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This page lists the ''Superman'' characters of the Film/DCExtendedUniverse who debuted in ''[[Film/ManOfSteel Man of Steel]]''.

!Protagonists

[[folder: Superman]]
!!''Franchise/{{Superman}} / Clark Kent / Kal-El''
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->''"You're scared because you can't control me. You don't, and you never will. But that doesn't mean I'm your enemy."''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/HenryCavill, Cooper Timberline (age 8), Dylan Sprayberry (age 13)
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' | ''[[Film/{{Justice League|2017}} Justice League, Part 1]]''

A child of Krypton sent to Earth as a baby to escape the destruction of his homeworld. He is the son of Jor-El and Lara, and the first naturally-born Kryptonian in centuries.
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* ActionHero: There is a reason why he has the best fight scenes in the movie.
* {{Adorkable}}: He has his moments, such as after his kiss with Lois.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: He was bullied a lot while growing up because his SuperSenses tended to leave him freaking out and made him the "weird kid."
* {{Badass}}: He's Superman, after all.
* BadassArmfold: He calmly folds his arms while telling General Swanwick that he will not allow the military to learn his {{secret identity}}.
* BadassBaritone: As Superman, he can make his voice incredibly deep.
* BadassBeard: Sports one during the first quarter of the movie, when he saves an entire crew from a burning oil rig.
* BadassCape: So badass that, like the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' version, the cape seems to be even ''more'' resistant than Superman himself. While he gets bruised and wounded during the battles against Zod's army, the cape is unscathed.
* BadassInDistress: After entering Zod's ship, he gets weakened by the ship's atmosphere and taken prisoner. He escapes with the help of Lois and Jor-El, and then saves Lois from crashing on Earth in a failing escape pod.
* BeardOfSorrow: The usually clean-shaven Clark grows a beard during his years WalkingTheEarth seeking his purpose in life, before becoming Superman. Arguably, [[BadassBeard he looks better with it]].
* BeneathTheMask: As Superman, he seems to really take to playing the aloof-but-benevolent alien diplomat, being very confident and flawlessly composed. Beneath it, as we've seen, he's wracked with indecision and can come off as awkward from restraining himself so much.
* BerserkButton: Threatening his human mom. Zod gets speared through two silos and sent flying through a gas station while receiving a PunctuatedPounding that damages his armor.
-->'''Clark:''' YOU THINK...''[PUNCH!]''...YOU CAN THREATEN...''[PUNCH]''....[[RelativeButton MY MOTHER!?!]]..''[PUNCH!]''
** {{Justified|Trope}} given that Zod had previously admitted to murdering his Kryptonian father. Upon subsequently witnessing him attack his mother, it naturally follows that he felt [[HeroicResolve all the more resolved to insure that Zod didn't take away any more people close to him]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's an extremely nice guy, but pissing him off isn't a good idea, as seen by the bullying trucker and [[RelativeButton Zod threatening his mother]].
* BigDamnHeroes: As is the norm, Superman gets several moments.
%%* BigGood
* BlessedWithSuck: Growing up in an alien environment, he underwent a painful adaptation process that involved spending years being unable to control the stimuli his senses were exposed to. He could see every layer of everything at all times and he could hear everything all together to the point of having a flip-out and running away from class to hide in a closet. It was paralleled with sensory over-stimulation and reactions of children with autism. Martha eventually coached him in tuning out the excess.
* CarpetOfVirility: Seen during his WalkingTheEarth time.
* ChestInsignia: A big red "S," which is the crest of his Kryptonian family and a symbol representing hope on Krypton.
* ChickMagnet: Thanks to his SamaritanSyndrome, women tend to see Clark as more of a "guardian angel" than a threat. His handsome features are definitely a plus, as well.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Clark can never leave well enough alone, even though it goes against his adoptive father's wishes for prudence. The only time he doesn't jump in is when [[spoiler:a tornado engulfs Jonathan]], and even then it was only because Jonathan insisted he stand down, despite the consequences for both of them.
* CivvieSpandex: His suit seems to be some sort of Kryptonian formal wear, either a scout uniform or, considering the ceremonial cape, some kind of diplomatic dress. The "S" symbol is the House of El crest standing for "hope." He wears it unaltered throughout the film.
* ClarkKenting: Par for the course in the Superman mythos, being the TropeNamer. Clark is shown disguising himself with nothing but a pair of glasses, as he joins the crew at the ''Daily Planet'' in the conclusion to ''Man Of Steel''. ''Dawn Of Justice'' [[JustifiedTrope makes this more convincing]] by showing Clark with a different posture and demeanor, and having him wearing loose-fitting clothing to hide his HeroicBuild.
* ClassicalAntiHero: Probably the fundamental difference between ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and previous ones starring the character is that Superman isn't an IdealHero yet, being more of this instead. From a young age, Clark has to deal with insecurity about being accepted by the world in spite of his powers. Despite this, he has a [[SamaritanSyndrome sense of duty]] to [[ComesGreatResponsibility use his powers for good]], so as an adult, he's unable to settle down in a civilian job for long, since he skips town whenever his cover is blown. This ends when he becomes Superman and finally gets a job at the ''Daily Planet''.
** Earlier, this leads Clark into an "[[Franchise/SpiderMan Uncle Ben]]" situation. [[spoiler:Pa Kent dies to protect his secret and [[MyGreatestFailure he blames himself for not saving him]]]].
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', he is only called "Superman" by a few soldiers. By the time of ''Dawn of Justice'', it appears that more people have taken to referring to him by name.
* DeadpanSnarker: He is nothing if not a pleasant man, but his very straightforward and rather blunt approach to things give him an edge in this.
-->'''Professor Hamilton''': Hello sir, my name is--
-->'''Superman''': Dr. Emil Hamilton. I know. [[XRayVision I can see your ID tag in your breast pocket]]. Along with a half-eaten role of [[ProductPlacement wintergreen Life Savers]].
** He also has a refined wit, such as when he interacts with [[HotScoop Lois Lane]].
--->'''Lois''': [[SuperStrength You]] let them handcuff you?
--->'''Superman''': Wouldn't be much of a surrender if I resisted.
* DestructiveSavior: Though he's fighting to protect humanity, his battles with Zod's soldiers and later Zod himself cause ''lots'' of damage to nearby buildings.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Saving the crew of a burning oil rig.
* ExtremityExtremist: Whenever he fights, Superman almost exclusively uses his fists.
* FakeAmerican: InUniverse, being an alien and all. He even invoked this at the end, stating that "I'm about as American as it can get."
* FarmBoy: Raised on a farm in Kansas.
* FishOutOfWater: The main conflict of the film, as Clark's abilities alienate him from society.
* FlyingBrick: It's friggin' Superman.
* {{Foil}}: To Zod, another surviving member of Krypton with designs on being the messiah of their lost civilization. However, whereas Zod is a ruthless elitist, Kal-El is compassionate and altruistic. In this manner, Kal embodies all the hopes and aspirations of Krypton's people for a better future while Zod personifies the authoritarianism and Social Darwinism that drove Krypton to ruin in the first place.
* ForcedToWatch: During a tornado, Jonathan refused help from Clark in order for his adopted son to hide his abilities from the people there. Cue ManlyTears.
* GeniusBruiser: Closer to his comics counterpart, this Clark is established as being quite intelligent, knowing how to treat wounds, maintaining a high degree of control over his powers, being a pretty good tactician, and being knowledgeable about science and a fan of the classical greek philosophers. He may have been the first "genetic roll of the dice" in Kryptonian civilization in centuries, but those "dice" (Jor-El and Lara Lor-van) were loaded towards intellectualism to begin with. Also, like in the comics he eventually chooses a civilian career where his powers give him no special advantage over anyone else (well, typing at super-speed ''does'' help with the deadlines).
* GenreSavvy: He correctly anticipates that Zod has no intention of keeping his promise to spare the human race if Clark surrenders and warns the military officials accordingly.
* GoodIsNotSoft: He levels devastating blows on villains (who are a match for him, so it's give-and-take). As Superman, he does not visibly hold back at any point, which is usually a major facet in his combat ability.
* HappilyAdopted: As usual. Clark may be an alien, but he and his adopted parents are closer than blood. Flashbacks make the relationship more nuanced; he went through a phase of rejecting Martha and Jonathan as just the people who found him. Though he seems to have gotten over it for the most part, he does refer to Jor-El as his father pretty consistently, which hits Martha pretty hard.
* HeroesLoveDogs: He shares many affectionate moments with his dog.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Because Lois is [[AdaptationDyeJob a redhead in this adaptation]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: A number of anti-Superman protesters exist two years after the Battle of Metropolis.
* HeroicBuild: {{Justified|Trope}}. Spending years and years WalkingTheEarth and working in all kinds of jobs that require great physical effort tend to do that to you. Plus, having a body that "drinks the sun" helps.
* HeroicBystander: What Clark was before he discovered his heritage: His ChronicHeroSyndrome was clashing with his earth-father John Kent's admonismhents that the world was not ready yet for someone like him.
* HiddenDepths: He displays some medical and scientific knowledge throughout the film, which is unexpected for someone we've mostly seen as a vagabond. He's also seen reading philosophy texts as a kid.
* HopeBringer: He tells Lois that the "S" on his chest is the Kryptonian symbol for "hope." Thus, Kryptonians would see someone with this crest flying towards them as "hope is coming."
* HowDoIShotWeb: He took years honing his natural gifts (with a lot of help from his foster parents) and even destroyed a mountain on his first attempt at flight.
* {{Hunk}}: Handsome, check. Manly, check. Jawline, check. Big arms, check. Large torso, check. Pronounced muscles, check. Body hair, check. There's no doubt that this version of Superman is a ''perfect'' example of Hunk.
* HurtingHero: While Superman has oftentimes been shown lifting a globe (the ''Daily Planet'''s), this is one version that shows how much just ''feeling'' one has to [[SamaritanSyndrome bear the weight of the world on one's shoulders]] [[IronWoobie can do to a guy with Superman's powers]]. Even before he finds the suit, just because he's a good person at heart.
* IdealHero: He spends the entirety of ''Man of Steel'' striving to become this, and by the time of ''Dawn of Justice'', he apparently fits the mold considerably better.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Almost completely paraphrased in his second confrontation with Batman. Superman's goal in the battle is simply to get Batman to stop fighting, and he has no interest in seeing him die (likely because of ThouShallNotKill principles).
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Clark's reaction after finding out he's a super-powered alien. As an adult, [[WalkingTheEarth he moves from place to place]] trying to live a quiet life. But both as a child and an adult, [[SamaritanSyndrome he's compelled to be]] a HeroicBystander until he finally becomes Superman.
* IllBoy: Martha mentions that it was hard for him to breathe as a child. Explained to be because Krypton's atmosphere is near, but not quite, Earth composition, and he needed to adjust. It also supports the KryptoniteFactor.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Of the heroic and idealistic variety.
%%* IntrepidReporter
* LastOfHisKind: The only survivor of Krypton [[spoiler:until the reveal that Zod and his minions survived. And then they all die or get banished again]].
* LightningBruiser: He's not as brutally fast as Faora, but holds his own quite well against her and Nam-Ek since he has the advantage of flight. And in the climactic battle with Zod, he flies fast and hits ''hard''.
* LivingMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Prior to launching Kal-El to Earth, Jor-El imbued his cells with the Codex, which holds the genetic potential of the entire Kryptonian species]].
* ManlyTears: Twice. First with the death of his adopted father, then [[spoiler:his TearsOfRemorse for killing Zod]].
* MommasBoy: He cares very much about his mother, and attacking her when he's around probably won't end well for you.
* MrFanservice: A certified {{Hunk}} with at least one ShirtlessScene to show it off. {{Lampshade}}d when Captain Carrie Farris of the Air Force is completely DistractedByTheSexy when near him (and ''admits'' it to her commanding officer, General Swanwick).
* MyGreatestFailure: He feels guilty to some degree for the destruction that occurred in Metropolis, [[ReconstructedTrope but he is also keeping said guilt in mind as a way to make sure that nothing so drastic ever occurs again on his watch]].
* NiceGuy: Despite being met with hostility from all sides, he's [[BewareTheNiceOnes almost]] never less than courteous and helpful. At one point, he saves one of the soldiers that had been firing on him as well as on Zod's troops, and as he puts him down, he asks him sincerely and without any rancor if he's alright; this seems to dumbfound the soldier.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: After saving his fellow students from a bus accident, most of them, as well as their parents, acted like {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s and essentially labeled him a "freak."
* OneManArmy: {{Downplayed|Trope}}; though individually, he ''is'' much more effective against Zod's army than the human Armed Forces, he wouldn't stand any chance of stopping it by himself, without their involvement.
* TheParagon: Surprisingly, not quite. He has more than potential for it in him, that much is for sure, and both of his fathers understood this. However, throughout the film, he's mostly trying to discover what direction to take his powers in, settling on being the alien mediator and representative. So while Jor-El tells him to be "an ideal to strive towards," he is not his usual IdealHero self yet. (He also doesn't have the benefit of [[ExpositionBeam 12 years' training through]] NeuralImplanting that Jor-El's avatar subjected him to in ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. In this movie, he spends the corresponding amount of time doing odd jobs.)
* PatrioticFervor: "I grew up in Kansas, General. I'm about as American as it ''gets''."
* PowerFloats: A very rare example of floating ''horizontally'' rather than vertically in the final battle against Zod.
* PrimaryColorChampion: [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack A darker example]], but still counts.
** In ''Dawn of Justice'', the colors on his costume are brighter.
* SamaritanSyndrome: As a boy, he saves his classmates from drowning. As an adult WalkingTheEarth, this is what enables Lois to track him down. Lois's obsession even stems from Clark using his powers to save her when she was investigating an alien crash site.
* ScreamingWarrior: Whenever Superman is in a fight, especially after said opponent, be it man or machine, threatens his planet, he seems to scream a lot. Such as when he drags Zod through downtown Smallville for threatening his mother and when [[spoiler:he destroys part of the World Engine]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: Invoked by Zod [[spoiler:when they're the only two living Kryptonians left after the rest got sent back to the Phantom Zone, as Superman destroys the last working ship (his, actually) that could have been used to breed new Kryptonians. Its Genesis Chamber is empty, though, as it needs Superman's DNA to work]]. Of course, Superman himself makes it perfectly clear that [[spoiler:his people went down their self-destructive path of their own free will]], and he doesn't want a repeat of that.
-->'''Superman''': [[spoiler:'''''KRYPTON HAD ITS CHANCE!''''']]
** Also [[spoiler:Zod himself is killed by Superman shortly after]].
* ShirtlessScene: He's had a few to show off Cavill's impressive physique. [[CarpetOfVirility And hairy chest]].
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:Killing Zod to save an innocent family.]] He's visibly upset that it had to come to that. So much, even, that [[spoiler:it may have caused him to adopt his familiar ThouShaltNotKill code]].
* TheStoic: Superman takes pains to control his emotions, mindful of accidentally killing people and/or exposing his powers.
** NotSoStoic: And it all goes out of the window when lives are in danger. He spent an entire lifetime holding his anger in, and then Zod threatened his mom...
* {{Superhero}}: TropeCodifier, TropeNamer and the [[Pantheon/{{Heroes}} God of Superheroes]].
* SuperheroesWearCapes: TropeCodifier.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: As with all depictions of Superman (Cavill is 6'1").
* ThouShaltNotKill: [[spoiler:Though he always avoided killing at all costs, it's finding no other way to save a family but killing Zod that pushes Superman ''firmly'' into this rule. He ''knows'' what it feels like to take a life, all that comes with it, and that is what makes him decide, once and for all, not to do it.]]
* TookALevelInIdealism: Being obliged by circumstances to kill the last of his Kryptonian brethren only results in him adopting a ThouShaltNotKill code and becoming more idealistic and [[TheFettered fettered]].
* TranquilFury: In ''Dawn Of Justice'', he keeps his composure while being thoroughly pissed at Batman. At the worst of times, he comes across like a stern parent scolding a child.
* UnskilledButStrong: Played with. He's only unskilled in that he isn't a trained warrior compared to the ''very well-trained'' elite Kryptonian soldiers he has to face off with for his ''first'' real outing. Note, for the brief time they were on Earth, Zod manages to overcome his PowerIncontinence and need for a breather apparatus, and Faora manages to outright ''master'' SuperSpeed on second contact. All of which took Clark much longer to hone, and even then, he's never had a chance to test himself to the limits. However, since he has been exposed to the yellow sun for 33 years, he was able to match them on raw power, but it became a problem when Zod caught up. It's also shown in the fight scenes that his style of hand-to-hand combat, while understandably not on par with the soldiers, is still more advanced than other onscreen portrayals of the character, where he often relies solely on his devastating power rather than technique.
* WhenHeSmiles: Given all the trauma he goes through, it's nice to see him when he's happy. Hell, just watch him when he achieves flight for the first time. He's like a kid in a candy store.
* WouldHitAGirl: Only because he is forced to defend his adopted homeworld against a fanatical band of Kryptonian [[SuperSoldiers super-soldiers]] whose ranks happen to include women that are just as skilled and deadly as their male counterparts.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lois Lane]]
!!''ComicBook/LoisLane''
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->''"Welcome to the ''Planet''."''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/AmyAdams
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' | ''[[Film/{{Justice League|2017}} Justice League, Part 1]]''

