Full Name



Darkseid, Prince Uxas, Lord Darkseid, Boss Dark Side


Find the Anti-Life Equation and use it to rob everyone of free will, rule the universe


Usually defeated

I am the beginning and the end of all things. I am Darkseid. Every molecule of your bodies belongs to me. You live and you breathe through my pleasure, and my will.
~ Darkseid

Uxas, better known as Darkseid, is a main antagonist in the DC comics and media. A member of the extraterrestrial race of deities called the New Gods, Darkseid is the ruler of the planet Apokolips. He is the father and archenemy of Orion.



Born into the royal family of Apokolips, Uxas was the son of Yuga Khan and Heggra, and the younger brother of Drax. Uxas' father disappeared in the Source Wall, leaving the prince to plot to attain the throne from his mother and brother. Traveling to New Genesis, Darkseid befriended a boy named DeSaad, who would soon become his trusted advisor. Uxas later ambushed Drax when he attempted to connect with the Omega Realm, taking the power for himself and supposedly killing his brother. Taking the name Darkseid, Uxas earned the approval of Heggra, who long despised Drax's pacifism. 

Darkseid soon engineered a war between Apokolips and New Genesis, during which he was betrothed to a woman named Tigra, a woman Darkseid held no affection for. Darkseid later fell in love with a pacifist sorceress named Suli and married her, and had a child named Kalibak. Heggra, noticing Darkseid' love for Suli, ordered DeSaad to kill her before arranging Darkseid's marriage with a woman named Karreev. The planet was later attacked by Doomsday, who killed Darkseid's friend Mayhem. Darkseid attempted to fight Doomsday, but was forced to depart from the planet. He later married Tigra and had another son, Orion. Darkseid later had DeSaad kill Heggra when he learned that the two were responsible for Suli's death, and he assumed the throne. 

Once in power, Darkseid annointed a soldier named Granny Goodness to be the head of Armagetto's orphans, where the children were indoctrinated to serve Darkseid without question, with the best warriors being Darkseid's guards, the Female Furies. Darkseid later became obsessed with an object called the Anti-Life Equation, which he believed negated free will, and sought to harness it to rule over the entire galaxy. 

Darkseid later reached a truce with New Genesis; he would receive Izaya's son Scott Free, while Darkseid would hand Orion over to Izaya. This later proved disastrous for Darkseid, as Scott Free escaped, along with the leader of the Furies, Big Barda, while Orion was raised by New Genesis with their ideals.

Attacks on Earth

Darkseid has made numerous attempts to conquer planet Earth, as he believes humans collectively possess most fragments of the Anti-Life Equation. During his attempts to conquer the planet, Darkseid had multiple escapades with Earth's defenders, the Justice League. In particular, Darkseid became fierce enemies with Superman. 

At one point, Darkseid had another encounter with Doomsday, who nearly killed him. However, he was saved by Superman. On another occasion, Darkseid invaded Themyscira and wiped out a large portion of the Amazonians. In retribution for the death of her sisters, Wonder Woman placed a portion of her soul into Darkseid, seemingly weakening the tyrant. 

In one of his more sadistic actions, Darkseid kidnapped Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, also known as Supergirl. Brainwashing her with Black Kryptonite, Darkseid made her the new leader of the Female Furies and used her to fight Superman. After Supergirl was rescued, Superman imprisoned Darkseid in the Source Wall. Eventually, Superman freed Darkseid in order to repay a debt to an alternate reality Darkseid, as well as to realign the timeline. Around this time, Darkseid came into conflict with The Joker, who had gained the powers of Mr. Mxyzptlk. He also learned that this event was merely a precursor to an upcoming Crisis, in which Darkseid's role was yet to be known.

DC Animated Universe


Darkseid in the DC Animated Universe

Darkseid appeared as a major antagonist in the DC Animated Universe. Similar to his comic counterpart, Darkseid is the ruler of Apokolips and seeks the Anti-Life Equation to gain total dominion over the universe. Debuting in Superman: The Animated Series as one of Superman's arch-enemies, along with Lex Luthor and Brainiac, Darkseid would consistently attempt to conquer Earth and defeat Superman. After his first invasion attempt was foiled by the intervention of forces from New Genesis, Earth was declared off-limits from a direct invasion, which Darkseid conceded to. However, before leaving Earth, Darkseid murdered Dan Turpin to spite Superman.

Despite the treaty, Darkseid would make numerous more attempts to conquer or destroy Earth, culminating in him capturing and brainwashing Superman into believing that he was Darkseid's son before sending him to lead an invasion upon Earth. Though Superman eventually broke free from the mind control, his actions left him a pariah among the populace for years to come. This intensified Superman's hatred for Darkseid.

Years later, Apokolips came under attack from Brainiac, forcing Darkseid to turn to the Justice League for help. However, Darkseid had in fact set a trap for Superman, capturing him and turning him over to Brainiac. As Brainiac began to extract Superman's DNA, Darkseid turned on him, Darkseid overrode Brainiac's controls, intending to use the supercomputer's program to collect the Anti-Life Equation. In the confrontation that ensued, both Darkseid and Brainiac perished when Brainiac's headquarters exploded.

Darkseid's death would leave Apokolips in a state of chaos as civil war broke out for control of the planet. Years later, however, Darkseid was revived by Lex Luthor during his attempt to resurrect Brainiac. Having merged with Brainiac, Darkseid immediately returned to Apokolips, bringing the civil war to an end as both sides bowed down to him. Seeking revenge on Superman, Darkseid launched an invasion upon Earth in order to destroy his hated foe. The invasion forced the Justice League to join forces with Luthor's Legion of Doom to repel the invasion force. Darkseid personally arrived on Earth to engage Superman in battle. Superman eventually managed to gain the upper hand in their battle, forcing Darkseid to use a device called the Agony Matrix to subdue him. Before Darkseid could kill Superman, however, Lex Luthor intervened, offering Darkseid the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid, entranced by the Equation, took it, and he and Luthor were absorbed into the Source Wall.

Powers and abilities

Darkseid possesses immense physical strength far above any average human being, and is widely seen as one of the most powerful beings in the universe. His power rivals, and in some cases surpasses, beings such as Superman himself. He has immense superhuman speed and stamina, as well. 

Darkseid rarely uses physical force, however, instead prefering to deal with enemies with a cosmic energy field known as the "Omega Effect", which is the core of his abilities. His primary use of this power is the Omega Beams, a beam he fires from his eye that he can use to either obliterate or teleport a victim. This power can quickly vaporize a normal human being, while other high-tier aliens such as Kryptonians are more resilient to this attack. 

Darkseid also possess telepathy, psionic possession, telekinesis, matter manipulation, and teleportation.


  • Darkseid served as the inspiration for the Marvel supervillain Thanos. In the Amalgam Comics series, Darkseid was merged with Thanos to create the supervillain Thanoseid.