Kalibak (/ˈkælɪbæk/) is a fictional deity and supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Kalibak is the eldest son of Darkseid, the half-brother of Orion and Grayven, and one of the main enemies of Superman and the Justice League of America.

Kalibak from Jack Kirby's Fourth World #9
Art by John Byrne
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceNew Gods #1 (February 1971)
Created byJack Kirby (writer/artist)
In-story information
Alter egoKalibak
SpeciesNew God
Place of originApokolips
Team affiliationsDarkseid's Elite
Notable aliasesKalibak the Cruel, Scourge of Apokolips
  • Immortality
  • Superhuman strength, endurance, durability, speed and reflexes
  • Skilled fighter

Publication history

Created by Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in New Gods #1 (February 1971).

Fictional character biography

Kalibak is the first-born son of Darkseid and Suli. His mother Suli is killed by Desaad, acting under orders from Kalibak's grandmother Queen Heggra. Kalibak becomes a legendary warrior, and often serves as Darkseid's second-in-command. After Darkseid breaks the pact of peace with New Genesis, the rival planet of Kalibak's home Apokolips, he aids his father in the resulting battles.

Kalibak is often pitted against Orion, and after numerous clashes they learned that they were half-brothers. This fuels Kalibak's hatred of Orion to new levels, for Darkseid clearly respects Orion over his first-born. Unlike Orion, Kalibak secretly craves the love and respect of his father - something neither he, nor anyone else, can ever hope to attain - and it has been shown that he has a gentle side which is completely submerged under his brutish exterior, and which he consistently and fearfully keeps hidden because on Apokolips, any sign of weakness is subject to the cruelest punishment.

For his part, Darkseid is more lenient towards Kalibak's failures than those of his other servants; having slain him, he always returns him to life. It is implied this is because his eldest son is the offspring of the one person Darkseid truly loved.

At one point, Kalibak is desperate enough to confront Orion without Darkseid's consent. Kalibak's scheme fell apart and he kills his accomplice Desaad, also a servant of Darkseid, to cover his tracks. Darkseid was not pleased when he found out and reduced his son to a pile of ash. After enough time had passed Darkseid resurrected Kalibak, hoping the boy had learned a lesson.

Kalibak later spends some time in an Apokolips prison, on Darkseid's orders. In Orion #1, (June 2000), Darkseid is on Earth when Orion invades Apokolips. Justeen, a servant of Desaad, releases Kalibak to battle Orion yet again. Kalibak is swiftly subdued, but does not care much as Orion leaves to battle Darkseid and Kalibak hopes to gain power as a result.

During the universe-wide Genesis incident, Apokolips forces, including Kalibak, invade Earth. In Young Heroes in Love #5, Kalibak and his small squad of Parademons are defeated by the leader of the Young Heroes, the telekinetic and telepathic Hard Drive.[1]

Kalibak is slain by his uncle Infinity-Man, who has been murdering the residents of Apokolips and New Genesis as an agent of the Source Wall in Death of the New Gods.

In Final Crisis the new Fifth World and human version of Kalibak appears alongside Darkseid (calling himself Dark Side) seemingly reborn in a new form alongside his father and a human Kanto. This form is later replaced with a humanoid tiger-like form, engineered by Simyan and Mokkari. He is seen devouring a Green Lantern named Opto.[2] He leads a regiment of tiger soldiers against the heroes in Blüdhaven, but he is killed in combat with Tawky Tawny. Before he dies, he begs his soldiers to help. They refuse as they only follow the strong. They then bow to Tawny as Kalibak dies.

In The New 52 (a 2011 reboot of the DC Comics universe), Kalibak is a loyal follower of Darkseid, backing him up in a war against the Anti-Monitor. He does have a problem with slaying Apokolips soldiers that literally get in the way between him and the enemy.[3]

Powers and abilities

Kalibak possesses incredibly high levels of superhuman strength, endurance, and durability. Despite his great size, Kalibak is actually fast and agile.[4] Like all beings of the Fourth World he is immortal. Kalibak is a highly trained hand-to-hand combatant known on Apokolips for his savagery.[5] He is armed with a Beta-Club, a weapon that fires force bolts or nerve beams that causes living beings agonizing pain beyond comprehension. It is nearly indestructable, though Orion once destroyed it with some assistance from Lightray.[6] He can also summon and use aero-disks which allow him to fly.[4] Kalibak also has access to high-tech weapons of mass destruction. Physically, Kalibak is one of the strongest gods on Apokolips, and the most loyal to Darkseid. This is what makes Kalibak an indispensable member of Darkseid's Elite. Kalibak possesses incredible levels of superhuman strength almost on par with Superman, Orion, and even Darkseid himself. Once he had been augmented by his father in an effort to secure the Life-Equation from an elemental wielder; Darkseid had bestowed his son with vastly augmented might and menace enabling him to physically overpower his once far stronger brother Orion in combat, even granting him the ability of psi-beams which are an Omega effect like psionic blast which spikes individual minds with blinding amounts of mental agony.[7]

