|First appearance||cameo: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (November 1970)
full: Forever People #1 (February 1971)
|Created by||Jack Kirby|
|Place of origin||Apokolips|
|Team affiliations||Darkseid's Elite
Secret Society of Super Villains
|Notable aliases||Boss Dark Side|
Darkseid (pronounced "Darkside" ) is a fictional character who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (November 1970) and was created by writer-artist Jack Kirby. Darkseid is one of the most powerful and evil characters in the DC Universe. Debuting in the Bronze Age of Comic Books, he has appeared in four decades of DC Comics publications, featuring prominently in the New Gods titles and limited series as the archnemesis of the New Gods and Superman (and by extension the Justice League). He has also been associated with DC Comics merchandise including animated television series, toys, trading cards and video games. Darkseid was ranked number 6 on IGN's top 100 comic book villains of all time.
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Character inspiration
- 3 Fictional character biography
- 4 Powers and abilities
- 5 In other media
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Jack Kirby debuted at DC Comics with Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133 and immediately began establishing characters that would lay the foundation for his newly conceived Fourth World epic. The chief antagonist would be the Darkseid villain who made his debut in Jimmy Olsen #134 (November 1970) with subsequent appearances in issues #135 and #136. The character was originally designed to be the chief antagonist of the titles Forever People, Mister Miracle and New Gods, but after the cancellation of these titles, the characters along with Darkseid were incorporated back into the DC universe.
According to writer Mark Evanier, Jack Kirby modeled Darkseid's face on actor Jack Palance. Kirby modeled Darkseid on Adolf Hitler and the world of Apokolips on Nazi Germany. Like Hitler, Darkseid is a jackboot-wearing megalomaniac and warmongerer who, in fascist style, sees every citizen as an extension of the state and himself. His society is highly militant, with children being indoctrinated from a young age (à la Hitler Youth) to be warlike and utterly loyal to him.
Darkseid's first appearance is a brief cameo in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (Nov 1970).
Fictional character biography
The son of King Yuga Khan and Queen Heggra, Prince Uxas, second in line to the throne of Apokolips, plotted to seize power over the planet. When his brother, Drax, attempted to claim the fabled Omega Force, Uxas murdered him and took the power for himself; transforming him into a rock-like creature, and taking a new name: Darkseid. At some point, he fell in love with an Apokoliptian scientist named Suli, with whom he had a son, Kalibak; however, Suli was poisoned by Desaad on Heggra's behalf, who believed that Suli was corrupting her son. Following Suli's death, Darkseid's heart grew even colder, and he had Desaad poison Heggra, finally becoming the supreme monarch of Apokolips. Darkseid had briefly been forced by his mother to marry Tigra, with whom he also had a son. After murdering his mother, Darkseid had Tigra eliminated and their son, Orion, was switched with the Highfather's son, Scott Free, so as to keep peace.
The destructive war with the rival planet, New Genesis, was stopped only with a diplomatic exchange of the sons of Highfather and Darkseid. Darkseid's second born son was surrendered to Highfather, while Darkseid received Scott Free, who later became the master escape artist Mister Miracle. This eventually turned out to be a setback for Darkseid, with his biological son growing up to value and defend the ideals of New Genesis in opposition to his father. The prophecy foretold that Darkseid would meet his final defeat at the hands of his son in a cataclysmic battle in the fiery Armageddon of Apokolips.
Seeing other gods as a threat, Darkseid invaded the island of Themyscira in order to discover the secret location of the Olympian gods, planning to overthrow the Olympians and steal their power. Refusing to aid Darkseid in his mad quest, the Amazons battled his parademon troops, causing half of the Amazon population's death. Wonder Woman was able to gain her revenge against Darkseid for killing so many of her sisters by placing a portion of her own soul into Darkseid. This supposedly weakened the god's power as he lost a portion of his dark edge.