A reporter who tries to investigate an anomaly in Canada (and the ''American'' military outpost studying it), who is nearly killed by a Kryptonian security system and is saved by Clark.
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* ActionSurvivor: Lois visibly has trouble wielding a Kryptonian handgun and only escapes the Kryptonian warship with the help of Jor-El's VirtualGhost.
* AdaptationalBadass: [[spoiler:Unlike other versions of this supposed hard-nosed IntrepidReporter, this version is never fooled by Clark; she's in on his secrets from the beginning, considering she tracked him down right to his adoptive family's farm in Smallville and interviewed his mother]]. [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in regards to her combat ability. Whereas Post-Crisis versions have a degree of military training, this one doesn't seem to; as noted above, she's really only effective in escaping the Kryptonian warship due to Jor-El's VirtualGhost's assistance, though she does seem to be pretty handy with the Kryptonian sidearm she gets her hands on.
* AdaptationDyeJob: The usually black-haired Lois retains her actress Creator/AmyAdams' reddish locks. Though it bears mentioning that Lois was a redhead for the entirety of the 1990s, the same era that made her a MilitaryBrat and had her learn Superman's identity and marry him.
* DamselOutOfDistress: She ''is'' ComicBook/LoisLane, after all; kicking ass while in trouble is what she does for a living.
* DeadpanSnarker: She's always got a good quip or two up her sleeve.
* GuileHero: Lois doesn't shy away from doing what she thinks is right, even if that means using some underhanded methods. This is clearly shown, for instance, when she "leaks" her "Superhuman WalkingTheEarth" story that had been vetoed by Perry due to its possible controversy, because she really does think people deserve to and should know.
* TheHeart: She helps motivate Clark to graduate from HeroicBystander to SuperHero.
* HotScoop: Par for the course for Lois.
* IntrepidReporter: Climbs around an ice shelf to follow a mysterious man into an alien spaceship, tries to photograph the small flying robot she runs into, and later travels across America chasing local legends to track down the HumanAlien who saved her. But while she leaks her Antarctica story to a tabloid when her editor won't run it, she drops the story after [[spoiler:actually finding Clark]] because telling anyone would put him in danger.
* ManipulativeBitch: Played with when Lois starts out. When we first see her, she has forced her way onto a classified base, has the military helping her in with her bags, calls out the commander on the fact that he doesn't want her there and literally asks him to put his ruler (you know what ruler) away (some would say for no reason, but he did subtly start it by refusing to even shake her hand), and then she subverts their attempts to keep her safe in order to satisfy her curiosity (she ignores all safety precautions in order to sneak around an unstable glacier shelf [[TooDumbToLive at night]] and nearly gets herself killed following Clark with no equipment, no back-up and telling no one where she's gone). After we see more of her character, it turns out that although she ''is'' quite adept at manipulating people when necessary in her line of work, she doesn't do it maliciously, just out of pure curiosity and her need to know and spread the truth, and becomes more a GuileHero than anything else. When she realizes something will do more damage that good, she takes herself out of the equation and [[spoiler:refuses to out Clark as Kal-El in the press or to the military]].
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:She went so far as to seek out Martha Kent and instantly recognized Clark with his glasses on]].
[[/folder]]

!Kryptonians

[[folder:General Zod]]
!!''General Dru-Zod''
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->''"[[TotalitarianUtilitarian Every action I take, no matter how violent or cruel, is for the greater good of my people.]]"''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/MichaelShannon
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

TheLeader of Krypton's military and a [[EvilFormerFriend former longtime friend]] of Jor-El. Zod believes Jor-El's warnings about the state of Krypton and launches a coup after concluding that the Council is incapable of saving their race. When the coup fails, the Council has him and his followers imprisoned in the PhantomZone, a decision which ironically spares them the fate of their home planet. After arriving on Earth in search of Kal-El, he initiates a war of annihilation against its population for the sake of building a new Krypton.
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* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type III]]. Unlike prior depictions of the character, this version of Zod is genuinely dedicated to acting in his people's best interest (albeit from his own [[{{Narcissist}} narcissistic]] point of view). He is also a rather [[TragicVillain tragic figure]] given that his [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy savage and ruthless personality]] is largely a byproduct of being [[SuperBreedingProgram bred]] and [[TheSpartanWay indoctrinated]] by Krypton's totalitarian system to be the [[SuperSoldier perfect killing machine]]. He also doesn't have any joy killing humans.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Of the surviving members of Krypton's military caste, Zod is the only one revealed to have [[InstantExpert mastered over the course of barely a day ALL the powers that took Superman years to fully control]].
-->'''Zod:''' I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train?! '''ON A FARM??!!'''
* AxCrazy: Despite possessing noble intentions, it is clear that he has a ''highly'' [[HairTriggerTemper confrontational]] and [[BloodKnight violent]] disposition which is only exacerbated by his [[TheSocialDarwinist fanatical elitism]].
* BadassBoast: After Kal-El's mother Lara confidently tells Zod that her son has escaped to a place far beyond his reach, he later menacingly promises her that he will dedicate his entire existence to tracking down Kal to the ends of the universe.
-->'''Zod''': You believe your son is safe? I will find him! I '''will''' reclaim what you have taken from us!! ... I will find him, Lara. [[{{Beat}} ...]] '''I WILL FIND HIM'''!!!!
* BadassGrandpa: Considering that he rose through the ranks of the military long enough to become Krypton's commander-in-chief and is portrayed by an actor in his 30s at the time of his home planet's destruction, Zod would be at least 60 years old at the time of the film's present. Nevertheless, despite the passage of 30 years since his banishment to the PhantomZone, [[OlderThanTheyLook he exhibits hardly any signs of physically aging]] (most likely due to the [[DesignerBabies advances of Kryptonian genetic engineering]]).
* BeardOfEvil: The evil Zod has grown a beard, like in ''Film/SupermanII'', by the time Clark is an adult.
* BeardOfSorrow: Implied to be this, as he's an AntiVillain who genuinely cares about Krypton, and we only see him with the beard after Krypton is destroyed.
* BigBad: Of ''Man of Steel''. He poses the greatest threat to Jor-El's vision of peacefully carrying on their civilization's legacy on Earth by first attempting to murder Kal-El as an infant on Krypton and later targeting Earth's entire population for extermination.
* CameBackWrong: Michael Shannon will reprise his role in ''Film/BatmanvSupermanDawnofJustice'', but with some physical deformities.
* ChestInsignia: Wears the crest of the House of Zod on the chest of his armor and the uniform under it.
* CripplingOverspecialization: [[DesignerBabies Bred]] and trained specifically to be a soldier, to be the extreme solution; that's all he knows. As such, it makes him the most tragically prominent example of the failure of the predetermination paradigm of Krypton's population control, and an apocalyptic threat to Earth.
* DarkIsEvil: He and his followers wear black bodysuits and armor.
* DarkMessiah: To the surviving members of Krypton's warrior caste.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:After Kal-El destroys all hope of restoring Krypton and its people, he fights Kal-El to the death, no longer caring whether he lives or dies, because he knows that, without a people to protect and serve, he no longer has a purpose]].
* {{Determinator}}: Upon deciding on a course of action, he single-mindedly dedicates his entire being towards fulfilling it regardless of the consequences. Exemplified in [[spoiler:his FamousLastWords]]:
-->'''Superman:''' Stop!\\
'''Zod:''' ''Never''.
* EvilCounterpart: To Jor-El. He and Jor-El shared a goal, but not the methods required to achieve it.
* EvilFormerFriend: Shares a respect with Jor-El, and even asks him to not fight him once he tries to take over Krypton. [[spoiler:Even when he kills Jor-El, he looks regretful for what he had done. When he admits to killing him to a captured Kal-El, he confesses that the deed still haunts him]].
* {{Expy}}: He's essentially [[Literature/BraveNewWorld Mustapha Mond]] taken to a LogicalExtreme.
* FallenHero: Jor-El's words to him that he will "honor the man he once was" suggests that he was once a noble Kryptonian until his [[{{Pride}} pride]] and [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]] drove him to villainy.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Upon arriving on Earth, Zod seems to have changed greatly from the zealous megalomaniac he once was as he warmly greets Kal-El in a dignified, fatherly manner. However, it doesn't take long for him to reveal that time has done nothing to diminish his brutality as he attacks Kal's adopted mother and moves to annihilate Earth's entire population.
* FlyingBrick: Like Superman, he ultimately harnesses SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, SuperSenses, EyeBeams, NighInvulnerability and, finally, {{Flight}}.
* ForTheGreaterGood: His excuse for every atrocity he commits.
* FourStarBadass: Well, he is a General, after all.
* FriendlyEnemy: To Jor-El, at first.
* FreudianExcuse: His personality stems from being bred by Krypton's totalitarian system to be single-mindedly obsessed with protecting Krypton at any cost.
* GeniusBruiser: In addition to being an outstanding [[SuperSoldier military tactician and combatant]], he is also revealed to be a gifted engineer as seen in flashbacks when he uses the Phantom Projector that originally imprisoned him and his followers to power up their ship's hyperdrive and escape the ruins of their homeworld.
* GeneralRipper: He blames all of Krypton's problems on its ruling body and starts a violent civil war in order to take the power away from said ruling body, whom he accuses of making their race "weak" and allowing the planet to come to the verge of destruction.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Sports a big one on the left side of his face, which he got from a tussle with Jor-El.
* HairTriggerTemper: Whenever his plans are frustrated or his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_rage_and_narcissistic_injury ego feels slighted in any way]], Zod immediately goes from being a dignified (albeit grim) authority figure to a raging brute (much unlike his [[IceQueen icily calm]] Sub-Commander, Faora).
* HotBlooded: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWNkUff2HSw "I will find him"]]''.
* HowDoIShotWeb: After first experiencing the sensory enhancement (read: [[VillainousBSOD complete overload]]) a Kryptonian gains on Earth, and seeing Kal-El flying and using heat vision, Zod does some quick training to learn how to use his full potential that gets unleashed in the final fight with Kal-El.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When Clark tells him YouKilledMyFather, Zod makes it clear that he regretted it, but that he would do it again if he had to. Plus, he knows that his attempted genocide on humans is wrong, he still maintains that it is for his people's good.
* InstantExpert: Justified, since he and his comrades in the Kryptonian military were [[DesignerBabies genetically engineered]] to be [[SuperSoldier perfect warriors]] and subsequently underwent [[TheSpartanWay rigorous training]] to master their senses.
* KillAllHumans: Zod's plan to create a new Krypton involves this, [[AntiVillain though it's not something he wants to do]].
* KneelBeforeZod: Surprisingly averted. At no point in the movie does Zod command anyone (not even Kal-El) to kneel before him. Funnily enough, Superman indeed involuntarily falls to his knees when brought before Zod on the Black Zero ship (but only due to its unfamiliar atmosphere).
* KnightTemplar: His goal is to protect Krypton and its people, no matter the cost.
* KubrickStare: It ''is'' Creator/MichaelShannon.
* LargeHam: Crosses into this with his line "I WILL FIND HIM!" reminiscent of {{Sting}} in ''Film/{{Dune}}''.
* LaserGuidedKarma: After threatening both Lara and Martha, Zod gets pummeled by their son. The former of which he had no knowledge about.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Zod's theme is a menacing composition consisting of rapidly ascending and descending strings, menacing war drums, and roaring trumpets that simultaneously evoke [[TheBerserker battle-fueled rage]] and [[{{Determinator}} fanatical determination]]. In this manner, his theme reflects not only his [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy savagery]] and [[{{Pride}} megalomania]], but his [[KnightTemplar single-minded obsession with becoming Krypton's savior]] as well. See the following tracks of the ''Man of Steel'' score: "I Will Find Him," "Arcade," and (naturally) "General Zod."
* {{Narcissist}}: He displays several characteristics associated with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, including a deeply entrenched messiah complex, a [[TautologicalTemplar highly pronounced intolerance of beliefs which diverge from his own]], and a [[TheUnfettered glaring lack of scruples in pursuit of his goals]]. As a [[SuperSoldier genetically-engineered soldier]] who has risen to become the leader of Krypton's military, he [[MasterRace views all those outside his caste as inferiors]] (with the possible exception of Jor-El) and treats them with undisguised contempt. Additionally, despite being [[AFatherToHisMen a paternal commander who genuinely cares for those under his command]], he nevertheless considers all of them secondary to [[VisionaryVillain realizing his vision of a new Krypton based on his elitist ideals]].
-->'''Zod:''' I have [[KnightTemplar a duty to my people]][[{{Beat}} ....]]and [[TheUnfettered I will not allow ANYONE to prevent me from carrying it out]]!
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: When coupled with his fanatical belief in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Darwinism Social Darwinism]], his speeches about saving [[MasterRace Krypton's race]] by rooting out "degenerate" bloodlines and exterminating "inferior" species (i.e: Earthlings) are eerily reminiscent of a certain totalitarian ideology that first gained notoriety in Europe during the the first half of the 20th century.
* NeverMyFault: Blames Krypton's Council for imprisoning him when he was the one who started a revolution and murdered Jor-El, as well as blaming Clark for his army being sent back into the Phantom Zone, conveniently forgetting that it was his attempt at genocide that forced it in the first place.
* PetTheDog: A minor example, but he doesn't fault Superman for neglecting to address him as General Zod.
--> '''Superman:''' I take it you're Zod?
--> '''Faora:''' [[InsistentTerminology General Zod]], our commander.
--> '''General Zod:''' It's alright, Faora. You can forgive Kal any lapses in decorum. He's a stranger to our ways. This should be cause for celebration, not conflict.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Or, in this case, Proud Warrior [[FantasticCasteSystem Caste]] Guy. He takes great pride in his martial ability and believes it to be the key to saving Kryptonian civilization.
** Note how it took Clark 33 years to master his powers when it only took Zod ''a day'' to gain complete control over his. Which, when you think about it, makes sense. Zod is a genetically engineered Kryptonian SuperSoldier, which means that his body can absorb and adapt to yellow sunlight more easily than Clark, who was born in Krypton's intellectual caste.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Faora's Blue. In contrast to his stoic and calculating [[TheDragon second-in-command]], Zod has an [[HotBlooded fiery]] and [[HairTriggerTemper combative personality]], as well as a brutal and aggressive fighting style.
** Also the Red to Jor-El's Blue. Whilst Jor-El attempted to reason with the Kryptonian Council about their planet's doom using a civil, calm tone of voice, Zod opts instead to [[TriggerHappy burst into their conference room guns akimbo, kill one of the leaders, take the rest away, and attempt to take control of Krypton himself.]] Also, he's quicker to [[BloodKnight resort to violence]] than Jor-El, which is somewhat evident in their fight scene as well.
* ResurrectedForAJob: Lex Luthor gets ahold of his corpse and either revives or clones him, no doubt to give him some physical protection from Superman.
* SlasherSmile: He only grins twice in the entire film, and this one is the second and most visible. It's also in response to Superman rising to fight him when [[BloodKnight Zod]] clearly wants to either crush him for foiling his plans or [[spoiler: [[SuicideByCop die in battle]].]]
* SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: He shows tell-tale signs of this given that he becomes [[DudeWheresMyRespect outraged whenever anyone disagrees with him or opposes his will in any way]]. While he patronizingly dismisses Kal-El's failure to address him as "General" as the result of the latter's unfamiliarity with Kryptonian "decorum," Zod becomes absolutely incensed when the preserved consciousness of Jor-El, a man whom [[VillainRespect he held in high esteem]], tells him that Kal is "twice the man" he [[FallenHero ONCE was]].
* TakingYouWithMe: Uses his eye lasers to try and kill all the surrounding humans when Superman restrains him.
* TragicVillain: He does horrific things he doesn't want to do, but because of his origins, he feels that his mission is his only thing in life.
* UnstoppableRage: When he and Superman throw down in their FinalBattle, he goes completely and utterly crazed with fury.
* VillainousBreakdown: Twice in the film: [[spoiler:prior to his imprisonment in the Phantom Zone and, later, during the conclusion when his plan has been ruined beyond repair]].
* VillainRespect: To Jor-El whom he [[ImpliedTrope apparently]] viewed as an intellectual equal. [[spoiler:However, any lingering affection Zod harbors for Jor-El disappears when the latter's preserved consciousness tells him he can never aspire to be the man his son is. And even then, he seems to grimace in distaste.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He experiences no joy in his actions (killing Jor-El, harvesting Kal-El's blood, annihilating humanity), but sees them as a necessary means to save his dying race and restore his homeworld. He was specifically bred to be as such... which is why he is perhaps the exemplar of Kryptonian civilization's failure.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: To Jor-El, who is revealed to be an "old friend" of Zod. Based on their dialogue in the film, it is strongly implied that Jor-El was a mentor to Zod and possibly even something of a father figure.
-->'''Zod:''' (''to Jor-El'') Haven't given up lecturing me, have you? [[spoiler:Even in death]].
* WouldHurtAChild: He tries to murder Kal-El as an infant at the beginning of the film.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Faora]]
!!''Sub-Commander Faora-Ul''
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->''"That you possess a sense of morality and we do not is your weakness. It gives us an evolutionary advantage. And if history has proven anything, it is that evolution always wins."''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/AntjeTraue
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

