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Dru-Zod is a Kryptonian general and leader of the House of Zod. Before Krypton's destruction, he was imprisoned in the the Phantom Zone for attempting a coup d'état against the Kryptonian government.

Personality

Dru-Zod is a power hungry and arrogant individual, who despises those who are against him. This is seen when he opposed both the Kryptonian government and United Planets, which resulted in his imprisonment in the Phantom Zone for his failed rebellion.[2] He also holds great disdain for the House of El, especially for Jor-El, due to his role in imprisoning him.[3]

Having spent decades in the Phantom Zone, he is also shown to be patient and calculating, willing to teach Superboy how to survive in the Zone and carefully manipulated him to join his side, which ultimately succeeded.[4][5]

Dru-Zod deeply cares for his followers. He shares a loving relationship with his wife, Ursa Zod, attempting to bring her with him when he was being retrieved by the Phantom Zone projector.[6] He also wanted to immediately rescue the rest of his followers upon escaping the Phantom Zone, and when he arrived on Earth, placed priority on getting his followers out of the Zone over gaining yellow sun powers.[1]

Dru-Zod is capable of showing mercy towards fellow Kryptonians. Despite being the son of Jor-El, Dru-Zod gave Kal-El the chance to join the House of Zod instead of immediately fighting him but attacked him after being rejected.[1] With Kon-El, he developed a fondness towards him and was reluctant to kill him, despite his son's insistences. [1]

Physical appearance

Dru-Zod is a muscular middle-aged man, as tall as Superman, with dark skin, full goatee, brown eyes, and dark hair with gray temples. He wears a form-fitting uniform of black and gray, with the House of Zod sigil on his chest.

History

20th century

Zod and Ursa are sentenced to the Phantom Zone.

Prior to Krypton's destruction, Dru-Zod disagreed with the Kryptonian government's relationship with New Genesis[3] and plotted a coup, which he justified as a means of saving their world. Thanks to Jor-El and Zor-El, he and his followers were imprisoned in the Phantom Zone,[2] sentenced to serve ten years.[7] Unbeknownst to either of them, Ursa was pregnant with his child, but the pregnancy did not advance while in the Zone.[2] Zod suffered Zone-Sickness, but was able to overcome it.[4]

31st century (original timeline)

Eight months after being released from their ten-year sentence, Lor-Zod is born.

Following Krypton's destruction, there was no-one to release the Phantom Zone's prisoners, until the last Phantom Zone Projector was found on New Genesis in the 31st century. The United Planets paroled all the prisoners and settled them on the Kryptonian colony world of Daxam. Eight months after their release, Ursa gave birth to Lor-Zod.

After a failed coup, the House of Zod is sent back to the Zone.

Dru-Zod was not happy to have been settled on a world with a red sun, which denied him the powers he viewed as a birthright. Within 15 years he had moved his followers, now including some native Daxamites, to a nearby world with a yellow sun. Now empowered, he led his people in a revolt against the United Planets. The Legion of Super-Heroes stopped him, and sent him and his followers back to the Phantom Zone, except Lor-Zod who was a minor. Lor was determined to free his parents, and eventually the Legion were forced to destroy the Projector, stranding Dru-Zod in the Zone forever. Lor refused to accept this, and traveled back in time to the 21st century to kill Superboy, the Legion's inspiration. With no Legion, his parents would not be sent back to the Zone.[2]

2020 (revised timeline)

Zod breaks Conner to his will.

In the Phantom Zone, Dru-Zod found Superboy and an unconscious Phantom Girl, and offered his help.[4] He took them to his encampment, and introduced them to his life-mate Ursa Zod. He telepathically told Ursa they would be playing Superboy slowly. Ursa noted their unusual condition and offered to care for "Ghosty" while Dru took Superboy to see the rest of the House of Zod at work. He offered Superboy the chance to stay with them, which Superboy accepted by kneeling before him.[8]

 
The Phantom Zone
August 29, 00:01 UTC

Zod is almost freed from the Zone, but is thwarted by an overzealous Conner.

