaken Nationality: Could be a sci-fi example of this, as she spends years assuming she's a mutant human when actually she's an alien whose abilities are natural for her species.
  • Robosexual: Arguably applies, since she developed feelings for Mark while he was still a full android.
  • Shrinking Violet: Quiet and submissive until she grows stronger.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Notably, when she's first introduced she's deadly afraid of her abusive foster mother. After facing against X-23, she considers her too "small" and stands up to her.

Miss Martian/K'imm J'onzz

  • Composite Character: In the comics Miss Martian was no relation to the Martian Manhunter, but here she has been combined with J'onn's daughter.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, she dies along with her mother. In this story, she lives and becomes Miss Martian.

Multiple/Jamie Madrox

Warren Worthington III/Angel


Steve Rogers/Captain America

Tony Stark/Iron Man

  • Driven to Suicide: His backstory includes a period where he almost blew his own head off with a repulsor when he first learned of Obadiah Stane's plans to take over Stark Enterprises.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even at his worst and most flirtatious, he never hit on Pepper because he respected her too much.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: He and Bruce Wayne were friends as children, with Tony being one of the few people willing to spend time with Bruce after his parents' deaths.
  • Power Armor: Has this as his weapon of choice.

Hank Pym/Giant Man

Janet van Dyne-Pym/Wasp


  • Drop the Hammer: His weapon of choice, Mjolnir.
  • Physical God: As the strongest Asgardian.
  • Shock and Awe: God of Lightning.
  • The Worf Effect: Was beaten throroughly by General Zod in Book Three. The author has admitted that his knowledge of the Avengers is somewhat lacking, including Thor's power levels.

Bruce Banner/The Hulk

Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel

  • Flying Brick: Gained through experimenting with the Kree ship.

     Fantastic Four 

Reed Richards/ Mr. Fantastic

Ben Grimm/The Thing

  • The Big Guy: The strongest member of the Fantastic Four.

Susan Storm/ Invisible Woman

  • Pregnant Badass: She isn't letting her pregnancy slow her down much.
  • The Chick: Most emotional and holds the team.
  • The Smart Gal: She is still very clever and tricky as a fighter and a person.

Johnny Storm/Human Torch

  • The Lancer: To Reed.
  • Hot-Blooded: Gets easily fired up about a lot of things.
  • Joke and Receive: When the group find out Clark isn't a mutant, this little quote happens. Even Charles is surprised at the accidental deduction.
    Johnny: "Oh come on! It's not like you're an alien from a distant galaxy, right? (Beat) Wait...I was right? You...Are??"
  • Playing with Fire: His main powers.

     Other Heroes 


  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Makes his life purpose to hunt down vampires, even though he's a half-vampire himself.
  • I Work Alone: Prefers this approach.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Blade can arguably consider himself this, as he is willing to kill vampires where other heroes are less inclined to take the necessary steps.

Cyborg/Victor Stone

Daredevil/Matt Murdock

  • The Cynic: Daredevil is the only one to immediately believe that Spider-Man has become a criminal on his own accord, rather than being blackmailed.
  • I Work Alone: Taken to violent extremes.

Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange

Green Lantern/Hal Jordan

  • Demoted to Extra: Subverted. Unlike in the DCAU, even though John Stewart is Earth's main Green Lantern, Hal still makes a few appearances from time to time to help.

The Question



  • Bi the Way: Starfire may be this. Mimic and Berzerker sure think so after learning that when she was deciding who to kiss to learn English, she seriously considered Wonder Woman and Batgirl. She doesn't seem to get what they're suggesting though.
  • Flying Brick and Flying Firepower: Can fly, survive major impacts, move for several hours on end, react faster than the average man, lift massive objects, and blasts ultraviolet radiation.

Robin/Dick Grayson

Batgirl/Barbara Gordon

Booster Gold

  • Glory Hound: Only became a hero for the publicity.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite starting out as a hero for financial gain, he refuses to go along with Cadmus's plans to basically turn Jamie Reyes into a weapon.

Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle

     Other Mutants 

Armor/Hisako Ichiki

Black Canary / Dinah Lance

  • Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, she's a Badass Normal with a metahuman power. In this story, she's classified as a mutant.
  • Legacy Character: Her grandmother Laurel Lance was the first Black Canary.
  • Mommy Issues: She and her mother Lauren have a strenuous relationship. It's because her mom didn't support grandmother's crimefighting career and forbid Dinah from seeing her. By the time Dinah got fed up and went against her mom's wishes to visit her, her grandma died of heart failure. She has to live with the fact that she died thinking Dinah hated her.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Banshee and Siryn are her half-siblings.

