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Alias(es) Zod
General Zod
Appeared in Superman: The Movie
Superman II (Donner Cut)
Status Deceased
Actor Terence Stamp
"Kneel before Zod!"
―Zod [src]

Zod was a Kryptonian that was once trusted by the Science Council. Eventually, he tried to take over the planet, unfortunately he was captured by Jor-El along with his allies, Ursa and Non. For the insurrection, the three of them were banished to the Phantom Zone. They were freed thirty years later when Jor-El's son, Superman, threw a nuclear missile into space that exploded so close to the portal that Non, Ursa, and Zod were trapped in, that they escaped.


Superman: The Movie[]

Zod along with Ursa and Non were banished to the Phantom Zone by Jor-El for their crimes.

Superman II[]

General Zod is the main antagonist of the movie.

The explosion of a hydrogen bomb launched into space by Superman hits the Phantom Zone by chance, destroying it and releasing Zod, Ursa, and Non, who went to Earth. They discovered that they had the exact same powers as Superman, and naturally used them for evil, terrorizing the cities and even killing a few innocents.<

Zod took over the president's office, but the president told him that Superman would never kneel before him. Lex Luthor joined forces with them, offering to tell them the location of the Fortress of Solitude, but eventually they decided to kill him. Superman came to stop them from terrorizing the city. Their attacks were able to affect each other, but in the end, Superman was outnumbered and lost, with Zod threatening to kill innocent people, and Superman flew back to the fortress. Luthor led Zod and his gang to the fortress. Superman tricked Zod and his gang with multiple holograms, but when he had him in a headlock, Ursa threatened to tear Lois limb from limb unless Superman released him. Luthor seemingly joined forces with Superman, who then told him to get Zod and his gang into the molecular chamber that would take away the powers of any Kryptonian. Luthor then told Zod about this, and Zod, threatening to kill innocent people otherwise, forced Superman to enter, with Luthor activating the device. However, Superman, knowing Luthor was going to double cross him, switched the device so that its rays would affect those outside it and not inside; therefore Superman was safe while Zod, Ursa, and Non were stripped of all power. Zod made Superman kneel before him and told him to take his hand and swear eternal loyalty. Superman crushed Zod's hand, picked him up, and threw him into a wall, where he fell into an icy abyss to his death.

Donner Cut Alterations[]

In this version, it is the missile that Superman threw into space that breaks the Phantom Zone.

Powers and Abilities[]



  • Kryptonite: Kryptonite is a green ore form of a radioactive element from Zod's home planet of Krypton; in it's gassy form it can temporarily suppress his superhuman physical attributes, making him equivalent to that of a normal human, in it's natural form, kryptonite could cause Zod somewhat fever-like, including nausea, weakness, dizziness, vertigo, fatigue, immense amounts of pain and loss (or near loss) of consciousness. Wounds inflicted on Zod by kryptonite do not disappear when it leaves his presence, and only direct exposure to sunlight can instantly allow Zod to recover completely from it's damaging effects and these otherwise incurable wounds. Zod never got exposed to Kryptonite.
  • Nuclear Energy: If exposed to nuclear energy of any kind, Zod would get nauseous and weak for a short period of time. Zod never got exposed to nuclear energy of any kind.
  • Lead: Even with Zod's X-ray vision; he cannot see through lead.
  • Beings of Exceptional Powers: Only super-powered individuals who are equal or superior to Zod's level of power, can bypass his durability; as they can potentially injure or even kill him. Superman was capable of bypassing Zod's durability, due to also being Kryptonian.




  • Zod's defeat in Superman II is referenced in the first episode of season six of Smallville where Zod, possessing Lex Luthor's body, orders Clark to kneel before him and take his hand. Clark does so, pressing a Phantom Zone crystal into his hand, and driving Zod's spirit out of Lex.