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- The most powerful beings of this Earth...CRUSHED and HELPLESS at my feet. And once this planet is consumed...I'll send my forces out to slaughter any ragtag survivors who slipped through my grasp. Such is the annihilation that is Darkseid!
- — Darkseid src
Darkseid is the tyrannical ruler of Apokolips, a sadistic, aggressive and merciless tyrant who has invaded and conquered multiple worlds throughout the entire Multiverse. As the God of Tyranny, Darkseid seeks to enslave all things to his will using the Anti-Life Equation.
- 1 History
- 2 Powers and Abilities
- 3 Paraphernalia
- 4 Notes
- 5 Recommended Reading
- 6 Related
Birth of a Dark God
In another universe, the Old Gods were immortal beings who relied on the prayers of mortals to remain in power, but nevertheless cared nothing about them. Soon the rebellious Uxas began putting lies and corruption in the minds of these Gods which sparked a war between them. As the gods began to die, Uxas began stealing the Gods' power for himself.
Eventually, when his father Yuga Khan came to strike down both him and his brother Izaya for their insolence against the Old Gods, he used the Anti-Life to revive the Olds Gods Uxas murdered, but was ultimately slain by his own son who took the fallen Gods' power to become the New God Darkseid.
Izaya, too, received power from the Old Gods and confronted him, claiming they were New Gods who should unite to bring forth a new age, but Darkseid only felt disdain and destroyed their world, with only him and Izaya remaining.
As eons passed, Darkseid created the hellpit of Apokolips and has remained as its sole ruler, with the only force capable of opposing him being his brother Highfather and his forces of New Genesis. At some point, he captured an aspect of Death in the form of the Black Racer to become his greatest weapon, but he couldn't command it unless it were anchored to a sentient host.
Some time ago Darkseid came across Myrina, an Amazon from a parallel universe and conceived another child with her, a daughter named Grail, who unbeknownst to him was being raised to destroy him.
War against Earths
One day, a mischief-maker named Kaiyo, defied Darkseid's authority by laughing at his law, prompting him to pursue her across universes she would escape through. In one of those he found a champion, Superman, whose might rivaled his own. Jealous, Darkseid declared war on that planet and began collecting four powerful Female Furies, K'li, Famine, Pestillence and Death, from that universe to use in the final battle. Death became impregnated with Darkseid's child, Deathspawn.
While his armies destroyed the forces of that particular mortal world, in his search he found a cabaret of other parallel worlds, each with their own iteration of Superman. Eventually he would come to another universe harboring another Superman. Like the first time, he went to confront him personally, easily overpowering the Kryptonian's allies and managing to defeat and capture Superman. However, the combined assault of Earth's defenders proved to be enough distraction for Batman to release Superman, who pushed Darkseid through a Boom-Tube for Cyborg to send to Apokolips, away from Earth.
Defeated, Darkseid decided to focus on his war against the other Earth, targeting the planet as the sacrifice for Apokolips' rebirth, and thus started the creation of a clone of that Earth's Superman to spread his will among the humans and prepare the planet for his arrival.
Five years later, Darkseid sealed himself at the Mobius Chamber in the heart of Apokolips when he was visited by his adopted son, Mister Miracle, who demanded him to reveal the truth about his origin, but Darkseid remained silent and ignored him. This angered Miracle to the point of attacking the evil God with the intent of destroying him, but he unwillingly set him free. Darkseid easily defeated Mister Miracle and offered his ally Fury to join him against Earth, an offer she accepted. After imprisoning Miracle, he was visited by the Traveler who offered him a deal with New Genesis: feed on that Earth only and Highfather will not interfere.
After eliminating the World Army's Commander, Darkseid commanded the Doyenne Barda to cleanse the Earth for Apokolips' arrival. With the preparations complete, Darkseid released the terraformer on the planet's atmosphere while his Deathspawn infected the Earth's core.
