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|“||By increasing their powers, I tip the balance of good and evil. The tipe will begin to turn and ultimately a tidal wave will wash the wright, bright good, that exists on this planet, away forever.||„|
|~ Neron tells how he wants to destroy all good power on earth|
Neron is a powerful demonic figure in the DC universe.
It is unknown how long Neron has been a power in Hell, nor just how much power he wields there. It is said his name was the numerological source for 666, the “number of the Beast.” Neron’s greatest strength and joy is his ability to know exactly what someone wants the most. He cannot resist a deal, and it is this which first brought him to the attention of Earth’s superhero community.
Setting himself the goal of corrupting the most pure soul of any super-being, Neron began his plan by approaching five high-caliber villains to act as his “lieutenants:” Abra Kadabra, Lex Luthor, Circe, Polaris, and the Joker. He then sent Kadabra to contact five members of the Flash’s Rogues’ Gallery: Captain Boomerang, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Mirror Master, and Weather Wizard. Promising a chance to be remembered “as the most infamous villains of their age,” Neron sent them on an errand of destruction that claimed their lives as they set in motion a plan in which Neron obtained the souls of many villains—and heroes as well—before he was ultimately defeated by the Trickster, who had somehow managed not to owe Neron a thing. Later, in a plot to steal Wally West and Linda Park’s love, thereby removing the Flash’s anchor to reality and opening a door to excessive power, Neron sent the five Rogues back to Earth without their souls, making them ruthless killers—the only way the Flash could defeat them to bargain for their souls with what he had himself. Fortunately for Wally, Linda, and the world, their love corrupted Neron, turning him “nice,” and he was forced to return it.
Neron has since battled various heroes, stormed Heaven, killed Wonder Woman, and continues to seek revenge on the Trickster. An attempt to manipulate events so that he could simply reach out and take souls, rather than dealing for them, caused him to be stripped of his status, demoted to a rhyming demon. At present, Neron is trapped in Dr. Fate’s tower, tricked there and bound by Ralph Dibny.
Neron offered great things to the heroes and villains of DC such as new powers, the chance to see deceased loved ones again, usually in exchange for their souls, some accepted his offer, others rejected it.
Heroes who accepted Neron's offerEdit
Blue Devil: Made a deal for fame and fortune in exchange for destroying an unmanned power station, indirectly causing the death of his agent Marla Bloomberg
Guy Gardner: Offered the resurrection of his loved ones and the return of Coastn exchange for killing John Stewart. He agreed because Neron lied to him, telling him Stewart should already be dead but a rift in time had prevented it, and this had caused Guy's tragic history to occur. Guy then changed his mind
Harlequin: Had her youth restored, but her soul was won back and the deal undone by the original Green Lantern Alan Scott
Hawkman: One of his "Hawk-Avatar" spirits sold its soul to gain ascendance over the other avatars also resident in his body, but failed
Madame Xanadu: Offered power over demons in exchange for her soul on her death, which she accepted - to trick Neron because she was immortal. Neron offered a deal just to prove that he could tempt those with 'gray souls' as well as those who were evil
The Ray: Thought Neron was a beautiful woman, Kathy Noren, who worked in his office. Neron makes a deal with Vandal Savage not to go after Ray's soul in exchange for Vandal guiding Neron to Atomic Skull instead. Ray then approaches Kathy/Neron,who avoids the conditions of the deal with Vandal Savage by letting Ray make the offer to take flowers to a hospital in exchange for Death Masque no longer having existed - and thus Ray's father would not die. Did not fulfill the terms of his deal
The Spectre: The essence of The Spectre (not his host, Jim Corrigan) agreed not to oppose Neron in order to be free of Corrigan. The deal did not include not fighting other demons, so Spectre became involved in the supernatural heroes attack on Hell
Vil Drox II: Sold somebody's soulfor information on how to regain control of L.E.G.I.O.N. by killing his son Lyrl Dox. Also had Iceman killed (actually he asked for him to no longer be a problem , but was happy with the result)
Heroes who rejected Neron's offerEdit
Batman: Offered the resurrection of the Jason Todd version of Robin
Captain Atom: Unknown offer
Flash (Wally West): Offered the resurrection of Flash (Barry Allen)
Green Lantern (Kyle Reiner): The resurrection of Alex DeWitt
Knockout: Offered "power, prestige, anything you could dream of"
Mystek: Unknown offer
Oracle: Offered the use of her legs again, invulnerability and powers to rival Superman's if she would become his librarian, while her soul was hers to keep. She declined, fearing she would lose her soul anyway
Silver Swan: Unknown offer
Superboy: offered the chance to become Superman
Triumph: Was offered his lost 10 years back, and thus the opportunity to become a major hero and lead the Justice League America if he opened a box containing one of Neron's candles.
Villains who accepted Neron's offerEdit
Abra Kadabra: Neron's Lieutenant, was given real magic powers instead of his technological based magical powers and become part of Neron's Inner Council. It is not said whether he sold his soul
Atomic Skull: Offered greater power and the life of his love, Zelda
Azreal: One of the Azrael characters who fell to his death after battling the real Azrael,was offered his life. As a result he was saved during his death fall, given the Azrael/Batman costume and offered the chance to kill Batman, to distract Batman from Neron's plans.
