The Trope Codifier of the Superhero. The Man of Steel. The Last Son of Krypton.
Superman has amassed quite the large stable of characters over the decades since his introduction.
Superman / Superboy I
- AKA: Clark Kent / Kal-El
Born on the planet Krypton, Kal-El was sent to Earth as a baby shortly before his planet exploded. Discovered and adopted by a couple living in the town of Smallville, Kal-El, now named Clark Kent, discovers his superpowers as he grew up. Learning of his Kryptonian heritage, Clark decides to dedicate his life to truth, justice, and the American way. Clark currently lives a double life in the city of Metropolis, as a mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet, and as Superman, the Man of Steel.
From the late Golden Age of Comic Books through The Bronze Age of Comic Books, Superman started his heroic career as Superboy in Smallville. This was Retconned out of history thanks to Crisis on Infinite Earths, and later recanonized after Infinite Crisis in Superman Secret Origin. The current New 52 origin in Superman And The Men Of Steel has decanonized this once again.
- Adorkable: It's almost comical how someone as powerful as he is so earnest, sweet and sincere.
- Appropriated Appellation: Got his superhero name from the press.
- Badass: There's a reason he's considered by many to be the greatest superhero of all time.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's one of the nicest, most easy-going guys you could ever wish to meet... but on the rare occasions someone really sets him off, he's downright terrifying.
- Big Good: Most people in and out of universe accept him as being the leader of the whole superhero community of the DC Universe.
- Big Eater: In Action Comics #454, Toyman siphoned off his energy using a device, leaving him constantly hungry. He had to eat constantly, or else he'll "starve to death!"
- Boring Invincible Hero: When written poorly
- Bow Ties Are Cool: Played straight and averted, Clark likes bowties and will rock on occasion, but everyone makes fun of them when he does.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: Trope Namer, where he took boxing lessons from Muhammad Ali. He has also had combat training courtesy of Batman and Wonder Woman.
- Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Not that he is dumb, but he does tend to rely on his strength more so than villains like Lex Luthor do; they in comparison seem to rely more so on intellect.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Given how long-running the series has been this trope has cropped up a few times.
- Cannot Talk to Women: As Clark, but not (usually) as Superman.
- The Cape (trope): The Ur Example.
- Catch Phrase: "Great Krypton!", "Up, up, and away!", "This looks like a job for Superman!"
- Those are some of the older ones, "Great Scott!" is one he uses these days.
- Chick Magnet: His former wife Lois, his old girlfriend Lana, his other girlfriend Lori, Wonder Woman from time to time, the alien Maxima and many others all show interest in him.
- Oddly, he seems to attract more women as Clark than he does as Superman.
- Cincinnatus: Practically everyone in-universe considers him the most powerful hero in the DC Universe, and is generally the one to lead the whole superhero community when a Crisis Crossover occurs, but he still prefers to be accepted as the mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent over Superman.
- Clark Kenting: Duh.
- Deadpan Snarker Especially in the Post-Crisis stories where "Clark Kent" was established as the "real" personality and Superman was a mask he wore to protect his normal life.
- Determinator: He just doesn't stay down, not until he saves the day.
- Farm Boy: Was raised as one. Depending on the continuity, he did superhero work during this point on his life (Pre-Crisis and Post-Infinite Crisis)
- Gentle Giant
- A God I Am Not: He has lots of followers that worship him as a god, much to his discomfort.
- Good Is Not Soft: He tries to use as little force as possible, but he's still not soft on bad guys.
- Guile Hero: When he can't solve his problems with his Super Strength, he will often have to resort to outsmarting the enemy.
- Happily Married: To Lois pre-reboot of Flashpoint.
- The Hero: Of the whole DC Universe.
- Ideal Hero: Supes is pretty much the platonic ideal of superheroism. No other hero radiates goodness and justice like he does.
- Human Alien
- I Am Not Left-Handed: He holds back against most opponents because of his strict Thou Shall Not Kill policy, but if he doesn't, curb stomping usually ensues.
- Intrepid Reporter: Because it's a job that he cannot automatically do with his superpowers.
- Last of His Kind: At first and from time to time, depending on the writer and/or the continuity.
- The Messiah
- Nature Versus Nurture: Brought up in most depictions of the character. Superman is Kryptonian, but was raised by kindly old adoptive parents. In older stories, it was usually implied that his superior Kryptonian heritage and abilities were the cause of his strict moral compass, but in latter stories (especially after other, villainous, Kryptonians were introduced), it's outright stated that Superman's upbringing is responsible for creating who he is.
- Nice Guy: Devout Christian, Chivalrous Gentleman, Vegetarian.
- Nice Hat: As Clark Kent, he occasionally wears a fedora.
- Papa Wolf
- The Paragon: Ask any hero in the The DCU who their greatest hero and example is, their answer will be Superman. Any superhero who tells you otherwise is either blatantly lying or operates out of Gotham.
- Heck, Batman may not say it, but he certainly thinks it.
- Physical God: At his highest power levels.
- Really, at any point after the early Golden Age. Even after his Post-Crisis power down, he could move mountains and change the course of mighty rivers and wrestle Thor.
- The Power of the Sun: Earth's yellow sun is what makes him and other Kryptonians Flying Bricks with Eye Beams. Inverted with red stars, which take away his powers.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Tends to use this more as an intimidation tactic... or if he's really mad.
- Science Hero: Taking after his father, this is Superman's real aptitude.
- Secret Identity: Don't tell anyone, but Superman is actually mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent.
- Showy Invincible Hero: When written well.
- Sobriquet/Superhero Sobriquets: The Man of Steel, The Man of Tomorrow, The Big Blue Boyscout, The Last Son of Krypton.
- In some continuities, e.g. the Christopher Reeve film, "Superman" is a title bestowed by someone else, too.
- Story-Breaker Power: Very much so during the Silver Age due to all the New Powers as the Plot Demands. Mostly averted post-Crisis.
- Superhero: Practically named the trope, as he was the one who codified modern use of the "super" prefix.
- Superpower Lottery: The undisputed champion of this trope. Only immensely powerful mystic entities or cosmic beings come close.
- Eye Beams: Burn.
- Flying Brick: The Ur Example.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Especially in the Golden Age and Silver Age.
- In a Single Bound: During the Golden Age, but this has mostly been made redundant by his Flight
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Super-weaving, super-muscular control, broadcasting his voice through police radio, super-coffee-making, you name it.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Artillery shells don't even scratch him. In fact, he's one of the very few number of beings in the DC Universe who can take a direct hit from Darkseid's otherwise all-disintegrating Omega Beams, survive it for more than an instant, and come out with only intense pain, exhaustion and a few "shallow injuries".
- Super Breath: Can be hurricane-force winds or arctic cold.
- Super Speed: An absurdly fast flier, and a fast runner, too.
- Super Strength: In the last episode of Justice League Unlimited, which DC comics consider canon, he explains that he never uses all his strength. He is so powerful that he never can give himself the opportunity to lose the control, because if that happens, someone could die.
- Super Senses
- X-Ray Vision
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Though at times circumstances may force him to break this personal credo, such as what to do with three Kryptonians from an alternate universe who committed genocide on a global scale, or with dealing with a killing machine like Doomsday.
- Underwear of Power: Certainly a Trope Codifier. This is averted after the post-Flashpoint New 52 reboot, where there's a red belt where it once was.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: No Death by Origin Story (for the Kents), no Freudian Excuse, he was just too well-raised to not be a hero.
- Wonder Child: For Jonathan and Martha Kent.
- World of Cardboard Speech: The Trope Namer.
- Written-In Absence: Many stories feature his friends getting into trouble while he is away. A common excuse is that he is "on a space mission". And then, of course, there were those radio show episodes where he crosses paths with Kryptonite...
Superman earliest and most iconic love interest, Lois Lane is a skilled and determined reporter for the Daily Planet. Her typical subject of writing is Superman: she reports on his exploits and occasionally tries to puzzle out his real identity, but she's always foiled. She has a hidden crush on Superman, and less so on Clark Kent, creating a Love Triangle out of two people, though she sometimes suspects that they're one and the same...
- Action Girl: She's trained in martial arts enough that she holds her own against regular opponents, it's the superpowered dudes she has trouble with.
- Alliterative Name
- Badass Normal: When she brings the pain, she brings the pain.
- Blackface: Handled as inoffensively as this trope can be (which is still pushing it.) In a memorable/infamous Bronze Age story Lois used one of Superman's machines to change into an African-American woman temporarily for an undercover report.
- Brainy Brunette/Fiery Redhead: She has both the brains and the attitude and has been depicted as both over the years (though jet black hair is her most common look.)
- Damsel in Distress: It was really bad in The Golden Age of Comic Books and The Silver Age of Comic Books; not so much now, though being Superman's love interest means she's still relegated to this role occasionally.
- Badass Damsel: She's an Action Girl and Badass Normal. Even before she was an Action Girl, most of the time she needed rescuing because she was putting her in danger to uncover the truth, and sometimes is even Genre Savvy to know that Superman will save her.
- Genius Ditz: Highly intelligent but almost completely lacking in common sense when it came to investigating bad guys or potential bad guys (in particular snooping around their hideouts alone and unarmed.)
- Happily Married: To Clark pre-reboot of Flashpoint.
- Hot Scoop
- Intrepid Reporter
- Love Interest: One of the most famous.
- Loves My Alter Ego: At first and later depending on the incarnation.
- Mama Bear
- Military Brat: Her dad was a general, which helped mold her into an Action Girl. Too bad her father was a dick who wanted a boy.
- Secret Keeper: Clark revealed her his secret shortly after they got engaged.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Lois is love with Clark not because he is Superman, but because he is a sweet, kind-hearted Farm Boy from Kansas.
- Weak-Willed: Not in her more modern incarnations but during The Golden Age of Comic Books she was very frequently hypnotized.
Superman's pal and Clark Kent's co-worker at the Daily Planet, Jimmy is a photographer/cub reporter working his way up the totem pole. He's impulsive, socially awkward, and prone to getting tied up by supervillains. Superman trusts Jimmy enough to give him a wristwatch that emits a supersonic alarm that only Supes can hear. Jimmy is sometimes portrayed in a relationship with Lucy Lane, Lois's younger sister. He had his own series back in the '70s, illustrated by none other than Jack Kirby, which was notable for two things: introducing Darkseid and being really flippin' weird.
- Canon Immigrant: From The Adventures of Superman. Though there is an unnamed red head kid seen in a couple of panels in the newsroom in Action Comics #1.
- Disguised in Drag: A few times in his solo adventures. Happened often enough with different outfits and in such a convincing manner that some suspect he's a closeted-Wholesome Crossdresser.
- Hollywood Nerd: Despite being a dorky misfit, Jimmy is still generically handsome.
- Intrepid Photographer
- James Bondage
- Faking the Dead: He did this in the New Krypton storyline so he can investigate the anti-Kryptonian conspiracy without anybody noticing him.
- Locked Out of the Loop: He doesn't know Clark's secret, despite joining him in battle many times.
- Memetic Walking Disaster Area
- Outdated Outfit: Sometimes. He wears the green jacket/bowtie combo less often these days.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Phrase Catcher: "Don't call me 'chief'!", from Perry.
- Shallow Love Interest: To Supergirl in the forgettable '80s movie.
- Sidekick: Kinda-sorta. More so than Supergirl, any way.
- Status Quo Is God: More so than any other character. Some of this is due to Retcons but Jimmy will grow up, shift from reporting to photography, do heroic things, then go back to being a cub reporter. He even recently became a Secret Keeper for Superman but that's been undone. They even still depict him in the cardigan sweater and bowtie much of the time.
- Took a Level in Badass: He's confronted Darkseid and several assassins. Hell yeah.
- Unlikely Hero: He gets his occasional chance to shine, maybe a couple times a decade.
- Unlucky Everydude
- Weirdness Magnet: Possibly the biggest in the entire DC universe.
A cynical, former boxer, turned bartender of the Ace of Clubs, who was inspired by Superman's example that everyone can make a difference. He donned a Superman T-shirt and patrolled the city, roughing up street punks and similar threats, but he isn't really considered a superhero.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: The dude actually managed to land a punch on Superman's jaw, and made him stagger a bit.
- Hidden Depths
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: When Lobo had the upper hand in a fight against Superman, Bibbo cheered for him. He went back to cheering for Superman when he won.
