History Analysis / Superman

8th Jan '17 5:07:08 PM nombretomado
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* VandalSavage: In a sense both men are immortal, while Savage is physically immortal Superman is metaphorically immortal as in Superman will always be remembered for saving people while Savage remains immortal through killing and [[CannibalismSuperpower eating]] [[ImAHumanitarian people]].

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* VandalSavage: ComicBook/VandalSavage: In a sense both men are immortal, while Savage is physically immortal Superman is metaphorically immortal as in Superman will always be remembered for saving people while Savage remains immortal through killing and [[CannibalismSuperpower eating]] [[ImAHumanitarian people]].
1st Dec '16 9:48:22 AM Tron80
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* Bizarro: (borrowed from fridge brilliance) He's an imperfect, backwards clone of Superman. He's also a metaphor for humanity on the whole. Think of it; Bizarro has all of Superman's powers (if reversed, in some continuities), and is strengthened by the KryptoniteFactor. In the same vein, humanity has surpassed most if not all of its natural boundaries, defying the elements time and again. So given this, why isn't Bizarro the hero? Simple: despite his power, he's not mentally capable of bearing the responsibility that comes with protecting the world. He's every bit as powerful as the Big Blue Boy Scout, but his twisted logic won't let him do the good and right thing despite how badly he wants to. Sounds about right.

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* Bizarro: SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}}: (borrowed from fridge brilliance) He's an imperfect, backwards clone of Superman. He's also a metaphor for humanity on the whole. Think of it; Bizarro has all of Superman's powers (if reversed, in some continuities), and is strengthened by the KryptoniteFactor. In the same vein, humanity has surpassed most if not all of its natural boundaries, defying the elements time and again. So given this, why isn't Bizarro the hero? Simple: despite his power, he's not mentally capable of bearing the responsibility that comes with protecting the world. He's every bit as powerful as the Big Blue Boy Scout, but his twisted logic won't let him do the good and right thing despite how badly he wants to. Sounds about right.
1st Dec '16 9:47:39 AM Tron80
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* Lex Luthor: Superman, despite being an alien, was raised to believe that HumansAreSpecial, and strives to help humanity however possible with little thought for reward. Batman even calls Clark "One of the most human of us all." He also believes in being accountable for all he does. Lex, on the other hand, is everything Superman at once hates and yet needs. On one hand, he's [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], {{pride}}ful, greedy, manipulates what exists for his own benefit, and hates having anyone talk down to him. On the other, he's super intelligent, and would be exactly the kind of man that would change the world so that it wouldn't need a Superman anymore. He's HumansAreTheRealMonsters, but at the same time, embodies so much potential, that Superman is at once frustrated and distasteful towards Luthor.
* Brainiac: Superman is the benevolent alien who took up with us. Brainiac is "everything bad about aliens", all rolled into a robotic body with a singular mission to collect and destroy things. Also, as Superman gets his powers from his unique biology, Brainac contrasts in another way for using technology to fight the man of steel.
* Darkseid: Superman never puts himself above others, at least not in the tyrannical sense. Darkseid on the other hand lords over Apokalips as its LawfulEvil tyrant, and is so manipulative and cruel that Superman actually hates him. He may be passionate about going after Brainiac, but Darkseid is a being Superman actually hates.

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* Lex Luthor: Comicbook/LexLuthor: Superman, despite being an alien, was raised to believe that HumansAreSpecial, and strives to help humanity however possible with little thought for reward. Batman even calls Clark "One of the most human of us all." He also believes in being accountable for all he does. Lex, on the other hand, is everything Superman at once hates and yet needs. On one hand, he's [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], {{pride}}ful, greedy, manipulates what exists for his own benefit, and hates having anyone talk down to him. On the other, he's super intelligent, and would be exactly the kind of man that would change the world so that it wouldn't need a Superman anymore. He's HumansAreTheRealMonsters, but at the same time, embodies so much potential, that Superman is at once frustrated and distasteful towards Luthor.
* Brainiac: Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}: Superman is the benevolent alien who took up with us. Brainiac is -paraphrasing Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}- "everything bad about aliens", all rolled into a robotic body with a singular mission to collect and destroy things. Also, as Superman gets his powers from his unique biology, Brainac contrasts in another way for using technology to fight the man of steel.
* Darkseid: Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}: Superman never puts himself above others, at least not in the tyrannical sense. Darkseid on the other hand lords over Apokalips as its LawfulEvil tyrant, and is so manipulative and cruel that Superman actually hates him. He may be passionate about going after Brainiac, but Darkseid is a being Superman actually hates.
14th Aug '16 10:05:37 AM CJF
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* Metallo: Metallo is a Human turned robot who is fueled by Kryptonite while Superman is an alien that feels Human and is weakened by Kryptonite.
* Manchester Black: A British Anarchist who uses his powers according to his own moral compass and believes MightMakesRight compare to Superman, A moderate American who uses his powers according to human morals and laws, and beleives RightMakesMight.
22nd Jun '16 10:19:15 AM CJF
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* VandalSavage: In a sense both men are immortal, while Savage is physically immortal Superman is metaphorically immortal as in Superman will always be remembered by people while Savage sometimes hides so people will forget his crimes.

