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Quote1 I propose to see all the so-called "superheroes" destroyed. Expunged! Wiped from the face of the Earth for all time!! Quote2
-- Glorious Godfrey src

Glorious Godfrey is one of the New Gods of Apokolips, and a member of Darkseid's Elite. He is a revelationist, and his power is the ability to persuade minds. This is accomplished by charismatic rhetoric that brainwashes his victims. The Justifiers are his personal army, and he can teach them to justify any behavior through Anti-Life.

Forever People

Darkseid sends Godfrey to begin his invasion of Earth. Godfrey uses his persuasion powers to build an army of followers, teaching them that Anti-Life will protect them. These followers are armed with Apokolips technology and they become Justifiers. His agents are sent to track down and kill the Forever People, but they fail in this mission. The Forever People send Infinity Man to defeat Godfrey in his giant tent. Darkseid intervenes to banish the Infinity Man, and send the Forever People to a camp run by DeSaad. Godfrey confides in Darkseid that he believes Anti-Life exists and can be induced, but he thinks the Anti-Life Equation is a myth.[1] Godfrey is later seen again using his army of Justifiers to assault Serifan and the Super-Cycle.[2]

Legends

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Godfrey was integral in Darkseid's attempts to deprive Earth of its heroes in which Godfrey assume the identity of G. Gordon Godfrey and hosted a massive smear campaign towards the heroes, which proved to be so successful that led to a law of outlawing superhero activities. Once alienating the heroes, Godfrey hypnotized his incensed human followers and lead the forces of Apokolips on a charge on Washington, D.C., where he is ultimately thwarted by a cadre of assembled heroes in which he lost his credibility over his mind-controlled followers when he strike down a young girl, Lisa Sutton, in front of everyone present. Desperately, Godfrey put on the Helmet of Fate in a last-ditch effort to acquire power with which to save himself, but his mind cannot withstand the helmet's awesome enchantments and he was reduced to insanity.[3] Godfrey was then incarcerated to Belle Reve before being broken free and returned to Apokolips.[4]

The Ravers later encounter Godfrey during a massive battle on Apokolips, during the events of Genesis.[5] The JLA are warped to a future where Darkseid has taken over the Earth in Rock of Ages, and they see Godfrey acting as Darkseid's herald.[6] Granny Goodness is seen using Godfrey as a motivational speaker in her orphanages.[7]


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  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.

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