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->''"Stand aside, Busty Airborne Lass!"''

Quite possibly MostCommonSuperpower incarnate.

The [[TheSeventies 1970s]] version of All-Star Comics, starring the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, featured the original versions of many of DCComics' superheroes and their families, living in a [[AlternateReality parallel universe]] known as Earth-2. In issue #58 (January-February, 1976) a new character debuted, created by Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada, and Wally Wood. PowerGirl was introduced as the counterpart of {{Supergirl}}- she was the cousin of Earth-2's Superman (Kal-L). It was decided to make her as different as possible from Supergirl - including a different costume, code-name, personality and (most notably) a sexier body.

Karen Starr, the name she adopted, proved a hit with readers. She received solo stories in ''"Showcase''" #97-99 (February-April, 1978). DC was considering launching a Power Girl series. But in 1978, the DC Implosion struck, with the cancellation of over 24 ongoing titles. There was no room for new titles. Karen did however become a founding member of InfinityInc. Regularly appearing in the 12 first issues of said series, and occasionally turning up in subsequent ones.

And then ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' hit and not only wasn't there an Earth-2 anymore, but Superman was now again the last Kryptonian. Power Girl still existed, and though, was given a new origin as an Atlantean. After some silly {{retcon}}s, including [[DorkAge one period where she was vulnerable to "natural, unprocessed materials,"]] ''InfiniteCrisis'' and a PowerGirl mini-series finally cleared up her origin by having her be... [[StatusQuoIsGod the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman]] (after reality got {{Cosmic Retcon}}ned again).

She was a member of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and had her own comic book, started in 2009, originally written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and beautifully drawn by Amanda Conner. After issue #12 the original creative team left the series, replaced by JuddWinick and Sami Basri, and the series shifted both its [[ArtShift visual]] and writing style. In her series, she reestablished her SecretIdentity of Karen Starr and established the company Starrware, all the while mentoring Atlee, the new Terra, and trying to stop [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys the Ultra-Humanite]] or [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe really hot aliens]] from destroying [[BigApplesauce New York]]. The series took a LighterAndSofter approach to the character and the DC Universe at large, at first focusing on Power Girl's attempts to reintegrate into living a normal life and forming a stable relationship with Terra. After the creative team change, the book focused less on Power Girl's personal life, instead revolving around her heroic activities and how they ''affected'' her personal life, and also dealt with the reappearance of Maxwell Lord. The story was heavily tied into the ''BrightestDay'' event, though not published under the ''Brightest Day'' banner, and had interweaving plotlines with ''Justice League: Generation Lost''.

After the "{{New 52}}" DCUniverse reboot, Power Girl reappeared as Karen Starr, at first in a supporting role for ''Mister Terrific'', and later in an ongoing series with the {{Huntress}}, [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=36367 a new volume of ''World's Finest'']], where she is revealed to be ...[[RunningGag the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman.]] This time, however, she has been explicitly described as the Supergirl of Earth-2, having started her superhero career as Supergirl when she was younger, before coming to Prime Earth together with Huntress (who served as the Robin of Earth-2).
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!!Power Girl has examples of these tropes:

[[AC: Let's put these [[JustForPun right up front]], shall we?]]
* BoobsOfSteel
* BuxomIsBetter
* CleavageWindow
* GagBoobs
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey
* MostCommonSuperpower
* MsFanservice
* MyEyesAreUpHere

A popular UrbanLegend states that all of this was the result of an in-joke by her original artist, Wally Wood, who [[FanServicePack drew her breasts bigger every issue]] just to see how far he could get away with it. However, [[http://ragnell.blogspot.com/2006/05/power-girl-you-be-judge.html examination of her original issues shows a consistent portrayal]], and no source has been presented to give authenticity to this legend, so it has been effectively debunked.
** All of the above, for the most part, apply to her so called "classic" costume, an attempt to create a new costume without the CleavageWindow was made when the DCU was rebooted in the New 52, but that lasted for about a year before she got a variant of her classic costume back.