- Identical Stranger: Clean him up and he bears a striking resemblance to Superman, which was a plot point in his earliest appearances in the Post-Crisis era. This seems to have been scaled back a bit over the decades since.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Retired Badass
The commissioner of the Metropolis Police. Originally Inspector Henderson, Bill was an occasionally-appearing supporting cast member in The Bronze Age of Comic Books who acted as Superman's liaison with the police. Post-Crisis, he became the city commissioner. He was a mentor and close friend to Maggie Sawyer. His cousin, Mike Henderson, is the head of the Metropolis Metacrimes Division.
- Canon Immigrant: From The Adventures of Superman via the George Reeves TV show.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
In the Post-Crisis era, when Superman allowed more of his hidden qualities to show as Clark Kent, gossip columnist Cat Grant showed up as a rival for Clark's affections. A bit shallow and a shameless flirt, Cat became more serious after her son was murdered by Toyman. In the '00s, she's shown up again in her old job and is cast as a "cougar" having had surgery done to maintain her good looks. She shamelessly hits on the then married Clark in front of his wife. Clark believes she is reinventing herself to mask the pain of her loss.
- Loves My Alter Ego: Actually, she's only attracted to Clark, not Superman.
- Hidden Depths
Dan "Terrible" Turpin
A cop who was initially skeptical of Superman, fearing that he was making the police obsolete, though he eventually came around. He was the partner of Maggie Sawyer, and fell in love with her, but was heartbroken when she came out of the closet. Sadly, during Final Crisis, Darkseid used him as his host body, seemingly killing him.
- Badass Normal: His Crowning Moment was taking on Kalibak, son of Darkseid, with a machine gun, getting beaten within an inch of his life, and then giving the signal to channel all the electrical power in Metropolis straight into Kalibak, knocking him out and arresting him!
- Brooklyn Rage
- Expy: In The Animated Series, his appearance was based on his creator, Jack Kirby.
- New Gods: The series where he first appeared.
- Nice Hat
- Retcon: A recent retcon claims that he is the grown-up version of "Brooklyn" from the Boy Commandos (another Kirby tough guy character with a derby hat and a Brooklyn accent).
Superman's birth father on the planet Krypton. Jor-El was a wise scientist and member of Krypton's ruling council. Convinced of their planet's impending doom, he devised a plan to save his people on a fleet of spaceships, but the council scoffed at his warnings and denied him funding. Left with only his prototype rocket, he and his wife Lara made the fateful decision to save their only child, Kal-El, from Krypton's destruction. Jor-El and Lara perished with the rest of Krypton.
- Cassandra Truth
- Ignored Expert
- Posthumous Character
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Though it seems he's the only one at the time of Krypton's destruction. Some tellings of the origin story alternately suggest Jor-El's findings aren't conclusive.
Clark Kent's high-school girlfriend, with whom he still maintains a friendly relationship; Lana is one of the few people who knows that Clark is Superman. In The Silver Age of Comic Books, Lana frequently competed with Lois for Superman's affections, but these days they have a congenial friendship. At one point, she was married to Pete Ross, another one of Clark's childhood friends.
- Alliterative Name
- Betty and Veronica: Lana developed from being an Expy of Lois into being a rival to Lois for Superman's affections. Though this is retconned away Post-Crisis.
- Fiery Redhead: At times. Except when she got a Race Lift for Smallville.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend
- Captain Ersatz: Of Lois. She was originally introduced to be the nosey investigative love interest for a young Clark Kent.
Another of Clark Kent's ex-girlfriends. They broke up when she was revealed to actually be a mermaid, as she considered their differences too great, though she still holds a torch for him. She also knows Clark's secret.
- Alliterative Name
- Godiva Hair: As you can see here.
- Glamour Failure: She cannot maintain human form if she gets wet.
- Our Mermaids Are Different
- Psychic Powers
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: In this case, the unlucky childhood friend is Superman.
Shrunken by Brainiac and imprisoned in a bottle, the Kryptonian city Kandor is eventually recovered by Superman. In The Silver Age of Comic Books, Kandor was stuck in this state with Superman able to go back and forth into the city but unable to re-enlarge them for a long time (since Brainiac's technology was not designed to work in reverse.) He finally managed to do it in 1979.
When reintroduced in 2009, Superman recovers Kandor and is able to re-enlarge it near his fortress. Humanity does not take kindly to the arrival of 100,000 people with superior technology and all of Superman's powers, so they pick up and leave to build a planet on the opposite side of Earth's orbit. General Zod and Superman joined them.
Unfortunately, Earth and New Krypton didn't get along so well and the two planets waged a war killing the vast majority of the recovered population while the rest had to be imprisoned in the Phantom Zone by Superman himself. The original Kandor was Supergirl's birthplace.
Jonathan and Martha Kent (or John and Mary, depending on the version) were a simple farmers who found a crashed spaceship by the side of the road; examining it, they found a baby alien inside. Raising him as their own (and naming him Clark after Martha's maiden name), they instilled in him their simple virtue and respect for all living things. Their status has varied from decade to decade. In The Golden Age of Comic Books and The Silver Age of Comic Books, they both died before Clark became Superman; Post-Crisis, they were both alive and well. In the current state of the mythos, Jonathan has passed away, leaving Martha and Clark behind.
- Eagle Land: A rare Type 1 example.
- Happily Married
- Muggle Foster Parents
- Retcon: Saved by a couple of these. Originally they were largely anonymous characters but when Superman was retconned to have been Superboy during his childhood, they got plenty of character development and fans didn't want them to die. So in the Post-Crisis reboot, Clark's parents find him much younger and are late middle-aged in Superman's adult career (though Pa Kent did eventually die.)
Dan Turpin's partner. Like him, she feared Superman was making the police look bad, but eventually, she became a valuable ally. She came out of the closet. Sawyer eventually moved to Gotham City, where she became a captain in the GCPD and a sometimes-ally to Batman.
- Action Girl
- Badass Normal
- Lesbian Jock: Which was rather impressive for a character to be when it was revealed in 1988.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A good example of this was the time Superman's power's were increasing beyond his control leading to a series of accidents. When she arrived just as Superman was about to turn himself in, she cut him off and apologized "for arriving to late to help catch the bad guy" saying that she was "distracted because her friend was sick and needed help." Superman promised her friend would get that help.
Once a famous crusading reporter, Perry White is now the editor-in-chief of that great American newspaper, the Daily Planet. A gruff, tough, cigar-chomping curmudgeon, White is nonetheless fair, brave, and honest, fostering close relationships with his employees. He plays a fatherly role to Lois and Clark, but finds Jimmy a constant annoyance.
- Canon Immigrant: The name "Perry White" was first used in the radio show.
- Catch Phrase: "Great Caesar's ghost!" and "Don't call me 'chief'!"
- Da Editor
- Intrepid Reporter: In his youth.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Sometimes.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Secret Secret Keeper: Writers often imply he has his suspicions, but has enough respect for both Clark and Superman that he never voices them.
Clark's best friend in high-school. He married Lana Lang, but got divorced. He was Vice President for President Lex Luthor; after Luthor went rogue, Ross became President for a few months to finish Luthor's term, but did little of note in office. After his term—and marriage—ended, Ross retired back to Smallville to get away from all the drama and opened a barber shop.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Until recently, he was oblivious to Clark's secret. (Modern age)
- Secret Secret Keeper (Silver/Bronze Age)
- Unwitting Pawn: He was pretty much just a tool for Luthor. Also, while President, he inadvertently funded Project 7734, the anti-Kryptonian conspiracy.
Ron is introduced shortly before Superman's "death" and takes a reporting job during Clark's extended absence. He dates Lucy Lane and gets her pregnant leading to a story arc touching on the abortion issue; they were later married, but their relationship seems to have been Retconned away. Ron has been recast more recently as the Daily Planet's intellectual liberal opinion writer.
- Foil: To Steve Lombard, the Planet's sports writer. Ron is a quiet and introverted liberal, while Steve is a loud and outgoing conservative.
- Straight Man: He's arguably the most "normal" person on the Daily Planet.
A former high school athlete and prankster, he became the Daily Planet's sports writer. He shamelessly flirts with Lois, Cat, and other beautiful women he meets. He enjoys picking on the more bookish Clark, which sometimes comes back and bites him in the ass if Clark is feeling mischievous with his superpowers.
- Casanova Wannabe
- Foil: To Ron Troupe.
- Jerk Jock: A former one, now a jerk sports columnist.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Subverted when Clark's inner monologue talks about what lies beneath his tough guy exterior. Basically it's the exact same thing, only worse.
- Meaningful Name: Steve played football in high school, college, and, briefly, the pros; Vince Lombardi is one of the most famous football coaches of all time.
- Straw Conservative: Should be obvious just from the descriptions. Steve is written as though all the research done by the writers for the character's political positions is based on bumper stickers.
A character that existed for a few years in the late nineties. A conservative columnist that was basically meant to be an Expy of Rush Limbaugh, same political views, same build and general appearance. At first an annoying unsympathetic character.
- Big Eater: Frequently seem chomping down junk food, especially donuts. Because that's the only way fat people get fat.
- Hidden Depths: He is shown to have a blind daughter and his interactions with her help soften the audience and the other characters to Dirk.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: This character was clearly a Rush Limbaugh expy. This was before other similar pundits reached widespread audiences. Though its a bit of a dated Expy. Rush lost a lot of weight before his death and audiences today would find Dirk's physique to be an exaggeration bordering on parody.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mild version of this seemed to be what they were going for. Dirk is a fat doughnut chomping conservative loudmouth (less obnoxious and more informed than Steve Lombard) but really cares for his daughter, really believes what he's saying and generally praises Superman because of the Man of Steel's effectiveness as a crimefighter until Superman's electric powers kick in and Dirk briefly becomes critical as Superman's lack of control of his powers causes come property damage. As far as Dirk is concerned, he's just telling it like it is and while Superman is irritated with him, he acknowledges that Dirk has a point.
The Super Villain. Luthor is easily the smartest human being in the world (a "10th-level intelligence", according to Brainiac), and uses his incredible brainpower to match the Man of Steel's physical might. In The Silver Age of Comic Books he was a Mad Scientist who spent most of his time behind bars (to the point that his "costume" was a gray prison suit), later adopting a suit of Powered Armor to fight Supes mano-a-mano. In The Dark Age of Comic Books, he was re-envisioned as a Corrupt Corporate Executive who sold the patents for his fantastic inventions to become incredibly stinking rich. In any incarnation, Luthor is driven by his burning hatred of Superman.
- Abusive Parents: He killed his dad because of this.
- Affably Evil: Sometimes.
- Faux Affably Evil: More often. If he's being nice to you, it's only because he's after something.
- Alliterative Name
- Arch Enemy
- Badass Normal
- Badass Abnormal: Orange Lantern Lex
- Bald of Evil: Which in some continuities was caused by and experiment Lex botched and blamed on Superman.
- Big Bad: Of numerous arcs in both Superman and the DC Universe in general. Other supervillains fear The Joker, but they want to be Lex Luthor.
- Brains Evil, Brawn Good
- Breakout Villain: Luthor only appeared in a few issues early on, but became so popular that he was brought back, eventually assuming the position of Superman's archenemy.
- Broken Ace: Always.
- The Chessmaster
- Civilian Villain: Sometimes.
- Cloning Blues: After contracting cancer, he arranged to become his own son via cloning. The clone eventually suffered degeneration so he made a deal with the devil to get a healthy youthful body. Around the same time, he arranged for Cadmus to make a hybrid clone of him and Superman, now known as Superboy. (It's a Retcon but people tend to forget that Lex was heavily involved with the project at the time and could easily have done this under the circumstances.)
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: When he's not a Mad Scientist.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Subverted. He can cut his own checks, being a Corrupt Corporate Executive and all. It's more of a pride thing that he wastes so much of it trying to kill Superman.
- Played straight Pre-Crisis.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Especially in the forties. In the modern era he reverts to this anytime he's lost his company.
- Driven by Envy
- Enemy Mine
- Enfante Terrible: According to Superman: Secret Origin, he was a bad apple back then.
- Envy: Why does Luthor hate Superman? Post-Crisis, it's because while Luthor spent decades of hard work becoming Metropolis's favorite son, Superman showed up and stole the spotlight thanks to a quirk of genetics. (Pre-Crisis, it's because Superman
made him baldinadvertently ruined his greatest experiment.)