Blink/Clarice Ferguson

Mimic / Rudy Jones

  • Adaptational Wimp: In this story, his powers are useless against a Kryptonian. Moreover, they work just for copying abilities rather than draining them.
  • Composite Character: Mimic + Parasite.
  • Defector from Decadence: Seems to be a villainous example as of the more recent chapters.
  • Glory Hound: His real reason he joined the Xavier Institute was to seek fame and glory. He wasn't too happy to learn from Booster Gold that he wasn't mentioned to be one of the most notable heroes in the far future; this causes him to rethink his loyalty to the X-Men.
  • Power Copying: He's able to copy the abilities of mutants and metahumans he comes in contact with.
  • Walking Spoiler: His very existence.

Supporting Characters


Nick Fury

  • I Was Never Here: The trope is Nick Fury's motto whenever S.H.I.E.L.D. is involved.

Madelyn Pryor

  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike in canon where she was baby murdering incestous sociopath. Here she’s Jeans maternal aunt and a member of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Mild example. Instead of being Jean's clone, she's her maternal aunt.
  • Turn in Your Badge: She ultimately decided to quit S.H.I.E.L.D. after Fury decided to go along with the plan to nuke Zod along with many heroes with a kryptonite missile.







Queen Hippolyta


  • Bystander Syndrome: She sees the affairs of "Men's World" to be none of Thymyscria's business.
  • Noble Bigot: She doesn't like men and is wary of outsiders (even if they're women).
  • The Rival: To Wonder Woman


  • Related in the Adaptation: She's apparently Diana's actual sister rather than adoptive, and thus she's the actual daughter of Hippolyta.


Black Bolt



     T'Challa/Black Panther 



  • Eye Scream: As the legends go. He later regains his missing eye thanks to Superman.



     Chloe Sullivan 
  • Everyone Has Standards: Chloe's desire for a good story doesn't take precedence over the fact that exposing Gorilla City would expose innocent children.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Fearless and determined.

     Lex Luthor 
  • Adaptational Heroism: He serves as sort of an analogue to the Justice League of America's mascot/collective sidekick Snapper Carr. However, he does exhibit some questionable motivations. Sadly, that may be coming to an end come Book Four.
  • Criminal Amnesiac: In a sense; [[spoiler:after Lex suffers serious brain damage through an attempted assassination, he becomes fully committed to Cadmus's plans to oppose the Justice League because he no longer remembers his former history.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Lex Luthor refuses to being properly address as "Mr. Luthor", as it un-fondly reminds him of his neglectful father Lionel. He strongly prefer to being call as "Mr. Lex", "Mr. Lex Luthor", or just simply "Lex".

  • Robot Maid: Also serving as a Battle Butler given that his primary directives are to preserve and assist all living members of the House of El.

  • Kill Sat: What he was used as.
  • Original Character: Doesn’t exist in canon.
  • Robot Girl: In Book Four, Sentrius's AI is promoted to a member of the Justice League after creating her own robot body.
  • Space Ship Girl: Sentrius is a fully sentient machine that later creates a robotic avatar.


Jonathan Kent

Martha Kent

  • Mama Bear: Not afraid to stand up to Dr. Doom when he comes to her farm to threaten her son.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Much to Superman's (and Batman's) chagrin, she starts dating Alfred Pennyworth in Book 3.
  • Secretly Dying: Martha reveals that she has had a terminal illness for decades, with the initial symptom being her infertility.

Edward Kelly

  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike his outright anti-mutant depiction in X-Men: Evolution, he was very divided on his views on mutants, but eventually adopted a more tolerable stance due to being basically influenced from having been saved several times by Superman. However, his brother Robert "Bob" Kelly filled his role.
  • Decomposite Character: His worse traits from the animated series are taken by his older brother Robert.

J. Jonah Jameson

  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite his animosity for Spider-Man, at the core he's a man dedicated to the truth.
  • Freudian Excuse: Like in the animated series, his hatred for Spider-Man is more rooted on the fact that he uses a mask, because his wife was shot by a masked criminal. Thanks to Superman's influence he adopts a more tolerable stance.
  • Intrepid Reporter: By the time of the alien invasion, J.J. becomes one.

