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Species: New God
Voiced by: Michael-Leon Wooley
A New God from Apokolips and an ally to the Light.
- Action Dad: Darkseid is a Galactic Conqueror fully capable of doing his own dirty work, at one point leading an attempted conquest of Earth alongside his sons Kalibak and Grayven.
- Badass in Charge: Dictator of Apokolips and master of a galaxy threatening army, as well as a man to make even Vandal Savage wary of incurring his wrath. For good reason; "Evolution" showed that the first time they fought, Darkseid easily defeated Savage with a single shot from his Omega Beam.
- Bald of Evil: He has no hair and is for all intents and purposes a literal God of Evil.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Implied to have been in one with the Light for most of the series, as he's presumably responsible for Desaad and Godfrey's presence on Earth, and for lending the Light technology from Apokolips that made it possible for them to execute their grander schemes. It's shown in "Evolution" that he and Vandal Savage made a pact centuries ago to conquer the galaxy together, and once complete, Apokolips and Earth would fight each other in one final, "winner take all" battle. As soon as he has the Anti-Life Equation within his grasp, however, Darkseid discards this alliance. Savage wastes little time in trying to prevent Darkseid's conquest afterwards.
- Big Bad Ensemble: After double-crossing the Light to get his hands on the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid ends his alliance with them and becomes just as much of a threat to his former allies as he is to the heroes.
- Dark Is Evil: Right there in the name. Darkseid.
- The Dreaded:
- Implied. None of the Forever People wanted to speak his name, and Desaad backtracked almost instantly when he claimed that Infinity-Man was his to control, clarifying that Infinity-Man would belong to "my master", as if he were worried that Darkseid could hear him.
- Even though they're working together, Savage's interactions with Darkseid in "Evolution" show he's clearly wary of Darkseid and he makes an effort to be polite. Savage tasted defeat at his hands once before and knows exactly how dangerous he can be. The idea of Darkseid getting his hands on the Anti-Life Equation is the first thing to ever truly break Savage's otherwise ironclad composure.
- The Evils of Free Will: Darkseid seeks control over the Anti-Life Equation, which strips others of their free will, rendering them slaves to Darkseid. Capturing Halo allows him to fulfill this goal.
- Evil Overlord: He's the ruler of Apokolips.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Per tradition, Darkseid's voice is deep as the pits of hell and it belongs to a brutal conqueror who exploits the meta-human trafficking industry to bolster his armies.
- Eviler Than Thou: Darkseid proves to be a greater threat than the Light on virtually every level, exploiting his erstwhile allies to get his hands on the Anti-Life Equation, then casually discarding their partnership and putting the Equation to use in conquering entire star systems.
- Eye Beams: A flashback in "Evolution" sees Darkseid use his trademark Omega Beam to strike down Genghis Khan (or, as we know him, Vandal Savage).
- Friendly Enemy: Essentially his relationship with Savage, with emphasis on the "friendly" part. The two conquerors like and respect one another and help each other towards their goals, all with the understanding that when Earth and Apokolips are the greatest powers in the galaxy, they will have a final battle for their respective world's dominance.
- Galactic Conqueror: Endemic to the character. The first few minutes of Outsiders gives us a look at Darkseid's armies laying siege to Rann in an attempt to claim the planet for their master, and "Evolution" reveals that an attempted invasion of Earth centuries prior is what led to Darkseid's current partnership with Savage, and indirectly, to the events of the entire series.
- Genius Bruiser: Darkseid is a towering mass of muscle with godlike power at his command and the intellect to match. He proves to be one of the few opponents capable of beating the Light at their own game.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Almost definitely a greater threat than the Light, and stays almost completely off stage during the two seasons. "Evolution" reveals him to be one for the entire series; it was Darkseid's attempted invasion of Earth that led to Vandal Savage expanding his vision from world domination to galactic domination, paving the way for the Light and everything that's happened since moment one. He's stepping towards a Big Bad Duumvirate role in Outsiders, alongside Vandal Savage and the Light.
- Last Episode, New Character: His only appearance in the series was in the last episode. He would have had more, but the show was cancelled after that. Eventually subverted with the uncancellation.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Again, Darkseid. The similarity of his name to the Dark Side of The Force doesn't hurt, though he actually predates the series by about 7 years.
- Orcus on His Throne: Darkseid's armies do most of the heavy lifting in his crusade for galactic conquest. Darkseid himself is shown taking action only once, in a flashback to 13th century Earth, a scene which proved that Darkseid certainly has the power to do some serious damage on his own.
- Parental Favoritism: An exchange between Savage and Kalibak in "Evolution" strongly implies that Darkseid plays favorites with his sons, and that Kalibak certainly isn't one of those favorites.note
- Physical God: He's the "god of tyranny" according to the Forever People, and is usually the strongest threat the League has to face.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Darkseid knows when it's better to spare others and allow them a share of his power, than it is to simply kill everything in sight, for there is more to be gained in an alliance of trust over fear. That is precisely how his alliance with Vandal Savage was formed.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are glowing red.
