- "I have a duty to my people and I will not allow anyone to prevent me from carrying it out."
- —Zod to Kal-El
The Commanding Officer in the Kryptonian Warrior Guild being in charge of the entire planet's forces, Zod rebelled against the Kryptonian Law Council of the planet to replace them with himself as ruler with the help of Faora-Ul and a battalion of loyal soldiers in a movement called the Sword of Rao. Opposed by Jor-El, Zod and his minions were captured and placed in the Phantom Zone via the Black Zero prison ship but escaped when Krypton exploded breaking the Zone's seal and made his way to Earth where he came face to face with Jor-El's only son Kal-El. Intending on terraforming the Earth into a new Krypton, Zod and his forces battled Kal-El which ended with Kal-El reluctantly having to snap Zod's neck killing him.
Zod was born on the distant planet Krypton genetically engineered as a commanding leader and fierce warrior. He was one in a long line of warriors all who served in Krypton's military rising all the way to the rank of 'General' from which he was formally known as "General Zod" from now on. Zod was placed in charged of the Warrior Guild on Krypton and was fiercely devoted to his duty and his 'people'.
- "I'm doing what I should've done years ago. These law makers with their endless debates have led Krypton to ruin!"
- —Zod to Jor-El
When told that Jor-El had escaped and also stole the Growth Codex, Zod and a few men travel to the House of El Homestead where Zod confronts Jor-El face to face as Lara Lor-Van launches Kal-El off planet. Believing Jor-El to turn his back on his friend, Zod battles Jor-El and after a hard fought fight stabs his friend with the hude blade from his armor. Saddened at what he had to do to his friend, he and his followers were arrested by the Sapphire Guards.Captured, Zod and his minions were put on trial before the Law Council with several bureaucrats and Lara Lor-Van present. They were sentenced to 300 years of reconditioning inside the Phantom Zone. Zod approached Lara and declared that sending their illegal son away wasn't enough and that he wasn't safe and he will find him. The Black Zero ship descended on Kandor and Zod and his cohorts boarded and went through the Phantom Zone Projector for their sentence.
Krypton's core gave way as Jor-El had earlier predicted and the ripple effect of its destruction broke the boundaries of the Phantom Zone allowing the Black Zero ship to escape. Seeing their planet had been destroyed, Zod declared the Black Zero his new flagship and began searching the universe for surviving Kryptonian colonies finding a dead colony and a Terraforming Generator which they take with them. Soon they pick up a Kryptonian beacon and follow it to the planet Earth in search of Kal-El and a suitable new home.
Arrival on Earth
- "I'm going to make them suffer Kal. These humans you've adopted I'm going to take them all from you one by one."
- —Zod to Kal-El
Black Zero entered the Earth's outer atmosphere where General Zod used his flagship to transmit a message to the planet Earth's primitive computers where every device on the planet would transmit his message. He request they give us Kal-El other suffer the consequences of his wrath.
After receiving a message that Kal-El is to be handed over, Zod sends Faora in a dropship to pick up Kal-El and also the Human Lois Lane. They are brought aboard where Black Zero's atmosphere disrupts Kal's abilities and nullifies them. Zod has him strapped down and Jax-Ur take some of his blood before subjecting the two to mind probing where Zod projects images into Kal's head of a fallen human race. Lois Lane had brought aboard Jor-El's AI who helps her escape and avoid capture into an escape pod which jettisons to Earth. Whilst Zod's forces try to recapture Lois, Kal uses his returned strength to escape his binds and escapes after recieving encouragement of Jor-El.
Zod and his men are in dropships and tracked Kal-El's ship to Smallville, USA and to the Kent Farm. They departed and were greeted by Martha Kent who denied any knowledge of an alien named Kal-El. Faora found the ship in the barn and they threatened Martha to give him up. With Zod to strike her Kal-El appeared and tackle Zod away landing in downtown Smallville. Zod was still getting used to his powers under the Yellow Sun and with his visor damaged, his senses began to subdue him. Faora and Nam-Ek arrived and began engaging Kal-El in battle before he subdued them with his experience and more solar power. Realising they were outmatched for the time being, Zod and his followers retreated to Black Zero.