Embleth Blaire

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts kind and polite, but she’s hates Kal and would do anything to ruin him.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Embleth has a fierce dislike towards Kal despite knowing that her family is part Kryptonian, and hates her ancestor Kon-Lir for "contaminating" their family tree.
  • Evil Aunt: Is this to Kal.

The Punisher/Frank Castle

  • Badass Normal: He manages to escape from Superman (with a gambit that involves grenades, a rocket launcher, and a runaway van) and almost kills the Joker, as well as killing several unnamed inmates of Arkham Asylum.
  • Worthy Opponent: Frank personally admits that Batman is "even crazier than [him]”.



Taryn Fujioka

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the show, despite being Jean's friend, she becomes antagonistic towards her due to their feelings for Scott. Upon their exposure as mutants, Taryn shuns them both. While in the fic, she was happily reunited with Jean when they were given a "trial run" to be allowed in school, though it was her parents who disapprove with their daughter's friendship with the mutants.
  • Ascended Extra: As a result of remaining Jean's friend, she shows up from time to time.

Paul Anderson

  • Adaptational Name Change: His last name is Haits in the TV show.
  • Ascended Extra: In the show, he was last seen watching the news exposing Scott and the X-Men as mutants. Here he remains friends with Scott.

John Henry Irons

  • MacGyvering: He holds the nickname of Junker for a good reason. He created the prototype "Steelskin" armour from all sorts of items around the Junkyard where he works.
  • Powered Armor: As in canon, but creates the initial 'Steelskin' prototype basically through nothing more than junk, and later develops a more advanced version through funding from Lex Luthor.



  • Heel–Face Turn: Takes a while to take effect, namely until the start of Book Four, when he makes a Heroic Sacrifice so Superman and the others can escape Apocalypse's lair safely.
  • Never My Fault: Magneto claims that Genosha's predicament in Book Three was caused by Superman's refusal to become Genosha's leader. In reality, the threats to Genosha were caused by Magneto himself in a failed gambit to try to convince Superman to lead mutants against humanity and rule the world, with the Friends of Humanity being created through secret funding from himself, Doctor Doom, and Sebastian Shaw, and mutantkind being exposed in the process.
  • Papa Wolf: Magneto to his children Wanda and Pietro, especially when he saves them from Old Grouchy.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to ensure mutants' survival, but disregards the cost of normal human lives. And many of his measures tend to backfire and put mutants in even greater danger, something Superman and his allies quickly call him out on in Book Three.

     Brotherhood of Mutants 
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Brotherhood of Mutants, with the exception of Quicksilver, gradually become sickened by the lengths Magneto is willing to go to and, one by one, defect to the X-Men, with Avalanche being the first.

Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff

  • Big Bad Wannabe: Has an inflated opinion of his status as a villain compared to the other heroes.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Often tries to hit on women, never gets very far.
  • Joke and Receive: When he taunts Superman about him stopping the meteors heading towards Earth, he jokes if he's going to try blasting them out of the sky. That's exactly what Supes' plan was.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He was NOT happy to know that Superman was faster than him (and later has a similar reaction to Flash).
  • The Rival: Sees himself as this to Superman, but he's totally out of his league.
  • Super Speed: Although he's not happy to see that Superman and the Flash easily outpace him.

Avalanche/Lance Alvers

Toad/Theodore "Todd" Tolansky

  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Toad becomes completely unrecognizable (in a good way) after he finally takes a bath.

Blob/Fred Dukes

Raven Darkholme

     Doctor Doom 
  • Enemy Mine: Aids in the defense of Earth when the Kree-Skrull invasion occurs. He later teams up with the Fantastic Four, the Brotherhood of Mutants, the X-Men, the Avengers, and the Justice League when General Zod goes rogue.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In an attempt to get Superman to accept Siryn as his love, he offers an Orb Of Agamotto to him so Kal can return to his homeworld. Superman proceds to crush it and explains that his Krypton is dead, something Doom was not aware of. He then promptly takes his leave.
  • Frontline General: When Latveria is invaded, you can bet your ass he'll lead his forces from the front.
  • The Good King: Believe it or not, yes. He's a hard-handed autocrat, but not outright tyrannical.
  • Threat Backfire: When he threatens to reveal Superman's secret identity, Superman turns it back by saying that if he does, he'd be admitting to have been defeated by a "Kansas country farmboy".