Darkseid's goal was to eliminate all free will from the universe and reshape it into his own image. To this end, he sought to unravel the mysterious Anti-Life Equation, which gives its user complete control over the thoughts and emotions of all living beings in the universe. Darkseid had tried on several other occasions to achieve dominance of the universe through other methods, most notably through his minion Glorious Godfrey, who could control people's minds with his voice. He had a special interest in Earth, as he believed humans possess collectively within their minds most, if not all, fragments of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid intended to probe the minds of every human in order to piece together the Equation. This has caused him to clash with many superheroes of the DC Universe, notably, Superman. Darkseid worked behind the scenes, using superpowered minions in his schemes to overthrow Earth, including working through Intergang, a crime syndicate which employs Apokoliptian technology and later morphed into a religious cult that worships Darkseid as the god of Evil.
The Great Darkness Saga
One thousand years in the future, Darkseid has been absent for centuries and is almost completely forgotten. He returns and comes into conflict with that era's champions, the Legion of Super-Heroes. After using both scientific and magical methods to enhance his power, Darkseid transposes the planets Apokolips and Daxam—which places Daxam under a yellow sun and gives each of its inhabitants Kryptonian-like superpowers equal to those of Superman. Placing the Daxamites under his mental thrall, he uses them in a massive attempt to conquer the known universe. However, he is eventually defeated by the Legion and many of its allies.
Seven Soldiers and "Boss Dark Side"
In Grant Morrison's 2005 Mister Miracle limited series, it was revealed that Darkseid had finally discovered the Anti-Life Equation, which he then used to destroy the Fourth World altogether. The New Gods fled to Earth, where they hid. Highfather and his followers were now a group of homeless people. Metron used a wheelchair, the Black Racer was an old white man in a wheelchair, Desaad was an evil psychiatrist, Granny Goodness was a pimp (or "madam") for the Female Furies, and Darkseid himself was now an evil gang leader who is referred to only as "Boss Dark Side". It is revealed that Darkseid actually gave the Sheeda North America in return for Aurakles, Earth's first superhero. This was, in turn, purely in order for Darkseid to get Shilo Norman, whom he considers the "Avatar of Freedom", in his clutches so that he could eventually destroy the New Gods.
As prophesied, Orion returns to Earth via Boom Tube for his final battle with Darkseid. During the massive fight, Orion ultimately kills him by ripping his heart out, creating a firepit of Apokolips from Darkseid's chest cavity (in reference to the prophecy of their final battle). As Darkseid dies, a battered, wounded Orion walks away from the battlefield having "won" the battle against his father once and for all. However, Darkseid's life essence endured even the death of his body and fell back in time, where he was reborn as "Boss Dark Side", aided by his resurrected minions and the supervillain Libra.
Now, once again bound to the form of a human, "Boss Dark Side" began to appear in a number of titles in the run up to Final Crisis. In Flash (vol. 2) #240, he led an army of fanatics, their will broken by the "spoken form" of the Anti-Life Equation, to kidnap the Tornado Twins. In Birds of Prey #118, he runs his Dark Side Club where superhumans fight to the death, brainwashed by drugs produced by Bernadeth. In Teen Titans #59, it was revealed that he had employed the Terror Titans to capture the Teen Titans and use them in his club fights.
In Final Crisis, Darkseid has begun to take over Earth and corrupt the Multiverse with the aid of his herald Libra, a reborn supervillain and antichrist-like figure who soon converts much of the Secret Society of Super Villains to his cause with the aid of the Crime Bible and the Holy Lance. Darkseid is also joined by the souls of his fellow evil New Gods, who, like Darkseid, now possess either modified human bodies or the bodies of other superpowered beings, such as Mary Marvel.
Darkseid also arranges for detective Dan Turpin to be lured into the Dark Side Club, where Turpin is turned into Darkseid's "final host", as his Boss Dark Side body has begun to mummify due to Darkseid's foul astral presence. With his legion of followers and allies aiding him as he undergoes his latest "rebirth", Darkseid successfully conquers the Earth with the unleashing of the Anti-Life Equation onto mankind. However, the rebirthing process is still far from complete as Dan Turpin's mind and soul, while corrupted by Darkseid's essence, still remains in firm control over his body. However, at the same moment Shilo Norman, the "Embodiment of Freedom" is shot by S.H.A.D.E. operatives, thus signaling the "Victory of Evil". Darkseid wins control over Turpin's body, now twisted in a close copy of his Apokoliptan former appearance, and wearing an updated version of his battle armor. Darkseid then gains the fullest of his power, his "fall" having the effect of compressing and crumpling space-time around Earth.