Other versions

Injustice: Gods Among Us tie-in

In the tie-in comics to Injustice: Gods Among Us, Kalibak travels to Earth after Superman calls a peace treaty where he attacks him. After vanquishing the Parademon with Kalibak, Superman engages Kalibak in battle. When Kalibak states that he is a god, Superman states that he does not care and kills Kalibak. Darkseid is not pleased at the death of his son, which causes him to seek revenge in Injustice 2.[8]

In other media


  • Kalibak appeared in the last two incarnations of the original animated series, Super Friends voiced by Frank Welker. His appearance was not as brutish as later TV incarnations, more like the original Jack Kirby design for the character. He was almost always depicted as boastful, dull-witted and ineffectual against the heroes.
Kalibak as he appears in Superman: The Animated Series
  • Kalibak was featured on Superman: The Animated Series, voiced by Michael Dorn. Like in the comics, he seeks to earn his father's approval. He appears in "Father's Day" where he, Desaad, and Bruno Mannheim watch Superman fight one of Desaad's robots. He even pleaded to his father to fight Superman, but Darkseid denied that. Desaad later sneaks him to Earth so that he can fight Superman. Kalibak and Superman fight it out in Metropolis – on Father's day. Darkseid later finds out about this even when he forced the answers out of Desaad. Superman managed to send Kalibak flying into the nearby park. By the time Superman caught up with Kalibak, Darkseid arrived and withdrew Kalibak back to Apokolips with the Omega Effect. In the "Apokolips...Now" two-parter, he takes part in Darkseid's invasion of Earth. In "Legacy" Pt. 2, he fights Superman again when he breaks free from Darkseid's brainwashing.
  • In Justice League, Michael Dorn reprised his role of Kalibak in the second season premiere, "Twilight". He later returned in "Hereafter" as a member of the Superman Revenge Squad in a plot to kill Superman. His brute strength allows him to defeat Wonder Woman, but he is then thwarted by Batman until Superman arrives, who knocks him out in one punch. During a second attack, he ended up engaging Lobo in battle and lost when Lobo buried him beneath an enormous pile of cars, forcing him to literally cry 'Uncle'.
  • In Justice League Unlimited, Darkseid's death created a power struggle on Apokolips, with Kalibak as Darkseid's son, whoever could bend him to their will could claim control of the planet. Granny Goodness appeared before Mister Miracle and Big Barda to free Kalibak from the X-Pits (where Virman Vundabar was holding him) in order for Granny Goodness to release Oberon from her clutches. With the help of the Flash, they freed Kalibak, only to trick Granny Goodness with Martian Manhunter, who had shape-shifted into a copy of Kalibak. Flash was able to free Oberon in time, Granny Goodness was defeated, and Kalibak was returned to a prison on Earth, in an attempt to prolong the power struggle on Apokolips.
  • Kalibak appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Knights of Tomorrow!" voiced by Michael-Leon Wooley. He along with the Parademons hunt down Question after he discovers Darkseid's plans to invade Earth. In "Darkseid Descending!", he invades Earth to prepare for his father's arrival.
  • Kalibak appears in the Justice League Action episode "Superman's Pal, Sid Sharp," voiced by Piotr Michael. This version of Kalibak speaks in a caveman-like manner, and is even more dull-witted than his comics version. When the Parademons abduct Daily Planet reporter Sid Sharp in a mock Superman outfit upon mistaking him for Superman, Kalibak assists Desaad, Granny Goodness, and Kanto in Darkseid's plot to lure Superman into a Krytonite trap. Kalibak wanted Darkseid to give him a hug if the plan worked. Upon Sid Sharp tricking the four villains into competing against one another to see who will tell Darkseid that the trap worked, Darkseid arrives as Superman breaks free. Superman evades Darkseid, Desaad, Granny Goodness, Kalibak, and Kanto until he and Sid Sharp escape back to Earth using Desaad's Mother Box. As Darkseid was about to punish Desaad for his failure, Kalibak asks Darkseid if he is still getting a hug.
  • Kalibak appears in Young Justice: Outsiders.


  • An alternate universe version of Kalibak makes a non-speaking cameo in Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

Video games

  • Kalibak appears as a defeatable boss at the New Genesis level in DC Universe Online.
  • Kalibak is referenced in Injustice 2. Like the tie-in comics, it was mentioned in Darkseid's ending that Superman killed Kalibak. Darkseid managed to avenge Kalibak by killing Superman. Though before killing him, Darkseid revealed that he planned to have Desaad break Supergirl, turning her into Darkseid's servant and create an army of Parademons created using Superman's DNA in a perversion of the phrase "Blood for Blood."



  1. ^ "Young Heroes In Love" #5 (October 1997)
  2. ^ Final Crisis #4 (2008)
  3. ^ Justice League #43-45 (2015)
  4. ^ a b The Death of the New Gods
  5. ^ The DC Comics Encyclopedia
  6. ^ New Gods #8 (May 1972)
  7. ^ Firestorm vol 3 #35 (June 2007)
  8. ^ Injustice: Gods Among Us #8
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ [2]

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