History Comicbook / Superboy

14th Jan '18 12:53:52 AM eroock
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'''Clark Kent/Kal-El'''
13th Jan '18 1:08:31 PM HelloLamppost
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** While that's largely true (most of DC's Golden Age heroes officially lived on Earth-2, and it was frequently lampshaded that Superboy inaugurated Earth-1's superheroic age), there were a few other early heroes, mostly ones who had to have existed on Earth-1 for their [[LegacyCharacter legacy carriers]] to make sense. An encounter with [[Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} Zatanna's]] father Zatara the Magician taught Clark that he had no special defense against magic. The original Guardian and the Newsboy Legion defended Metropolis's Suicide Slum back in the Forties, decades before the Guardian's clone and the Newsboys' sons would team with Jimmy Olsen. And the Bronze Age Airwave was the son of the Golden Age Airwave.

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** While that's largely true (most of DC's Golden Age heroes officially lived on Earth-2, [[TheMultiverse Earth-2,]] and it was frequently lampshaded that Superboy inaugurated Earth-1's superheroic age), there were a few other early heroes, mostly ones who had to have existed on Earth-1 for their [[LegacyCharacter legacy carriers]] to make sense. sense. An encounter with [[Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} Zatanna's]] father Zatara the Magician taught Clark that he had no special defense against magic. The original Guardian and the Newsboy Legion defended Metropolis's Suicide Slum back in the Forties, decades before the Guardian's clone and the Newsboys' sons would team with Jimmy Olsen. And the Bronze Age Airwave was the son of the Golden Age Airwave.
13th Jan '18 1:07:48 PM HelloLamppost
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** While that's largely true (most of DC's Golden Age heroes officially lived on Earth-2, and it was frequently lampshaded that Superboy inaugurated Earth-1's superheroic age), there were a few other early heroes, mostly ones who had to have existed on Earth-1 for their [[LegacyCharacter legacy carriers]] to make sense. An encounter with [[Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} Zatanna's]] father Zatara the Magician officially established that Clark has no special defense against magic. The original Guardian and the Newsboy Legion defended Metropolis's Suicide Slum back in the Forties, decades before the Guardian's clone and the Newsboys' sons would team with Jimmy Olsen. And the Bronze Age Airwave was the son of the Golden Age Airwave.

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** While that's largely true (most of DC's Golden Age heroes officially lived on Earth-2, and it was frequently lampshaded that Superboy inaugurated Earth-1's superheroic age), there were a few other early heroes, mostly ones who had to have existed on Earth-1 for their [[LegacyCharacter legacy carriers]] to make sense. An encounter with [[Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} Zatanna's]] father Zatara the Magician officially established that taught Clark has that he had no special defense against magic. The original Guardian and the Newsboy Legion defended Metropolis's Suicide Slum back in the Forties, decades before the Guardian's clone and the Newsboys' sons would team with Jimmy Olsen. And the Bronze Age Airwave was the son of the Golden Age Airwave.
13th Jan '18 1:06:23 PM HelloLamppost
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** While that's largely true (most of DC's Golden Age heroes officially lived on Earth-2, and it was frequently lampshaded that Superboy inaugurated Earth-1's superheroic age), there were a few other early heroes, mostly ones who had to have existed on Earth-1 for their [[LegacyCharacter legacy carriers]] to make sense. An encounter with [[Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} Zatanna's]] father Zatara the Magician officially established that Clark has no special defense against magic. The original Guardian and the Newsboy Legion defended Metropolis's Suicide Slum back in the Forties, decades before the Guardian's clone and the Newsboys' sons would team with Jimmy Olsen. And the Bronze Age Airwave was the son of the Golden Age Airwave.
11th Jan '18 8:10:49 AM reppuzan
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* MythologyGag: In the ''DC Legends'' mobile game, Jon's "Legendary" upgrade trades out his jacket, jeans, and cape for his predecessor Kon-El's containment suit.
10th Jan '18 9:40:06 AM reppuzan
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* ArmorIsUseless: His dad's original costume was woven from Kryptonian fabric that was as durable as he is. Jon wears his jeans and a thrift store jacket with the Superman logo on it. Thanks to his natural invulnerability and forcefield, it holds up just fine.
10th Jan '18 9:37:56 AM reppuzan
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* LittleStowaway: [[spoiler: When his mom sneaks onto a Air Force transport plane to rescue her father, she expected Jon to stay at home. Instead, Jon followed Damian's example by making a pillow dummy and hid in the trunk of Lois' car before flying into the cargo compartment while staying out of his mom's sight.]]
9th Jan '18 9:36:18 PM reppuzan
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* ActionBomb: [[spoiler:Jon's Solar Flare ability, also inherited from his father, turns him into this, releasing massive amounts of solar energy form his cells all at once, dealing catastrophic damage to his surroundings in the process. Unfortunately, Jon's unique genome limits his control over this ability, giving it the potential to trigger whenever he's pushed to the emotional brink. Worse yet, it has the potential to ''kill'' him if he uses it twice in a row.]]

