History Comicbook / TheDeathOfSuperman

18th Sep '16 10:30:29 AM Saveelich
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For some reason, killing off Franchise/{{Superman}} is a popular idea. It may be because, being the [[TheCape Ultimate Hero]], it is [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]] to see him make the [[HeroicSacrifice ultimate sacrifice]]. Maybe it's because he's normally [[InvincibleHero invulnerable to nearly everything]] and so his death comes as a shock. Maybe it's a [[MessianicArchetype Christ]] [[FauxSymbolism allegory]]. Or maybe it's because some people can't stand the character and want to see him offed [[StatusQuoIsGod even if only for a short while]]. Whatever the case, this has been done several times in various media over the decades.

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For some reason, killing off Franchise/{{Superman}} is a popular idea. It may be because, being the [[TheCape Ultimate Hero]], it is [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome [[DyingMomentOfAwesome awesome]] to see him make the [[HeroicSacrifice ultimate sacrifice]]. Maybe it's because he's normally [[InvincibleHero invulnerable to nearly everything]] and so his death comes as a shock. Maybe it's a [[MessianicArchetype Christ]] [[FauxSymbolism allegory]]. Or maybe it's because some people can't stand the character and want to see him offed [[StatusQuoIsGod even if only for a short while]]. Whatever the case, this has been done several times in various media over the decades.
12th Sep '16 3:15:30 PM VicGeorge2011
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* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:Superman in the finale. His repowering by the Eradicator's Heroic Sacrifice bounced his powers to new heights, though, for awhile, almost lead to PowerIncontinence.]]

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* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:Superman in the finale. His repowering by the Eradicator's Heroic Sacrifice bounced his powers to new heights, though, for awhile, it almost lead to PowerIncontinence.]]
2nd Sep '16 9:58:39 PM lorgskyegon
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Steel's backstory. He was a weapons designer and quit once he found out his high tech weaponry was being sold to terrorists. Later, the same weapons found their way to his neighborhood and it is one of the things that makes him into a superhero.
2nd Sep '16 9:48:38 PM lorgskyegon
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** Rex Leech and a couple of big goons also tried to intimidate Jimmy Olsen into selling him the licensing rights to the picture of Superman's torn cape.
5th Jul '16 9:35:45 PM Acebrock
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7th Jun '16 8:24:50 AM AnotherGuy
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* KilledMidSentence: Or rather, "Nearly Killed Mid-Sentence" - Blue Beetle goes to rescue Bloodwynd from a fire and when he finds him, the state he's in makes him realize who Bloodwynd really is. Doomsday grabs Beetle before he can say the name of his true identity.

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* KilledMidSentence: Or rather, "Nearly Killed Mid-Sentence" - Blue Beetle goes to rescue Bloodwynd from a fire and when he finds him, the state he's in makes him realize who Bloodwynd really is. Doomsday grabs Beetle before he can say the name of his true identity. [[spoiler: A mind-controlled ComicBook/MartianManhunter under control of a demon named Rott.]]
1st Jun '16 9:21:02 PM Kirayoshi
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* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' presentation of ''Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E02Hercules/{{Hercules}}'', when Hercules first appears:

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* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' presentation of ''Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E02Hercules/{{Hercules}}'', ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E02Hercules Hercules]]'', when Hercules first appears:
1st Jun '16 9:20:18 PM Kirayoshi
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* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' presentation of ''Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E02Hercules/{{Hercules}}'', when Hercules first appears:
-->'''Joel''': Hey, Hercules, gotta match?\\
'''Servo''': Not since Superman died.
26th May '16 7:49:31 PM SAMAS
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Cyborg Superman monolouges this, stating how Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter could have stopped Doomsday with ease as he's taking away the creature. Later stories revealed that wouldn't be the case.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Cyborg Superman monolouges this, stating how Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter Manhunter[[note]]to be fair, the latter was having a bit of an identity crisis at the time.[[/note]] could have stopped Doomsday with ease as he's taking away the creature. Later stories revealed that wouldn't be the case.
10th May '16 3:29:09 AM Amon_Ra
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A rapid series of FollowTheLeader events followed this; Superman hadn't even gotten back to life when ComicBook/{{Batman}} got his back broken in ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}''[[note]]Though DC constantly insisted that ''Knightfall'' was being planned ''long'' before [=TDoS=][[/note]], ComicBook/WonderWoman got replaced by Artemis, an AntiHeroSubstitute [[note]]in a story closely mirroring a Bronze Age story where she loses to a completely different red-headed Amazon[[/note]], and perhaps most infamously, Hal Jordan went insane and killed the Green Lantern Corps in ''Emerald Twilight'' and ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'', and was replaced by the YoungerAndHipper Kyle Rayner[[note]]and was put out of his misery in ''ComicBook/FinalNight''[[/note]], and over at Marvel, the Franchise/SpiderMan mantle went back and forth between Peter Parker and Ben Reilly, his clone, during ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''.

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A rapid series of FollowTheLeader events followed this; Superman hadn't even gotten back to life when ComicBook/{{Batman}} got his back broken in ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}''[[note]]Though DC constantly insisted that ''Knightfall'' was being planned ''long'' before [=TDoS=][[/note]], ComicBook/WonderWoman got replaced by Artemis, an AntiHeroSubstitute [[note]]in a story closely mirroring a Bronze Age story where she loses to a completely different red-headed Amazon[[/note]], and perhaps most infamously, Hal Jordan went insane and killed the Green Lantern Corps in ''Emerald Twilight'' and ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'', and was replaced by the YoungerAndHipper Kyle Rayner[[note]]and was put out of his misery in ''ComicBook/FinalNight''[[/note]], and over at Marvel, the Franchise/SpiderMan mantle cloack went back and forth between Peter Parker and Ben Reilly, his clone, during ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''.
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