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The Sword of Rao, also known as the "Zod Loyalists", is the main antagonistic faction of Man of Steel. It is a revolutionary political movement that sought to overthrow the Kryptonian Law Council and bring Krypton back to its former glory. After the planet's destruction, all of its members were released from their imprisonment in the Phantom Zone and eventually headed towards Earth where they sought to destroy it and bring rebuild Kryptonian civilization and have Earth be the new Krypton. This organization was named after a Kryptonian sun god Rao.



The Sword of Rao was founded at some point in time back during Krypton's existence. They were made up of extremist members of the Kryptonian Warrior Guild who viewed the high council as being weak and corrupt as well as weakening Krypton's bloodline. They eventually gained more members and Zod became the leader.

Attempted Coup

During the final moments of Krypton, General Zod and members of the Sword of Rao, assaulted the capital city of Kandor where they are first seen overthrowing the entire council. Zod approaches Jor-El who was speaking to the council and tried to convince him to join his side. He eventually rejected and escaped where Zod and his forces chased after him. Zod's troops eventually followed Jor-El to his home where they confront him after it is revealed that the Growth Codex was sent away along with their son, Kal-El. Furious, Zod takes out a knife and impales Jor-El and effectively kills him moments before the Kryptonian Military arrives and arrests Zod and his men. They're brought before the council where they are sent to three hundred years in the Phantom Zone and are eventually set off to the Black Zero but not until Krypton had been destroyed.

Restoration and Revival

Following the destruction fo Krypton, the Balck Zero ship sending Zod and his men to the Phantom Zone and deactivated sometime during the journey where all of Zod's men and himself were free. They eventually saw the destroyed remains of Krypton and eventually restarted the ship and repurposed it as the new headquarters for the Sword of Rao. Zod also gathered traces of Krypton's remains and would use them to terraform a planet and make it a new Krypton.

Invasion of Earth

After Zod reactivated the Black Zero ship, they eventually tracked Superman back to Earth where they threatened the planet had they not handed him over. Superman turned himself in and was eventually met with Zod where he tried to convince him to join Zod in rebuilding Krypton but unfortunately, however, it would cost the life of Earth and his home so Superman rejected it. This eventually leads to the Sword of Rao invading Earth where their ships ravaged both sides of the planet in an attempt to terraform the earth into making it a new Krypton. After one of the leading scientists of the organization found out that Superman had the codex all along, Zod realized that he could kill Superman and extract his DNA so that he could terraform the destroyed Earth and ordered the Sword of Rao to invade.

The invasion began when Zod's forces began leveling the planet on both sides of the world with two ships on both of Earth's hemispheres. This eventually leads to the United States Military to take on the one ship in Metropolis and Superman dealt with the one on the Indian Ocean. Superman dealt with his and eventually faced off against Zod where much of Metropolis was destroyed and Zod was eventually killed. In the aftermath, the remaining members of the Sword of Rao where all imprisoned and sent back to the Phantom Zone once more leaving the organization technically inactive, but currently disbanded.


  • Dru-Zod - Founder, Supreme Leader, and General
  • Faora-Ul - Second-in-Command
  • Gor - Third-in-Command
  • Nam-Ek - Elite Soldier
  • Jax-Ur - Leading Scientist
  • Tor-An - Hatchet Man
  • Car-Vex - Warden
  • Nadira - Member
  • Dev-Em II - Member
  • Tenth Unnamed Sword of Rao Member
  • Deceased Unnamed Sword of Rao Members



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Man of Steel
Sword of Rao: Zod | Faora-Ul | Nam-Ek | Jax-Ur | Tor-An | Car-Vex | Nadira | Dev-Em II

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh
Others: Joe Chill | Zod | Joker | Steppenwolf

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad: Deadshot | Harley Quinn | Captain Boomerang | El Diablo | Killer Croc | Slipknot | Amanda Waller
Eyes of the Adversary: Enchantress | Incubus
Joker's Gang: Joker | Jonny Frost | Panda Man | Monster T
Others: Hunter Griggs

