In another round of comparisons, we are going to give you what we know you love – supervillains! We all love a good supervillain and DC Comics is well known for having a large number of truly great supervillains and we have decided to compare two of them for you today. Today’s comparison is going to be a true powerhouse clash between the demon Trigon, one of DC’s most powerful entities, and Darkseid, considered to be one of the strongest (if not the strongest) villains in comic book history. Is the demon a match for the galactic tyrant? Keep reading to find out!
Trigon would be able to defeat Darkseid in his basic form from Prime-Earth. As a demon, he has more abilities than Darkseid, whose main weapon – the Omega Beam – would lose a lot of its powers against Trigon. On the other hand, Darkseid’s True Form would eliminate Trigon in a moment.
Today’s article is going to be all about comparing the power levels of Trigon and Darkseid. You’re going to find out who Trigon and Darksed are, as well as what their exact powers and abilities are. In the end, based on what we have presented earlier, we’re going to give our final verdict on who is stronger. It’s promising to be a fun story so keep reading until the end!
Why is Trigon so dangerous?
Trigon is a fictional demon appearing in stories published by DC Comics. He had his cameo debut in The New Teen Titans #2 (1980) and made his first full appearance in The New Teen Titans #4 (1981). He was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez and is today considered to be one of the most powerful entities in DC Comics’ mythos.
A sadistic, evil, cruel, dark and very powerful demon of inter-dimensional origin, Trigon is the result of mating between a female member of a mystical sect and the god they worshiped. A side effect of this mating is that their child had absorbed the evil energy of the inhabitants of Azarath, who formed him into their own personification.
At birth, Trigon killed everyone around him (including his own mother). At the age of six, he destroyed an entire planet. And at the age of thirty, he held dominion over millions of worlds in his own dimension.
Later, he met Arella. Arella was a depressed woman who decided to join a sect known as the Church of Blood, which was trying to kill Trigon. When the ritual was performed, Trigon, disguised as a man, emerged and married Arella. Soon, Arella discovered the true nature of her husband. When Trigon left her, Arella was on the verge of suicide when she is found by an extra-dimensional cult and she is taken to Azarath, where she gives birth to their daughter, Raven. Raven is brought up to “control her emotions” in order to suppress and control the demonic powers she inherited from Trigon.
During this time, Trigon was aware of his daughter’s whereabouts, but rarely intervened, except when a renegade monk attempted to cast Raven into another dimension; Trigon found him and killed him in time, and allowed the cult to keep her safe for the time being. Raven, learning of Trigon’s intentions to conquer the world, promises to help stop him; she initially approached the Justice League, but they turned her down on the advice of Zatanna, who sensed her demonic parentage.
In desperation, she reformed the Teen Titans with several new members in order to fight her father. The team was finally able to defeat Trigon and seal him in an interdimensional prison. However, Raven still had to fight the influence of her father, as he was not completely destroyed. Trigon eventually escaped and came to Earth, taking control of Raven and destroying Azarath in the process.
The Titans came together and tried to fight Trigon, but were contaminated with his demonic influence and were forced to kill Raven; this allowed Azarath’s souls to possess her and use her to kill Trigon – her demonic possession had made a plan to defeat the demon – and freeing her from the negative influence of her father. Although Trigon is dead, his followers (led by Brother Blood) have tried to revive him multiple times.
Trigon has appeared in several other media, both in live-action (Titans) and animated form (Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!). He also appeared in several DC Animated movies and in video games, including LEGO DC Super-Villains.
Is Darkseid the strongest supervillain?
Darkseid is a fictional character appearing in stories published by DC Comics. He was created by the legendary Jack Kirby and made his full debut in Forever People #1 (1971), after having had a cameo in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (1970).
Darkseid is a supervillain in the DC Universe and is usually depicted as the greatest supervillain in the whole franchise. He is one of the New Gods and the merciless ruler of the planet Apokolips. Darkseid’s chief plan is to erase every being with free will in the universe and then reshape the whole universe in accordance with his principles, which is why he often clashes with DC’s superheroes, including the Justice League.
Darkseid was born as Prince Uxas, the son of King Yuga Khan and Queen Heggra of Apokolips. He was the second in line for the throne of Apokolips, after his brother Drax (a.k.a. Infinity-Man). At one point, when Drax tried to claim the famous, yet powerful Omega Force, Uxas killed him and claimed the force himself as part of his plot to take over the planet. The Omega Force transformed Uxas into a rock-like creature, which is when he took the name Darkseid. Not long after these events, Darkseid had his mother poisoned and became the sole ruler of Apokolips.
