History ComicBook / Superboy

16th Aug '17 9:25:03 PM reppuzan
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* NiceGuy: Jon is generally upbeat and cheerful and is generally pretty upstanding and polite (everyone older than him is Mr. or Ms. and he even refers to his biologically teenager first-cousin-once removed Kara as "Cousin Kara"), though he does have to vent his childish impulses from time to time and he loosens up while at home and with friends.

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* NiceGuy: Jon is generally upbeat and cheerful and is generally pretty upstanding and polite (everyone older than him is Mr. or Ms. and he even refers to his biologically teenager first-cousin-once removed Kara as "Cousin Kara"), though he does have to vent his childish impulses from time to time and he loosens up while at home and with friends.



* PleaseDontLeaveMe: [[spoiler:Begs his parents not to let him go as he seemingly fades from existence.]]

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* PleaseDontLeaveMe: [[spoiler:Begs his parents not to let him go as he seemingly fades from existence. Luckily, it doesn't stick.]]



* PrimaryColorChampion: Like Dad, Red, Blue, and Yellow characterize his super outfit.

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* PrimaryColorChampion: Like Dad, Red, Blue, and Yellow characterize his super outfit.outfit, in contrast to the Black and Red of his predecessors.



* {{Tsundere}}: A minor one towards the Teen Titans. After spending most of ''ComicBook/SuperSons'' making fun of them due to Damian constantly harping about being older than him, Jon is still clearly excited to be working alongside them and is made an official member in all but name above Damian's protests. Despite this, when Damian goes back to putting Jon down, he calls them Damian's "Glee Club".



* VitriolicBestFriends: Heavy on the Vitriolic towards [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Damian Wayne]]. One minute, they could be saving the world, the next they're slugging each other silly. That said, by the events of the annual holiday special (which is heavily implied to take place a good deal of time after their last encounter) they're close enough to have each other on speed dial and to buy gifts for each other (with Damian buying the two of them a video game they both wanted). Heck, they even have Christmas dinner together! Of course, [[https://i1.wp.com/cdn.batman-news.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/DC-Rebirth-Holiday-Special.jpg?quality=85&strip=info&ssl=1&w=800 the front cover of the same comic has Damian kicking a Heat Vision-ready Jon in the face while stealing a present from him]], so they aren't ''that'' chummy yet.

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* VitriolicBestFriends: Heavy on the Vitriolic towards [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Damian Wayne]]. One minute, they could be saving the world, the next they're slugging each other silly. That said, by the events of the annual holiday special (which is heavily implied to take place a good deal of time after their last encounter) they're close enough to have each other on speed dial and to buy gifts for each other (with Damian buying the two of them a video game they both wanted). Heck, they even have Christmas dinner together! Of course, [[https://i1.wp.com/cdn.batman-news.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/DC-Rebirth-Holiday-Special.jpg?quality=85&strip=info&ssl=1&w=800 the front cover of the same comic has Damian kicking a Heat Vision-ready Jon in the face while stealing a present from him]], so they aren't ''that'' chummy yet. It's also implied that Damian respects Jon deep down, but is too prideful to admit it, as noted by [[TheEmpath Raven]].
-->'''Raven:''' Do not let Robin's defensiveness get to you, Superboy. He respects you deeply. We ALL do now that we know you.
16th Aug '17 5:25:17 PM reppuzan
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* MagneticHero: His niceness pays off in making him extremely likable to others. Wonder Woman takes a shine to him immediately despite her previous romance with the New 52 Superman, Sara [[spoiler:or at least her robotic duplicate]] is perfectly willing to stay behind and sacrifice herself for Jon despite only just meeting him due to the immediate kindness he displayed to her, and the Teen Titans are willing to induct him as an official member after just one night of working together. Compare this to the Titan's relationship with Damian, which is tense at best given his abrasiveness.

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* MagneticHero: His niceness pays off in making him extremely likable to others. Wonder Woman takes a shine to him immediately despite her previous romance with the New 52 Superman, Sara [[spoiler:or at least her robotic duplicate]] is perfectly willing to stay behind and sacrifice herself for Jon despite only just meeting him due to the immediate kindness he displayed to her, and the Teen Titans are willing to induct him as an official member after just one night of working together. Compare this to the Titan's Titans' relationship with Damian, which is tense at best given his abrasiveness.abrasiveness even after working with him for months.
16th Aug '17 5:19:34 PM reppuzan
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* BadassAdorable: Being the youngest incarnation of the titleholder, this shouldn't come as a surprise. [[spoiler: He helped his dad punch out the Eradicator and fought alongside his Mom when Clark was sucked in.]]

