History YMMV / Superman

18th Feb '17 6:10:29 PM HelloLamppost
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* ShippingBedDeath: ''Inverted''. Clark[=/=]Lois is far and away ''the'' most popular couple in the comic book medium. By the 80's, fans were tired of the [=Clark/Lois/Superman=] triangle and just wanted Clark and Lois to be in an actual relationship. They were HappilyMarried until the ''New 52''. And as of "Rebirth," they're back together.

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* ShippingBedDeath: ''Inverted''. Clark[=/=]Lois is far and away ''the'' most popular couple in the comic book medium. By the 80's, fans were tired of the [=Clark/Lois/Superman=] triangle and just wanted Clark and Lois to be in an actual relationship. They were HappilyMarried until the ''New 52''. And as of "Rebirth," ''Rebirth,'' they're back together.
18th Feb '17 6:03:27 PM HelloLamppost
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* ShippingBedDeath: ''Inverted''. Clark[=/=]Lois is far and away ''the'' most popular couple in the comic book medium. By the 80's, fans were tired of the [=Clark/Lois/Superman=] triangle and just wanted Clark and Lois to be in an actual relationship. They were HappilyMarried until the ''New 52''.

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* ShippingBedDeath: ''Inverted''. Clark[=/=]Lois is far and away ''the'' most popular couple in the comic book medium. By the 80's, fans were tired of the [=Clark/Lois/Superman=] triangle and just wanted Clark and Lois to be in an actual relationship. They were HappilyMarried until the ''New 52''. And as of "Rebirth," they're back together.
9th Feb '17 8:36:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** ComicBook/LexLuthor: Pure evil? A hero striving to show the human race that it has some worth when set against the impossible, unreachable ideal that is Superman, rejecting no act that would prove his point as worth it to the greater good? A tragic figure who's actions are ruled by obsession based in deep insecurities unearthed by Superman's mere presence? A titan of industry and politics driven mad by a world that truly can't appreciate his genius nor see the threat Superman poses? A petty dick who'll stoop to any level of crime, including stealing forty cakes, which is as many as four tens AndThatsTerrible?

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** ComicBook/LexLuthor: Pure evil? A hero striving to show the human race that it has some worth when set against the impossible, unreachable ideal that is Superman, rejecting no act that would prove his point as worth it to the greater good? A tragic figure who's whose actions are ruled by obsession based in deep insecurities unearthed by Superman's mere presence? A titan of industry and politics driven mad by a world that truly can't appreciate his genius nor see the threat Superman poses? A [[EvilIsPetty petty dick dick]] who'll stoop to any level of crime, including stealing forty cakes, which is as many as four tens AndThatsTerrible?
26th Nov '16 2:32:42 AM Tron80
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* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of Awesome]]: Superman has inspired a ''lot'' of great music over the years. The original march in the Kirk Alyn serials count as this trope, as does the more famous John Williams theme from the Christopher Reeve movies. The song "Save Me" by Remy Zero ended up getting immortalized and remembered as this trope after it was chosen to be the theme song for Series/{{Smallville}}. And perhaps the most famous use of this trope as applied to Superman is 3 Doors Down's career-making rock single "Kryptonite."
** Either that or Five for Fighting's "Superman".
** Or Daughtry's "Waiting for Superman".
16th Nov '16 7:52:43 AM MasterHero
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* SacredCow: Superman himself, as the originator of the superhero genre and one of the world's biggest icons of fiction. While some people dismiss him as an unrelatable InvincibleHero, many of his fans strongly believe that he's a universally-loved character, and will adamantly defend him from outright criticism.
4th Nov '16 11:20:54 AM Tron80
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** In ''Superman Vol 1 #282'' made his appearance a Kryptonian called Nam-Ek who wished he was immortal. This tale was written ten years before the birth of Franchise/DragonBall.
30th Oct '16 8:12:50 AM Tron80
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** Krypto the Superdog. Cheesy maybe, but the dog is so brave, loyal, and just plain fun that he'll always be a welcome part of the Superfamily.

