- Patience, my children. Soon, you shall wreak the havoc you crave. Soon I shall have the power I deserve. Soon the entire city will bow before its new master - Killer Moth! HAHAHAHA!!!
- ―Killer Moth[src]
Killer Moth AKA Charaxes is a supervillain and an enemy of the Teen Titans
Killer Moth first clashed with the Titans as he intended to execute his plan to conquer Jump City with an army of giant mutant moths. His plans were slightly altered, however, as his daughter Kitten, who had just been dumped by her boyfriend Fang, was unwilling to go to her Junior Prom alone and therefore decided to blackmail Robin into accompanying her in order to drive Fang jealous. While attending the ball (with an increasingly jealous Starfire in tow), Robin sent out Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy, who discovered Killer Moth's secret laboratory in the basement of his house and were attacked by him, though eventually he, Kitten and Fang were taken down and the mutant moths rendered harmless.
Killer Moth later somehow escaped from jail and fled to a desolate rocky island. Starfire was later forced to abandon a grossly mutated Silkie on this very island, where he was instantly seized by Killer Moth and turned into a giant monster moth, with which Moth proceeded to attack Jump City. Starfire, unwilling to harm Silkie, attempted to persuade him to return to her, and Killer Moth did the same; the stress over two conflicting loyalties caused Silkie to burst, shedding his adult form, and he was retrieved alive by Starfire and became the Titans' official pet. Killer Moth and Johnny Rancid, who had happened to be on the scene, were taken to jail once more.
Killer Moth and Kitten later joined the Brotherhood of Evil in their plan to eliminate young superheroes all around the world. When the Brain executed his plans, Killer Moth and Kitten, along with a swarm of new mutant moths - all of them similarly enlarged as Silkie had been - ambushed Starfire as she attempted to help Argent. Starfire, however, managed to escape, and when the renmants of the Titans assaulted the Brotherhood's base in Paris, Killer Moth and most of the assembled villains ended up as the Titans' flash-frozen prisoners.
Killer Moth is your typical villain. He is arrogant, threatening, and wants to destroy cities. He finds that his plans are the best, and that he is worthy to rule an entire city. However, Kitten seems to be the only person who can break that barrier. He is shown to have a soft spot for his daughter, and he treats her like a genuine daughter, and she seems to really care for her father as well.
Powers and abilities
Chiefly, Killer Moth is a scientist specialist in biogenetics and bioengineering who is capable of breeding, cloning and mutating insects according to his desires. Perhaps as the result of an experiment performed on himself, he too possesses various moth-related powers, including enhanced strength, wall-clinging abilities, and winged flight. Killer Moth is also a fair hand-to-hand combatant, and occasionally uses a plasma whip instead of a cocoon gun as a weapon and control device for his creations.
- Date With Destiny
- Can I Keep Him?
- Homecoming - Part 2 (cameo)
- Calling All Titans (cameo)
- Titans Together
- Originally, Killer Moth was a D-list supervillain who used a cocoon gun in his crimes, but who later sold his soul to a demon called Neron for greater power. The end result was his current state, the creature named Charaxes.
- Two of his quotes in Can I Keep Him? parody Darth Vader of Star Wars (specifically The Empire Strikes Back), along with his electronically distorted voice, when he tries to make Silkie join his side, saying "Larva M3-19, I am your father" and "Join me and together we shall... go on a picnic... of some sort..."
- Appears in LEGO Batman as a playable character.
- Killer Moth was originally an adversary of Batman and Robin.
- After the final battle, Killer Moth seemed to change his ways. This is shown in the comic series Teen Titans Go! He has made a few appearances and in one issue (Bad Girls), Robin knocks on his door and asks where his daughter, Kitten is. Also, when Killer Moth was complaining about how these "kids" wouldn't stop leaving him alone, he stated that he "paid his debt to society."
- His design in the show resembles a Kamen Rider, and also remotely resembles the moth-like Orphnoch King.
- Killer Moth is inspired partially by the legendary Mothman.