- One story notes how Luthor spent so much money building his Lex Tower, the highest building in Metropolis, so he could stand on the top floor and look down at everyone. But then he looks up and sees Superman hovering right above him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Luthor is generally a sociopath, but even he thinks Libra's plan crossed the line. So he killed him.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Does not get why Superman helps people instead of trying to take over the world, just because that is what Luthor would naturally do if he had powers. The best he can do is assume that Superman must be driven by the love of fame and glory, which may make this a case of You're Just Jealous as that is one of Luthor's own primary motivations, so naturally he thinks Superman is stealing from him.
- Better still, Luthor cannot accept the possibility that Superman and Clark Kent are one and the same. Not because of the glasses or the way Kent slouches his shoulders: it's because Luthor can't believe an all-powerful being would want a normal human life. He's actually fired a researcher who figured this out and tried to tell him.
- Evil Genius
- Foe Yay: With guess who... and Lois. Doesn't help that he has the same initials as all of Clark's major love interests. Though technically he's Alexander Luthor.
- Freudian Excuse: One origin story, revolving around Abusive Parents.
- Kryptonite Ring: Although it bit him in the ass by giving him cancer.
- He got better through the magic of cloning, though.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Half of Conner Kent's DNA was provided by a human donor. That donor was Luthor, of course.
- Mad Scientist: When he's not a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Morality Pet: His sister usually serves this role
- Noble Demon: Mostly when Elliot S! Maggin wrote him in The Bronze Age of Comic Books. This is not the case with his modern portrayals at all.
- Powered Armor: He has a green and purple set for when he needs to deal with superheroes personally.
- President Evil: From 2000-2004.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: In Post-Crisis stories, it's mentioned by other characters - and occasionally Superman himself - that Luthor would be better off using all his knowledge and resources to come up with useful things like cancer cures. All this does is make Luthor want to waste even more money and resources so he can defeat Superman.
- The Resenter: Of Superman.
- Self-Made Man: How rich a family he came from varies by incarnation, but he's generally depicted as earning his own money through genuine smarts, and a fast and loose attitude towards legality.
- The Sociopath
- Villainous Breakdown: Luthor doesn't undergo these frequently, but when he does they are inevitably spectacular.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Provides the Trope page image.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Some versions of the character think they're this. Usually, this just means they are insane.
- Wrath: Augments his envy and near limitless pride with buckets of this.
Alexander Luthor, Jr.
The son of the greatest hero of Earth-3, Alexander Luthor, and his wife Lois Lane, Alex was the only survivor of Earth-3 in the Crisis on Infinite Earths. He was genetically altered after passing through the barrier to Earth-1, which caused him to age to adulthood in a matter of weeks and develop mysterious space-warping powers. He was helped to adulthood by the mysterious Monitor, under whose tutelage he helped defeat the Anti-Monitor and save The Multiverse. With his world destroyed, he and other heroes without a world—Superman and Lois Lane of Earth-2 and Superboy of Earth-Prime—retired to a pocket dimension to live out their lives in peace.
Or so they thought. Driven mad by the isolation, Alex—who had never really learned morality, having aged so quickly—manipulated Superboy-Prime into helping them escape. He grew to resent the surviving Earth, which he viewed as flawed and imperfect, and in Infinite Crisis set into motion a scheme to Take Over the World. He was foiled by the world's heroes, Lex Luthor, and the unpredictable nature of Superboy-Prime, and was finally killed by Lex and the Joker.
- The Chessmaster
- Face Heel Turn
- Manipulative Bastard: His manipulation of Prime turns him from The Woobie to full-blown Jerkass Woobie.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands
- Redheaded Hero / Evil Redhead
- The Resenter: Of the survivors of the Crisis.
- Tragic Mistake: He didn't invite Joker to join the Secret Society. Excluding a psycho that even super-powered villains fear? Big mistake.
Alexei Luthor of Earth-2
Lex Luthor's counterpart in the Alternate Universe of Earth-2. He vexed the Earth-2 Superman for decades as a Mad Scientist and war profiteer. Unlike Lex, Alexei was from eastern Europe and had a full head of red hair, but was otherwise very similar. In the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was killed by Brainiac for questioning his plans while Lex smugly looked on.
- All the Myriad Ways: Possibly invoked, as Lex shows no sympathy when Alexei is killed, which shocks the rest of the assembled villains.
- Arch Enemy: Of Earth-2's Superman.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Evil Genius
- Evil Redhead
- Mad Scientist
- Retcon: Like Kal-L, Alexei's entire existence was a Retcon. Up until the late 1960s, the comics assumed that there was only one Superman, and all the stories from 1938 to the present were about him. The Superman comics from before around 1950 were then retconned to take place on Earth-2, so there were two Superman and two Luthors.
The clone of a ruthless gangster named Floyd Barstow, he turned to crime, claiming that he inherited Barstow's nature. He has the power to change his physical structure to match whatever he touches.
- Cloning Blues
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's only interested in getting money, and objects to his teammates when they are willing to kill.
- In the Blood
- Shout-Out: To Marvel's Absorbing Man.
Atomic Skull I
- AKA: Albert Michaels
A scientist with S.T.A.R. Labs with a rare seizure-inducing nervous disorder, Albert Michaels turned to a criminal syndicate who implanted him with a radioactive device that turned his nervous shorts into atomic blasts. Donning a costume and skull mask, Michaels became a super-villain and took over the syndicate, flying a skull-shaped hovercraft.
Atomic Skull II
- AKA: Joseph Martin
Joseph Martin was an ordinary college student until he was caught in the blast radius of an alien "gene-bomb" that awakened his latent metagene, granting him super-strength and the ability to fire energy blasts, but also causing brain damage, turning his body's soft tissues invisible, and wreathing him head in green flame. Due to his brain injury, Martin believed he was the old movie hero "the Atomic Skull" and that Superman was his archenemy, "Doctor Electron".
- Boom! Headshot!: He can survive being shot in the head, but it tends to blow his head apart.
- Energy Blasts
- I Love Nuclear Power
- Super Strength
- Touched by Vorlons
- AKA: Paul Rooney
A criminal who was taken down by Maggie Sawyer in the past, losing his right arm in the process. Obsessed with revenge, he put on an armored suit and attached a thought-controlled energy cannon to his stump.
- Arm Cannon
- BFG: It's upgraded enough to knock Supes over.
- Foe Yay: He gives signs that he is Maggie's Stalker with a Crush.
- Narcissist: He's so good-looking that he refuses to armor his face, which leads to his downfall.
- Powered Armor
Bizarro has had many origins over the decades, but one thing remains consistent: he is an imperfect copy of Superman created by science gone awry. Bizarro has powers similar to Superman but lacks his sense of justice and has difficulty telling right from wrong, often reveling in destruction for its own sake. Still, his deformed features combined with his childlike lack of guile sometimes makes him a sympathetic figure—sort of a modern-day Frankenstein's Monster.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad
- Beware the Silly Ones: Although Bizarro is sometimes reduced to comic relief, in more serious stories, he's exactly as terrifying as you would imagine as an angry toddler with the powers of Superman would be.
- Breath Weapon / Eye Beams: The current version of Bizarro reverses Superman's "energy" attacks—he breathes fire and shoots freezing rays from his eyes.
- Clone Degeneration
- Cuckoolandian Counterpart: His original conception, though he's since been used as a "straight villain" more often.
- Evil Knockoff
- Dumb Muscle
- Hulk Speak
- Idiosyncrazy: His obsession with opposites - though this in only present in some versions.
- Pet the Dog: He genuinely cares about those he considers friends.
- Psychopathic Manchild
Bizarro was lonely until the day he discovered that the rays of a blue sun give him one extra superpower, the ability to duplicate himself. He used this to populate a cubic planet with other monsters who are just as logically warped as he is.
- Bizarro Universe: Obviously.
- Enemy Civil War: Not all of Bizarro's duplicates get along with him.
- Me's a Crowd: All other Bizarros are duplicates of the original.
- Opposite Gender Clone: The female half of the planet's population.
- Save the Villain: Superman often saves Bizarro World from destruction, even though it would make his life much easier to just let it be destroyed.
- AKA: Robert DuBois, Alex Trent
A gun-toting mercenary who can pull all kinds of guns out of his pocket thanks to advanced technology. There have been two of these guys so far.
- The Gunslinger
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Literally.
- Legacy Character
- Shooting Superman: He actually can, as his guns tend to be very powerful and/or use kryptonite ammo.
- AKA: Vril Dox I
"I will be everything there ever has been, Kryptonian."
Brainiac has taken a number of incarnations over the decades. He has been a Coluan super scientist named Vril Dox, a series of robots, a human mentalist named Milton Fine, and a holographic energy being from the future. Eventually, these were all revealed to be probes sent by the real Brainiac in search of the last Kryptonian. In most guises, Brainiac is a collector and cataloger who takes samples of things, sometimes destroying what remains. Some of his samples include shrunken cities he keeps in bottles, most notably, the shrunken city of Kandor from Superman's home world.
- A God Am I: In The Bronze Age of Comic Books.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In some versions he's this. In others, he was meant to turn out this way.
- Aliens Are Bastards: As Supergirl puts it: "You've told me that Lex Luthor is everything bad about humans. Well Brainiac is everything bad about aliens."
- Alien Invasion: Personified.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Brainiac 13 incarnation.
- Badass Bookworm: Brainiac has been a mental and physical threat to Superman since 1958, when his force shield belt made him untouchable.
- Bald of Evil
- Beard of Evil: Sported one as Milton Fine.
- Big Bad: Competes with Luthor and Darkseid for the title of Superman's Biggest Bad.
- The Chessmaster
- The Collector
- Control Freak: Brainiac does not like any situation where he is not in control.
- Creepy Monotone
- Deflector Shields: Perhaps the Iconic Item associated with the Silver Age Brainiac was his forceshield belt, which not even Superman could break through. The modern version has deployed similar devices to protect his ship and his robots, likely in tribute to this.
- Demonic Possession: Early in the Modern Age, Brainiac was an executed Coulan scientist who possessed a sideshow mentalist named Milton Fine following his own disintegration.
- Evil Genius
- Fighting a Shadow: He has more than one "backup body".
- Foil: A cold, distant, remote alien with evil designs on earth? He's everything that people like Luthor think Superman is like.
- From a Single Cell: All the damn time. If a single line of Brainiac's code survives, he can usually come back. Now that he's been retconned into being an organic being, we will have to see if this is still the case.
- Fusion Dance: With Luthor in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?.
- Galactic Conqueror: He certainly has aspects of this.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Silver Age Brainiac finally met defeat when Superman disregarded his own Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, and hurled his ship into the path of the mainiac's own shrink ray.
- I Killed Your Father: Did this to Jonathan Kent when beaten. Clark Kent was pissed.
- It's Personal: Following Superman's destruction of Brainiac's ship and the latter's murder of Jonathan Kent it certainly is.
- Lack of Empathy: More like lack of any general emotion, making him all the more creepy.
- Mad Scientist: Especially during the Silver Age.
- The Man Behind the Monsters/Robot Master: The most recent version of Brainiac has been revealed to a biological Coluan scientist and conqueror who has been fighting Superman for years using his robotic probes and psychic powers.
- Nanomachines: One of the weapons in his arsenal.
- Planet Looters: His main gig is bottling up cities and shrinking them, then destroying the planet they are from after he has extracted every last piece of valuable information from their culture and technology.
- Psychic Powers: Frequently exhibits one or another of them.
- Psycho Electro: Sometimes. As Brainiac 13 he jacked the entire Metropolis power grid and attempted to shock Superman to death with it.
- Really Seven Hundred Years Old: In modern continuity.
- Retcon: All the versions of Brainiac were recently retconned into being mental extensions of a single, vastly powerful, alien intellect.
- Robot Master: The Modern Age version of Brainiac is an organic alien behind a horde of alien probes.
- Robotic Psychopath: In The Silver Age of Comic Books and The Bronze Age of Comic Books, though it was more emphasised in some than in others.
- Rubber Forehead Aliens: In the stories where he's an actual Coluan, he basically looks human, just with green skin and no hair.
- Skele-Bot 9000: Brainiac became skeletal in the Bronze Age, and in some Elseworlds stories, after experiencing a rebirth and absorbing all the knowledge the universe had to offer.
- Smug Snake: Sometimes. Brainiac is an incredibly competent Chessmaster (at times even better than Luthor), but has great difficulty innovating or dealing with the unexpected. How well he handles this depends on the the writer.
- Sore Loser
- Super Intelligence: A "12th level intellect", Brainiac may well be the most intelligent being in the DC Universe.