After escaping from captivity, Batman shoots Darkseid with the same radion bullet that killed Orion, while Darkseid simultaneously hits Batman with the Omega Sanction, sending back in time and then "infecting" Batman with Omega energy that will cause him to jump forward in time, with disastrous results when he reaches the present. Darkseid is mortally wounded, but not before his Omega Sanction teleports Batman into prehistoric times. Remains believed to be Batman's (later revealed to be the last of the many Batman clones that Darkseid created) are found by Superman, who confronts Darkseid. As Darkseid mocks his old enemy for failing to defend Earth, it emerges that in Darkseid's fall through the multiverse, he created a doomsday singularity that now threatens all of existence. When Superman attempts to physically assault him, Darkseid reveals that he now exists inside the bodies of all those who fell to the power of the Anti-Life Equation and that killing Darkseid will kill humanity. Darkseid then reloads the gun that was used to shoot him, to kill Orion by way of firing the bullet backwards in time (a move Superman deems to be suicide due to the paradoxical nature of his actions: the bullet used to kill Orion is ultimately fired at him by Batman and is now poisoning him to death).
Before Darkseid can use the Omega Effect to kill Superman, Barry Allen and Wally West lead the Black Racer to Darkseid and contact with him frees Turpin from Darkseid's control. Wonder Woman (having been freed from possession by one of Darkseid's minions) then uses her lasso of truth to bind Darkseid's spirit form, effectively freeing humanity from the Anti-Life Equation and being controlled by Darkseid. In his final effort, Darkseid's disembodied essence appears and tries to seize the Miracle Machine Superman has created; however, Superman uses counter-vibrations to destroy him. Furthermore, the last piece of Darkseid's plan fails when Batman, thanks to the actions of the new Batman (Dick Grayson), Red Robin (Tim Drake), Robin (Damian Wayne) and the Justice League, is able to return safely to the present, consuming the Omega Energy in his body without damaging the time-stream further, thus becoming the second individual, along with Mister Miracle, to escape the Omega Sanction.
Doctor Impossible later manipulates the Crime Syndicate of America into helping him resurrect Darkseid via a machine that draws energy from the Multiverse itself. The resurrection backfires, and instead creates a new being known as the Omega Man.
The New 52
In Justice League #1, Darkseid's name is invoked by a Parademon. He is later mentioned again in Justice League #2, and in Justice League #3 Darkseid makes his first appearance in the series, seen in a vision by Victor Stone after he is injured by an exploding Mother Box. In the final pages of Justice League #4, Darkseid himself appears. In Justice League #5, the League confronts him but they are overpowered by him, when he severely hurts Superman with his Omega Beams and breaks Green Lantern's arm. Finally, in Justice League #6, Darkseid is driven out when Cyborg activates the invaders' Mother Boxes and Superman forces him through a Boom Tube. The incidents that occur in these issues make Darkseid the very first foe the newly formed League faces as a team. The issue also reveals Desaad and Steppenwolf, referring to Darkseid's daughter and their ceaseless search for her across countless worlds. Darkseid's daughter escapes containment in Justice League of America's Vibe #7 after the dampeners on her cage are temporarily disabled.
Darkseid is also mentioned in World's Finest #1 by Power Girl as being involved in the events of the first issue of Earth 2 despite not being present in the actual book. Power Girl claims in issue 2 of World's Finest that the Darkseid seen in Justice League is the same one from Earth 2 when a picture is presented to them of Darkseid battling the Justice League, though Huntress is unsure if they are the same Darkseid despite Power Girl's claims. World's Finest #0 appears to confirm that there is a Darkseid that exists in the Earth 2 reality, but does not specify whether or not he was thrown into Earth 1, as was the case with Power Girl and Huntress. His current whereabouts, if he is a separate incarnation of the character from the version which appears on Earth 1 during Justice League are unknown at present.
