General Zod

General Zod
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Debut Adventure Comics #283 (April 1961)
Created by Robert Bernstein and George Papp
Portrayed by see In other media
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AKA Dru-Zod
Classification Kryptonian
Affiliation Kryptonian Military Guild
Relatives Lor-Zod, son
Abilities Standard Kryptonian

General Zod is a discredit Kryptonian military drawing card who attempted an rebellion, resulting in his captivity to the Phantom Zone. In modern depictions, he is portrayed as having a grievance with the House of El.

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history

General Dru-Zod is a general in the Kryptonian Army. however, Zod had ambitions to take over the planet Krypton and had short obedience for the Kryptonian Council, and as such was banished to the Phantom Zone. For this reason he survived the satellite ‘s end. Having served his condition, he presently serves once more in New Krypton ‘s military, of which he is the head. Zod is a frequent foe of Superman and of the people of Earth, as, prior to the rebuild of New Krypton, Zod tried to take over the earth. Zod ‘s two allies, known occasionally as the Disciples of Zod, serve him unquestioningly. Their names have changed many times over the years, but they are presently known as Ursa and Non. There have besides been early versions of Zod over the years ; some of which from alternate worlds, or false versions of Krypton ; Others have more mysterious origins. All of them, however, affectation Zod ‘s cold, merciless determination .

Silver Age Zod

Zod, was primitively portrayed as a middle-aged, bald, clean plane, slenderly fleshy megalomaniac. Zod was one of a number of Kryptonian villains trapped in the Phantom Zone. He first appeared in Adventure Comics # 283 ( April 1961 ). once military director of the Kryptonian Space Center, Zod had known Jor-El, Superman ‘s father, when he was an aspirant scientist. When the space platform was abolished after the end of the moon Wegthor ( caused by recreant scientist Jax-Ur ), he attempted to take over Krypton. Zod created an army of automatic duplicates of himself, all bearing a resemblance to Bizarro. He was sentenced to the Phantom Zone for his crimes. Zod was first released by Kal-El ( during his Superboy career ) when his condition of imprisonment was up. however, he attempted to conquer Earth with powers gained under the yellow sunlight. Zod was sent back into the Phantom Zone, occasionally escaping to target Superman. General Zod has proven to be stronger than Superman. This could have something to do with Zod being a war general .

Kryptonian grunts

These were Zod ‘s servants. They did whatever Zod told them to do. They hated the House of El. They killed many Kryptonians. They are skilled in hand to hand combat .

Later versions of Zod

After the Crisis on Infinite Earths rewrote much of the history of the DC Universe and its characters, it was initially established that there were no Kryptonian survivors early than Superman. consequently, the four different incarnations of General Zod that have since appeared have had different origins from the original .

Pocket Universe Zod

This Zod came from a Krypton in a pocket universe created by the Time Trapper. He, along with companions Quex-Ul and Faora, devastated the earth of that population following the death of its Superboy, finally forcing the Superman of the independent universe to execute them with Kryptonite. This version of Zod is based close on the Pre-Crisis interpretation .

“ refund to Krypton ” Zod

This incarnation of General Zod was introduced in the 2001 storyline “ Return to Krypton. ” He was the head of the Kryptonian military in an artificial reality created by Brainiac 13. Like the Pre-Crisis interpretation, Zod held the Kryptonian equivalent of fascist beliefs. He sent aliens to the bottle city of Kandor and planned a military coup d’etat. Zod was defeated by Superman and the Jor-El of that Krypton .

russian Zod

This General Zod is a russian who was involve prior to his birth by Kryptonite radiation because he was the son of two cosmonauts whose embark was excessively close to Kal-El ‘s rocketship. This Zod is artificially weak under a yellow sun, but superpowered under a bolshevik sun ( the reverse of Superman ). He grew up in a KGB testing ground under the name “ Zed. ” obviously spoken to by the liveliness of the Pocket Universe Zod, Zod created a befit of red armor that filtered the sunlight and declared himself ruler of the former soviet state of Pokolistan. After several inconclusive encounters with Superman, he revealed his long-range plan to turn the sunlight crimson and take Superman ‘s place. This was temporarily successful until Lex Luthor rescued Superman, gave him a blast of yellow solar radiation sickness to regain his powers, and worked to restore the sunday. Superman returned to battle Zod, but refused to kill him. When the sunlight turned yellow again, the immediately vulnerable Zod still struck Superman with all his power, and was killed .