- Speak of the Devil: In "Disordered", neither Desaad nor the Forever People were willing to say Darkseid's name. Dreamer's projection of Desaad even described Darkseid as "Unspeakable".
- The Stoic: Darkseid has yet to show even a hint of emotion.
- Suddenly Voiced: After appearing as The Voiceless in "Endgame", he has his first speaking role in "Evolution".
- Would Hurt a Child: Darkseid uses abducted Earth metahumans, obtained through child trafficking, to bolster his armies, caring nothing for their lives.
Species: New God
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
A God Scientist and master torturer.
- Adaptational Ugliness: While Desaad was never a looker in the comics, this version of the character is grey-skinned and visibly deformed, whereas his original incarnation was much more normal looking.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Said nearly word for word.Desaad: Kill the boy, and his little dog too.
- Body Horror: Is much more visibly malformed than other incarnations, with his skin actually hanging loosely in many places.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Per Desaad's proclivities, Infinity-Man's beatdown of Superboy quickly descends into this.
- God of Evil: Referred to as one of the "gods of Anti-Life, slavery and degradation" of Apokolips by the Forever People.
- In the Hood: As per usual, Desaad rocks an Emperor Palpatine-esque look, wearing a dark cloak with the hood always up.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After his control over Infinity-Man is broken, Desaad wisely heads back to Apokolips.
- Mad Scientist: Described as a "God Scientist", and his sadistic tendencies prove the "mad" part quite well.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name comes from Marquis de Sade (whose name inspired the word "sadism").
- Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: Supplies Apokoliptian and stolen New Genesis tech to Intergang, and implicitly, to The Light as well.
- Psychopathic Manchild: If his Villainous Breakdown is of any indication, he reacts to loss by throwing a tantrum.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A sadistic God of Evil with red eyes.
- Sadist: By his own admission, Desaad is not one to finish things quickly. His Father Box mirrors this; after it takes control of Infinity-Man, he proceeds to prolong the beating of Superboy and Wolf for Desaad's amusement.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Desaad rarely raises his voice above a cold, creepy whisper.
- Sore Loser: When Superboy and sphere turns the tables on him, his response is to flee and hurl a grenade that does massive damage while screaming "ALL SHALL SUFFER!!!!!! ALL SHALL SUFFER!!!!!"
- Torture Technician: Described by the Forever People as a master torturer, although his skills don't get a full display in his first appearance.
- Villainous Breakdown: He resorts to a spiteful temper tantrum after Superboy and Sphere start winning against him.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: When he takes over Infinity Man and turns him against Superboy, Mannheim asks him why the Brainwashed and Crazy Infinity Man was taking his sweet time; his answer boils down to For the Evulz.
G. Gordon Godfrey / Glorious Godfrey
Species: New God
Voiced by: Tim Curry (Invasion), James Arnold Taylor (Outsiders)
A GBS pundit, the host of The G. Gordon Godfrey Show, and an associate of Darkseid, widely known for his stance against the Justice League and its alien members.
- Alliterative Name:
- G. Gordon Godfrey.
- Glorious Godfrey.
- Catchphrase: Seems to say "I know what you're thinking: Ol' G. Gordon's..." a lot.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For a fear-mongering, mud-slinging, talk show host, he shows a lot of journalistic and personal integrity when he chews out the Ambassador for his outright lies. Later it's proved to be a subversion. Exposing the Reach was all part of the plan; Darkseid's plan.
- Fantastic Racism: Really doesn't like aliens.
- He gives a pass to the Reach, claiming they introduced themselves to the world the right way, and even cameos in an in-universe ad for The Reach's soft drink. However, he turns on them in "The Hunt" after the revelation that they were hiding an entire battle fleet under the ocean, calling the Ambassador out on live television.
- In "Endgame" he's seen on Apokolips, confirming he is an alien, the New God Glorious Godfrey, who, in the comics, specializes in controlling media and manipulating populations.
- Hate Sink: From giving the Justice League bad publicity to the annoying voice and being a huge Jerkass, there's not much to like. Hell, his one moment of awesome turns out to be part of Darkseid's plan.
- Jerkass: An unlikable man who constantly bashes superheroes.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He makes very convincing and accurate points, albeit in the form of xenophobic, condescending rants. Given what is and isn't publicly known, this is even worse in-universe, where he is gaining credibility. All part of the plan.
- Large Ham: Befitting an Attention Whore, Propaganda Machine, TV personality, and a character portrayed by Tim Curry and James Arnold Taylor; Godfrey rarely leaves the scenery unthawed.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: There are clear parallels between him and several real-life controversial pundits. His name is structured like G. Gordon Liddy, Curry's distinctive accent might be a reference to the "transatlantic" William F. Buckley, and his "Bonehead of the Week" segment is a clear reference to Bill O. Reilly's "Pinhead of the Week".
- Obviously Evil: He's a gossipy Strawman News Media host and grade-A prick. No surprise that he'd turn out to be evil. On a more meta level, comics fans who recognize his name will instantly know that he's up to no good.