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* VandalSavage: In a sense both men are immortal, while Savage is physically immortal Superman is metaphorically immortal as in Superman will always be remembered by for saving people while Savage sometimes hides so people will forget his crimes.remains immortal through killing and [[CannibalismSuperpower eating]] [[ImAHumanitarian people]].
22nd Jun '16 9:48:04 AM CJF
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* VandalSavage: In a sense both men are immortal, while Savage is physically immortal Superman is metaphorically immortal as in Superman will always be remembered by people while Savage sometimes hides so people will forget his crimes.
15th Mar '16 11:15:23 AM narm00
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* Lex Luthor: Superman, despite being an alien, was raised to believe that HumansAreSpecial, and strives to help humanity however possible with little thought for reward. Batman even calls Clark "One of the most human of us all." He also believes in being accountable for all he does. Lex, on the other hand, is everything Superman at once hates and yet needs. On one hand, he's [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], {{pride}}ful, greedy, manipulates what exists for his own benefit, and hates having anyone talk down to him. On the other, he's super intelligent, and would be exactly the kind of man that would change the world so that it wouldn't need a superman anymore. He's HumansAreTheRealMonsters, but at the same time, embodies so much potential, that Superman is at once frustrated and distasteful towards Luthor.

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* Lex Luthor: Superman, despite being an alien, was raised to believe that HumansAreSpecial, and strives to help humanity however possible with little thought for reward. Batman even calls Clark "One of the most human of us all." He also believes in being accountable for all he does. Lex, on the other hand, is everything Superman at once hates and yet needs. On one hand, he's [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], {{pride}}ful, greedy, manipulates what exists for his own benefit, and hates having anyone talk down to him. On the other, he's super intelligent, and would be exactly the kind of man that would change the world so that it wouldn't need a superman Superman anymore. He's HumansAreTheRealMonsters, but at the same time, embodies so much potential, that Superman is at once frustrated and distasteful towards Luthor.



* Darkseid: Superman never puts himself above others, at least not in the tyrannical sense. Darkseid on the other hand lords over Apokalips as its LawfulEvil tyrant, and is so manipulative and cruel, that Superman actually hates him. He may be impassionate about going after Brainiac, but Darkseid is a being Superman actually hates.
** Mongul falls under a similar catagory ([[LegacyCharacter The first mongul that is]]) of being the power without mercy.
** Also the idea of Superman representing hope and Darkseid being fear both are ideas that each being wants to leave behind whether they are alive or not.
* Bizzaro: (borrowed from fridge brilliance) He's an imperfect, backwards clone of Superman. He's also a metaphor for humanity on the whole. Think of it; Bizarro has all of Superman's powers (if reversed, in some continuities), and is strengthened by the KryptoniteFactor. In the same vein, humanity has surpassed most if not all of its natural boundaries, defying the elements time and again. So given this, why isn't Bizarro the hero? Simple: despite his power, he's not mentally capable of bearing the responsibility that comes with protecting the world. He's every bit as powerful as the Big Blue Boy Scout, but his twisted logic won't let him do the good and right thing despite how badly he wants to. Sounds about right.
* General Zod: Everything Superman is (you know, as a Kryptonian), only Tyrannical instead of benevolent.
* Mr. Mxyzptlk: The Oddball of Superman's Rogue's Gallery, an imp from the fifth dimension who likes to mess around with superman. However, this is actually perhaps the most hidden of foils, as Mxy is all of superman's power (metaphorically speaking since eelseworld tales have pretty much shown that if he wanted to, Mxy is more powerful than Superman), but none of the responsibility. He lives for his own amusement and mischief, rather than helping others as Superman does.

