Apokolips is a planet that features in DC.
Apokolips was a dark world created following the demise of the Old Gods and the creation of the cosmos. It was held as being the dark sister planet of New Genesis with both being populated by a divine race of New Gods. (New Gods v1 #1) Both it and New Genesis were created 4,800,000,000 years ago following the Ragnarok where Apokolips formed from the remnant of GodWorld. (New Gods Secret Files and Origins v1 #1) During the time of the four ages, it was ruled over by the Four Horsemen of Apokolips. (52 v1 #38)
Millennia ago, the Black Diamond was mined on Apokolips where Darkseid had cut and shaped it into the Heart of Darkness thus creating Eclipso. (Countdown to Mystery v1 #1)
Around, 1,346.72 yeas ago, Apokolips was visited by one of the Manhunters with the unit dispatched by the Guardians of the Universe to bring order to the various sectors of space in the universe. The machine managed to arrive in the uncharted region of space where it queried the inhabitants of the world about its name. It was then attacked by Apokoliptian guards who opposed intruders but they were defeated by the Manhunter. However, the slaves turned on the machine in the name of their master Darkseid and destroyed the android. Thus, the dark world remained unexplored to the Guardians of Oa and around 9945.09 years ago they dispatched one of their new Green Lantern Corpsmen named Kendotha Kr'nek to investigate the planet only for them to be similarly slain. (Green Lantern 80-Page Giant v1 #3)
During this time, Brother Eye succeeded in assimilating Apokolips itself that becomes its new body. (Countdown to Final Crisis v1 #10)
Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.
The God Planet proceeded with the devouring of Earth-2 when it was opposed by Green Lantern Alan Scott. (Earth 2: World's End v1 #22)
With Darkseid missing, factions began to form on Apokolips with who would take over the empty throne. (Superman v4 #35)
After Perpetua's release, the Source Wall was destroyed and Apokolips came to vanish from the universe. (Justice League Annual v4 #1)
It was said that Apokolips forever orbited in shadow. (New Gods v1 #2)
Locations on Apokolips included:
- Armagetto :
- Granny Goodness Orphanage :
- Sinister Snarl :
- Hall of Iron : assembly hall where the Elite assembled before their master Darkseid. (New Gods Secret Files and Origins v1 #1)
- Hall of Lore : a repository for the greatest treasures of the planet that contained artifacts older than history and many even predated the New Gods which was overseen by Arcanis of the Court of Apokolips. (Earth 2 v1 #31)
- Unholy Sea : a vast hidden ocean of roiling polluted waters situated beneath the surface. (New Gods Special v1 #1)
- Mobius Chamber : a special key was needed to gain access to this location deep within the planet. (Earth 2: World's End v1 #10)
- Slaughter Mountain : a giant mountain located on the world. (Darkseid Special v1 #1)
- Hall of the Old Gods : a hallowed sanctuary where the dimensional threshold door resided that glowed with the power from the Source. (Female Furies v1 #6)
A substance native to this world was Pit Glass that was formed from the fires of Apokolips and generated intense heat that could be fashioned into chains. (Dark Nights: Metal v1 #1)
There were numerous creatures native to this planet that included:
- Apokorats : large rats that were the size of steeds which could be used as riding mounts. (Earth-2 v1 #2)
- Ash-Crawlers :
- Demon Dogs : giant dogs that could be ridden by cavalry and had a fine sense of smell. (Superman/Batman v1 #11)
- Swarming Maggots of Apokolips : these bipedal green furred creatures possessed sharp claws that they used tear and burrow as they filled their bellies with whatever came across them with their sprees leaving devastation in their wake. (DC Graphic Novel v1 #4)
- Dredge Worm : large multi-eyed worms that typically struck in groups that were noted for being fast with them being able to surviving weapon fire on their hide and attacked by discharging streams of acid that burnt the flesh of their prey. (Superman v4 #34)
- Krake : a massive water dwelling many tentacle creature that resided in the oceans. (New Gods Special v1 #1)
Inhabitants of Apokolips were creatures of fury that worshipped the creed of destruction. (New Gods v1 #2)
The Court of Apokolips was a body that was responsible for managing the god planet when Darkseid was not present. (Earth-2: World's End v1 #2) One position within the hierarchy of Apokolips was that of the Keeper of Lore who recorded events. (Earth-2: World's End v1 #11)
The Dog Cavalry was another military force that consisted of beings that rode on giant swift hounds and wielded weapons such as radian blasts. (New Gods v1 #1) Gravi-Guards that transmitted gravity waves from heavy mass galaxies allowing them to pin down almost any super-being with the incredible weight they could bring on their foes. (Forever People v1 #1) Strong and powerful bipedal robots were deployed in murder patrols that were used to maintain order in the rigid society with some being deployed to eliminate specific targets. (DC Graphic Novel v1 #4) Large armored soldiers that possessed superhuman strength and were armed with an atomic flame gun with these machines being piloted by parasitic Glommers that fed on psychic energy from their victims. (Superman v2 #3)
