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"Let me tell you tadpoles how I work: I seek out the lost little lambs society has cruelly abandoned, I take them lovingly under my wings, give them the power to face the cold heartless world... and kick its butt!"[1]

Granny Goodness was an inhabitant of Apokolips and the commander of the Female Furies. Though she had the mannerisms of a kindly old lady, she was in fact a cruel tormentor and one of Darkseid's most loyal lieutenants.


Early history[]

Granny ran an orphanage on Apokolips, which she used to recruit the Female Furies. These included Lashina, Stompa, Mad Harriet, Bernadeth, and Big Barda, among many others.

Apokolips and New Genesis exchange sons

Granny does the exchange between Apokolips and New Genesis.

When the war between Apokolips and New Genesis ended, Darkseid gave his son Orion to Highfather, who then gave his son Scott to Darkseid. Granny was present at the exchange, and gave Orion to Scott's nurse, while Granny took Scott. Darkseid left Scott in Granny's care. She placed Scott in the X-Pit, where she used every possible method to break his hope and bend him to Darkseid's will.

However, Scott went on to escape the X-Pit, the only person to do so, and, to make matters worse, fell in love with Big Barda, who in turn fell in love with Scott. Together, they escaped Apokolips. Granny considered Scott her greatest failure, and never understood what she did wrong.

Darkseid's war with Superman[]

Granny forces Superman

Granny gets Superman to kneel.

After Superman discovered Kara of Argo, Granny was dispatched to create an asteroid magnet to draw a comet into Earth, using adolescents recruited from Intergang to get the necessary equipment. However, Supergirl found Granny's hideout, and she summoned the Furies. Superman came, but the Furies subdued him. With the magnet already completed, Granny and the Furies took Superman to Apokolips, as a gift to Darkseid. However, Supergirl managed to rescue Superman, and they moved the comet out of Earth's atmosphere. As punishment, Darkseid had the Furies torture Granny.

When Darkseid captured Superman, Granny brainwashed him into believing that he was a servant of Darkseid. However, once Superman broke free of Darkseid's will, he knocked Granny into the device, incapacitating her and allowing Superman to take on Darkseid, a battle which he won.

Civil war[]

After the death of Darkseid in Brainiac's asteroid, Granny emerged as one of the strongest warlords on Apokolips, mainly through the Female Furies. She was opposed by Virman Vundabar, who kidnapped Kalibak, Darkseid's son, and imprisoned him in the X-Pit to support his claim to the throne. In response, Granny kidnapped Oberon, a close friend of Scott and Barda, to blackmail them into rescuing Kalibak so that he could get "proper care". With the aid of the Flash, they succeeded, but Granny decided to kill Oberon anyway. However, Scott, Barda and the Flash had anticipated the move; as such, before they presented Kalibak to Granny, they swapped him with J'onn J'onzz, who read Granny's mind, allowing them to free Oberon. Though Barda wanted to kill Granny, it was decided that they would spare her, to continue the power struggle on Apokolips. Thus, Barda didn't leave Granny Goodness dead—she left her with a right hook.

Some months later, the armies of Granny and Vundabar were poised for a final battle when Darkseid, recently resurrected by Lex Luthor, appeared before both armies. Granny renounced her ambitions and repledged her loyalty to Darkseid.

Background information[]

  • In DC comics, Granny Goodness was originally a Lowlie who grew up with Big Barda's mother, Breeda, who was recruited into Darkseid's Hounds, his elite shock troopers. Impressed by her loyalty and ruthlessness, Darkseid made Goodness head of Armagetto's orphanages, where Goodness would indoctrinate soldiers from childhood in combat and loyalty to Darkseid. She trained the Female Furies to be loyal to her first, but Darkseid foremost.
  • The design of Granny Goodness in the DCAU was based on Boris Karloff in "The Mother Muffin Affair," an episode of The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.[2]


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  1. Dorkin, Evan, Dyer, Sarah, Dini, Paul, Burnett, Alan (writers) & Geda, Curt (director) (May 2, 1998). "Little Girl Lost, Part I”. Superman: The Animated Series. Season 2. Episode 27 (airdate). Episode 37 (production). Kids WB!.
  2. Bruce Timm forum post

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