History YMMV / Superman

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.
25th Oct '16 10:26:54 AM Tron80
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** In ''ActionComics #275'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} dreams that Superman never turned up and she lived her cousin's life. In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', written 37 years after, Superman never turned up and Supergirl was world's greatest hero... because [[spoiler:Lex Luthor found Kal-El's rocket and murdered the baby]].
21st Oct '16 10:49:03 AM Tron80
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* FridgeLogic: How the hell is Superman vulnerable to his own planet?
** We are also vulnerable to portions of our own planet that are radioactive.
*** Between ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and ''The Comicbook/{{New 52}}'', it was established that part of the process of Krypton going [[EarthShatteringKaboom BOOM]] was internal chemo-nuclear reactions resulting in the formation of Kryptonite. The natives called it the Green Plague. The Comicbook/{{New 52}}'s take on it has yet to be revealed.
** Kryptonite has been subject to so much FridgeLogic over the years (like how you can just about buy it on any street corner on earth by now, etc..) that it's best to mutter [[BellisariosMaxim Bellisario's Maxim]] and move on...
** Symbolism-He's an immigrant to America, kryptonite is the old country.
** [[DependingOnTheWriter Sometimes]] (most notably, its first ComicBook/PostCrisis appearance), kryptonite very painfully drains the solar energy from Superman's cells, hence why it weakens him as well as hurts him, and also why it glows. Of course, how this works opens up a whole new can of FridgeLogic.
21st Oct '16 10:48:06 AM Tron80
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* HarsherInHindsight: In one old Silver Age comic (see ItOnlyWorksOnce), Superman burns out a part of ComicBook/JimmyOlsen's brain after he discovers his secret identity. After ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', where Superman {{Expy}} the Plutonian lobotomizes his sidekick Samsara, it's a lot more disturbing.

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* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
** In ''Action Comics #270'', Superman dreams he travels to the future and [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} his cousin]] is now Superwoman, the world's greatest heroine. Fast-forward twenty-five years and she is killed by the Anti-Monitor, never becoming Superwoman or taking over her cousin. And Superwoman is one of her worst enemies in the Post-Crisis universe.
** Likewise, in the dream future of ''Action Comics #270'', Superman voluntarily revealed his Secret Identity to the world after losing his powers. In ''Comicbook/WhatEverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' and ''Comicbook/SupermanTruth'', Clark was outed in decidedly more tragic circumstances.
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In one old Silver Age comic (see ItOnlyWorksOnce), Superman burns out a part of ComicBook/JimmyOlsen's brain after he discovers his secret identity. After ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', where Superman {{Expy}} the Plutonian lobotomizes his sidekick Samsara, it's a lot more disturbing.



* HilariousInHindsight: In a letter at ''Superman: Man of Tomorrow'' #3 a couple of readers said that it would be cool, if Lex Luthor killed Superman and took over his titles, like ''ComicBook/ActionComics''. What do you know, fifteen years later the second part of their wish came true. And it was awesome.

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
** In ''Action Comics #270'', Superman dreams he travels to the future and he has become a sickly, powerless old man. Fast-forward several decades, and it's been established that Kryptonians age more slowly on Earth due to the yellow sun, and they actually become ''more powerful'' as they grow older.
** In that same issue, Linda Lee works as a reporter in the Daily Planet. Linda never was a reporter in the comics, but in 2016 she became one in ''[[Series/{{Supergirl 2015}} her Live-Action show]]''.
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In a letter at ''Superman: Man of Tomorrow'' #3 a couple of readers said that it would be cool, if Lex Luthor killed Superman and took over his titles, like ''ComicBook/ActionComics''. What do you know, fifteen years later the second part of their wish came true.true In ''Comicbook/TheBlackRing''. And it was awesome.
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