The overslavers of Apokolips were noted to be well schooled in the arts of torture. They were able to leave a person in agony yet not kill them in the process. (Countdown v1 #22)
Giant energy pits feed on the world itself in order to gain its power and its light. (New Gods v1 #1) These mammoth fire pits marked the surface which illuminated the stark and functional temples. (New Gods v1 #2)
People of Apokolips developed machines known as Followers that were replicas of living beings with the units operating as an extension of the user. They operated like a mirror image and did the exact movements of the person operating them. (Mister Miracle v1 #2)
A weapon given to its mortal followers was the Sigma-Gun that fired blasts that wounded its enemies. (Forever People v1 #1) A powerful weapon within the arsenal of Apokolips was a device known as the Beta-3 Gizmoid. (Hawkgirl v1 #61)
One of the products of Desaad's evil mind was the Fear Machine that used sonic-stimuli to generate emotions of fear in subjects. (New Gods v1 #2) Another was Kirba-Nex technology that were machines that burrowed into a planet's core where it replicated and fed off the energy there until the world was consumed. (New Gods Special v1 #1) Hellspores were hand-held spherical machines that could individually blow a hole down to a world's core leaving a giant firepit as a result. (Superman/Batman v1 #11)
It was said to be a world situated in another universe with it only being accessible through Boom Tubes. (Superman/Batman v1 #11) The penalty for a person possessing a stolen Boom Tube device was being sent to the torture rooms. (Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom v1 #1)
- Yuga Khan :
- Heggra :
- Steppenwolf :
- Darkseid :
- Overlord : a diminutive humanoid machine that could fit in a small box who was actually a sophisticated machine able to perform various acts such as remotely attacking enemies or reconfigure matter. (Mister Miracle v1 #2)
- Brola : a male warrior armed with a shock prod and possess the left appendage being Hand of Stone who attacked Orion during Darkseid's attempt at finding the Anti-Life Equation on Earth. (New Gods v1 #2)
- Gargon : a mysterious robed servant of Darkseid who was typically seated and had green monstrous hands that was responsible for capturing Esak on behalf of his master. (New Gods v1 #13)
- Titan : a green skinned male humanoid who was one of Darkseid' highest field commanders in the First Apokolips War with him claiming his defeat was because of the cowardice of his forces and the loss resulting in him spending half a century in a dungeon as punishment for his failure. He wielded his Rune Rod which legend spoke of carrying a charge of Darkseid's own Omega Effect. (New Gods v1 #16)
- Kraken : a female inhabitant who became a Green Lantern and partner to Raker Qarrigat. (Green Lantern v4 #25)
- Lump :
- Hagdar : a blue-skinned male warrior, Hagdar the Mad possessed telepathic powers and was dispatched to stop Metron, Lightray and the Flash from trying to pierce the Source when they looked for a cure for Orion. (Super-Team Family v1 #15)
- Infernus :
- Tyrus :
- Rip Roar :
- Iota :
- Justeen :
- Maelstrom : a black haired female of the Lowlies who fell in love with Darkseid and wanted to prove her worth to be his mate by challenging Superman along with Supergirl. (Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom v1 #1)
- Kaiyo :
- Pythia : a seemingly young girl with a connection to the Source who served as a secret oracle and lived in a garden hidden on the planet. (New Gods v4 #4).
- Jezebelle :
- Vyle : a male slaver captain who oversaw Jimmy Olsen's captivity on Apokolips. (Countdown v1 #22)
- Apokolips was created by Jack Kirby and made its first appearance in New Gods v1 #1 (March, 1971).
In other media
- In Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, Apokolips made its first animated debut where it was shown in the two-part episode "Bride of Darkseid". Similar to the comics, it was shown as a dark planet that was ruled by Darkseid who intended to defeat the Super Friends.
- In Super Friends: The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, Apokolips returned again with its inhabitants being a foe for the Superpowers team. In "Seeds of Doom", it was mentioned as residing in a different dimension and the superheroes were involved in an infiltration mission of the planet conducted by Wonder Woman, Firestorm and Cyborg who intended to stop Darkseid from activating the Seeds of Doom that he threatened to activate that would have turned Earth into another Apokolips. During the battle, Cyborg activated the frequency of the storehouse of Seeds which sprouted and infested Apokolips as the superheroes escaped to remove the ones on Earth.
- In the DC Animated Universe, Apokolips made a number of appearances in the shared continuity setting.
- In Justice League, the planet appeared in the episode "Twilight" where it was once more involved in an attack on its sister world of New Genesis. After their latest defeat, Apokolips comes under attack from the Kryptonian AI known as Brainiac that attacked the world and forced Darkseid to go to the Justice League for assistance. They would arrive on Apokolips and chase Brainiac away from the world only to discover that Darkseid had secretly allied with the robotic supervillain in a plot to solve the Anti-Life Equation.