Though the Wonders of the World managed to dent the terraformer, Darkseid declared the fight was already won before two Kryptonians, Power Girl and the new Superman, broke into Apokolips' court to confront the Dark God head-on. They were no match for the tyrant who singlehandedly defeated the defenders of Earth, leaving the Green Lantern alone against him. He initially proved to be stronger than the Green Avatar, defeating him and then killing countless human survivors to nourish Apokolips, but he returned with the power of the Multiversal Green that strengthened him enough to repel Darkseid from the survivors and save them from his wrath.
Darkseid nonetheless recovered and seemingly destroyed his enemies before Apokolips finally devoured Earth, declaring the war won and announcing that they are ready for what was to come next.
Darkseid sent his Fury Lashina and the assassin Kanto on a hunt for his daughter's mother, while he returned to his throne room and came across Mister Miracle. The escapist confronted Darkseid but he once again proved to be stronger, thus Miracle was forced to Boom-Tube to Earth, to which Darkseid remained indifferent. The Anti-God arrived on Earth while Superman and an extra, Lex Luthor, were sent to Darkseid's domain by Lena Luthor, another emissary of Apokolips. Darkseid commanded his forces to mobilize with his war plan, ordering his right hand DeSaad to unleash the prisoners in the slave camp, sicking them on Kal-El and Lex. He also commanded his General Steppenwolf to take his firstborn Kalibak with them in the war effort against Mobius.
With his daughter Grail summoning him, Darkseid and his army finally arrived to the battle scene against the Anti-Monitor, facing his enemy head-on. Growing desperate, Darkseid summoned the Black Racer, the living death of the New Gods, to destroy his enemy. The Anti-Monitor fused it with the Justice League's Flash and merged its power with the Anti-Life Equation to finally destroy Darkseid, ending his life once and for all.
Afterwards, when the child of Superwoman and Mazahs was born and taken by Grail, the child absorbed the Omega Effect from Lex Luthor as well as the Anti-Life Equation from Steve Trevor becoming the new Darkseid temporarily, before being separated from the Anti-Life Equation and reverted into a child form of Darkseid taken by Grail to be raised.
Returning to God-hood
Some time after the invasion of the Dark Multiverse Grail began killing Old Gods such as Hercules and absorbing their power. She would then give the power to Uxas to make him grow stronger and grow closer to becoming Darkseid again. After absorbing Hercules' power Uxas transformed into a much older child around the age 11 or 12 in human biological standards. After aging to a young adult, he fights Zeus himself. During the fight, he reveals that killing Hercules and the rest of Zeus' children was just bait for Zeus himself. He kills Zeus, absorbs his power, restores his own and escapes with Grail.
Wonder Woman vs Darkseid
Justice League Odyssey
Darkseid survived his encounter with Wonder Woman, and being able to manipulate the Justice League of space to gather information about them being deities of the Ghost Sector.
- New God Physiology: The beings of Apokolips call themselves Gods and live outside of normal time and space, even outside of the normal 52 universes. These New Gods have evolved due to taking up the powers of other gods and through the use of the Source, believed to be one of the ultimate foundations of the Universal Expression of Energy, along with their superior technology, into beings of genetic stability and evolutionary perfection. The denizens of Apokolips are immortal, stronger, faster and smarter than homo sapiens, despite their resemblance.
- Enhanced Intellect: Darkseid's mental capacity far exceeds that of a normal human. He's been described as being a hundred steps up the evolutionary ladder from humans.
- Immortality: Darkseid is functionally immortal, having ceased aging physically when received his power.
- Invulnerability: Darkseid survived the destruction of a whole planet, remained unfazed by the combined assault of the Justice League, and was completely unharmed by the God-killing Boom-Spheres. It took the combined power of the entire Multiverse's Green to knock him out.
- Regeneration: Darkseid was able to regenerate his eyesight after both his eyes were impaled by Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
- Superhuman Speed: Darkseid is able to move at speeds far greater than any human. Even when not at full power, Darkseid was still fast enough to match Zeus' combat speed. During this fight, Wonder Woman stated she had never seen a battle happen at that speed they were fighting.
- Superhuman Stamina: Darkseid fought against Highfather Izaya for seven days straight with just little signs of tiredness.
