Sun Emperor (Legion of Super-Heroes enemy) (DC Comics)

Sun Emperor


Sun Emperor is a distinctive enemy of the Legion of Super-Heroes. He fist appeared in 1983… or maybe 1962. It’s complicated.

He’s scary psychopath of considerable power and a significant member of the Legion of Super-Villains. We’re talking Batman-villain kind of murderous insanity here, folks.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Presumed single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Legion of Super-Villains.
  • Base Of Operations: Originally Earth, then Orando, then prison on Takron-Galtos, now prison on Labyrinth.
  • Height: 6’1”? Weight: 190 lbs.?
  • Eyes: Blue (usually glowing with energy) Hair: Brownish-red


Powers and Abilities

Sun Emperor can absorb, store, and release large amounts of “solar flame”, while being immune to heat and flame himself. In DC Heroes RPG terms – Energy Absorption, Flame Being, Flame Immunity, Flame Project, Flash.

He can release an omni-directional burst of exploding flame around himself, a power he has used to reduce an entire village to ash within seconds (Bomb).

Usually, his body burns at a low, mostly harmless temperature. This is just to make him more impressive and exotic looking. At GM discretion this may give a Bonus to Character Interaction attempts like Intimidation.

He is also physically powerful, though untrained.


Nigal Douglous was born on Earth in the latter half of the 30th century, during a Golden Age of unprecedented peace and prosperity. Douglous was not, however, well-equipped for peace and plenty. He began to evidence psychotic, violent tendencies while still very young.


He killed a small alien being which he claimed to have mistaken for a dog. As a result, He was sent to a juvenile reform center. While he was not charged as an adult, he was found to be dangerous to society at large. He was imprisoned and received court-ordered therapy, which seems to have done little to curb his psychoses.

It was in the reform center that he met Reise Taylor, a beautiful biochemist. Douglous began a romance with her. After their release, Reise set up an illegal genetics lab where she gave Douglous the ability to absorb, store and release solar energy. The experiment also affected his mind, however, worsening his psychotic tendencies and causing periods of megalomania.

During one of these periods, he renamed himself Sun Emperor, and burned Reise to death.

Like seven inches from the midday sun

He joined the Legion of Super-Villains in 2980. Sun Emperor led the team into an attempt at assassinating peace-trophy winner Doctor Larx Kenrik. It was also intended to discredit the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Sun Emperor incinerates a person

He has fought alongside the LSV ever since, acting as an advance scout and intimidator in the takeover of the planet Orando. As part of that scheme he burned an entire village to ash, leaving only one Orandoan alive to serve as messenger and witness. He was one of the last to be caught after the Super-Villains were repulsed from Orando.

Douglous was imprisoned on Takron-Galtos until that planet had to be evacuated during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, in 2986. During the evacuation he was a leader in a mass escape attempt of a prison shuttle. However, the Legion of Super-Heroes managed to recapture all the prisoners and see them safely incarcerated on the new United Planets prison-world of Labyrinth.

Sun Emperor has been in prison psychotherapy programs ever since, but remains extremely dangerous.


Sun Emperor is a tall, fit man with blue eyes and red hair. Originally his hear was cut short, but he now wears it long, flowing down to the middle of his back. He wears a costume that mimics that of LSHer Sun Boy – yellow and red with a stylized sun on the chest. However, these days that costume is only visible when Sun Emperor’s powers are neutralized or when he is asleep.

During his waking hours his Flame Project is always active at a very low level. Power literally radiates from him at all times, making his face, eyes, hair, skin, and costume glow with a red-orange light and tiny flickering flames.


Sun Emperor is a commanding presence with a charismatic, forceful personality. He works well with his teammates in the LSV and requires them to work together well, stamping on potential in-fighting before it flares out of control. If he has to flare up his own powers to stop the Super-Villains from bickering, so be it.

He fights intelligently and courageously, and almost nothing will make him back down.

Sun Emperor fights amidst massive heat releases

Despite all of that, he is also one of the most completely psychopathic members of the LSV. It’s not coincidental that, out of all the Super-Villains, he seems to be most friendly with Lightning Lord.

His insanity seems to have grown with the years. In 2980, while leading the LSV, Sun Emperor worked out complicated plans to discredit the Legion of Super-Heroes. And he entered battle using his Flash power to try and disorient opponents.

But by the time of the LSV takeover of Orando, he almost never uses Flash any longer, instead relying strictly on his Flame Project powers whether he wants to incinerate his foes or intimidate innocents.

He is not just dangerous during battle, either. He enjoys violence and using his powers, and has been known to kill without provocation or warning. On Orando, he forced a serving woman to kiss him, then burned her to ash in mid-kiss while making jokes about having a “short and fiery affair.”

He then continued to tell jokes while holding her skull in his hand, oblivious to the shock and disgust of many of his teammates.


“You. You have courage, fool. You may live…to convince all the rest who dwell on this world to surrender to your new masters.”

Sun Emperor: “Crazy people are dangerous, Lightning Lord. Hmmm…and who are you, my sweet ?”
Serving Woman: “Thora, my lord.”
Sun Emperor: “Give us a kiss, Thora…mmmm…I believe we’re going to have a short (sszzll) – and fiery affair.” (Holding her now burned, ash-covered skull, he adds): “Alas, poor Thora… I never did know her well.””

Sun Emperor vs. Wildfire

Shadow Lass: “We’ve broken your insane Legion, Sun Emperor ! You’re all going to Takron-Galtos !”
Sun Emperor: “Not without fulfilling our oaths, Shadow Lass – and your puny powers of darkness will let me do as I swore – and burn a Legionnaire alive !”

“I’ll melt your toy to slag – and you with it !”

“Don’t threaten us, Legionnaire ! I’ll burn this ship out of the stars before you take us to a new prison !”

DC Universe History

Nothing special is needed, really. He’s integrated pretty firmly into the pre-Crisis Legion of Super-Heroes, but can be used anywhere.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Sun Emperor

A 911 HP Character

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Psychopath
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Criminal
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 018 HP: 055

Bomb: 12, Energy Absorption: 09, Flame Being: 11, Flame Immunity: 12, Flame Project: 14, Flash: 09

Charisma: 06, Vehicles (Space): 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • All Powers are Derived from Flame Project (-1 FC each).
  • Bomb is actually an expanding fireball (+0 FC) and must be centered on Sun Emperor himself (-1 FC).
  • Energy Absorption is limited to heat/flame (-2 FC).
  • Flame Project does not need oxygen and is usable even in space or underwater (+1 FC).

Attractive, Leadership.

Legion of Super-Villains (High), Underworld (High).

Public Identity, Serious Psychological Instability.

As a member of the LSV, Sun Emperor has access to purloined technology from the LSH, notably a Transuit and some form of anti-gravity flight technology, probably either a Flight Belt or an early model Flight Ring. He has some form of communications technology as well, a telepathic earplug or perhaps a simple radio. See the LSH Equipment write-up for details.

By Chris Cottingham and Andrew Lee.

Helper(s): LSH Sourcebook v1 by Mayfair Games; History adapted from Chaim Mattis Keller’s LSH Help file and Who’s Who in the Legion.

Source of Character: DC comics (Legion of Super-Heroes, pre-boot).