Gorilla Grodd

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Gorilla Grodd in Action Comics v1 #893.

Gorilla Grodd is a male comic animal supervillain that features in DC Comics.




After escaping Iron Heights 7 months ago, Grodd managed to gather an army of his fellow gorillas where he launched an attack on the United States. This saw his forces invading New York City and destroying Air Force One as they targeted President Luthor. He then faced opposition from the newest incarnation of the Outsiders that were being led by Nightwing. (Outsiders v3 #2)


Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.

He was born a runt and regularly beaten by his father along with being ignored by the other super-gorillas with them claiming that it was an effort for him to become stronger though secretly Grodd possessed powerful telepathic abilities. (Justice League v4 #4)

At some point, his body was slowly dying and Grodd was resolved to attain the power of the Speed Force and formed a criminal organization called Black Hole to achieve that goal. With his powers, he mentally dominated the mind of a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who became the supervillain Raijin whilst he helped rescue Meena Dhawan from the Speed Force where he empowered her with the Negative Speed Force. Grodd then created an elaborate plan that stripped Barr Allen of the Flash in a plot to give the power to himself. In an effort to restore his powers, Barry looked towards using Black Hole's technology to restore his connection to the Speed Force. When he achieved it, he inadvertently allowed Grodd's mental powers to grow to the point that he could control the Speed Force Storm and enslaving the minds of the other speedsters. (The Flash v5 #42) Barry Allen managed to reverse the process to deprive Grodd of the Speed Force but curing him of the disease that was afflicting him. However, rather than surrender, he reactivated the Speed Force wand whereupon he tuned it to the Negative Speed Force in an effort to destroy Central City as he stated that he would rather die and take everyone with him than to lose the power he had gained. (The Flash v5 #43)

Whilst being transported to Gorilla City, warriors loyal to him intercept the guards and freed Grodd whereupon he decided to forge a new Gorilla City. To achieve that, he allied with Poison Ivy and intended for her to clear the world of human civilization so that his gorilla's could rule. During this time, he encountered Ethan Avery that was the monster Damage and was defeated with his warriors able to take him to safety. (Damage v2 #6)

He came to be recruited by Lex Luthor to join the Legion of Doom where he promised Grodd a means to attain his revenge against the Flash by harnessing one of the great cosmic forces of the universe. (Justice League v4 #2)


Personality and attributes

It was the result of his childhood that influenced his thought processes as he came to believe that everyone had a dark motive. With his powers, he learnt that his father had been ashamed of him and that a human who attempted to befriend him simply wanted to put him in a zoo. Thus, with his telepathy he came to believe that all their motivations had a more sinister purpose. (Justice League v4 #4)

Powers and abilities


  • Gorilla Grodd was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino where he made his first appearance in The Flash v1 #106 (May, 1959).

Alternate Versions

In other media


  • In the DC Animated Universe, Gorilla Grodd made a number of appearances in the shared continuity setting.
    • In Justice League, Gorilla Grodd appeared as an antagonist in the animated television series in the episode "The Brave and the Bold" where he was voiced by actor Powers Boothe.
    • In Justice League Unlimited, Gorilla Grodd returned as an antagonist in the animated television series starting in the episode "Ultimen" where he was once again voiced by actor Powers Boothe.
  • In The Flash, Gorilla Grodd appeared as an antagonist in the 2014 live-action television series set in the Arrowverse where he was voiced by actor David Sobolov.

Video games

  • In DC Universe Online, Gorilla Grodd appeared in the setting of the MMORPG where he was voiced by actor Jens Anderson.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Gorilla Grodd appeared in a cameo role in the fighting video game where he was in the background on Stryker's Island.
  • In Injustice 2, Gorilla Grodd was a playable character in the fighting video game sequel where he was voiced by actor Charles Halford.
  • In DC: Unchained, Gorilla Grodd appeared as a playable character in the setting of the mobile video game.


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