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A list of characters from the DCAU who first became prominent in Superman: The Animated Series



Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-El)

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The quintessential Cape and Flying Brick of the DC Animated Universe.

An alien orphan named 'Kal-El' who was sent into space as an infant to avoid suffering a cataclysmic death on his home planet of Krypton. His craft landed in a Kansas field and he was discovered by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who raise the boy as their son under the name 'Clark'. As he matures under the Earth's yellow sun, he gains superhuman powers such as nigh-unlimited physical strength and the power of flight. As an adult, he moves to Metropolis to work as a newspaper reporter. It is here he becomes aware of the corruption and evil in the world, deciding he must use his gifts to right these wrongs, taking the moniker 'Superman' after a story of his deeds is published in the Daily Planet by Lois Lane, who uses the term.

After having worked long and hard since the end of "Legacy" (from Superman: The Animated Series) to regain the world's trust in him, it is he who first suggests that he and the other superheroes form the Justice League, in order to deal with future threats as great as the Imperium. According to the series' promotional information, he was shown to be the face of the League, as well as the peacemaker for the other members.

Allies

Supergirl (Kara In-Ze/Kara Kent)

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Voiced By: Nicholle Tom

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Lois Lane

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Voiced By: Dana Delany

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Jimmy Olsen

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Voiced By: David Kaufman

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Antagonists

Lex Luthor

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Voiced By: Clancy Brown

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A genius, multi-billionaire living in Metropolis who is the chief executive of his own company, LexCorp. In reality, he's a sociopath with a thirst for power and control, which he will gladly go to any length to have. He's an A-lister among Superman's rogues and constantly flexes his Villain with Good Publicity as much as he possibly can. He later takes on various exploits to hamper the Justice League and out them as threats to global security so he may do as he pleases unopposed.

Brainiac

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Voiced By: Corey Burton

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A supercomputer AI from the planet Krypton who survived the planet's destruction. Now it seeks to gain as much knowledge from the galaxy as it can, by any means.

Darkseid

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Voiced By: Michael Ironside

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The absolute ruler of the wasteland planet Apokolips. Stuck in a truce with the neighboring planet New Genesis, Darkseid is always scheming about how to put the entire universe under his fist. Seeking the 'Anti-Life Equation', a powerful tool that could easily submit the entirety of existence under his thumb, he is a constant threat to planet Earth. He is Superman's most hated enemy for his many transgressions committed on Earth and Superman is willing to stop at nothing to see his end.

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"I hope you appreciate, Kal-El, everything that happens from this point is on your head. The skies will rain fire, the oceans will boil, the streets run red with the blood of billions. Only then, when your last pitiful hope has been vanquished, will I end your life. Let's go."

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Kalibak

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Voiced By: Michael Dorn

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Granny Goodness

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Voiced By: Ed Asner

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Metallo (John Corben)

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Voiced By: Malcolm McDowell

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Livewire (Leslie Willis)

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Voiced By: Lori Petty, Maria Cannals Barrera

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  • Absolute Cleavage
  • Canon Immigrant
  • Dumbass DJ: Before gaining her powers, she was a popular DJ who spent all her time insulting Superman in order to boost her ratings.
  • Goth
  • Jerkass
  • Never My Fault: Her transformation was due to her stupidity of hosting a concert in the middle of a storm, Superman tried to get her to cancel it as she was both putting herself and the audience in danger. Typically she wouldn't listen and got hit by lighting. She blamed Superman for the mess, mostly from seeing on TV a reporter interviewing Superman accusing that he deliberately didn't push Leslie out of the way when the lightning struck.
  • Psycho Electro
  • Shock and Awe
  • Straw Feminist: At times.
  • Vapor Wear
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Water.

Toyman (Winslow Schott, Jr.)

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Voiced By: Bud Cort, Corey Burton

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Luminus (Edward Lytener)

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Voiced By: Robert Hays

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Edward was an engineer at LexCorp who specialized in light and laser manipulation. He was a mole for Lois and was fired. So he decided to kill her in revenge. Then Superman got involved. Lytener took up the persona of Luminus and decided to get his revenge on Superman by bringing him down to normal. That failed too. Luminus is last seen fighting the Justice League after a jail break.

Parasite (Rudy Jones)

{{quote:Voiced By: Brion James (Superman: The Animated Series), Brian George (Justice League)}}

Rudy Jones was a janitor at STAR Labs and an Extreme Doormat, who was exposed to an experimental drug during a robbery attempt. He gained the ability to absorb the memories and abilities of anyone he touched, and he quickly put it to use by absorbing Superman's powers. Though his absorption wears off after a few days, Parasite made several more attempts to gain power and get revenge on everyone he feels wronged him.

  • Affably Evil: He’s amiable to everyone, even when absorbing their abilities. He can even be reasonable and easy to negotiate on a good day.
  • Evil Is Petty: Parasite would rather use his powers to get back at the world for pushing him around rather than use his power to it’s full potential. Of course, this makes him easy to negotiate with, and on a good day he can be satisfied with a plasma screen tv and a load of books.