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Father’s Day Fails: Seven of DC’s Worst Dads

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Father’s Day is a time to honor the best dads of the DC Universe. And typically, like proper now, to throw severe shade at just a few of the worst. Look, everyone knows fatherhood is a superb accountability, so props to all of you wonderful dads on the market. Clearly, what you do every day isn’t straightforward as a result of some of essentially the most highly effective individuals within the DC Universe—individuals who can bend metal or summon cosmic forces with a thought—don’t appear to be succesful of it. (For the file, fellas, fatherly bonding does NOT imply destroying your kids to your personal amusement. No, not even when your child is an unsufferable little twit like Lor-Zod.)

We don’t typically advocate trying to comedian e book characters for parenting recommendation, however should you do resolve to hunt inspiration there, we advise trying to Superman, Alfred Pennyworth or Black Lightning. You completely don’t wish to mannequin your strategy to fatherhood after anybody on this listing. No, not even Lobo. We don’t care how a lot you dig his mullet.

Here are seven of the all-time worst DC dads ever put to paper.


First Appearance: Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #134

Unlucky Offspring: Orion, Kalibak, Grail and Grayven

Fatherly Failings: Darkseid’s relationship along with his son Orion acquired off on the incorrect foot when the warlord traded the toddler to his worst enemy. As a outcome, Orion grew up on New Genesis and fought towards his father’s forces on Apokolips.

While Darkseid has some respect for his son’s abilities, that hasn’t stopped him from consistently making an attempt to kill him. Orion stands in the way in which of Darkseid’s plans for limitless energy, subsequently he should die. And it’s not simply Orion that Darkseid was awful to. Although the obedient warrior Kalibak is the kind of son Darkseid ought to need, the highly effective ruler of Apokolips doesn’t deal with him with a lot respect. Darkseid consistently belittles Kalibak and as soon as lowered him to ashes as punishment for his failures. After killing Kalibak, Darkseid revived his sycophant son, solely to allow them to repeat the poisonous cycle once more. It’s an uncommon father-son exercise, however Darkseid isn’t a normal father.

The bloodthirsty Grayven has additionally fallen sufferer to his father’s mood. Darkseid as soon as violently punished his Grayven for failing to defeat Superman, which is a bit unfair since he hasn’t been capable of cease the Man of Steel both.


First Appearance: The New Teen Titans #2

Unlucky Offspring: Rose Wilson, Grant Wilson and Joseph Wilson

Fatherly Failings: Slade Wilson doesn’t have an incredible observe file along with his kids. As a mercenary, Slade’s life-style didn’t go away room for a lot parenting and his missions typically put him up towards his personal kids. His oldest son Grant died making an attempt to emulate his father. His youthful son Joseph has the ability to leap inside different individuals’s our bodies and whereas he was beneath Trigon’s demonic affect, Slade stabbed him by way of the again along with his sword. Joseph retaliated by leaping into his father’s physique and compelled him to homicide his finest buddy Wintergreen.

Slade’s relationship along with his daughter Rose isn’t significantly better. Disgusted by her heroic nature, Slade compelled his daughter to ingest the strength-enhancing formulation that powered him, which corrupted Rose and turned her evil. When Rose seemed to be morally conflicted, Slade chastised her till she gouged out her personal eye to show she could possibly be similar to him. Slade then positioned a bit of Kryptonite in his daughter’s empty socket (possibly subsequent time strive a necklace or pair of earrings, dude). Rose was horrified when she discovered that the radioactive rock was slowly poisoning her, inflicting her to angrily go away her father. Slade Wilson could be the world’s best mercenary, however getting alongside along with his youngsters is a problem he can’t appear to beat.

General Zod

First Appearance: Adventure Comics #283

Unlucky Offspring: Lor-Zod

Fatherly Failings: Parents every have their very own causes for eager to have youngsters, however often it’s to allow them to add extra like to their properties. For General Zod, having a toddler was only a artistic strategy to stage a jail break. While he was trapped within the Phantom Zone, the villainous Zod and his mate Ursa conceived a son. Being born within the Phantom Zone meant that Lor-Zod was resistant to the timeless results of the dimensional jail. He was not, nevertheless, resistant to his crappy mother and father.

Lor-Zod was abused by Zod and Ursa, who made it clear that he solely existed so they may escape their tortured captivity. Using a rocket, finally Zod despatched his son from the Phantom Zone to Earth. There, Lor-Zod was adopted by Lois Lane and Clark Kent, dwelling a blissful life beneath the title Chris Kent. Sadly, Zod wouldn’t let his son have a cheerful ending and used his son as a doorway to flee the Phantom Zone. Once out, Zod and Ursa caught up with Lor-Zod and continued their abuse of him. The younger Kryptonian used his powers to struggle again, however his mother and father have been indigent, going as far as to threaten to kill their son as soon as he outlived his usefulness. As Zod flippantly advised Superman, “I can always make another.”

