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->''"The adventures of Superman when he was a boy!"''
-->--The original ''Superboy'' comic series' {{tagline}}.

'''Clark Kent/Kal-El'''

Originally, when Franchise/{{Superman}} was created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, he was shown as having made his superhero debut as a full-grown adult. Eventually, after rejecting a few proposals for such from Siegel and Shuster, someone at DC decided to create the character of Superboy, [[RetCon Superman's adventures as a youth before becoming Superman]]. This came without input or approval from Siegel (which helped strain the relations between DC and Siegel and Shuster even further). Superboy's first appearance was in ''More Fun Comics'' #101 (January-February, 1945).

As shown, Superboy fought crime in and around his small home town of Smallville, and was raised by his foster parents, Ma and Pa Kent. Like his adult self, he also had a secret identity as Clark Kent. Other supporting characters included his best friend, Pete Ross, who had accidentally found Clark's secret and [[SecretKeeper aided him without his knowledge]]; his female friend next door, Comicbook/LanaLang, who, like ComicBook/LoisLane years later, tried to become Superboy's girlfriend and/or find out his secret identity; Smallville's chief of police, Chief Parker; and [[KryptoTheSuperdog Krypto]], Superboy's pet dog from Krypton.

While some of Smallville's threats came from a rather high number of gangsters and bank robbers, some actual supervillains would also show up, including the Kryptonite Kid and most famously, young ComicBook/LexLuthor (who was initially friends with Superboy; however, a laboratory accident [one that rendered him bald] and a series of disastrous, humiliating attempts to improve Smallville's life with his inventions--requiring Superboy to intervene each time--made him vow that the only way he'd be able to prove his intellectual prowess to the world would be to destroy Superboy... and later, Superman).

In 1958, Superboy was invited by three youths from the 30th century to join their superhero group, the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, whose stories became a recurring feature (before graduating to their own comic) in Superboy and Superman comics.

Various stories would show how Ma and Pa Kent eventually died shortly after Clark's graduation from high school, an event that affected him greatly, along with Superboy attending college and how he changed his name to Superman.

Then came ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and the subsequent ComicBook/PostCrisis Byrne revamp in 1986, which after 40+ years of existence [[RetGone retconned Superboy out of existence]]. Under Byrne's origin, Superman was once again shown as having started his career as an adult. This caused a ContinuitySnarl with the ''Legion'' comics, which was fixed by stating that a separate Superboy character was created in a "[[AlternateUniverse pocket universe]]" by the Legion villain known as the Time Trapper [[CosmicRetcon just to preserve the Legion's history]]; the Legion was redirected there everytime they traveled to what they thought was Superboy's time. The Pocket Universe became a major recurring storyline for both the Legion and for the Post-Crisis Superman. Pocket Superboy sacrificed himself to save both his universe and the Legion from the Time Trapper. Superman eventually violated ThouShaltNotKill to execute the Pocket Universe equivalents of General Zod [[TerribleTrio and his henchmen]] for killing ''[[ApocalypseHow everyone]]'' on their Earth except for the "Matrix" Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}. Finally, the editors decreed that the Pocket Universe and its Superboy be written out of continuity altogether (in yet another CosmicRetcon).

'''Conner Kent/Kon-El'''

After the early [[TheNineties 1990s]]' ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' storyline, a new version of Superboy came into existence--this one an artificially created teenage clone. The character first appeared in ''The Adventures of Superman'' #500 (June, 1993), created by Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett. Exactly who he is a clone of was {{retcon}}ned, but he is currently a combination of Superman and Lex Luthor. This version eventually was befriended by Superman, who gave him an honorary Kryptonian name, "Kon-El." Kon also met and stayed briefly with Ma and Pa Kent (who no longer were dead in Superman's adult years post-Crisis), where he gained an identity of "Conner Kent".

Several alternate versions of Superboy were also seen over the years (including the aforementioned "Pocket Universe" version). The most prominent one is ComicBook/SuperboyPrime, a formerly heroic alternate-Earth Superboy seen in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' who reappeared in modern continuity as an EvilTwin of Superman/Superboy. The original Superman-as-a-boy has also been restored to continuity.

In the late 2000s, DC Comics fought a legal battle with the surviving family of Superman's creators over the rights to Superboy, which due to a quirk of copyright law can be reclaimed by them (though a subsequent ruling has stated that DC can claim rights to the concept of Superboy, the teenage clone of Superman even if the Siegel/Shuster estates have rights to the Superman-as-a-boy version of Superboy). The effect of this lawsuit has been that DC refused to use the name "Superboy", so Kon-El died, Superboy-Prime was called "Superman-Prime", and the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' cartoon stars a "young Superman" rather than Superboy. The lawsuit is not yet over, but currently DC feels it can use the name again, so Kon-El is back, and Superboy-Prime gets to be called that again.