- Superhuman Strength: Darkseid's strength rivals a Kryptonian's, capable of effortlessly shattering Lantern constructs, defeat multiple superhumans simultaneously,  and temporary hold his own against a Multiverse-empowered Green Lantern. Darkseid was even strong enough to hold open portals from closing, using his bare hands.
- Omega Effect: Darkseid wields a cosmic energy field called "Omega Effect", which proves integral, as it is the core from which his other abilities manifest from.
- Cosmic Awareness: Darkseid can perceive and understand the workings of the universe on a cosmic level. He is able to perceive others even in different dimensions.
- Dimensional Travel: Darkseid's Omega Effect allows him to transverse through time and space at will, allowing him to cross between dimensions.
- Erosion Blasts: Darkseid can focus his Omega energy through his hands and arms to generate eradicating shockwaves to destroy the surrounding landscape.
- Omega Beams: Darkseid can fire concentrated beams from his eyes which can lock on its target to ensure it never misses. They are powerful enough to harm Kryptonians, destroy planets, and fast enough to catch speedsters. Anything Darkseid destroys with them can be recreated with a thought.
- Flight: Darkseid is capable of levitating and flying at will.
- Gravity Manipulation: When Darkseid reached between universes, his hand created an immense gravitational pull that twisted time and space in his surrounding area.
- Telepathy: Darkseid is able to telepathically invade the minds of others, even while in a separate dimension.
- Size Alteration: Darkseid can adjust his size at will. Having once stretched an enlarged hand towards refugees from Earth 2 when Constantine tried to ferry them to safety in another universe.
- Resurrection: Darkseid can seemingly revitalize those who've been dead for some time. Having been able to resurrect a long since deceased Steppenwolf, last seen within his personal chambers.
- Apokolips' Power Feed: Darkseid can replenish his lost strength by sealing himself in the heart of Apokolips and "eat" the planet's energy. Doing so, however, is a risk since Darkseid is unable to get free until the replenishment is complete and the draining can accelerate Apokolips' withering process.
- Power Absorption: Darkseid can absorb the life-force of Old Gods to regain strength. He was able to absorb the power of Zeus in order to get back to full strength. He was also able to feed on the energy of Zeus' children to regain power.
- Summoning: Darkseid has the unique ability to summon the Black Racer to aid him in battle. He has complete control over the entity.
- Genius Level Intellect
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Leadership: Darkseid is recognized as the ultimate authority in Apokolips, inspiring intimidation among his lesser subjects in order to ensure blind obedience through fear of his wrath.
- Quantum Mechanics
- Darkseid was created by Jack Kirby, first appearing in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #134. However, in the Prime Earth continuity, Darkseid first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Justice League (Volume 2) #3 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.
- Unlike most versions of Darkseid, the Post-Flashpoint version was not always bald. Instead, he was formerly brown haired, with a brown beard as well. 
- Highfather states that Darkseid had been fragmented throughout the multiverse with each reality having its own version of Darkseid.
- 147 Appearances of Darkseid (Prime Earth)
- 64 Images featuring Darkseid (Prime Earth)
- 4 Quotations by or about Darkseid (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Darkseid (Prime Earth)
- Justice League (Volume 2) #50
- Divergence #1
- Justice League (Volume 2) #23.1: Darkseid
- Infinity Man and the Forever People #5
- New Gods: Godhead #1
- Justice League (Volume 2) #45
- Earth 2: World's End #11
- Justice League (Volume 2) #40
- Justice League (Volume 2) #42
- Earth 2 #28
- Justice League (Volume 2) #4
- Justice League (Volume 2) #5
- Justice League (Volume 2) #6
- Earth 2: World's End #10
- Earth 2: World's End #14
- Earth 2: World's End #15
- Earth 2: World's End #18
- Earth 2: World's End #24
- Earth 2: World's End #25
- Earth 2: World's End #26
- Justice League (Volume 2) #41
- Justice League (Volume 2) #43
- Justice League (Volume 2) #44
- Justice League Odyssey #11
- Justice League Odyssey #2
- Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #37
- Constantine #22
- Constantine #23
- Action Comics #970
- Constantine #23
- Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #33
- Justice League Odyssey #7
- The Multiversity Guidebook #1
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