After recovering on board Black Zero, Zod orders the release of the Generator which is dropped off in the pacific ocean before Black Zero is taken to Metropolis. Zod orders for them both to be activated whilst he travels to the arctic where he finds the Fortress of Solitude and after seeing Jor-El's AI, turns it off before flying the ship to Metropolis. Kal-El, who had just destroyed the Terraforming Generator arrives and crashes into the ship and brings it down crashing through several buildings into the ground. Col. Nathan Hardy then flies a ship containing Kal-El's ship along with Faora into Black Zero creating a singularity which sucks Black Zero along with the plane containing Hardy and Faora aboard.Losing all his men in an instant, an enraged Zod engages Kal-El vowing to get revenge by killing the entire human race. The two battle across Metropolis throwing punch after punch at each other destroying buildings and bringing down skyscrapers before Zod tears off his armor and controls his ability to fly with the fight taking to the sky and temporarily in space before the two come crashing into Metropolis Central Station where Zod attacks innocent civilians with his heat vision. Kal-El grapples Zod and tries to prevent Zod's heat vision from reaching the civilians. He is forced to snap Zod's neck in order to stop him.
Zod is a tall and muscular man with brown eyes, short dark brown near black hair and facial hair on his chin. He wears an all black native Kryptonian outfit that bears a silver emblem of his family on the chest and features a black cape and black boots. He also has a long battle scare to the left of his left eye.
When apart from the Kryptonian Armed Forces, Zod wore the standard Kryptonian Military Armor which was a battle armor in a dark brown almost grey color that covered most of Zod's arms, all his torso and legs. Designed to fit seamlessly over his undergarment, it also had Zod's emblem on the chest.
Zod also wears an all silver metal heavy duty battle armor that has protection areas on the torso, arms and legs that were designed to protect him from weapons such as an Energy Lance or a Kryptonian Rifle. It is quite large and bulky but fiercely intimidating. The armor also has a helmet that protects Zod's head when in battle.
See Also: Kryptonian
- Super Strength
- Super Speed
- Super Stamina
- Super Hearing
- Heat Vision
- Telescopic Vision
- X-Ray Vision
- Healing Ability
- Super Dexterity
As a Kryptonian, Zod has special abilities that enhance his physical attributes whilst under the rays of a Yellow Sun. His physical strength, speed, stamina and reflexes are superhumanly faster. He also has separate abilities such as flight and super vision which has different lenses that can depict far distances like a telescope and can see through things like an x-ray.
Although appearing to be virtually invulnerable and potentially immortal under the rays of a Yellow sun, Zod still has weaknesses. Zod is vulnerable to other super powered being with a strength that is enough to challenge his own, although it may not kill him, it can still affect him; such as other Kryptonians and other alien races.
When he first came to Earth and experienced his powers activating under a Yellow sun environment, a potential sensory overload did harm to Zod and he was forced to compensate until his body adjusted by wearing a protective visor. The radiation of a Red Sun totally nullifies those he gains from a Yellow sun making him vulnerable to harm.
Genetically engineered to born as a brutal warrior and leader, Zod personality struggled to distance itself from his bred purpose in life. He did have compassionate feelings and had a strong relationship with some of his closer minions as well as having a friendship with the Scientist Jor-El. He was a no-nonsense character and not afraid to act on instinct such as when he decided to overthrow the Law Council to no avail. He is also however an angry person who can turn on a whim and show his brutal side. He also isn't afraid to release his brutal force on innocent people to get revenge such as when he lost forces during the Battle of Metropolis when he decided to kill humans with his heat vision.
- Man of Steel (First appearance)
- Man of Steel (Novel)
- Man of Steel: The Fate of Krypton
- Man of Steel: Superman Saves Smallville
- Man of Steel: Friends and Foes
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Deceased)
- Michael Shannon and Viggo Mortensen were both considered for the role of Zod; Michael Shannon was later chosen.
|Media||Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Untitled Superman film|
|Characters||Clark Kent/Superman | Lois Lane | Perry White | Jonathan Kent | Martha Kent | Jor-El | Lara Lor-Van | Emil Hamilton | Nathan Hardy | Steve Lombard | Jenny Jurwich | Lana Lang | General Swanwick | Pete Ross | Kara Zor-El | Bruce Wayne/Batman | Diana/Wonder Woman|
|Enemies||Lex Luthor | General Zod | Faora-Ul | Mercy Graves | Jax-Ur | Nam-Ek | Tor-An | Car-Vex | Dev-Em | Nadira|
|Miscellaneous||Metropolis | Daily Planet | Smallville | Krypton | Metropolis Police Department | Kryptonite | LexCorp | Super Suit | Kent Farm | Fortress of Solitude | Black Zero | Kryptonian | Command Key | Kal-El's Starcraft | Phantom Zone | Superman film series|