Phantom Zod

Introduced in the twelve-issue For Tomorrow ( Superman # 204- # 215 ) storyline, written by Brian Azzarello and penciled by Jim Lee, this Zod resides in the Phantom Zone alone and resents Superman for tampering with it. purportedly, he comes from the lapp Krypton as Superman, and was exiled to the Phantom Zone by Superman ‘s father Jor-El. This Zod wears black armor, and when unmask, slenderly resembles an older adaptation of the film Zod. It is possible that this Zod is not a real Kryptonian, however. He appeared in Metropia, a version of the Phantom Zone created by Superman to resemble a living universe, including the apparently living beings .

One class former

One year after the events of Infinite Crisis, Lex Luthor used a shard of sunstone, which had the word “ judgment day ” engraved upon it in the Kryptonian language, along with a reserve of Kryptonite to reactivate the Kryptonian conflict cruiser, Doomsday, which had been abeyant within the earth for an stranger period of time. Luthor revealed that the vessel was in fact the flagship of the Kryptonian fleet, had belonged to an admiral Dru-Zod and scoured entire planets clean of life sentence. In October 2006, film director Richard Donner, noted for his sour on the first two Superman movies, began to write Action Comics in collaboration with Geoff Johns. At the end of Action Comics # 845, Zod, Ursa, and Non have apparently been freed from the Phantom Zone by person he refers as his and Ursa ‘s son, implying that the Kryptonian male child that landed on earth in the story is his son. somehow owing their freedom to the bring on worldly concern of Dru-Zod and Ursa ‘s son, after a brief hold on to the newly restored Fortress of Solitude to gain data from Jor-El ‘s projection they fly to Metropolis, where Ursa confronts Lois to win her unwilling son back and Zod sends Kal-El to the Phantom Zone after freeing the other Kryptonian inmates. prior to their liberation from The Phantom Zone, a back-story for the three was seen in Action Comics Annual #10 Non had once been a brilliant scientist on par with Jor-El. Both were researching the event that would ultimately destroy Krypton. Zod entered their lab with troops ( at this point Zod was still working for Krypton ‘s Council ). Both Jor-El and Non were arrested by Zod and given a warn by the High Council to halt their research, then released. Jor-El fix to work creating the rocket that would send his son Kal-El to Earth, while Non began to spread the word of the planet ‘s impend destine. Non ‘s message swayed both Zod and Ursa that Krypton was soon to be destroyed. Non then disappeared from populace life, merely to return with a mutilate brain. The council had transformed him into a unmindful beastly and this dissemble inspired Zod and Ursa to rebel against the Kryptonian government. Non now contend along side Zod and Ursa. Zod attempted to recruit Jor-El to their cause ; however Jor-El saw the plans were fueled by avarice, a lecherousness for office and ferocity. This rebellion was ephemeral and the rebels were set to be executed. Jor-El appealed on their behalf, to exile them alternatively. The council accepted this on the condition that Jor-El be the prison guard. And so Zod, Ursa, and Non were imprisoned, and embittered against Jor-El. The origins of Zod, Ursa, and Non seem to be a fleshed out version of the narrative found in the film Superman II. Zod nowadays closely resembles his movie counterpart, with the summation of a black trenchcoat .

