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  • Despero is an alien dictator and enemy of the Justice League.
  • Depero is an intergalactic conqueror from the planet Kalanor. He is one of the Justice League's most dangerous adversaries. He has at times been seen teaming up with Darkseid, taking the role as his henchman in an attempt to conquer the Earth.
  • Despero was an intergalactic villain.
  • Despero was a Kalanorian peasant born with a deformity — a third eye. For that reason he was cast out, and went to wander in the wasteland. One day, when he was jumped by a group of criminals, Despero was saved by the mystical Flame of Py'tar. It infused him with great physical strength and mental powers, which he could project through his third eye. Moreover, the Flame revealed itself to be sentient when it told Despero of a time when Kalanor would become a paradise. Consumed by anger and hatred, Despero misunderstood this message and believed that he had been chosen to impose his will upon the galaxy, and as a result, he used his mental powers to subjugate his fellow natives.
  • Despero has gone through virtually as many transformations as the League itself. Initially appearing as a physically weak, mind-controlling tyrant with a penchant for playing chess for the fates of his enemies, he later surfaced to be a physical powerhouse fueled by his burning, all-consuming hatred of the Justice League.
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  • Alien, Tyrant
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Box Title
  • Despero
Goals
  • Take over the universe.
Eyes
  • Black
  • yellow
Origin
  • Justice League
Skills
  • Third eye with hypnotic powers
  • Tremendous strength
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Affiliation
Hair
  • None
  • bald
Name
  • Despero
Abilities
  • Mental powers; super-strength
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Character Name
  • Despero
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  • #C9CBBD
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  • [defaults to 125]
Alias
  • Lord Despero
Hobby
  • Gaining power.
Planet
Base
Species
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  • #efefef
  • #685994
Real Name
  • Despero
Universe
Occupation
  • Tyrant
  • Founder and leader of the Legion of the Third Eye
  • Ruler of Kalanor
Movie
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Fullname
  • Despero
Size
  • 300
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  • __FORCETOC__ Image:Help.png
  • Despero is an alien dictator and enemy of the Justice League.
  • Depero is an intergalactic conqueror from the planet Kalanor. He is one of the Justice League's most dangerous adversaries. He has at times been seen teaming up with Darkseid, taking the role as his henchman in an attempt to conquer the Earth.
  • Despero was an intergalactic villain.
  • Despero has gone through virtually as many transformations as the League itself. Initially appearing as a physically weak, mind-controlling tyrant with a penchant for playing chess for the fates of his enemies, he later surfaced to be a physical powerhouse fueled by his burning, all-consuming hatred of the Justice League. Despero's most famous battle against the Justice League established him as being driven by his utter and all-burning hatred for the Justice League, to the point that his hatred allowed for him to survive death and regenerate his body through sheer willpower. He attacked the Justice League as he had known it (previous incarnation - "Justice League Detroit" ) and then sought them out, eventually battling at the United Nations building (New York); he even donned the United Nations flag as a cape during the battle. The battle ended only through Martian Manhunter controversially employing a never before seen deus ex machina power to trick Despero into thinking he had successfully killed not only the Justice League, but all life on Earth, causing him to let go of his hatred and regressing to the form of a fetus. The fetus Despero was then given to Manga Khan in exchange for his robotic man-servant L-Ron. Despero was aged back into adulthood and escaped back to Earth to continue his vendetta against the JLA. Despero attacked both the American and European Justice League teams and the murderous bounty-hunter Lobo (who had been hired to retrieve Despero for Khan) in Times Square, New York. Despero could only be stopped once again through desperate means; the robot L-Ron used the slave collar Despero wore to switch bodies with Despero, gaining his monsterous form while trapping him into L-Ron's powerful, if small, robotic form. Attacking the Justice League, Despero was defeated by an unlikely source, a duck hunter who shot him by mistake, destroying his robot body in the process. L-Ron then went into outer space with his new body before returning to Earth and joining the Justice League Task Force. Although he was seemingly killed when L-Ron's body was destroyed, his mind somehow ended up returning to his body, where it was shown to be battling L-Ron for control of his original body. L-Ron succeeded in casting him out after Despero briefly regained control over his body, at which point he once again became a "free floating evil essence", able to possess innocent people. In this state, he confronted Young Justice, currently attempting to prove their maturity by tackling a crisis on their own; he initially sought to possess Superboy, seeing him as the most powerful host available - Robin was merely mortal and he could barely comprehend Impulse's chaotic mind, but eventually managed to take control of the Martian Manhunter, who had been watching the fight in case the teens required assistance. Using J'onn's primal fear of fire, they drove Despero out of his body, and he was subsequently banished to another dimension by Secret, although he apparently escaped. Later he had joined forces with Johnny Sorrow in a plan to destroy the League and the Justice Society. He possessed President Lex Luthor, but was cast out of the President by Johnny Sorrow's own gaze and apparently returned to corporeal form. Despero defeats several teams of JSA/JLA and takes on Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Manhunter, Power Girl, and Hourman at the same time. Allowing the next wave of Green Lantern Kyle, Original GL, Firestorm, Captain Atom, and Zatanna to attack using their full powers right after the psychical attack. Despero withstood all of that and more before eventually falling to the stare of Johnny Sorrow. Years later, in the wake of Identity Crisis, the JLA was attacked by a reformed Secret Society of Super Villains that once again knew the heroes' alter-egos. The Martian Manhunter discovered Despero was responsible for the restoration of the Society's memory. After a telepathic battle with both Martian Manhunter and Aquaman, Despero takes control of them as well as Batman, but not before Catwoman can summon the Justice League. In the ensuing battle, Despero mentally takes control of the Green Arrow, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and the Black Canary. After nearly taking control of Superman, Red Tornado arrives and saves Superman. As Despero moves to attack Tornado with the members of the League he has taken control of, Zatanna arrives and stops him. After he was defeated, Despero was taken by Hal Jordan into Oa's custody.Return A young Despero in his original human form is later plucked from the timestream by Mister Mind, and is convinced to join a group called "The Time Stealers". The villains successfully create an alternate universe that differs significantly from the original. Hero Booster Gold and several allies (Rip Hunter and the Justice League International) eventually undo the change and restore the original universe. Despero briefly allied with villains Morgaine Le Fey and Enigma and became god-like until stopped by the combined efforts of Superman; Batman and Wonder Woman. Despero returns to attack the Justice League and almost finishes the washed out League. However, just in the nick of time, Zatanna Zatanna arrives to inform them of the ongoing Blackest Night, and in the process saves them and holds off Despero just long enough to send him away. She attempts to teleport him to the center of the Earth, but before being able to do so, her spell is interrupted and he is pulled away to somewhere unknown by some unknown force. At the request of human computer Vril Dox, Despero joins in the fight against the original Starro, that controls all other versions and is conquering the galaxy. Despero engages Starro in combat and although easily destroyed begins to regernerate into a new form while his foes think him dead, which was always the villain's intent. Vril Dox uses Despero's still living head as a weapon against Starro and its forces, and uses Psion technology to accelerate his regrowth.