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* BadassAdorable: Being the youngest incarnation of the titleholder, this shouldn't come as a surprise. [[spoiler: He helped his dad punch out the Eradicator and fought alongside his Mom when Clark was sucked in.]]]] He only gets more badass as time goes on, thanks to his increasing mastery of his powers, impressing Starfire in ''Super Sons #7'', who inducts him into the Teen Titans after only a night of working with him.
-->'''Starfire:''' ''[while pinching a grinning Jon's cheek]'' And do not forget to bring our newest member along with you. He's adorable and great in a fight!



* BadLiar: Jon is a ''horrible'' liar. Case in point, his excuse to the Teen Titans about Damian dragging them there.
-->'''Jon:''' "S" What "S"? [[BlatantLies I'm just a regular kid... that Robin happens to know...]]



* ClarkKenting: At the end of the first ''Superman'' storyline, Jonathan is given glasses like his father. Jon isn't happy that he has to wear them, but Clark tells him that they work surprisingly well. That said, he's possibly an even more egregious example than his father, as he makes no attempt to modify his voice and wears the exact same jeans and sneakers that he does in his daily life. Of course, he hasn't really been revealed to the world at large at the time of this writing.

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* ClarkKenting: At the end of the first ''Superman'' storyline, Jonathan is given glasses like his father. Jon isn't happy that he has to wear them, but Clark tells him that they work surprisingly well. That said, he's possibly an even more egregious example than his father, as he makes no attempt to modify his voice and wears the exact same jeans and sneakers that he does in his daily life. Of course, he hasn't really been revealed to the world at large at the time of this writing.Lampshaded by Beast Boy.
-->'''Beast Boy:''' We know who you are. Your secret identity is more obvious than mine... and I'm '''''green!'''''


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* MagneticHero: His niceness pays off in making him extremely likable to others. Wonder Woman takes a shine to him immediately despite her previous romance with the New 52 Superman, Sara [[spoiler:or at least her robotic duplicate]] is perfectly willing to stay behind and sacrifice herself for Jon despite only just meeting him due to the immediate kindness he displayed to her, and the Teen Titans are willing to induct him as an official member after just one night of working together. Compare this to the Titan's relationship with Damian, which is tense at best given his abrasiveness.
9th Aug '17 11:41:44 PM reppuzan
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* DeadpanSnarker: While he's pretty straightforward and nice most of the time, Jon cranks up the snark in a way that would make his mom proud whenever Damian is involved. Case in point, when he and Damian are confronted by dozens of robot duplicates of themselves:
-->'''Damian:''' I'll admit, maybe in retrospect we should have called our fathers.
-->'''Jon:''' [[SarcasmMode That's nice to hear, thanks.]]



** This is mostly phased out by the end of the ''Black Dawn'' arc, after which it comes down to teaching Jon how to use his powers properly in order to do the most good.



* PowerLimiter: Batman notes that Jon's powers should have grown exponentially by the events of ''Superman #20'' due to hybrid vigor, with powers matching or exceeding his father's at this point. Thus, he suspects, that something in Jon's vicinity is keeping his powers from reaching their full potential. [[spoiler:Manchester Black had been rewiring Jon'Stewart neurons to stunt his development and make him a "better hero".]]

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* PowerLimiter: Batman notes that Jon's powers should have grown exponentially by the events of ''Superman #20'' due to hybrid vigor, with powers matching or exceeding his father's at this point. Thus, he suspects, that something in Jon's vicinity is keeping his powers from reaching their full potential. [[spoiler:Manchester Black had been rewiring Jon'Stewart Jon's neurons to stunt his development and make him a "better hero".]]
31st Jul '17 4:21:43 PM reppuzan
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* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Jon's strength tends to vary based on how strong the plot needs him to be. For instance, he can lift a car over his head in one issue but has trouble breaking iron chains in another. This becomes particularly glaring after the ''Black Dawn'' arc, where he's strong enough to stop a train with ease, but Damian can still punch him hard enough to feel pain.
23rd Jul '17 11:39:41 PM FuzzyBarbarian
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** ''Superman (vol. 4)'': (2016-)

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** ''Superman ''[[ComicBook/SupermanRebirth Superman (vol. 4)'': 4)]]'': (2016-)
17th Jul '17 12:47:29 AM JohnnyNevada
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* DemotedToExtra: The ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} was the ''cause'' of this for him. They originally appeared as supporting characters in a 1958 Superboy story, then starting in 1962 they appeared as the backup feature in ''Adventure Comics'' where Superboy had been the star since 1946. Within a year they had taken over the comic, reducing Superboy to the back up in what had been ''his'' title, and not long after solo Superboy stories stopped appearing altogether (though he continued to appear as a member of the Legion.) A decade later they repeated the feat when they started appearing in ''Superboy'' as a backup feature, which was renamed ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes'' and eventually just ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' as they again took over the comic and Superboy got PutOnABus.

