Jack KirbyFirst Appearance:
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (Nov. 1970)Role:
THE Big Bad, God of Evil, PowerhouseVoice Actor:
Michael IronsideFinest Moment:
Beat up Superman, killed dozens of super-villains in one shot.PL 14 (278)
Close Combat 1 (+11)
Deception 7 (+12)
Expertise (Science) 3 (+11)
Expertise (Ruler of Apokolips) 7 (+15)
Insight 6 (+11)
Intimidation 12 (+17)
Investigation 4 (+9)
Perception 5 (+10)
Persuasion 2 (+7)
Technology 3 (+11)Advantages:
Accurate Attack, All-Out Attack, Benefit 6 (Ruler of Apokolips), Chokehold, Diehard, Daze (Intimidation), Equipment 5 (Mother Box), Fascination (Intimidation), Fast Grab, Fearless, Great Endurance, Improved Critical (Unarmed), Improved Hold, Leadership, Power Attack, Precise Attack (Ranged/Concealment), Ranged Attack 12, Startle, Taunt, Ultimate Toughness Check, Withstand DamagePowers:
"New God Physiology, But Much Stronger"
Power-Lifting 3 (6,000 tons) 
Immunity 3 (Aging, Poison, Disease) 
Impervious Toughness 23 
Regeneration 4 
"Omega Beams: Disintegrating" Blast 14 (Feats: Homing 5, Ricochet 5, Improved Critical 3, Penetrating 8) (Flaws: Distracting) Linked to Weaken Toughness 8 (Extras: Ranged) (Flaws: Distracting) (43) -- 
AE: "Omega Beams: Concussive" Blast 16 (Feats: Homing 5, Ricochet 5, Improved Critical 3, Penetrating 12) (Flaws: Distracting) (41)Offense:
Unarmed +11 (+15 Damage, DC 30)
Omega Beams (D) +12 (+14 Ranged Damage & +8 Weaken, DC 29 & 18)
Omega Beams (C) +12 (+16 Ranged Damage, DC 31)
Dodge +9 (DC 19), Parry +10 (DC 20), Toughness +16 (+12 Impervious), Fortitude +16, Will +12Complications:
Motivation (Power, Order)- Darkseid will bring Order to the universe, and grind it under his heel.
Enemy (Orion, Son)
Obsession (Gaining the Anti-Life Equation)Total:
Abilities: 120 / Skills: 50--25 / Advantages: 38 / Powers: 79 / Defenses: 15 (278)
-Darkseid's always had a big role in the DCU since he debuted. Since that world has always lacked ultra-tough villains (most of it's guys were either crazy Bat-foes or Lex Luthor-type mad scientists), the big guy from Apokolips was eventually shoved into the role of "Big Bad", since he was one of the few who was a thinker AND could match Superman one-on-one in a fight. Plus, Jack Kirby's whole "Fourth World" storyline was an economic failure that got cancelled, and Kirby was very much on the "outs" with comic fans at the time (true story: Jim Shooter even mentions that "The King" was considered hopelessly old-fashioned and irrelevant in the '70s & '80s). Not bad for a guy that wears a mini-skirt and hip-boots.
-Unfortunately, as tends to happen, he started jobbing more and more to guys, eventually being fully downgraded (to almost past his Marvel equivalent, Thanos, and countless other good Marvel villains, as that company tends to protect their bad guys and make them seem like a big deal more often). He even got his Omega Effect deflected by ANARKY'S BULLETPROOF VEST. He keeps being brought back, however, as the one villain who can REALLY stomp Superman in a fight. Unless Superman tries harder (which he is often wont to do).
-Darkseid's another maxi-heavyweight, capable of beating Superman or anybody else in the League who opposes him. +15 damage in melee, and +16 with the Omega Beams (which have five ranks of Homing, meaning they can follow you around corners, or he can shoot AWAY from you and still hit; as well as four ranks of Improved Critical AND are Penetrating), as well as being nearly impossible to injure, and you've got a dangerous villain. Even without piloting massive warships with hundreds of minions. Note that the JLU version does away with all that superfluous crap (Magic powers, etc.), while still leaving him a horrendous foe. He's enough to have the advantage over Superman, requiring Hero Points or REALLY good luck to win.