Dru and Ursa watched as Non worked with Superboy, moving a large rock. Dru was impressed by Superboy's strength of will. Ursa was impatient to learn what Superboy knew of Krypton, but Dru urged patience lest they drive him away.

A retrieval portal opened up and locked a tractor beam on Dru. Dru grabbed hold of Ursa and tried to bring her with him, but the Projector rejected her. He promised he would find a way to get everyone out. Superboy tried to stop Dru leaving, and the Projector did not reject him, leading Dru to realize Superboy had not been imprisoned by Krypton. The portal closed before he could get through.[6]

 
The Phantom Zone
September 5, 23:13 UTC

Zod and Ursa learn of Conner's heritage and Krypton's fate.

Dru and Ursa talked with Superboy about his past. Under questioning, Superboy remembered that he had arrived in the Zone after failing to disarm a bomb which exploded. He drew the House of El crest and remembered his name as Kon-El, that Superman was Kal-El, son of Jor-El and the presumed last survivor of Krypton, and that he had killed Superman. He also told the Zods that Krypton had been destroyed when its sun exploded, that Jor-El had tried to warn everyone and not been believed, and that Kryptonians gain tremendous powers under a yellow sun, as Kal-El did on Earth. Dru was shaken by Krypton's loss, and though he appreciated the irony of Jor-El's warning going unheeded, was glad Superboy had killed his son. He and Ursa left Superboy to go and get some "air".[7]

 
The Phantom Zone
September 09, 18:32 UTC

Dru and Ursa went to question Superboy once more, but he quickly told them Phantom Girl was awake, could leave the Zone, but hated Zod and would not take them. Superboy tried to capture her, but she phased out of the Zone on her own.[3]

 
The Phantom Zone
September 13, 21:34 UTC

Zod used Superboy as bait, expecting another attempt to rescue him. He was proved right when he caught Nightwing, Zatanna, Rocket, Kaldur'ahm and Tigress approaching Conner. He attempted to persuade the group that they should all be released as their sentences had long been served, and had his followers attack to force the issue when the group refused. Nightwing's team was easily captured.

Before leaving the Phantom Zone, Zod secures Conner's loyalty.

Nightwing attempted to use Kryptonite to subdue the Kryptonians, but it proved ineffective in the Zone, and Zod took it. The rescue team escaped thanks to a glamour spell.

Soon after, a boom tube opened up. Zod decided to go through with Ursa, Faora and Superboy, leaving the rest behind until he knew it was safe. Superboy was reluctant to go but agreed when Zod promised to keep him stable.

They emerged on the planet Trombus, where Zod was greeted in Kryptonian by his yet-to-be-born son.[5] Ma'alefa'ak psychically uploaded the English language into the Kryptonians minds.[1][9]

 
Trombus
September 14, 00:01 UTC

Zod is greeted by his yet-to-be-born son on Trombus.

Dru was skeptical Lor was his son, but Lor proved himself by reciting the secret maxim of the House of Zod. Lor explained how he came from the future to free them and how he tried to save them previously. After Faora was sent back to the Zone to gather Dru's army, they were attacked by Green Lantern Forager, and Lor insisted on evacuating his parents to Earth. Dru proceeded to procure the wounded and unconscious Superboy.[1]

 
North Pole
September 14, 00:05 UTC

Zod arrives at Superman's Fortress of Solitude.

They emerged in the Fortress of Solitude. Superboy began to rapidly heal due to the yellow sunlight. Lor was ready to kill him, but Dru called him off, stating he turned him to their side. Lor urged his parents into solar pods, but first Dru had them open another boom tube to the Zone to free his army.

While they were charging, Nightwing emerged from the boom tube and blew up the pods. Dru and Ursa emerged unscathed, and Lor had disabled their assailant, but Ursa was enraged that she had been denied her full power, even if she would still gain it in time. Her rage activated the Eye of Ekron Lor had pocketed, which made her the Emerald Empress.

The son of Jor-El kneels before Zod.

