History Comicbook / Supergirl

7th Aug '16 5:42:13 PM nombretomado
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Since then Supergirl's basic identity in the [[TheDCU DCU]] has held steady as Kara Zor-El. Confusion didn't end there though as her own named title was prone to retconning Kara's personal backstory on Krypton every three issues or so under a string of writers before ''finally'' settling down some 30 issues in. This roughly coincided with being brought into the extended [[BatFamilyCrossover New Krypton]] storyline, dealing with several hundred Kryptonians appearing on planet Earth led by Supergirl's parents. The book finally managed to become well regarded and is now a stable part of the Superman Family of comics. Supergirl also appeared in ''Supergirl and the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', in which she was stuck a thousand years in the future with the Legion (having made the TimeTravel trip during a TimeSkip in her own book, and then getting LaserGuidedAmnesia before she returned). To top it off, 2009 saw a toony-style miniseries aimed at kids, called ''Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures In the 8th Grade,'' which was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. [[WordOfGod The original writer says]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen he had plans to write sequels retelling her pre-Crisis story (her time in the Legion ''et al''), taking her up to the 12th Grade]].

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Since then Supergirl's basic identity in the [[TheDCU DCU]] Franchise/TheDCU has held steady as Kara Zor-El. Confusion didn't end there though as her own named title was prone to retconning Kara's personal backstory on Krypton every three issues or so under a string of writers before ''finally'' settling down some 30 issues in. This roughly coincided with being brought into the extended [[BatFamilyCrossover New Krypton]] storyline, dealing with several hundred Kryptonians appearing on planet Earth led by Supergirl's parents. The book finally managed to become well regarded and is now a stable part of the Superman Family of comics. Supergirl also appeared in ''Supergirl and the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', in which she was stuck a thousand years in the future with the Legion (having made the TimeTravel trip during a TimeSkip in her own book, and then getting LaserGuidedAmnesia before she returned). To top it off, 2009 saw a toony-style miniseries aimed at kids, called ''Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures In the 8th Grade,'' which was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. [[WordOfGod The original writer says]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen he had plans to write sequels retelling her pre-Crisis story (her time in the Legion ''et al''), taking her up to the 12th Grade]].
4th Aug '16 2:56:53 PM Tron80
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* AndIMustScream: In the New 52, after capturing Kara, Tycho held her in a stasis beam near from a chunk of kryptonite. She was in incredible pain but she couldn't scream or even move.
-->'''Kara:''' Kryptonyte. a radioactive element lethal to the touch. Just being close to it -- like I'm being held now -- can be fatal. I'm screaming, but no sound comes out. I'm crying, but there are no tears. My skin is burning off, but there are no flames. All there is... All I am now... is the pain.

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* AndIMustScream: AndIMustScream:
** In the post-Crisis universe, Kara spent thirty years in suspended animation, curled-up in a tiny pod and trapped in Kryptonite which hurt her and poisoned her mind.
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In the New 52, after capturing Kara, Tycho held her in a stasis beam near from a chunk of kryptonite. She was in incredible pain but she couldn't scream or even move.
-->'''Kara:''' --->'''Kara:''' Kryptonyte. a radioactive element lethal to the touch. Just being close to it -- like I'm being held now -- can be fatal. I'm screaming, but no sound comes out. I'm crying, but there are no tears. My skin is burning off, but there are no flames. All there is... All I am now... is the pain.


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* PromotedToParent: Superman always wants to take care of his cousin when he meets her. Silver Age Kara was grateful for his caring, but post-Crisis Supergirl resents that he acts like if he was her father.
4th Aug '16 5:03:50 AM Tron80
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* SpinAttack: In New 52 Supergirl #30, Kara performs a spin attack: she grabs an alien's tail and spins around, using her enemy's body as a blunt weapon to hit all enemies surrounding her. Justified trope, since no one was quick enough to hit her back or strong enough to hurt her.
4th Aug '16 3:33:58 AM Tron80
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* PlayingWithFire:
** Judge Sheko gains fire powers when she becomes a Red Lantern.
** Chris Kent's girlfriend and Kara's childhood friend, Thara Ak-Var, has pyrokinesis in addition to standard Kryptonian powers. She can harness fire even if being stunned by kryptonite, red sunlight, or some other Kryptonian weakness.
4th Aug '16 1:30:03 AM Tron80
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* EnemyWithout: Thanks to black kryptonite. She managed to pull herself back together.