Powers and abilities
Darkseid is among the most powerful of the New Gods. His main power, the Omega Beam, is a form of energy that he fires from his eyes as either a concussive force or disintegrating energy, capable of transmuting or erasing living objects and organisms from existence as well as resurrecting them, depending on the dark lord's will. These beams stem from a cosmic energy source called the "Omega Effect". Darkseid has pinpoint control and his unerring aim allows the beam to travel in straight lines, bend, or curve around corners and can pass through matter and energy. He can teleport himself or others through time and space. Darkseid can also shoot energy blasts from his hands. His Omega Sanction traps the organism in a series of alternate realities, each one worse than the previous. During the Final Crisis, Darkseid used his Omega Beams to grant power to Mary Marvel, with her powers then being based on Anti-Life rather than magic.
Darkseid is a being whose strength and invulnerability can only be challenged by the likes of Superman, Doomsday, and Orion. He can also move with great speed, as he has been able to catch Superman off guard, and he is known to be able to react in nanoseconds. He also can increase his physical size. Darkseid has the powers of telepathy and telekinesis and can create psionic avatars. As Darkseid is a god he is also immortal, having lived for several hundred thousand years.
Despite his extraordinary physical power, Darkseid rarely engages himself personally in confrontations, as he prefers to use his superhuman intellect and genius to manipulate or control others to his ends. Darkseid has displayed his godly abilities by sensing the death of his son Orion and fluctuations of the energy of the "godwave". Darkseid commands all the military and technological resources of Apokolips.
In the television series Smallville, he is almost omnipotent and can bring forth and manipulate the darkness within a person's heart, allowing him to turn any that are not "pure" to the path of evil. He has also displayed the ability to take possession of other living beings (that have darkness in their hearts) as well as shape-shifting.
In other media
Darkseid first appears in the animated series Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984) and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985), voiced by Frank Welker, using a deep gravelly voice similar to the one he used earlier for Doctor Claw in Inspector Gadget.
DC animated universe
Darkseid would also later appear in several animated series set in the DC animated universe, namely Superman: The Animated Series (1996), Justice League (2001), and Justice League Unlimited (2004); voiced by Michael Ironside. In Superman: The Animated Series, Darkseid is resentful of his second born son Kalibak and only somewhat jokingly acknowledges that Orion is his true son (mainly trying to egg on Orion to be like him). After his first invasion of Earth in the two-part episode "Apokolips...Now!", Darkseid promises that Apokolips will not attack again, as part of a truce with the planet New Genesis. To bypass his promise, Darkseid develops various schemes to destroy Earth indirectly, such as through manipulation of Intergang and even Superman. In the concluding two-part episode "Legacy", Darkseid attempts one final invasion of Earth which involves brainwashing Superman. He is stopped by Superman and pursued to Apokolips where he is defeated. To Superman's shock, Darkseid's slaves willingly come to his aid after the battle, carrying his broken body away to recover. As Darkseid leaves, he explains to Superman that on Apokolips, "I am many things, Kal-El. Here I am God".
A few years later, on Justice League, Darkseid seeks the help of the League in order to defeat a common enemy Brainiac, who has come to Apokolips to download all knowledge of the planet, then destroy it. Superman opposes helping Darkseid, but the rest of the League agrees in order to take down Brainiac once and for all. Unfortunately, after defeating Brainiac's forces and following him back to his base, the League discovers that Darkseid was playing them all along. In return for sparing Apokolips, Darkseid delivered Superman and his allies to Brainiac, allowing him revenge against the Kryptonian, and no opposition for the acquisition of Earth's information, then its destruction. Darkseid then betrayed Brainiac, hacking his circuitry in order to bring Brainiac's machinery under his control, using the imprisoned Superman as a conduit to destroy the Universe all at once, then rebuild it in his image. Superman is freed with the help of Batman while Orion battles Darkseid. Rather than flee with the rest of the League, Superman goes back to finish Darkseid once and for all. Darkseid defeats his son only to have his exit blocked by Superman and the two engage in fierce combat. But just as Darkseid is near defeat, the base begins to collapse, at which point Batman forcibly brings Superman and Orion to safety via boom tube. Darkseid looks on, buried under rubble, and nonchalantly says "Loser", then is killed in the explosion of the base. In his absence, Apokolips descends into warfare as Darkseid's generals, including Kalibak, Granny Goodness and Vermin Vundabar, battle for control of his empty throne.