- Superior Species
- Super Strength: His robotic bodies have inevitably possessed this to one degree or another. The current version is an organic Coluan who can nevertheless mimic the powers of Kryptonians and other races, most notably, their strength.
- Villain Team-Up: Often teamed up with Luthor in the Bronze Age, to the point where they seemed to havea form of Villainous Friendship (though as Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? revealed, it was entirely one-sided on Luthor's part).
- AKA: Kenny Braverman
He was one of Clark Kent's friends in high school, but he grew increasingly jealous over Clark always overshadowing him in sports. He was also berated by his father for always coming in second place. He grew up to be a mercenary, and developed the ability to channel energy, including kryptonite radiation. He discovered Clark's secret and kidnapped him, accusing him of using his powers to cheat back when they were kids. Clark protested that he did not have his powers back then, but Kenny refused to listen and challenged him to a fight in an arena full of kryptonite. Clark pushed past the pain and defeated him with his superior fighting skill. Furious, Kenny tried to absorb the electricity powering the arena, but overloaded and died. Despite the hell Kenny had put him through, Clark mourned the loss of his old friend.
- Abusive Dad
- Driven by Envy: Of Clark Kent, and subsequently, Superman.
- Energy Absorption
- Feed It with Fire
- Forgotten Friend, New Foe: He's the one who started the trend towards these in comics. If you like Hush and Malefic, thank Conduit.
- Evil Former Friend
- Rival Turned Evil: He considered Clark Kent his rival in high school; now as an adult, he hopes to kill Clark's public identity of Superman.
- Freudian Excuse
- Green Rocks: Was irradiated by Kryptonite when Clark's shuttle flew over his pregnant mother.
- Hired Guns: Was once a mercenary.
- Hoist by His Own Petard
- Ill Boy: In high school, where his frequent bouts of poor health prevented him from excelling to the same degree as Clark.
- Jerk Jock
- Man of Kryptonite
- Powered Armour
- Psycho Electro
- The Resenter
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Clark speculated that Kenny might not have turned out so bad if it wasn't for his father. Given that Conduit builds an entire army of robots resembling the man, he may well have a point there.
Cyborg-Superman / Cyborg II
- AKA: Hank Henshaw
Hank Henshaw and three other astronauts were accidentally exposed to cosmic radiation and given superpowers. Hank was the only one stable enough to survive, an energy being capable of inhabiting machinery. He initially lacked control over his energy form, accidentally wreaking havoc on all machines around his host; he decided to leave Earth by hijacking a small portion of Superman's Kryptonian birthing matrix/starship. Combining the Kryptonian technology with traces of Superman's DNA from the rocket, he made a Cyborg Superman body. Over time in space, he went mad and blamed Superman for "exiling" him, developing the delusion that Superman had trapped Henshaw in his own birthing matrix and sent it into space believing the machinery too complex for Henshaw to manipulate. He returned to Earth and posed as Superman during his death long enough to prepare for an invasion. His destruction of Coast City was the last straw that drove Hal Jordan mad, making him effectively a nemesis for both heroes.
- Captain Ersatz: In his first appearance, he and his crew were stand-ins for the Fantastic Four, with Henshaw as Mister Fantastic.
- Cyborg: Ironically, while his pseudo-mechanical nature would theoretically make him more powerful than Superman, it actually makes him weaker as far as being a Flying Brick is concerned as Kryptonian cybernetics are actually less durable then superpowered Kryptonian flesh-and-blood (in one instance, Green Lantern hit him with an energy blast; it melted some of the mechanical portions of his body while leaving the organic parts intact).
- His cybernetic parts are more of a Glass Cannon. They were shown to make him stronger during Reign of the Supermen, but even then, they were easily damaged.
- Death Seeker: Recently, he's allied himself with Sinestro and the Anti-Monitor in the hopes he will die in battle, and the latter promised to kill him if he survived (for which Henshaw thanked him).
- Sadly for him, it didn't stick.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: After countless times of escaping death, after being one of the most evil and powerful of supervillains, after clashing and allying himself with the some of the greatest powers of the DC universe, both good and evil, how does Hank Henshaw finally die? He makes the mistake of transferring into a character who already has a soul, and then is soul-killed which Word of God says is permanent. What makes it worse is that he is killed by a supporting Green Lantern character who has only made about a dozen appearances total, and while on the astral plane he was just an ordinary human; reflective of his soul. So his end was in a curbstomp fight of a trained warrior killing an elderly man.
- As of the latest issue of Justice League of America, Death Is Cheap!
- Flying Brick
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Became more associated with Green Lantern.
- Superpower Lottery: Even more so then Superman. Given that he possesses a cybernetic version of Superman's body, he possesses all of his powers as well as his original Technopath powers and the ability to transplant his consciousness into mechanical devices. More recently, he was given multiple Yellow power rings as a member of the Sinestro Corps.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He really does not, and a lot of his motivation is trying to goad people into destroying him. This is a relatively recent motivation. Prior to the Manhunter arc, he had more generic revenge/world domination-related motives.
- AKA: Uxas
Despotic ruler of Apokolips. This evil god of tyranny often comes in conflict with Superman and other superheroes. You can find out more about him in his own article.
- AKA: The Ultimate
A monster who showed up on Earth one day and started trashing everything for no reason. After tangling with a number of outclassed heroes, he found his match in Superman, with the two battling to the death (giving Superman his only canonical death). Doomsday is incredibly fast, strong, and invulnerable. He is cunning but not intelligent. More importantly, he has the ability to regenerate from any injury, even death, and adapts new defenses in the process so he can't be killed the same way twice. Eventually, it was revealed that Doomsday was engineered on Krypton and meant to be the ultimate life form. In spite of this, Doomsday has suffered Villain Decay. Even though he should be getting more powerful with each fight, Superman has been more and more successful in each rematch.
In Smallville, a very different version showed up. A sleeper agent able to pass as human grows up and becomes Davis Bloom, an EMT, only to discover something isn't right about him. This leads him through a transformation into an Anti-Hero / Serial Killer. In a strange twist Bloom is revealed to still be a monster even after Doomsday is extracted from him leaving him human.
- Achilles' Heel: Granting him sentience weakens him, as it allows him to feel fear and doubt.
- Adaptive Ability
- Back from the Dead: Constantly.
- Badass: Took out the whole then-current Justice League and then fought Superman himself to a draw in a fight to the death? Check.
- Breath Weapon: Eventually gained fire-breath.
- The Brute: Usually.
- Eldritch Abomination: Approaches this.
- Enemy to All Living Things: He attacks until a planet is completely extinct, then moves to another one. Rinse and repeat. He typically starts with the greatest threats he can perceive, motivated by survival.
- Freudian Excuse: From the moment he was born, he was left on the Death World known as prehistoric Krypton and killed an ungodly number of times. He remembers every single horrifying moment.
- From a Single Cell
- Healing Factor
- Hollywood Evolution: Bertron's method of creating Doomsday was to keep launching clones of the same baby into the hostile environment over and over again until the baby "evolved" into the ultimate survivor.
- Implacable Man
- In a Single Bound
- It Only Works Once: He's even developed an immunity to the Omega Beam.
- Lightning Bruiser: Can overpower and outrun people like Superman and Darkseid.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Hurt him with something once and it won't work again.
- Omnicidal Maniac
- Really Seven Hundred Years Old: Was born in prehistoric times.
- Kryptonian prehistory at that, putting him closer to Time Abyss
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He can stay asleep for eons.
- Spikes of Villainy: That can extend and stab Superman.
- Stripped to the Bone: Happened to him once.
- Super Soldier
- Ultimate Lifeform: Was created to be the strongest possible being ever created.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
General Sam Lane
Lois Lane's own father, and a high ranking US General. His extreme hatred and racism has led him to head Project 7734, a conspiracy aiming for the destruction of Superman, all other Kryptonians, all other "alien threats", and any sympathizers. Eventually, he committed suicide, turning himself into a martyr for the Anti-Kryptonian cause.
- Fantastic Racism: He sees all Kryptonians and those similar to them, like Mon-El, as threats to national security. He does not see any difference between bad guys like General Zod or good guys like Flamebird.
- General Ripper
- Kill Sat: Owns a few.
- Knight Templar Parent: He doesn't know Clark's secret, but he gave him a hard time when he and Lois announced their engagement. So far as he knew, Lois wasted the best years of her life pining after Superman before settling for some mild-mannered reporter.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Given that he ignores the fact that Superman and friends save the world on a daily basis.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: He wanted Lois to be a boy. Part of the reason Lois is an Action Girl these days.
General Zod II
- AKA: Zed Avruiskin
The iron-fisted ruler of the Balkan republic of Pokolistan, Zed Avruiskin was the son of two Soviet astronauts. While on a mission in space, Zed's mother was exposed to kryptonite radiation which ultimately killed her, but not before she gave birth to her son. Due to the radiation, Zed was born with a bizarre condition: yellow sunlight weakened him, but red sunlight gave him the same powers as a Kryptonian, which made him an ideal tool for the Soviet government. One day, while meditating, he made mental contact with a Kryptonian criminal trapped in the Phantom Zone—General Dru-Zod (see below).
After the USSR fell, Zed—now calling himself General Zod—obtained a suit of armor that filtered red rays from Earth's sun, allowing him use of his powers even outside. He seized control of the tiny republic of Pokolistan and used his position to wage a personal war against Superman, believing that the meteor shower that killed his mother was the one that brought Kal-El to Earth. Zod died in battle against Superman, his powers failing him at a critical moment.
- Evil Counterpart
- Flying Brick
- Kneel Before Zod
- Legacy Character: In a bizarre twist, as Superman had yet to meet the original General Zod (at least in post-Infinite Crisis continuity...) when he took on Avruiskin.
- People's Republic of Tyranny
- Shadow Archetype: Even more so than the real General Zod. Whereas Kal-El is an alien who gains powers under a yellow sun, Avruiskin was a human who gained powers under a red sun. He even had his face surgically altered to look just like Superman.
- Superpower Lottery
- Super Soldier: For the Soviets.
A vast criminal syndicate created by Darkseid to carry out his plans on Earth, Intergang supplies criminals with Apokolyptan weaponry and seeks to undermine humanity.
- The Quisling: Selling Earth out to Darkseid, one soul at a time!
- The Syndicate
Bruno "Ugly" Mannheim
A truly wicked mob boss, "Ugly" Mannheim is Intergang's leader and Darkseid's chosen apostle on Earth. Mannheim was touched by Darkseid himself and is as close to pure evil as a human can be.
- Bad Boss: To say the least!
- Card-Carrying Villain: It goes with the faith.
- I Am a Humanitarian: He cooks and eats underlings who fail him.
- Religion of Evil: He worships the Crime Bible, and his beliefs are Exactly What It Says on the Tin. He even sees Cain as his icon.
A slick Metropolis businessman, president of Galaxy Broadcasting. Pre-Crisis, Edge was ruthless but not really evil; he hired Clark Kent as a newscaster and was generally a good boss. Post-Crisis, Edge was working with Intergang and was a willing servant of Darkseid.
- Benevolent Boss: Pre-Crisis.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- The Mole
- Strawman Political: In "New Krypton", he's pretty much an Expy of Glenn Beck. He's hired by General Lane to spread populist anti-Kryptonian propaganda on his news show.
- AKA: Leslie Willis
An arrogant radio host who was annoyed by Superman's presence. She gained powers over electricity and decided to take her anger out on him.
- Absolute Cleavage
- Attention Whore: Somewhat subverted in the comics. She didn't end up that way until the station she was a Shock Jock at was converted into a country station and her manager fired her for bashing Superman (who had saved his wife once before). The accident that turned her into Livewire was what really pushed her over the edge.
- Canon Immigrant: She came from Superman: The Animated Series.
- Dumbass DJ
- Heel Face Turn: After the events of Superman: Back In Action, where she helped save earth from "The Auctioneer", she agreed to get help, and was taken to S.T.A.R. Labs for treatment. It finally stuck after a minor relapse (Superman #7711, July, 2011), when she was placed in Superman's old containment suit (Superman Blue), which helped to clear her head by regulating her body's energy, bringing her back to her senses. Seeing she was truly sorry for what she had done, Superman vouched for her testimony and she was re-admitted to the S.T.A.R. Labs reform program under Dr. Sterling Roquette (former member of Project Cadmus). Superman, impressed by her progress, later inducted Leslie into the second incarnation of the Supermen of America.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Lori Petty herself, babies!
