History Comicbook / Superboy

16th Oct '17 10:23:43 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.

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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. Sometimes justified by the fact that as a Half-Kryptonian, he ''has'' to hold back or he'll splatter normal people with a regular punch.
14th Oct '17 11:10:21 PM reppuzan
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* BlowYouAway: He discovers his Super-Breath in ''Superman #10'', which he can use to blow things great distances or freeze them solid if he so wishes.



* PersonOfMassDestruction: Thanks to his Kryptonian heritage, Batman refers to Jon as one of the "two most dangerous beings on the planet" even while ''ComicBookWonderWoman'' is in the room. The "Batman of Tomorrow" also says that Jon will be responsible for the death of millions in the near future. Hence the former's attempts to murder him in the present to prevent that from happening.

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* PersonOfMassDestruction: Thanks to his Kryptonian heritage, Batman refers to Jon as one of the "two most dangerous beings on the planet" even while ''ComicBookWonderWoman'' ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'' is in the room. The "Batman of Tomorrow" also says that Jon will be responsible for the death of millions in the near future. Hence the former's attempts to murder him in the present to prevent that from happening.
11th Oct '17 11:08:26 PM reppuzan
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* IGotBigger: Many glimpses of the future show Jon as tall and well-built as his dad is, with Wonder Woman's future son Hunter making special note of how broad Jon's shoulders were.
11th Oct '17 9:40:34 PM reppuzan
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* ImagineSpot: Spends the opening pages of ''Superman #21'' dreaming of flying while in his own unique spandex costume based on his current CivvieSpandex.



* ImagineSpot: Spends the opening pages of ''Superman #21'' dreaming of flying while in his own unique spandex costume based on his current CivvieSpandex.



* KeepingSecretsSucks: Jon hates the fact that he has to hide everything about him and wants to tell the world everything. Lois and Clark have to keep him tempered from this sort of idea. He also has to make up excuses during ''Superman #17'', during his little escapade with Kathy. He even does this to an extent with his ''parents'', as he makes it seem as though he was in bed all night due to staying up to watch a horror film and again when Damian took him out to Metropolis.

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* KeepingSecretsSucks: Jon hates the fact that he has to hide everything about him and wants to tell the world everything. Lois and Clark have to keep him tempered from this sort of idea. He also has to make up excuses during ''Superman #17'', during his little escapade with Kathy. He even does this to an extent with his ''parents'', as he makes it seem as though he was in bed all night due to staying up to watch a horror film and again when Damian took him out to Metropolis. [[spoiler:Mr. Oz, AKA Jor-El, uses this trait to get Jon to work with him by preying on Jon's frustrations with mundane life and by using the fact that he coached Jon on the use of the Hellbat suit during the attack on the Fortress of Solitude.]]



* NighInvulnerable: Not as pronounced as his dad, but when this power ''does'' work, knives and [[ItMakesSenseInContext giant porcupine quills]] shatter against his skin and clothing without a scratch.

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* NighInvulnerable: Not as pronounced as Originally zigzagged due to his dad, PowerIncontinence, which caused him to be injured by things as minor as falling off a tree or being sedated via injection, but when this power ''does'' work, he still grabbed red-hot metal with ease. As his control improved, so did his durability, as knives and [[ItMakesSenseInContext giant porcupine quills]] shatter harmlessly shattered against his skin and clothing without in ''Superman #17''. In more recent comics, he's only slightly dazed after being knocked through a scratch.building and has no problems getting back up after being punched by the super-strong Chun Yull, the Faceless Hunter.



* PersonOfMassDestruction: Thanks to his Kryptonian heritage, Batman refers to Jon as one of the "two most dangerous beings on the planet" even while ''ComicBookWonderWoman'' is in the room. The "Batman of Tomorrow" also says that Jon will be responsible for the death of millions in the future through currently unknown means. Hence the former's attempts to murder him in the present to prevent that from happening.

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* PersonOfMassDestruction: Thanks to his Kryptonian heritage, Batman refers to Jon as one of the "two most dangerous beings on the planet" even while ''ComicBookWonderWoman'' is in the room. The "Batman of Tomorrow" also says that Jon will be responsible for the death of millions in the future through currently unknown means.near future. Hence the former's attempts to murder him in the present to prevent that from happening.


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* SuperSenses: Like his dad, Jon is armed with Super-Vision of all kinds, from X-Ray to Telescopic. He also possesses his father's Super-Hearing, which also happened to be Jon's first superpower.
7th Oct '17 12:41:08 PM FuzzyBarbarian
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After disappearing from DC's comics, he was announced to be returning as part of the ComicBook/DCRebirth relaunch. Of course, the Superboy name is already being used by Jonathan Kent (see below), so how this will affect him is not yet known.
6th Oct '17 12:26:59 PM SeptimusHeap
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As shown, Superboy fought crime in and around his small home town of Smallville, and was raised by his foster parents, Ma and Pa Kent. Like his adult self, he also had a secret identity as Clark Kent. Other supporting characters included his best friend, Pete Ross, who had accidentally found Clark's secret and [[SecretKeeper aided him without his knowledge]]; his female friend next door, Comicbook/LanaLang, who, like ComicBook/LoisLane years later, tried to become Superboy's girlfriend and/or find out his secret identity; Smallville's chief of police, Chief Parker; and [[KryptoTheSuperdog Krypto]], Superboy's pet dog from Krypton.