Zod's [[TheDragon second-in-command]], and the most dangerous warrior of his crew. She is physically brutal, and combines Kryptonian enhanced strength and speed with lethal martial arts.
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She's very dismissive towards everyone except her allies, and is an EmotionlessGirl to boot.
* BadassBoast: When Superman rescues a few soldiers from a crashing chopper.
-->'''Faora:''' [[CreepyMonotone You will not win. For every human you save, we will kill a million more]].
* TheBaroness: The "Sexpot" variety given her nature as a beautiful yet sadistic SuperSoldier fanatically loyal to Zod's cause, although her beauty/gender never otherwise come into play.
* BerserkButton: While appearing calm and reserved on the surface, she is fiercely proud of her caste and [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend fanatically devoted to its leader, General Zod]]. This is evidenced when she becomes noticeably irritated after Kal-El neglects to address Zod as "General" out of respect for his military service. Similarly, after witnessing Superman incapacitate her commander after catching him off-guard, she takes visible pleasure putting him in his place by subjecting him to a brutal beatdown while [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech derisively enumerating why he will always be inferior to their kind]].
* BridalCarry: After she's knocked unconscious during a battle, one of her subordinates cradles her like this as they carry her to safety.
* CompositeCharacter: Like most adaptational versions of Faora, she combines the comic book Faora's martial arts skills with the NumberTwo position and loyalty to Zod of Ursa from ''SupermanII''.
* ColonelBadass: Her rank of "Sub-Commander" seems to be roughly analogous to "Colonel," and she's very badass.
* CreepyMonotone: Never raises her voice, no matter the provocation.
* DarkActionGirl: Very, ''very'' dark. Most human deaths occur off-screen or are somewhat obscured by the clash and din of battle, but when Faora engages human soldiers in combat, we see and hear every brutal impact and shattering spine.
* DarkIsEvil: Wears black armor like the rest of Zod's forces.
* TheDragon: Acts as Zod's NumberTwo and primary enforcer, and is the most efficient and effective combatant among the Kryptonian invaders save for Zod himself.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. When she first meets Superman face-to-face, she gives him a very satisfied once-over from top to bottom.
* EmotionlessGirl: Despite her capacity for violence, she maintains a cool and impassive demeanor throughout. A single tear shed for her lost homeworld, and a faint haughty satisfaction at the fear she generates in her human opponents are about the extent of her emotional displays. In marked contrast to Kal-El or Zod, she never once screams or loses her composure in battle, not even at the end, when coming face-to-face with a fairly epic OhCrap moment.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Opinions vary on whether it's truly ''excessive'', but her eye make-up is smokey, dark and definitely more lavishly-applied than that of any other female in the film.
* {{Expy}}: This incarnation of Faora is closer to [[Film/SupermanII Ursa]] than the man-hating Faora from the comics. Recursive, as Ursa herself was a loose Expy of Faora.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Colonel Hardy sends all of the Kryptonians into the Phantom Zone where Faora will either slowly starve to death or live forever in a barren landscape. Somewhat karmic as she is denied the death of a warrior in the heat of battle.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: She may seem civilized upon the first meeting, but she'll kill you with a song in her heart at the first opportunity.
* FlashStep: While fighting human soldiers, she exploits this power ruthlessly, sometimes taking down several in rapid-fire succession.
* IcyBlueEyes: Made all the more striking by her dark eye-shadow.
* IceQueen: Villainous example. She is cold, silent and employs quick precision in battle.
* InASingleBound: She never quite masters {{flight}}, but makes up for it with astonishing leaps.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:Faora compliments Colonel Hardy's spirit to continue fighting her by saying "A good death is its own reward." When she fails to stop the US Military from activating Superman's spaceship that will send her and Zod's men back to the Phantom Zone, Hardy's last words are to repeat what she said to him]].
* LadyOfWar: She's icily polite to Kal-El (at least in their first meeting) and, unlike Ursa, she doesn't go out of her way to hurt or belittle Lois, either. With all the raw power that comes with being a Kryptonian, it's hard to imagine one of them managing to fight in a truly elegant or ladylike way. That said, Faora makes a credible effort, favoring precision over grandiose displays of brute power.
* LightningBruiser: She's the only Kryptonian to [[FlashStep fully exploit]] her super-speed in combat and, despite the size difference, she manages to hold her own against Kal-El thanks to her superior speed, agility and martial arts skills.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Her ultimate fate is left unresolved. She was injured by sufficiently powerful Earth weapons earlier in the film, so it's entirely possible the impact of Kal's ship and the Kryptonian vessel could have killed her, but given the nearly limitless durability of her Kryptonian body, maybe not. Either way, subsequent events make it impossible to know for certain]].
* NotSoStoic: Upon witnessing Krypton's destruction, Faora is visibly grief-stricken.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Zod's Red. In contrast to her HotBlooded and [[HairTriggerTemper combative]] superior, she possesses a cool and calculating personality and likewise employs a fighting style that favors precision over brute force.
* RetCanon: Her portrayal in this movie would be used for her comics portrayal in the ''New 52''.
* TheSocialDarwinist: Gives a speech to Superman about how only the strongest and most evolved creature wins, and that she is stronger than him because she lacks "weaknesses" such as compassion.
* SpeedBlitz: Due to FlashStep, it becomes this pretty much every time she engages in battle.
* TheStoic: She almost always remains calm and composed.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Zod, whom she firmly believes to be [[DarkMessiah her race's messiah]].
* TheUnfettered: She remains stoic and glacial even when it comes to annihilate an entire population in order to take a planet away from them.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: To her commander, General Zod. While the extent of their relationship is never made clear, she has hardly any patience for those who disrespect [[TheLeader her leader]] and targets all those who threaten him with extreme prejudice.
* YouGotSpunk:
** She's impressed with [[BadassNormal Colonel Hardy]]'s bravery when he takes out a knife to try and fight her. She even [[WorthyOpponent draws her own knife]] so as to meet him on his own terms, and delivers a pretty cool PreAsskickingOneLiner before moving in for the kill.
-->'''Faora:''' A good death is its own reward.
** Even before that, she seems pretty impressed that he stood up to her when attempting to take Lois to the ship.
-->'''Faora:''' Should I tell the General you are unwilling to comply?\\
'''Hardy:''' I don't care ''what'' you tell him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jor-El]]
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->''"That's what this symbol means. The symbol of the House of El means 'hope.'"''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/RussellCrowe
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

Krypton's greatest scientist, he warned the Council about the dangers of interfering with their planet's core--and when they did it anyway, warned them about the imminent implosion. He was ignored again, so he sent his natural-born son to Earth with the Kryptonian Codex.
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* ActionDad: Exchanges blows with Zod to defend his newborn son.
* {{Badass}}: Quite possibly the most badass character in the film. He's so badass that [[spoiler:his VirtualGhost]] is pretty awesome as well.
* BadassBeard: His beard is fairly impressive.
* BadassBoast: On behalf of his son.
-->'''Jor-El:''' (''to Zod'') My son is twice the man you were.
* BadassBookworm: He was genetically designed to be a scientist, not a fighter; despite that, he does a great job battling Zod and his forces.
* BigGood: Of ''Man of Steel''. Jor-El sent Kal-El to Earth along with the Codex so Kal could re-build Krypton's civilization with humans and Kryptonians coexisting peacefully, counterbalancing [[BigBad Zod]]'s intentions to re-build the long-dead Krypton by [[KillAllHumans wiping the humans out]].
* BlingOfWar: While Zod and his army sport PowerArmor that looks more utilitarian and intimidating, Jor-El's personal PowerArmor looks like it was created by an artisan.
* CombatPragmatist: [[ISurrenderSuckers Allows Zod's men to take him into custody, then uses a flash bang to gain the advantage on them.]] Then, while defending Kal's pod, he averts WhyDontYouJustShootHim with two of Zod's henchmen, then proceeds to repeatedly punch and [[AttackItsWeakPoint slam Zod's fresh facial gash into hard surfaces.]]
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Though his primary concern is his son's survival, he's not ignorant of the implications Kal-El's superpowers will have on Earth, so he [[spoiler:or his avatar]] tells him to live in humanity's service. Though Clark was already helping people of his own accord, but not yet as a career.
* DeathByAdaptation: While he dies during the destruction of Krypton in many adaptations, [[spoiler:he gets killed by Zod before the destruction of Krypton, leaving his wife Lara to die alone]].
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:The feeling is mutual between him and Zod. Jor-El thought that Zod wasn't as good as he was back in the day, while Zod felt betrayed for Jor-El not helping him in the rebellion.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Incredibly smart and more than able to hold his own against Zod, as seen by the beatdown he delivers to him.
* IgnoredExpert: It wouldn't be the Superman mythos without Jor-El's apocalyptic portents being curtly ignored. Every single fallacy Jor-El finds in Krypton is real. Especially the [[EarthShatteringKaboom big one]].
* PapaWolf: Jor-El, a man who was [[GattacaBabies engineered to be a scientist by Krypton's geneticists]], is the first father of a natural-born baby in eons, and he [[DareToBeBadass armors up to take on]] [[SuperSoldier General]] [[BigBad Zod]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Jor-El's holographic avatar explains to an adult Clark that both he and Lara felt responsible for Krypton's decline to accompany their son to Earth.]]
* ScienceHero: Was one of Krypton's premiere scientists.
* VirtualGhost: [[spoiler:An imprint of his consciousness is on the key he sent to Earth with his son.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lara Lor-Van]]
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-->''"Make a better world than ours, Kal."''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Ayelet Zurer
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

Kal-El's mother, and Jor-El's wife.
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She possess a calm and collected demeanor, and it shows while keeping a TranquilFury aura when she's watching Zod and co. getting sentenced.
* TheBeautifulElite: Given her ability to preside over Zod's sentencing with Krypton's ruling High Council, she and her husband clearly belonged to one of the most highly-ranked castes in her civilization, and she herself had the looks to match it.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: As Krypton exploded, she didn't panic or futilely try to seek shelter.
* HappilyMarried: To Jor-El.
* MamaBear: She does everything she can to protect her son from Zod.
* NervesOfSteel: While she occasionally sheds a tear or two, she remains almost perpetually unflappable even when staring down a ruthless, insane SuperSoldier like Zod.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:According to Jor-El, they both decided they bore too much responsibility for the crimes of Krypton's totalitarian society to escape its fate.]]
* SatelliteCharacter: To Jor-El.
* {{Science Hero}}ine: Along with her husband Jor-El. They secretly give birth to Krypton's first naturally conceived child in centuries and organize his exodus so that he can usher in a new beginning for their race in harmony with the Earthlings.
* SilkHidingSteel: She's kind and caring, but doesn't back down when threatened by Zod.
* UndyingLoyalty: To her husband Jor-El.
* WatchingTroyBurn: When Krypton begins to explode, she stands alone at her balcony and calmly but sadly watches the destruction.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:She only appears in a flashback of Krypton's destruction and is rarely spoken of afterward.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tor-An]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Richard Cetrone
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

One of Zod's officers (of unspecified rank), he is mostly seen beside Faora-Ul.
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* AllThereInTheManual: His name and backstory are only revealed in the novelization.
* BlindedByTheLight: Kelex uses an impromptu flash attack on Tor-An to give Jor-El the time to kick butt.
* {{Expy}}: He is an enormously tall and silent Kryptonian who double-teams Superman alongside Faora, so he may be styled after [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Non]].
* GeniusBruiser: Identified the signal from Kal-El's re-activation of the scout ship and deployed as a field commander on Krypton.
* MookLieutenant: Leads the three-man squad that Zod orders to arrest Jor-El.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Doesn't realize the [[BadassBookworm type of man]] Jor-El is until the older Kryptonian is punching him in the face.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nam-Ek]]
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

The gigantic and imposing behemoth of Zod's crew. Complements Faora's speed with brute strength.
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* TheBrute: A hulking behemoth who depends on his size and strength to support Faora.
* CombatPragmatist: After being punched to a train yard by Superman, Nam-Ek rejoined the fray by throwing a train at him.
* DarkIsEvil: His armor's all black.
* {{Expy}}: A huge, non-verbal bruiser distinguished by his incredible strength and loyalty to Zod? He's this film's stand-in for [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Non]].
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The most obviously modified soldier from Krypton, with rumors circulating that some kind of dinosaur blood was used to make him.
* SerkisFolk: His impossible height and physique are the result of motion capture, though we never glimpse his face that clearly.
* ShoutOut: His name is a throwback to a Kryptonian adversary from the comics.
* TheVoiceless: Never speaks a single word; he only grunts and roars.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jax-Ur]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Mackenzie Gray
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

A Kryptonian scientist on Zod's ship.
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* BaldOfEvil: Seeing as he's essentially ComicBook/LexLuthor as a Kryptonian, it's rather fitting.
* EvilGenius: A scientist who uses his knowledge of genetics to support Zod's plans.
* LooksLikeOrlok: His pale skin and bald head give off a vampire-esque vibe.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Car-Vex]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Samantha Jo
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

A minor officer under Zod's command.
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* DarkActionGirl: A more subdued example compared to Faora, but still counts. When Lois escapes from her cell in the Kryptonian spacecraft, Car-Vex attempts to use lethal force to stop her. At one point, she attempts to punch her in the head, an attack that most certainly would have killed Lois had Jor-El not warned her a few seconds before.
* DarkChick: By process of elimination, this is her role in Zod's army.
* ShoutOut: Her name is a throwback to a Phantom Zone criminal character in the comics.
* SilentAntagonist: She has no speaking lines.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kara Zor-El]]
!!''[[{{ComicBook/Supergirl}} Kara Zor-El]]''

->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel Prequel''

The pride of the House of El who departs Krypton to participate in a campaign of expansion by terraforming a foreign planet and introducing a Kryptonian population. However, in an attempt to cover up his lack of an execution, Kryptonian councilors smuggle the insane murderer Dev-Em onto her ship; he kills her crew during their cryogenic sleep and diverts the ship toward the Sol system.