[[AC: And now for the rest:]]
* ActionGirl
* [[AntiHero Anti Heroine]]: A Type II in the "{{New 52}}" series, where she seems to have no qualms whatsoever about stealing equipment and money so long as it is in a good cause.
* AlternateSelf: Of Kara Zor-'''E'''l (Supergirl) though how closely connected they are [[DependingOnThewriter varies.]] In the New 52 they are quite explicitly the same person from different universes ("We... are ''me''.")
* AmazonianBeauty: She is oftentimes drawn with the physique of a bodybuilder.
* AmnesiacDissonance: After his final defeat, [[spoiler: Ultra-Humanite]] had his memory erased and was reintroduced into society. He does not seem happy with the plan, but he is accepting of the future...until Power Girl turns him back and he swears that it will ''never'' be over between them. It is unknown how much of his original nature will remain after his mind wipe.
* ArtShift: When the original creative team left her series in 2010 there was a change in style adapted by the new pencilers and inkers. The bright colors of Amanda Conner were dropped, replaced with the more subdued palette of Sami Basri, and the character designs became slimmer, losing the pronounced curves of the early issues.
* BalefulPolymorph: Power Girl, Superman and Zatanna are briefly turned into rock people by Siphon, who can copy Zatanna's powers.
* BerserkButton: Kara is very protective of Terra, her sidekick/sister-figure.
* BigApplesauce: She has now moved to Manhattan.
* BigBad: When breaking into New Cadmus, which is being orchestrated by Max Lord, Kara and Nico actually comment that this is the headquarters of the bag guy that is behind ''everything''.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Max Lord hits Power Girl with a mental suggestion to go kill the Justice League International. She sees everyone on the team as another hero (CaptainAtom as Franchise/{{Superman}}, Fire as [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Starfire]], Ice as {{Supergirl}}, Rocket Red as GreenLantern Hal Jordan and Booster Gold as Franchise/{{Batman}}) and hears all their dialogue as plans to conquer and rule humanity.
* BreathWeapon: Comes with the FlyingBrick package.
* [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS Brought To You By The Letter P]]: Her ComicBook/{{New 52}} version's first costume has a stylized P on the left side of her chest.
* CaptainErsatz: Vartox was originally based on Sean Connery, with his appearance taken from the movie ''{{Zardoz}}'' and his over-the-top machismo from Connery himself.
* CardCarryingVillain: "'Rue the day'? Nobody talks like that anymore. It just sounds stupid." "It's a classic villain line."
* CharacterDevelopment: From her "victim to raw materials" days in the 90s, she was brought into the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and eventually became its Superman equivalent (until Earth-22 Superman arrived) and, later, the team's first chairwoman.
* ChestInsignia: A notable ''lack'' of one, she has what is termed a "boob window." Because of her [[ContinuitySnarl long and complicated history]] there have been numerous explanations as to why, exactly, she has this window. The current story behind it is kind of sad - she could not think of a symbol, so she left it blank and never filled it and is actually undergoing a minor identity crisis as she tries to figure out where she fits in the world. Though not all reasons have been as poignant, they are all intentional and rational. Previously, one of her explanations was that the window gave a clear indication of who and what she was: Strong, feminine and yes, big-breasted. If people were overly preoccupied or distracted by the last part that was their problem, not hers, she would not be bound by what they thought of her.
** The ComicBook/{{New 52}} version has a stylized P on the left side of her chest on the costume she wore before she switched over to the variant of her pre-New 52 version's "boob window" costume.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After the author/artist switch to Judd Winick and Sami Basri, Terra, who had been Power Girl's sidekick/partner/sister throughout the early issues, is neither seen nor mentioned.
* ClarkKenting: Her disguise as Karen Starr for most of her existence has been tying her hair back. That is it. She herself explains that her large breasts actually help keep her identity secret, especially considering the CleavageWindow, [[DistractedByTheSexy since they draw attention away from her face.]] In issue #22, Superman himself advises her to make Karen Starr a real person, not just a costume. She gets a makeover to make Karen appear more different from Power Girl, involving a business suit, red hair, and, of course, glasses. [[LampshadeHanging The reveal alternates panels between her and Clark Kent to highlight their similar disguises]].
* CListFodder: The Blue Snowman is the initial villain of the Vartox arc, and is introduced with the caption "'''Blue Snowman'''... '''Life Expectancy''': Panel 4, Page 14"
* CloningBlues: Power Girl discovers that fighting an exact duplicate of herself is not very fun. On the plus side, apparently Krypto is ''[[IncorruptiblePurePureness so damn heroic]]'' that [[HeroicDog even his evil clone comes to Kara's aide]].
* ClothingDamage: She suffers from this a suspiciously large amount. Her costume is often portrayed as being hardly more resilient than ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'s. She never lets it slow her down, though.
* ContinuitySnarl: Power Girl's origin is unusual in that it lampshades the utter failure of past writers to come up with a legitimate way of maintaining her character's existence in the face of endless rewrites of the DC universe's history. There is no way the character can exist in the currently "valid" history- and her character development directly involves her attempts to deal with that fact. She is the cousin of Earth-2 Superman, but it is explicitly the pre-Crisis Earth 2. The new similar Earth-2 created following the 52 event has its own Power Girl cementing our Power Girl's status as an orphan of the old Multiverse.
* CrazyPrepared: Not as crazy as [[Franchise/{{Batman}} some]], but Power Girl has repeatedly stressed that Terra needs to wear her uniform ''all the time'', [[DressedInLayers under her regular clothing if need be]], so she will always be ready for danger to strike at any moment.
* {{Crossover}}: Issue #20 is directly continued in ''Justice League: Generation Lost'', which follows up on Power Girl's {{brainwashing}} at the hands of Max Lord to kill the Justice League International.
* CurbStompBattle: Once Power Girl is pushed past her limit and stops holding back she takes Ultra-Humanite, who a few pages earlier had been bragging about destroying all of civilization, and beats him down in six panels. Four of those panels are PG ''slamming his head against the wall''.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: {{Deconstructed}}. Power Girl (In her role as Karen Starr, head of Starrware) holds the patents to several miraculous technologies and heads what seems to be a well-running corporation. However, now that they have engineered these miraculous technologies they need to develop them into some form of marketable product, deal with worried overseeing government agencies and also contend with the almost insurmountable issues of normal office paperwork. Starrware might be on the cutting edge of human technology, and its stock prices will probably go through the roof once it goes public, but right now it needs to find some way to actually gain revenue from its assets. Power Girl herself is struggling to make ends meet until the profits start to come in, and lampshades this when fighting the Blue Snowman, who had developed the technology to create weather and was using this technology to steal jewels not worth half of what her equipment was worth.
* DayInTheLife: Volume 12 of PowerGirl's ongoing series is largely this. As it turns out, her daily life involves bathing in an empathic bikini, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming bonding]] with Terra and stopping a fight between an alien monster and [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[{{Zardoz}} Sean Connery]].
* DestinationDefenestration: Satanna really should learn the art of small-talk and cuddling
* DishingOutDirt: Atlee, the new Terra, and Power Girl's new best friend. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming They go see movies together.]]
* DistaffCounterpart[=/=]EvilCounterpart: Power Boy, who wears a black version of her outfit except his costume doesn't have sleeves and covers his legs. He also was abusive to Supergirl during the brief period they dated.
* DressedInLayers: Though Power Girl herself is always prepared for trouble, Terra has not quite grasped the concept that she always needs to wear her costume underneath her clothing just in case. As such, she is completely unprepared when a monster rises up when she and PG are out watching a movie and she ends up going into battle [[UnderwearOfPower dressed only in adorable lady-bug underwear]].
** Note that the writer actually put effort into making it ''plausible'' for PG.
* CuteKitten: [[http://jacquelineofalltrades.tumblr.com/photo/1280/4294961977/1/tumblr_lj1rx3Wvti1qbmslx Stinky]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Not if the [[strike:monkey]] gorilla is the Ultra-Humanite.
* EvilBrunetteTwin: "Divine," the [[EvilTwin evil]] [[CloningBlues clone]] of Power Girl, has black hair opposed to PG's blonde, but is otherwise identical in every way.
* EvilerThanThou: Satanna goes to [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Dr. Sivanna]] to get a weapon to revenge herself on Power Girl and gives him what he wanted as payment. Afterwards he attempts some minor small-talk and she, [[CardCarryingVillain because she and he are villains]], does not feel it is necessary to disguise the fact that she felt this was a heartily disgusting event which she did solely as part of a business exchange. He agrees with her, then points out that since they are bad guys he no longer cares about her desires since she gave him what he wanted, and [[DestinationDefenestration throws her out the window]].
* EvilLaugh: Apparently, characters differentiate between your {{Mad Scientist}}s and scientists who happen to be mad by the presence or absence of a good "Moo-Ha-Ha!"
* EvilTwin: "Divine," the [[EvilBrunetteTwin dark haired]] clone of Power Girl.
* {{Expy}}: In the {{DCAU}}, Supergirl's evil clone, Galatea, is an expy of Power Girl.
* EyeBeams: Power Girl has them, unfortunately for Satanna.
* FanService: Lots, including the new series with a trio of [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe gorgeous aliens]].
* FetusTerrible: Prior to the ''ZeroHour'' CrisisCrossover, Power Girl became mysteriously pregnant, and during the crossover, she gave birth to a son named Equinox, who managed to defeat the BigBad, Scarabus, in an issue of ''Justice League America'' and [[CanonDiscontinuity was never seen nor mentioned again]]. And the father is... [[spoiler:Arion, who was [[ParentalIncest her grandfather]] at the time this was published.]] Like many things from the Gerard Jones JLA run, this has been one of those things quietly allowed to fade from DCU history and fan memories. Letter column remarks back in the day seemed to unofficially indicate that such stories were definitely not going to be touched again.
* FlyingBrick: After finally being established ([[ContinuitySnarl again]]) as Superman's cousin she gets most of his powers as well, including heat vision and ice breath.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Amanda Conner's artwork is full of these, such as [[AnimalReactionShot PG's cat not liking who she is interviewing]] or stealing shrimp from their Chinese take out. When a flasher [[WhatAnIdiot tries to expose himself to PG and Terra]] PG uses her [[BreathWeapon freeze breath]] on his exposed areas; after she calls for a cop the next panel pans back to reveal that they are standing in front of a dermatology clinic whose current special "will freeze off your..." When PG and Terra change out of their regular clothes into their costumes, a bum can be seen enjoying the show.
* GeniusBruiser
* GenderedOutfit: Power Boy, who wears a tank top unitard rather than Power Girl's leotard.
* GenreSavvy: {{Zatanna}} has a "magic line," a phone number for people to call when they are facing life-threatening circumstances from magical adversaries. Because any phone call to that number would logically be of the highest importance she ''always'' answers when somebody calls. As such, her voice-mail recording for that number is an explanation that she must be in terrible danger, since she would never chose to not pick up the phone, and whoever is calling should track her phone GPS and come rescue her right away.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In a flashback Satanna can be seen wearing a shirt that reads "[[CountryMatters CU Next Tues]]".
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Terra]]