In other media

Movies

Superman: The Movie Continuity

The movie basically ignores the traditional physical appearance and costume of the fictional character wholly. Zod is based more on Quex-Ul in both terms of ocular blueprint and portrayal, but with the simple name and rank of the Zod character. At the begin of Superman: The Movie, Zod ( Terence Stamp ) is introduced as one of three Kryptonian criminals on test. Zod was in the first place a penis of the Kryptonian military, who was entrusted with the defense of Krypton by the governing council. Conspiring with Non and Ursa, Zod was planning to overthrow the Kryptonian government and replace it with his own. The three were captured, and the council unanimously agreed to cast Zod, Ursa, and Non into the Phantom Zone. Before Zod is imprisoned, he attempts to persuade Jor-El to block the council ‘s action, as it required a consentaneous decision. Zod alters his supplication with threats that he will attack the House of El with promises of prestige and boundless political office “ You could be a herculean voice in the newfangled world order, second alone to my own ”. A Phantom Zone portal descends upon the trio, signifying Jor-El cast his guilty vote, causing Zod to swear revenge. shortly after the trial, Jor-El confides in his wife Lara about the destruction of Krypton and how to spare their son of that destine. In Superman II, the detonation of a hydrogen bombard that Superman throws into space destroys the Phantom Zone portal vein that has trapped Zod and his cohorts. For the 2006 Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, the original written scene was created, tying into the culminate of the first film. In this version, their escape is made possible by the daze curl created by the exploding XK-101 nuclear projectile discard into space by Superman. After discovering that their Kryptonian physiology gives them each the lapp powers as Superman under Earth ‘s yellow sunday, they quickly subdue the U.S. Army and force the President of the United States to abdicate his military position to Zod. This occurs concisely after Superman, unaware of their escape and presence on Earth, has stripped himself of his powers to be with Lois Lane as an ordinary homo. After witnessing Zod ‘s megalomania and defiance on a television news air, Superman realizes the atrocious err he has made. While Clark treks binding to the Fortress of Solitude in a desperate try to regain his powers, Lex Luthor approaches the Kryptonian villains at the White House. In central for Zod ‘s predict to give him Australia ( another attack to acquire “ beachfront property ” after failing to do then in the first movie ), he offers to bring them to Metropolis to confront Superman. The villains invade the Daily Planet ; although Superman is not show, Luthor quickly points out that Lois Lane, Superman ‘s “ front-runner ” homo being, will be effective bait to draw the Man of Steel out. Superman, his powers restored, arrives and accepts Zod ‘s challenge. This leads to a devastate, comic-book-style conflict throughout downtown Metropolis. It quickly becomes absolved that the villains have the upper hired hand. They outnumber Superman, and, importantly, they care nothing for the lives of the city ‘s inhabitants, and Superman is continually distracted trying to save people endangered by the battle. last, Superman realizes he needs to rethink his scheme and move the conflict aside from a populate area, and he withdraws to the Fortress. Luthor offers to tell Zod about the Fortress of Solitude if Zod spares his life, and the three villains pursue Superman north, bringing along Luthor to guide them and Lois Lane as a hostage. In the climactic struggle, Superman outwits the villains and gains the advantage, about defeating Zod. But Non and Ursa grab Lois and threaten to tear her apart, forcing Superman to surrender. In a whispered aside, Superman tells Luthor about the atom chamber which earlier stripped away his own powers and proposes tricking the villains into it. predictably, Luthor betrays Superman and tells Zod about the chamber, and Superman is forced inside. After regaining his powers, Superman overpowers Zod, throwing him into an icy crevasse where he disappears into the obscure. Non and Ursa are similarly dispatched. Luthor realizes that Superman used him to trick the Kryptonian villains : know that Luthor would betray him, Superman reconfigured the atom chamber so that its red sun radiation would be projected throughout the Fortress, robbing Zod, Non, and Ursa of their powers while Superman was protected inside the chamber. Zod is hurled into one of slanted walls and slides into the mysterious fog to the earth degree of the fortress. Superman contacted the U.S. Arctic Patrol who took Zod, his cohorts and Luthor into detention. The 2006 reedited version Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Superman uses inflame vision to destroy the fortress with the criminals still inside. His death is reversed when Superman turns clock back to restore the damage caused by Zod, and he and his crowd are reimprisoned in the Phantom Zone. terence Stamp portrayed Zod as a pathologically arrogant and grandiloquent aristocrat, about bored with his incredible powers and disappointed with the relief of overtaking Earth. It is about surely Stamp ‘s depicting that has led to Zod becoming one of Superman ‘s best known villains. Zod ‘s cable “ Come to me, son of Jor-El ! Kneel before Zod ! ” has become part of pop culture. [ 1 ] This movie adaptation of Zod has immense popularity amongst comic fans, and may very good be the definitive interpretation of the character. The holocene reintroduction of Zod into DC comics continuity ( Coauthored by Richard Donner and Geoff Johns ) shares largely the lapp basic backstory as the movie interpretation, which includes giving Zod a blacken goatee byssus like the actor ‘s expression .

