Metron is a New God, though he claims to have been born on neither New Genesis or it's dark twin, Apokolips. This fact enables him to remain neutral in their conflict and his presence is tolerated by most, no matter how powerful or evil, because of his reputation for impartiality.
Major Story Arcs
Orion Fights for Earth
After a prophecy from the Source is read by High-Father, Metron asks of Orion's birthplace. He figures out that Orion is born of Apokolips, and is told by High-Father to keep it a secret. As Orion goes to face Darkseid on Apokolips to do as the Source commands, he faces the New God Kalibak. Metron suddenly appears, and with a blast from the Mobius Chair, traps Kalibak in a barrier. Metron tells Orion that he needs to think before he fights, then proceeds to tell him of Darkseid's plans for attaining the Anti-Life Equation. Metron tells Orion that he must to go to Earth to face Darkseid, and that he needs to return the humans Darkseid experimented on to Earth. He teleports Orion's Astro-Harness to him, then proceeds to leave.
Krona was travelling from universe to universe on his quest to discover the origin of those universe, never finding the answer and destroying them in the process. When Krona discovered the Marvel Universe, Grandmaster offered to aid him in his quest by showing him someone from an earlier universe, Galactus, if he could beat him in a game. If Krona lost, he had to leave the universe unmolested. Metron aided the Avengers, who were unwittingly working for Krona, against the Justice League in collecting items of power from their universes. The League won, but Krona had discovered Galactus on his own. Metron parted ways with Krona, pointing out that Krona was out for conquest not knowledge. Once Krona was defeated by the combined forces of the Justice League and Avengers, Metron discussed the game with Grandmaster. Metron had led Krona to the Marvel Universe to as part of a game with Grandmaster. If Krona had succeeded, Metron would have had the knowledge too. As he failed, Krona was sealed into a new universe, a cosmic egg, one that Metron could observe. Krona and Metron would have their answers as the egg grew into a new universe.
Quest for Knowledge
Metron is solely motivated by the desire to expand his knowledge. There are few secrets or mysteries in existence that Metron has not solved. To aid him in his quest, he helped to invent Boom Tube technology. His Mobius chair is an extension of this, the chair can bend space and time and even travel to other dimensions. Metron always appears in times of great importance, though he will never interfere or share his knowledge unless all existence is threatened, such as the Mageddon event.
Powers and Abilities
Metron has demonstrated numerous god-like abilities somewhat inconsistently throughout his history. However, he is most well known for the use of his Mobius Chair. Powered by the "X Element", which at times he has bartered with Darkseid for, the chair enables him to traverse time and space in his endless pursuit of knowledge. Metron is also a super-genius who has explored the universe and gained a vast amount of knowledge.
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight 190 lbs
- Eyes Blue
- Hair Black
Rock of Ages
An evil Metron from an alternate future, where he is in service to Darkseid, who has taken over Earth and possibly the entire universe, appears in the JLA storyline Rock of Ages.
In Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers megaseries, Metron is a homeless paraplegic man in a wheelchair, having been cast out of the Fourth World as a result of Darkseid winning the war between Apokolips and New Genesis. He is seen playing chess with The Black Racer, and his wheelchair is sometimes pushed by Orion. While this story takes place in regular continuity, the section where Metron and the other New Gods appear in this state is revealed to have been one in a series of possible worlds experienced by Shilo Norman, and not the actual present.
Captain Carrot and the Final Ark
The miniseries Captain Carrot and the Final Ark features a satirical version of the New Gods, in which they are anthropomorphic canines called the New Dogs. Metron is known as Muttron, and the Mobius Chair is known as the Bark-o-lounger.
- Metron causes Kal-El's rocket to divert from Earth to Apokolips in the Elseworld comic Superman: The Dark Side
He observed the events of Kurt Busiek's JLA/Avengers comic, giving Iron Man a Mother Box to balance the power given to the Justice League by Grandmaster. His main role during the miniseries was to observe and investigate Krona's actions, refusing to deviate from his non-involvement at the end when Krona demanded his aid. At the end, Metron kept guard over the newly formed Cosmic egg.
Uncanny X-Men/Teen Titans
Metron appears briefly in the 1982 Marvel/DC crossover special The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans, wherein the two teams battle Darkseid, Deathstroke and a resurrected Dark Phoenix.
- Towards the end of part two of the two-part Superman: The Animated Series episode "Apokolips...Now!" Metron makes a non-speaking cameo where he is shown in the background when Orion brings in all the troops from New Genesis to fend off Darkseid from Earth.
- Metron appeared in the final two episodes of Justice League Unlimited voiced by Daniel Dae Kim. In it, he tries to warn Lex Luthor not to go through with his plan of resurrecting Brainiac, claiming what he will do will affect the universe, but Luthor ignores him and goes ahead to revive Brainiac. Unfortunately, he ends up resurrecting a Brainiac-enhanced Darkseid. Metron later provides Lex Luthor with the means to defeat him, by taking Luthor to the Source Wall to obtain the Anti-Life Equation.
Jack Kirby's Metron also went on to influence Mattel toys with the creation of its character Zodac for the Masters of the Universe toy line.
- Metron has received his own action figure through Mattel's online DC Universe Signature Series line, via MattyCollector.Com. This was a special edition figure only available to those who subscribed to the Club Infinite Earths program. Metron came complete with his Mobius Chair, in a distinctly larger package than standard DC Signature Series offerings.