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* Darkseid: Superman never puts himself above others, at least not in the tyrannical sense. Darkseid on the other hand lords over Apokalips as its LawfulEvil tyrant, and is so manipulative and cruel, cruel that Superman actually hates him. He may be impassionate passionate about going after Brainiac, but Darkseid is a being Superman actually hates.
** Mongul falls under a similar catagory ([[LegacyCharacter The first mongul Mongul that is]]) of being the power without mercy.
** Also the idea of Superman representing hope and Darkseid being fear - both are ideas that each being wants to leave behind whether they are alive or not.
* Bizzaro: Bizarro: (borrowed from fridge brilliance) He's an imperfect, backwards clone of Superman. He's also a metaphor for humanity on the whole. Think of it; Bizarro has all of Superman's powers (if reversed, in some continuities), and is strengthened by the KryptoniteFactor. In the same vein, humanity has surpassed most if not all of its natural boundaries, defying the elements time and again. So given this, why isn't Bizarro the hero? Simple: despite his power, he's not mentally capable of bearing the responsibility that comes with protecting the world. He's every bit as powerful as the Big Blue Boy Scout, but his twisted logic won't let him do the good and right thing despite how badly he wants to. Sounds about right.
* General Zod: Everything Superman is (you know, as a Kryptonian), only Tyrannical tyrannical instead of benevolent.
* Mr. Mxyzptlk: The Oddball of Superman's Rogue's Gallery, an imp from the fifth dimension who likes to mess around with superman. Superman. However, this is actually perhaps the most hidden of foils, as Mxy is all of superman's Superman's power (metaphorically speaking since eelseworld elseworld tales have pretty much shown that if he wanted to, Mxy is more powerful than Superman), but none of the responsibility. He lives for his own amusement and mischief, rather than helping others as Superman does.
17th Jun '14 4:22:00 PM CJF
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** Also the idea of Superman representing hope and Darkseid being fear both are ideas that each being wants to leave behind whether they are alive or not.
13th Jun '13 5:18:55 PM Rabukurafuto
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* Lex Luthor: Superman, despite being an alien, was raised to believe that HumansAreSpecial, and strives to help humanity however possible with little thought for reward. Batman even calls Clark "One of the most human of us all." He also believes in being accountable for all he does. Lex, on the other hand, is everything Superman at once hates and yet needs. On one hand, he's [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], {{pride}}ful, greedy, manipulates what exists for his own benefit, and hates having anyone talk down to him. On the other, he's super intelligent, and would be exactly the kind of man that would change the world so that it wouldn't need a superman anymore. He's HumansAreBastards, but at the same time, embodies so much potential, that Superman is at once frustrated and distasteful towards Luthor.

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* Lex Luthor: Superman, despite being an alien, was raised to believe that HumansAreSpecial, and strives to help humanity however possible with little thought for reward. Batman even calls Clark "One of the most human of us all." He also believes in being accountable for all he does. Lex, on the other hand, is everything Superman at once hates and yet needs. On one hand, he's [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], {{pride}}ful, greedy, manipulates what exists for his own benefit, and hates having anyone talk down to him. On the other, he's super intelligent, and would be exactly the kind of man that would change the world so that it wouldn't need a superman anymore. He's HumansAreBastards, HumansAreTheRealMonsters, but at the same time, embodies so much potential, that Superman is at once frustrated and distasteful towards Luthor.
27th Apr '13 5:57:17 AM EricW
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** Mongul falls under a similar catagory ([[LegacyCharacter The first mongul that is]]) of being the power without mercy.


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* Mr. Mxyzptlk: The Oddball of Superman's Rogue's Gallery, an imp from the fifth dimension who likes to mess around with superman. However, this is actually perhaps the most hidden of foils, as Mxy is all of superman's power (metaphorically speaking since eelseworld tales have pretty much shown that if he wanted to, Mxy is more powerful than Superman), but none of the responsibility. He lives for his own amusement and mischief, rather than helping others as Superman does.
** The Prankster and Toyman can probably fall under a similar category of difference, though they also share traits with Brainiac due to their use of technology to get what they want.
* Parasite: Both feed off of strong energy sources. Superman from the sun, and Parasite from anything he can get his hands on.
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