- Opinion Flip-Flop: Justified, as Godfrey doesn't actually believe a word he says; he's just stirring up dissent to play to Darkseid's agenda.
- He heartily endorses Secretary Tseng's decision to trust the Reach, then calls for the man's resignation and blames him exclusively after the Reach show their true colors.
- For that matter, his show always seems to have an anti-JLA stance but his reasons for it vary heavily. They're too chummy with aliens? They're not chummy enough with the Reach? They keep secrets? They don't address real-world problems?
- Pragmatic Villainy: Though his job is to discredit the heroes, he knows when and where to pick his battles. He deliberately undercuts Lex in a PR fight with the Outsiders because Lex had been outplayed and Godfrey knew it was unsalvageable, convincing Lex to take a different tack after the show.
- Propaganda Machine: Of the negative kind towards the Justice League. And then to the Reach.
- Right Hand vs. Left Hand: Gets particularly heated in his interview with Granny Goodness, even though they presumably work for the same guy. This could be infighting within the ranks or just part of a grander plan; only time can tell.
- Strawman News Media: As a heavily biased Talk Show host.
- Third-Person Person: Not all the time, but he does refer to himself as "G. Gordon" or "ol' G. Gordon" quite a bit.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: A Tim Curry trademark; Godfrey positively revels in drawing out his r's.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's a gossipy talk show host and grade-A prick, but he seems to have a popular show and good publicity. It's eventually revealed that he's from Apokolips; implicitly, this is all according to Darkseid's plan. Even Superboy watches the show, despite his better judgment.note
Species: New God
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
One of Darkseid's sons and a commander in his father's army.
- Berserk Button: Kalibak does not enjoy being reminded that he's not his father's favorite.
- Daddy Issues: Explicitly called out on them by Olympia Savage after Vandal Savage presses Kalibak's Berserk Button.Olympia: Kalibak has daddy issues.
- Guttural Growler: Kalibak has a distinct, growling tone.
- Jerkass: Upon arriving to back Savage up, Kalibak's first words to his erstwhile ally are to mock him about the defeat Savage suffered at Darkseid's hands 800 years prior.
- The Unfavorite: Judging from his response to Savage's sarcastic remark about being Darkseid's "favorite son", Kalibak is well aware that he's not his father's pride and joy.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Despite being aware that he isn't Darkseid's favored son (and more than a little touchy about it), Kalibak is eager to prove that he is the only son that Darkseid needs.
- Would Hurt a Child: Uses a metahuman youth as a suicide bomber against Starro's armada.
Species: New God
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle
Leader of the Furies, a group of Apokoliptan warriors who serve Granny Goodness.
- Abusive Parents: Barda is implied to have been raised by Granny Goodness, who continues to treat the warrior as an unruly child to be "disciplined" if she displeases Granny.
- Adaptational Villainy: Comics' Big Barda long ago made a HeelFace Turn and became a hero alongside her husband Scott Free, while here she's still a loyal servant of Darkseid. Her reaction to Superman saving her implies she may eventually be headed for her Turn, however.
- Blood Knight: Barda is very enthusiastic about battling the Justice League, even deliberately leading them to Granny's base in the hopes of taking them on. When the time to fight arrives, she gleefully rallies the other Furies to fight in the names of Granny and Darkseid.
- Contralto of Danger: Barda speaks in a low, harsh voice that fits her aggressive personality.
- Didn't Think This Through: In her haste to do battle with the Justice League, Barda never cleared her plan for luring them with Granny. Barda ends up getting a bout of Electric Torture for her trouble.
- The Dragon: Granny Goodness's right-hand woman and commander of the Furies.
- Save the Villain: While fighting the League, Granny subjects her, the other Furies, and the Leagers to a test of her Agony Beam machine, but Superman manages to withhold it long enough to get himself and Barda out of it, much to her surprise.
Voiced by: Andrew Kishino
The leader of a hive of Bugs on New Genesis. Tired of living in subservience to the New Gods, whom he feels do nothing but mistreat the Bugs, he starts leading his people to rebel against them.
- Adaptational Ugliness: In the comics, Mantis looked more human-like to the point that he just resembles a human wearing a supervillain costume. Here he looks more insect-like, and also has multiple arms.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, he's the second most powerful being on Apokolips behind Darkseid, but here Forager is able to take him out without much effort.
- Fantastic Racism: He grows very hateful and distrustful towards non-Bugs, especially the New Gods, but also later includes Martians and Earthlings. He also brands Forager as a Category Traitor for siding with the human superheroes over his fellow Bugs when they fought, so he exiles Forager under threat of death. Then it turns out that he's actually working for Darkseid just like his comics counterpart.
- Insectoid Aliens: Just like Forager and the other Bugs.
- Jerkass: He's very short-tempered and xenophobic.
- Third-Person Person: Like other Bugs, he refers to himself by his own name instead of using first-person pronouns.