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Well, they do not have green skin, but other than that...
* HelloNurse: Heck, even the [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer superheroines]] probably want her.
* HeroicDog: Apparently, Max Lord gave Professor Ivo very strict instructions ''not'' to clone Krypto, Superman's dog.
--> '''Max Lord:''' "We talked about this! ''Don't clone the dog!'' Dogs are ''weird''! [[IncorruptiblePurePureness The whole loyalty thing just seems to be branded right in on a genetic level]], for Pete's sake!"
* HomageShot: At one point when Atlee and Power Girl are at the movies, the main cast of TheBigBangTheory are seen, most notably Howard, who then proceeds to hit on her. And strike out. HARD.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Power Girl actually discusses this trope when fighting her evil clone. She reasons that, even if "Divine" has all the same powers as her that does not mean she knows how to ''use'' those powers, since she has only been "alive" for ten minutes and has never worked with these abilities before.
* [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight "I Know You're In There Somewhere" Fight]]:
** When Terra was [[spoiler: [[GrandTheftMe taken over by the Ultra-Humanite]]]] and fighting Power Girl she kept taunting PG with regards to this trope.
--> '''Terra[[spoiler:[[GrandTheftMe Ultra-Humanite]]]]:''' "Let's have one of those totally clichéd [[LetsYouAndHimFight hero-slash-friend fights]]. You get to say things like 'I know you're stronger than this', or 'You can fight it'...oh, and 'This isn't you!'"
** In Power Girl's {{crossover}} with ''Justice League: Generation Lost'' Power Girl has been {{brainwashed}} into believing that the members of the Justice League International are other heroes planning to conquer and rule humanity. The members of JLI, dreading the destruction and loss of life that would come from fighting Power Girl in earnest (Assuming they could ''survive'' such a fight), try to get through the brainwashing and have her recognize them.
* InsistentTerminology: They are ''not'' "monsters," they are ''G.E.L.F.s.'' It is not that hard to remember.
* JustForPun: "Oh yeah, this ''[[DishingOutDirt rocks]]!''"
* KickTheDog: Ultra-Humanite and Satanna are already well past the MoralEventHorizon, they were murderers and psychopaths long before this series started, but when they put Atlee's brain inside the burned gorilla body it is just '''wrong'''.
* LampshadeHanging: Atlee seems to derive nourishment from all the lamps she keeps pointing out:
-->"[[ClarkKenting Yeah, who would ever believe that under those mild-mannered clothes is a superhero named Power Girl]]? [[SarcasmMode I mean, you two look]] ''[[SarcasmMode nothing]]'' [[SarcasmMode alike!]]"
-->"[[StrictlyFormula Well, it seems a lot of things up here follow a formula]]...a series of events that happen over and over, isn't that true? Take supervillains ... you guys catch them committing crimes, they go to jail, they ''break out'' and you guys put them back again."
** When Karen and Atlee go to see a movie for the first time, the movie has an obvious reference to the resurrection of Barry Allen, the second Flash who had recently come back to life.
--> '''Redheaded love interest''': I thought you were dead.
--> '''Blonde guy played by Alan Barry''': [[ComicBookDeath I got better!]]
* LargeHam: Vartox is either the single greatest event to happen to comic-books since an artist thought "Wait a second, ''I can make them [[MostCommonSuperpower as big as I want]]''," or he has come to murder all Power Girl fans with overexposure to the "sexy superstud from planet Valeron."
--> '''Vartox''': "Bask in the seduction musk distilled from tears of the ghost poets of dimension seven...to prove his manly prowess, Vartox has arranged for a demonstration of masculinity."
* LeotardOfPower
* LetsYouAndHimFight:
--> '''Terra[[spoiler:[[GrandTheftMe Ultra-Humanite]]]]:''' "Let's have one of those [[LampshadeHanging totally clichéd hero-slash-friend fights]]. You get to say things like [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight 'I know you're stronger than this', or 'You can fight it'...oh, and 'This isn't you!']]"
* LingerieScene: Vartox decides to dress appropriately for his dinner with Power Girl. The results are...[[NightmareFuel not quite right for a formal dinner]], but Power Girl can not help but peek through her fingers just a little.
* MadScientist: For your convenience, models come both with and without "[[EvilLaugh Moo-Ha-Ha!]]"
* MediumAwareness: The narrator is quite aware of how things work in comic-book land:
--> '''Power Girl''', Kara Zor-L... '''Life Expectancy''': It's her series, what do ''you'' think?
--> '''Dr Mid-Nite'''...'''Life Expectancy''': Shaken, not stirred
--> '''Blue Snowman'''...'''Life Expectancy''': Panel 4, Page 14
--> Vernon O'Valeron A.K.A. '''Vartox'''... '''Life Expectancy''': Waiting to hear back from the editors
* MirrorMatch: She's fought her double from the recreated Earth-2, and her evil clone, "Divine".
* MsFanservice: Oh Yeah. Terra also counts.
* MultipleChoicePast: Until it was cleared up in ''InfiniteCrisis''.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Magic dinosaurs with [[GatlingGood minigun arms]], [[AxCrazy carrying axes]] and [[EyeBeams shooting lasers from their eyes]] are just some of the creations of Siphon, a man who copied {{Zatanna}}'s powers.
* NoOSHACompliance: "Note to mad scientists and would-be world-conquering psychopaths... ''safety regulations exist for a reason''."
* OhCrap: Power Girl utters the line after realizing that she only has 3 seconds until a ship explodes. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Her face in that panel]] [[http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l72nwtVZBm1qcabtmo1_500.jpg totally sells it]].
* {{Otaku}}: There are some hints that Power Girl may be a closet anime and manga fan, especially given her preoccupation with "manga monsters".
* PantyShot: Not of the usual sort, but Terra does not quite get the whole thing about wearing your costume under your clothes and winds up taking off her pants and fighting in her lady bug underwear.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: When Vartox [[SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable decides to slip into something more comfortable]] the result is [[NightmareFuel not quite what he intended]], and Power Girl rather firmly insists that he puts more clothes on. '''''Now.'''''
* PornStache: Vartox rocks a 'stache the likes of which Earth is not prepared for.
* TheRealHeroes: Power Girl managed to squeeze one in. When a firefighter is helping her limp away from a bomb crater he comment that he does not often get the opportunity help somebody like her ("Like me?" "Yeah... a ''hero''") and she replies "I can say the same thing about you."
* RealityWarper: Who turns out to be a young girl who reads a lot of fantasy.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Averted with Karen Starr and Starrware, who have managed to create some really cool technology, sometimes by reverse engineering alien tech. This includes [[{{Nanotechnology}} nanotech]] that can create a [[CoolCar 1966 Pontiac GTO]] from what appears to be a pile of rubber, scrap metal and rope. With a vanity plate already installed ("Starr"). Say what you will, Power Girl has ''style''.
* RefugeInAudacity: The [[TheSeventies planet Valeron]] is ruled by the sexy superstud [[LargeHam Vartox]], assisted by [[BlackBestFriend Chancellor Groovicus Mellow]], and Vartox wields his [[PornStache mighty moustache]] from his happening pad while fending off [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]] {{pirate}}s. ''All in one issue!''
* RentAZilla: One that looks [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} almost exactly like The King of Monsters]] and one like [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} the other Zilla]] appear in the fourth issue of her own series.
* SecretIdentity: Karen Starr. At the beginning of her solo series PG even says that she ''misses'' having one.
* TheSeventies: The planet Valeron might actually be an alien world perpetually stuck in the era of disco.
* ShoppingMontage: With Atlee to get furniture for her new apartment. Also Cinnamon Buns.
* ShoutOut:
** When Power Girl knocks out Siphon and reverses his spell to "Unleash Hell," the demonic maelstrom vanishes and she says "so long Creator/HPLovecraft."
** [[Film/RealGenius "Rue the day?" Who talks like that?]]
* ShowSomeLeg: Who do you get when you want to distract Toyman?
* {{Sidekick}}: Terra generally fills this role, though she does complain about always being put on crowd control.
* SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable: Vartox decides to attire himself properly for his dinner with Power Girl. She instructs him, rather firmly, to put more clothes on. '''''Now'''''.
* StalkerWithACrush: In one issue of ''JSA'', Power Girl beats the stuffing out of a super-powered stalker named "D-Bomb".
* StatuesqueStunner: She is every bit as tall as WonderWoman.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: When {{Zatanna}} is in the presence of a man who can copy her powers, she realizes that just beating him in a WizardDuel will not solve the problem, she needs to physically leave his presence to keep him from getting her powers permanently.
-->'''Zatanna:''' (''In Narration'') He's good right out of the gate. I'm just '''better'''. But being better isn't really the issue, I just need to get the heck away from this idiot!\\
'''Power Girl:''' "We need to get Zatanna the heck away from that idiot!"
* StrawFeminist: Has come across as one in the past, but has mellowed out since then. Her past behavior was retconned as a ''diet soda allergy.''
* {{Squick}}: Power Girl's in-universe reaction to learning that the Ultra-Humanite had sex with his girlfriend Satanna... [[ShapeshiftingSquick in gorilla form]]. Because Satanna was turned on by his new body.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Despite the notoriety of her costume, it is actually rather tame by modern standards (it more or less looks like a swimsuit), and the lack of protection is somewhat justified considering she is bulletproof.
* ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels:
--> '''Power Girl:''' "No! No, you ''didn't''!! You ''cloned Krypto''?!?! What kind of sick @#$#$--this is ''Superman's dog''. For crying out loud! Is ''nothing'' sacred!?"
** After Power Girl, Superman and Zatanna are [[BalefulPolymorph turned into rock people]] she looks down at her new rocky body and comments that "this is wrong on many, '''''many''''' levels."
* {{Tsundere}}: Power Girl herself during the ''Justice League Europe'' arcs. Considering the one who got her ''dere'' side was the only one who didn't spend all his time ogling her, probably justified.
* UnderwearOfPower: Her normal costume is a pretty standard superheroine outfit, but Terra has not yet grasped the importance of [[DressedInLayers always having your costume handy]] and one time she was forced to go into battle wearing nothing but adorable lady-bug underwear when she and Power Girl were attacked while out at the movies.
* UrbanLegend: In RealLife, there is a long-lasting myth that Power Girl has such [[MostCommonSuperpower impressive powers]] because Wally Wood, one of her original artists, was playing a joke on/testing his editors. The story goes that he drew her steadily larger from issue to issue after her first appearance, trying to see how far he could go before he was stopped. However, examination of her first five issues shows a very consistent portrayal, and no sources have come forward to verify this rumor, [[http://ragnell.blogspot.com/2006/05/power-girl-you-be-judge.html so it has been effectively debunked]].
* [[MarsNeedsWomen Valeron Needs Women]]: Kryptonian women in particular
* VerticalKidnapping: Turned UpToEleven when Ultra-Humanite does this to ''Manhattan''.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The aforementioned "diet soda" allergy to explain her attitude in the Giffen/[=DeMatteis=] ''Justice League Europe'' issues after they left the series, and her vulnerability to "raw, natural, unprocessed materials".
* [[WhatMeasureIsAMook What Measure Is]] CListFodder: The Blue Snowman is killed soon after Vartox's arrival as a direct result of his attempts to "woo" Power Girl, and PG is ''quite'' perturbed at this (Even if she was a villain). However, in the next issue she has completely forgotten about the entire incident, and chats happily with Vartox without mentioning Blue Snowman at all.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: She does not say the actual line, but Power Girl simply can not believe the story of Vartox and the infertility bomb that requires him to [[MarsNeedsWomen find a mate to save his planet]]. Power Girl is stifling laughter by the time he gets to the part about the "pregno-ray".
* TheWorfEffect: lampshaded in her own series "why, oh why do I keep getting my ass kicked?!"