Man of Steel (2013 film)

General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, is the independent adversary of Man of Steel. Official description of the character : “ Once Krypton was destroyed, General Zod, a warrior born from generations of warriors before him, led a small band of surviving Kryptonians in research of a fresh home and in the process discovered a planet called Earth and a valet once known as Kal-El. Prepared for battle, General Zod, wears armor made of materials native to his satellite of Krypton ”. In this film, he is the principal of Krypton ‘s military Guild and becomes then dissatisfy with the planet ‘s rule council ‘s decisions that he attempts a rebellion. He learns of Jor-El ‘s stealing the codex, the key to genetically mastermind Kryptonians, and his natural bear son Kal-El ( which is against Kryptonian Law, as all Kryptonians are artificially conceived and engineered to fulfill specific roles in their society ). Angered, Zod fights Jor-El and while he loses, he manages to kill the scientist before he and his forces, including his second-in-command Faora, are captured and sentenced to 300 cycles within the Phantom Zone. Zod then cryptically warns the widowed Lara that he will find her son. Although he is imprisoned within the Phantom Zone, a short-change time subsequently, the destruction of Krypton frees him and his cohorts. After retrofitting the Phantom Projector aboard their ship, the Black Zero, into a hyperdrive, Zod and his cohorts searched throughout the universe for ancient Kyrptonian space colonies and outposts for supplies and early possible survivors. When Kal-El, now going by the diagnose of Clark Kent, triggered a distress signal from an ancient Kryptonian scout ship he found in the Arctic, the Black Zero found the signal and followed it to Earth. After demanding Kal-El handwriting himself over to their hands, Zod reveals his plan to terraform Earth with a machine called a world locomotive, which was used by the colonists to remake worlds into copies of Krypton and use the codex ( which Jor-El placed within Clark ‘s individual cells as a pamper ) to repopulate the universe with genetically-engineered Kryptonians, bringing an end to the human race. When Zod arrives at the Kent Farm and threatens Martha Kent for the location of the codex, Clark, who escaped Black Zero, attacks him in a rage and defeats Faora and Nam-Ek in a destructive battle in Smallville, driving them to retreat. subsequently, Zod releases the global engine on Metropolis and over the amerind Ocean to begin terraforming, but Clark, immediately dubbed “ Superman ”, destroys the device while the U.S. Military consumption Clark ‘s modify ship as an airstrike device against Black Zero, creating a singularity that sucks all Kryptonians ( save for Zod and Superman ) binding into the phantom zone, foiling Zod ‘s plans. Enraged, Zod engages Superman in an even, catastrophic battle throughout Metropolis and concisely in space ; Zod having an advantage due to his fight experience and trail and Superman matching that with his victor adeptness to his powers and higher solar department of energy supply ( having grown up on Earth and consequently adapted to its atmosphere and conditions ). finally, Superman gets the upper hand and subdues Zod, driving the general to attempt to murder a family with his heat vision. Superman is forced to snap Zod ‘s neck, killing him and ending his terror. Later Zod ‘s body is used by Lex Luthor to create the Doomsday monster in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice .

animation

Super Friends

A Phantom Zone villain named Zy-Kree, who resembled the movie-version of Zod, appeared in the Super Friends animated series.

Ruby-Spears Superman

Zod was featured in the Ruby-Spears animated Superman serial in an episode titled “ The Hunter ” .He appears identical briefly near the end of the episode. His appearance in the episode differs from that of Superman 2.He is seen in a brown military uniform with a general ‘s hat without any beard as oppossed to Superman 2 where he is seen with a beard and a plain black equip .