Kara wakes up from cold sleep ten years after departing and ends up fighting Dev-Em. The damage sustained by the ship from the battle between the two newly-empowered Kryptonians causes it to crash somewhere in Canada, where it is buried under the ice over the course of thousands of years. And sometime during Clark's adulthood, the ship begins emitting a distress signal...
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* AllThereInTheManual: The only medium to show her so far is the prequel comic book released by Wal-Mart.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: She has a dream of flying before waking up in the Sol system.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: She was a badass before ever coming into contact with yellow sunlight, as she demonstrates during her two fights with Dev-Em.
* GoodLookingPrivates: She's quite attractive, to say the least.
* NeverFoundTheBody: While she is absent from ''Man of Steel'' itself, her fate after the crash-landing was ambiguous. Something that would support the idea that she survived in the Fortress Of Solitude is that there are several pods opened containing Kryptonian skeletons, and one that is suspiciously empty.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The murder of her lover Kell-Ur at the hands of Dev-Em seems to just serve as character building, demonstrating her strong sense of hope and her dedication to his memory.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Kara, a light-skinned Kryptonian, was romantically involved with Kell-Ur, a dark-skinned Kryptonian, prior to the latter's murder by Dev-Em.
[[/folder]]

!Humans

[[folder:Jonathan Kent]]
->''"You have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad...he's gonna change the world."''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/KevinCostner
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

Clark's adoptive father, and the one most responsible for teaching him morality.
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* ComesGreatResponsibility: Jonathan tells young Clark that he has to decide what kind of man he wants to be since, with his powers, he can change the world.
* TheCynic: Gets shades of this. He realizes how Clark can be a force for good, but tells him as a boy that TheWorldIsNotReady to receive him, so ''maybe'' it would be better for him to hide his powers until he feels the time is right. This attitude is borne out of love and [[AdultFear concern for]] Clark, but it saddles Clark with emotional baggage.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Calmly accepts that he's screwed.]]
* HeroesLoveDogs: [[spoiler:This eventually leads to his death.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Allows himself to be killed by a tornado in order to allow Clark to continue concealing his powers.]]
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: He alternates between telling Clark he has a profound destiny and that he should keep his powers secret.
* MuggleFosterParents: One half with Martha.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Only appears in flashbacks.]]
* UpbringingMakesTheHero: He and Martha raised Clark to be a good person and ultimately that's why he tries to do good in the world. But Jonathan also raises Clark to believe the world would reject him because of his powers (and the [[UngratefulBastard people of Smallville]] prove him right at least). So Clark doesn't embrace his full potential until he gets the Superman suit as an adult, though prior to that, he still saves people when the need arises.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Martha Kent]]
->''"What are you going to do when you are not saving the world?"''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Diane Lane
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

Clark's adoptive mother.
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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Tells Zod to "Go to Hell" when he threatens her.
* TheHeart: Before Clark meets Lois and becomes Superman, she's the only anchor Clark has after Jonathan's death. He's at his happiest when he's at home.
* MamaBear: Will protect her son with everything she's got.
* MuggleFosterParents: One half with Jonathan.
* WidowWoman: [[spoiler:After Jonathan's death.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Perry White]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/LaurenceFishburne
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

The pragmatic chief editor of the ''Daily Planet'', and Lois' direct superior. He initially refuses to run a story about aliens.
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%%* BadassBeard
* BenevolentBoss: When the ''Daily Planet'' is in danger, he organizes the evacuation and [[spoiler:personally tries to free Jenny from the rubble, despite the approaching superweapon. When he can't, he refuses to leave her alone]].
* DaEditor: He's in charge of the ''Daily Planet''.
* {{Expy}}: Fishburne based his Perry on ''60 Minutes'' member Ed Bradley. Both even have a pierced ear.
* LargeAndInCharge: Thanks to Laurence Fishburne's bulky figure.
* RaceLift: Perry White, who's Caucasian in the comics, is played by the African-American Creator/LaurenceFishburne.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He may be somewhat stern, but he's not unreasonable.
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[[folder:Jenny Jurwich]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Rebecca Buller
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

An intern at the ''Daily Planet''.
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* AlliterativeName: '''J'''enny '''J'''urwich
* CanonForeigner: Hasn't appeared in anything Superman-related before this film.
* {{Expy}}: She was rumored to be a [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] Jimmy Olsen, but the movie reveals her surname is "Jurwich" by the end (and high-resolution publicity shots showing her ID card will reveal this, too). Confusingly, a tie-in book ''does'' name her as "Jenny Olsen."
* TheGenericGirl: Jenny doesn't have as much characterization as her fellow co-workers. There doesn't seem to be much about her other than being a ''Daily Planet'' employee.
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[[folder:Steve Lombard]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Michael Kelly
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

A somewhat lecherous reporter at the ''Daily Planet''.
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Lois and Jenny. {{Downplayed|Trope}}, as they react to his flirtations with more amused exasperation than outright disgust.
* AdaptationalBadass: In most versions of the mythos, Lombard's a would-be SitcomArchNemesis to Clark. Here, he's a brave, if annoying, employee and friend of the staff at the ''Planet''.
* CasanovaWannabe: Hits on Lois and Jenny in quick succession with no success.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: He didn't bolt yet, but you could tell he was considering it when he exclaimed "Dammit" when Perry called for his help in extricating Jenny during the terraforming.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He may be a jerk who's always hitting on Lois and Jenny, but when it comes down it, conscience compels him to help Perry dig Jenny out of the wreckage as the terraforming wave approaches.
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[[folder:General Swanwick]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Harry Lennix
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

The American general in charge of taking custody of Kal-El, and dealing with the Kryptonians as a whole.
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* BadassBaritone: Courtesy of Harry Lennix's deep voice.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: [[spoiler:He tries to find out where Superman lives by sending out drones. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It fails]].]]
* TheBrigadier: Skeptical of Superman's intentions at first. When he realizes that he's the only chance Earth has, he trusts him.
* CanonForeigner: Doesn't exist in the comics.
* {{Expy}}: One for General Sam Lane (Lois' father), who has a prominent role in one of this film's sources, ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin''. It can be said that Swanwick is basically Sam Lane with a RaceLift, his family ties to Lois Lane removed, and being more reasonable.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's even taller than Superman.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Pretty much everything he says and does is exactly what a real military official would do when faced with a superhuman alien.
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[[folder:Carrie Farris]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Christina Wren
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

A United States Air Force officer attached to the operations of United States Northern Command and the assistant to General Swanwick.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Oh yeah. She admits she finds Superman attractive, ''in front of her own commanding officer''.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Disregards a destroyed recon drone that Superman delivered to Swanwick because she thinks Superman is kinda hot.
* MythologyGag: Her name is very similar to that of Carol Ferris, otherwise known as Star Sapphire and [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]]'s main love interest.
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[[folder:Colonel Hardy]]
!!''Colonel Nathan Hardy''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/ChristopherMeloni
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

An American colonel initially introduced overseeing the study of an anomaly in Canada.
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* AcePilot: He is first seen piloting a fighter jet.
* BadassNormal: Willing to go against [[TheDragon Faora]] with nothing more then his combat knife after he had expended of all of his ammo.
* BaldOfAwesome: It ''is'' [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Christopher Meloni]], after all.
* CanonForeigner: Has never appeared in anything ''Superman''-related before this film, but is certainly a memorable character.
* ColonelBadass: He brings the fight to the superpowered Kryptonians without fear or hesitation.
* DeadpanSnarker: He's quite snarky throughout the film.
* DefiantToTheEnd: ''Twice''. Once with a knife. [[spoiler:Gives the final "screw you" to Faora moments before his HeroicSacrifice.]]
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: This quote says it all.
-->'''Faora:''' Should I tell the General you are unwilling to comply?\\
'''Hardy:''' I don't care ''what'' you tell him.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Facing death calmly while taking TheDragon with you? HELL YEAH!]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:See DefiantToTheEnd.]]
* FireForgedFriends: He treated Superman no differently than he treated Zod and his minions, even willing to fire upon him during the three-way tussle between Supes, Faora and Nam-Ek. However after Superman saved him and his squadron's life, the following line cements what could have been a friendship [[spoiler: If not for Hardy's HeroicSacrifice.]]
--> '''Colonel Hardy:''' This man is not our enemy.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:With dropping Kal-El's ship like a daisy cutter out of the question, Hardy sets the C-17 he's in on a collision course with the Dark Zero to deliver the payload, throwing Faora's line right back at her as he does it.]]
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:"A good death is its own reward."]]
* MeaningfulName: Colonel ''Hardy''. "Hardy" is a synonym for "tough" and "resilient."
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Hardy was boned no matter what, with Faora standing right next to him with slaughter on her mind. So he nosedives the cargo plane into the mothership and gives his IronicEcho, and did what had to be done.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Of all people, to [[NighInvulnerable Faora]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: He seems to think he is the main character of a MilitaryScienceFiction story, where Superman is a DefectorFromDecadence and the Kryptonians can be defeated through humanity's military might. He is in fact in a {{Superhero}} story, where Superman is the main character and the only one who can save the day. He snaps out of it when he acknowledges Superman as an ally.
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[[folder:Dr. Emil Hamilton]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Richard Schiff
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

A scientist studying the anomaly buried deep in the Canadian ice.
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* BadassBookworm: Even though he's a NonActionGuy, Hamilton doesn't back down from helping Superman and the army against the attacking Kyptonians. [[spoiler:Nor does he back down from [[HeroicSacrifice dying for the cause]] if it comes to it.]]
* BadassBeard: While he doesn't do anything particularly badass, he gets points for sheer brains.
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Helps activate Kal-El's ship and stays on Colonel Hardy's plane with it as it crashes into the Kryptonian mothership.]]
* NonActionGuy: Doesn't display any physical abilities, helping solely with his knowledge.
* TheSmartGuy: Why else would a scientist be with a bunch of army commandos to study a humanoid alien life-form?
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This page lists the ''Superman'' characters of the Film/DCExtendedUniverse who debuted in ''[[Film/ManOfSteel Man of Steel]]''.

!Protagonists

[[folder: Superman]]
!!''Franchise/{{Superman}} / Clark Kent / Kal-El''
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->''"You're scared because you can't control me. You don't, and you never will. But that doesn't mean I'm your enemy."''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/HenryCavill, Cooper Timberline (age 8), Dylan Sprayberry (age 13)
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' | ''[[Film/{{Justice League|2017}} Justice League, Part 1]]''

