"The people of this planet will kneel before me!"
—General Zod[src]

General Dru-Zod, simply known as General Zod, is a Kryptonian criminal, warlord, former military general and one of the few survivors from the dying planet of Krypton. He is considered Clark Kent/Superman's greatest and most feared enemy.


Early life

At some point Clark Kent/Superman had a fight with Zod that deeply affected him. The Man of Steel ultimately won but chose to spare Zod's life.[1]


When Superman had been poisoned by Silver Kryptonite by Rhea, he began to see his cousin Supergirl as Zod. He was deaf and blind to his cousin's pleas and attempts to reason with him and only saw Zod and hear his threats against him and the people of Earth.

Powers and abilities


  • Kryptonian physiology: Normally, like all Kryptonians, Zod's capabilities are no greater than a normal human of her physical conditioning. However, once charged by the energy of a blue or yellow sun and metabolized into his body, he becomes able to perform various inhuman feats. While generic for his race, being an highly trained military have allowed him to use these abilities with far greater control and a equally greater levels of raw power compared to other Kryptonians.
    • Solar energy absorption: While Zod's powers are dependent on the energy spectrum from a blue or yellow sun, his body is able to constantly and passively absorb such energy while exposed to it, essentially keeping his reserves fully charged near-constantly. Direct exposure to sunlight will also accelerate his recovery from any injuries he does manage to sustain.
      • Accelerated healing factor: Zod's solar charged metabolism accelerates his healing and allows him to burn calories at a fast rate, making him resilient to weight gain.
      • Flight: Zod is able to manipulate his own gravitational field to generate thrust and propel himself through the air, often at supersonic speeds, much faster than he can travel by foot. As such, he is able to levitate and fly past Earth's atmosphere and near the planet's orbit.
        • Super leaping: Zod is able to jump several stories in a single bound without having to fly.
      • Heat vision: By concentrating every solar energy reserve he has in his body, Zod can emit blue energy beams of variable intensity from his eyes. Due to his control over the beams, he is capable of burning though stone and welding metal, causing small explosions and fires, and physically repelling enemies with similar durability, making it useful in combat.
      • Invulnerability: Zod is essentially invulnerable to all Earthly weapons, with bullets simply ricocheting whenever they come in to contact with his skin, he is also immune to most forms of extreme punishment.
      • Longevity: As a Kryptonian, Zod's life span is considerably longer than a normal human and likewise ages much slower.
      • Super breath: Zod is able to exhale powerful gusts of air from his mouth which are similar to force winds. He can also cause the temperature of his breath to drop, therefore able to freeze nearly anything.
      • Super hearing: Zod has super-sensitive ears that can perfectly pick up sounds from miles away and even through structures.
      • Super speed: Zod possesses the ability to move at incredible speeds, far greater than that of any normal human.
      • Super strength: Zod's strength is enhanced under a yellow sun, enough to easily kill a normal human if he were to attack them directly. Allowing him to overpower and almost kill Superman in their past fight.
      • Telepathy immunity: Zod is immune to all forms of telepathy; even from someone as powerful as J'onn J'onzz.
      • X-ray vision: Zod is able to see through all solid objects; except for lead.


  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant: As a former Kryptonian general, Zod is an expert in unarmed combat, able to go toe-to-toe with Superman, an expert fighter in his own right.
  • Expert tactician: As a former Kryptonian general, Zod is an expert tactician.
  • Multilingual: Zod is capable of fluently speaking English and Kryptonese.


  • Kryptonite: Like all Kryptonians, even while empowered, Zod is vulnerable to the exposure of Kryptonite, a radioactive mineral from his home planet Krypton. Depending on the nature of the said Kryptonite, it will cause a different adverse affect on him;
    • Green Kryptonite: Green Kryptonite not only physically hurts Zod and weakens his physical attributes, leaving him vulnerable to weapons and anything in general that can kill a normal human, but if he is exposed to it for too long, it will kill him.
    • Red Kryptonite: If exposed to Red Kryptonite, it gradually destroys Zod's inhibitions and turns him into a corrupt version of himself. Left without morality, compassion, rationality, or any cares whatsoever, Zod will become malevolent and prone to hostility and aggression, making him a danger to everyone around him.
    • Silver Kryptonite: If exposed to Silver Kryptonite, it will cause Zod to go in a deep and frightful hallucination where nothing from the outside world can stir him out of it until it leaves his system.
  • Extreme energy: Extreme amounts of energy can be enough to damage or kill Zod.
  • Red sun energy: Like all Kryptonians, exposure to the Red Sun will make Zod the equivalent of a human being on Earth.
  • Solar energy depletion: Using his powers to its maximum for an extended period can significantly drain his solar energy to the point where Zod loses all of his powers and is rendered more human-like for at least a day or more. This renders him as weak as a human, allowing Non to get injured and killed as easily as normal humans.
  • Lead: Zod cannot see through lead, even with his X-ray vision.
  • Magic: Like all Kryptonians and humans, Zod can be affected by supernatural forces or powers. This is because his powers are due to his natural physiology and not from the supernatural.
  • High-frequencies: Though considered a strength, Zod's hearing does have its disadvantages. Since his hearing is more sensitive than a normal human's, higher pitch noises (sonic screams, etc.) can disorient him and cause pain in his ears, leaving him vulnerable in a fight.
  • Sound-dampening technology: The D.E.O. designed frequencies to block super-hearing and cause Zod slight pain when trying to use it in areas protected by the technology.



Season 2


  • Despite having the same rank of Astra in the Kryptonian Military Guild, their uniforms are completely different; Astra's one is similar to a black tactical suit, while Zod's has a Nazi-esque attire.

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, General Zod is a warlord from Superman's home planet of Krypton that also survived its destruction and came to Earth, only to become one of Superman's greatest enemies.
  • The CW cannot use an upright version of Zod, due to Warner Brothers owning the rights to him. They can only subtlety reference him or use him as a hallucination, as the did in Nevertheless, She Persisted.


  1. "Nevertheless, She Persisted"