Some time afterwards, near the end of Justice League Unlimited, Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom traveled into deep space, to the location where Brainiac's base once was. After reaching the destination, Luthor sacrifices both the ship's power and Tala to fuel a device that will mystically draw Brainiac's essence from the debris of his asteroid base. But before the machine kills her, Tala channels a different sort of energy through the machine. As a final act of revenge against Luthor, she has Darkseid resurrected instead, but with Brainiac's powers. He thanks the group of villains by offering them a quick and painless death, then destroys their base with his Omega beams. Lex Luthor and his band of villains survive thanks to Sinestro and Star Sapphire. They steal a mother-box and return to Earth. Darkseid returns to Apokolips and reunifies his warring minions, claiming revenge against Superman and launches an assault on Earth, in which the Justice League and the Legion work together to stop the Parademon's invasion. Superman, Batman and Lex Luthor battle against Darkseid, and most notably, Batman becomes, according to Darkseid, the first ever being to avoid Darkseid's Omega beam, and on the final match Superman was almost defeated by Darkseid's Agony Matrix and a kryptonite knife, but then Lex Luthor, who went to the Source Wall aided by Metron, returned and offered him the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid's most wanted possession. Then Darkseid stopped the battle and touched Luthor's hand which held the equation, then he and Luthor disappeared, although Superman, Batman and the other founding members of the League doubt they've seen the last of them.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Darkseid appears in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold titled "Darkseid Descending!" voiced by Michael-Leon Wooley. In the episode, Darkseid leads the forces of Apokolips in an invasion of Earth, only to be challenged by Batman and his new Justice League. After soundly defeating the League, Darkseid is goaded into a fist fight with Batman after the hero implies that he is simply a coward who hides behind his god-like abilities. Though Darkseid subsequently wins this fight, he and his army are sent back to Apokolips by the Question, who had infiltrated Darkseid's cadre of minions and reversed the Boom Tubes that had brought them to Earth. Darkseid makes a cameo in the episode "Powerless!", where he appears in a training simulator to help Captain Atom fight crime after his powers were taken away by Major Force. However, the simulation of Darkseid easily defeats Captain Atom.
Darkseid is alluded to in the Young Justice episode "Disordered" though he is never explicitly named. Beautiful Dreamer of the Forever People refers to him as Desaad's master, while Desaad simply calls him "Unspeakable". At the end of "Endgame," the series finale, Vandal Savage, Desaad and G. Gordon Godfrey meet with Darkseid on Apokolips. Vandal Savage then shakes hands, quoting "business as usual".
Darkseid is the main antagonist for the tenth and final season of Smallville. Producers of the series mentioned that the character will not be fully revealed at the beginning and will be a force that is going to be felt throughout the season and eventually materialize as the episodes progress. In the series version, he mostly appears as a non-corporeal being. In the season premiere "Lazarus", both Jor-El (Terence Stamp) and the spirit of Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) warned Clark Kent (Tom Welling) of a dark force that is coming to Earth to corrupt it. It heard of Clark's power and the doubts and fears in his heart and wants to turn him into a weapon. The dark force gathers on a rooftop in Metropolis and forms into the shape of a rock-like creature. In "Supergirl", Kara (Laura Vandervoort) tells Clark that the darkness came to Earth after a rip in the universe was created. Clark concludes that when he opened a portal to another world (used to send the Kandorians to a world that would become New Krypton), it must have allowed the darkness to come to Earth. Darkseid went on to possess the radio jockey Gordon Godfrey (Michael Daingerfield). Using him as his vessel, Darkseid created a backlash against the superheroes in Metropolis but left Godfrey's body after a confrontation with Clark and Kara.