A child of Krypton sent to Earth as a baby to escape the destruction of his homeworld. He is the son of Jor-El and Lara, and the first naturally-born Kryptonian in centuries.
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* ActionHero: There is a reason why he has the best fight scenes in the movie.
* {{Adorkable}}: He has his moments, such as after his kiss with Lois.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: He was bullied a lot while growing up because his SuperSenses tended to leave him freaking out and made him the "weird kid."
* {{Badass}}: He's Superman, after all.
* BadassArmfold: He calmly folds his arms while telling General Swanwick that he will not allow the military to learn his {{secret identity}}.
* BadassBaritone: As Superman, he can make his voice incredibly deep.
* BadassBeard: Sports one during the first quarter of the movie, when he saves an entire crew from a burning oil rig.
* BadassCape: So badass that, like the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' version, the cape seems to be even ''more'' resistant than Superman himself. While he gets bruised and wounded during the battles against Zod's army, the cape is unscathed.
* BadassInDistress: After entering Zod's ship, he gets weakened by the ship's atmosphere and taken prisoner. He escapes with the help of Lois and Jor-El, and then saves Lois from crashing on Earth in a failing escape pod.
* BeardOfSorrow: The usually clean-shaven Clark grows a beard during his years WalkingTheEarth seeking his purpose in life, before becoming Superman. Arguably, [[BadassBeard he looks better with it]].
* BeneathTheMask: As Superman, he seems to really take to playing the aloof-but-benevolent alien diplomat, being very confident and flawlessly composed. Beneath it, as we've seen, he's wracked with indecision and can come off as awkward from restraining himself so much.
* BerserkButton: Threatening his human mom. Zod gets speared through two silos and sent flying through a gas station while receiving a PunctuatedPounding that damages his armor.
-->'''Clark:''' YOU THINK...''[PUNCH!]''...YOU CAN THREATEN...''[PUNCH]''....[[RelativeButton MY MOTHER!?!]]..''[PUNCH!]''
** {{Justified|Trope}} given that Zod had previously admitted to murdering his Kryptonian father. Upon subsequently witnessing him attack his mother, it naturally follows that he felt [[HeroicResolve all the more resolved to insure that Zod didn't take away any more people close to him]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's an extremely nice guy, but pissing him off isn't a good idea, as seen by the bullying trucker and [[RelativeButton Zod threatening his mother]].
* BigDamnHeroes: As is the norm, Superman gets several moments.
%%* BigGood
* BlessedWithSuck: Growing up in an alien environment, he underwent a painful adaptation process that involved spending years being unable to control the stimuli his senses were exposed to. He could see every layer of everything at all times and he could hear everything all together to the point of having a flip-out and running away from class to hide in a closet. It was paralleled with sensory over-stimulation and reactions of children with autism. Martha eventually coached him in tuning out the excess.
* CarpetOfVirility: Seen during his WalkingTheEarth time.
* ChestInsignia: A big red "S," which is the crest of his Kryptonian family and a symbol representing hope on Krypton.
* ChickMagnet: Thanks to his SamaritanSyndrome, women tend to see Clark as more of a "guardian angel" than a threat. His handsome features are definitely a plus, as well.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Clark can never leave well enough alone, even though it goes against his adoptive father's wishes for prudence. The only time he doesn't jump in is when [[spoiler:a tornado engulfs Jonathan]], and even then it was only because Jonathan insisted he stand down, despite the consequences for both of them.
* CivvieSpandex: His suit seems to be some sort of Kryptonian formal wear, either a scout uniform or, considering the ceremonial cape, some kind of diplomatic dress. The "S" symbol is the House of El crest standing for "hope." He wears it unaltered throughout the film.
* ClarkKenting: Par for the course in the Superman mythos, being the TropeNamer. Clark is shown disguising himself with nothing but a pair of glasses, as he joins the crew at the ''Daily Planet'' in the conclusion to ''Man Of Steel''. ''Dawn Of Justice'' [[JustifiedTrope makes this more convincing]] by showing Clark with a different posture and demeanor, and having him wearing loose-fitting clothing to hide his HeroicBuild.
* ClassicalAntiHero: Probably the fundamental difference between ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and previous ones starring the character is that Superman isn't an IdealHero yet, being more of this instead. From a young age, Clark has to deal with insecurity about being accepted by the world in spite of his powers. Despite this, he has a [[SamaritanSyndrome sense of duty]] to [[ComesGreatResponsibility use his powers for good]], so as an adult, he's unable to settle down in a civilian job for long, since he skips town whenever his cover is blown. This ends when he becomes Superman and finally gets a job at the ''Daily Planet''.
** Earlier, this leads Clark into an "[[Franchise/SpiderMan Uncle Ben]]" situation. [[spoiler:Pa Kent dies to protect his secret and [[MyGreatestFailure he blames himself for not saving him]]]].
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', he is only called "Superman" by a few soldiers. By the time of ''Dawn of Justice'', it appears that more people have taken to referring to him by name.
* DeadpanSnarker: He is nothing if not a pleasant man, but his very straightforward and rather blunt approach to things give him an edge in this.
-->'''Professor Hamilton''': Hello sir, my name is--
-->'''Superman''': Dr. Emil Hamilton. I know. [[XRayVision I can see your ID tag in your breast pocket]]. Along with a half-eaten role of [[ProductPlacement wintergreen Life Savers]].
** He also has a refined wit, such as when he interacts with [[HotScoop Lois Lane]].
--->'''Lois''': [[SuperStrength You]] let them handcuff you?
--->'''Superman''': Wouldn't be much of a surrender if I resisted.
* DestructiveSavior: Though he's fighting to protect humanity, his battles with Zod's soldiers and later Zod himself cause ''lots'' of damage to nearby buildings.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Saving the crew of a burning oil rig.
* ExtremityExtremist: Whenever he fights, Superman almost exclusively uses his fists.
* FakeAmerican: InUniverse, being an alien and all. He even invoked this at the end, stating that "I'm about as American as it can get."
* FarmBoy: Raised on a farm in Kansas.
* FishOutOfWater: The main conflict of the film, as Clark's abilities alienate him from society.
* FlyingBrick: It's friggin' Superman.
* {{Foil}}: To Zod, another surviving member of Krypton with designs on being the messiah of their lost civilization. However, whereas Zod is a ruthless elitist, Kal-El is compassionate and altruistic. In this manner, Kal embodies all the hopes and aspirations of Krypton's people for a better future while Zod personifies the authoritarianism and Social Darwinism that drove Krypton to ruin in the first place.
* ForcedToWatch: During a tornado, Jonathan refused help from Clark in order for his adopted son to hide his abilities from the people there. Cue ManlyTears.
* GeniusBruiser: Closer to his comics counterpart, this Clark is established as being quite intelligent, knowing how to treat wounds, maintaining a high degree of control over his powers, being a pretty good tactician, and being knowledgeable about science and a fan of the classical greek philosophers. He may have been the first "genetic roll of the dice" in Kryptonian civilization in centuries, but those "dice" (Jor-El and Lara Lor-van) were loaded towards intellectualism to begin with. Also, like in the comics he eventually chooses a civilian career where his powers give him no special advantage over anyone else (well, typing at super-speed ''does'' help with the deadlines).
* GenreSavvy: He correctly anticipates that Zod has no intention of keeping his promise to spare the human race if Clark surrenders and warns the military officials accordingly.
* GoodIsNotSoft: He levels devastating blows on villains (who are a match for him, so it's give-and-take). As Superman, he does not visibly hold back at any point, which is usually a major facet in his combat ability.
* HappilyAdopted: As usual. Clark may be an alien, but he and his adopted parents are closer than blood. Flashbacks make the relationship more nuanced; he went through a phase of rejecting Martha and Jonathan as just the people who found him. Though he seems to have gotten over it for the most part, he does refer to Jor-El as his father pretty consistently, which hits Martha pretty hard.
* HeroesLoveDogs: He shares many affectionate moments with his dog.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Because Lois is [[AdaptationDyeJob a redhead in this adaptation]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: A number of anti-Superman protesters exist two years after the Battle of Metropolis.
* HeroicBuild: {{Justified|Trope}}. Spending years and years WalkingTheEarth and working in all kinds of jobs that require great physical effort tend to do that to you. Plus, having a body that "drinks the sun" helps.
* HeroicBystander: What Clark was before he discovered his heritage: His ChronicHeroSyndrome was clashing with his earth-father John Kent's admonismhents that the world was not ready yet for someone like him.
* HiddenDepths: He displays some medical and scientific knowledge throughout the film, which is unexpected for someone we've mostly seen as a vagabond. He's also seen reading philosophy texts as a kid.
* HopeBringer: He tells Lois that the "S" on his chest is the Kryptonian symbol for "hope." Thus, Kryptonians would see someone with this crest flying towards them as "hope is coming."
* HowDoIShotWeb: He took years honing his natural gifts (with a lot of help from his foster parents) and even destroyed a mountain on his first attempt at flight.
* {{Hunk}}: Handsome, check. Manly, check. Jawline, check. Big arms, check. Large torso, check. Pronounced muscles, check. Body hair, check. There's no doubt that this version of Superman is a ''perfect'' example of Hunk.
* HurtingHero: While Superman has oftentimes been shown lifting a globe (the ''Daily Planet'''s), this is one version that shows how much just ''feeling'' one has to [[SamaritanSyndrome bear the weight of the world on one's shoulders]] [[IronWoobie can do to a guy with Superman's powers]]. Even before he finds the suit, just because he's a good person at heart.
* IdealHero: He spends the entirety of ''Man of Steel'' striving to become this, and by the time of ''Dawn of Justice'', he apparently fits the mold considerably better.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Almost completely paraphrased in his second confrontation with Batman. Superman's goal in the battle is simply to get Batman to stop fighting, and he has no interest in seeing him die (likely because of ThouShallNotKill principles).
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Clark's reaction after finding out he's a super-powered alien. As an adult, [[WalkingTheEarth he moves from place to place]] trying to live a quiet life. But both as a child and an adult, [[SamaritanSyndrome he's compelled to be]] a HeroicBystander until he finally becomes Superman.
* IllBoy: Martha mentions that it was hard for him to breathe as a child. Explained to be because Krypton's atmosphere is near, but not quite, Earth composition, and he needed to adjust. It also supports the KryptoniteFactor.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Of the heroic and idealistic variety.
%%* IntrepidReporter
* LastOfHisKind: The only survivor of Krypton [[spoiler:until the reveal that Zod and his minions survived. And then they all die or get banished again]].
* LightningBruiser: He's not as brutally fast as Faora, but holds his own quite well against her and Nam-Ek since he has the advantage of flight. And in the climactic battle with Zod, he flies fast and hits ''hard''.
* LivingMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Prior to launching Kal-El to Earth, Jor-El imbued his cells with the Codex, which holds the genetic potential of the entire Kryptonian species]].
* ManlyTears: Twice. First with the death of his adopted father, then [[spoiler:his TearsOfRemorse for killing Zod]].
* MommasBoy: He cares very much about his mother, and attacking her when he's around probably won't end well for you.
* MrFanservice: A certified {{Hunk}} with at least one ShirtlessScene to show it off. {{Lampshade}}d when Captain Carrie Farris of the Air Force is completely DistractedByTheSexy when near him (and ''admits'' it to her commanding officer, General Swanwick).
* MyGreatestFailure: He feels guilty to some degree for the destruction that occurred in Metropolis, [[ReconstructedTrope but he is also keeping said guilt in mind as a way to make sure that nothing so drastic ever occurs again on his watch]].
* NiceGuy: Despite being met with hostility from all sides, he's [[BewareTheNiceOnes almost]] never less than courteous and helpful. At one point, he saves one of the soldiers that had been firing on him as well as on Zod's troops, and as he puts him down, he asks him sincerely and without any rancor if he's alright; this seems to dumbfound the soldier.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: After saving his fellow students from a bus accident, most of them, as well as their parents, acted like {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s and essentially labeled him a "freak."
* OneManArmy: {{Downplayed|Trope}}; though individually, he ''is'' much more effective against Zod's army than the human Armed Forces, he wouldn't stand any chance of stopping it by himself, without their involvement.
* TheParagon: Surprisingly, not quite. He has more than potential for it in him, that much is for sure, and both of his fathers understood this. However, throughout the film, he's mostly trying to discover what direction to take his powers in, settling on being the alien mediator and representative. So while Jor-El tells him to be "an ideal to strive towards," he is not his usual IdealHero self yet. (He also doesn't have the benefit of [[ExpositionBeam 12 years' training through]] NeuralImplanting that Jor-El's avatar subjected him to in ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. In this movie, he spends the corresponding amount of time doing odd jobs.)
* PatrioticFervor: "I grew up in Kansas, General. I'm about as American as it ''gets''."
* PowerFloats: A very rare example of floating ''horizontally'' rather than vertically in the final battle against Zod.
* PrimaryColorChampion: [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack A darker example]], but still counts.
** In ''Dawn of Justice'', the colors on his costume are brighter.
* SamaritanSyndrome: As a boy, he saves his classmates from drowning. As an adult WalkingTheEarth, this is what enables Lois to track him down. Lois's obsession even stems from Clark using his powers to save her when she was investigating an alien crash site.
* ScreamingWarrior: Whenever Superman is in a fight, especially after said opponent, be it man or machine, threatens his planet, he seems to scream a lot. Such as when he drags Zod through downtown Smallville for threatening his mother and when [[spoiler:he destroys part of the World Engine]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: Invoked by Zod [[spoiler:when they're the only two living Kryptonians left after the rest got sent back to the Phantom Zone, as Superman destroys the last working ship (his, actually) that could have been used to breed new Kryptonians. Its Genesis Chamber is empty, though, as it needs Superman's DNA to work]]. Of course, Superman himself makes it perfectly clear that [[spoiler:his people went down their self-destructive path of their own free will]], and he doesn't want a repeat of that.
-->'''Superman''': [[spoiler:'''''KRYPTON HAD ITS CHANCE!''''']]
** Also [[spoiler:Zod himself is killed by Superman shortly after]].
* ShirtlessScene: He's had a few to show off Cavill's impressive physique. [[CarpetOfVirility And hairy chest]].
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:Killing Zod to save an innocent family.]] He's visibly upset that it had to come to that. So much, even, that [[spoiler:it may have caused him to adopt his familiar ThouShaltNotKill code]].
* TheStoic: Superman takes pains to control his emotions, mindful of accidentally killing people and/or exposing his powers.
** NotSoStoic: And it all goes out of the window when lives are in danger. He spent an entire lifetime holding his anger in, and then Zod threatened his mom...
* {{Superhero}}: TropeCodifier, TropeNamer and the [[Pantheon/{{Heroes}} God of Superheroes]].
* SuperheroesWearCapes: TropeCodifier.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: As with all depictions of Superman (Cavill is 6'1").
* ThouShaltNotKill: [[spoiler:Though he always avoided killing at all costs, it's finding no other way to save a family but killing Zod that pushes Superman ''firmly'' into this rule. He ''knows'' what it feels like to take a life, all that comes with it, and that is what makes him decide, once and for all, not to do it.]]
* TookALevelInIdealism: Being obliged by circumstances to kill the last of his Kryptonian brethren only results in him adopting a ThouShaltNotKill code and becoming more idealistic and [[TheFettered fettered]].
* TranquilFury: In ''Dawn Of Justice'', he keeps his composure while being thoroughly pissed at Batman. At the worst of times, he comes across like a stern parent scolding a child.
* UnskilledButStrong: Played with. He's only unskilled in that he isn't a trained warrior compared to the ''very well-trained'' elite Kryptonian soldiers he has to face off with for his ''first'' real outing. Note, for the brief time they were on Earth, Zod manages to overcome his PowerIncontinence and need for a breather apparatus, and Faora manages to outright ''master'' SuperSpeed on second contact. All of which took Clark much longer to hone, and even then, he's never had a chance to test himself to the limits. However, since he has been exposed to the yellow sun for 33 years, he was able to match them on raw power, but it became a problem when Zod caught up. It's also shown in the fight scenes that his style of hand-to-hand combat, while understandably not on par with the soldiers, is still more advanced than other onscreen portrayals of the character, where he often relies solely on his devastating power rather than technique.
* WhenHeSmiles: Given all the trauma he goes through, it's nice to see him when he's happy. Hell, just watch him when he achieves flight for the first time. He's like a kid in a candy store.
* WouldHitAGirl: Only because he is forced to defend his adopted homeworld against a fanatical band of Kryptonian [[SuperSoldiers super-soldiers]] whose ranks happen to include women that are just as skilled and deadly as their male counterparts.
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[[folder:Lois Lane]]
!!''ComicBook/LoisLane''
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->''"Welcome to the ''Planet''."''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/AmyAdams
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' | ''[[Film/{{Justice League|2017}} Justice League, Part 1]]''

A reporter who tries to investigate an anomaly in Canada (and the ''American'' military outpost studying it), who is nearly killed by a Kryptonian security system and is saved by Clark.
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* ActionSurvivor: Lois visibly has trouble wielding a Kryptonian handgun and only escapes the Kryptonian warship with the help of Jor-El's VirtualGhost.
* AdaptationalBadass: [[spoiler:Unlike other versions of this supposed hard-nosed IntrepidReporter, this version is never fooled by Clark; she's in on his secrets from the beginning, considering she tracked him down right to his adoptive family's farm in Smallville and interviewed his mother]]. [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in regards to her combat ability. Whereas Post-Crisis versions have a degree of military training, this one doesn't seem to; as noted above, she's really only effective in escaping the Kryptonian warship due to Jor-El's VirtualGhost's assistance, though she does seem to be pretty handy with the Kryptonian sidearm she gets her hands on.
* AdaptationDyeJob: The usually black-haired Lois retains her actress Creator/AmyAdams' reddish locks. Though it bears mentioning that Lois was a redhead for the entirety of the 1990s, the same era that made her a MilitaryBrat and had her learn Superman's identity and marry him.
* DamselOutOfDistress: She ''is'' ComicBook/LoisLane, after all; kicking ass while in trouble is what she does for a living.
* DeadpanSnarker: She's always got a good quip or two up her sleeve.
* GuileHero: Lois doesn't shy away from doing what she thinks is right, even if that means using some underhanded methods. This is clearly shown, for instance, when she "leaks" her "Superhuman WalkingTheEarth" story that had been vetoed by Perry due to its possible controversy, because she really does think people deserve to and should know.
* TheHeart: She helps motivate Clark to graduate from HeroicBystander to SuperHero.
* HotScoop: Par for the course for Lois.
* IntrepidReporter: Climbs around an ice shelf to follow a mysterious man into an alien spaceship, tries to photograph the small flying robot she runs into, and later travels across America chasing local legends to track down the HumanAlien who saved her. But while she leaks her Antarctica story to a tabloid when her editor won't run it, she drops the story after [[spoiler:actually finding Clark]] because telling anyone would put him in danger.
* ManipulativeBitch: Played with when Lois starts out. When we first see her, she has forced her way onto a classified base, has the military helping her in with her bags, calls out the commander on the fact that he doesn't want her there and literally asks him to put his ruler (you know what ruler) away (some would say for no reason, but he did subtly start it by refusing to even shake her hand), and then she subverts their attempts to keep her safe in order to satisfy her curiosity (she ignores all safety precautions in order to sneak around an unstable glacier shelf [[TooDumbToLive at night]] and nearly gets herself killed following Clark with no equipment, no back-up and telling no one where she's gone). After we see more of her character, it turns out that although she ''is'' quite adept at manipulating people when necessary in her line of work, she doesn't do it maliciously, just out of pure curiosity and her need to know and spread the truth, and becomes more a GuileHero than anything else. When she realizes something will do more damage that good, she takes herself out of the equation and [[spoiler:refuses to out Clark as Kal-El in the press or to the military]].
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:She went so far as to seek out Martha Kent and instantly recognized Clark with his glasses on]].
[[/folder]]

!Kryptonians

[[folder:General Zod]]
!!''General Dru-Zod''
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->''"[[TotalitarianUtilitarian Every action I take, no matter how violent or cruel, is for the greater good of my people.]]"''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/MichaelShannon
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

