Desaad's nature is simple: he relishes the suffering and torment of others. His work brings him great satisfaction but the depravity of his creations can cause him to briefly become carried away with excitement. This fetish for anguish has allowed his victims enough time to escape their predicament and overcome him. As with most of Darkseid's minions, imagining the consequences for failure gives him pause.
Desaad is a frightening figure with pale skin, sunken red eyes, and stringy black hair. The right side of his face is deformed, with flesh growing from his cheek down the collar of his clothes. He wears a purple, hooded robe with a metal shoulder/neck covering.
Around the turn of the 13th century, Desaad and the rest of Darkseid's forces attempted to conquer Earth but were faced with resistance from Vandal Savage, who was using the name Genghis Khan and his army. Darkseid's forces decimated Savage's army but the latter wasn't defeated. Impressed by the superhuman abilities of Savage and his ilk, Desaad pointed out to his master that such specimens would make "sturdy stock for the Anti-Life Equation". Then he watched as Darkseid brokered a deal with Savage and a partnership was formed to conquer the Galaxy, however once this goal was accomplished, Earth and Apokolips would engage in a final battle for sole domination of the universe.
Desaad came to Earth to supply Intergang with Apokoliptan weaponry. During Intergang's ambush against the Forever People and Superboy, Desaad was in disguise as an Intergang member. Once the Forever People began to form Infinity-Man, Desaad emerged from his disguise and passed Bruno Mannheim a Fatherbox, which corrupted Infinity-Man. With his enemy now under his control, Desaad ordered Infinity-Man to kill Superboy and Wolf. Ultimately, as Infinity-Man gradually overpowered Superboy, Mannheim asked Desaad why he doesn't finish Superboy immediately. Desaad admitted that he preferred a slow death and Fatherbox had programmed Infinity-Man with his proclivities. However, his mood soon changed as Sphere transformed into pill bug mode and purged Fatherbox's corruption and he desperately ordered Intergang to attack. Unfortunately, with Superboy controlling Infinity-Man, they were quickly overpowered. Desaad quickly escaped via boom tube, promising all would suffer and threw a grenade that disbanded Infinity-Man and injured Sphere.
Desaad paid a visit to Granny Goodness's space station, The Orphanage. The eventful visit culminated with the Justice League's arrival to track-down Granny's Furies. Desaad conceded to Granny's wishes to use their master's unfinished contraption on the interlopers. When activated, the machine trapped both the heroes and the Furies within an energy bubble that tortured everyone caught inside. Both Desaad and Granny watched intently as their victims squirmed in pain.
Their fun was cut short when the Leaguers mustered their way out of the bubble with the Furies in tow. Superman let off a beam of heat vision in order to disorient Desaad and Granny and the Leaguers began to advance on them, however Granny was able to narrowly cut them off by sending them straight through a boom tube. The Apokoliptans then made their escape through another boom tube.
At Darkseid's domain on Apokolips, Desaad ruthlessly tortured Granny Goodness as a part of a mutual concession between his master and Vandal Savage for the role she played in compromising their plans.
For his services on New Genesis, Desaad provided Ma'alefa'ak with a bio-weapon to kill all B'lahdenns and G'arruns on Mars. The weapon had not yet been tested, and Desaad explained to the Martian that its effects on Martians of mixed-race was unknown, but the young Martian dismissed his advisory. Regardless, Desaad was happy about the projected death toll.
- This is Desaad's fourth animated appearance. He appeared in Super Friends, the DC Animated Universe (Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League), and the animated film Justice League: War. His design from the latter is reused for his appearance in Young Justice.
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- 17. "Disordered"
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- 20. "Endgame" (no lines)
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- 02. "Needful"
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