In "Abandoned", Darkseid's minions Granny Goodness (Christine Willes), Desaad (Steve Byers), and Godfrey (who was now corrupted by Darkseid's darkness although no longer directly possessed by him) discuss their plans for paving the way for the coming of their dark lord. The episode "Patriot" revealed that Slade Wilson (Michael Hogan) is one of the people whom Darkseid is influencing, as he bears the Omega symbol on his skull. In "Masquerade", it is shown that Darkseid through Desaad is bringing more under his control bearing the Omega symbol, attracting the attention of the FBI. It is shown that the influence gains control by exploiting a person's weakness, thematically one of the Seven Deadly Sins. It fails to ensnare Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) but succeeds in capturing Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley). In "Scion", Darkseid is revealed taking shape from a mass of black smoke before alternate-universe Lionel Luthor (John Glover) in front of his son's tombstone as the episode ends. In "Dominion", Clark and Oliver discover that Darkseid has indeed been to other worlds and that General Zod/Major Zod (Callum Blue) made a deal with Darkseid to get rid of Clark in exchange for Zod to rule over the Phantom Zone. Darkseid manipulates Oliver into finding the Bow of Orion - the weapon that his son Orion used to defeat him the previous time Darkseid attempted to conquer Earth. After Oliver finds the Bow of Orion in "Prophecy", Granny Goodness subsequently destroyed the bow so that it cannot be used against her master again and brings Oliver completely under Darkseid's control and is later seen digging a gold kryptonite rock so he can permanently remove Clark's powers according to his master's will.
During the two part series finale, Granny Goodness tells Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman) that Darkseid was known in Earth's history by many names such as Hades and Lucifer and was also connected to the Hindu goddess Kali. During Clark's wedding with Lois Lane (Erica Durance), Oliver (still possessed) tries to force a gold kryptonite ring on him but Clark saved Oliver from the darkness. Darkseid appeared before Lionel and offered Lionel to bring back Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) to which Darkseid takes out Lionel's heart to resurrect Lex. Darkseid then possesses Lionel's body and confronts Clark in his barn. Darkseid (Glover) realizes that the Kryptonian is a threat after he saved Oliver from his spell, and tries to kill him. However, Clark is now at the pinnacle of his Kryptonian abilities, finally mastering the power of flight after Darkseid threw him into the air while they fought in the Kent barn, Clark regaining control mid-air and flying directly at Darkseid to strike him hard in the chest, defeating him and blasting him out of Lionel's body, seemingly destroying him (although he may have simply defeated the host). Clark then becomes Superman and stops the arriving planet Apokolips from destroying Earth by pushing it into outer space, thus foiling the demonic deity's plans.
- Darkseid is the main antagonist in the direct-to-video animated film Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. He is voiced by actor Andre Braugher. In the film, when he learns about Supergirl's presence on Earth, he manages to control her mind and attempts to make her the new captain of his furies after Barda's defection. He had hopes of using her to kill Superman once and for all, but fails and later attacks both kryptonians at the Kent Farm. In the end, he is pummeled by Superman and sent by Supergirl, using a boom tube, to another part of space, where he ends up frozen.
- Darkseid will be the main antagonist in the upcoming animated film Justice League: War voiced by Steven Blum.
Darkseid appears in the video games Superman: The Game (1985), Justice League Task Force (1995), Superman (1999), Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (2002), Justice League Heroes (2006), Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008) and Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013).
The 1984 Kenner "Super Powers Collection" toyline featured the first Darkseid action figure. The toy company felt that he and his minions provided the ideal larger than life collection of villains that could believably challenge the superhero characters.
A version of Darkseid was featured in the Total Justice toy line by Kenner/Hasbro Toys.
DC Animated versions of the character were featured in the Superman, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited toy lines.
DC Direct also created Darkseid action figures and toys. He was included as a carded figure in the New Gods line, as well as the Batman/Superman series, in a boxed two pack set with Orion, and most recently a boxed figure based on his New 52 incarnation. He's also a stylized Blammoids art toy figure.
Mattel released Darkseid as part of the fourth series in their Retro Action line, a homage to the vintage Mego action figures of the seventies which utilized 8" bodies with cloth outfits.
Funko has released Darkseid as part of the Pop! line of Vinyl figures.
In Wave 12 of the Mattel DC Universe Classics line, Darkseid is the assortments "Collect and Connect" character. Pieces of the figure were included with Eclipso, Copperhead, Spectre, Iron, Dr. Mid-Nite, and Mary Batson. The Spectre includes an optional second hand wearing a "killing glove".
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