     Siryn/Anita Le Roux 
  • Alpha Bitch: Has this attitude to everyone.
  • Composite Character: Siryn (Theresa Cassidy) + Maxima.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Until her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Eventually realizes that her father was wrong and defects.
  • Morality Pet: To Doctor Doom.
  • Parental Abandonment: She was severely neglected by her rich industrialist parents at the hands of her abusive nanny until her powers manifested in which it killed her caretaker that sealed her fate. After being locked up in an asylum and left forgotten, she was adopted Doctor Doom. Once she was grown up, Siryn repay a visit to her parents and forced them to cede LeRoux Enterprises to her before telling them to do the world a favor and die.
  • Pet the Dog: At one point during Christmas, she helps Flash getting a present for a girl at the orphanage who wants a Barbie Ballerina.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Due to a past trauma, Siryn is deeply afraid of dogs. Krypto especially doesn't help.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Really wants Clark to herself and is not too happy about him refusing. Doom considers Superman worthy of being her husband, so she does not hesitate in pursuing him.

     Friends of Humanity 

Graydon Creed

  • Berserk Button: Graydon adamantly refuses to call or hear Superman by his name.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Creed has fierce Fantastic Racism towards mutants despite being the son of two mutants.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Once his true parentage is revealed, even the other members of the Friends of Humanity feel that Creed's hatred for mutants is based on really pathetic motives.
  • Mean Boss: Mean and snarky to his subordinates, yet helps them out when they need it.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Graydon Creed and the Friends of Humanity were secretly aided by Magneto, Doctor Doom, and Sebastian Shaw that provided them resources to constructing the Sentinels as part of a plot to divide human-mutant relations and convincing Superman that humankind is not worth saving. Graydon and the F.O.H. are still none the wiser when they later team up with HYDRA.
  • Shoot the Television: Does this twice in the story.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Yells this word by word when he tries to shoot Superman.

William Stryker

Duncan Matthews

Donnie Drake

  • Not What I Signed on For: Joined on the F.O.H. on the promises that they'd kill his brother Bobby, but his parents will be spared. Of course, he's shocked when the F.O.H. still try to kill them for trying to help Bobby.


Amanda Waller

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Amanda Waller, while not necessarily "evil", is still ruthless, but even so, she will not hesitate to shut down any of Cadmus' projects if she thinks there is the slightest chance that they will endanger American lives in the process. The rest of Cadmus, not so much.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Waller see powerful metahumans, especially Superman, as potential threats to Earth, and is willing to take steps ensure that they don't cross the line.

Mary Storm

Robert Kelly

     Suicide Squad 




Major Force


Black Cat

  • Moral Myopia: Blames Superman, Spider-Man and the Justice League for putting her father in jail. Never mind that he took full responsibility for his crimes and turned himself in willingly.


  • Double Agent: Chapter 11 in Book Four reveals he's an undercover agent for S.H.I.E.L.D.. But in chapter 15, Slade revealed that he discovered Hawkeye to be a mole.
  • The Rival: Briefly becomes one to Green Arrow.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the Suicide Squad.

     Hellfire Club 

Sebastian Shaw

Emma Frost

  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Emma Frost passingly stated that her family has a history of psychopathy.
  • Break the Haughty: When Emma is purely outmatched by Green Martian J'onn J'onzz. The latest chapter reveals that she had been an Unwitting Pawn in a plan from Selene just to spite Superman when he was young, cutting her off from a potential friend. This is enough to make her break down in tears and almost Driven to Suicide, but Superman is still willing to give her a chance, and she seems to have started a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: To Clark. Turns out that they had met once at age 13 when he saved her from a fire, and were striking a friendship, but Selene manipulated her father into sending back his mail, making her think that he had forgotten about her.