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->''"Stand aside, Busty Airborne Lass!"''

Quite possibly MostCommonSuperpower incarnate.

The [[TheSeventies 1970s]] version of All-Star Comics, starring the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, featured the original versions of many of DCComics' superheroes and their families, living in a [[AlternateReality parallel universe]] known as Earth-2. In issue #58 (January-February, 1976) a new character debuted, created by Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada, and Wally Wood. PowerGirl was introduced as the counterpart of {{Supergirl}}- she was the cousin of Earth-2's Superman (Kal-L). It was decided to make her as different as possible from Supergirl - including a different costume, code-name, personality and (most notably) a sexier body.

Karen Starr, the name she adopted, proved a hit with readers. She received solo stories in ''"Showcase''" #97-99 (February-April, 1978). DC was considering launching a Power Girl series. But in 1978, the DC Implosion struck, with the cancellation of over 24 ongoing titles. There was no room for new titles. Karen did however become a founding member of InfinityInc. Regularly appearing in the 12 first issues of said series, and occasionally turning up in subsequent ones.

And then ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' hit and not only wasn't there an Earth-2 anymore, but Superman was now again the last Kryptonian. Power Girl still existed, and though, was given a new origin as an Atlantean. After some silly {{retcon}}s, including [[DorkAge one period where she was vulnerable to "natural, unprocessed materials,"]] ''InfiniteCrisis'' and a PowerGirl mini-series finally cleared up her origin by having her be... [[StatusQuoIsGod the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman]] (after reality got {{Cosmic Retcon}}ned again).