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** Krypto the Superdog. Comicbook/KryptoTheSuperdog. Cheesy maybe, but the dog is so brave, loyal, and just plain fun that he'll always be a welcome part of the Superfamily.Superfamily.
** Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} for being cool, lovely, awesome and different enough from her cousin to earn a good number of loyal followers.



** Lex Luthor, who has been DC's go-to guy for Magnificent Bastardry from the word "go". It doesn't matter whether he's a DiabolicalMastermind, a MadScientist, a CorruptCorporateExecutive, a PresidentEvil, or any combination thereof, Luthor stands at the top of DC's villainous hierarchy because of his ability to outmanouvere, outplan, and outfight anybody else who might want the job. As someone once remarked, other villains might fear The Joker, but they want to ''be'' Lex Luthor. To see him at his best check out ''Last Son'', ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'', ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'', and of course, ''ComicBook/LexLuthorManOfSteel''.

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** Lex Luthor, who has been DC's go-to guy for Magnificent Bastardry from the word "go". It doesn't matter whether he's a DiabolicalMastermind, a MadScientist, a CorruptCorporateExecutive, a PresidentEvil, or any combination thereof, Luthor stands at the top of DC's villainous hierarchy because of his ability to outmanouvere, outplan, and outfight anybody else who might want the job. As someone once remarked, other villains might fear The Joker, but they want to ''be'' Lex Luthor. To see him at his best check out ''Last Son'', ''ComicBook/LastSon'', ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'', ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'', and of course, ''ComicBook/LexLuthorManOfSteel''.



* MemeticMutation: [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/lex-luthor-took-forty-cakes Lex Luthor stole forty cakes]]. AndThatsTerrible.

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* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
** In ''Literature/TheSuperdictionary''
[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/lex-luthor-took-forty-cakes Lex Luthor stole forty cakes]]. AndThatsTerrible.



* NewerThanTheyThink: Lex Luthor. Many villains of a certain type - CorruptCorporateExecutive KarmaHoudini {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, generally {{bald|OfEvil}} - have been described as Lex Luthor {{Expy}}s on this site. ComicBook/NormanOsborn and [[IronMan Obadiah Stane]], for example. However, Luthor was only a CorruptCorporateExecutive KarmaHoudini after the ''Crisis'' in 1986. For most of the character's history he was a MadScientist driven to criminality by his hatred of Superman rather than the other way around. If anything, ''he'' is an {{Expy}} of the Green Goblin rather than the other way around.

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* NewerThanTheyThink: NewerThanTheyThink:
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Lex Luthor. Many villains of a certain type - CorruptCorporateExecutive KarmaHoudini {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, generally {{bald|OfEvil}} - have been described as Lex Luthor {{Expy}}s on this site. ComicBook/NormanOsborn and [[IronMan Obadiah Stane]], for example. However, Luthor was only a CorruptCorporateExecutive KarmaHoudini after the ''Crisis'' in 1986. For most of the character's history he was a MadScientist driven to criminality by his hatred of Superman rather than the other way around. If anything, ''he'' is an {{Expy}} of the Green Goblin rather than the other way around.



* NightmareFuel: The Alternate Zod's genocide of the entire planet at the end of John Byrne's run. We only see bits of it in flashback, but it's just as horrific as one can imagine.