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* DemotedToExtra: The ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} was the ''cause'' of this for him. They originally appeared as supporting characters in a 1958 Superboy story, then starting in 1962 they appeared as the backup feature in ''Adventure Comics'' where Superboy had been the star since 1946. Within a year they had taken over the comic, reducing Superboy to the back up in what had been ''his'' title, and not long after solo Superboy stories stopped appearing altogether (though he continued to appear as a member of the Legion.) Legion). A decade later they repeated the feat when they started appearing in ''Superboy'' as a backup feature, which was renamed ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes'' and eventually just ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' as they again took over the comic and comic. Fortunately, this time, Superboy got PutOnABus.also gained a new solo series, though the Legion made a guest appearance late in its run.


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* SuperheroSobriquets: The Boy of Steel, the Boy of Tomorrow (more often in Golden Age stories), and the Smallville Sensation.
7th Jul '17 12:04:43 PM JohnnyNevada
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* MysteriousProtector: In 1981's ''Superman'' #362 and #365-366, a flashback to Clark's early days at Metropolis University show he operated in secret as Superboy, to avoid anyone noticing Clark and Superboy both moving from Smallville to Metropolis. During this time, the whole country's abuzz and wondering what city Superboy had moved to. One scene even shows gamblers in UsefulNotes/LasVegas making bets on which city the Boy of Steel had picked. The cities guessed at included Metropolis, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]], [[BigApplesauce New York]] (future home of the ComicBook/TeenTitans), UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC (future pre-Crisis home of Franchise/WonderWoman), UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} (future home of a short-lived version of the ComicBook/JusticeLeague), UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, and UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} (a future pre-Crisis home of Supergirl). Oddly, other than Metropolis and Gotham, none of the other fictional DCU cities were guessed at by anyone. Adding to the hype, each city claimed they'd found (false) "proof" of Superboy secretly doing super-feats there. The ex-Smallville Sensation finally comes out in the open, thanks in part to then-reporter Perry White deducing the Boy of Steel was in Metropolis.
29th Jun '17 2:17:55 PM Kuzaku
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** While normally polite like Clark, Jon has proven more than once he's inherited his [[DeadpanSnarker Mother's wit]] when people want to push him.
9th Jun '17 7:52:15 AM reppuzan
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* LamarckWasRight: Jon is inheriting all of his father's powers one by one, but it's taking an awful lot of time for it to happen, which has Batman suspicious. [[spoiler:Mr. Cobb's milk seems to have something to do with it.]]

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* LamarckWasRight: Jon is inheriting all of his father's powers one by one, but it's taking an awful lot of time for it to happen, which has Batman suspicious. [[spoiler:Mr. Cobb's milk seems to have something to do with it.]]



* ManOfKryptonite: [[spoiler:If the cover and blurb for ''Superman #24'' are any indication, Jon might develop the ability to emit waves of Kryptonite energy.]]
* MessyHair: As shown by the picture above, his hair is pretty unruly in his downtime and while on the job, but it's combed more neatly for school related matters.

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* ManOfKryptonite: [[spoiler:If the cover and blurb for ''Superman #24'' are any indication, Jon might develop the ability to emit waves of Kryptonite energy.]]
* MessyHair: As shown by the picture above, his hair is pretty unruly in his downtime and while on the job, but it's combed more neatly for school related school-related matters.



* PowerLimiter: Batman notes that Jon's powers should have grown exponentially by the events of ''Superman #20'' due to hybrid vigor, with powers matching or exceeding his father's at this point. Thus, he suspects, that something in Jon's vicinity is keeping his powers from reaching their full potential. [[spoiler:It looks like it's the milk from the Kents' neighbor, Mr. Cobbs, Kathy's grandfather.]]

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* PowerLimiter: Batman notes that Jon's powers should have grown exponentially by the events of ''Superman #20'' due to hybrid vigor, with powers matching or exceeding his father's at this point. Thus, he suspects, that something in Jon's vicinity is keeping his powers from reaching their full potential. [[spoiler:It looks like it's the milk from the Kents' neighbor, Mr. Cobbs, Kathy's grandfather.[[spoiler:Manchester Black had been rewiring Jon'Stewart neurons to stunt his development and make him a "better hero".]]
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