|First appearance||The New Gods #1 (February/March 1971)|
|Created by||Jack Kirby|
|Team affiliations||New Gods of Apokolips|
Parademons are a fictional group of extraterrestrials appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. They are monstrous shock troops of Apokolips used by Darkseid to maintain order on the planet.
Parademons are featured in the DC Extended Universe films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and both the theatrical and director's cut versions of Justice League.
The original Parademons were created by Jack Kirby in The New Gods #1 (1971).
An artificially enhanced pseudo-race devoted to Darkseid, Parademons serve as both labor as well as an elite guard for the planet of Apokolips. Created and trained by DeSaad - often by torturing and reconditioning captured victims - Parademons typically act in Legions.
Their true strength is in their numbers, which reach into the thousands. When acting together, they can overwhelm even the toughest heroes. They are chosen from the most sociopathic and cruel residents before being given gliders and trained in combat. They are often accompanied by gigantic dogs called Hounds.
In the comic Salvation Run, Parademons are dispatched by Desaad to attack the villains that were dumped onto their training camp. They killed Hyena, Brutale, General Immortus, and Solomon Grundy, the last of whom turned up alive in later comic issues. Most of them were killed when Lex Luthor self-destructed the teleportation device.
In The New 52 (a 2011 reboot of the DC Comics universe), the Parademons are used to attack Earth, first seen encountering both Green Lantern and Batman in Gotham City. It is revealed in new continuum that the Parademon hordes are either remolded lifeforms or processed corpses that Darkseid and Apokolips have harvested from the various worlds and realities they've conquered.
Red Tornado of Earth 2 discovered that K'li, former Fury of Darkseid, was creating a special class of Berserker Parademons from the remodeled remains of dead or kidnapped humans, repurposing them through the usage of nightmarish Apokoliptian technologies.
Typical abilities of a Parademon include superhuman strength, stamina, regeneration, and a high tolerance for pain rooted in their reconditioning by DeSaad. Its armor provides additional protection against most weapons or energies and it also comes with wings for self-propelled flight.
As opposed to most Parademons, Mike, the Secret Six Parademon, and Pharzoof could speak and seemed to have more than the rudimentary intelligence most Parademons possess. The latter was shown to enjoy being tortured by his opponents.
Within the Prime-Earth reality, many if not all Parademons boast fire breath, self-detonation, and transformation abilities. Certain Parademons can even convert captured victims into new Parademons via direct technological infection.