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her comic-book origins are a Shout-Out to Howard Stern, who also lost his job as a DJ in a similar fashion to Leslie.
- Shock and Awe
- Shock Jock: Her pre-power career.
- Vapor Wear
- Verbal Tic: In the cartoon, she tends to tack the word, "babies", onto the end of almost every other sentence when talking to other people.
- Villainous Crush: Albeit a minor one. During a story arc in Action Comics (Superman: Back In Action), she had to team up with a group of metahumans to take down a god-like extraterrestrial named "The Auctioneer," one of them being Nightwing. During this partnership, we find out that she finds him very attractive.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Getting her wet shorts her out. Counts as Fridge Brilliance when you remember that he abilities are electrically based.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Because of her ability to become, discharge, and absorb pure energy, her body's own energy levels were in a state of constant flux, affecting her brain-chemistry as well. The more energy she absorbed, the harder it was for her to think straight. This, in combination with environmental stressors was what led to her unstable personality. Thankfully, Superman was able to rectify this by placing her in his old containment suit, returning her to normal.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
This intergalactic bounty hunter crosses paths with Superman every once in a while. Following no code but his own, he is sometimes an enemy, and sometimes a reluctant ally. You can find out more about him in his own article.
She grew up on Kandor, discriminated against because she was an Empireth, an alien with Psychic Powers. The only thing that sustained her was the stories told of Superman. Unfortunately, the stories were perverted to portray Superman as a God, and she developed a dream to become one as well.
She mesmerized Superman into believing he was their husband, and erased his memories of Earth and Lois. They lived together for a while, raising a son as ordinary citizens in Kandor. All the while, his spirit was slowly being broken, because although he loved her, life in Kandor is just too depressing. When she was ready, she copied his powers and escaped the bottle city, intending to rule Metropolis as its new God. She was shocked to discover that Superman was simply Metropolis' protector, not its ruler, and angrily tried to destroy him and the city. In the end, she realized that she truly had feelings for him, and seemingly sacrificed herself to save him from another threat. She hasn't been seen since her storyline, Superman: Godfall, but she may come back, one day.
- All of the Other Reindeer
- A God Am I: Develops these delusions after stealing Superman's powers.
- Double Standard Rape (Female on Male): The implications of what she did to Superman after making him think that she was his wife are never fully explored.
- Eviler Than Thou: With Preus.
- Flying Brick: After gaining Superman's powers.
- Hero Worshipper
- Mega Manning: She can permanently copy people's powers, but only if their spirits have been broken enough.
- Master of Illusion: She can make them solid. Her son with Superman was an illusion as well.
- Mind Rape: Does it to Superman.
- Ms. Fanservice: She spent most of her storyline in a towel or in her underwear.
- Never Found the Body
- Psychic Powers
- Sadly Mythtaken: In-universe no less.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, actually.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
A snobby Brit with advanced telekinesis and telepathy. He led The Elite, a Captain Ersatz of The Authority. The team went on a crusade, savagely beating and murdering criminals instead of arresting them. They mocked Superman, calling him naïve and obsolete for holding on to his morals and refusing to kill. Knowing that their bad example couldn't go on, Superman challenged them to a fight and humiliated them, exposing them as hypocrites in front of the whole world when Black called him out on seemingly murdering his teammates.
Desiring revenge, Black discovered Superman was Clark Kent. He engineered a mass attack on anyone in the entire world who had ever shown Clark Kent one iota of kindness. Superman beat back all the assassins, but Black caught Lois Lane and seemingly murdered her. Despite his rage, The Man Of Steel decided not to kill him, shocking him and allowing him to realize that Superman is a true hero. He dispelled the illusion, revealing that Lois was still alive. He erased the knowledge of Clark's secret from everyone's minds, then killed himself.
- Abusive Parents: One of the reasons why he was so cynical.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV-V.
- Driven to Suicide
- Evil Brit
- Heel Realisation
- Master of Illusion
- Mind Over Matter
- One-Hit Kill: He can use his telekinesis to pinch a target's blood vessels together, causing them to have a stroke.
- Psychic Powers
- AKA: Carl Draper
Carl Draper is a prison architect and locksmith who has gone off the deep end and is now obsessed with trapping people. He has a strange ability to summon and control chains, cages, and other restraining paraphernalia.
- Dishing Out Dirt: In one battle, he revealed that his powers work on sand, as well.
- Heel Face Turn: He gave up crime and became chief of security for Checkmate.
- The Jailer: His creations can even give Superman trouble.
- Variable-Length Chain
The queen of Planet Almerac. She asked Superman to become her king, and to father her children, but when he refused, she got pissed. At times, she's hit on other powerful men like Captain Atom (he rejected her in favor of Plastique) and Amazing Man (he stated that he wasn't interested in having kids yet). She got some Character Development, switched between being a good guy and bad guy several times, then met her end in the storyline Our Worlds At War.
- All Amazons Want Hercules
- Best Her to Bed Her
- Blood Knight
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Before, she would completely ignore anybody not at Superman's level of power.
- Diplomatic Impunity: Comes with being a queen.
- Fiery Redhead
- Heel Face Revolving Door
- Heroic Sacrifice: Intercepted a planet-destroying blast.
- Hot Amazon
- Hot Chick with a Sword: Occasionally.
- Flying Brick: Her strength, speed, and durability are roughly equal to Superman's.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Lack of Empathy: At first.
- Lady of War
- Love At First Punch
- Mind Over Matter
- Only You Can Repopulate My Race: Borderline example.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: "My moment of glory came in the struggle against the monstrous Doomsday. Now that was a battle!"
- Psychic Powers
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Stalker with a Crush: Although she is a lot more sane than most examples.
- Stalker with a Test Tube: A Kryptonian/Almeracian hybrid could theoretically grow up to be the ultimate warrior.
- Woman Scorned: As Superman, Captain Atom, and Amazing Man found out the hard way, turning down a woman who can trade blows with Doomsday is a really bad idea.
- AKA: John Corben
The Six Million Dollar Man, if he was a petty criminal and his robotic body was powered by Kryptonite. In each incarnation, he starts off after the reconstruction trying to return to his old life but circumstance usually quickly exposes the façade and he doesn't go back. In modern comics, he has had a series of upgrades to try to avert Villain Decay, but he is rarely more than the The Dragon. He is now revamped as a former general.
- The Dragon: Has played this role to Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and numerous others over the years. In larger teams he's usually...
- The Brute: Metallo is strong and tough, but not especially bright. In large teams he inevitably ends up as this.
- Feel No Pain
- From Nobody to Nightmare: John Corben was a petty criminal who became a supervillain overnight thanks to some fancy surgery and a conversion into a cyborg.
- Hollywood Cyborg
- Implacable Man
- Man of Kryptonite
- Nigh Invulnerable
- Sociopathic Soldier: In his most recent incarnation.
- Super Speed: It's rarely elaborated on, but he can keep up with Superman.
- Super Strength
- Technopath: Post-Brainiac upgrades, which allowed him to fuse any piece of technology or metal into his shell.
- Walking Armoury
A magical imp from the land of Zrff in the Fifth Dimension. Mxyzptlk often gets bored on his home dimension and comes to our universe looking for excitement, usually fixating on Superman. With his powers, he could easily defeat Superman in any number of novel and imaginative ways, but that would be too easy. So he sets rules for their encounters that he rigidly adheres to, the most well known being that if Superman can get him to say, spell, write, or otherwise communicate his own name backwards, he leaves and can't return for 90 days. Also has the ability to break the 4th wall (and the 5th).
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Yeah, the imp? That is not what he looks like.
- Break the Haughty: When The Joker screwed him over and when "Superboy-Prime" caught him and beat him up.
- Fourth Wall Observer: He even secretly mocks the other characters for not realizing that they are fictional.
- Great Gazoo
- Inept Mage: In the "Day of Vengeance" event, Mr. Mxyzptlk became one since Spectre declared war on all things magic and screwed the mechanics behind it.
- Reality Warper
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: This is how his abilities were described in his original Golden Age appearance.
- Stealth Mentor: Depending on the Writer, he's simply trying to teach Superman to lighten up and not take things so seriously.
- The Trickster
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His wife, Gsptlsnz, looks like a friggin' supermodel, while he is a short and ugly imp.
An Interplanetary despot and ruler of WarWorld, an entire planet made into a weapon. Mongul is physically a match for Superman and has the resources to be formidable, though the loss of WarWorld has led to some Villain Decay. He was Cyborg-Superman's ally in the attack on Coast City, making him another Green Lantern nemesis. Mongul was killed in the mid-'90s Crisis Crossover Underworld Unleashed, but his son Mongul the Second turned out to be just as evil and perhaps even more ruthless than his father, to the point where he took over the Sinestro Corps when Sinestro was imprisoned. See the Green Lantern Character Sheet for Mongul II.
- Bald of Evil
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He was killed by the demon Neron for rejecting his offer and insulting him.
- Galactic Conqueror
- Gladiator Games: A huge fan of this.
- He-Man Woman Hater: He makes a lot of comments to this effect during his battle with Wonder Woman.
- Lotus Eater Machine: His "Black Mercy" plant, which traps the victim inside of their own mental prison, based on their heart's desires.
- Large and In Charge
- Lean and Mean: Given his size and strength, Mongul is surprisingly rangy.
- Nigh Invulnerable
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Both Monguls have become more associated with Green Lantern.
- Smug Snake
- Super Strength
- Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: Once asked Batman if it would be more polite to kill the woman (Wonder Woman) or the boy (Jason Todd) first.
- AKA: Nathaniel Tyron
Nathaniel was a petty thug who was transformed by an accident into a living mass of nuclear energy, needing a containment suit to have a physical form. After murdering the ones responsible, he now does whatever he feels like, putting him in conflict with The Man Of Steel.
- Ax Crazy
- Blood Knight
- Energy Being
- For the Evulz: He even gives a speech about how he doesn't know the people he is attacking. He's doing it because it is fun.
- From Nobody to Nightmare
- Hand Blast
- I Love Nuclear Power
- Implacable Man: "Cold won't do it. Neither will heat. I don't even need to breathe!"
- Nuclear Nasty
- Power Incontinence: Unfortunately, he doesn't care at all. He'll just laugh if he accidentally barbecues bystanders.
- Psycho for Hire
- Pure Energy: Neutron no longer has a physical form. He's pure radioactivity.
- Social Darwinist
- Super Strength
- Walking Wasteland
- AKA: Rudy Jones
A janitor who got doused in radiation or chemicals or whatever. Rudy Jones hungers for life energy which he needs to survive and which kills anyone he touches. Fixates on Superman because the Big Guy is like an All-U-Can-Eat buffet. Rudy gains the vitality, abilities, and memories of those he touches, although the effect is usually temporary. Eventually, he absorbed a second personality that accepted his role as a voice of guidance, making Rudy more dangerous.
In one of his more devious schemes, he used absorbed shapeshifting powers to impersonate Lois, leeching her memories to maintain the facade throwing Superman into emotional turmoil as he was slowly being drained.
- Mega Manning
- Power Incontinence: Prevents him from hugging his own wife and children.
- Power Parasite: It comes with a time limit, so he has to continuously drain a person's power to have it. In keeping with the "doesn't necessarily make them winners" aspect of this trope, he's not that dangerous (being defeatable by simply staying away from him does that) unless paired with other villains to back him up.
- Powers as Programs: Draining Superman's powers leaves him open to being taken down by kryptonite.
- Touch of Death: If he holds on to people too long.
Phantom Zone Criminals
Krypton had no system of capital punishment, so instead of execution, the most heinous criminals were imprisoned in the Phantom Zone, a dimension without time or physical substance. Over the years, numerous super-powered Kryptonian criminals have escaped the Zone to bedevil Superman. In addition to the ne'er-do-wells below, there are numerous less prominent Phantom Zone criminals, including Kru-El (Superman's distant cousin), Quex-Ul, Az-Rel, Nadira, Car-Vex, and Jer-Em.
- Evil Counterpart: All of them, to Superman.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Superpower Lottery
General Zod I
- AKA: Dru-Zod
A Kryptonian general imprisoned after trying to stage a coup against the Council of Elders on his home world. Imprisoned in the Phantom Zone prior to Krypton's destruction, Zod is eventually freed and able to make trouble for Superman. In his current incarnation, Zod is a more complex character regarded as a hero on Krypton. His coup was staged because he believed Non and Jor-El's findings about Krypton's imminent demise and wished to get the planet ready by means of rebuilding their space fleet.