  • Despero was a Kalanorian peasant born with a deformity — a third eye. For that reason he was cast out, and went to wander in the wasteland. One day, when he was jumped by a group of criminals, Despero was saved by the mystical Flame of Py'tar. It infused him with great physical strength and mental powers, which he could project through his third eye. Moreover, the Flame revealed itself to be sentient when it told Despero of a time when Kalanor would become a paradise. Consumed by anger and hatred, Despero misunderstood this message and believed that he had been chosen to impose his will upon the galaxy, and as a result, he used his mental powers to subjugate his fellow natives. Despero quickly established himself as the ruler of Kalanor, his once-reviled deformity now acting as his link to the Py'tar. With an entire planet in his hands, he built an empire called the Legion of the Third Eye. Despero's selfish misuse of the Pytar twisted it into a source of hatred, fueling his despotic rule. He banned all those not worthy of reading and punished anyone who opposed him. He was often accompanied by his beautiful "personal attendants". After solidifying his hold on Kalanor, Despero began planning to expand his power. He immersed several of his loyal followers in the Py'tar and attacked the planet of Ranstad-7 as a test run. The Green Lantern Corps counter-attacked by dispatching Katma Tui, Kilowog, Arkkis Chummuck and Galius Zed to fend off Despero's forces. However, they were vastly outnumbered and overpowered. Arkkis and Galius were annihilated and Kilowog was forced into a retreat, while Katma provided cover. She was subsequently taken in and then infiltrated Despero's inner circle as a priestess. When Green Lantern John Stewart arrived to find Katma Tui, his old mentor, he was captured and brought before Despero. The villain attempted to convince the Green Lantern to step aside, hoping that he would carry the same message to the Guardians of the Universe. He informed John of his origins, but the Lantern was not convinced of him nor of his "bonfire". Despero attacked John with his third eye and managed to over-power him to the point of breaking his will. He ordered a priestess to throw John's body into the Py'tar where he assumed him to be dead. Despero began his conquest soon afterwards. He bestowed the Flame's energies upon his followers and sent them off as an invasion wave to spread his word and will across the cosmos. However, Despero had a thorn in his side to deal with: a small underground resistance. He ordered his troops to eliminate them, however, assistance from Earth arrived with Kilowog and helped them escape. Some time later, Despero ordered his Py'tar infused troops to attack again after receiving a tip from Radocko, a former resistance fighter who had betrayed them by giving Despero this information. The leader of the resistance, Shifflet, the Green Lantern Kilowog, and two Justice League members escaped in separate directions. But the attack was not a complete loss. His troops managed to captured the thought to be dead John Stewart, Katma Tui and Justice League member, Hawkgirl. Despero infused Katma with the Py'tar and bound her to his will. However, Despero found Hawkgirl's Thanagarian wings to be of "exotic quality" and would rather have her as one of his personal attendants. As Despero attempted to bind Hawkgirl, John Stewart summoned the will to call his power ring to him and break free of the bindings Despero had placed him in. John blasted Despero away from Hawkgirl and the two fought each other in the caves underneath his palace. The battle raged on, much differently then the last. Despero's third eye was sealed shut when John punched it and left the Green Lantern symbol over the lids. The battle would finally end when Kilowog, The Flash, and J'onn J'onzz arrived in the Pytar chamber. J'onn leaped into the Py'tar in an attempt to communicate with it, allowing the Py'tar to use him as a mouthpiece with which to address Despero's army. It informed the people of Kalanor of Despero's evil ways and asked them to step into the light, where Kalanor would return to its former paradise state. When the people of Kalanor did so, Despero's powers immediately ceased to exist. Where he stood, a tree shot up from the ground and wrapped him in its branches. Moments before he was completely enveloped, Despero saw a vision of the true paradise Py'tar had hoped to create, and he was fully at peace in the revelation as he was absorbed into the tree. All over the planet, the Py'tar spread new foliage and greenery around their sterile wastelands. In space, Despero's infused troops transformed into foliage themselves. The new foliage destroyed Despero's kingdom and the people of Kalanor were left to rebuild its civilization with Katma and Kilowog.