His early reign is mostly remembered for the destructive and seemingly endless war with the neighbouring planet of New Genesis, where the good New Gods reside. Led by Darkseid’s brother Highfather, the gods of New Genesis fought Darkseid and wanted to stop his evil plans. The war was actually stopped through intense diplomatic efforts made by Darkseid’s son Scott Free (Mister Miracle) and Highfather’s son Orion; in truth, the two children were switched in early childhood, so Orion is in actuality Darkseid’s son, and Scott Free is Highfather’s son.
Darkseid is usually depicted as the biggest supervillain in DC’s Multiverse, although there are more powerful cosmic entities inhabiting the Multiverse. He turned Apokolips into a hell pit and made a plan to conquer the whole universe and submit every sentient being with free will to his own vision of a Darkseid-ruled universe. He traveled the universe, conquering and destroying planets and then terraforming them so that they resemble the hell pit he created on his home planet.
He played a role in several major DC Comics storylines, the most notable among them being Final Crisis and The Darkseid War. In Final Crisis, Darkseid is seemingly killed by Orion at the beginning of the story, but his life essence survived and traveled to Earth, where he took on a human form (“Boss Dark Side”) until returning to his original body.
Using the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid threatened the whole universe and was eventually confronted by the Justice League. He was shot and mortally wounded by Batman using a Radion bullet (the same one that killed Orion, since Radion is Darkseid’s Kryptonite) and finally “killed” by the combined effort of the two Flashes, Wonder Woman and Superman; Batman was hit by Darkseid’s Omega Beam and was sent back in time, finally returning after a long time traveling experience.
In The Darkseid War, Darkseid had to fight the Anti-Monitor, another evil cosmic entity from the DC Universe, and was eventually killed by him. This event had serious consequences for the evolution of future stories. In Scott Snyder’s Metal series, he appears as a baby.
Darkseid has appeared in a lot of derivative material, do to him being one of the strongest villains in the DC Universe and one of the most popular. He has appeared in several animated movies (he played a key role in the DCAU movie franchise), several video games (most notably Injustice and the LEGO Batman series) and is set to appear in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, where he will be played and voiced by Ray Porter.
Comparing Trigon’s powers to Darkseid’s
As per our usual tradition, we are going to continue our article with the analysis of these character’s powers and abilities. As always, we think it is essential that you acquaint yourselves with the essence of these two characters and not just their background stories. The stories might reveal a lot, but only when you actually observe their abilities are you able to evaluate their full potential.
We start off with Trigon. Trigon is pure evil and a powerful, immortal demon capable of energy projection, telepathy, size change, super strength, reality manipulation, telekinesis, and the transmutation and manipulation of matter. He is also virtual invulnerable.
He was able to reshape the entire planet Earth on a whim; he had drained the souls of millions of worlds; he was apparently omniscient; he bestowed powerful psionic powers on Psimon; and he could create hordes of demons under his command, as well as open wormholes to other worlds. Additionally, Trigon was able to easily defeat the Teen Titans and the Justice League.
Trigon can also take a human form to deceive others. In this form, he appears as an attractive and muscular man with blond hair and bright golden eyes.
Each of the Sons of Trigon wields the power of a mortal sin bestowed as a gift from his father. Jared unleashes anger and rage on his opponents. Jesse sees into the minds of his victims and transforms himself into what they most envy, as well as assuming the powers and abilities of said envied to increase his own. Jacob invokes lust in the hearts of his prey. Raven also possesses this power, and is capable of inducing pride; however, doing so will leave you sick and nauseous for several days. It is unclear if this is caused by the demonic power itself or by his refusal to use it.
As for Darkseid, he is not just a god-like being, he is a god. One of the New Gods, to be precise. Although being humanoid, New Gods (something like the Eternals in Marvel’s universe, but a tad more powerful) are exceptionally powerful, with Darkseid being the most powerful among the group.
He has superhuman strength and stamina, and his regeneration skills, combined with his nigh invulnerability make him practically immortal; Darkseid has died on several occasions, but it was never permanent. He also gained the power of the Omega Force, which made him a lot stronger than before.