Wonder Woman
Ares | Erich Ludendorff | Dr. Poison

Justice League
Theatrical Cut
Steppenwolf | Parademons (Parademon Scout)
Black Clad: Black Clad Alpha
Others: Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares
Director's Cut
Darkseid's Elite: Darkseid | Steppenwolf | DeSaad | Granny Goodness | Parademons
Black Clad: Black Clad Alpha
Others: Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares | Joker

Ocean Master | Black Manta | Murk | Jesse Kane | The Trench | Orvax Marius

Thaddeus Sivana | Seven Deadly Sins | Mr. Sivana | Sid Sivana | Brett and Burke Breyer | Robbers | Mister Mind

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Harley Quinn | Huntress
Black Mask | Victor Zsasz | Carlo Rossi | Happy
Others: Stefano Galante | Joker

Wonder Woman 1984
Maxwell Lord | Cheetah

See Also
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Theatrical Movies
Superman: Lex Luthor | Otis | Eve Teschmacher | General Zod | Non | Ursa
Superman II: General Zod | Non | Ursa | Lex Luthor | Otis | Eve Teschmacher | Rocky
Superman III: Ross Webster | Corrupted Superman | Vera Webster | Lorelei Ambrosia
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace: Lex Luthor | Nuclear Man
Superman Returns: Lex Luthor
Man of Steel: Sword of Rao (Dru-Zod, Faora-Ul, Nam-Ek, Jax-Ur, Tor-An, Car-Vex, Nadira, & Dev-Em II)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Zod | Steppenwolf

Direct-to-video Movies
Superman: Brainiac Attacks: Brainiac | Lex Luthor | Mercy Graves | Mister Mxyzptlk
Superman: Doomsday: Lex Luthor | Superman Clone | Doomsday | Toyman | Mercy Graves
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force | Metallo | Amanda Waller | Toyman | Solomon Grundy | Gorilla Grodd | Killer Frost | Lady Shiva | Giganta | Mongul | Captain Cold
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: Darkseid | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Gilotina, Mad Harriet, Lashina & Stompa) | Doomsday
All-Star Superman: Lex Luthor | Solaris | Parasite | Bar-El & Lilo-El
Superman vs. The Elite: The Elite (Manchester Black, Coldcast, Menagerie & Hat) | Atomic Skull
Superman: Unbound: Brainiac
The Death Of Superman: Doomsday | Lex Luthor | Intergang (Bruno Mannheim) | Mercy Graves | Cyborg Superman
Reign Of The Supermen: Cyborg Superman | Darkseid | Parademons | Lex Luthor | Mercy Graves
Superman: Red Son: Superman | Brainiac | Lex Luthor | Batman | Superior Man
Superman: Man of Tomorrow: Parasite | Lobo | Lex Luthor

Superman: The Animated Series: Lex Luthor | Brainiac | Darkseid | Mercy Graves | Mister Mxyzptlk | Prometheon | Bizarro | Jax-Ur | Metallo | Kalibak | Desaad | Steppenwolf | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Stompa, Mad Harriet, & Lashina) | Livewire | Parademons | Intergang (Bruno Mannheim & Spider Spinelli) | Kanto | Lobo | Joker | Harley Quinn | Volcana | Toyman | Parasite | Earl Garver | Maxima | Weather Wizard | Sinestro | Karkull | Titano | Penguin | Riddler | Bane | Mad Hatter | Preserver | Roxy Rocket | Society of Shadows (Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, & Ubu) | Unity | Reverend Amos Howell | Luminus | Superman (Brave New Metropolis) | Lex Luthor (Brave New Metropolis) | Corey Mills | Dr. Vale | De'Cine | Kurt Bowman | General Hardcastle | Joey | Kurt
Superman & Lois: Tal-Rho | Leslie Larr | John Henry Irons | Zeta-Rho | Reno Rosetti | David Fuglestad | Intergang (Thaddeus Killgrave) | Atom-Man | Zod

Video Games
Superman Arcade: Emperor Zaas
Injustice: Superman | Brainiac | Doomsday | Aquaman | Black Adam | Sinestro | Lex Luthor | Joker | Darkseid