TheLeader of Krypton's military and a [[EvilFormerFriend former longtime friend]] of Jor-El. Zod believes Jor-El's warnings about the state of Krypton and launches a coup after concluding that the Council is incapable of saving their race. When the coup fails, the Council has him and his followers imprisoned in the PhantomZone, a decision which ironically spares them the fate of their home planet. After arriving on Earth in search of Kal-El, he initiates a war of annihilation against its population for the sake of building a new Krypton.
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* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type III]]. Unlike prior depictions of the character, this version of Zod is genuinely dedicated to acting in his people's best interest (albeit from his own [[{{Narcissist}} narcissistic]] point of view). He is also a rather [[TragicVillain tragic figure]] given that his [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy savage and ruthless personality]] is largely a byproduct of being [[SuperBreedingProgram bred]] and [[TheSpartanWay indoctrinated]] by Krypton's totalitarian system to be the [[SuperSoldier perfect killing machine]]. He also doesn't have any joy killing humans.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Of the surviving members of Krypton's military caste, Zod is the only one revealed to have [[InstantExpert mastered over the course of barely a day ALL the powers that took Superman years to fully control]].
-->'''Zod:''' I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train?! '''ON A FARM??!!'''
* AxCrazy: Despite possessing noble intentions, it is clear that he has a ''highly'' [[HairTriggerTemper confrontational]] and [[BloodKnight violent]] disposition which is only exacerbated by his [[TheSocialDarwinist fanatical elitism]].
* BadassBoast: After Kal-El's mother Lara confidently tells Zod that her son has escaped to a place far beyond his reach, he later menacingly promises her that he will dedicate his entire existence to tracking down Kal to the ends of the universe.
-->'''Zod''': You believe your son is safe? I will find him! I '''will''' reclaim what you have taken from us!! ... I will find him, Lara. [[{{Beat}} ...]] '''I WILL FIND HIM'''!!!!
* BadassGrandpa: Considering that he rose through the ranks of the military long enough to become Krypton's commander-in-chief and is portrayed by an actor in his 30s at the time of his home planet's destruction, Zod would be at least 60 years old at the time of the film's present. Nevertheless, despite the passage of 30 years since his banishment to the PhantomZone, [[OlderThanTheyLook he exhibits hardly any signs of physically aging]] (most likely due to the [[DesignerBabies advances of Kryptonian genetic engineering]]).
* BeardOfEvil: The evil Zod has grown a beard, like in ''Film/SupermanII'', by the time Clark is an adult.
* BeardOfSorrow: Implied to be this, as he's an AntiVillain who genuinely cares about Krypton, and we only see him with the beard after Krypton is destroyed.
* BigBad: Of ''Man of Steel''. He poses the greatest threat to Jor-El's vision of peacefully carrying on their civilization's legacy on Earth by first attempting to murder Kal-El as an infant on Krypton and later targeting Earth's entire population for extermination.
* CameBackWrong: Michael Shannon will reprise his role in ''Film/BatmanvSupermanDawnofJustice'', but with some physical deformities.
* ChestInsignia: Wears the crest of the House of Zod on the chest of his armor and the uniform under it.
* CripplingOverspecialization: [[DesignerBabies Bred]] and trained specifically to be a soldier, to be the extreme solution; that's all he knows. As such, it makes him the most tragically prominent example of the failure of the predetermination paradigm of Krypton's population control, and an apocalyptic threat to Earth.
* DarkIsEvil: He and his followers wear black bodysuits and armor.
* DarkMessiah: To the surviving members of Krypton's warrior caste.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:After Kal-El destroys all hope of restoring Krypton and its people, he fights Kal-El to the death, no longer caring whether he lives or dies, because he knows that, without a people to protect and serve, he no longer has a purpose]].
* {{Determinator}}: Upon deciding on a course of action, he single-mindedly dedicates his entire being towards fulfilling it regardless of the consequences. Exemplified in [[spoiler:his FamousLastWords]]:
-->'''Superman:''' Stop!\\
'''Zod:''' ''Never''.
* EvilCounterpart: To Jor-El. He and Jor-El shared a goal, but not the methods required to achieve it.
* EvilFormerFriend: Shares a respect with Jor-El, and even asks him to not fight him once he tries to take over Krypton. [[spoiler:Even when he kills Jor-El, he looks regretful for what he had done. When he admits to killing him to a captured Kal-El, he confesses that the deed still haunts him]].
* {{Expy}}: He's essentially [[Literature/BraveNewWorld Mustapha Mond]] taken to a LogicalExtreme.
* FallenHero: Jor-El's words to him that he will "honor the man he once was" suggests that he was once a noble Kryptonian until his [[{{Pride}} pride]] and [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]] drove him to villainy.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Upon arriving on Earth, Zod seems to have changed greatly from the zealous megalomaniac he once was as he warmly greets Kal-El in a dignified, fatherly manner. However, it doesn't take long for him to reveal that time has done nothing to diminish his brutality as he attacks Kal's adopted mother and moves to annihilate Earth's entire population.
* FlyingBrick: Like Superman, he ultimately harnesses SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, SuperSenses, EyeBeams, NighInvulnerability and, finally, {{Flight}}.
* ForTheGreaterGood: His excuse for every atrocity he commits.
* FourStarBadass: Well, he is a General, after all.
* FriendlyEnemy: To Jor-El, at first.
* FreudianExcuse: His personality stems from being bred by Krypton's totalitarian system to be single-mindedly obsessed with protecting Krypton at any cost.
* GeniusBruiser: In addition to being an outstanding [[SuperSoldier military tactician and combatant]], he is also revealed to be a gifted engineer as seen in flashbacks when he uses the Phantom Projector that originally imprisoned him and his followers to power up their ship's hyperdrive and escape the ruins of their homeworld.
* GeneralRipper: He blames all of Krypton's problems on its ruling body and starts a violent civil war in order to take the power away from said ruling body, whom he accuses of making their race "weak" and allowing the planet to come to the verge of destruction.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Sports a big one on the left side of his face, which he got from a tussle with Jor-El.
* HairTriggerTemper: Whenever his plans are frustrated or his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_rage_and_narcissistic_injury ego feels slighted in any way]], Zod immediately goes from being a dignified (albeit grim) authority figure to a raging brute (much unlike his [[IceQueen icily calm]] Sub-Commander, Faora).
* HotBlooded: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWNkUff2HSw "I will find him"]]''.
* HowDoIShotWeb: After first experiencing the sensory enhancement (read: [[VillainousBSOD complete overload]]) a Kryptonian gains on Earth, and seeing Kal-El flying and using heat vision, Zod does some quick training to learn how to use his full potential that gets unleashed in the final fight with Kal-El.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When Clark tells him YouKilledMyFather, Zod makes it clear that he regretted it, but that he would do it again if he had to. Plus, he knows that his attempted genocide on humans is wrong, he still maintains that it is for his people's good.
* InstantExpert: Justified, since he and his comrades in the Kryptonian military were [[DesignerBabies genetically engineered]] to be [[SuperSoldier perfect warriors]] and subsequently underwent [[TheSpartanWay rigorous training]] to master their senses.
* KillAllHumans: Zod's plan to create a new Krypton involves this, [[AntiVillain though it's not something he wants to do]].
* KneelBeforeZod: Surprisingly averted. At no point in the movie does Zod command anyone (not even Kal-El) to kneel before him. Funnily enough, Superman indeed involuntarily falls to his knees when brought before Zod on the Black Zero ship (but only due to its unfamiliar atmosphere).
* KnightTemplar: His goal is to protect Krypton and its people, no matter the cost.
* KubrickStare: It ''is'' Creator/MichaelShannon.
* LargeHam: Crosses into this with his line "I WILL FIND HIM!" reminiscent of {{Sting}} in ''Film/{{Dune}}''.
* LaserGuidedKarma: After threatening both Lara and Martha, Zod gets pummeled by their son. The former of which he had no knowledge about.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Zod's theme is a menacing composition consisting of rapidly ascending and descending strings, menacing war drums, and roaring trumpets that simultaneously evoke [[TheBerserker battle-fueled rage]] and [[{{Determinator}} fanatical determination]]. In this manner, his theme reflects not only his [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy savagery]] and [[{{Pride}} megalomania]], but his [[KnightTemplar single-minded obsession with becoming Krypton's savior]] as well. See the following tracks of the ''Man of Steel'' score: "I Will Find Him," "Arcade," and (naturally) "General Zod."
* {{Narcissist}}: He displays several characteristics associated with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, including a deeply entrenched messiah complex, a [[TautologicalTemplar highly pronounced intolerance of beliefs which diverge from his own]], and a [[TheUnfettered glaring lack of scruples in pursuit of his goals]]. As a [[SuperSoldier genetically-engineered soldier]] who has risen to become the leader of Krypton's military, he [[MasterRace views all those outside his caste as inferiors]] (with the possible exception of Jor-El) and treats them with undisguised contempt. Additionally, despite being [[AFatherToHisMen a paternal commander who genuinely cares for those under his command]], he nevertheless considers all of them secondary to [[VisionaryVillain realizing his vision of a new Krypton based on his elitist ideals]].
-->'''Zod:''' I have [[KnightTemplar a duty to my people]][[{{Beat}} ....]]and [[TheUnfettered I will not allow ANYONE to prevent me from carrying it out]]!
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: When coupled with his fanatical belief in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Darwinism Social Darwinism]], his speeches about saving [[MasterRace Krypton's race]] by rooting out "degenerate" bloodlines and exterminating "inferior" species (i.e: Earthlings) are eerily reminiscent of a certain totalitarian ideology that first gained notoriety in Europe during the the first half of the 20th century.
* NeverMyFault: Blames Krypton's Council for imprisoning him when he was the one who started a revolution and murdered Jor-El, as well as blaming Clark for his army being sent back into the Phantom Zone, conveniently forgetting that it was his attempt at genocide that forced it in the first place.
* PetTheDog: A minor example, but he doesn't fault Superman for neglecting to address him as General Zod.
--> '''Superman:''' I take it you're Zod?
--> '''Faora:''' [[InsistentTerminology General Zod]], our commander.
--> '''General Zod:''' It's alright, Faora. You can forgive Kal any lapses in decorum. He's a stranger to our ways. This should be cause for celebration, not conflict.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Or, in this case, Proud Warrior [[FantasticCasteSystem Caste]] Guy. He takes great pride in his martial ability and believes it to be the key to saving Kryptonian civilization.
** Note how it took Clark 33 years to master his powers when it only took Zod ''a day'' to gain complete control over his. Which, when you think about it, makes sense. Zod is a genetically engineered Kryptonian SuperSoldier, which means that his body can absorb and adapt to yellow sunlight more easily than Clark, who was born in Krypton's intellectual caste.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Faora's Blue. In contrast to his stoic and calculating [[TheDragon second-in-command]], Zod has an [[HotBlooded fiery]] and [[HairTriggerTemper combative personality]], as well as a brutal and aggressive fighting style.
** Also the Red to Jor-El's Blue. Whilst Jor-El attempted to reason with the Kryptonian Council about their planet's doom using a civil, calm tone of voice, Zod opts instead to [[TriggerHappy burst into their conference room guns akimbo, kill one of the leaders, take the rest away, and attempt to take control of Krypton himself.]] Also, he's quicker to [[BloodKnight resort to violence]] than Jor-El, which is somewhat evident in their fight scene as well.
* ResurrectedForAJob: Lex Luthor gets ahold of his corpse and either revives or clones him, no doubt to give him some physical protection from Superman.
* SlasherSmile: He only grins twice in the entire film, and this one is the second and most visible. It's also in response to Superman rising to fight him when [[BloodKnight Zod]] clearly wants to either crush him for foiling his plans or [[spoiler: [[SuicideByCop die in battle]].]]
* SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: He shows tell-tale signs of this given that he becomes [[DudeWheresMyRespect outraged whenever anyone disagrees with him or opposes his will in any way]]. While he patronizingly dismisses Kal-El's failure to address him as "General" as the result of the latter's unfamiliarity with Kryptonian "decorum," Zod becomes absolutely incensed when the preserved consciousness of Jor-El, a man whom [[VillainRespect he held in high esteem]], tells him that Kal is "twice the man" he [[FallenHero ONCE was]].
* TakingYouWithMe: Uses his eye lasers to try and kill all the surrounding humans when Superman restrains him.
* TragicVillain: He does horrific things he doesn't want to do, but because of his origins, he feels that his mission is his only thing in life.
* UnstoppableRage: When he and Superman throw down in their FinalBattle, he goes completely and utterly crazed with fury.
* VillainousBreakdown: Twice in the film: [[spoiler:prior to his imprisonment in the Phantom Zone and, later, during the conclusion when his plan has been ruined beyond repair]].
* VillainRespect: To Jor-El whom he [[ImpliedTrope apparently]] viewed as an intellectual equal. [[spoiler:However, any lingering affection Zod harbors for Jor-El disappears when the latter's preserved consciousness tells him he can never aspire to be the man his son is. And even then, he seems to grimace in distaste.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He experiences no joy in his actions (killing Jor-El, harvesting Kal-El's blood, annihilating humanity), but sees them as a necessary means to save his dying race and restore his homeworld. He was specifically bred to be as such... which is why he is perhaps the exemplar of Kryptonian civilization's failure.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: To Jor-El, who is revealed to be an "old friend" of Zod. Based on their dialogue in the film, it is strongly implied that Jor-El was a mentor to Zod and possibly even something of a father figure.
-->'''Zod:''' (''to Jor-El'') Haven't given up lecturing me, have you? [[spoiler:Even in death]].
* WouldHurtAChild: He tries to murder Kal-El as an infant at the beginning of the film.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Faora]]
!!''Sub-Commander Faora-Ul''
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->''"That you possess a sense of morality and we do not is your weakness. It gives us an evolutionary advantage. And if history has proven anything, it is that evolution always wins."''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/AntjeTraue
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