- Abusive Parents: How he treated his son.
- Badass Beard
- Beard of Evil
- Born in the Wrong Century: Ancient Krypton was savage and warlike, and he would have fit right in.
- Canon Immigrant: The current version is modeled after the Terence Stamp film interpretation of the character.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Like Luthor, he doesn't get why Superman hasn't taken over the planet yet.
- Final Solution: His Pocket Universe counterpart decided humanity was too much trouble to rule over and ended up killing everybody on its Earth.
- Flying Brick
- Four-Star Badass
- Kneel Before Zod: The Trope Namer.
- Large Ham
- Noble Demon: The "New Krypton" version.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Shadow Archetype
- Sins of Our Fathers: Superman's father, Jor-El, was one of the guys who arrested him and banished him to the Phantom Zone, so he takes his anger out on Kal-El.
- Worthy Opponent: He was genuinely impressed by Superman's superior fighting skill compared to his men in the New Krypton storyline.
Second-in-command to the traitorous General Dru-Zod of Krypton—as well as his lover. Commander Ursa was a loyal soldier in Krypton's elite Black Zero unit, but her failure to stop Brainiac from stealing the city of Kandor and massacring innocent Kryptonians broke her mind, making her dangerously unpredictable. Ursa aided her beloved in his attempt to overthrow the Science Council, but like Zod and their co-conspirator Non, they were stopped by Jor-El and sentenced to eternity in the Phantom Zone. There, Ursa bore a son, Lor-Zod, who would later become the hero Nightwing.
- Abusive Parents: How she treated her son.
- Canon Immigrant: She first appeared in the 1977 Superman movie.
- Colonel Badass
- Dark Action Girl
- Expy: Loose one of Faora Hu-Ul, described below. In fact, Faora was erased from continuity due to the Crisis on Infinite Earths and essentially replaced her when the Phantom Zone criminals were brought back.
- Weaksauce Weakness: In addition to weaknesses against kryptonite, red sunlight, and magic, Ursa's eyes are incredibly sensitive to light, forcing her to wear protective goggles at all times.
- Weapon of Choice: A dagger with traces of kryptonite on the edges, ideal for fighting other Kryptonians.
General Zod's loyal left-hand man, Non is a hulking Kryptonian with all of Superman's powers but none of the intelligence and morality. In fact, the only thing that separates Non from Bizarro is Non's unwavering loyalty. Non was once a brilliant scientist, but when he tried to speak out against the Science Council on behalf of Jor-El, the Council's agents lobotomized him, leaving him a dumb brute. Adopted as a soldier by General Zod, Non shared his master's fate in the Phantom Zone.
- The Brute
- Canon Immigrant: From the 1977 movie.
- Dumb Muscle
- Pet the Dog: He cared for Lor-Zod whenever his parents weren't looking.
- The Speechless
- Tragic Monster
An evil Kryptonian woman. She is a psychopath who kills all men, young and old, for no reason.
- Arrogant Kung Fu Guy
- Ax Crazy
- Dark Action Girl
- Expy: The character of Ursa from the movie was loosely based on Faora.
- If It's You It's Okay: General Zod is perhaps the only man she respects.
- The Jailer: On Krypton, she was arrested for kidnapping 23 men and putting them in a concentration camp she had built in her home.
- My Kung Fu Is Stronger Than Yours
- Does Not Like Men: Understatement.
- Pressure Point: Thanks to her Kryptonian powers, her nerve pinches work on Superman. Ouch!
- Ret-Gone: Erased from existence post-Crisis on Infinite Earths, and essentially replaced by Ursa, a Canon Immigrant loosely based on her.
A doctor and scientist who thought nothing of dissecting living people and whose experiments inadvertently destroyed Krypton's moon colony—which attracted the attention of Brainiac and led to the loss of Kandor. While in the Phantom Zone, Jax-Ur became the host of the Kryptonian deity Vohc-the-Breaker, god of creation and destruction. He was recruited by General Zod to be one of his sleeper agents, but had plans of his own—the destruction of Earth.
- Arch Enemy: To Nightwing and Flamebird, themselves avatars of Kryptonian gods.
- The Fundamentalist
- The Goggles Do Nothing
- Mad Doctor / Mad Scientist
A Justice League villain with a superiority complex though he's squared off against Superman solo. His power is that he's has heightened versions of the abilities of anyone around him (though he quickly loses these powers when the people he is emulating exit his range.)
- AKA: Oswald Loomis
A former children's variety show host who got canned in favor of newer types of children's programming—which drove him over the deep end. Now he makes weapons disguised as or styled after traditional pranks, such as cream pies, joy buzzers, whoopie cushions, runaway refrigerators, etc. Has been able to remain as least a nuisance to Superman over the years through clever tactics and misdirection. Superman can't immediately figure out what he needs to punch, but by the time he's found it, he's usually pretty irritated.
- For the Evulz
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Harmless Villain: Prankster is more of a nuisance than a threat, which makes him ideal for more dangerous villains to hire as a distraction. (He does have his occasional Not So Harmless moment, though.)
- Pie in the Face: It can be regular or have some kind of nasty surprise in it.
A fanatical member of the Kandorian Citizen Patrol Corps (CPC) and a fervent worshipper of "The Superman", Preus encountered the Man of Steel when he was trapped in Kandor as "Kal-El." Convinced that Kal-El is a race traitor who perverts the image of the Superman, Preus attempted to kill him, before escaping into the real world where he battled both Superman and Lyra.
- Absolute Xenophobe: Though he can't decide whether all the aliens should die, or serve the Master Race that is the Kryptonians.
- Axe Crazy
- Black and White Insanity
- Black Eyes of Evil
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Chest Insignia: A copy of the Superman symbol.
- Cowboy Cop: A very dark take during his days with the CPC.
- Cult: Leads a gang of white supremacists after the events of Godfall.
- Evil Counterpart: Not only does he have Superman's powers, but he follows a very warped version of the Man of Steel's code.
- Eviler Than Thou: With Lyla.
- Eye Beams: Though his are black instead of red.
- Fantastic Racism: Seeks to kill all of the "impure."
- Flying Brick
- The Fundamentalist: A fundamentalist worshipper of Kandor's cult of Superman.
- Hero Worshipper: Of the highly-fictionalised godfigure "The Superman."
- Broken Pedestal: After he finally realises that Kal-El is Superman.
- Highly Conspicuous Uniform
- Inspector Javert: He initially pursues Kal-El because he believes the latter has killed his own son (who was actually a construct created by Lyla).
- Karmic Transformation: He doesn't take the emergence of his powers very well, as he is now an alien freak, the very thing that he loathes so much.
- Knight Templar
- Light Is Not Good
- Powered Armour: Wears a suit of power armour as a member of Kandor's police force. It compensates for the exposure sickness, allows him to fire energy blasts, enables flight (not that he needs it outside of Kandor) and can turn psychic attacks back on their users.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Well, in Kandor anyway, where his Powered Armour is the only reason he has any powers. In the real world he doesn't need the suit...but has to wear it anyway.
- Clingy Costume: His armour is now burned into his body.
- Power Palms: Discharges his energy blasts from them.
- Psychic Block Defense: His armour is designed to keep both his body and his mind safe. When Lyla tries to Mind Rape him, he amplifies her attack, turns it back on her, and shreds her mind along with half a city block.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name
- Sanity Slippage: He was a self-righteous, arrogant bastard with a tenuous grip on reality from the beginning. After emerging from Kandor into the real world and becoming one of the aliens he so hates his last few shreds of sanity vanish, and he's reduced to a screaming, ranting madman.
- Social Darwinist
- State Sec: What the CPC basically is.
Queen of Fables
- AKA: Tsarita
Tsaritsa was the actual evil queen from "Snow White". Awakening in modern times, this cruel tyrant hopes to reawaken her empire.
- Ax Crazy
- God Save Us From the Queen
- Mage in Manhattan: She can conjure up any storybook creature or prop to do her bidding. She can also trap people inside fairy tale worlds.
- Refugee From TV Land
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: She occasionally harasses Wonder Woman, trying to get revenge on "Snow White".
- Sealed Evil in a Can: She was once defeated by being trapped in a US Tax Records book.
- Stalker with a Crush: She thinks Superman is Prince Charming and hopes to marry him. She even once abducted him and trapped him in a Kryptonian forest (gleaned from tales of Krypton).
- Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: She thinks Wonder Woman is Snow White and Superman is Prince Charming. Nothing can convince her that she is mistaken, not their powers, not the fact that the story of Snow White happened hundreds of years ago, nothing.
- Vain Sorceress
- AKA: Fredrick von Frankenstein
A bizarre man with the power to duplicate himself whenever he's struck. He lives only to sow chaos and confusion. He may be a distant relative of the infamous Doctor Victor von Frankenstein.
- Catch Phrase: "You're losing it!"
- Implacable Man: No matter how hard you hit him, it won't hurt him at all. It will just cause him to duplicate. He doesn't even sleep.
- Me's a Crowd
- Nightmare Fuel: In some incarnations, his face looks like a skull.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Like The Joker, he's a lot smarter than he looks.
- Wall Crawl
- AKA: Emil Hamilton
Professor Emil Hamilton was once once of Superman's greatest friends. He often used his scientific genius to assist The Man Of Steel in the never ending battle against evil. Unfortunately, his mind eventually snapped. Donning a suit that exploited Superman's weaknesses, allowed him to teleport, and concealed his identity, he began a campaign to destroy him, targeting his friends and loved ones first. Superman was horrified to find his friend under the mask. When Emil tried to justify his actions by claiming that Superman was sucking the Sun dry of its energy, causing mankind's extinction in 4.5 billion years., Superman realized that he was crazy beyond help, and put him away.
- Ax Crazy
- Evil Genius
- Face Heel Turn
- Face Heel Revolving Door: His Ruin phase isn't the first or even the second time he's gone villainous. He was introduced as a research scientist who'd just snapped when Lex claimed ownership of his force field technology. It was only after his parole that he became Superman's ally. And this isn't counting his DCAU incarnation.
- Mad Scientist: He's always been mentally unstable. Superman was rehabilitating Emil when he allowed the scientist to be his science adviser. At his best, he was an Absent-Minded Professor
- Power At a Price: His teleportation technology is bad for his health, limiting the number of times he can do it per day.
- Powered Armor: That fired red sunlight and kryptonite radiation, allowed teleportation through the Phantom Zone, and other nasty surprises.
- The Professor: Before his Face Heel Turn.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: His suit had one.
- Transporters and Teleporters
- AKA: Siobhan McDougal
Siobhan McDougal made a deal with an evil spirit to gain the power to take over her woman-hating Gaelic tribe. Forced to find a certain occult book as payment, she remorselessly kills anyone in her path, forcing Superman to stop her.
- Deal with the Devil
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Even when her face looks like a skull, she still looks really hot.
- I Gave My Word: She does keep any promise she makes, like when she promises not to kill somebody.
- I Know Your True Name: If she knows your true name, then if you hear her scream, you will die. Fortunately, Superman's true name is Kal-El, and he's not telling her that anytime soon.
- Make Me Wanna Shout
- Our Banshees Are Louder
- Super Strength: Described as having the strength of 10 men.
- White-Haired Pretty Girl
- AKA: Clark Kent / Kal-El of Earth-Prime
A younger version of Superman from the Alternate Universe of Earth-Prime, where (other than him) the only super-powered beings existed in comic books. Prime's world was destroyed in the Crisis on Infinite Earths and he took refuge in an extradimensional space with the Earth-2 Superman, Earth-2 Lois Lane, and Earth-3 Alex Luthor. Originally a noble and optimistic young hero, years of isolation and Luthor's manipulation turned Prime into a hateful monster who despised the "inferior" heroes of New Earth for being allowed to live while his world died.
After a murderous rampage in Infinite Crisis, Prime participated in the Sinestro Corps War before being sent back, powerless, to the reconstituted Earth-Prime by the Legion of Super-Heroes. He may have been killed by the Black Lanterns in Blackest Night.
- Broken Pedestal: He became disillusioned with the DC heroes after witnessing The Dark Age of Comic Books.
- Butt Monkey: The heroes hate him, he's eventually forgotten and is one of the most hated characters of DC Comics. Black Lantern Alex Luthor Jr even lampshades this.
- Canon Discontinuity: Everything about him in Countdown to Final Crisis that wasn't related to the Sinestro Corps War.
- Comic Books Are Real: He read Superman comics before getting to meet him.