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As shown, Superboy fought crime in and around his small home town of Smallville, and was raised by his foster parents, Ma and Pa Kent. Like his adult self, he also had a secret identity as Clark Kent. Other supporting characters included his best friend, Pete Ross, who had accidentally found Clark's secret and [[SecretKeeper aided him without his knowledge]]; his female friend next door, Comicbook/LanaLang, who, like ComicBook/LoisLane years later, tried to become Superboy's girlfriend and/or find out his secret identity; Smallville's chief of police, Chief Parker; and [[KryptoTheSuperdog [[ComicBook/KryptoTheSuperdog Krypto]], Superboy's pet dog from Krypton.
6th Oct '17 9:34:42 AM reppuzan
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* BrilliantButLazy: Despite being portrayed as the DumbMuscle of the Super Sons (not helped by the fact that Damian is an InsufferableGenius and a ChildProdigy), Jon is surprisingly intelligent for his age when he puts his mind to it, solving fifth-grade math problems nearly instantly after not listening to the question, tinkering with Kryptonian technology under his father's supervision, and already knows how to drive a tractor and subsequently [[spoiler:a truck, which he rams into the guy who was starting to overpower his dad.]] He also sees through [[spoiler:Mr. Mxyzptlk's]] first riddle after remembering his offhand statement about "bedtime stories". Jon's foolishness comes more out of naivety, inexperience, and immaturity than any stupidity on his part. It also helps that he's around ten-years old and is thus not particularly invested in academia or otherwise using that brain of his to its full potential. As his teacher describes him:

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* BrilliantButLazy: Despite being portrayed as the DumbMuscle of the Super Sons (not helped by the fact that Damian is an InsufferableGenius and a ChildProdigy), Jon is surprisingly intelligent for his age when he puts his mind to it, solving fifth-grade math problems nearly instantly after not listening to the question, tinkering with Kryptonian technology under his father's supervision, and already knows how to drive a tractor and subsequently [[spoiler:a a truck, which he rams into the guy who was starting to overpower his dad.]] dad. He also sees through [[spoiler:Mr. Mxyzptlk's]] first riddle after remembering his offhand statement about "bedtime stories". Jon's foolishness comes more out of naivety, inexperience, and immaturity than any stupidity on his part. It also helps that he's around ten-years old and is thus not particularly invested in academia or otherwise using that brain of his to its full potential. As his teacher describes him:



* CarFu: [[spoiler:Drives a truck into a guy who began beating his Dad.]]

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* CarFu: [[spoiler:Drives He once drove a truck into a guy who began beating his Dad.]]



* DistressedDude: When he isn't the focus of the story, Jon tends to get kidnapped a lot, either for being the son of Lois Lane or the son of Superman, depending on the villains involved. Superman himself is terrified of anything happening to Jon as a result.

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* DistressedDude: When he isn't the focus of the story, Jon tends to get kidnapped a lot, either for being the son of Lois Lane or the son of Superman, depending on the villains involved. [[AdultFear Superman himself is terrified of anything happening to Jon as a result.]]



** On one occasion, [[https://youtu.be/e3f2J1qdK74?t=131 he accidentally used his heat vision while trying to use X-Ray Vision to see who the unexpected visitors were]], blasting straight through the door and sending both Wonder Woman and Batman flying backwards. Bruce would have had a hole punched through him if it weren't for Diana's quick thinking.

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** On one occasion, [[https://youtu.be/e3f2J1qdK74?t=131 he accidentally used his heat vision Heat Vision while trying to use X-Ray Vision to see who the unexpected visitors were]], were, blasting straight through the door and sending both Wonder Woman and Batman flying backwards. Bruce would have had a hole punched through him if it weren't for Diana's quick thinking.thinking.
** In ''Superman #17'', his Heat Vision goes off again when Kathy rang the doorbell while he was in the middle of watching a horror film.



** In ''Superman #17'', his Heat Vision goes off again when Kathy rang the doorbell while he was in the middle of watching a horror film.



* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Jon is always fighting the temptation to avoid using his powers in school and seems to enjoy letting loose as Superboy, given his eagerness to help.

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* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Jon is always fighting the temptation to avoid using his powers in school and seems to enjoy letting loose as Superboy, given his eagerness to help. He also hates school as a whole and would much rather be playing video games or being a superhero than reading a textbook.
6th Oct '17 9:24:24 AM 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.]] 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.