     General Dru-Zod 
  • Absolute Xenophobe: He generally sees all non-Kryptonians as violent "primitives." He also doesn't like Kryptonian halfbreeds.
  • Affably Evil / Faux Affably Evil: He is actually in good, jovial standing with Jor-El and the members of the House of El. Once he completely dropped off his affable mood (at least towards non-Kryptonians) when he has Earth at the mercy of Sentrius.
  • Archnemesis Dad: He is the godfather of Superman and Supergirl, and the closest they had for a living relative, and attempted to sway them to joining his cause.
  • Berserk Button: Zod DOESN'T like to be insulted as a "Ur-Thrall", an insult based on Jax-Ur's name and those that sided him is contemptuously synonymous with any Kryptonian acting in an uncivilized, barbarous, or warmongering fashion.
  • Blatant Lies: After Zod is released from the Phantom Zone, he was asked by Superman of how he was imprisoned. Zod replies that he was accidentally thrown into the Zone when Krypton was about to be destroyed while overseeing the trial of a criminal.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He snarks just about everyone.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: When Zod became a brief teacher for the X-Men.
    "Let me make something perfectly clear: I may be your comrade, and perhaps even friend outside of this facility, but in here, I do not care what relationship you all have with my godchild, nor do I care how skilled you are, or THINK you are. It has been my experience that EVERY unit can be improved, and that is precisely what I intend to do. What you do outside here is immaterial to me, but on my time, I will be systematically breaking you down, for the purpose of putting you back TOGETHER again. Make no mistake, children, you will HATE me in this room: I have no doubt that you will call me EVERY bad name you know, and then some you DON'T. In fact, I encourage it…because the more you whine, the closer you get to your breaking point; the whole purpose of this is to GET you there and KEEP you there, so that when you reach it outside these walls, you can still function."
  • Evil All Along / A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing / Devil in Plain Sight: Zod tries to display himself as a well-respected figure and treating Superman and Supergirl like family while carefully planning to rebuild Kryptonian civilization under his vision by taking over Earth.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Very hammy, as hammer as he was in the movies.
  • Fallen Hero: Zod was Krypton's revered war hero and close friend with Jor-El; he was even made as a godfather of Kal-El. But gradually by experience with warring with hostile races from the likes of the Kree and Skrull turned him into a Well-Intentioned Extremist, and even attempted to raise a coup against the Council of Twelve for their complacent stagnancy against the Shi'ar that had been going for six years; but the real last straw for his fall from grace was the death of Ursa to the Shi'ar.
  • Four-Star Badass: And he likes to remind other Generals that he is a HIGH General, and thus outranks them.
  • I Have Many Names: General Zod has been known as "Krypton's War-Hammer", and fearfully nicknamed as the "Butcher of Krenthia" and the "Bane of Rol'Nor" from the Skrulls and Kree, respectively.
  • In the Blood: The entire family of the House of Zod follows a military career and displaying certain degree of aggression and arrogance.
  • Invincible Villain: Until the final chapter, he had beaten thoroughly all of the heroes. It took the combined efforts of Superman and all of his allies to lure him into a trap to depower him.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Zod gives what is quite possibly the most epic delivery of this line EVER to D'ken, and later to the United Nations after North Korea attempts to nuke Sentrius - and fails spectacularly.
    "Zod does not kneel to lesser men! Lesser men! Kneel! Before ZOD!"
  • Lawful Evil: What he acts as under kryptonian law.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Basically applies to his assault on the heroes when he turns on Earth; while tactically brilliant, Zod's sheer power means that he doesn't need to do anything more than start hitting his enemies when he turns on them, which allows the heroes to lure him into a trap by exploiting his over-confidence.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The death of Ursa in the Krypton-Shi'ar War is what finally drove him to looking down on every non-Kryptonian as violent savages. He cemented his agenda in wiping out a Shi'ar fleet, which had surrendered shortly after the war ended, as a reminder to the Shi'ar to never interfere with Krypton, and fought nearly every superhero and villain to conquer Earth as his "New Krypton".
    Superman: All of this, all of the death, all the destruction…just so you can get revenge for your dead lover; that's what this is about, isn't it?
    General Zod: What it's about, Cadet, is making Rao-damned sure that none of these primitives ever raises a hand to a Kryptonian again! Starting with Earth!
  • Magnificent Bastard: He plays Superman like a fiddle.
  • Redemption Rejection: Superman still offers him one last chance to turn himself in once he loses control of Sentrius and Fort Rozz. Naturally, he vehemently refuses.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Tall, wears dark, and loves to snark.
  • Visionary Villain: His goal is to rebuild Krytponian civilization (in his image) at the cost of subjugating Earth as "New Krypton."
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He takes drastic measures to ensure that Krypton and its people are always safe. During the Krypton-Shi'ar War, he planned a coup d'état against the Council of Twelve because of their stagnant handling of the war effort, and after the war annihilated a surrendering Shi'ar fleet in order to intimidate the Shi'ar from ever attacking Krypton again. When he has Sentrius under his control, he claims that he want to bring "order, justice, and prosperity" by conquering Earth.
  • Would Hurt a Child: During the Krypton-Shi'ar War, he struck at D'Ken when he was still a child. When Jor-El calls him out on it, Zod reasons that D'Ken is "old enough to hate" and should learn to respect his betters.
  • Villains Want Mercy: When he finally realizes that's he's been defeated, he still attempts one last ditch effort to get Superman to forgive him, on the grounds that he's his godfather and one of his people. Superman coldly replies that he doesn't know who Zod is or what happened to him, but he is not his godfather or one of his people, and leaves him to his fate.


