Personal Info:
Real Name: Dr. Emil Hamilton
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Metropolis
First Appearance: Adventures of Superman 630
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: The Society
Base Of Operations: Metropolis
Grudges: Superman
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Ruin is a scientific genius and inventor. He also knows all of Supermanís weaknesses and all the details of his personal life.
Suit: Ruin wears a power suit that provides all his abilities. He is able to absorb energy and redirect it, project energy blasts, project Kryptonian red sunlight (removing Supermanís powers) and enter the Phantom Zone at will. If the suit is forcibly removed from Ruin's body, it self-destructs with a massive force.
Ruin is the villainous identity of Professor Emil Hamilton. A former employee of S.T.A.R. Labs and the US Government, it transpired he had been driven insane when all his research was bought up by Lex Luthor, who took credit for the inventions. He was placed in a mental health facility and responded well to treatment. On his release, he set up a laboratory in Suicide Slum and quickly became Superman's "scientific advisor". He was responsible for creating many devices that aided Superman, including the Phantom Zone Projector and early Superman Robots.
Many years later, when John Henry Irons returned to Metropolis, just prior to the B13 Event, Hamilton felt he was being sidelined, as Superman now had access to a scientific genius who was also a fellow superhero. He disappeared during the B13 Event, eventually resurfacing as the Overmind, the leader of a cyberpunk gang plotting the return of Brainiac 13. He claimed, however, that the B13-technology in his prosthetic arm was controlling his actions. Presumably this claim held some truth, as he returned to his role as Superman's advisor.
Recently Hamilton appeared as Ruin. He was determined to destroy Superman whom he firmly believed would eventually destroy the Earth. Using technology, knowledge and raw power he seeks Supermanís total destruction.