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* BadassAdorable: Being the (physically) 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.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.



* BigEater: Less explicit than most examples, but in ''Superman #7'' he's shown eating a burger while slurping soda with his Dad holding an armful of snacks in tow. The snacks are nowhere to be seen a few panels later. He then helps himself to cotton candy and all-you-can-drink milk. Later on, he's seen enjoying several tubs of ice cream, at least two boxes of pizza, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, cherries, and numerous liter bottles of soda with his friend Kathy and his first dog Ranger. In ''Action Comics #966'', Jon also expresses a particular fondness for his Dad's deluxe "Blow Your Guts Out" Meatballs.

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* BigEater: Less explicit than most examples, but in ''Superman #7'' he's shown eating a burger while slurping soda with his Dad holding an armful of snacks in tow. The snacks are nowhere to be seen a few panels later. He then helps himself to cotton candy and all-you-can-drink milk. Later on, he's seen enjoying several tubs of ice cream, at least two boxes of pizza, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, cherries, and numerous liter bottles of soda with his friend Kathy and his first dog Ranger. In ''Action Comics #966'', Jon also expresses a particular fondness for his Dad's deluxe "Blow Your Guts Out" Meatballs.meatballs.



* HalfHumanHybrid: Jon is the first naturally-born mainstream Human-Kryptonian hybrid Superboy with the exception of his villainous predecessor from the New 52 continuity. It should also be noted that Jon is the first ''stable'' and complete hybrid of his kind, as Jon Lane Kent suffered constant agony from his unique genome, and none of the other Superboys used the standard Kryptonian powers at first, instead mimicking superhuman strength, speed, and flight with [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]].

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** Again in Super Sons Issue #8.
--->'''Jon:''' ''[after being saved from a giant mechanical tentacle]'' Who the '''''H''''' are they?
* HalfHumanHybrid: Jon is the first naturally-born mainstream Human-Kryptonian hybrid Superboy with the exception of his villainous predecessor from the New 52 continuity. It should also be noted that Jon is the first ''stable'' and complete hybrid of his kind, as Jon Lane Kent suffered constant agony from his unique genome, and none of the other Superboys used the standard Kryptonian powers at first, instead mimicking superhuman strength, speed, and flight with [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]].telekinesis]] before getting their Kryptonian powers over time.



* 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.

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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.suspicious...



* MusclesAreMeaningless: He has the build of an active, but average boy his age, leading Damian to say that Jon has "narrow shoulders". Nevertheless, Jon is strong enough to casually toss Damian, who has demonstrated [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower numerous Olympic-level feats at his age]], aside with little effort and hold him up by the collar when angered.

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* MusclesAreMeaningless: He has the build of an active, but average boy his age, leading Damian to say that Jon has "narrow shoulders". Nevertheless, Jon is strong enough to casually toss Damian, who has demonstrated [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower numerous Olympic-level feats at his age]], aside with little effort and hold him up by the collar when angered. Later on he's stopping trains with ease and has no problem throwing down with other super-strong villains.
4th Oct '17 12:45:34 PM reppuzan
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* DistressedDude: When he isn't the focus of the story, Jon tends to get kidnapped a lot, either for being the son of Lois Lane or the son of Superman, depending on the villains involved. Superman himself is terrified of anything happening to Jon as a result.



* PersonOfMassDestruction: Thanks to his Kryptonian heritage, Batman refers to Jon as one of the "two most dangerous beings on the planet". The "Batman of Tomorrow" also says that Jon will be responsible for the death of millions in the future through currently unknown means. Hence the former's attempts to murder him in the present to prevent that from happening.

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* PersonOfMassDestruction: Thanks to his Kryptonian heritage, Batman refers to Jon as one of the "two most dangerous beings on the planet".planet" even while ''ComicBookWonderWoman'' is in the room. The "Batman of Tomorrow" also says that Jon will be responsible for the death of millions in the future through currently unknown means. Hence the former's attempts to murder him in the present to prevent that from happening.



* SadisticChoice: Jon is frequently one of these choices for his father, forcing Supes to choose between going after a bad guy or saving Jon and Lois from a threat they cannot handle. Other times this crosses into LetsYouAndHimFight, with Jon being forced to fight his father over a particular dispute.

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* SadisticChoice: Jon is frequently one of these choices for his father, forcing Supes to choose between going after a bad guy or saving Jon and Lois from a threat they cannot handle. Other times this crosses into LetsYouAndHimFight, LetsYouAndHimFight and ConflictBall, with Jon being forced to fight his father over a particular dispute.
30th Sep '17 3:19:56 AM Robbyn
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* NoBodyLeftBehind: [[spoiler:Is subject to this in ''Superman #18'' after mysterious white flames consume everything the Kents own, seemingly fading from existence bit by bit until there's nothing left of him. Luckily, he's currently only stuck in Mr. Mxyzptlk's domain, but the imp plans on erasing him for real if he's not careful.]]
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