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Lord Darkseid understands some of you worms may not be satisfied with your petty explanations of his greatness. That is why he has allowed these... contentious issues... to linger. Beware, for he may turn his attention to you... and there will be no longer doubt about what Darkseid is.

  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Smallville version of him is a much bigger threat when he's a disembodied spirit spreading malevolence amongst the people of the Earth. As soon as he gains a body by possessing Lionel Luthor, Clark very easily takes him down. The tie-in comic has him reveal to Superman that due to the possession, he wasn't at full power or else he would never have been defeated by him.
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  • Awesome Ego: Darkseid is very arrogant, can back up his boasts, and looks all the more impressive for it.
  • Badass Decay: First symbolically with Crisis On Infinite Earths, where the Anti-Monitor is introduced, usurping him as the top dog among the villains. Then after the crisis, when lone heroes, street level villains and Doomsday were able to defeat him. This eventually led to an Author's Saving Throw where every last appearance of Darkseid from that crisis to the distant sequel Infinite Crisis was just an avatar and that he was still as dangerous as ever. Also, he did help defeat the Anti-Monitor, so that wasn't as bad as it could have been either.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: If you've seen any of his appearances in the DCAU than you're most likely reading every word Darkseid utters in Michael Ironside's sonorous voice.
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  • Love to Hate: A prime example of this; his fans agree that his appalling evilness is part of what makes him such a great villain.
  • Magnificent Bastard: In the DC Animated Universe, Darkseid is a chilling yet darkly charismatic overlord of Apokolips who seeks to bring order to the universe through iron-fisted tyranny. Throughout season two of Superman: The Animated Series, Darkseid plots his conquest of Earth from the shadows, eventually triggering a nuclear meltdown to turn Earth into a second Apokolips. After the gangster, Bruno Mannheim, outlives his usefulness, Darkseid leaves him to die in the blast, and when Mannheim reminds Darkseid that he promised to make him a king, Darkseid replies that he has, "A King of Fools." Darkseid's victory is only thwarted by the intervention of Highfather and New Genesis, but Darkseid "never settles", so he brainwashes Superman, manipulates him into attacking Earth on a suicide mission, and plans to conquer the planet under the guise of rebuilding a ravaged world. Though the plan fails, Darkseid succeeds in turning Superman into a pariah for years. Perhaps his most impressive moment comes from the Justice League episode Twilight where Darkseid manipulates Brainiac into sparing a weakened Apokolips, manipulates the Justice League into helping him, betrays the League to Brainiac, then backstabs Brainiac by overriding his program and turning him into a weapon that he immediately uses to try to destroy New Genesis. Even seconds before his death, Darkseid maintains his dignity, laughing at Superman's inability to finish him off. Darkseid is a figure so feared and loved on his home planet that his presence can end a civil war mid-battle, and even when near-death, his abused subjects take him to a healer rather than kill him, his only response to a horrified Superman being, "I am many things, Kal-El, but here, I am God."
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  • Memetic Loser: During his severe Villain Decay, he basically became a joke, but after Final Crisis it went the opposite direction as he swiftly reclaimed his villain cred.
  • Memetic Mutation: The sight of Darkseid chilling on your couch. Darkseid dares all.
  • Misaimed Fandom: He was easily the most popular character from Jack Kirby's New Gods metaseries, and he went on to become one of DC's most popular villains afterwards. Ironically however, Kirby himself hated the Evil Is Cool trope and intended Darkseid to be something of a Paper Tiger whose power came mostly from how much people feared him (hence Darkseid getting mugged by two human crooks who don't know who he is). Likewise, Darkseid's code of honor (much like that of Doctor Doom) wasn't intended to make him out to be a complex Noble Demon, but rather to make him seem more like a Smug Snake who only held to it because he thought it made him better than "common" criminals. In the end, the fans simply preferred Darkseid as a villain with actual clout and chutzpah and that was the interpretation that stuck.
  • Moral Event Horizon: He never crossed it, he was created on the far side of the line.
    • In Final Crisis Darkseid is the Moral Singularity. Literally, his fall to Earth creates a black hole of evil dense enough to drag down the entire multiverse with him.


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