The most recent change in Superboy's status quo came in the aftermath of the CrisisCrossover ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'', as part of the line-wide reboot known as either "The ComicBook/{{New 52}}" or "[[FanNickname The DCnU]]". Right now, "Superboy" is a biological experiment of the conspiracy known as N.O.W.H.E.R.E, made from Superman's DNA and that of several others, both human and alien. Or so we were told. He is eventually revealed to be a clone of Superman and Lois Lane's child, Jon, from the same future the leader of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. comes from. He is currently being used by them as a living weapon, under the supervision of both "Red", a.k.a. [[ComicBook/{{Gen13}} Dr. Caitlin Fairchild]] (the last survivor of the team of scientists working on him) and Rose Wilson, a young mercenary hired to make sure that he stays under control. This Superboy has Kon-El's tactile telekinesis, but virtually none of the empathy of his earlier incarnation; he just wants to escape N.O.W.H.E.R.E., and he's not picky about what he has to do until he can.

After succeeding in his escape, a stint with the Teen Titans, being attacked by H'el, during which he undergoes significant CharacterDevelopment and becomes first a KnightInSourArmour, followed by a jaunt or two through time and pulling a HeroicSacrifice on Krypton to launch Argo City into space, fighting his original, Jon Lane-Kent the future son of Lois and Clark, then teaming up with Jon after the latter pulled a HeelFaceTurn to fight a version of Jon that had yet to perform the HeelFaceTurn in a pocket universe that the two of them accidentally created, he's become [[AllLovingHero considerably more heroic.]]

'''Jonathan Samuel Kent'''

The son of the Pre-New 52 Superman and Lois Lane, born during the ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' event. Jon is named after the fathers of both his parents (Jonathan Kent and General Samuel Lane). After the trio escape to the New 52 universe, Jon is raised as a normal boy, unaware of his parents' history or their secret activities (Clark carried on as Superman in secret, while Lois became an author known as "Author X"). Eventually, Jon's Kryptonian powers manifest, just in time for the death of the New 52 Superman. This eventually forces Jon's father back into action as Superman, and Jon is taken along for the experience. As part of the ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' line, Jon features in ''Comicbook/SupermanRebirth'' regularly along with his parents and will appear alongside Bruce Wayne's son and current Robin, Damian Wayne, in ''ComicBook/SuperSons''.

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[[folder:Superboy comic series]]
!! Kal-El version:
** ''More Fun Comics'' (1945-1946)
** ''Adventure Comics'' (1946-1962) (as the lead feature), 1962-1969 (as part of the Legion of Super-Heroes feature)
** ''Superboy'' (1949-1973), becomes ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes'' in 1973; Superboy leaves the Legion in 1979
** ''Adventure Comics'' (1977-1978)
** ''Superman Family'' (1978-1979)
** ''The New Adventures of Superboy'' (1980-1984)
** ''Superboy: The Comic Book'' (based on the live-action Superboy series)
!! Kon-El version:
** ''The Adventures of Superman'' (1993 - 1994, during ''Reign of the Supermen'')
** ''Superboy (vol. 4)'' (1994-2002)
** ''Superboy and the Ravers'' (1996-1998)
** ''Adventure Comics'' (2009 - 2010)
** ''Superboy (vol. 5)'': (2010 - 2011)
** ''Superboy (vol. 6)'': (2011 - 2014)
!! Jon Kent version:
** ''Action Comics'': (2016-)
** ''[[ComicBook/SupermanRebirth Superman (vol. 4)]]'': (2016-)
** ''ComicBook/SuperSons'': (2017-)
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[[folder:Media spinoffs featuring Superboy]]
!! Kal-El:
** The 1960s {{Creator/Filmation}} animated Superman series featured Superboy cartoon segments.
** ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' (1988-1992 live-action series)
** ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' (though this centers around a costumeless teenage Clark Kent)
** ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' features a teenage Clark wearing the Super-costume, but because of the legal issues mentioned above he was called Superman instead of Superboy, as was originally intended.
!! Kon-El:
** ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' (2011 animated series)
** [[spoiler: Season 10 of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'']]
** While not a direct adaptation, ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' has a similar teenage Superman clone called Superman X/Kell-El, who wears a costume similar to Kon-El's.
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!!Tropes associated with Superboy