Thanks to the force, he can fire Omega Beams, beams of energy that can destroy matter in a second (although some cosmic entities like Doomsday or Superman are immune to it). He also has cosmic awareness, he can travel through dimensions and space (he can create Boomtubes at will, without the need for a Mother Box), he can alter his size and has psionic abilities (telekinesis, telepathy).
Thanks to the Omega Force, he can also resurrect the dead. If needed, he can also feed on the energy of Apokolips and other planets, much similar to Galactus.
A brief analysis of these powers reveals to us that they have a lot in common. Their abilities are almost the same, but it does seem that Trigon has more reality-bending abilities than Darkseid. This is due to the difference in their very natures. Namely, Trigon is a demon, a being of magic, and his nature is much more different, much more transcendental than Darkseid’s. Darkseid is a god, that is a fact, but his godly-nature is not the same as the nature of a transcendent god from different religions. In fact, Trigon is closer to that concept than Darkseid, as Darkseid has always been rooted in reality. He is a god, but his nature is not really godly, it’s just superhuman… if you disregard Darkseid’s True Form. But more on that later.
Conclusion: Could Trigon defeat Darkseid?
Now, knowing everything we know at this moment, it still remains a mystery whether Trigon could defeat Darkseid. Namely, their powers seem to be almost the same and knowing that both of them are extremely powerful, it should not come as a surprise that the winner is not obvious at first glance. What makes the situation more difficult to analyze is the fact that Trigon has never faced Darkseid, the main reason being the fact that they – as we have explained above – come from different dimensions.
In terms of pure physical power, Trigon and Darkseid are equally matched. They are exceptionally strong, both are good, experienced fighters and ultimately, they’re both quite bulky and can change their size, which means that neither of them would have the advantage when this aspect is concerned. In addition to that, both of them have already demonstrated their physical strengths in various battles against different heroes and other opponents in their respective universes.
In terms of their power, they both have a very similar set of powers and their energy manipulation skills are almost entirely equal. Darkseid’s Omega Beam is his secret weapon that has proven itself to be extremely efficient against most opponents but it remains debatable how it would influence Trigon. And while the Omega Beam is an extremely powerful “weapon” and would certainly damage Trigon, we highly doubt that it would effect him in the same manner as other characters; it is ultimately debatable whether Trigon can die in the traditional sense of the word.
“Losing” his main asset, Darkseid is left quite vulnerable in front of Trigon. Darkseid himself was always vulnerable and killable (Batman killed him, so did the Anti-Monitor), while Trigon’s demonic nature makes his relationship with death quite unclear. In that aspect, we know that Trigon could certainly kill Darkseid, while the question of whether Darkseid could kill Trigon remains a question of debate, with our opinion leaning towards a negative answer.
Trigon has exceptionally powerful reality-bending abilities and that is something that is definitely an advantage against Darkseid. Regardless of how powerful he is, Darkseid is no magical being and his abilities are severely limited when magical creatures are concerned. And while the likes of Constantine or Zatanna might not be powerful enough to fight Darkseid, a demon of Trigon’s power certainly is.
Trigon has demonstrated his abilities against Mister Mxyzptlk, the extremely powerful, yet quirky entity appearing in DC’s Multiverse. In a direct clash, Trigon managed to hold his own against Mister Mxyzptlk’s amazing powers, which is something Darkseid – we are quite certain – could not do. Namely, Darkseid had trouble fighting the likes of Superman and Batman, two characters that are, for all they’re worth, not even close to the power level of Mister Mxyzptlk; on the other hand, Trigon was controlled and subdued by Raven, a character significantly weaker than Darkseid, so go figure.
To conclude, we think that Trigon could defeat Darkseid, although it would be a very close fight. Namely, the two of them are equal in terms of strength, but the effect of Darkseid’s strongest attack, the Omega Beam, would be neutralized by Trigon’s demonic nature. In combination with his reality-bending abilities, Trigon would be able to find a way to defeat Darkseid, as the video above likewise suggests.
This, of course, only applies to the avatar of Darkseid present on Prime-Earth. But, as true fans know very well, Darkseid has a so-called “True Form”, which we have already written about in an earlier text. Darkseid’s True Form is an omnipresent and omnipotent divine entity that is a threat to the whole Multiverse. We have only seen a glimpse of this form’s powers and we already know it is among the most powerful beings in DC’s fictional universe, on par with the likes of The Presence and Dr. Manhattan. Darkseid’s True Form would easily defeat Trigon in any form of combat so we haven’t really given this option much space, but we had to give one final remark to clear everything up.
And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!