She was a member of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and had her own comic book, started in 2009, originally written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and beautifully drawn by Amanda Conner. After issue #12 the original creative team left the series, replaced by JuddWinick and Sami Basri, and the series shifted both its [[ArtShift visual]] and writing style. In her series, she reestablished her SecretIdentity of Karen Starr and established the company Starrware, all the while mentoring Atlee, the new Terra, and trying to stop [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys the Ultra-Humanite]] or [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe really hot aliens]] from destroying [[BigApplesauce New York]]. The series took a LighterAndSofter approach to the character and the DC Universe at large, at first focusing on Power Girl's attempts to reintegrate into living a normal life and forming a stable relationship with Terra. After the creative team change, the book focused less on Power Girl's personal life, instead revolving around her heroic activities and how they ''affected'' her personal life, and also dealt with the reappearance of Maxwell Lord. The story was heavily tied into the ''BrightestDay'' event, though not published under the ''Brightest Day'' banner, and had interweaving plotlines with ''Justice League: Generation Lost''.

After the "{{New 52}}" DCUniverse reboot, Power Girl reappeared as Karen Starr, at first in a supporting role for ''Mister Terrific'', and later in an ongoing series with the {{Huntress}}, [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=36367 a new volume of ''World's Finest'']], where she is revealed to be ...[[RunningGag the cousin of the Earth-2 Superman.]] This time, however, she has been explicitly described as the Supergirl of Earth-2, having started her superhero career as Supergirl when she was younger, before coming to Prime Earth together with Huntress (who served as the Robin of Earth-2).
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!!Power Girl has examples of these tropes:

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* BoobsOfSteel
* BuxomIsBetter
* CleavageWindow
* GagBoobs
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey
* MostCommonSuperpower
* MsFanservice
* MyEyesAreUpHere

A popular UrbanLegend states that all of this was the result of an in-joke by her original artist, Wally Wood, who [[FanServicePack drew her breasts bigger every issue]] just to see how far he could get away with it. However, [[http://ragnell.blogspot.com/2006/05/power-girl-you-be-judge.html examination of her original issues shows a consistent portrayal]], and no source has been presented to give authenticity to this legend, so it has been effectively debunked.
** All of the above, for the most part, apply to her so called "classic" costume, an attempt to create a new costume without the CleavageWindow was made when the DCU was rebooted in the New 52, but that lasted for about a year before she got a variant of her classic costume back.

