The Parasite first appeared in the 1960s Filmation cartoon, The New Adventures of Superman. However, despite the same name and powers, his appearance has little in common with the comic book version. Here the Parasite is a thief named I.C. Harris, who is portrayed as a balding man with a mustache and does not have purple skin. In the episode, Superman knowingly tricks the Parasite into absorbing so much of his energy that he explodes.