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* EnemyWithout: Thanks Lex Luthor once exposed Supergirl to black kryptonite. It's not clear whether he knew what exactly it would do to her, but he hoped it would be ''bad.'' Well, turns out the stuff does ''this,'' and Kara had an evil doppelganger for a while. She managed to pull herself back together.together, but "Dark Supergirl" later resurfaced as an Enemy Within.
4th Aug '16 1:21:58 AM Tron80
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* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Supergirl is good at using spinning moves or generating whirlwinds to solve problems:
** In New 52 Supergirl #30 she performed a spin attack to repel a squad of alien enemies: she grabbed an alien and used his body as a blunt weapon, spinning around to hit all enemies surrounding her with her "weapon".
3rd Aug '16 3:00:04 AM Tron80
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* BalefulPolymorph: Comet, Supergirl's sapient horse with magical powers. As he described to her telepathically, he was originally a centaur in ancient Greece named Biron. The witch Circe gave him a potion to turn him fully human after he prevented an evil sorcerer poisoning her water, but by mistake made him fully horse instead due to the Sorcerer. Later, after meeting Supergirl, he went on a mission with her to the planet Zerox, where a magic spell was cast that turned him into a human, but only while a comet passes through the solar system he is in. As a human, he adopted the identity of "Bronco" Bill Starr, a rodeo trick-rider.


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* InterspeciesRomance:
** Among the first Supergirl's boyfriends were a human, a green-skinned Coluan, an Atlantean merboy, and, er, her horse Comet. Well, he wasn't ''really'' a horse and he was in human form at the time, admittedly, but there was still a kind-of relationship between them after he was turned back; it probably helped that he retained most of his intelligence.
** In addition to Brainiac 5 (mentioned above), she had a quasi-romantic friendship with [[Franchise/TheFlash Captain Boomerang]] (human) and an actual romance with Apokolips native Power Boy. And had a crush on [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]], but that [[MrFanservice hardly counts]].
** In the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' story arc, [[Franchise/GreenLanter Red Lanterns]] Rankorr -an human- and Bleez -a winged, blue-skinned alien-.
2nd Aug '16 11:26:40 PM Tron80
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* YoureNotMyFather: In Supergirl vol. #5 issue #22, Kara thinks her cousin is about to lecture her after her latest mess-up, and she interrupts him to remind him he isn't her father or her brother, she's trying to learn to be better, and she doesn't need his validation (Superman answers that he actually agrees with her).
-->'''Supergirl:''' No, listen to me. I have to say: I know you love me, and that's why you feel a need to act like my big brother or my dad -- But you're neither one! Maybe I need to learn things the hard way. But I am learning! I want to be a family with you and Uncle Jon and Aunt Martha, but I don't need your... validation!

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* YoureNotMyFather: YoureNotMyFather:
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In Supergirl vol. #5 issue #22, Kara thinks her cousin is about to lecture her after her latest mess-up, and she interrupts him to remind him he isn't her father or her brother, she's trying to learn to be better, and she doesn't need his validation (Superman answers that he actually agrees with her).
-->'''Supergirl:''' --->'''Supergirl:''' No, listen to me. I have to say: I know you love me, and that's why you feel a need to act like my big brother or my dad -- But you're neither one! Maybe I need to learn things the hard way. But I am learning! I want to be a family with you and Uncle Jon and Aunt Martha, but I don't need your... validation!validation!
** In ''Red Daughter Of Krypton'' Kara says this line after her team's leader tells she shouldn't drink booze because she's just a kid.
--->'''Supergirl:''' You're not my parent, Guy Gardner, and from what I understand, you don't even lead this team.
2nd Aug '16 10:10:26 AM Tron80
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* WillfullyWeak: Supergirl holds back the whole time because she's too powerful and she'll kill someone if her control slips.
** When post-Crisis Kara arrived on Earth, she caused a lot of property damage in the early issues until she learned how to control her enormous strength.
** Even when she briefly went out of her mind due to the influence of the Red Ring, Supergirl instinctively held back because she didn't want to hurt anybody.
2nd Aug '16 5:14:38 AM Tron80
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* FightOffTheKryptonite: Supergirl has to do this constantly:
** ''Red Daughter Of Krypton'': Earth's atmosphere was poisoned with Kryptonite When Supergirl fought [[spoiler:Worldkiller-1]]. Supergirl had to rely on her [[Franchise/GreenLantern power ring]] to keep fighting while she tried to overcome the K-radiation killing her cells and making her natural powers fade.
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