Parademons are soldiers that feature in DC Comics.
Parademons were demonic sentries from the planet Apokolips. (New Gods v1 #1)
Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.
Darkseid engaged in a secret plot to turn Earth's populace against its superheroes where he dispatched Glorious Godfrey for this task. At first, he made considerable successes in turning the people against their heroes but they instead rallied behind their symbols. In desperation, Godfrey used a stargate to bring forth an army of Darkseid's soldier elite to slay the Earth's heroes. One of their number even managed to snatch the golden Helm of Nabu from Doctor Fate thus removing much of Kent Nelson's power until he regained it. The remaining Parademons came to be defeated by the superheroes who came to force them back through the portal back to Apokolips thus thwarting Darkseid's plan. (Legends v1 #6)
Following the Flashpoint, a new history was created with a different timeline of events.
An army of Parademons came to invade the planet Earth where they continued their directive of finding inhabited worlds to convert the organic beings living on them into new members of Darkseid's army. This brought them into conflict with its superheroes who came together for the first time to repel the invaders. (Justice League v2 #4)
After the death of Darkseid, his horde of Parademons left Apokolips and took a Mother Box with them as they sought a new master to guide them. This saw them target the greatest source of energy in the cosmos with this being Oa where they decimated the Green Lantern Corps. Once there, they attached their Mother Box to the Central Power Battery but the energy of willpower that it generated lacked direction. It required a sentient to wield it leading to the Parademons placing Green Lanterns inside it to become their god by accepting the machine. Each Green Lantern refused and were in turn transformed into a Parademon leaving only Hal Jordan the only Green Lantern that had not been converted in this manner as he sought to stop the creatures. (Justice League - Darkseid War: Green Lantern v1 #1)
Within the Ghost Sector, Darkseid sought to reforge a new Apokolips following the destruction of the Source Wall and used the Sepulkore as a means of achieving it. This involved him using its power to transform living beings into a new host to serve him that he called Para-Angels that were to be his army. (Justice League: Odyssey v1 #12)
Parademons were said to be the sentries of Apokolips. (New Gods v1 #1) They claimed that they were fast learners and were able to pick up languages after a short time. (Azrael v1 #34)
When captured, they were capable of triggering a self-destruct sequence that they could use to eliminate their captors. (Justice League v2 #1)
These soldiers of Darkseid were among the most fierce and most relentless in the universe. (Wonder Woman v2 #103)
One account claimed that they were created by abducting inhabitants from other worlds and having their organic materials processed where they were repurposed to make Parademons. (Justice League v2 #4)
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- Parademons were created by Jack Kirby where they made their first appearance in New Gods v1 #1 (March, 1971).
In other media
- In the DC Animated Universe, Parademons made a number of appearances in the shared continuity setting:
- In Superman: The Animated Series, Parademons made their first appearance in the animated television series starting from the episode "Apokolips... Now!".
- In Justice League Unlimited, Parademons appeared in the animated television series starting from the episode "The Ties That Bind".
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Parademons made appearances in a number of episodes. The episode "The Knights of Tomorrow!" had several alongside Kalibak as they pursued the Question on Apokolips after he uncovered Darkseid's plans to invade Earth. In "Darkseid's Descending", hordes of Parademons were part of the invasion forces that conquered Earth. In "The Siege of Starro", a Parademon made an appearance in the second part where it was one of the statues that represented one of the trophies kept by the Faceless Hunter.
- In Justice League Action, Parademons were antagonists in the animated television series starting in the episode "Under a Red Sun".
- In Justice League: War, Parademon infiltrators were dispatched to Earth in order to prepare it for invasion by secretly placing Mother Boxes in order to create Boom Tubes to the planet. During the invasion, Victor Stone became the superhero Cyborg where his instinctive control of technology allowed him to a Mother Box and learn of the history of Apokolips. In that time, he learnt that many worlds had been invaded by Darkseid where their populations were kidnapped where their bodies were repurposed to become more Parademons. As such, Parademons did not kill people but instead sought to capture them and take them to Apokolips. Superman himself was captured and taken to Desaad for conversion into a Super-Parademon with this being the fate of the planet's other superheroes. However, the Parademons faced opposition from the heroes that would become the Justice League where Cyborg managed to reverse the Boom Tubes to send them back to Apokolips.
- In the DC Extended Universe, Parademons made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting.
- In Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, insectoid creatures resembling Parademons appear in a future vision where they operate on Earth under a corrupt and evil Superman alongside his army of followers.
- In Justice League, Parademons appeared in the 2017 live-action film where they were shown as being minions of the New God Steppenwolf. Thousands of years ago, armies of Parademons accompanied Steppenwolf when he first invaded Earth where he intended to use a trio of Mother Boxes to transform the planet into a copy of his homeworld. It was shown that humans were being transformed into Parademons to bolster the army which were confronted by an alliance of old gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, mankind and a Green Lantern. Steppenwolf was defeated with his Parademons forcing him to retreat against his will and he remained in exile for thousands of years. By the modern day, the Mother Boxes sent out a signal to summon Steppenwolf once more with Parademons operating in the shadows to find the relics. One was discovered by Batman in Gotham City where he began to investigate the matter. Meanwhile, the Mother Box on Themyscira called forth Steppenwolf through a Boom Tube and he summoned his Parademons to attack the Amazons as he claimed the device. Parademons were then dispatched to abduct S.T.A.R. Labs scientists in order to find the location of one of the boxes with Steppenwolf interrogating the captives. They were rescued by the nascent Justice League who battled the Parademons until Steppenwolf departed. The Parademons then gathered at a site where all the Mother Boxes were brought together and merged to form the Unity to transform Earth. The Justice League arrived at the scene where they battled the minions and fought the New God who was defeated. Upon feeling fear, the Parademons turned on Steppenwolf with the Mother Box forming a Boom Tube that banished the warlord back into the depths of space.
- In Reign of the Supermen, Parademons appeared in the setting of the 2019 animated film. They were deployed from a portal to attack Earth but were defeated by the Justice League, Superboy and the Cyborg Superman. A larger army of them were led by Darkseid in an attempt invasion of Earth once more but the doorway for them was closed thus stopping their forces.
- In Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, Parademons briefly appeared in the setting of the 2019 film. They were shown to had attacked Steve Trevors squadron five years ago with the damaged caused by them leading to his fighter jet crashing onto Themyscira.
- In Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Parademons appeared in the setting of the 2020 animated film. Ordinary Parademons were used as footsoldiers by Darkseid and dispatched in waves as part of his invasion forces. However, by this point, he had bred them to be mixed with the genetic material of Doomsday thus creating Paradooms. These much more powerful creatures were unleashed against the Justice League where their numbers along with the ambush arranged by Darkseid allowed them to brutally kill many of Earth's superheroes. This paved the way for the conquest of Earth by Apokolips with the planet being stripped of its resources. The Paradooms were unleashed against Earth again when the Resistance made a bid to defeat the forces of Apokolips. Cyborg ultimately used Boom Tubes to force all the Paradooms back to Apokolips whereupon he generated a massive portal that ripped the planet apart thus trapping anyone left on the planet in another realm of existence.
- In Injustice 2, Parademons make brief appearances in character scenes for Darkseid and Cyborg in the fighting video game.
- In DC: Unchained, Parademons appeared as antagonists in the setting of the mobile video game.
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