Bizarro was created when Joker managed to obtain the powers of Mr Mxyzptlk. Joker used his reality-warping abilities to create Jokerworld, a Bizarro Earth upon which Bizarro, a twisted imitation of Superman, was the greatest hero. After Joker was stripped of his powers, Bizarro was allowed to remain in existence, as were a number of Joker's other creations.
Bizarro was created by Otto Binder and George Papp.
In his original appearance in the Silver Age, Bizarro was created as the result of a duplicating ray that was aimed at Superboy. This version of Bizarro bore some resemblance to Frankenstein's Monster, and died at the end of his first appearance. He reappeared, again as a duplicating ray creation, shortly after his original death, and in this version Bizarro had been created by Lex Luthor. This incarnation of the character existed until the Modern Age.
Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, a new Bizarro was introduced, this one an imperfect clone of Superman created by Lex Luthor. This incarnation of the character was destroyed in his first appearance. A second imperfect clone was also briefly introduced, and died at the hands of Lexcorp. Following this Bizarro's death, the current incarnation of the character was introduced.
Major Story Arcs
Bizarro has various run-ins with Superman and related characters as both a hero and a villain. He falls in love with Lois Lane and attempts to kidnap her, but later creates his own Bizarro-Lois and retreats to the planet Htrae, a backwards Earth on which he is the greatest hero.
Bizarro is created by Joker, and allowed to live on after Joker's defeat. He is captured by General Zod, the Pokolistanian dictator, who tortures Bizarro for some time until he is rescued by Superman. Bizarro retreats to his newly-rebuilt Graveyard of Solitude.
Bizarro is tricked by Professor Zoom into becoming a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains. During his time with the Society he becomes fascinated with the "pretty lights" created by attacking the Human Bomb, and beats the man to death in an effort to continue producing the explosions. At the Battle of Metropolis he was opposed and swiftly defeated by Superman and Kal-L.
One Year Later
During the One Year Later, Bizarro is captured and held by Lex Luthor. He spends most of his time imprisoned in a small room with only a television for company. During his captivity his speech patterns become more regularized, and he also develops a tendency towards outbursts of anger and violence.
Rann-Thanagar Holy War
Bizarro travels into space to seek a new home world for himself, finally settling on Bizarro World, where he ultimately becomes the planet's greatest hero. Later, he travels to Throneworld and becomes involved with Adam Strange, Captain Comet, Prince Gavyn, and the Weird in their fight against Lady Styx during the Rann-Thanagar Holy War.
During the Blackest Night, Bizarro becomes involved in a confrontation with Black Lantern Solomon Grundy, with whom he had had some association in the past. The pair fight, and Bizarro eventually emerges victorious, having thrown Grundy into the Sun.
Powers and Abilities
Bizarro possesses all of the powers of Superman, but several of these powers manifest as the opposite of Superman's. He is superhumanly strong and invulnerable, and capable of flight and superhuman speed, as well as possessing enhanced senses. His eyes emit freeze rays as opposed to Superman's heat vision, he is only capable of x-ray vision through lead, and he breathes flame in opposition to Superman's freeze breath, among other opposites. Under a blue sun he develops Bizarro Vision, the ability to create new Bizarro-like duplicate characters. He is vulnerable to blue kryptonite rather than green kryptonite.
Bizarnage is a DNAlien created by the Cadmus Project, and an enemy of Spider-Boy. He is an amalgamation of Bizarro and Carnage.
Justice League of America: The Nail
Several Bizarro-like clones are created by Lex Luthor.
The Superman Monster
Bizarro appears as the monstrous creation of Viktor Luthor.
Superman: Red Son
A clone similar to Bizarro, referred to as "Superman 2," is created by Lex Luthor in order to provide some opposition for the USSR-based Superman. This version of Bizarro is a hero, and ultimately shows this by sacrificing his life in order to stop a nuclear missile from detonating and killing millions.
Bizarro is created by Luthorcorp as part of Project Replica. He is sealed for some time in Antarctica before being released by Ra's Al Ghul, who uses him to attack various targets and incite panic and chaos around the world. He is later apparently killed.
Bizarro appears as a member of the Legion of Doom. This version of the character returns him to his Silver Age origins.
In the All-Star universe, Bizarros are essentially cloned worker drones from an alternate universe known as the Underverse. They are capable of infecting normal humans with the Bizarro mutation through touch.
Challenge of the Super Friends
Bizarro appears as a member of the Legion of Doom in most episodes in this series. He is voiced by Bill Callaway.
Bizarro appears as an antagonist in this series, and eventually rejoins the Legion of Doom.
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
Bizarro appears in the episode "The Bizarro Super Powers Team," wherein a Bizarro Mr Mxyzptlk attempts to make Bizarro World into the most beautiful planet of all. He is voiced by Danny Dark.
Bizarro makes his first appearances in the DCAU in Superman: the Animated Series, which gives his origin as the post-Crisis cloning explanation. This version is initially unaware that he is a clone, but slowly deteriorates mentally and physically. He makes his first appearance in the episode "Identity Crisis", and appears in several episodes later in the show. He later appears in a number of Justice League Unlimited episodes, appearing as a member of the Legion of Doom. This version of the character appears to have had his mind altered in order to make him comply with Luthor. He is voiced in his Superman appearances by Tim Daly, and in his Justice League Unlimited appearances by George Newbern.
A character never explicitly identified as Bizarro but clearly intended to resemble him appears in this animated film. A clone created by Lex Luthor, he rebels against his creator and attempts to combat villainy, but lacking a moral centre he goes too far. He is voiced by Adam Baldwin.
Bizarro appears in a number of episodes of this television series. His origin reflects the original Silver Age origin of the character. He makes his first appearance in the episode "Bizarro... The Thing of Steel". He is portrayed by Barry Meyers.
Lois & Clark
A version of Bizarro appears in the episode "Vatman". This incarnation is physically identical to Superman and shares all his powers, and also lacks Bizarro's characteristic speech patterns. He does appear to have limited mental capacity. He is portrayed by Dean Cain.
A character referred to as Bizarro but bearing little resemblance to the comic character appears in this show, making his first appearance in the episode "Bizarro". This version of the character is a Kryptonian lab experiment that was trapped for some time in the Phantom Zone. He is portrayed by Tom Welling.
Bizarro appears in this spin-off of the animated series. He is voiced by Tim Daly.
Superman: The Man of Steel
Bizarro appears as an antagonist in this game.
Bizarro appears as both an antagonist and a playable character in this loose adaptation of the movie of the same name. He is voiced by John DiMaggio.
DC Universe Online
Bizarro appears in this game. He is voiced by John Mandia.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Bizarro can be obtained as downloadable content for this game. He is voiced by Travis Willingham.