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* ActionBomb: [[spoiler:Jon's Solar Flare ability, also inherited from his father, turns him into this, releasing massive amounts of solar energy form from his cells all at once, dealing catastrophic damage to his surroundings in the process. Unfortunately, Jon's unique genome limits his means that he doesn't control over this ability, giving it the potential to trigger whenever he's pushed to the emotional brink. Worse yet, it has the potential to ''kill'' him if he uses it twice in a row.]]



* FamedInStory: Becomes this by the events of ''Superman #21'', with the residents of Hamilton instantly recognizing him as Superboy and are greatly reassured by his presence.

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* FamedInStory: Becomes this by the events of ''Superman #21'', with the residents of Hamilton instantly recognizing him as Superboy and are greatly reassured by his presence. [[spoiler:Though this was later revealed to have been part of Manchester Black's plot.]]


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* LikeFatherUnlikeSon: Like his dad, Jon is a kind, upstanding, and empathetic person who constantly tries to see the best in people and wants to use his superpowers to help others. But unlike his dad, Jon has a different set of interests and standards due to growing up in a vastly different time than when his father was a youth. The most blatant example of this is Jon's unwillingness to move to Metropolis. When Clark was a boy, everyone dreamed of moving there. On the other hand, Jon dislikes the crowded and overwhelming nature of the city, preferring Hamilton's fresh air and wide, rural spaces. As a result, it takes quite a bit of coaxing for Jon to finally relent.


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* RousingSpeech: Provides one to Hard Line and Big Shot when they were all under threat from Yggardis.
-->'''Jon:''' My mom taught me that while I might have a hard time describing just what a hero is... I'll know it when I see it. And I sure as heck see it in you. You do what every hero does. The best you can.\\
'''Big Shot:''' We want to help. [[spoiler:But if we're made of magical clay, what can we even do?]] He can destroy us in an instant.\\
'''Jon:''' You do what every hero does... the best you can.\\
'''Damian:''' [[GenerationXerox Jeez, you sound like your dad.]]\\
'''Jon:''' Thanks, I'll take that as a compliment.
9th Jan '18 3:28:15 PM reppuzan
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* AdultFear: Jon's very existence and activity as a superhero is a huge source of this for his parents. To date, Jon has been taken by Intergang, stood just a few meters away from a rampaging Doomsday, nearly had half his genome sucked out by the Eradicator, been abducted and sedated without warning by Damian, attacked by Lex Luthor, attacked later ''the same night'' by Kid Amazo and his army of power-copying robots, whisked away by [[spoiler:a hyper-dimensional imp]], fought a living planet that has crushed universes, [[spoiler:was near ground zero of an epidemic that turned the entirety of Metropolis' population into copies of Doomsday, and is targeted by an alternate future version of Batman for assassination.]]

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* AdultFear: Jon's very existence and activity as a superhero is a huge source of this for his parents. To date, Jon has been taken by Intergang, stood just a few meters away from a rampaging Doomsday, nearly had half his genome sucked out by the Eradicator, been abducted and sedated without warning by Damian, attacked by Lex Luthor, attacked later ''the same night'' by Kid Amazo and his army of power-copying robots, whisked away by [[spoiler:a hyper-dimensional imp]], fought a living planet that has crushed universes, [[spoiler:was near ground zero of an epidemic that turned the entirety of Metropolis' population into copies of Doomsday, and is targeted by an alternate future version of Batman for assassination.]]]] Needless to say, being Superboy is dangerous.