Superman: The Animated Series

Zod was not featured in the cartoon separate of the appearance Superman: The Animated Series, although a similar villain named Jax-Ur did. Jax-Ur had been featured previously in some Silver Age stories of Phantom Zone criminals. In the enliven series, he appeared along with a new character called Mala, who was apparently based on Ursa. however, in the accompanying Superman Adventures amusing record series ( # 21, which was besides titled Supergirl Adventures ), Zod was portrayed as an Argosian ( like the animated Supergirl ) who co-opted Jax-Ur and Mala as his lieutenants ( basically giving Jax-Ur the Non/Quex-Ul function ). This character looks physically like the Terence Stamp translation from Superman: The Movie, Superman II, and Superman: the children of Krypton .

Justice League Unlimited

General Zod later appeared emergence # 34 of the Justice League Unlimited comic based on the serial, where he is portrayed as his regular evil Kryptonian general character. He and his group of foot soldiers, some of which included Mala and Jax-Ur, were banished into the Phantom zone for rebellion against the Krypton council. General Zod and Mr. Mxyzptlk worked together in an attack to Kidnap Superman. Their plan ‘s were foiled when the Justice League came to rescue him. When Blue Beetle unintentionally sends Mxyzptlk in the Phantom Zone, Zod and his men capture him, probably and presumably going to torture him besides. In the Justice League Unlimited sequence “ For the serviceman Who Has Everything ”, while under the influence of an alien plant, Superman has a dream in which he has a wife and son on Krypton. His wife briefly mentions her son will be attending a birthday party for “ little Zod. ”

Legion of Super-Heroes

Zod appears as a spokesperson in the Legion of Super-Heroes inspire series. Presumely and Considerably voiced by Terrance Stamp. Plus, a character named Drax appears. A young man who Clark Kent unintentionally frees from the Phantom Zone, Drax has the typical array of Kryptonian powers, in addition to an immunity to Kryptonite. It is persumed and considered that possibly Drax is Zod ‘s son. The Phantom Zone criminals are capable of contacting him, prompting him to attempt to free them. Drax has a hatred of Superman, vitamin a well an air of transcendence about him, and taunts the young Clark with the fact that he has no theme of his future or what he will become. He was born in the Phantom Zone and claims that ‘s where he gets his powers from. The Pre-Crisis version of Zod can be seen as a cameo as one of the many Phantom Zone villains attacking the Legion members when they were temporarily trapped there. He is shown speaking to the trapped Legionnaires in a similar voice to the one talk to Drax .