* OneTruePairing: Clark and Lois, obviously. Albeit supporters of other couples are far from scarce or undevoted, this one is practically synonymous with comic book romance. They’ve been together since the franchise’s inception and finally got married in the 90’s. The fact that Lois is Supes' official girlfriend in the vast majority of adaptations and spin-offs definitely helps

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* OneTruePairing: Clark and Lois, obviously. Albeit supporters of other couples are far from scarce or undevoted, this one is practically synonymous with comic book romance. They’ve been together since the franchise’s inception and finally got married in the 90’s. The fact that Lois is Supes' official girlfriend in the vast majority of adaptations and spin-offs definitely helpshelps.
29th Oct '16 10:40:56 PM Warmachine3974
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** Played straight however, for ''[=New 52=]'' Superman, since Savage Dawn finally had him acting ''like'' Superman before the very next arc killed him off. His [FaceDeathWithDignity dignified acceptance]] of his impending demise, and selfless prioritization of ensuring Earth's protection all while heading towards the inevitable was enough of a tearjerker that even some readers who never got on board with the character were genuinely sorry to see him go.

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** Played straight however, for ''[=New 52=]'' Superman, since Savage Dawn finally had him acting ''like'' Superman before the very next arc killed him off. His [FaceDeathWithDignity [[FaceDeathWithDignity dignified acceptance]] of his impending demise, and selfless prioritization of ensuring Earth's protection all while heading towards the inevitable was enough of a tearjerker that even some readers who never got on board with the character were genuinely sorry to see him go.
29th Oct '16 10:40:06 PM Warmachine3974
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** Played straight however, for ''[=New 52=]'' Superman, since Savage Dawn finally had him acting ''like'' Superman before the very next arc killed him off. His [FaceDeathWithDignity dignified acceptance]] of his impending demise, and selfless prioritization of ensuring Earth's protection all while heading towards the inevitable was enough of a tearjerker that even some readers who never got on board with the character were genuinely sorry to see him go.
27th Oct '16 2:36:44 AM Tron80
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** Superman fans and Franchise/SpiderMan fans tend get along well, despite the whole DC vs Marvel thing, perhaps because the [[NiceGuy two]] [[EscapistCharacter heroes]] [[TheDeterminator are]] [[GeniusBruiser so]] [[HappilyAdopted similar]] that you can't really like one and hate the other. Doesn't hurt that the two have had three crossovers to themselves and two company wide crossovers where they both appeared. The two fandoms became the other's sole confidant when the two franchises started facing [[TheUnfavorite the]] [[FanPreferredCouple same]] [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy problems]]. I guess [[TheCape capes]] gotta look out for each other.

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** Superman fans and Franchise/SpiderMan fans tend get along well, despite the whole DC vs Marvel thing, perhaps because the [[NiceGuy two]] [[EscapistCharacter heroes]] [[TheDeterminator are]] [[GeniusBruiser so]] [[HappilyAdopted similar]] that you can't really like one and hate the other. Doesn't hurt that the two have had three crossovers to themselves and two company wide crossovers where they both appeared. The two fandoms became the other's sole confidant when the two franchises started facing [[TheUnfavorite the]] [[FanPreferredCouple same]] [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy problems]]. I guess [[TheCape capes]] Capes]] gotta look out for each other.other.
* IncestYayShipping: A number of Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} fans ship both characters together despite of being first cousins, either because they think there's no getting around the "Kryptonian of Steel, Human of Kleenex" trouble or because they genuinely think Clark/Kal and Linda/Kara make a good couple. To be fair, Silver and Bronze stories provide plenty fuel, accidental innuendo and subtext if you know where look ([[http://www.orgamesmic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/superman-supergirl-kiss.jpg Action Comics #260]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/actioncomics270_page027.jpg Action Comics #270]], [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pScx8BN4h3s/SMkfbsSeQCI/AAAAAAAAA_c/_XIlCBhpesg/s1600-h/action+289+pan+5.jpg the infamous Action Comics #289]], [[https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-42hj4CP59UU/TW0EOjbIjyI/AAAAAAAALSk/MyJ0VPlDuGo/s1600/sm+309-04.jpg Superman #309]] during the ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'' story arc, [[http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvzhjklUch1r2ntbyo1_500.png this panel]] from ''Literature/TheSuperdictionary''). Fanfic writers such like [[https://archiveofourown.org/users/megamatt09/pseuds/megamatt09 Megamatt09]] have penned long tales featuring them together.
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