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Maxima is the descendant of a long line of alien despots whose empire is based on the planet Almerac. Thousands of years ago, Maxima’s ancestors decided to improve the strength of their own race through interbreeding with races from other worlds.
They embarked upon a series of interstellar wars, conquering worlds whose inhabitants they considered to be excellent genetic stock and capable of inter-breeding with their own race. The strongest survivors were assimilated into Almerac’s Empire.
Maxima’s ancestors wiped out alien cultures they deemed genetically inferior. While preparing for a war with the interstellar tyrant Mongul, Maxima intercepted a hologram transmission of Mongul’s gladiatorial games.
Maxima observed Superman participating in the games and decided that he would be the perfect mate.
However, Superman spurned Maxima’s advances and she has born a grudge against him ever since.
In other media
Maxima appeared in the Season 8 episode "Instinct" of Smallville, and was played by Charlotte Sullivan. She was the Queen of Almerac, who sought out Clark Kent as a mate. As a child she was heir apparent to the throne of Almerac and heard tales of Kryptonian men who she came to consider as the ideal mate.
After Tess Mercer experimented with the Crystal of Knowledge, a beam of energy was released and Maxima received it as a Kryptonian signal. Maxima mistook it for an invite from a Kryptonian man on Earth.
She teleported to Earth and began searching for the Kryptonian, but every man she encountered turned out to be human. Maxima then headed to the source of the crystal's signal; the Luthor Mansion and encountered Tess.
She took her dress and invitation to dinner at the Ace of Clubs that Oliver Queen had given Tess. Maxima went to the club instead and met Jimmy Olsen, whom she kissed. As he starts to bleed from the nose, Maxima tells him she's sorry, but he's not the one she's looking for.
As Jimmy collapses and Maxima walks away from him, Clark enters the club and super speeds through the room to catch Jimmy, but he doesn't notice that Maxima has also seen him in action. She watched as Clark rescues Jimmy; with a smile, Maxima said "Now that's more like it" while biting her lower lip.
Clark heads back to the Daily Planet, where he went over the security footage from the Ace of Clubs trying to determine the identity of Maxima, when the lights suddenly dim and then Maxima speeds into the room. She tells Clark her name is Maxima and she's been searching for him all her life.
She pulls Clark in for a Kiss that causes him to unleash his built-up passion upon her as they go into the elevator to continue. Their passion intensifies until the elevator doors open and a shocked Lois stands before them.
Lois' call to Clark breaks him free of Maxima's phenomenal entrancement. Maxima appears to be very upset that Clark has great concern for Lois and leaves Maxima's side to pursue Lois.
When Lois was getting into her car, Maxima confronted her, telling her that she could sense the love between Lois and Clark and that he wouldn't have been able to resist her had Lois not arrived. As Maxima prepared to eliminate Lois, Tess’ personal security team arrives.