Parademons are a fictional group of extraterrestrials appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. They are monstrous shock troops of Apokolips used by Darkseid to maintain order on the planet.
A Parademon as seen in Azrael #34 (October 1997).
|First appearance||The New Gods #1 (February/March 1971)|
|Created by||Jack Kirby|
|Team affiliations||New Gods of Apokolips|
An artificially created servitor race loyal to their master Darkseid but none too bright, the armored Parademons fly through the air, carrying powerful weapons used to quell the rabble. Their true strength is in their numbers, which reach into the thousands. When acting together, they can overwhelm even the toughest heroes. They are chosen from the most sociopathic and cruel residents before being given gliders and trained in combat. They are often accompanied by gigantic dogs called Hounds.
In the comic Salvation Run, Parademons are dispatched by Desaad to attack the villains that were dumped onto their training camp. They killed Hyena, Brutale, General Immortus, and Solomon Grundy, the last of whom turned up alive in later comic issues. Most of them were killed when Lex Luthor self-destructed the teleportation device.
In The New 52 (a 2011 reboot of the DC Comics universe), the Parademons are used to attack Earth, first seen encountering both Green Lantern and Batman in Gotham City. It is revealed in new continuum that the Parademon hordes are either remolded lifeforms or the processed corpses of which that Darkseid and Apokolips have harvested and processed from the various worlds and realities they've conquered.
Repurposing them through the usage of nightmarish Apokoliptian technologies, Red Tornado of Earth 2 noted that K'li's, former fury of Darkseid; special class of Berserker Parademons are the remodeled remains of the dead or kidnapped citizens from their world.
Typical abilities of a Parademon include heightened strength, endurance and a high tolerance for pain. The apokaliptian armor grants them the ability of flight and increases degree of invulnerability to conventional damage and energy. Most parademons have an incipient intellect and in combat they are equipped with powerful claws and heavy weaponry.
As opposed to most Parademons, Mike, the Secret Six Parademon, and Pharzoof could speak and seemed to have more than the rudimentary intelligence most Parademons possess. The latter was shown to enjoy being tortured by his opponents.
Within the New Continuity many if not all Parademons boast fire breath, self detonation and transformation abilities; certain Parademons can even convert captured victims into new Parademons via direct technological infection.
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