- Dirty Coward
- Dumb Muscle: Though he sees himself as a Chessmaster.
- Evil Counterpart: To Kon-El, "our" Superboy.
- Technically, he's an Evil Counterpart to Superman.
- Flanderization: Since Infinite Crisis he became progressively more and more Wangsty.
- Fallen Hero
- Fourth Wall Observer: Hell, his home world is our world!
- Freudian Excuse: His/our world was destroyed (it's/we're better now), he's been stuck in a pocket dimension for year with a Manipulative Bastard and no-one remembers him. His nigh-monsterdom is quite understandable.
- I'll Kill You! I'LL KILL YOU TO DEATH!!!
- Ironic Hell: His fate at the end of Legion of Three Worlds.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Happens in Blackest Night where he reveals he hates himself for all he's done.
- Named After Somebody Famous: When the Kents found a baby, they thought it'd be fun to name him "Clark" after the comic book hero with similar origins.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: In Infinite Crisis he was revealed to be magic-proof. It was never really explained why.
- Psychopathic Manchild
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: He joined the Sinestro Corps and menaced Green Lantern.
- Not to mention the Legion of Superheroes. In a way, he's the DC Universe's enemy.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He always finds a way to escape.
- Smug Snake
- Smug Super
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: When he gets sent back to Earth-Prime.
- Straw Fan: To the point that in Blackest Night, Black Lantern Alex Luthor Jr. outright called him "an in-joke".
- Superpower Lottery
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: He's from Earth-Prime. Our world. That's right, he's on this planet right now. This works against him however in Blackest Night.
- Took a Level in Badass: His future self becomes the Time Trapper. His current self didn't like this, so he takes him out.
- Villain Decay: In his latest appearance Prime was taken down by a group of Teen Titans despite the support of their other enemies and three clones of Kon-El. Compare this to Infinite Crisis where he single-handedly beat up not only the much larger group of the Titans, but JSA and Doom Patrol as well.
- Villainous Breakdown: All of the time. In the classic villain style, he remains Smug up until the point where he no longer has the upperhand. And he's scared to death of Bart Allen.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He develops a fear of The Flash after the Flash family traps him in the Speed Force for a while.
- And not just the Flash family, but Bart Allen specifically. Despite being a Villain Sue, Bart is the only character that he'll run from.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: BIG TIME
- To elaborate: his entire universe (our one, in fact) got destroyed by the Anti-Monitor, shortly after learning he was an alternate version of his hero Superman. Then said universe is ret-gonned, and he becomes isolated in a pocket dimension. No one remembers him, his only ally is a Manipulative Bastard, and he was bullied at school.
Terra-Man I (Pre Crisis)
A literal space cowboy. The son of an outlaw in the Old West, alien criminals killed his father and abducted him. Growing up in interstellar space, he eventually became a master Space Pirate in his own right—even acquiring a spacefaring alien steed resembling a Pegasus—and decided the time had finally come to return home to Earth. Upon arrival, he found he'd spent so much of his life traveling at relativistic speeds that a whole century had gone by. Moreover, the Earthling populace seemed overly impressed with some consarned alien named Superman. Taking great offense at this, the outlaw named himself Terra-Man and set about making life as miserable for the alien as possible. Superman has lampshaded the fact that Earth is too much of a low-tech backwater to be a worthwhile target for a space pirate; Terra's only real motivation in coming back here is to pick fights with Superman. He talks in very broad cowboy jargon and is usually played at least somewhat for laughs, but his array of alien weaponry makes him one of Supey's more powerful enemies.
- Alien Abduction
- Fantastic Racism
- Fish Out of Temporal Water
- Pegasus: Named Nova. Nova can fly in space and create space warps.
- Ray Gun
- Space Pirate
- Space Western
- Weird West
- The Wild West
Terra-Man II (Post-Crisis)
- AKA: Tobias Manning
Tobias Manning was a guy obsessed with protecting the environment, and with cowboys. He went on a crusade to eliminate any perceived threats to Mother Nature, which unfortunately includes all aliens like Superman. He was eventually murdered by Black Adam.
- Fantastic Racism: Against aliens.
- Green Thumb: His plants could restrain Superman and drain his energy.
- The Gunslinger
- Knight Templar
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He did genuinely care for Mother Nature.
Titano the Super-Ape
A fifty-foot-tall ape with incredible strength, savage intelligence, and the ability to shoot rays of kryptonite radiation from his eyes. Originally a normal chimpanzee, Titano was used as a lab animal by amoral scientists; a Freak Lab Accident turned him into a gigantic monster.
- AKA: Winslow Schott
Winslow Schott is a toymaker gone mad. He makes toys now as innocent facades that house dangerous weapons and gadgets. One incarnation of the Toyman was himself a doll, vaguely of the Howdy-Doody variety. In The Dark Age of Comic Books, the idea of a dangerous toyman wasn't taken seriously by readers, so Toyman was recast as a dangerous child-obsessed creep with strong Psychopathic Manchild tendencies. In The Modern Age of Comic Books, though, this Darker and Edgier incarnation doesn't fly, so it was revealed that the psycho-pedophile Toyman was really a defective android created by the real Schott, a former toymaker-turned-vigilante who will do anything to protect children—including murder.
- AKA: Gerard Shugel
Superman's first Arch Nemesis, before Luthor, was another bald scientist called the Ultra-Humanite. Arguably the first comic book villain with super-powers (in his case, super-intelligence), the Ultra-Humanite quickly became redundant with Luthor, so he was given a new gimmick: he surgically transferred his brain into other people's bodies, most notably actress Dolores Winters. Starting with The Bronze Age of Comic Books, the Ultra-Humanite has exclusively been a villain for the Justice Society of America, and almost never locks horns with the Man of Steel alone.
- Arch Nemesis: For about two years in the late '30s. Then Luthor came along.
- Bald of Evil
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: He briefly inhabited the body of a giant ant.
- Body Surf / Puppeteer Parasite: Accomplished by implanting his brain into new bodies.
- Brain In a Jar: When he's between hosts.
- Captain Ersatz: The unnamed villain in the classic Fleischer Superman short "The Mad Scientist" was based on Ultra.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: On one occasion, he put his brain into a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: His most recognizable incarnation is when he transferred his brain into the body of an albino gorilla.
- Evil Counterpart: Superman is a hale and hearty alien with vast physical abilities; the Ultra-Humanite is a crippled human with vast mental abilities.
- The name is a clue as well- like Superman, Ultra-Humanite is a rough(er) translation of The Ubermensch. Lex inherited this aspect of their emnity, a battle between supermen.
- Evil Cripple / Genius Cripple
- Evil Genius
- Gender Bender: His theft of Dolores Winters's body.
- Mad Doctor / Mad Scientist
- Out of Focus: From 1940 until 1980.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Since Post-Crisis Superman isn't so old to have faced Ultra-Humanite in The Forties, Ultra has being re-labeled as a Justice Society of America enemy.
- Take Over the World: He actually succeeded once.
- AKA: Linda Lee Danvers / Kara Zor-El (pre-Crisis); Matrix (1st post-Crisis); Linda Danvers (2nd); Cir-El (3rd); Linda Lang / Kara Zor-El (4th)
Superman's cousin. In the Silver Age, her city split off from Krypton but was subsequently doomed leading her to be sent to earth where they knew she'd find Superman. After dying in Crisis on Infinite Earths, she was eventually reintroduced. This time, she left Krypton as a teenager at the same time Superman left, charged with protecting him. Her ship then got knocked off course, and by the time she arrived baby Kal-El was a full grown superhero. In between versions, there was a synthetic being who became a fire angel and adopted the same name. You can find out more about all of this in her own article.
Alexander Luthor, Sr.
The greatest scientific genius of Earth-3, a world ruled by the villainous Ultraman and the rest of the Crime Syndicate. Luthor was inspired to become the world's first super-hero after seeing Ultraman defeated by his good counterparts, the Supermen of Earths-1 and -2. He was also shocked to learn that each of these heroes fought against their own evil versions of himself, Lex Luthor of Earth-1 and Alexei Luthor of Earth-2. Luthor married crusading reporter Lois Lane and together had a son, Alex Junior. Luthor and his wife died in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but not before they sent their son to safety in a rocket.
There is also a heroic Alexander Luthor in the Anti-Matter Universe. He also fights that world's Ultraman and Crime Syndicate (including Lois Lane, who in this world is the evil Superwoman) and is very similar to the Earth-3 Luthor except for an arrogant streak.
- Bald of Awesome
- Beard of Evil: Inverted!
- Clothes Make the Superman
- Evil Twin: Inverted-he's the good version of Lex Luthor
- Mr. Vice Guy: As mentioned, Anti-Matter Luthor is unambiguously good, but very vain.
- Powered Armor: Anti-Matter Luthor only (who is, truth be told, very similar to Iron Man), though Earth-3 Luthor did have a jetpack and raygun.
- Redheaded Hero: Earth-3 Luthor is bald but has a red goatee.
- Ret-Gone: The Crisis has removed him from history, and we have yet to see him return in the new Earth-3
- Science Hero
- AKA: David Connor
A creation from the Byrne era version of Krypton. It was a supercomputer created to preserve the purity of Kryptonian genetics and culture. It somehow ended up off world before the planets destruction only for Superman to find it while he was lost in space. Once awakened, it resumed its mandate trying to recreate Krypton on Earth, building the first Post-Crisis Fortress Of Solitude and slowly exerting a mental influence on Superman to make him more Kryptonian. Superman broke the control with Ma and Pa Kent's help and threw the Eradicator into the sun.
It came back as an energy being, then once again after Superman died, making a Superman-like body and carrying out a cold brutal version of his mission. Now the Eradicator is bonded with the mind of a then-dying scientist and the personality is effectively a hodgepodge of the human scientist and Kryptonian supercomputer, thankfully granting the creature a measure of empathy and making him one of Superman's allies.
- AKA: Thara Ak-Var
A citizen of Kandor and childhood friend of Supergirl. She is the host to the mysterious Flamebird entity, granting her pyrokinesis. She is Chris Kent's partner and girlfriend. The name "Flamebird" has also been used by an ancient Kryptonian hero, Jimmy Olsen, Supergirl, and a member of the Batman family.
- Combo-Platter Powers: Thanks to the Flamebird entity, she has the option of using fire if she is stunned by kryptonite or red sunlight.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: It doesn't help that Chris gets mobbed by fangirls for being so hot.
- Culture Clash: Having grown up her whole life on Kandor, Chris helps her adjust to life on Earth.
- Defector From Decadence: She sides with Earth over the Kandorians.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She cast herself into the dying sun to reignite it, but was seemingly vaporized in the process.
- Legacy Character
- Shout-Out: To Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: When the Flamebird decides to control her directly. It isn't evil, but it doesn't have a problem with killing and has an even nastier temper than her.
- Superpower Lottery
- AKA: Jose Delgado
A former teacher who put on a costume to protect his neighborhood from street gangs and other threats, hence his name. He dated Cat Grant, but they broke up, partially because he couldn't get along with her son, Adam.
- Badass Normal
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He found himself a little out of his depth in the Crisis Crossover Trinity, but kept going and helped saved the day anyway, since his girlfriend was in danger.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He packs a lot of non-lethal weapons, like nunchaku and guns with rubber bullets.
- AKA: Jim Harper
The original Guardian was a Golden Age crime fighter and policeman. The modern Jim Harper was one of the early successes of the Cadmus cloning project. Like the original Guardian, he fights with an armored outfit and shield similar to Captain America.
- Badass Abnormal: His strength and other attributes are augmented. The Golden Age Guardian was a straight Badass Normal.
- Cloning Blues
Krypto the Super-Dog
Superman's dog from the planet Krypton, Jor-El sent Krypto to Earth in a rocket as a test flight before sending his son, but the rocket was slower and took longer to arrive. Has the same powers as Superman and is generally shown to have a human level of intelligence thought he is unable to speak. These days, he is Conner Kent's pet. Has his own page.
- Nightmare Fuel: If you're a dog owner, the idea of a canine with all the powers of Superman is potentially terrifying.
- Superpower Lottery
Mon-El / Valor / M'Onel
- AKA: Lar Gand / Bob Cobb / Jonathan Kent
Lar Gand is a Daxamite, a race with similar powers to Kryptonians, but with a weakness to lead instead of kryptonite. When he crash-landed on Earth, he had amnesia, so Clark nicknamed him "Mon-El", and treated him as his own brother. Unfortunately, he was exposed to lead, and as this is fatal, Clark cast him into the Phantom Zone, where time has no meaning, to save him until a cure could be found. A thousand years later, the Legion of Super-Heroes provided this cure, allowing him join Earth's superheroes.
