Vandal Savage

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Template:Superherobox Vandal Savage is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics universe. His threat lies in the fact that he is a brilliant tactician, and immortal. Although never an incredibly popular villain, he is one of DC's most persistent.

In the days of prehistory, 35,000 B.C., Savage was known as a caveman named Vandar Adg, leader of the Blood Tribe, who would find himself bathed in the radiation of a mysterious meteor, which gave him incredible intellect and immortality. An observer from the Bear Tribe would later approach that same meteor and become Savage's eternal nemesis, the Immortal Man, possessing the power to resurrect as a new persona every time he is killed.

Savage's first mark in the "history" of the DC Universe came when he and a select group of people successfully undermined and destroyed the lost city of Atlantis. That group of people became known as the Illuminati, with Savage serving as its leader, then and ever since.

He claims to have ruled hundreds of civilizations under hundreds of names: Khafre, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, and Vlad the Impaler, to name a few. He has also worked as close friends and advisers to the likes of Erik the Red, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ra's al Ghul, Otto von Bismarck, and Adolf Hitler. Savage is also the only man to ever scare Batman.

Ultimately, Savage's enemy the Immortal Man erased himself from existence to save the world during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Mitch Shelley, the Resurrection Man, an amnesiac with similar powers, took over as Savage's nemesis. However, Savage's list of foes is not limited to those two characters. Having lived so long, Savage has butted heads with possibly every single hero featured in the DC Universe, past, present, and future, most notably the Justice Society and Justice League. At present, in DC universe, Savage is about 37,000 years old.

Savage will meet his end in the year 85,271 A.D. (as part of the DC One Million storyline), when he is sent back in time to the 20th century, to Montevideo, Uruguay, seconds before it is decimated by a nuclear weapon, an action that was, ironically, ordered by Savage himself.

Savage also figures as a prominent villain in the animated series Justice League.

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