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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Multiverse 101: Who Is Parasite?

This week on Supergirl, the Maiden Of Might teamed up with Guardian and Mon-El to take down the classic Superman villain known as Parasite. An alien creature that is awakened after thousands of years frozen in ice, Parasite certainly gave our heroes a run for their money this week. Whether or not he'll be back to terrorize National City remains to be seen at this point, but we can't help but wonder - Just who is Parasite?

The Rudy Jones version of the character first debuted in the pages of Firestorm #58 back in April of 1987. Created by John Ostrander and Joe Brozowski, Jones became the Parasite after being manipulated by Darkseid into thinking that a waste container might have held something valuable. Upon opening said container, the former S.T.A.R. Labs janitor was exposed to strange radiation that changed him into the villainous Parasite. Jones now had the ability to absorb the life energy of other people - something that was now essential to his survival as his body was kept in a constant state of hunger for energy.

While imprisoned at Belle Reve, doctors attempted to make him human again. However, they were only successful in changing his appearance and increasing his powers. Now able to feed off other forms of energy such as electrical and heat, Parasite was eventually involved in the plot to save Superman from overloading on solar energy. However, the resulting battle with the Man of Steel only increased his powers even further. Thanks to an increase in size, Parasite was now forced to drain even greater amounts of energy to stay alive, but was now able to absorb the inertia of fast-moving objects and could even drain energy through a mental link.

As time passed, Parasite would find himself absorbing Dr. Torval Freeman, which would change his physiology and give him increased intelligence. Now more menacing than ever, Parasite is recruited by the Superman Revenge Squad and is nearly killed in battle against the Man of Steel.

Shortly after this happens, Parasite also absorbs an unknown shapeshifter into his biology, granting him the permanent power to mimic the exact genetic makeup and appearance of his victims.

Following an escape from STAR Labs, Parasite would set a plan in motion to destroy Superman once and for all. He would end up stalking Lois Lane for a time, learning of Superman's secret alter ego in the process. Parasite would than take the form of Lois, but his plan would eventually be uncovered by Superman and the pair would battle once again.

As the pair fought, Parasite would soon find himself crippled from Kryptonite poisoning that he would drain from Superman's body. In his final moments prior to his death, the villain would reveal that Lois Lane was still alive, and that she loved Superman more than anyone had ever loved the Parasite. With some help from both Steel and Batman, Superman was able to locate Lois shortly after the death of the Parasite.

Following the villain's death, Lex Luthor would begin to formulate a plan to acquire the remains. 

A rather tragic villain to say the least. 

Despite dying from Kryptonite poisoning in the pages of DC Comics, Rudy Jones has resurfaced time and again, and we wouldn't be surprised if this also happened to his small screen counterpart in the near future.

Do you think we'll ever see Parasite on Supergirl again? Or, do you think he'll pop up in another corner of the DC TV Universe? Either way, we're guessing we haven't seen the last of this classic Superman villain - not by a long shot!

Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!

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