Blackguard: Offered enhanced intelligence, strength, and equipment
Black Manta: Gains a manta-like body with superhuman powers
Blaze: Initially became one of Neron's Lieutants and assigned to keep the DC Universe's mystical heroes occupied. Sold to Neron by her demon brother Satanus in return for his own soul back
Blockbuster: Asked to be smarter, but later realized he should have asked for more.
Brimstone: Techno-seed and the Brimstone personality possess a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who deals with Neron for power; he was killed
Captain Boomerang: He was given healed, cybernetic hands and the promise he would be one of the greatest villains ever. Killed carrying out his task
Captain Cold: Promised he would be one of the greatest villains ever. Killed carrying out his task
Cheetah: Initially it seemed that the Cheetah had been given a more bestial form, and becomes more animal as she gets angrier; later, it was explained that she had sold her soul to resurrect a friend, resulting in the aforementioned reversion to a more feral state
Chiller: Given a chance to carry out his dream assassination...the murder of a well-protected pop star
Chronos: In exchange for attempting to kill Atom, he was given time-travel, time manipulation, and phasing powers, but these caused accelerated aging. He then devised a glove that allowed him to age others instead, thus partly negating the deal
Circe: She was given greater power to avenge her defeats by Wonder Woman; became part of Neron's Inner Council
Copperhead: He became a snake-man hybrid, with enhanced reflexes and agility, venomous fangs, a forked tongue, venomous claws and a prehensile tail; but now susceptible to cold
Deadline: He was given the chance to carry out his dream assassination...the murder of a Texas District Attorney.
Deadshot: He was given the chance to carry out his dream assassination,...the destruction of an entire kindergarten.
Doctor Polaris: Sold his soul to be rid of his benevolent personality, Neal Emerson. Became part of Neron's Inner Circle
Enforcer: He was given enhanced equipment, superhuman strength, durability, and flight powers
Evil Star: He becomes able to create dozens of his 'Starling' spawn, though they are no longer indestructible as were the original five 'Starlings'
Gorilla Grodd: He gained restored intelligence and psionic powers. Told the whereabouts of The Talisman of Arok to legitimise his reign over Gorilla City, but Catwoman keeps it from him
Heat Wave: He was promised he would be one of the greatest villains ever. Killed carrying out his task
Hellgrammite: He was given enhanced powers, and his 'Drone' offspring can no longer be converted back to human by exposure to x-rays
The Joker: He sold his soul for a box of Cuban cigars. Became part of Neron's Inner Council, but double-crossed him
Killer Frost: She was given greater power
Lex Luthor: He was restored completely to health after his cloned body fell victim to a 'clone plague' in exchange for his soul and giving 'consultancy' to Neron. Became one of Neron's Inner Council but double-crossed him
Lobo: He has Neron rid him of a radio that had been implanted in his brain for 20 years by wishing it to Neron after Neron refused to grant the first deal - Neron's own soul - as he didn't have one
Major Disaster: He was given the magical ability to perceive probability and locate weak points in objects and people in exchange for killing Aquaman. Mistakenly kills Thanatos, who has usurped Aquaman's place in Atlantis, instead
Merlyn: He was given the chance to carry out his dream assassination... the murder of Batman
Metallo: He gained the ability to morph into any mechanical shape he could imagine and project his consciousness into any technological or metallic device, as well as absorbing any machinery he came in contact with to enhance his body
Mirror Master: He was promised he would be one of the greatest villains ever. Died carrying out his task
Mr. Freeze: He was given natural cryokinetic powers
Ocean Master: He was given a staff that granted him magical powers, but it caused him excruciating pain when he was not actually holding it
Ragdoll: Youth restored and flexibility enhanced by Neron in exchange for destroying Opal City and harming the Shade. Satanus - He became a Lieutenant of Neron and was assigned to kill the Leymen of Primal Force publicly. When he failed, he traded information on the whereabouts of his sister for his soul back, but was killed after threatening Neron when it was returned
Shadow Thief: He was given a more powerful costume possessing the ability to bring shadows to life and change other people and objects to evil shadows under his control
Shrapnel: He was given enhanced power
Spellbinder: She given visually based illusion powers if her eyes are uncovered. The deal was made after she shot the original Spellbinder (Delbert Billings), who refused to deal
Star Sapphire: She was offered a normal life without Sapphire's spirit or her child. She was separated from Carol, and the child taken by Neron
Trickster: He was not offered a deal, but Neron uses him to watch his Inner Council, telling him that there would be time for a deal later; but Trickster double-crossed him
Tezcatlipoca: He was turned into a feral were-jaguar
Weather Wizard: He was promised he would be one of the greatest villains ever. Killed carrying out his task
Villains who rejected Neron's offerEdit
Catman: Unknown deal
Mongul: He was killed by Neron after refusing a deal and attacking him
Poison Ivy: Unknown offer
Prankster: Unknown offer
Riddler: Unknown offer
Scarecrow: He claimed to have dealt with Neron while battling Hawkman, but privately revealed he was bluffing
Carapax: More power