Zod's [[TheDragon second-in-command]], and the most dangerous warrior of his crew. She is physically brutal, and combines Kryptonian enhanced strength and speed with lethal martial arts.
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She's very dismissive towards everyone except her allies, and is an EmotionlessGirl to boot.
* BadassBoast: When Superman rescues a few soldiers from a crashing chopper.
-->'''Faora:''' [[CreepyMonotone You will not win. For every human you save, we will kill a million more]].
* TheBaroness: The "Sexpot" variety given her nature as a beautiful yet sadistic SuperSoldier fanatically loyal to Zod's cause, although her beauty/gender never otherwise come into play.
* BerserkButton: While appearing calm and reserved on the surface, she is fiercely proud of her caste and [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend fanatically devoted to its leader, General Zod]]. This is evidenced when she becomes noticeably irritated after Kal-El neglects to address Zod as "General" out of respect for his military service. Similarly, after witnessing Superman incapacitate her commander after catching him off-guard, she takes visible pleasure putting him in his place by subjecting him to a brutal beatdown while [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech derisively enumerating why he will always be inferior to their kind]].
* BridalCarry: After she's knocked unconscious during a battle, one of her subordinates cradles her like this as they carry her to safety.
* CompositeCharacter: Like most adaptational versions of Faora, she combines the comic book Faora's martial arts skills with the NumberTwo position and loyalty to Zod of Ursa from ''SupermanII''.
* ColonelBadass: Her rank of "Sub-Commander" seems to be roughly analogous to "Colonel," and she's very badass.
* CreepyMonotone: Never raises her voice, no matter the provocation.
* DarkActionGirl: Very, ''very'' dark. Most human deaths occur off-screen or are somewhat obscured by the clash and din of battle, but when Faora engages human soldiers in combat, we see and hear every brutal impact and shattering spine.
* DarkIsEvil: Wears black armor like the rest of Zod's forces.
* TheDragon: Acts as Zod's NumberTwo and primary enforcer, and is the most efficient and effective combatant among the Kryptonian invaders save for Zod himself.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. When she first meets Superman face-to-face, she gives him a very satisfied once-over from top to bottom.
* EmotionlessGirl: Despite her capacity for violence, she maintains a cool and impassive demeanor throughout. A single tear shed for her lost homeworld, and a faint haughty satisfaction at the fear she generates in her human opponents are about the extent of her emotional displays. In marked contrast to Kal-El or Zod, she never once screams or loses her composure in battle, not even at the end, when coming face-to-face with a fairly epic OhCrap moment.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Opinions vary on whether it's truly ''excessive'', but her eye make-up is smokey, dark and definitely more lavishly-applied than that of any other female in the film.
* {{Expy}}: This incarnation of Faora is closer to [[Film/SupermanII Ursa]] than the man-hating Faora from the comics. Recursive, as Ursa herself was a loose Expy of Faora.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Colonel Hardy sends all of the Kryptonians into the Phantom Zone where Faora will either slowly starve to death or live forever in a barren landscape. Somewhat karmic as she is denied the death of a warrior in the heat of battle.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: She may seem civilized upon the first meeting, but she'll kill you with a song in her heart at the first opportunity.
* FlashStep: While fighting human soldiers, she exploits this power ruthlessly, sometimes taking down several in rapid-fire succession.
* IcyBlueEyes: Made all the more striking by her dark eye-shadow.
* IceQueen: Villainous example. She is cold, silent and employs quick precision in battle.
* InASingleBound: She never quite masters {{flight}}, but makes up for it with astonishing leaps.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:Faora compliments Colonel Hardy's spirit to continue fighting her by saying "A good death is its own reward." When she fails to stop the US Military from activating Superman's spaceship that will send her and Zod's men back to the Phantom Zone, Hardy's last words are to repeat what she said to him]].
* LadyOfWar: She's icily polite to Kal-El (at least in their first meeting) and, unlike Ursa, she doesn't go out of her way to hurt or belittle Lois, either. With all the raw power that comes with being a Kryptonian, it's hard to imagine one of them managing to fight in a truly elegant or ladylike way. That said, Faora makes a credible effort, favoring precision over grandiose displays of brute power.
* LightningBruiser: She's the only Kryptonian to [[FlashStep fully exploit]] her super-speed in combat and, despite the size difference, she manages to hold her own against Kal-El thanks to her superior speed, agility and martial arts skills.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Her ultimate fate is left unresolved. She was injured by sufficiently powerful Earth weapons earlier in the film, so it's entirely possible the impact of Kal's ship and the Kryptonian vessel could have killed her, but given the nearly limitless durability of her Kryptonian body, maybe not. Either way, subsequent events make it impossible to know for certain]].
* NotSoStoic: Upon witnessing Krypton's destruction, Faora is visibly grief-stricken.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Zod's Red. In contrast to her HotBlooded and [[HairTriggerTemper combative]] superior, she possesses a cool and calculating personality and likewise employs a fighting style that favors precision over brute force.
* RetCanon: Her portrayal in this movie would be used for her comics portrayal in the ''New 52''.
* TheSocialDarwinist: Gives a speech to Superman about how only the strongest and most evolved creature wins, and that she is stronger than him because she lacks "weaknesses" such as compassion.
* SpeedBlitz: Due to FlashStep, it becomes this pretty much every time she engages in battle.
* TheStoic: She almost always remains calm and composed.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Zod, whom she firmly believes to be [[DarkMessiah her race's messiah]].
* TheUnfettered: She remains stoic and glacial even when it comes to annihilate an entire population in order to take a planet away from them.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: To her commander, General Zod. While the extent of their relationship is never made clear, she has hardly any patience for those who disrespect [[TheLeader her leader]] and targets all those who threaten him with extreme prejudice.
* YouGotSpunk:
** She's impressed with [[BadassNormal Colonel Hardy]]'s bravery when he takes out a knife to try and fight her. She even [[WorthyOpponent draws her own knife]] so as to meet him on his own terms, and delivers a pretty cool PreAsskickingOneLiner before moving in for the kill.
-->'''Faora:''' A good death is its own reward.
** Even before that, she seems pretty impressed that he stood up to her when attempting to take Lois to the ship.
-->'''Faora:''' Should I tell the General you are unwilling to comply?\\
'''Hardy:''' I don't care ''what'' you tell him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jor-El]]
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->''"That's what this symbol means. The symbol of the House of El means 'hope.'"''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/RussellCrowe
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

Krypton's greatest scientist, he warned the Council about the dangers of interfering with their planet's core--and when they did it anyway, warned them about the imminent implosion. He was ignored again, so he sent his natural-born son to Earth with the Kryptonian Codex.
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* ActionDad: Exchanges blows with Zod to defend his newborn son.
* {{Badass}}: Quite possibly the most badass character in the film. He's so badass that [[spoiler:his VirtualGhost]] is pretty awesome as well.
* BadassBeard: His beard is fairly impressive.
* BadassBoast: On behalf of his son.
-->'''Jor-El:''' (''to Zod'') My son is twice the man you were.
* BadassBookworm: He was genetically designed to be a scientist, not a fighter; despite that, he does a great job battling Zod and his forces.
* BigGood: Of ''Man of Steel''. Jor-El sent Kal-El to Earth along with the Codex so Kal could re-build Krypton's civilization with humans and Kryptonians coexisting peacefully, counterbalancing [[BigBad Zod]]'s intentions to re-build the long-dead Krypton by [[KillAllHumans wiping the humans out]].
* BlingOfWar: While Zod and his army sport PowerArmor that looks more utilitarian and intimidating, Jor-El's personal PowerArmor looks like it was created by an artisan.
* CombatPragmatist: [[ISurrenderSuckers Allows Zod's men to take him into custody, then uses a flash bang to gain the advantage on them.]] Then, while defending Kal's pod, he averts WhyDontYouJustShootHim with two of Zod's henchmen, then proceeds to repeatedly punch and [[AttackItsWeakPoint slam Zod's fresh facial gash into hard surfaces.]]
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Though his primary concern is his son's survival, he's not ignorant of the implications Kal-El's superpowers will have on Earth, so he [[spoiler:or his avatar]] tells him to live in humanity's service. Though Clark was already helping people of his own accord, but not yet as a career.
* DeathByAdaptation: While he dies during the destruction of Krypton in many adaptations, [[spoiler:he gets killed by Zod before the destruction of Krypton, leaving his wife Lara to die alone]].
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:The feeling is mutual between him and Zod. Jor-El thought that Zod wasn't as good as he was back in the day, while Zod felt betrayed for Jor-El not helping him in the rebellion.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Incredibly smart and more than able to hold his own against Zod, as seen by the beatdown he delivers to him.
* IgnoredExpert: It wouldn't be the Superman mythos without Jor-El's apocalyptic portents being curtly ignored. Every single fallacy Jor-El finds in Krypton is real. Especially the [[EarthShatteringKaboom big one]].
* PapaWolf: Jor-El, a man who was [[GattacaBabies engineered to be a scientist by Krypton's geneticists]], is the first father of a natural-born baby in eons, and he [[DareToBeBadass armors up to take on]] [[SuperSoldier General]] [[BigBad Zod]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Jor-El's holographic avatar explains to an adult Clark that both he and Lara felt responsible for Krypton's decline to accompany their son to Earth.]]
* ScienceHero: Was one of Krypton's premiere scientists.
* VirtualGhost: [[spoiler:An imprint of his consciousness is on the key he sent to Earth with his son.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lara Lor-Van]]
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-->''"Make a better world than ours, Kal."''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Ayelet Zurer
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

Kal-El's mother, and Jor-El's wife.
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She possess a calm and collected demeanor, and it shows while keeping a TranquilFury aura when she's watching Zod and co. getting sentenced.
* TheBeautifulElite: Given her ability to preside over Zod's sentencing with Krypton's ruling High Council, she and her husband clearly belonged to one of the most highly-ranked castes in her civilization, and she herself had the looks to match it.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: As Krypton exploded, she didn't panic or futilely try to seek shelter.
* HappilyMarried: To Jor-El.
* MamaBear: She does everything she can to protect her son from Zod.
* NervesOfSteel: While she occasionally sheds a tear or two, she remains almost perpetually unflappable even when staring down a ruthless, insane SuperSoldier like Zod.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:According to Jor-El, they both decided they bore too much responsibility for the crimes of Krypton's totalitarian society to escape its fate.]]
* SatelliteCharacter: To Jor-El.
* {{Science Hero}}ine: Along with her husband Jor-El. They secretly give birth to Krypton's first naturally conceived child in centuries and organize his exodus so that he can usher in a new beginning for their race in harmony with the Earthlings.
* SilkHidingSteel: She's kind and caring, but doesn't back down when threatened by Zod.
* UndyingLoyalty: To her husband Jor-El.
* WatchingTroyBurn: When Krypton begins to explode, she stands alone at her balcony and calmly but sadly watches the destruction.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:She only appears in a flashback of Krypton's destruction and is rarely spoken of afterward.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tor-An]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Richard Cetrone
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

One of Zod's officers (of unspecified rank), he is mostly seen beside Faora-Ul.
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* AllThereInTheManual: His name and backstory are only revealed in the novelization.
* BlindedByTheLight: Kelex uses an impromptu flash attack on Tor-An to give Jor-El the time to kick butt.
* {{Expy}}: He is an enormously tall and silent Kryptonian who double-teams Superman alongside Faora, so he may be styled after [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Non]].
* GeniusBruiser: Identified the signal from Kal-El's re-activation of the scout ship and deployed as a field commander on Krypton.
* MookLieutenant: Leads the three-man squad that Zod orders to arrest Jor-El.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Doesn't realize the [[BadassBookworm type of man]] Jor-El is until the older Kryptonian is punching him in the face.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nam-Ek]]
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

The gigantic and imposing behemoth of Zod's crew. Complements Faora's speed with brute strength.
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* TheBrute: A hulking behemoth who depends on his size and strength to support Faora.
* CombatPragmatist: After being punched to a train yard by Superman, Nam-Ek rejoined the fray by throwing a train at him.
* DarkIsEvil: His armor's all black.
* {{Expy}}: A huge, non-verbal bruiser distinguished by his incredible strength and loyalty to Zod? He's this film's stand-in for [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Non]].
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The most obviously modified soldier from Krypton, with rumors circulating that some kind of dinosaur blood was used to make him.
* SerkisFolk: His impossible height and physique are the result of motion capture, though we never glimpse his face that clearly.
* ShoutOut: His name is a throwback to a Kryptonian adversary from the comics.
* TheVoiceless: Never speaks a single word; he only grunts and roars.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jax-Ur]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Mackenzie Gray
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

A Kryptonian scientist on Zod's ship.
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* BaldOfEvil: Seeing as he's essentially ComicBook/LexLuthor as a Kryptonian, it's rather fitting.
* EvilGenius: A scientist who uses his knowledge of genetics to support Zod's plans.
* LooksLikeOrlok: His pale skin and bald head give off a vampire-esque vibe.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Car-Vex]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Samantha Jo
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

A minor officer under Zod's command.
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* DarkActionGirl: A more subdued example compared to Faora, but still counts. When Lois escapes from her cell in the Kryptonian spacecraft, Car-Vex attempts to use lethal force to stop her. At one point, she attempts to punch her in the head, an attack that most certainly would have killed Lois had Jor-El not warned her a few seconds before.
* DarkChick: By process of elimination, this is her role in Zod's army.
* ShoutOut: Her name is a throwback to a Phantom Zone criminal character in the comics.
* SilentAntagonist: She has no speaking lines.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kara Zor-El]]
!!''[[{{ComicBook/Supergirl}} Kara Zor-El]]''

->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel Prequel''

The pride of the House of El who departs Krypton to participate in a campaign of expansion by terraforming a foreign planet and introducing a Kryptonian population. However, in an attempt to cover up his lack of an execution, Kryptonian councilors smuggle the insane murderer Dev-Em onto her ship; he kills her crew during their cryogenic sleep and diverts the ship toward the Sol system.

Kara wakes up from cold sleep ten years after departing and ends up fighting Dev-Em. The damage sustained by the ship from the battle between the two newly-empowered Kryptonians causes it to crash somewhere in Canada, where it is buried under the ice over the course of thousands of years. And sometime during Clark's adulthood, the ship begins emitting a distress signal...
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* AllThereInTheManual: The only medium to show her so far is the prequel comic book released by Wal-Mart.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: She has a dream of flying before waking up in the Sol system.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: She was a badass before ever coming into contact with yellow sunlight, as she demonstrates during her two fights with Dev-Em.
* GoodLookingPrivates: She's quite attractive, to say the least.
* NeverFoundTheBody: While she is absent from ''Man of Steel'' itself, her fate after the crash-landing was ambiguous. Something that would support the idea that she survived in the Fortress Of Solitude is that there are several pods opened containing Kryptonian skeletons, and one that is suspiciously empty.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The murder of her lover Kell-Ur at the hands of Dev-Em seems to just serve as character building, demonstrating her strong sense of hope and her dedication to his memory.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Kara, a light-skinned Kryptonian, was romantically involved with Kell-Ur, a dark-skinned Kryptonian, prior to the latter's murder by Dev-Em.
[[/folder]]

!Humans

[[folder:Jonathan Kent]]
->''"You have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad...he's gonna change the world."''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/KevinCostner
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

Clark's adoptive father, and the one most responsible for teaching him morality.
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* ComesGreatResponsibility: Jonathan tells young Clark that he has to decide what kind of man he wants to be since, with his powers, he can change the world.
* TheCynic: Gets shades of this. He realizes how Clark can be a force for good, but tells him as a boy that TheWorldIsNotReady to receive him, so ''maybe'' it would be better for him to hide his powers until he feels the time is right. This attitude is borne out of love and [[AdultFear concern for]] Clark, but it saddles Clark with emotional baggage.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Calmly accepts that he's screwed.]]
* HeroesLoveDogs: [[spoiler:This eventually leads to his death.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Allows himself to be killed by a tornado in order to allow Clark to continue concealing his powers.]]
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: He alternates between telling Clark he has a profound destiny and that he should keep his powers secret.
* MuggleFosterParents: One half with Martha.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Only appears in flashbacks.]]
* UpbringingMakesTheHero: He and Martha raised Clark to be a good person and ultimately that's why he tries to do good in the world. But Jonathan also raises Clark to believe the world would reject him because of his powers (and the [[UngratefulBastard people of Smallville]] prove him right at least). So Clark doesn't embrace his full potential until he gets the Superman suit as an adult, though prior to that, he still saves people when the need arises.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Martha Kent]]
->''"What are you going to do when you are not saving the world?"''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Diane Lane
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

Clark's adoptive mother.
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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Tells Zod to "Go to Hell" when he threatens her.
* TheHeart: Before Clark meets Lois and becomes Superman, she's the only anchor Clark has after Jonathan's death. He's at his happiest when he's at home.
* MamaBear: Will protect her son with everything she's got.
* MuggleFosterParents: One half with Jonathan.
* WidowWoman: [[spoiler:After Jonathan's death.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Perry White]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/LaurenceFishburne
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

The pragmatic chief editor of the ''Daily Planet'', and Lois' direct superior. He initially refuses to run a story about aliens.
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%%* BadassBeard
* BenevolentBoss: When the ''Daily Planet'' is in danger, he organizes the evacuation and [[spoiler:personally tries to free Jenny from the rubble, despite the approaching superweapon. When he can't, he refuses to leave her alone]].
* DaEditor: He's in charge of the ''Daily Planet''.
* {{Expy}}: Fishburne based his Perry on ''60 Minutes'' member Ed Bradley. Both even have a pierced ear.
* LargeAndInCharge: Thanks to Laurence Fishburne's bulky figure.
* RaceLift: Perry White, who's Caucasian in the comics, is played by the African-American Creator/LaurenceFishburne.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He may be somewhat stern, but he's not unreasonable.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jenny Jurwich]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Rebecca Buller
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