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* ActionGirl
* [[AntiHero Anti Heroine]]: A Type II in the "{{New 52}}" series, where she seems to have no qualms whatsoever about stealing equipment and money so long as it is in a good cause.
* AlternateSelf: Of Kara Zor-'''E'''l (Supergirl) though how closely connected they are [[DependingOnThewriter varies.]] In the New 52 they are quite explicitly the same person from different universes ("We... are ''me''.")
* AmazonianBeauty: She is oftentimes drawn with the physique of a bodybuilder.
* AmnesiacDissonance: After his final defeat, [[spoiler: Ultra-Humanite]] had his memory erased and was reintroduced into society. He does not seem happy with the plan, but he is accepting of the future...until Power Girl turns him back and he swears that it will ''never'' be over between them. It is unknown how much of his original nature will remain after his mind wipe.
* ArtShift: When the original creative team left her series in 2010 there was a change in style adapted by the new pencilers and inkers. The bright colors of Amanda Conner were dropped, replaced with the more subdued palette of Sami Basri, and the character designs became slimmer, losing the pronounced curves of the early issues.
* BalefulPolymorph: Power Girl, Superman and Zatanna are briefly turned into rock people by Siphon, who can copy Zatanna's powers.
* BerserkButton: Kara is very protective of Terra, her sidekick/sister-figure.
* BigApplesauce: She has now moved to Manhattan.
* BigBad: When breaking into New Cadmus, which is being orchestrated by Max Lord, Kara and Nico actually comment that this is the headquarters of the bag guy that is behind ''everything''.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Max Lord hits Power Girl with a mental suggestion to go kill the Justice League International. She sees everyone on the team as another hero (CaptainAtom as Franchise/{{Superman}}, Fire as [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Starfire]], Ice as {{Supergirl}}, Rocket Red as GreenLantern Hal Jordan and Booster Gold as Franchise/{{Batman}}) and hears all their dialogue as plans to conquer and rule humanity.
* BreathWeapon: Comes with the FlyingBrick package.
* [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS Brought To You By The Letter P]]: Her ComicBook/{{New 52}} version's first costume has a stylized P on the left side of her chest.
* CaptainErsatz: Vartox was originally based on Sean Connery, with his appearance taken from the movie ''{{Zardoz}}'' and his over-the-top machismo from Connery himself.
* CardCarryingVillain: "'Rue the day'? Nobody talks like that anymore. It just sounds stupid." "It's a classic villain line."
* CharacterDevelopment: From her "victim to raw materials" days in the 90s, she was brought into the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and eventually became its Superman equivalent (until Earth-22 Superman arrived) and, later, the team's first chairwoman.
* ChestInsignia: A notable ''lack'' of one, she has what is termed a "boob window." Because of her [[ContinuitySnarl long and complicated history]] there have been numerous explanations as to why, exactly, she has this window. The current story behind it is kind of sad - she could not think of a symbol, so she left it blank and never filled it and is actually undergoing a minor identity crisis as she tries to figure out where she fits in the world. Though not all reasons have been as poignant, they are all intentional and rational. Previously, one of her explanations was that the window gave a clear indication of who and what she was: Strong, feminine and yes, big-breasted. If people were overly preoccupied or distracted by the last part that was their problem, not hers, she would not be bound by what they thought of her.
** The ComicBook/{{New 52}} version has a stylized P on the left side of her chest on the costume she wore before she switched over to the variant of her pre-New 52 version's "boob window" costume.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After the author/artist switch to Judd Winick and Sami Basri, Terra, who had been Power Girl's sidekick/partner/sister throughout the early issues, is neither seen nor mentioned.
* ClarkKenting: Her disguise as Karen Starr for most of her existence has been tying her hair back. That is it. She herself explains that her large breasts actually help keep her identity secret, especially considering the CleavageWindow, [[DistractedByTheSexy since they draw attention away from her face.]] In issue #22, Superman himself advises her to make Karen Starr a real person, not just a costume. She gets a makeover to make Karen appear more different from Power Girl, involving a business suit, red hair, and, of course, glasses. [[LampshadeHanging The reveal alternates panels between her and Clark Kent to highlight their similar disguises]].
* CListFodder: The Blue Snowman is the initial villain of the Vartox arc, and is introduced with the caption "'''Blue Snowman'''... '''Life Expectancy''': Panel 4, Page 14"
* CloningBlues: Power Girl discovers that fighting an exact duplicate of herself is not very fun. On the plus side, apparently Krypto is ''[[IncorruptiblePurePureness so damn heroic]]'' that [[HeroicDog even his evil clone comes to Kara's aide]].
* ClothingDamage: She suffers from this a suspiciously large amount. Her costume is often portrayed as being hardly more resilient than ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'s. She never lets it slow her down, though.
* ContinuitySnarl: Power Girl's origin is unusual in that it lampshades the utter failure of past writers to come up with a legitimate way of maintaining her character's existence in the face of endless rewrites of the DC universe's history. There is no way the character can exist in the currently "valid" history- and her character development directly involves her attempts to deal with that fact. She is the cousin of Earth-2 Superman, but it is explicitly the pre-Crisis Earth 2. The new similar Earth-2 created following the 52 event has its own Power Girl cementing our Power Girl's status as an orphan of the old Multiverse.
* CrazyPrepared: Not as crazy as [[Franchise/{{Batman}} some]], but Power Girl has repeatedly stressed that Terra needs to wear her uniform ''all the time'', [[DressedInLayers under her regular clothing if need be]], so she will always be ready for danger to strike at any moment.
* {{Crossover}}: Issue #20 is directly continued in ''Justice League: Generation Lost'', which follows up on Power Girl's {{brainwashing}} at the hands of Max Lord to kill the Justice League International.
* CurbStompBattle: Once Power Girl is pushed past her limit and stops holding back she takes Ultra-Humanite, who a few pages earlier had been bragging about destroying all of civilization, and beats him down in six panels. Four of those panels are PG ''slamming his head against the wall''.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: {{Deconstructed}}. Power Girl (In her role as Karen Starr, head of Starrware) holds the patents to several miraculous technologies and heads what seems to be a well-running corporation. However, now that they have engineered these miraculous technologies they need to develop them into some form of marketable product, deal with worried overseeing government agencies and also contend with the almost insurmountable issues of normal office paperwork. Starrware might be on the cutting edge of human technology, and its stock prices will probably go through the roof once it goes public, but right now it needs to find some way to actually gain revenue from its assets. Power Girl herself is struggling to make ends meet until the profits start to come in, and lampshades this when fighting the Blue Snowman, who had developed the technology to create weather and was using this technology to steal jewels not worth half of what her equipment was worth.
* DayInTheLife: Volume 12 of PowerGirl's ongoing series is largely this. As it turns out, her daily life involves bathing in an empathic bikini, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming bonding]] with Terra and stopping a fight between an alien monster and [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[{{Zardoz}} Sean Connery]].
* DestinationDefenestration: Satanna really should learn the art of small-talk and cuddling
* DishingOutDirt: Atlee, the new Terra, and Power Girl's new best friend. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming They go see movies together.]]
* DistaffCounterpart[=/=]EvilCounterpart: Power Boy, who wears a black version of her outfit except his costume doesn't have sleeves and covers his legs. He also was abusive to Supergirl during the brief period they dated.
* DressedInLayers: Though Power Girl herself is always prepared for trouble, Terra has not quite grasped the concept that she always needs to wear her costume underneath her clothing just in case. As such, she is completely unprepared when a monster rises up when she and PG are out watching a movie and she ends up going into battle [[UnderwearOfPower dressed only in adorable lady-bug underwear]].
** Note that the writer actually put effort into making it ''plausible'' for PG.
* CuteKitten: [[http://jacquelineofalltrades.tumblr.com/photo/1280/4294961977/1/tumblr_lj1rx3Wvti1qbmslx Stinky]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Not if the [[strike:monkey]] gorilla is the Ultra-Humanite.
* EvilBrunetteTwin: "Divine," the [[EvilTwin evil]] [[CloningBlues clone]] of Power Girl, has black hair opposed to PG's blonde, but is otherwise identical in every way.
* EvilerThanThou: Satanna goes to [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Dr. Sivanna]] to get a weapon to revenge herself on Power Girl and gives him what he wanted as payment. Afterwards he attempts some minor small-talk and she, [[CardCarryingVillain because she and he are villains]], does not feel it is necessary to disguise the fact that she felt this was a heartily disgusting event which she did solely as part of a business exchange. He agrees with her, then points out that since they are bad guys he no longer cares about her desires since she gave him what he wanted, and [[DestinationDefenestration throws her out the window]].
* EvilLaugh: Apparently, characters differentiate between your {{Mad Scientist}}s and scientists who happen to be mad by the presence or absence of a good "Moo-Ha-Ha!"
* EvilTwin: "Divine," the [[EvilBrunetteTwin dark haired]] clone of Power Girl.
* {{Expy}}: In the {{DCAU}}, Supergirl's evil clone, Galatea, is an expy of Power Girl.
* EyeBeams: Power Girl has them, unfortunately for Satanna.
* FanService: Lots, including the new series with a trio of [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe gorgeous aliens]].
* FetusTerrible: Prior to the ''ZeroHour'' CrisisCrossover, Power Girl became mysteriously pregnant, and during the crossover, she gave birth to a son named Equinox, who managed to defeat the BigBad, Scarabus, in an issue of ''Justice League America'' and [[CanonDiscontinuity was never seen nor mentioned again]]. And the father is... [[spoiler:Arion, who was [[ParentalIncest her grandfather]] at the time this was published.]] Like many things from the Gerard Jones JLA run, this has been one of those things quietly allowed to fade from DCU history and fan memories. Letter column remarks back in the day seemed to unofficially indicate that such stories were definitely not going to be touched again.
* FlyingBrick: After finally being established ([[ContinuitySnarl again]]) as Superman's cousin she gets most of his powers as well, including heat vision and ice breath.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Amanda Conner's artwork is full of these, such as [[AnimalReactionShot PG's cat not liking who she is interviewing]] or stealing shrimp from their Chinese take out. When a flasher [[WhatAnIdiot tries to expose himself to PG and Terra]] PG uses her [[BreathWeapon freeze breath]] on his exposed areas; after she calls for a cop the next panel pans back to reveal that they are standing in front of a dermatology clinic whose current special "will freeze off your..." When PG and Terra change out of their regular clothes into their costumes, a bum can be seen enjoying the show.
* GeniusBruiser
* GenderedOutfit: Power Boy, who wears a tank top unitard rather than Power Girl's leotard.
* GenreSavvy: {{Zatanna}} has a "magic line," a phone number for people to call when they are facing life-threatening circumstances from magical adversaries. Because any phone call to that number would logically be of the highest importance she ''always'' answers when somebody calls. As such, her voice-mail recording for that number is an explanation that she must be in terrible danger, since she would never chose to not pick up the phone, and whoever is calling should track her phone GPS and come rescue her right away.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In a flashback Satanna can be seen wearing a shirt that reads "[[CountryMatters CU Next Tues]]".