Eventually, Lor-Zod was capable of lure his mother and father within the Phantom Zone once more however was compelled to comply with them or the doorway would stay open. Maybe that offended chip on his shoulder is well-earned in any case…


First Appearance: The New Teen Titans #2

Unlucky Offspring: Raven and a crew of demonic offspring

Fatherly Failings: It’s widespread for fathers and daughters to conflict over ideological variations, however Trigon and Raven take issues to a brand new degree. The demonic Trigon has taken over many dimensions and would love so as to add Earth to his assortment. The downside is his daughter Raven is a component human and an empath, and she or he’s not too eager on seeing humanity enslaved or destroyed by her pops. As a outcome, Raven shaped the New Teen Titans to push again towards Trigon’s assault.

Trigon would love for his daughter to enter the household enterprise and has used his powers to demonically corrupt her on a couple of event. Raven’s gentle is one of the one issues that may repel her father, however the stress will be overwhelming. Since world domination is extra vital than fatherhood in his eyes, Trigon has no points making an attempt to destroy Raven or her pals once they get in the way in which of his plans. Why accept a Father’s Day card when you may have your complete world?


First Appearance: The Omega Men #3

Unlucky Offspring: Su-Lehmon, Crush and a military of a whole bunch of offended spawns

Fatherly Failings: How a lot do Lobo’s youngsters hate him? They have a lot contempt for his or her father that they as soon as banded collectively as a large military to kill him. During the miniseries Lobo: Infanticide, a big gathering of his offspring bonded over their mutual hatred for the Main Man. His daughter Su-Lehmon led 200 of her siblings in a sneak assault on their father. Lobo, for his half, confirmed no fatherly emotions in direction of his bastard kids and murdered them one after the other for hours. When Su-Lehmon was the final one standing, Lobo completed her off with a mega-fart explosion. Consider it a lethal model of a dad saying, “Pull my finger.”

That’s all historic historical past, although. Currently, Lobo has one youngster that he is aware of of—a teenage daughter named Crush. Until not too long ago, she was a member of Teen Titans. Now, she’s about to embark on a street journey along with her previous man within the just-launched new miniseries Crush & Lobo. Surely, nothing dangerous will occur and the 2 of them will get alongside simply swimmingly, proper?

David Cain

First Appearance: Batman #567

Unlucky Offspring: Cassandra Cain, Marque and a bunch of lethal assassins

Fatherly Failings: Some fathers will assist their daughters be taught to tie their footwear, learn or trip a motorbike, however David Cain has a special parenting fashion. The notorious murderer raised his daughter Cassandra to be a weapon, and that meant having an untraditional childhood. While different little women have been leaping rope, Cassandra was leaping over knives in rigorous coaching workouts. When Cain was upset with Cassandra’s efficiency, he would shoot her. Her childhood was so irregular that she famously wasn’t taught the right way to converse. Instead, Cain wished violence to be the one language his daughter used.

Worst of all, Cass didn’t even know when her birthday was till she was virtually an grownup. What type of father deprives their youngster of a celebration? Eventually, the good-hearted Cassandra rebelled and joined Batman’s staff as Batgirl and later Orphan. As a member of the Bat-Family, she’s fought again towards her father many occasions, and he type of deserves it. Next time, simply get your daughter a rattling birthday cake, you putz.

Simon Stagg

First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #57

Unlucky Offspring: Sapphire Stagg

Fatherly Failings: It’s not straightforward to see your daughter relationship a person you don’t approve of, however Simon Stagg takes issues a bit additional than most dads. As the CEO of Stagg Enterprises, Simon’s used his empire to manage every little thing, together with his daughter Sapphire’s love life. So, when Simon wasn’t so eager on Rex Mason, her alternative of suitor, he funded an expedition to maintain the 2 aside. To be sure that Rex and Sapphire might by no means marry, Simon even had one of his henchmen assault the adventurer in the course of the journey and go away him for lifeless.

Fortunately, Rex survived and have become the basic superhero Metamorpho. Despite this, Simon continued to do every little thing in his energy to get rid of Rex, together with intercepting the messages the hero was making an attempt to ship to his daughter. It didn’t work, and Metamorpho finally grew to become Simon’s son-in-law. While the 2 males have had occasional truces, Simon nonetheless makes an attempt to kill Rex once in a while. He claims he has his daughter’s finest pursuits at coronary heart, however we’d think about Sapphire disagrees.

Aren’t you glad you’re not the kid of a super-villain? Seriously, be sure to name your father this weekend and thank him for caring about your well-being greater than world domination. And should you’re a father your self, have a really completely happy Father’s Day! If this text proves something, it’s that you’re the actual superhero round right here!

Who’s your favourite dangerous DC dad? Did we embody him on the listing? Let us know over in the DC Community!

Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, motion pictures and comics for DCComics.com and writes our month-to-month Batman column, “Gotham Gazette.” Follow him on Twitter at @TBUJosh.

NOTE: The views and opinions expressed on this column are solely these of Joshua Lapin-Bertone and don’t essentially replicate these of DC Entertainment or Warner Bros.

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