- In Justice League Unlimited, Apokolips was shown in the animated series where it was shown in a number of appearances. In "The Ties That Bind", it was shown that Granny Goodness had put the young Mister Miracle through brutal training at the X-Pit. During the civil war on Apokolips, Virman Vundabar had taken control of the facility that contained the X-Pit where he kept the captive Kalibak. It was this reason why Granny Goodness kidnapped Oberon in order to force Mister Miracle to journey into the X-Pit and free his step-brother.
- In Smallville, the planet Apokolips appeared in the live-action television series where it was shown in the final season where it was a sphere with fiery pits. During the course of the season, Darkseid had arrived on Earth where he branded those with no good in their heart with the Omega symbol that served as an anchor drawing Apokolips in deep space to the world. Kara informed Oliver Queen that the symbol-like language on a cave's walls were Apokoliptian in origin. The series finale showed the planet itself where Darkseid attempted to crash it into Earth until Clark Kent who became Superman defeated him whereupon he pushed Apokolips into deep space.
- In Young Justice, Apokolips made an appearance in the animated series where it was shown in the season 2 finale when Vandal Savage took Warworld there in order to meet with Darkseid. It later appeared in the third season of Outsiders where the forces of Apokolips made regular attacks against the rest of the universe. During this time, the Vandal Savage made regular meetings with Darkseid as the pair had an ancient pact whereby they would divide the cosmos amongst themselves before engaging in a final battle against one another. Until that time, Apokolips served as an ally of the Light and could be called upon to aid them in times of need with their technology being supplied to the cabal of supervillains along with their allies.
- In Justice League Action, Apokolips made an appearance in the animated television series in the episode "Under a Red Run". Big Barda took Batman there as they sought to find which world Steppenwolf had taken Superman to after he kidnapped him with a Boom Tube.
- In Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the forces of Apokolips were the primary antagonists of the setting where Darkseid sought to capture Kara Zor-El who had recently landed on Earth and being trained on Themyscira. An attack by an army of cloned Doomsday creatures was dispatched through a Boom Tube to battle the Amazon army led by Wonder Woman and assisted by both Superman along with Batman. However, during the battle, Kara was captured and taken to be brainwashed by Darkseid. To save her, the trinity approached Big Barda who was the only means to travel to Apokolips through her possession of a Mother Box. The heroes would arrive on Apokolips and battle its forces including the dog cavalry along with the Female Furies with a confrontation with Darkseid along with the brainwashed Supergirl. It was only Batman threatening to detonate Apokolips store of Hellspores did Darkseid relinquish his control over Kara allowing her to return to Earth.
- In Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Apokolips appeared in the setting of the alternate reality universe of the animated film. It was led by Darkseid and involved in a long war against Highfather of New Genesis. A peace was forged whereby Highfathers daughter Bekka was to marry Darkseid's son Orion. Initially, they prospective bride did not desire to marry her betrothed but came to fall in love with him. The wedding itself was held on Apokolips but this turned out to be a trap that was sprung by Highfather and his forces who used the distraction to assassinate Darkseid, Orion and many other Apokoliptians much to the horror of Bekka who fled the scene to Earth.
- In Justice League: War, Apokolips appeared in the setting of the 2011 animated film. From the planet, Darkeid ordered his invasion of Earth which arrived through Boom Tubes generated by Mother Boxes. Captured humans were taken back to Apokolips where they were converted into Parademons to bolster the invasion forces. Superman was taken to Apokolips to undergo conversion after being tortured by Desaad but he was saved by Batman who came to rescue him. Ultimately, Darkseid was forced back to Apokolips via a Boom Tube generated by Cyborg thus ending the threat from the planet.
- In Reign of the Supermen, Apokolips briefly appeared in the setting of the 2019 animated film.
- In Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Apokolips appeared in the setting of the 2020 animated film. It continued its invasion of the universe where Darkseid had conquered several worlds without issue. A fleet of stealth drones were deployed in the vicinity of Earth which prompted the Justice League to stage an surprise attack on Darkseid. However, they were unaware that all their activities were being spied upon by the cybernetics in Cyborg's body allowing Darkseid to see everything seen by the hero. Thus, he was prepared for their attack and had bred Parademons that had the genetics of Doomsday in them to ambush the superheroes. The Justice League and their allies were massacred as a result allowing Apokolips to conquer Earth. Lex Luthor had made a deal to ensure his own survival where he became overseer of the planet which was being stripped of resources to power Apokolips. This activity resulted in planet-reapers being deployed that beamed the planetary magma directly to the invaders.
- In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, an interdimensional incident caused by Darkseid and Shao Kahn being attacked whilst retreating through portals led to the two beings merging into an entity called Dark Kahn. This accident led to the merger between the two dimensions whereby Apokolips was merged with Outworld.
- In DC Universe Online, Apokolips made an appearance through DLC content in the MMORPG setting.
- In DC: Unchained, Apokolips appeared in the setting of the mobile video game. It came towards Earth where its gravity field was devastating the planet's surface forcing the Justice League to stop the coming world.
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