Parademons are the monstrous, demon-like shock troopers of Apokolips.
Commanded by General Steppenwolf, who served Darkseid on Apokolips, Parademons spearheaded several attacks on Superman and invasions of Earth. Despite Steppenwolf's death, Parademons still served as part of Darkseid's armies.
After Darkseid's death and the descent of Apokolips into civil war, Parademons fought on the side of both factions, Virman Vundabar's and Granny Goodness's. However, when Darkseid was resurrected, Parademons followed their omnipotent leader to Earth, where they battled the Justice League and the Legion of Doom.
Powers and abilities
Parademons were capable of unaided flight and have been trained to use a variety of melee and projectile weapons. Their standard weapon is a spear also equipped with an energy blaster. Bare-handed, they possess superhuman strength and often attack with their claws and teeth.
They are somewhat resistant to injury, though this may be more of a function of their armor than natural toughness.
The animated Parademons seem to differ in strength according to the dramatic needs of a story. At times Parademons can press even the likes of Superman in combat. Other times, Batman and Lex Luthor can capably deal with multiple Parademons. At one time, even Question and Dan Turpin deck one with a punch to the jaw.
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