television series

Smallville

In Smallville, the voice of Jor-El is provided by Terence Stamp. This, combined with the apparent remainder in character from early versions of Jor-El, led to some sports fan guess that Jor-El was in truth Zod. Series creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough denied this rumor, and it is late revealed that Jor-El ‘s portrayal was misinterpreted. recent portrayals of the character are slightly closer to his normal characterization. In the serial ‘ one-fifth season, General Zod was featured as an off-screen presence. The episode “ Arrival ” featured two Kryptonian disciples of Zod searching for Clark shortly after their arrival on ground following the recent meteoroid shower that bombarded Smallville in the former episode, “ beginning. ” In the sequence “ Solitude ”, Milton Fine, the human identity of the Kryptonian artificial news known as Brainiac, persuades Clark to take him to the Fortress of Solitude. After arriving at the Fortress, Fine tricks Clark into freeing Zod from the Phantom Zone, temporarily opening a whirlpool in which the image of a figure exchangeable to Terence Stamp ‘s Zod can be glimpsed. It is besides insinuated that Zod was a fascist leader on Krypton and ruled with an iron fist, and apparently considered Jor-El as his basal bane. At the end of the sequence “ Oracle ”, Chloe deciphers a Kryptonian message which Clark reads adenine, “ Zod is coming. ” In the following sequence, “ Vessel ”, Jor-El reveals that Zod was imprisoned in the Phantom Zone for crimes that resulted in Krypton ‘s destruction. Zod ‘s physical soundbox was destroyed to prevent him from escaping from captivity, and therefore, he immediately required a vessel to inhabit on Earth. Brainiac had earlier injected Lex Luthor with a vaccine that granted him Kryptonian superpowers, and consequently, Lex was to be the vessel for Zod ‘s consciousness. Through the actions of Clark and Brainiac, Zod is freed. After inhabiting Lex ‘s body, Zod imprisons Clark inside the Phantom Zone, leaving no one to stop him, and begins his plans to conquer Earth as the trap Clark is sent flying into space. In the sixth season premiere, “ Zod ”, after a brief sojourn in the Phantom Zone, Clark escapes with the avail of a Kryptonian woman who claims to have been Jor-El ‘s aide. She gives Clark a crystal bear the sign of the House of El ( Superman ‘s characteristic stylized “ S ” ). Back on earth, Clark confronts Zod/Lex, but Zod, a train soldier, well pummels Clark into submission. In an court to the climactic picture in Superman II, Zod issues his ill-famed command, “ kneel before Zod ” although in a much more serious spirit, and then mutely commands Clark to take his hand. But alternatively of crushing Zod ‘s hand as in the movie, Clark takes the opportunity to press the crystal into it, evicting Zod from Lex ‘s body and sending him back into the Phantom Zone ( in another allusion to the movie, the face of Zod ‘s spirit as it is forced out of Lex strongly resembles that of Terence Stamp as Zod ). Lex returns to normal with no memory of these events. however, he by and by discovers a shard of a Kryptonian device that Zod left on his laptop—Brainiac ‘s hard driveway. In the Ninth season Episode Kandor through a series of flashbacks we find out that Zod and Jor-El were once conclude friends. The then Major Zod even saved Jor-El ‘s life when he was tried for treachery for stopping production on the Orb afterwords Jor-El told Zod he was in his debt but when asked Jor-El to bring back his son Jor-El stated it was not possible be cause the knockoff could be mutated to which Zod said “ You are immediately as absolutely to me as my son. ” ending their freindship and possibly causing Zod to eventualy denounce Krypton .

Krypton

Novels

In the novel The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson, General Zod appears as the main antagonist. In this incarnation, he is besides known as Commissioner Dru-Zod who is head of the Commission for Technology Acceptance. Zod is the only son of Cor-Zod, once the head of the Kryptonian Council and legendary politician leader. Rather than taking his celebrated don ‘s place on the Council, the younger Zod is put in charge of the Commission for Technology Acceptance. Commissioner Zod reviews, and at the teaching of the Council, normally rejects the inventions and theories brought away by Jor-El. After Brainiac shrinks the capital city of Kandor, Zod steps into the now Council-free might vacuum and begins a military build-up with the help oneself of Jor-El who is unaware of his more sinister plans for Krypton. Zod marries Aethyr-Ka in an irregular ceremony and begins to eliminate dissidents, trapping them in the Phantom Zone which, among many of Jor-El ‘s devices, Zod has secretly hoarded in an campaign to build up an arsenal. Although Jor-El receives long-awaited cooperation from Zod, he comes to distrust the new drawing card of Krypton. Zod moves his capital city to Xan City, once inhabited by Jax-Ur, a warlord responsible for a very dark menstruation in Kryptonian history. With the aid of the beefy mute Nam-Ek ( Zod ‘s ward – similar to Non in the Superman movies ) and his wife Aethyr-Ka, Commissioner Zod declares himself General Zod and declares war on Zor-El, brother of Jor-El, attacking Argo City. The attack fails and Zod and his cohorts are captured and banished to the Phantom Zone .

