Both Jor-El and a spirit of Jonathan Kent warned Clark Kent of a Dark Force that is coming to Earth to corrupt it, hearing of Clark's power and the darkness in his heart and wants to turn him into a weapon. The Dark Force gathers around the crow's nest and forms into the shape of a rock like creature, Darkseid. Kara Kent tells Clark that the darkness came to Earth after a rip in the universe was created. Clark says when he used the Book of Rao to open a portal it must have allowed the darkness to come to Earth.
Darkseid went on to possess radio jockey Gordon Godfrey. Using Godfrey, Darkseid created anti-hero sentiment in Metropolis. During his campaighn Darkseid visits club Daesad in order to sate his hunger for dark impulses. He is unaware Lois has secretly followed him disguised as a limo driver and then a dominatrix in the club where he is "hunting" for something to distract him. Lois is able to catch Godfrey in a compromising situation with some of the club workers after playing along slightly herself as to not arouse his suspicion. When she has the evidence she needs she reveals herself and Darkseid tells her he was impressed by her cunning and determination and tries to manipulate her to give him the pictures that could incrimante his vessel. His attempts to play on Lois's faults and offer his evidence against Oliver Queen has an exchange fails: as Lois sends the images saying it wont matter now. This angers Darkseid who lets his true voice through and breaks free of the restraints Lois had placed him in. He advances on Lois with the intent to make her his next vessel but as they struggle Darkseid is able to sense clearly when he makes phisical contact with her that Lois has a pure heart and is therefore an unsuitible vessel for him. He instead traps her in a rope toture device to use her as bait to lure in a hero he could use as a vessel instead.
He encounters Clark for the first time while in the body of Gordon Godfrey after using Lois as bait to lure in one of the superpowered heroes so he could move in to them as a vessel. He openly mocks Clark and the other heroes calling them "False gods" saying that once he has destroyed humanity's faith in its heroes they will shatter like glass. While Clark initially seams confident Darkseid uses his anger and doubt to get the best of him and also get a better read on the darkness inside of him. He reveals under all Clark's brovado he is afraid he will never become the hero he destined to be and finds it amusing that Clark wants to kill him. He unervs Clark futhur by saying this is not the first time Clark has wanted to kill someone and relishes the conflict and turmoil he can feel in Clark's soul. He says together the pair of them will go far with Clark refusing to serve him. Darkseid says Clark will have no choice in the matter as he forces his essance out of Godfrey and circles Clark preparing to possess him. Fortunatly Kara arrives in time and purity in her heart is enough to drive Darkseid away for the time being.
Later it was revealed that Darkseid recruited Desaad, Granny Goodness and Gordon Godfrey to assist him in his conquest of Earth. Granny Goodness' long presence on Earth suggests that Darkseid has been interested in Earth and Clark for a long time and has been quietly setting the stage for Earth's conquest. As Darkseid's presence continues to affect humanity, everyone who comes under his influence bears an Omega symbol. Clark discovered that Slade Wilson had one. Darkseid's name was finally revealed by Desaad who refered to him as "Lord Darkseid" Despite Darkseid's spreading influence it is revealed that their are many who still believe in the Blur and what he is doing and people are opposed to VRA. Clark is touched when Chloe and Lois show him a website were those who still believe in the Blur have risked themselves to come out and show their support.
However, Darkseid was far from gone, as Desaad went on a killing spree in order to find people to corrupt with the darkness. While Desaad failed to corrupt Chloe Sullivan and Clark, he managed to corrupt Oliver Queen. Desaad also warns Chloe that his master is close to fully manifesting himself on Earth. Later in a cemetery, Lionel Luthor was paying his respects to the tombstone of Lex Luthor, he said that he would give anything to have him back. As he was leaving, Darkseid appeared in his true form before Lionel.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the television series Smallville and its tie-in and comic book series, Smallville and Smallville Season 11. It is an adaptation of Darkseid. The original character was created by Jack Kirby and first appeared in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #134.
- Darkseid was the main villain of the tenth and final season of the TV Series Smallville.
- While possessing the body of Lionel Luthor of Earth-2, Darkseid was portrayed by John Glover. This is similar to when he initially possessed Gordon Godfrey, portrayed by Michael Daingerfield and Oliver Queen, portrayed by Justin Hartley.
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