Originally a member of the Lowlies, a downtrodden peasant class on Apokolips, a young Goodness was taken from her home and family, and given training as one of Darkseid's Hounds. During her training, she raised and trained a dog, called Mercy, and quickly formed a bond with the animal. For her final test, she was ordered to kill the animal, but refused to do so, killing the trainer instead.
Brought before Darkseid, she defended her decision, explaining that the dog was loyal to Darkseid above all others, and would be a faithful servant to his will. To test this, Darkseid ordered Mercy to attack Goodness, which it did, requiring Goodness to kill the dog. Impressed, Darkseid informed her that she had graduated with honours, and he intended to put her to work as a trainer, since she had seen such success in training her dog.
He appointed her head of the shock troops, and also of the Female Furies. She was also given control of several orphanages, which were in fact thinly disguised military schools that favoured exacting discipline and taught blind obedience. One of her most notable pupil was Scott Free.
Granny Goodness was created by Jack Kirby.
Major Story Arcs
In the final issue of the Amazons Attack storyline, it is revealed that the person who has been manipulating the Amazons into an all-out war with the United States is in fact Granny Goodness, who has taken all of the Gods of Olympus hostage and disguised herself as the goddess Athena.
During Countdown, Goodness, still disguised as Athena, uses Amazon recruiting stations to acquire female fighters for her own ends. During this time she continues to hold all of the Gods of Olympus captive. She takes the strongest recruited women to Themyscira, and puts them through a series of increasingly dangerous tasks in order to determine their fitness to become part of a new strike force lead by herself. Her true identity is eventually revealed to the recruited women by Holly Robinson, Harley Quinn and Mary Marvel, and Goodness is chased back to Apokolips. There, the Greek Gods are freed by her pursuers, and soon after she is killed in a confrontation with Infinity Man.
Goodness is resurrected on Earth along with other Evil Gods, though the form she inhabits following the resurrection is soon destroyed by Black Alice. Disembodied, Goodness takes control of Kraken, an Alpha Lantern, and uses her to attack John Stewart. She is soon discovered by Batman, but is able to easily defeat him, sealing into a torture chamber under Bludhaven and setting her sights on Oa. She attempts an assault on Oa, but fails to take the planet or cause any lasting damage. She is captured by Hal Jordan; her ultimate fate following her capture is unknown.
Powers and Abilities
New God Physiology
The beings of Apokalips call themselves gods and live in a realm called the Fourth World which is outside normal space and time. Their strength is due to their relative proximity to the Source, an energy which fuels the powers of the beings in Apokalips. The inhabitants of New Genesis are far more stronger, faster, smarter and are said to be immortal.
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Stamina
- Superhuman Senses: As a New God,she has all senses expanded at superhuman levels.
- Invulnerability: As a New God Granny Goodness is resistant to most form of energy and physical attacks.
- Immortality: As a New God Granny Goodness has an extended lifespan which allows him to exist indefinitely. He doesn't age, wither, or degrade. After being killed by Infinity Man, she raised with the ability to possess others bodies as she does with Kraken.
- Immunity: New Gods have an advanced immune system, which allows him to survive on Apokolips' environment ( which is full of diseases and toxins) and be immune to toxin and diseases from other planets.
Granny Goodness is well experienced in most forms of combat, interrogation, tracking, strategy and weapons. She has the responsibility to bring young warriors from other worlds to fight each other,so to earn the right to be trained by her and become the Female Furies,also Granny Goodness has her own ''orphanage'' where she trains and torture children,looking for potential warriors for Darkseid. Granny Goodness has great skill in the use of New God's technology as the one who stole the powers of the Greek gods.
Rock of Ages
Goodness appears as an insane entity known as the Grandmother Box, created by a fusion between Goodness and a Mother Box.
Goodness, an obese black woman, is the madame of a brothel that uses Furies as prostitutes.
In the Amalgam Universe, Granny Goodness is fused with the character Agatha Harkness, creating the amalgamated character of "Granny Harkness". The character is a follower of "Thanoseid", the amalgamation of Thanos and Darkseid.
Superman: the Animated Series.
Granny Goodness make a cameo appearance in "Apokolips... Now!, Part 1", she reappeared in the episode "Little Girl Lost," where she brainwashes street children into joining Intergang. She appears again in the episode "Legacy," where she brainwashes Superman into becoming a servant of Darkseid and attacking the Earth. He takes his revenge after escaping the effects of the brainwashing, using her brainwashing machine on her, rendering her an invalid.
Justice League Unlimited
She reappears as the main antagonist in the episode "The Ties That Bind". No explanation is given for her recovery from the damage inflicted by Superman in her last appearance. She also appears in the episode "Alive!" leading one side of the civil war that has erupted on Apokolips following Darkseid's apparent death.She is played by Edward Asner.
Legion of Superheroes
Granny Goodness makes a cameo appearance in the episode "Unnatural Alliances."
A character later confirmed to be Granny Goodness appeared in the ninth season episode "Salvation." She was played by Nancy Amelia Bell. She makes her next appearance in the tenth season episode "Abandoned," wherein a music box leads Clark Kent to an orphanage run by Goodness, which functions as a front for the recruitment, brainwashing, and training of young orphan girls, with the ultimate goal of creating an assault force that can be lead against the Earth in the future. She later destroys a bow that could be used against Darkseid, and manipulates Oliver Queen into finding Gold Kryptonite that can be used against Kent. She is played in every appearance subsequent to the first by Christine Willes.
Superman/ Batman: Apocalypse
Granny Goodness appears as an antagonist in this animated film. She is played by Edward Asner.