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I crossed an ocean of stars looking for my son. I'm not going to let you get in my way now.
~ Rhea to Supergirl

Rhea, Queen of Daxam is the main antagonist in the second season of the superhero TV series, Supergirl.

She is the cruel, sadistic and tyrannical leader of the planet Daxam and the mother of Supergirl's love interest, Mon-El. Desiring to secure her rule over Daxam, she and her husband Lar Gand traveled to Earth to bring him back. But after Mon-El decided that Earth is his new home with Supergirl, Rhea, unable to accept this, killed Lar Gand and secretly declared war against the Girl of Steel.

She is portrayed by Teri Hatcher, who also portrayed The Beldam in Coraline.

Biography

Rhea was born on the planet Daxam and at some point, she became the planet's queen. She met and fell in love with a man named Lar Gand, who became the king of the Daxamites, and they later had a son named Mon-El. However, unbeknownst to both her husband and son, Rhea was secretly mentally unstable, being delusional, power-hungry, and hypocritical.

Powers, abilities, weakness, & equipment

  • Daxamite physiology: Normally, like all Daxamites, Rhea's capabilities were no greater than a normal human of her physical conditioning. However, once charged by the energy of a blue or yellow sun and metabolized into her body, she became able to perform various inhuman feats.
    • Solar energy absorption: While Rhea's powers are dependent on the energy spectrum from a blue or yellow sun, her body is able to constantly and passively absorb such energy while exposed to it, essentially keeping her reserves fully charged near-constantly. Direct exposure to sunlight will also accelerate her recovery from any injuries she does manage to sustain.
      • Accelerated healing factor: Rhea's solar charged metabolism accelerates her healing and allows her to burn calories at a fast rate, making her resilient to weight gain.
        • Electrosynthesis: Rhea's cells harness and absorbed the electrical energy surrounding her, manipulating it to regenerate herself at a cellular level and manifest her own energy source.
        • Contaminant immunity: Rhea had an immunity to all forms of disease and contaminants on Earth.
        • Kryptonite immunity: Despite having a similar physiology to Kryptonians, Rhea was immune to the radiation effects of Kryptonite; such as Green Kryptonite, Red Kryptonite and Silver Kryptonite.
      • Super leaping: Rhea is able to perform incredibly high jumps in a single bound.
      • Invulnerability: Rhea was essentially invulnerable to all Earthly weapons. She was able to take far more damage than any normal human.
      • Super speed: Rhea possessed the ability to move at incredible speeds, far greater than that of any normal human.
      • Super strength: Rhea's strength was enhanced under a blue or yellow sun, enough to easily kill a normal human if she were to attack them directly.
  • Kryptonite-infused blood: The Kryptonite that reigned down on Daxam irradiated the planet making it uninhabitable for almost 40 years. Before Rhea left the planet, she gathered up much of the Kryptonite and carried it across galaxies. After being exposed for so long, her blood became infused with Green Kryptonite meaning if she is cut in a fight with a Kryptonian, she can weaken that Kryptonian and give herself an advantage.

Abilities

  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant: As a member of the royal family of Daxam, Rhea was a highly trained hand-to-hand combatant.
  • Skilled knife wielder: Rhea was a capable knife wielder.
  • High-level intellect/Expert tactician/Leader: Rhea was able to go to great lengths to achieve her goals. As the queen of Daxam, she could bring stability to her people and command her army during the Daxamite invasion of Earth.
    • Master of deception/Manipulator: Rhea could trick Lena Luthor into thinking she needed help getting home when she really wanted to start an invasion.

Weaknesses

  • Lead: Weapons made from lead will penetrate Rhea's skin; if lead stays in her system for too long, she will die from the poisoning.
  • Extreme energy: Extreme amounts of energy can be enough to kill Rhea.
  • Red sun energy: Rhea was powerless when exposed to the energy of a red sun.

Equipment

Former equipment

  • Green Kryptonite-laced sai: When fighting Kara Danvers, Rhea wielded twin sai laced with Green Kryptonite that were able to pierce Kara's skin and severely weaken her. She used them in her battle with Kara at the Fortress of Solitude and again during the D.E.O.'s rescue mission to retrieve Mon-El on board the Daxamite spaceship. Rhea lost the sai when a hole was blown in the ship's throne room window, sucking the weapons out into the vacuum of space.[5]

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Trivia

  • The actress, Teri Hatcher, also portrayed Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
  • There are two characters in the DC Comics named Rhea, although none of them are related to this version: The Titan revered as the Goddess of Earth, a supporting character of Donna Troy from the New Teen Titans comic book series, who is an adaptation of the aforementioned deity, and Rhea Jones, the electromagnetic heroine Lodestone, a member of Doom Patrol.
  • Like Non, Rhea's portrayal as the season's main antagonist was criticized by both critics and fans, continuing their streak of poorly received main antagonists until Reign's introduction in the following season.
  • Rhea is one of the most cruelest major villains on the TV series, alongside Indigo and Morgan Edge.

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