Red Skull

Madame Hydra

     Masters of Evil 

Shinobi Shaw


Selene Gallio

  • A Goddess Am I: And she won't cease to remind everyone of that.
  • Evil Is Petty: The latest chapter reveals that she coerced Winston Frost to cut off the mail sent by Clark to Emma to sabotage their friendship, just to make the Kryptonian suffer.
  • Eye Scream: Her eye is charred by Superman with his heat vision. To be fair, she was about to kill his teammates.

Ezekiel "Zeke" Stane

  • Evil Counterpart: Hard not to argue that he's this for Tony.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: While he doesn't use his relationship with his father as justification for his actions, it's still a factor in his reasons for attacking Stark in the first place.
  • Overlord Jr.: To Stane senior.



Other Villains


     Harley Quinn 
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She was clearly shocked by the magnitude of Arcade's sadism, even trying to convince him to stop. Keep in mind who she normally hangs out with.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In X-Men: Evolution, he was just a one-shot character who thought he was playing a video game; here he's basically the Joker's protégé.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Lloyd Webber had been bullied a lot by Duncan Matthews and his jock friends and had been forced to do the former's homework, and neglected by his parents. His problems is "resolved" when the Joker came along and became Arcade, who then publicly kidnapped his classmates to a carnival of death traps and murdered his parents.


     The Kingpin 

     Green Goblin 
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Martian Manhunter erased the Green Goblin's memories of Spider-Man's secret identity in Book Three.

     Sinister Six 

Metallo/John Corben

Kraven the Hunter

  • Egomaniac Hunter: As per usual. He goes to extremes to goad Superman into fighting him.
  • Heel Realization: He genuinely feels guilty for his actions later on, and chooses not to escape during the prison break.



     Erik Killmonger 

     Mr. Mxyzptlk 
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs, he's dreaded not because he's an actual threat (though his powers are somewhat dangerous), but because he's really, really annoying!
  • For the Lulz: Pretty much the only reason he does anything.


  • Planet Looters: The Chitauri are depicted as a nomadic race that had been periodically going from planet to planet, draining their natural resources, while maintaining their disputed claims of searching for a suitable homeworld. They were responsible for the extinction of the Martian race, leaving the Martian Manhunter as the sole survivor.

     Galactic Confederacy 


Winema Wazzo


Admiral Aelfyre Whitemane

Cadet Kofi Whitemane

Shi'ar Republic

  • The Republic: They act in their own interest, but they are at least reasonable.

Lilandra Neramani



  • Hopeless War: The Thanagarians are engaged in a losing battle against their hated enemies, the Gordanians.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The Thanagarian High Command wanted Shayera to befriend Superman for Thanagar's benefits; namely persuading him to using Sentrius in their war against the Gordanians.

Admiral Renata Var


Ronan the Accuser

  • Humiliation Conga: Ronan the Accuser gets the more brutal humiliations than Superman's list of adversaries: He lost his face in the invasion of Earth in the SAME way his predecessors did to Krypton, gets roughed up by Lobo for having previously left him for dead, forced to cede ALL his possessions to Lobo as he didn't pay up for his supposed bounty on Superman, and finally running into Darkseid.

Supreme Intelligence




  • Death by Origin Story: As per the course for Superman mythos.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: This is what Zod sees in him as Jor-El saved all of Krypton's information in the Fortress of Solitude on Earth, which would allow Zod access to the resources to make a "New Krypton" out of Earth. However, the Fortress is genetically locked from Zod and can only be accessed by Superman, and so Zod had to spend his time trying to be friendly with Superman.



  • The Empire: Is this as a whole.
  • The Migration: Due to the loss of their Throneworld Skrullos by Galactus, the Skrulls' ruling Imperial Council has been situated in the Skrull Imperial Fleet.



  • The Dragon: To Veranke.
  • Evil Is Hammy: When he show off his powers for the first time.
    Kl'rt: These humans may call you "Superman"…but nothing will save you from the new breed of shock-troops we will create! I am but the prototype! The first Super-Skrull!
    Zod: Oh, yes, we are quaking – a breed of Skrull that we need not feel guilty about crushing!

     Shi'ar Empire 




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