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Terra]]
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Well, they do not have green skin, but other than that...
* HelloNurse: Heck, even the [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer superheroines]] probably want her.
* HeroicDog: Apparently, Max Lord gave Professor Ivo very strict instructions ''not'' to clone Krypto, Superman's dog.
--> '''Max Lord:''' "We talked about this! ''Don't clone the dog!'' Dogs are ''weird''! [[IncorruptiblePurePureness The whole loyalty thing just seems to be branded right in on a genetic level]], for Pete's sake!"
* HomageShot: At one point when Atlee and Power Girl are at the movies, the main cast of TheBigBangTheory are seen, most notably Howard, who then proceeds to hit on her. And strike out. HARD.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Power Girl actually discusses this trope when fighting her evil clone. She reasons that, even if "Divine" has all the same powers as her that does not mean she knows how to ''use'' those powers, since she has only been "alive" for ten minutes and has never worked with these abilities before.
* [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight "I Know You're In There Somewhere" Fight]]:
** When Terra was [[spoiler: [[GrandTheftMe taken over by the Ultra-Humanite]]]] and fighting Power Girl she kept taunting PG with regards to this trope.
--> '''Terra[[spoiler:[[GrandTheftMe Ultra-Humanite]]]]:''' "Let's have one of those totally clichéd [[LetsYouAndHimFight hero-slash-friend fights]]. You get to say things like 'I know you're stronger than this', or 'You can fight it'...oh, and 'This isn't you!'"
** In Power Girl's {{crossover}} with ''Justice League: Generation Lost'' Power Girl has been {{brainwashed}} into believing that the members of the Justice League International are other heroes planning to conquer and rule humanity. The members of JLI, dreading the destruction and loss of life that would come from fighting Power Girl in earnest (Assuming they could ''survive'' such a fight), try to get through the brainwashing and have her recognize them.
* InsistentTerminology: They are ''not'' "monsters," they are ''G.E.L.F.s.'' It is not that hard to remember.
* JustForPun: "Oh yeah, this ''[[DishingOutDirt rocks]]!''"
* KickTheDog: Ultra-Humanite and Satanna are already well past the MoralEventHorizon, they were murderers and psychopaths long before this series started, but when they put Atlee's brain inside the burned gorilla body it is just '''wrong'''.
* LampshadeHanging: Atlee seems to derive nourishment from all the lamps she keeps pointing out:
-->"[[ClarkKenting Yeah, who would ever believe that under those mild-mannered clothes is a superhero named Power Girl]]? [[SarcasmMode I mean, you two look]] ''[[SarcasmMode nothing]]'' [[SarcasmMode alike!]]"
-->"[[StrictlyFormula Well, it seems a lot of things up here follow a formula]]...a series of events that happen over and over, isn't that true? Take supervillains ... you guys catch them committing crimes, they go to jail, they ''break out'' and you guys put them back again."
** When Karen and Atlee go to see a movie for the first time, the movie has an obvious reference to the resurrection of Barry Allen, the second Flash who had recently come back to life.
--> '''Redheaded love interest''': I thought you were dead.
--> '''Blonde guy played by Alan Barry''': [[ComicBookDeath I got better!]]
* LargeHam: Vartox is either the single greatest event to happen to comic-books since an artist thought "Wait a second, ''I can make them [[MostCommonSuperpower as big as I want]]''," or he has come to murder all Power Girl fans with overexposure to the "sexy superstud from planet Valeron."
--> '''Vartox''': "Bask in the seduction musk distilled from tears of the ghost poets of dimension seven...to prove his manly prowess, Vartox has arranged for a demonstration of masculinity."
* LeotardOfPower
* LetsYouAndHimFight:
--> '''Terra[[spoiler:[[GrandTheftMe Ultra-Humanite]]]]:''' "Let's have one of those [[LampshadeHanging totally clichéd hero-slash-friend fights]]. You get to say things like [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight 'I know you're stronger than this', or 'You can fight it'...oh, and 'This isn't you!']]"
* LingerieScene: Vartox decides to dress appropriately for his dinner with Power Girl. The results are...[[NightmareFuel not quite right for a formal dinner]], but Power Girl can not help but peek through her fingers just a little.
* MadScientist: For your convenience, models come both with and without "[[EvilLaugh Moo-Ha-Ha!]]"
* MediumAwareness: The narrator is quite aware of how things work in comic-book land:
--> '''Power Girl''', Kara Zor-L... '''Life Expectancy''': It's her series, what do ''you'' think?
--> '''Dr Mid-Nite'''...'''Life Expectancy''': Shaken, not stirred
--> '''Blue Snowman'''...'''Life Expectancy''': Panel 4, Page 14
--> Vernon O'Valeron A.K.A. '''Vartox'''... '''Life Expectancy''': Waiting to hear back from the editors
* MirrorMatch: She's fought her double from the recreated Earth-2, and her evil clone, "Divine".
* MsFanservice: Oh Yeah. Terra also counts.
* MultipleChoicePast: Until it was cleared up in ''InfiniteCrisis''.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Magic dinosaurs with [[GatlingGood minigun arms]], [[AxCrazy carrying axes]] and [[EyeBeams shooting lasers from their eyes]] are just some of the creations of Siphon, a man who copied {{Zatanna}}'s powers.
* NoOSHACompliance: "Note to mad scientists and would-be world-conquering psychopaths... ''safety regulations exist for a reason''."
* OhCrap: Power Girl utters the line after realizing that she only has 3 seconds until a ship explodes. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Her face in that panel]] [[http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l72nwtVZBm1qcabtmo1_500.jpg totally sells it]].
* {{Otaku}}: There are some hints that Power Girl may be a closet anime and manga fan, especially given her preoccupation with "manga monsters".
* PantyShot: Not of the usual sort, but Terra does not quite get the whole thing about wearing your costume under your clothes and winds up taking off her pants and fighting in her lady bug underwear.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: When Vartox [[SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable decides to slip into something more comfortable]] the result is [[NightmareFuel not quite what he intended]], and Power Girl rather firmly insists that he puts more clothes on. '''''Now.'''''
* PornStache: Vartox rocks a 'stache the likes of which Earth is not prepared for.
* TheRealHeroes: Power Girl managed to squeeze one in. When a firefighter is helping her limp away from a bomb crater he comment that he does not often get the opportunity help somebody like her ("Like me?" "Yeah... a ''hero''") and she replies "I can say the same thing about you."
* RealityWarper: Who turns out to be a young girl who reads a lot of fantasy.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Averted with Karen Starr and Starrware, who have managed to create some really cool technology, sometimes by reverse engineering alien tech. This includes [[{{Nanotechnology}} nanotech]] that can create a [[CoolCar 1966 Pontiac GTO]] from what appears to be a pile of rubber, scrap metal and rope. With a vanity plate already installed ("Starr"). Say what you will, Power Girl has ''style''.
* RefugeInAudacity: The [[TheSeventies planet Valeron]] is ruled by the sexy superstud [[LargeHam Vartox]], assisted by [[BlackBestFriend Chancellor Groovicus Mellow]], and Vartox wields his [[PornStache mighty moustache]] from his happening pad while fending off [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]] {{pirate}}s. ''All in one issue!''
* RentAZilla: One that looks [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} almost exactly like The King of Monsters]] and one like [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} the other Zilla]] appear in the fourth issue of her own series.
* SecretIdentity: Karen Starr. At the beginning of her solo series PG even says that she ''misses'' having one.
* TheSeventies: The planet Valeron might actually be an alien world perpetually stuck in the era of disco.
* ShoppingMontage: With Atlee to get furniture for her new apartment. Also Cinnamon Buns.
* ShoutOut:
** When Power Girl knocks out Siphon and reverses his spell to "Unleash Hell," the demonic maelstrom vanishes and she says "so long Creator/HPLovecraft."
** [[Film/RealGenius "Rue the day?" Who talks like that?]]
* ShowSomeLeg: Who do you get when you want to distract Toyman?
* {{Sidekick}}: Terra generally fills this role, though she does complain about always being put on crowd control.
* SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable: Vartox decides to attire himself properly for his dinner with Power Girl. She instructs him, rather firmly, to put more clothes on. '''''Now'''''.
* StalkerWithACrush: In one issue of ''JSA'', Power Girl beats the stuffing out of a super-powered stalker named "D-Bomb".
* StatuesqueStunner: She is every bit as tall as WonderWoman.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: When {{Zatanna}} is in the presence of a man who can copy her powers, she realizes that just beating him in a WizardDuel will not solve the problem, she needs to physically leave his presence to keep him from getting her powers permanently.
-->'''Zatanna:''' (''In Narration'') He's good right out of the gate. I'm just '''better'''. But being better isn't really the issue, I just need to get the heck away from this idiot!\\
'''Power Girl:''' "We need to get Zatanna the heck away from that idiot!"
* StrawFeminist: Has come across as one in the past, but has mellowed out since then. Her past behavior was retconned as a ''diet soda allergy.''
* {{Squick}}: Power Girl's in-universe reaction to learning that the Ultra-Humanite had sex with his girlfriend Satanna... [[ShapeshiftingSquick in gorilla form]]. Because Satanna was turned on by his new body.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Despite the notoriety of her costume, it is actually rather tame by modern standards (it more or less looks like a swimsuit), and the lack of protection is somewhat justified considering she is bulletproof.
* ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels:
--> '''Power Girl:''' "No! No, you ''didn't''!! You ''cloned Krypto''?!?! What kind of sick @#$#$--this is ''Superman's dog''. For crying out loud! Is ''nothing'' sacred!?"
** After Power Girl, Superman and Zatanna are [[BalefulPolymorph turned into rock people]] she looks down at her new rocky body and comments that "this is wrong on many, '''''many''''' levels."
* {{Tsundere}}: Power Girl herself during the ''Justice League Europe'' arcs. Considering the one who got her ''dere'' side was the only one who didn't spend all his time ogling her, probably justified.
* UnderwearOfPower: Her normal costume is a pretty standard superheroine outfit, but Terra has not yet grasped the importance of [[DressedInLayers always having your costume handy]] and one time she was forced to go into battle wearing nothing but adorable lady-bug underwear when she and Power Girl were attacked while out at the movies.
* UrbanLegend: In RealLife, there is a long-lasting myth that Power Girl has such [[MostCommonSuperpower impressive powers]] because Wally Wood, one of her original artists, was playing a joke on/testing his editors. The story goes that he drew her steadily larger from issue to issue after her first appearance, trying to see how far he could go before he was stopped. However, examination of her first five issues shows a very consistent portrayal, and no sources have come forward to verify this rumor, [[http://ragnell.blogspot.com/2006/05/power-girl-you-be-judge.html so it has been effectively debunked]].
* [[MarsNeedsWomen Valeron Needs Women]]: Kryptonian women in particular
* VerticalKidnapping: Turned UpToEleven when Ultra-Humanite does this to ''Manhattan''.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The aforementioned "diet soda" allergy to explain her attitude in the Giffen/[=DeMatteis=] ''Justice League Europe'' issues after they left the series, and her vulnerability to "raw, natural, unprocessed materials".
* [[WhatMeasureIsAMook What Measure Is]] CListFodder: The Blue Snowman is killed soon after Vartox's arrival as a direct result of his attempts to "woo" Power Girl, and PG is ''quite'' perturbed at this (Even if she was a villain). However, in the next issue she has completely forgotten about the entire incident, and chats happily with Vartox without mentioning Blue Snowman at all.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: She does not say the actual line, but Power Girl simply can not believe the story of Vartox and the infertility bomb that requires him to [[MarsNeedsWomen find a mate to save his planet]]. Power Girl is stifling laughter by the time he gets to the part about the "pregno-ray".
* TheWorfEffect: lampshaded in her own series "why, oh why do I keep getting my ass kicked?!"