An intern at the ''Daily Planet''.
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* AlliterativeName: '''J'''enny '''J'''urwich
* CanonForeigner: Hasn't appeared in anything Superman-related before this film.
* {{Expy}}: She was rumored to be a [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] Jimmy Olsen, but the movie reveals her surname is "Jurwich" by the end (and high-resolution publicity shots showing her ID card will reveal this, too). Confusingly, a tie-in book ''does'' name her as "Jenny Olsen."
* TheGenericGirl: Jenny doesn't have as much characterization as her fellow co-workers. There doesn't seem to be much about her other than being a ''Daily Planet'' employee.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Steve Lombard]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Michael Kelly
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

A somewhat lecherous reporter at the ''Daily Planet''.
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Lois and Jenny. {{Downplayed|Trope}}, as they react to his flirtations with more amused exasperation than outright disgust.
* AdaptationalBadass: In most versions of the mythos, Lombard's a would-be SitcomArchNemesis to Clark. Here, he's a brave, if annoying, employee and friend of the staff at the ''Planet''.
* CasanovaWannabe: Hits on Lois and Jenny in quick succession with no success.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: He didn't bolt yet, but you could tell he was considering it when he exclaimed "Dammit" when Perry called for his help in extricating Jenny during the terraforming.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He may be a jerk who's always hitting on Lois and Jenny, but when it comes down it, conscience compels him to help Perry dig Jenny out of the wreckage as the terraforming wave approaches.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:General Swanwick]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Harry Lennix
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

The American general in charge of taking custody of Kal-El, and dealing with the Kryptonians as a whole.
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* BadassBaritone: Courtesy of Harry Lennix's deep voice.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: [[spoiler:He tries to find out where Superman lives by sending out drones. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It fails]].]]
* TheBrigadier: Skeptical of Superman's intentions at first. When he realizes that he's the only chance Earth has, he trusts him.
* CanonForeigner: Doesn't exist in the comics.
* {{Expy}}: One for General Sam Lane (Lois' father), who has a prominent role in one of this film's sources, ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin''. It can be said that Swanwick is basically Sam Lane with a RaceLift, his family ties to Lois Lane removed, and being more reasonable.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's even taller than Superman.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Pretty much everything he says and does is exactly what a real military official would do when faced with a superhuman alien.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Carrie Farris]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Christina Wren
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

A United States Air Force officer attached to the operations of United States Northern Command and the assistant to General Swanwick.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Oh yeah. She admits she finds Superman attractive, ''in front of her own commanding officer''.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Disregards a destroyed recon drone that Superman delivered to Swanwick because she thinks Superman is kinda hot.
* MythologyGag: Her name is very similar to that of Carol Ferris, otherwise known as Star Sapphire and [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]]'s main love interest.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Colonel Hardy]]
!!''Colonel Nathan Hardy''

->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/ChristopherMeloni
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

An American colonel initially introduced overseeing the study of an anomaly in Canada.
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* AcePilot: He is first seen piloting a fighter jet.
* BadassNormal: Willing to go against [[TheDragon Faora]] with nothing more then his combat knife after he had expended of all of his ammo.
* BaldOfAwesome: It ''is'' [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Christopher Meloni]], after all.
* CanonForeigner: Has never appeared in anything ''Superman''-related before this film, but is certainly a memorable character.
* ColonelBadass: He brings the fight to the superpowered Kryptonians without fear or hesitation.
* DeadpanSnarker: He's quite snarky throughout the film.
* DefiantToTheEnd: ''Twice''. Once with a knife. [[spoiler:Gives the final "screw you" to Faora moments before his HeroicSacrifice.]]
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: This quote says it all.
-->'''Faora:''' Should I tell the General you are unwilling to comply?\\
'''Hardy:''' I don't care ''what'' you tell him.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Facing death calmly while taking TheDragon with you? HELL YEAH!]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:See DefiantToTheEnd.]]
* FireForgedFriends: He treated Superman no differently than he treated Zod and his minions, even willing to fire upon him during the three-way tussle between Supes, Faora and Nam-Ek. However after Superman saved him and his squadron's life, the following line cements what could have been a friendship [[spoiler: If not for Hardy's HeroicSacrifice.]]
--> '''Colonel Hardy:''' This man is not our enemy.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:With dropping Kal-El's ship like a daisy cutter out of the question, Hardy sets the C-17 he's in on a collision course with the Dark Zero to deliver the payload, throwing Faora's line right back at her as he does it.]]
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:"A good death is its own reward."]]
* MeaningfulName: Colonel ''Hardy''. "Hardy" is a synonym for "tough" and "resilient."
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Hardy was boned no matter what, with Faora standing right next to him with slaughter on her mind. So he nosedives the cargo plane into the mothership and gives his IronicEcho, and did what had to be done.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Of all people, to [[NighInvulnerable Faora]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: He seems to think he is the main character of a MilitaryScienceFiction story, where Superman is a DefectorFromDecadence and the Kryptonians can be defeated through humanity's military might. He is in fact in a {{Superhero}} story, where Superman is the main character and the only one who can save the day. He snaps out of it when he acknowledges Superman as an ally.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dr. Emil Hamilton]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Richard Schiff
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel''

A scientist studying the anomaly buried deep in the Canadian ice.
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* BadassBookworm: Even though he's a NonActionGuy, Hamilton doesn't back down from helping Superman and the army against the attacking Kyptonians. [[spoiler:Nor does he back down from [[HeroicSacrifice dying for the cause]] if it comes to it.]]
* BadassBeard: While he doesn't do anything particularly badass, he gets points for sheer brains.
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Helps activate Kal-El's ship and stays on Colonel Hardy's plane with it as it crashes into the Kryptonian mothership.]]
* NonActionGuy: Doesn't display any physical abilities, helping solely with his knowledge.
* TheSmartGuy: Why else would a scientist be with a bunch of army commandos to study a humanoid alien life-form?
[[/folder]]
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!!''ComicBook/LoisLane''
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* UnstoppableRage: When he and Superman throw down in their FinalBattle, he goes completely and utterly crazed with fury.
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* KneelBeforeZod: Surprisingly averted. At no point in the movie does Zod command anyone (not even Kal-El) to kneel before him. Funnily enough, Superman indeed involuntarily falls to his knees when brought before Zod on the Black Zero ship (but only due to its unfamiliar atmosphere).
23rd Jan '16 10:23:10 AM kalel32688
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/HenryCavill
->'''Appearances:''' ''Film/ManOfSteel'' | ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' | ''Justice League, Part 1''

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Creator/HenryCavill, Cooper Timberline (age 8), Dylan Sprayberry (age 13)
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** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given that Zod had previously admitted to murdering his Kryptonian father. Upon subsequently witnessing him attack his mother, it naturally follows that he felt [[HeroicResolve all the more resolved to insure that Zod didn't take away any more people close to him]].

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** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} given that Zod had previously admitted to murdering his Kryptonian father. Upon subsequently witnessing him attack his mother, it naturally follows that he felt [[HeroicResolve all the more resolved to insure that Zod didn't take away any more people close to him]].



* CivvieSpandex His suit seems to be some sort of Kryptonian formal wear, either a scout uniform or, considering the ceremonial cape, some kind of diplomatic dress. The "S" symbol is the House of El crest standing for "hope." He wears it unaltered throughout the film.
* ClarkKenting: Par for the course in the Superman mythos, being the TropeNamer. Clark is shown disguising himself with nothing but a pair of glasses, as he joins the crew at the ''Daily Planet'' in the conclusion to ''Man Of Steel''. ''Dawn Of Justice'' [[JustifiedTrope makes this more convincing]] by showing Clark with a different posture and demeanor and having him wearing loose-fitting clothing to hide his HeroicBuild.

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* CivvieSpandex CivvieSpandex: His suit seems to be some sort of Kryptonian formal wear, either a scout uniform or, considering the ceremonial cape, some kind of diplomatic dress. The "S" symbol is the House of El crest standing for "hope." He wears it unaltered throughout the film.
* ClarkKenting: Par for the course in the Superman mythos, being the TropeNamer. Clark is shown disguising himself with nothing but a pair of glasses, as he joins the crew at the ''Daily Planet'' in the conclusion to ''Man Of Steel''. ''Dawn Of Justice'' [[JustifiedTrope makes this more convincing]] by showing Clark with a different posture and demeanor demeanor, and having him wearing loose-fitting clothing to hide his HeroicBuild.



* GeniusBruiser: Closer to his comics counterpart, this Clark is established as being quite intelligent, knowing how to treat wounds, maintaining a high degree of control over his powers, being a pretty good tactician, and being knowledgeable about science and a fan of the classical greek philosophers. He may have been the first "genetic roll of the dice" in the Krpytonian civilization in centuries, but those "dice" (Jor-El and Lara Lor-van) were loaded towards intellectualism to begin with. Also, like in the comics he eventually chooses a civilian career where his powers give him no special advantage over anyone else (well, typing at super-speed ''does'' help with the deadlines).

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* GeniusBruiser: Closer to his comics counterpart, this Clark is established as being quite intelligent, knowing how to treat wounds, maintaining a high degree of control over his powers, being a pretty good tactician, and being knowledgeable about science and a fan of the classical greek philosophers. He may have been the first "genetic roll of the dice" in the Krpytonian Kryptonian civilization in centuries, but those "dice" (Jor-El and Lara Lor-van) were loaded towards intellectualism to begin with. Also, like in the comics he eventually chooses a civilian career where his powers give him no special advantage over anyone else (well, typing at super-speed ''does'' help with the deadlines).



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* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: He keeps alternating between telling Clark he has a profound destiny and that he should keep his powers secret.

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* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: He keeps alternating alternates between telling Clark he has a profound destiny and that he should keep his powers secret.



* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Lois and Jenny. Downplayed, as they react to his flirtations with more amused exasperation than outright disgust.

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* BadassBaritone: Courtesy of Harry Lennix's deep voice.
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* CivvieSpandex[=/=]SuperheroesWearTights: His suit seems to be some sort of Kryptonian formal wear, either a scout uniform or, considering the ceremonial cape, some kind of diplomatic dress. The "S" symbol is the House of El crest standing for "hope." He wears it unaltered throughout the film.

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* CivvieSpandex[=/=]SuperheroesWearTights: CivvieSpandex His suit seems to be some sort of Kryptonian formal wear, either a scout uniform or, considering the ceremonial cape, some kind of diplomatic dress. The "S" symbol is the House of El crest standing for "hope." He wears it unaltered throughout the film.



* LightningBruiser[=/=]JackOfAllStats: He's not as brutally fast as Faora, but holds his own quite well against her and Nam-Ek since he has the advantage of flight. And in the climactic battle with Zod, he flies fast and hits ''hard''.

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* LightningBruiser[=/=]JackOfAllStats: LightningBruiser: He's not as brutally fast as Faora, but holds his own quite well against her and Nam-Ek since he has the advantage of flight. And in the climactic battle with Zod, he flies fast and hits ''hard''.



* NotSoStoic: Upon witnessing Krypton's destruction, Faora is visibly grief-stricken.



** NotSoStoic: Upon witnessing Krypton's destruction, Faora is visibly grief-stricken.



* CanonForeigner: Doesn't exist in the comics. However, he could be:
** {{Expy}}: One for General Sam Lane (Lois' father), who has a prominent role in one of this film's sources, ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin''. It can be said that Swanwick is basically Sam Lane with a RaceLift, his family ties to Lois Lane removed, and being more reasonable.

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* CanonForeigner: Doesn't exist in the comics. However, he could be:
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{{Expy}}: One for General Sam Lane (Lois' father), who has a prominent role in one of this film's sources, ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin''. It can be said that Swanwick is basically Sam Lane with a RaceLift, his family ties to Lois Lane removed, and being more reasonable.
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* ClarkKenting: Par for the course in the Superman mythos, being the TropeNamer. [[spoiler:Clark is shown disguising himself with nothing but a pair of glasses, as he joins the crew at the ''Daily Planet'' in the film's conclusion. For this movie, both Clark and Superman are the "real person" wearing different clothes, neither being a disguise. The issue of a disguise persona isn't dealt with until the end. It probably helps that no one at the ''Planet'', apart from Lois, has ever seen him up close, and he spent the last several years keeping a low profile, jumping from odd job to odd job in places of low population and changing his name frequently]].

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* ClarkKenting: Par for the course in the Superman mythos, being the TropeNamer. [[spoiler:Clark Clark is shown disguising himself with nothing but a pair of glasses, as he joins the crew at the ''Daily Planet'' in the film's conclusion. For conclusion to ''Man Of Steel''. ''Dawn Of Justice'' [[JustifiedTrope makes this movie, both more convincing]] by showing Clark and Superman are the "real person" wearing with a different clothes, neither being a disguise. The issue of a disguise persona isn't dealt with until the end. It probably helps that no one at the ''Planet'', apart from Lois, has ever seen posture and demeanor and having him up close, and he spent the last several years keeping a low profile, jumping from odd job wearing loose-fitting clothing to odd job in places of low population and changing hide his name frequently]].HeroicBuild.



* IfIWantedYouDead: Almost completely paraphrased in his second confrontation with Batman. Superman's goal in the battle is simply to get Batman to stop fighting, and he has no interest in seeing him die (likely because of ThouShallNotKill principles).



* LightningBruiser / JackOfAllStats: He's not as brutally fast as Faora, but holds his own quite well against her and Nam-Ek since he has the advantage of flight. And in the climactic battle with Zod, he flies fast and hits ''hard''.

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* LightningBruiser / JackOfAllStats: LightningBruiser[=/=]JackOfAllStats: He's not as brutally fast as Faora, but holds his own quite well against her and Nam-Ek since he has the advantage of flight. And in the climactic battle with Zod, he flies fast and hits ''hard''.



* UnskilledButStrong: Played with. He's only unskilled in that he isn't a trained warrior compared to the ''very well-trained'' elite Kryptonian soldiers he has to face off with for his ''first'' real outing. Note, for the brief time they were on Earth, Zod manages to overcome his PowerIncontinence and need for a breather apparatus, and Faora manages to outright ''master'' SuperSpeed on second contact. All of which took Clark much longer to hone, and even then, he's never had a chance to test himself to the limits. However, since he has been exposed to the yellow sun for 33 years, he was able to match them on raw power, but it became a problem when Zod caught up.
** It's also shown in the fight scenes that his style of hand-to-hand combat, while understandably not on par with the soldiers, is still more advanced that we've ever seen him display on screen where he often relies solely on his devastating power rather than technique.

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* TranquilFury: In ''Dawn Of Justice'', he keeps his composure while being thoroughly pissed at Batman. At the worst of times, he comes across like a stern parent scolding a child.
* UnskilledButStrong: Played with. He's only unskilled in that he isn't a trained warrior compared to the ''very well-trained'' elite Kryptonian soldiers he has to face off with for his ''first'' real outing. Note, for the brief time they were on Earth, Zod manages to overcome his PowerIncontinence and need for a breather apparatus, and Faora manages to outright ''master'' SuperSpeed on second contact. All of which took Clark much longer to hone, and even then, he's never had a chance to test himself to the limits. However, since he has been exposed to the yellow sun for 33 years, he was able to match them on raw power, but it became a problem when Zod caught up.
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up. It's also shown in the fight scenes that his style of hand-to-hand combat, while understandably not on par with the soldiers, is still more advanced that we've ever seen him display on screen than other onscreen portrayals of the character, where he often relies solely on his devastating power rather than technique.
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** Its more well suited to say that he can't ultilize his speed in combat as good as Faora. Furthermore [[UnskilledButStrong he displays more raw power than any other Kryptonian]].
** Because of his origin, Superman can be considered the JackOfAllStats for the entire Kryptonian race. He might not be an expert scientist like his father or a trained soldier like Zod, but in terms of adaptability and improvisation, Superman is unparalleled.
7th Jan '16 9:17:15 AM MasterHero
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** Because of his origin, Superman can be considered the JackOfAllStats for the entire Kryptonian race. He might not be an expert scientist like his father or a trained soldier like Zod, but in terms of adaptability and improvisation, Superman is unparalleled.
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