Humans (Race) (DC Comics)

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Humans (known taxonomically as Homo sapiens, Latin for "wise man" or "knowing man") are the only living species in the Homo genus. Anatomically modern humans originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago, reaching full behavioral modernity around 50,000 years ago.
Humans have a highly developed brain and are capable of abstract reasoning, language, introspection, and problem solving. This mental capability, combined with an erect body carriage that frees the hands for manipulating objects, has allowed humans to make far greater use of tools than any other living species on Earth. Other higher-level thought processes of humans, such as self-awareness, rationality, and sapience, are considered to be defining features of what constitutes a "person".
Humans are uniquely adept at utilizing systems of communication for self-expression, the exchange of ideas, and organization. Humans create complex social structures composed of many cooperating and competing groups, from families and kinship networks, to nations. Social interactions between humans have established an extremely wide variety of values, social norms, and rituals, which together form the basis of human society. With individuals widespread in every continent except Antarctica, humans are a cosmopolitan species. As of November 2011, the human population was estimated by the United Nations Population Division to be about 7 billion, and by the United States Census Bureau to be about 6.97 billion.
Humans are noted for their desire to understand and influence their environment, seeking to explain and manipulate phenomena through science, philosophy, mythology, and religion. This natural curiosity has led to the development of advanced tools and skills, which are passed down culturally; humans are the only species known to build fires, cook their food, clothe themselves, and create and use numerous other technologies and arts. The study of humans is the scientific discipline of anthropology.

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: New Fun Comics #1 (February, 1935)
Created by: W.C. Brigham 


Name: Humans
Phonetic: hjúmənz
Aliases: Homo sapiens sapiens, Earthmen, Metahumans, Homo Magi, Atlanteans
Universe: New Earth
Body Type: Humanoid
Average Height: 175.26 cm (male), 162.56 cm (female)
Average Weight: 78 kg (male), 62 kg (female)
Hair: Blond, Red; Brown; Black
Skin: White, Brown; Black
Number of Limbs: 4
Number of Fingers: 10 
Number of Toes: 10
Place of origin: 
Notable members: 
Inherent abilities: 
Special Adaptations: Metagene


Origin: Evolution through natural selection. Or this guy. Other sources state that this guy created them in a matter of seven days. Various.
Star System Of Origin: Sol
Home Planet: Earth


Human beings, humans or man (Origin: 1590–1600; < L homō man; OL hemō earthly being, also Homo sapiens — Latin: "wise human" or "knowing human"), are bipedal primates in the family Hominidae. DNA evidence indicates that modern humans originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago. Humans have a highly developed brain, capable of abstract reasoning, language, introspection and problem solving. This mental capability, combined with an erect body carriage that frees the forelimbs (arms) for manipulating objects, has allowed humans to make far greater use of tools than any other species.
Humans are widespread in every continent except Antarctica, with a total population of 6.8 billion as of November 2009. As of 2008, humans are listed as a species of least concern for extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Approximately 1.3 million are known as metahumans.

Humans are a race that evolved on the planet Earth. Although generally considered a backward and unintelligent species, certain humans began to play a prominent role in galactic affairs. The New Gods have long been fascinated with humans. Darkseid of Apokolips believes that humans have the Anti-Life Equation stored within their minds, while Highfather Izaya of New Genesis knows a prophecy that says Earth would see the rise of the Fifth World, and humans would play a vital part. The Guardian Ganthet claims that Earth is the most emotionally diverse and rich planet in the universe, most likely due to the humans.



What could be considered a sub-species of Humans are Metahumans, a term coined by the alien Dominators, and used to describe any human being with what are commonly described as "super powers". The prefix "meta-" simply means "beyond", describing persons and abilities beyond human limits.
There are roughly 1.3 million metahumans on Earth, 99.5% of which are considered "nuisance-level" (such as kids who can bend spoons with their mind and the old lady "who keeps hitting at Powerball"). The other 0.5% (6500) are what Checkmate and the O.M.A.C.s consider alpha and beta level threats. For example, Superman and Wonder Woman were categorized as alpha level, while Metamorpho was considered a beta.

Homo Magi

A term to describe a sub-race of magic-using humans in the DC Universe. According to Doctor Mist, the Homo magi evolved in a parallel but separate line, alongside Homo sapiens. Homo magi and Metahumans account for most of the superhuman abilities in the DC Universe.


Atlantean is the term generally applied to the collective groups of citizens who reside in the undersea continent known as Atlantis. Smaller, more distinctive subspecies such as the Tuatha De Danann refer to themselves simply by their tribe name, and do not typically refer to themselves as Atlanteans.

Powers and Abilities





Habitat: Various, 71% ocean
Gravity: 1 g
Atmosphere: 77% nitrogen, 21% oxygen
Population: 6.7 billion


  • Type of Government: Various (dictatorship, democracy, monarchy)
  • Level of Technology: Various, but some highly advanced
  • Cultural Traits: Varies from highly compassionate and intelligent to extremly belligerent and illogical