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Pre-Crisis Supergirl

Midvale is a pretty little town! I like it already! Maybe I can still do super-deeds for worthy people without being seen, like a sort of "guardian angel"!
SupergirlAction Comics #252
I... goofed! But am I downhearted? No! Will I try again? YES!
—Supergirl, Action Comics #289
I never thought it would turn out this way... All the time I was Superman's secret emergency-weapon, I eagerly looked forward to the day when I could operate openly! Now that it's finally happened, I — I feel no happiness at the "glory" that's now... mine...
—Supergirl, Superman Vol 1 #149: The Death of Superman
By relating to someone, being close, joined... that is what destroyed that part of me what wanted... me to die! I must find out who it was who saved me from myself — who taught me how to live...
—Supergirl, Adventure Comics #421: Demon Spawn
Clever of you to notice!
—Supergirl after a crook spots her and stammers out: "S-S-Supergirl!", Supergirl Volume 1
I don't know, cousin Kal-El — Maybe! This life of a super-heroine takes up too much of my time... sets me apart from everybody else! I want an ordinary life — with a husband and children — free to do what I choose!
—Supergirl, Superman #282
I'm sorry, but there isn't enough energy left in the enlarging ray to save Superman -- Kandor -- and you! [...] Cousin -- No! We can't afford to waste the energy!
—Supergirl, Superman #338
I suppose I had. I'm not your apprentice any more, Kal -- I'm a grown woman. I didn't come asking your permission or advice -- I came to tell you what I've decided!
—Supergirl, Superman Volume 1 #376
I hate thinking of the fortune in ammunition thugs like you have wasted on me over the years!
—Supergirl, Supergirl Volume 2, #12
Well, I know two "things" who are certainly gonna try!
—Supergirl after her cousin says there isn't a thing in all universe that can stop Mongul and Warworld, DC Comics Presents #28: Warworld
Thank Heaven... The worlds... have a chance to live. Y-you're crying... Please don't. You taught me to be brave... and I was... I... I love you so much for what you are. For how... good you are...
—Supergirl, Crisis on Infinite Earths #7
Kara is a hero without equal. She was often my confidante. And always my friend. Kara was a hero who, yes, cared about herself, but always seemed to care more for others. It is easy to dismiss the something special that made her a hero because she had powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men... but a hero is not measured by what her power may be... but by the courage she shows in living, and the warmth she holds in her heart. Ler her courage give us courage. Let her love gives us love, and let her hope give us hope. Kara is a hero. She will not be forgotten.
—Barbara Gordon, BatgirlCrisis on Infinite Earths #7
No. Really. I act as a deterrent to those who do bad. I react to events after they happen and try to fix them. But you don't wait. You're always thinking of ways to use your powers to help others before they even know they need help. And you bring caring and wamrth everywhere you go. I've never quite said this before, but for most of my life, I thought I was alone in the universe. You came to Earth and your optimism and cheer helped me through the times when it looked like the bad guys could win. You've not only touched my life, but everyone else's. And we're all so much better because you're here.
—Superman, Convergence: The Adventures of Superman #1

Post-Crisis Supergirl

No, listen to me. I have to say: I know you love me, and that's why you feel a need to act like my big brother or my dad — But you're neither one! Maybe I need to learn things the hard way. But I am learning! I want to be a family with you and Uncle Jon and Aunt Martha, but I don't need your... validation! I can get by on my own terms, and I'm doing just fine, and —
—Supergirl, Supergirl Volume 5 #22
But then you happened. Everything I was thinking... Every emotion in my body... Every doubt I had inside... I saw all of them in your cracked face. You were like me.
—Supergirl to Bizarro-Girl, Supergirl Volume 5 #56
And how do we know you're even the real Winslow Schott? I've seen one of your robots before — no, two of them. One here in Gotham, the other on New Krypton. And that one had a part in my world's destruction. A small part, sure, but an important one. Your work is very well made. Impossible to tell apart from real, live human beings, even with my X-Ray vision. So please. Answer Ms. Grant's questions, or else another outburst like that will lead me to believe you're one of Schott's automatons... and I'll start probing to make sure you're real.
—Supergirl to Toyman, Supergirl Volume 5 #58

Post-Flashpoint Supergirl

How could anyone make it their mission in life to murder whole worlds? Can you imagine what an abomination that is to an orphan from a dead planet? [...] This world-killing stuff... it hits a nerve. It makes me furious, and the ring just fans the flame!
—Supergirl, Supergirl Volume 6 #30, Red Daughter of Krypton
For better or worse, this planet is my home now. I want to live among its people. Real people living real lives. The lives we've fought so hard to protect. Or did you forget that?
—Supergirl, Supergirl Volume 6 #36

Rebirth Supergirl

People feared me, too. At first. This doesn't have to be you. You're not alone. Stop this. Let me help you. My father may have abandoned you... But I never will.
—Supergirl, Supergirl Rebirth


Superman is written one way. He is the ultimate hero, the ultimate good guy, the one who is able to see the 'right' thing to do and does it. For me that makes him difficult to relate to. He is invulnerable, unstoppable, bigger than life, and completely ethical. I am not that good. I am human with human foibles and failings. I can aspire to be Superman, but I can't really relate to him.
And I think that therein lies what I love about Kara. I was drawn to comics because I like the genre. I like reading about super-heroics. I was drawn to Supergirl because she had those powers, she lived those stories, but she also seemed to be trying to find herself too. She could even fail, just as I could fail.

So when she struggled with her relationships or wondered if she would forever be alone, I 'got' that. When she was trying to figure out what she wanted to do in life ... TV reporter, soap opera star, guidance counselor, or grad student... I understood that too. And when, unlike Superman, she got frustrated and lashed out swiftly and violently against villainy, something we have seen throughout her comic career, I could understand that response. She never seemed as restrained and staid as Superman. She might even have a temper like I do. She was easy to relate to and as a result a better read.