In popular culture

  • Zod is perhaps most popularly quoted as a Superman villain with the phrase, “Come to me, son of Jor-El! Kneel before Zod!” For example, Jay does so in the Kevin Smith film Mallrats after knocking out the head of mall security.
  • Zod’s peculiar aloof mannerisms and catchphrases from Superman II, especially his penchant for demanding that people “kneel”, has led to the creation of a number of websites dedicated to the General, such as GeneralZod.net, and General Zod for President in 2008.
  • Various Zod scenes from Superman II were sampled and used in TeknoZod, a techno dance record by Samplesonic released in 1996 in the UK on Samplesonic Records.
  • American Midwest rapper Tech N9ne says “I will make you kneel before Zod” in the song ” Sinister Tech” from his album Anghellic
  • Zod, as well as his two henchmen, have appeared in the Family Guy episode “Lethal Weapons”. When Peter finds that Lois can fight extremely well, he walks into a local bar to start fights by saying insulting things, including “Krypton sucks.” Zod and his minions are then thrown into the Phantom Zone mirror and sent into space.
  • Zod appeared in the Robot Chicken episode “The Munnery” as the host of “Bod By Zod,” in which he commands all to “kneel before Zod.” After the camera zooms out to reveal he is in fact doing a workout video, he begins to command the viewer to do various aerobic exercises “before Zod.”
  • Both Superman: The Movie and General Zod are mentioned on an episode of the ESPN show Cheap Seats. Both the Sklar Brothers poke fun at a man who resembles both Zod and Non, and quote the famous “kneel before Zod” line.
  • In an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Dr. Forrester practices his “world takeover speech”, which included the line “You will bow down before me, son of Jor-El, bow down!”
  • Russell Brand ‘s Got Issues, a united kingdom comedy discussion show on Channel 4, included a buddy named Andrew Zod, who was supposedly Zod’s nephew in its first few episodes.
  • The video game review show X-Play, the disembodied head once said “They kneel only before Zod”.
  • The sixth Fedora Core distribution is called Zod. [1]
  • In one of Stephen Colbert’s Formidable Opponent sketches, President Bush is described in terms of Superman and now he must act as Zod has been released from the Phantom Zone, the losing Stephen is then shot with heat ray vision as the winning Stephen says the line “Kneel before Zod”.
  • Zod is the highest rune in the computer game Diablo II : Lord of Destruction. It makes armor and weapons indestructible. The lowest rune is called El, and grants the player a slightly better attack and increased Light radius.
  • In the wisecrack Forth

    comic of 1/16/07, the family is playing monopoly on a snowy day. Ted, the father, gains control of half of the monopoly board and says “KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!” Only to have Hilary the daughter say “ZOD?” Then Sally, the mother, said that if he is going to use references use ones that his daughter would understand.

  • In the TV series Supernatural, a kid named Todd who is picked on by bullies makes a wish on a wishing well for super strength, and chases the bullies around, saying “KNEEL BEFORE TODD!” An obvious reference to “KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!”
  • In the TV series Glee, Sue Sylvester calls herself “General Zod”.
  • Internet Comedian, Doug Walker, has portrayed the character of Zod in multiple sketches including his “Merry Zodmas” sketches, in which he portrayed a General Zod who is befuddled by the concept of Christmas. In the sketches, he examines aspects of Christmas and how they will be remodeled after him. In the Nostalgia Critic’s Transformers 3 review, the judge is revealed to be Zod (portrayed by Doug Walker), and tells them to rise and then to KNEEL! [2]

personality and comparisons

General Zod is a debonair and sophisticated evil genius who regards everyone ( with the possible exception of Ursa in Superman II ) to be his inferiors. His tall, tilt demeanor, prestigious title and nefarious, erudite personality all give him an undeniable similarity to Count Dooku in the Star Wars films. The most probable inspiration for Zod is the biblical quality of Lucifer, besides known as Satan or the Devil. Like Lucifer, Zod and his minions tried to take over Krypton but the ruler of Krypton, Jor-El banished them to the Phantom Zone. Years former Zod broke rid and came to torment Jor-El ‘s son, Superman. This is but one of many religious and fabulous parallels running through Superman .

References

  • Alan Kistler’s Profile On: ZOD! – Comic book historian Alan Kistler of www.MonitorDuty.com does an in-depth article reviewing the long history of Zod from 1961 all the way to 2005, going into detail on the various incarnations and changes in the character. Includes several artwork scans of the different versions of Zod and a discussion of the show Smallville.
  • Supermanica: General Zod Supermanica entry on the Pre-Crisis General Zod
  • General Zod at the Injustice: Gods Among Us Wiki

See besides

  • Non
  • Ursa
  • Kryptonians
  • tilt of Superman enemies
  • satan
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