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Desaad was Darkseid's weasel of an assistant and majordomo.
Probably Darkseid's most obsequious follower, Desaad made a pretense of loyalty, but often engaged in private schemes to satisfy his own taste for destruction and inflicting pain.
When Darkseid refused to allow Kalibak to try to destroy Superman, Desaad encouraged him to go to Earth anyway, reasoning that if Kalibak succeeded, he would finally win his father's approval. Probably Desaad took as much delight in the pain Kalibak was inviting on himself by disobeying his father as in whatever destruction Kalibak would cause.
After an invasion force led by General Steppenwolf was destroyed by New Genesis, Apokolips's military was severely weakened. Less obsequious now, Desaad criticized his master for inviting New Genesis's retaliation. As a reminder that no one criticized him, Darkseid used his Omega Beams to incinerate Desaad.
Powers and abilities Edit
Desaad was an expert with various Apokoliptan machines, several of which he developed himself as torture devices. As Darkseid's closest assistant, he was also familiar with the planet's workings and resources.
Background information Edit
Desaad was created by Jack Kirby, as part of his "New Gods" pantheon. He deliberately named the character after the Marquis De Sade, a French author notorious for writing sexually explicit novels involving torture and masochism, from whose name the term sadism was derived.
In the comics, Desaad was the brother of Bernadeth and originally from New Genesis, but corrupted by Darkseid in his youth. But Desaad's ambitions led him to poison Suli, Darkseid's wife and the only person he ever loved, on the orders of Queen Heggra, Darkseid's mother, so that Darkseid would marry Tigra, who would be the mother of Orion. Desaad regained Darkseid's favor by poisoning Heggra, allowing Darkseid to claim the throne of Apokolips. He also has a long history of treachery against Darkseid, which always end with Darkseid using the Omega Beams on Desaad and resurrecting him after a time.