- Coming of Age Story: The "Man of Valor" subplot in the "New Krypton" storyline.
- Continuity Nod: The "New Krypton" storyline combined elements of his Preboot and Postboot character arcs.
- Continuity Snarl: Like a lot of Superman characters, Mon-El was written out of existence with Crisis on Infinite Earths. He was reintroduced in an early-'90s Crisis Crossover without any connection to Superman. "New Krypton" (or more properly, the stories leading up to it) restored his first origin... but the '90s version still exists as an alternate-universe character somehow. And so does a third Mon-El from the Threeboot Legion of Super-Heroes. In short, his history is a mess.
- Expy: Mon-El was Retconed to fill the same role as Superboy in the Legion after Crisis on Infinite Earths retconned the latter out of existence.
- Flying Brick
- God Guise: In the "Postboot" Legion continuity, he was worshipped as a god by many of the humanoid Planets of Hats he founded in the 20th century—which caused problems when word leaked that the Legion was freeing him from the Phantom Zone.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Daxamites tend to be xenophobic jerks.
- Sealed Good in a Can
- Star-Spangled Spandex
- Superpower Lottery
- Weaksauce Weakness: Lead.
- AKA: Chris Kent / Lor-Zod
A little boy that Clark and Lois found and adopted. He has developed into a true hero in his own right. Aside from taking their names from the same ancient Kryptonian hero, Chris has no connection with Batman's former protégé, Nightwing. Later, he becomes the host of the mysterious Nightwing entity, granting him powers over darkness and allowing him to truly be Flamebird's partner.
- Abusive Parents: His biological parents, not Lois and Clark.
- Blessed with Suck: While his Plot-Relevant Age-Up was quite useful, he now has to wear a device to keep himself from continuing to age or else he will turn into an old man in a matter of days.
- Chick Magnet: As an adult, to his girlfriend's chagrin.
- Combo-Platter Powers: He has tackle telekinesis, darkness manipulation, and Kryptonian powers.
- Heroic Sacrifice: On two occasions, he allowed himself to be trapped in the Phantom Zone to prevent General Zod from escaping.
- Legacy Character: The Nightwing persona was once used by Dick Grayson, who got it from Superman, who got it from Kryptonian legends.
- Likes Older Women: Well, he's still chronologically a boy and seeing an adult (Thara).
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is General Zod and Ursa's son.
- Power Limiter: He used to wear a red sunlight-emitting watch, to help him practice controlling his powers and doing things the old fashioned way.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: He became an adult due to the strange effects of the Phantom Zone.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Both he and the Nightwing entity were trapped in the Phantom Zone for a while.
- Superpower Lottery
- You're Not My Father: He considers Lois and Clark to be his real parents, since they raised him with kindness and understanding, while Zod and Ursa are total douches and only care about the strong. He insisted that he be addressed as Chris, and not Lor-Zod.
- AKA: Karen Starr / Kara Zor-L of Earth-2
Superman's cousin on Earth 2, who eventually joined the Justice Society. After Crisis, there was no Earth 2, and Power Girl's origins and powers were endlessly retooled. Joining the modern Justice Society before Infinite Crisis, the new Crisis revealed that Power Girl is still Superman's cousin from Earth 2 (the Pre-Crisis Earth 2) restoring her memories and stabilizing her powers. You can find out more about her in her own article.She is also Most Common Superpower incarnate.
- AKA: John Henry Irons
A former weapons engineer who became disenchanted with his work and fled to Metropolis, taking a new identity and a new job as a construction worker where he fell after trying to rescue a coworker and was himself rescued by Superman. After Superman died, he got involved with a gang war where one side was using the same BFGs he designed. In order to fight them, her fashioned a suit of Powered Armor giving him flight, super strength, Rivet guns, and a hammer for good measure. He even took up Superman's "S" in order to honor the hero who saved his life, and was quickly given the term "The Man of Steel" to differentiate him from the other three heroes using Superman's name at the time (Irons himself never claimed to be Superman). When Superman returned, he gave him the name Steel. After Superman's return, Irons moved back to Washington DC to reunite with his family, but was attacked by armored goons sent by his former employers. Steel rebuilt his armor, though he removed the "S" shield as he felt he didn't quite deserve to wear it, especially given that he might have to go outside the law to fight his old employers.
Even without the suit, Irons is a big buff individual with strength to match his brains.
- Badass Normal
- Drop the Hammer
- Genius Bruiser
- Powered Armor
- Scary Black Man: Irons is usually depicted as being just as tall, if not taller than, Superman himself.
- Shout-Out: Like his name suggests, he's based on folk hero John Henry.
- His physical appearance was originally based on Shaquille O'Neal.
- AKA: Conner Kent / Kon-El
A clone with powers adapted from limited scientific understanding of Superman's genome. Meant to be a replacement when Superman was thought dead, Superboy was liberated from his pod before he could finish growing, leaving him a teenager. His power is tactile telekinesis: telekinetic influence over anything he touches, which allows him to simulate Superman's super strength, flight and invulnerability but also lets him manipulate objects simply by touching them. Eventually, he started developing Superman's other abilities, and learned that he is only half-Kryptonian, and the human half of his DNA came from Luthor. You can find out more about him in his own article.
The mighty defender of the distant planet, Valeron. Vartox occasionally crosses paths with The Man Of Steel. Most of the time, they are friends, though they usually end up fighting because Vartox is brainwashed, trying to steal Clark's girlfriend, or some other reason.
Recently, after the rest of his race was rendered sterile by a villain's "contraceptive bomb", he tried to seduce Power Girl in order to breed the next generation and save his people from extinction. She found him repulsive, but instead worked with him to cure his people's sterility.
- Achilles' Heel: His energy can be siphoned off.
- Always Someone Better: Pre-Crisis, his strength, speed, vision, hearing, etc were all superior to Superman's. Post-Crisis, they are roughly equal.
- Badass Moustache
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Captain Ersatz: Of the Sean Connery character from Zardoz.
- Carpet of Virility
- Casanova Wannabe: Post-Crisis.
- Chivalrous Pervert
- Friendly Rival
- Idiot Hero: However, despite his bluntness and lack of Common Sense, he is a Genius Bruiser and an expert when it comes to science and engineering.
- Invincible Hero
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Deep down, he is a true hero.
- Large Ham
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Like being able to manipulate matter at a subatomic level, being able to turn intangible, etc.
- Older Than They Look: He's been battling evil ever since Superman was a little tot.
- Porn Stache
- Rated "M" for Manly
- Refuge in Audacity
- Story-Breaker Power
- Super Empowering: Can transfer a portion of his energy to others, temporarily giving them his powers.
- Superpower Lottery: He periodically discovers new "Hyper Powers".
- An Ice Person
- Energy Blasts
- Flying Brick
- Hyper Speed
- Hyper Strength
- Hyper Senses
- Hyper Breath
- Mind Over Matter
- Nigh Invulnerable: Has no Kryptonite Factor and can shrug off magic attacks.
- Playing with Fire
- Psychic Powers: They are possibly the source of his other abilities.
- X-Ray Vision: That can see through lead.
- Third Person Person: Lampshaded by Power Girl, who thought it was annoying.
- Underwear of Power: He doesn't shave his legs.
- World's Strongest Man
Other versions of Superman
Superman has been imagined in a number of different incarnations over the years. Here are the notable ones.
Superman of Earth-2
- AKA: Clark Kent / Kal-L of Earth-2
The original Man of Steel himself, Kal-L was a reserve member of the Justice Society of America. When the Multiverse was destroyed in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he and Earth-2's Lois Lane survived in a pocket dimension with Earth-3's Alexander Luthor, Jr. and Earth-Prime's Superboy but were forgotten by his teammates because of the Cosmic Retcon. Years later, in Infinite Crisis, he returned, only to be killed by Superboy-Prime. Kal-L had the same powers as "our" Superman, but many details of his life were different: his parents were named John and Mary (not Jonathan and Martha); his cousin was Power Girl (not Supergirl); his base of operations was the Secret Citadel near Metropolis (not the Fortress of Solitude in Antarctica); and he worked at the Daily Star (not the Daily Planet), where he became editor-in-chief after George Taylor's (not Perry White's) retirement.
- Alternate Universe: The original continuity
- Badass Grandpa: He fits the age, though isn't a grandfather. However, he still stopped the Anti-Monitor
- Continuity Snarl: His past was removed from the timeline, along with his universe.
- Cosmic Retcon: One of the most high-profile victims.
- His universe suffered a Ret-Gone, yet he survived. No wonder he went along with Alex Luthor Jr.'s plans.
- With the New 52's recreation of Earth-2, he has been de-Ret-Goned... only to be Killed Of For Real again along with that universe's Batman and Wonder Woman in the first issue of Earth 2.
- The Golden Age of Comic Books: Where his stories draw from.
- Happily Married: To Lois, decades before mainstream Superman did it. This being a more traditional couple, she actually did change her name to "Lois Kent" and they were featured together in the Superman Family backup. His behavior during Infinite Crisis stemmed from him coping with her dying.
- Redemption Equals Death: Superman-2 was initially on board with Superboy-Prime and Alex Luthor but eventually realized they were wrong and fought them to the death.
- Retcon: How he came into existence in the first place. During The Interregnum the original versions of Green Lantern, and The Flash simply disappeared and were replaced with new versions who were explicitly not of the same continuity, yet Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman had remained active. This version of Superman was introduced to officially be the character those early adventures were about. The creation of Earth-2 itself springs from a Flash story.
Superman of Earth-22
Originally introduced in Kingdom Come as a possible future for the current Superman, retcons have since placed him in his own continuity on Earth-22 where the Kingdom Come storyline now canonically takes place. After losing touch with humanity, he left for years, returning from self imposed exile when the new generation of heroes had finally gotten completely out of control. However, his solutions only made the situation worse. Recently[when?] in a Justice Society of America story, this Superman was pulled to New Earth at the moment of nuclear detonation. Believing all he loved was dead, he opted for a new beginning with the JSA.
- Badass Grandpa
- Kryptonite Factor: Removed, explained as having absorbed too much sunlight to be affected anymore. He's also more powerful than the current New Earth Superman.
- Second Coming: His return from his self-imposed exile in the first book of Kingdom Come was seen as that at first to Norman McCay, but the visions he has seen indicate that Superman's return would catalyze the coming doom of the metahuman battle, not avert it. The whole series drew heavily on Biblical prophecy for imagery.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To the Earth-2 Superman in the sense that he is an older Superman and is a member of the Justice Society as Earth-2 Superman was on his world. He also seemed to bond with Power Girl as they both needed family.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: During his Kingdom Come phase. His solution to the Darker and Edgier generation was rehabilitation or imprisonment with rehabilitation. This had the effect of consolidating power and escalating conflict, though this is not solely Superman's fault.
Superman of Earth-30
A version of Superman introduced in Superman: Red Son. He landed in Russia instead of America, becoming a Russian operative at the beginning of the Cold War era and later the ruler of most of the globe. His continuity was preserved as an official continuity of one of the 52 Earths.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He successfully spread his revolution peacefully across the globe simply by running the "best" government, till the end when Luthor was able to finally make the U.S. a viable alternative.
There have been two versions if Ultraman so far. The Earth-3 incarnation was essentially evil Superman from Krypton-3. The Anti-Matter Universe variant was a more distinct character — a human astronaut who suffered an accident in space and was rebuilt by aliens who didn't understand human anatomy. Now criminally insane, the terror of steel keeps dominion over Earth along with the Crime Syndicate zapping dissenters and taking what he wants.
Connor Kent from a possible future. He has been seen more than once. In this future, the Teen Titans become the Justice League and the ends justify the means. Conner is shown to have pretty much all of Superman's powers and his tactile telekinesis is more developed.
One of Superman's descendants operating in the 853rd century who has visited the past once and was included in the All Star Superman series. Basically like Superman but even more powerful having a fifth dimensional ancestor.
- ↑ In fact his earliest supporting character period - she made her debut in Action Comics #1, the very same issue Superman made his own debut in
- ↑ and their dog Krypto, and their monkey Beppo...
- ↑ Or both- actually, both is more common
- ↑ This would actually be a good thing for Earth, as current estimates predict that in less than in less than 1.5 billion years the sun will actually become too powerful for life on Earth to exist.