Gods (DC)

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The Gods are deities that feature in DC Comics.

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History

Origin

The Gods

In ancient Oceania, a pantheon of gods formed in that civilization that included Tangora the wise god, Ku the war-god, Mauri the love-goddess, Tane the nature-god and Rongo the jester. Millennia ago, they thrived in a time when mankind was in its primal infancy. In this time, they had power and life but Tangora sensed a great darkness coming in their future. The Oceanian gods initially dismissed it until the great storm came to pass with great catastrophes around the world. Only five of their number had survived with Tangora telling that the time of gods had come to an end and for them to survive they had to join together in common survival. They merged to become the Fiend with Five Faces but Oceania sunk beneath the sea with the merged entity trapped deep underwater for centuries though Tangora had prophesized that the waters would one day recede whereupon they would be freed once more. (Justice League of America v1 #156)

During the Dark Multiverse crisis, Wonder Woman wore an armor composed of the Tenth Metal of possibility where a part of her wished for the gods to return. Though she intended for he Greek pantheon, the wish instead brought forth the return of the Dark Gods. (Wonder Woman Annual v5 #2)

Post-Flashpoint

Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events. Among the worlds in the cosmos, Earth became privy to an elemental life force that was linked to its seas and was entrusted to the ocean god Poseidon. This made the planet unique in the cosmos as some worlds that had seas lacked life with the sea deity sharing this fact with Arion of Atlantis. Learning of this knowledge, Arion sought to share this power with other seas in the universe to bring together communities across space. A trio of Ocean Lords responded to the call in good faith but Poseidon grew jealous of sharing this power that was his charge and corrupted the mind of Arion into fear these visitors as threats that would conquer Earth. Thus, Arion studied the life force and created an inverse of it that became the Tear of Extinction which he used to banish the peaceful Ocean Lords to the Graveyard of the Gods at the cost of his own life. The truth of this encounter was hidden from the world with history recording the Ocean Lords as being tyrannical invaders thus hiding the shame of Poseidon's actions. (Justice League v4 #12)

Overview

One aspect that was linked to the deities of Earth was a place known as the Graveyard of the Gods. (Justice League v4 #12)

Members

  • Anansi : Anansi the Spider was a deity that forged a pact with the warrior Tantu that in exchange for protecting the innocent the god gave him the Tantu Totem. (Justice League of America v1 #239)
  • Lapetus : (Deathstroke v3 #8)
  • Rao :
  • Cythonna : the goddess of ice of ancient Krypton. (Superman: The Last God of Krypton v1 #1)
  • Rama :
  • Rama Kushna : a female goddess of the balance. (Strange Adventures v1 #250)
  • Rongo : male Oceania god who was a jester of their pantheon and became part of the Fiend with Five Faces when he merged with his compatriots. (Justice League of America v1 #156)
  • Tangora : male Oceania wise god who became part of the Fiend with Five Faces when he merged with his compatriots. (Justice League of America v1 #156)
  • Ku : male Oceania war god who lived as a soldier who had a blade that thirsted for blood who became part of the Fiend with Five Faces when he merged with his compatriots. (Justice League of America v1 #156)
  • Mauri : female Oceania love goddess who became part of the Fiend with Five Faces when he merged with his compatriots. (Justice League of America v1 #156)
  • Tane : male Oceania god of the forest able to manipulate plant life who became part of the Fiend with Five Faces when he merged with his compatriots. (Justice League of America v1 #156)
  • Urzkartaga : a jungle god of the vine whose bride was the Cheetah. (Wonder Woman v2 #28)
  • Tezcatlipoca : a male god of Aztec mythology who was known as the Mad God, the Mocker, the Jaguar Lord and the Master of the Smoky Mirror. (Wonder Woman v1 #314)
  • Quetzalcoatl :
  • Heqt : a frog goddess worshipped by the ancient Egyptians who was responsible for the Plague of Frogs and was angered at the mass killing of frogs. (Action Comics v1 #768)
  • Calculha :
  • Deedra :
  • Chaon :
  • Gemimn :
  • Tynan :
  • The Weaver :
  • Shango : a male god that was one of the Orishas. (Firestorm v2 #95)
  • Ale : (Superman: Man of Steel v1 #127)
  • Gitchka : the Bat-God that was a giant green bat that stood for naked power and aggression was the creation of an ancient Native American cult whose tribe ruled a part of America long ago and whose descendants attempted to awaken the deity with descendants of those that opposed it. (World's Finest v1 #255)
  • Shin-Giva : a deity worshipped by a primitive dwarf tribe in South America who fanatically guarded the platinum idol statue of Shin-Giva. (Action Comics v1 #33)
  • King Best : male deity who headed the Dark Gods. (Wonder Woman Annual v5 #2)
  • Karnell : a male deity who was the god of love but in a twisted sense. (Wonder Woman Annual v5 #2)
  • God With No Name : a masked male deity of the Dark Gods who was a god of doubt. (Wonder Woman v5 #48)
  • Mob God : a female deity of the Dark Gods. (Wonder Woman v5 #48)
  • Savage Fire : a fiery deity of the Dark Gods who was the goddess of fire. (Wonder Woman v5 #48)
  • X'Hal :
  • Captain Gall :
  • Commander Drogue : a bearded male ocean god native to the planet Ankhis. (Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth v1 #1)
  • Fleet Admiral Tyyde : a female ocean goddess native to the planet Aquos. (Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth v1 #1)
  • M'nagalah :
  • Chalchiuhtlicue :
  • Tangaroa :
  • Tlaloc :
  • Namma :

Notes

Alternate Versions

In other media

Television

  • In the DC Animated Universe, various gods made appearances in the shared continuity setting.
    • In Superman: The Animated Series, the New Gods made their first appearance in the animated television series.
    • In Justice League, the Olympian Gods and the New Gods both made multiple appearances in the animated television series.
  • In Young Justice, the New Gods made a number of appearances in the animated television series.

Video games

  • In the DC Extended Universe, various gods appeared in the shared continuity setting:
    • In Wonder Woman, the Greek gods appeared in the setting of the 2017 live-action film. It was shown that long ago their pantheon faced the threat from the war god Ares who opposed the peaceful views of his kin and ended up slaying them all including his father Zeus though he was wounded in the process.
    • In Justice League, various gods appeared in the setting of the 2017 live-action film. It was shown that in ancient times that the New God Steppenwolf invaded Earth to conquer it leading to the deities of Earth stepping forth alongside the armies of the world to oppose him with them ultimately able to drive him away from the planet.

Appearances

  • Action Comics:
  • Justice League of America v1:
  • Wonder Woman:
  • Wonder Woman v5:

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