* MundaneUtility: Jon was tempted to use his heat vision after he saw that his friends were getting hit by rock-filled snowballs from the local bullies. He also uses his super speed to quickly get home, shower, and dry his hair before slipping under the covers as his parents come back from work to check on him.

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* MundaneUtility: Jon was tempted to use his heat vision after he saw that his friends were getting hit by rock-filled snowballs from the local bullies. He also uses his super speed SuperSpeed to quickly get home, shower, and dry his hair before slipping under the covers as his parents come back from work to check on him.him. His SuperStrength also comes in handy when helping someone change their tires.



* SuperiorSuccessor: As mentioned above, Jon's hybrid nature gives him even more potential than his father, with Batman predicting that Jon would have long-surpassed Superman in power if not for [[spoiler:Manchester Black messing with the neurons in Jon's brain to stunt his growth.]]

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* SuperiorSuccessor: As mentioned above, Jon's hybrid nature gives him even more potential than his father, with Batman predicting that Jon would have long-surpassed Superman in power if not for [[spoiler:Manchester Black messing with the neurons in Jon's brain to stunt his growth.]]]] As of the current comics, Jon can already outrace his dad and can match him blow for blow.
9th Jan '18 12:57:35 PM reppuzan
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* BadassAdorable: Being the (physically) youngest incarnation of the titleholder, this shouldn't come as a surprise. 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. At the same time, he's worried about his curfew, tries his best not to cuss, and gushes over the thought of working with the Teen Titans.

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* BadassAdorable: Being the (physically) youngest incarnation of the titleholder, this shouldn't come as a surprise. Even when his powers were just developing, he had no problems beating an armed man into unconsciousness with a loose pipe. 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. At the same time, he's worried about his curfew, tries his best not to cuss, and gushes over the thought of working with the Teen Titans.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: While he's still the same cheerful kid he started as, his [[RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic diction]], which was extremely childish to the point of using "hafta" instead of "have to" and pronouncing "because" as "cuz" among other things in ''ComicBook/SupermanLoisAndClark'', improved dramatically by the time of ''ComicBook/SupermanRebirth'', which heavily toned this down. He was also more naughty in these early appearances, listening to the radio on his phone in class instead of paying attention, getting sent to the principal's office after getting into fights, and being reprimanded for cussing in his parents' presence. This is a farcry from his extremely empathetic and sweet NiceGuy portrayal that was popularized by his appearances in ''ComicBook/SupermanRebirth'' and his leading role in ''ComicBook/SuperSons''. In addition, while Jon was able to at least hover at the end of Lois and Clark, he's completely unable to do so in the more recent comics until the end of the ''Black Dawn'' arc.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: While he's still the same cheerful kid he started as, his [[RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic diction]], which was extremely childish to the point of using "hafta" instead of "have to" and pronouncing "because" as "cuz" among other things in ''ComicBook/SupermanLoisAndClark'', improved dramatically by the time of ''ComicBook/SupermanRebirth'', which heavily toned this down. He was also more naughty in these early appearances, listening to the radio on using his phone in class instead of paying attention, getting sent to the principal's office after getting into fights, multiple times, and being reprimanded for cussing in his parents' presence. This is a farcry from his extremely empathetic and sweet NiceGuy portrayal that was popularized by his appearances in ''ComicBook/SupermanRebirth'' and his leading role in ''ComicBook/SuperSons''. In addition, while Jon was able to at least hover at the end of Lois and Clark, he's completely unable to do so in the more recent comics until the end of the ''Black Dawn'' arc.



* HeadbuttingHeroes: To put it bluntly, he and Damian do not get along well at all.

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* HeadbuttingHeroes: To put it bluntly, he and Damian do not get along well at all.all at first, but this evolves into VitriolicBestBuds down the line.


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* AnIcePerson: Jon can flash-freeze almost anything with his Super-Breath, generating giant swathes of ice from thin air with ease.
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