Dru noted that Nightwing's team was probably preventing their army coming through, so Lor entered the boom tube to find the team fighting the Kryptonians in the tube, but Dru was forced to call him back as the tube began to collapse due to being open for so long.

Dru and the others went outside when they detected the Bio-Ship approaching. The Emerald Empress blasted the Bio-Ship out of the sky. Superman emerged from the wreckage. Dru admitted he would prefer not to fight one of the few remaining Kryptonians, even an El, and offered Superman the chance to kneel before him and join his conquest. When Superman refused, Dru and Ma'alefa'ak brought him down with Kryptonite. Superman called on Conner for help, but Superboy refused, saying he was already dead. Lor thought this was evidence that both Els should die, as Superboy did not even know his own mind. Dru had another plan.[1]

 
Metropolis
September 14, post-00:16 EDT

Zod speaks to the people of Earth and claims the planet.

Dru's group boom tubed to Planet Circle in Metropolis. After engaging in some wanton destruction, Dru addressed the world, claiming it as his. As proof of his dominance, he prepared to order Superboy to kill Superman, recalling the Cadmus programming Superboy had recited to him in the Zone.[1]

 
Metropolis
September 14, 05:46 EDT

Zod laid out his theory about Jor-El intending Kal-El to become a god on Earth, and swore to succeed where he failed. He then ordered Superboy to kill Superman, but Superboy refused. Zod went to kill them both with Kryptonite, but Kid Flash appeared and snatched it away. Numerous other heroes appeared, and Zod called for his army. Faora and Non emerged from the boom tube, promising the rest would follow within the hour. During the ensuing battle, Miss Martian restored Superboy's mind, and Zatanna cured Superman. The Zods and Els faced off, and Dru-Zod was punched into the Phantom Zone.

Klarion hunted down all the Kryptonians in the Zone and placed them in stasis on the Warworld.[10]

 
The Warworld
September 16, 20:19 UTC

Vandal Savage and Ultra-Humanite observed the captive Kryptonians, including Dru-Zod.[10]

Powers and abilities

Kryptonian physiology: As a Kryptonian, Dru-Zod can manifest a number of abilities while exposed to radiation from a yellow sun.[1]

Whilst in the Phantom Zone, willpower is everything, and Dru-Zod is able to manifest certain abilities through force of will:

Weaknesses

  • Red sunlight: Under a red sun, a Kryptonian loses any powers they might have gained under a yellow sun.[1]

Appearances

Background information

  • General Zod is one of Superman's main enemies. A renegade Kryptonian general who was imprisoned in the Phantom Zone, he escaped numerous times and recruited other exiled criminals.
  • This is his seventh animated appearance. He appeared in the 1988 Ruby-Spears Superman series, Teen Titans Go!, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Elseworld animated movie, Justice League Action, The Lego Batman Movie and DC Super Hero Girls.

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (June 2, 2022). "Over and Out". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 25. HBO Max.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Krieg, Jim, Volpe, Giancarlo (writers) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (April 21, 2022). "Encounter Upon the Razor's Edge!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 19. HBO Max.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Vogel, Michael (writer) & Heuck, Vinton (director) (May 19, 2022). "Ego and Superego". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 23. HBO Max.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Stotts, Taneka (writer) & Sotta, Christina (director) (April 14, 2022). "Beyond the Grip of the Gods!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 18. HBO Max.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fujita, Akira "Mark" (writer) & Sotta, Christina (director) (May 26, 2022). "Zenith and Abyss". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 24. HBO Max.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sparrow, Aaron (writer) & Sotta, Christina (director) (May 5, 2022). "Odyssey of Death!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 21. HBO Max.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fullerton, Charlotte (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (May 12, 2022). "Rescue and Search". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 22. HBO Max.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Heuck, Vinton (director) (April 28, 2022). "Forbidden Secrets of Civilizations Past!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 20. HBO Max.
  9. Weisman, Greg (2022-06-10). Tweet. Twitter. Retrieved 2022-06-11.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Heuck, Vinton (director) (June 9, 2022). "Death and Rebirth". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 26. HBO Max.
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