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* [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS Brought To You By The Letter P]]: Her ComicBook/{{New 52}} version's first costume has a stylized P on the left side of her chest.
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** The ComicBook/{{New 52}} version has a stylized P on the left side of her chest on the costume she wore before she switched over to the variant of her pre-New 52 version's "boob window" costume.
25th Oct '13 5:20:45 AM Icing
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* DistaffCounterpart / EvilCounterpart: Power Boy, who wears a black version of her outfit except his costume doesn't have sleeves and covers his legs. He also was abusive to Supergirl during the brief period they dated. Whether he has an equivalent to Power Girls large breasts is yet to be seen.

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* DistaffCounterpart / EvilCounterpart: Power Boy, who wears a black version of her outfit except his costume doesn't have sleeves and covers his legs. He also was abusive to Supergirl during the brief period they dated. Whether he has an equivalent to Power Girls large breasts is yet to be seen.
28th Sep '13 12:01:31 PM zzedar
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She was a member of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and had her own comic book, started in 2009, originally writen by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and beautifully drawn by Amanda Conner. After issue #12 the original creative team left the series, replaced by JuddWinick and Sami Basri, and the series shifted both its [[ArtShift visual]] and writing style. In her series, she reestablished her SecretIdentity of Karen Starr and established the company Starrware, all the while mentoring Atlee, the new Terra, and trying to stop [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys the Ultra-Humanite]] or [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe really hot aliens]] from destroying [[BigApplesauce New York]]. The series took a LighterAndSofter approach to the character and the DC Universe at large, at first focusing on Power Girl's attempts to reintegrate into living a normal life and forming a stable relationship with Terra. After the creative team change, the book focused less on Power Girl's personal life, instead revolving around her heroic activities and how they ''affected'' her personal life, and also dealt with the reappearance of Maxwell Lord. The story was heavily tied into the ''BrightestDay'' event, though not published under the ''Brightest Day'' banner, and had interweaving plotlines with ''Justice League: Generation Lost''.

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She was a member of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and had her own comic book, started in 2009, originally writen written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and beautifully drawn by Amanda Conner. After issue #12 the original creative team left the series, replaced by JuddWinick and Sami Basri, and the series shifted both its [[ArtShift visual]] and writing style. In her series, she reestablished her SecretIdentity of Karen Starr and established the company Starrware, all the while mentoring Atlee, the new Terra, and trying to stop [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys the Ultra-Humanite]] or [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe really hot aliens]] from destroying [[BigApplesauce New York]]. The series took a LighterAndSofter approach to the character and the DC Universe at large, at first focusing on Power Girl's attempts to reintegrate into living a normal life and forming a stable relationship with Terra. After the creative team change, the book focused less on Power Girl's personal life, instead revolving around her heroic activities and how they ''affected'' her personal life, and also dealt with the reappearance of Maxwell Lord. The story was heavily tied into the ''BrightestDay'' event, though not published under the ''Brightest Day'' banner, and had interweaving plotlines with ''Justice League: Generation Lost''.
23rd Aug '13 4:05:46 PM Katsuhagi
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* {{Squick}}: Power Girl's in-universe reaction to learning that the Ultra-Humanite had sex with his girlfriend... in gorilla form.

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* {{Squick}}: Power Girl's in-universe reaction to learning that the Ultra-Humanite had sex with his girlfriend... girlfriend Satanna... [[ShapeshiftingSquick in gorilla form.form]]. Because Satanna was turned on by his new body.
17th Aug '13 4:31:34 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FootFocus: Issue #5 has Power Girl going barefoot for nearly the entire issue because she forgot her gloves and boots at the office.
8th Aug '13 11:21:27 AM KentuckyTroper1990
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* {{Otaku}}: There are some hints that Power Girl may be a closet anime and manga fan, especially given her preoccupation with [[NaughtyTentacles "manga monsters"]].

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* {{Otaku}}: There are some hints that Power Girl may be a closet anime and manga fan, especially given her preoccupation with [[NaughtyTentacles "manga monsters"]].monsters".
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