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Had I known one human's death would pain you so, I would've killed more. And kill more I shall. Carry that agony with you to oblivion, Superman.
~ Darkseid mocking Dan Turpin's death to Superman.
I hope you appreciate, Kal-El, that everything that happens from this point is on your head. The skies will rain fire. The oceans will boil. The streets will run red with the blood of billions. Only then, after your last pitiful hope is extinguished, will I end your life. Let's go.
~ Darkseid to Superman before their final confrontation.

Darkseid is one of the main antagonists of the DC Animated Universe.

He is the absolute ruler of Apokolips and would-be conqueror of the universe and an archenemy of Superman and the Justice League.

He was voiced by Michael Ironside.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?


  • In his search for the Anti-Life Equation, he has conquered and subjugated many planets and coverted the populations into Parademons.
  • Abused his son Kalibak.
  • Abused his subjects in Apokolips to the point of slavery.
  • Though he apparently "loves" his son Orion and takes pride in him, this is very twisted at the very least. Darkseid seems to love Orion's strength and ruthlessness more than Orion himself, and he shows no hesitation when trying to kill him for interfering in his plans in Justice League.

Superman: The Animated Series

  • Sent a crime boss Bruno Mannheim to the slave pits of Apokolips just for questioning his judgment.
  • When his son Kalibak disobeyed him, Darkseid only brought him back to Apokolips so he can use him for his plans.
  • Later betrays and kills Mannheim after he overloaded the nuclear power plant system to turn Earth into a second Apokolips just because he had served his use, even mockingly labelling him the "King of Fools".
  • Invaded Earth until New Genesis declared it off-limits, then murdered Dan Turpin for insulting him and to spite Superman.
  • Tried to destroy Earth with an asteroid/comet.
  • Ordered the Female Furies to punish and torture Granny Goddess for failing him.
  • Brainwashed Superman into leading an attack on Earth for the sake of turning him into a pariah.
  • When Superman punched Darkseid for murdering Turpin, Darkseid coldly states that if one person's death would affect Superman that much, he would have killed more before attempting to kill Superman again and then kill more humans to spite him beyond the grave.

Justice League

  • During the quest for the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid orders Steppenwolf to lead an invasion in a sector that was protected by New Genesis, thus violating the rivaling planets' ancient peace treaty, only for Steppenwolf to run into an ambush. Darkseid admitted that he knew of the risk, and instead of showing regret, Darkseid then orders Steppenwolf to sacrifice himself and take as many of the enemy force as possible, leading to Steppenwolf's death.
  • Killed his loyal follower Desaad just for questioning his reckless decision involving Steppenwolf, which ended up with Orion sending Steppenwolf's ship into Darkseid's Palace, thus injuring Darkseid and weakening their defenses and forces.
  • Tricked Superman into supposedly aiding him in a war against Brainiac, only to later reveal that he and Brainiac made a deal to deliver Superman to him in exchange for sparing Apokolips.
  • Betrayed and used Brainiac’s programming to destroy the universe and remake it in his image before finding the Anti-Life-Equation, despite Brainiac sparing his planet. Furthermore, he risked the destruction of Apokolips just by teaming up with him. Even Brainiac calls him out for this (although for betraying him only).
  • Tries to kill his son Orion for interfering with his plans.

Justice League Unlimited

  • Mentioned to have had his adopted son Scott Free tortured and brainwashed by Granny Goodness.
  • After being unintentionally resurrected by Lex Luthor and his Legion of Doom, he rewarded them with a "quick death" by blowing up the Hall of Doom, their lair, after promising that their world would suffer slowly. He also got Brainiac's soul and powers as well.
    • Although Lex and his legionnaires survived thanks to the lantern bubles of Sinestro and Star Sapphire, his action of blowing up their lair caused the deaths of all the supervillains who had previously been frozen by Killer Frost, along with Doctor Destiny (another Pure Evil), Bloodsport, KGBeast, Major Disaster, Electrocutioner and Lady Lunar, who were unfrozen.
  • After reunifying Apokolips, he invaded Earth again, not out of power, but simply to make Superman suffer.
  • Stated that he will invade New Genesis after destroying Earth.
  • When he invaded Earth, he launched simultaneous attacks across the globe and set up magma-tappers to ignite Earth's core and generate fire pits, thus creating Apokolips on Earth.
  • Before him and Superman faced off, he taunted and threatened him that he would make him and his planet suffer before he kills him. He also said that he would kill billions of humans to make him suffer.
  • While trying to kill Batman with his Omega Beams, he remorselessly obliterated an injured Parademon.
  • While he seem to have respect for Batman’s ability to avoid his Omega Beam, it is worth noting he tried to still kill him in a brutal matter with no hesitation or regret.
  • He almost fired his Omega Beams at Lex but did to imitate the villain.
  • Literally threw The Daily Planet statue at Superman, crumbling the building and threatening the lives of everyone in it, including Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White.
  • Trapped Superman in a net of energy that tortured him greatly, and planned to use a Kryptonite knife to cut out Superman's heart and put it on a pike on his throne room. Although he called it an act of mercy, he was obviously mocking Superman.


  • Given his actions and the personal strife he has inflicted upon him, Darkseid is the only villain in the entire DC Animated Universe whom Superman is openly willing to kill, with the only other villain who had such distinction is Mongul. It is also implied that he is the only being DCAU Superman used his full power on.

External Links


            DC Template.png Animated Universe Pure Evils

Batman: The Animated Series: Joker | Grant Walker
Superman: The Animated Series: Brainiac | Darkseid | Joker | Karkull | Reverend Amos Howell
Batman Beyond: David Wheeler | Joker
Justice League: Imperium | Lord Orm | Mongul | Joker | Darkseid | Brainiac | Doctor Destiny
Justice League Unlimited: Mongul | Brainiac | Doctor Destiny | Darkseid

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Anti-Monitor | Barbatos | Bertron | Brainiac | Darkseid | Dax Novu | Major Force | Mongul | Plasmus

Superman: Doomsday: Toyman
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force
All-Star Superman: Solaris
Superman vs. The Elite: Atomic Skull
Reign of the Supermen: Darkseid

TV Shows
Superman: The Animated Series: Brainiac | Darkseid | Karkull | Reverend Amos Howell
Legion of Super-Heroes: Brainiac 1.0

Superman Returns: Lex Luthor

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Anti-Monitor | Barbatos | The Batman Who Laughs | Black Manta | Brainiac | Darkseid | Doctor Destiny | Doctor Psycho | Felix Faust | Gorilla Grodd | Joker | Krona | Ma'alefa'ak | Mister Mind | Mongul | Perpetua | Professor Zoom | Psycho-Pirate | Vandal Savage

DCAU: Imperium | Lord Orm | Mongul | Joker | Brainiac | Darkseid | Doctor Destiny
The Batman: The Joker | Professor Hugo Strange
Legion of Super-Heroes: Brainiac 1.0

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths: Owlman | Superwoman
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox: Professor Zoom
Justice League: War: Darkseid
Justice League: Steppenwolf
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War: Darkseid
Zack Snyder's Justice League: Darkseid

Video Games
Injustice: Joker | Brainiac