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* AlreadyMetEveryone: Superboy met the teenaged versions of [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]], [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]], [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]], {{ComicBook/Aquaman}}, and [[ComicBook/LoisLane Lois Lane]]. Thanks to time travel, he also met [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} the first Robin]] and [[ComicBook/JimmyOlsen Jimmy Olsen]].
* AlternateUniverse: The post-Crisis Pocket Universe and pre-Crisis Earth-Prime versions of Superboy (both young Clark Kents).
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Comicbook/LoisLane and Comicbook/LanaLang are 2/3rds of this.
* ComicBookTime: The pre-Crisis Superboy's time-era varied over the decades as taking place in the relative past of Superman, and thus the Boy of Steel was shown as operating in TheThirties, TheFifties (largely skipping TheForties), TheSixties, and even TheSeventies (by the end of Superboy's pre-Crisis run/the 1985 "Superman: The Secret Years" miniseries), until being retconned out of existence in the Byrne Superman revamp.
** Following several 2000s storylines that saw his restoration to ComicBook/PostCrisis continuity (though with Superboy now operating mainly in the Legion's era), Superboy/teenage Clark Kent's time-era became TheNineties (skipping TheEighties).
* ContinuitySnarl: Inverted; while removing Superboy from canon after Crisis didn't affect Superman, it did affect the Legion of the Super-Heroes big time.
* DemotedToExtra: The ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} was the ''cause'' of this for him. They originally appeared as supporting characters in a 1958 Superboy story, then starting in 1962 they appeared as the backup feature in ''Adventure Comics'' where Superboy had been the star since 1946. Within a year they had taken over the comic, reducing Superboy to the back up in what had been ''his'' title, and not long after solo Superboy stories stopped appearing altogether (though he continued to appear as a member of the Legion). A decade later they repeated the feat when they started appearing in ''Superboy'' as a backup feature, which was renamed ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes'' and eventually just ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' as they again took over the comic. Fortunately, this time, Superboy also gained a new solo series, though the Legion made a guest appearance late in its run.
* EscapedAnimalRampage: This happened once due to Superbaby's desire for a pet, as shown on the cover of ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' #130 on [[http://www.superdickery.com Superdickery]] [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/dick/614_4_130.jpg here]].
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Clark Kent, Lana Lang, Pete Ross, and (until his turn to villainy) Lex Luthor all attended Smallville High.
* {{Expy}}:
** Comicbook/LanaLang essentially served as a teenaged Expy of ComicBook/LoisLane.
** Bash Bashford was an expy of ComicBook/SpiderMan character Flash Thompson.
* IncestSubtext: In ''Superboy'' #80, Kara travels to the past to meet Superboy, and Clark looks a tad smitten of his cousin. And then you have [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pScx8BN4h3s/SsNtkLIiqkI/AAAAAAAAFeM/T5WENser1mc/s1600-h/sb+80-07.jpg this scene]]. In the words of [[http://comicboxcommentary.blogspot.com.es/2009/11/back-issue-box-superboy-80.html a reviewer]] "The rather phallic look of the alien ships added a little bit to my 'Clark hopes they could be kissing cousins' theory. I mean ... those ships could have been drawn any shape in the world."
* UsefulNotes/TheInterregnum: Superboy first appeared late in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks but really hit his peak in TheFifties where he was one of the few superheroes to thrive, holding down two titles when the superhero market generally was at its lowest ebb. Ironically he actually suffered in popularity once the Silver Age dawned and he got DemotedToExtra in the early Seventies thanks to the surge in popularity of ''The Legion of Super-Heroes''.
* JerkJock: Bradley "Bash" Bashford.
* KidAppealCharacter: The reason for his creation.
* KidHero: Of course.
* Letters2Numbers: Superboy does this in order to remove Luthor's fifth dimensional powers (siphoned off of Mr. Mxyzptlk) in ''Superboy'' #131.
* MeaningfulRename: Superboy changed his name to Superman at some point during his college years, with several different stories published explaining how this happened. However, all the versions agree that Clark realized he's not a kid anymore, and felt it was time he had a more adult name.
* MultilayerFacade: In #107, Red Kryptonite makes Clark jealous of himself as Superboy. He proceeds to reveal his superpowers and starts doing his fantastic feats openly. Some out-of-town criminals who arrived in Smallville to kill Superboy with Green Kryptonite learn of this and make plans to strike Clark at his home. Eventually the Red K's effect wears off and Clark proceeds to extricate himself from the crisis [[http://www.supermanfan.net/main/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/showoff-6.jpg via the trope]]. He makes up a story explaining that he knew that the criminals wanted to kill Superboy but didn't know when they'd strike, so he posed as Clark in cooperation with the Kents to force their hand.
* MysteriousProtector: In 1981's ''Superman'' #362 and #365-366, a flashback to Clark's early days at Metropolis University show he operated in secret as Superboy, to avoid anyone noticing Clark and Superboy both moving from Smallville to Metropolis. During this time, the whole country's abuzz and wondering what city Superboy had moved to. One scene even shows gamblers in UsefulNotes/LasVegas making bets on which city the Boy of Steel had picked. The cities guessed at included Metropolis, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]], [[BigApplesauce New York]] (future home of the ComicBook/TeenTitans), UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC (future pre-Crisis home of Franchise/WonderWoman), UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} (future home of a short-lived version of the ComicBook/JusticeLeague), UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, and UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} (a future pre-Crisis home of Supergirl). Oddly, other than Metropolis and Gotham, none of the other fictional DCU cities were guessed at by anyone. Adding to the hype, each city claimed they'd found (false) "proof" of Superboy secretly doing super-feats there. The ex-Smallville Sensation finally comes out in the open, thanks in part to then-reporter Perry White deducing the Boy of Steel was in Metropolis.
* PutOnABus[=/=]RetGone: He was written out of Superman's backstory as of ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.
** TheBusCameBack: And brought back following ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. In the mini-series ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin'' Clark is depicted as donning his costume for the first time, working in secret (and in costume) as a superhero in and around Smallville, joining the Legion of Super-Heroes as Superboy, and finding Krypto when the super dog lands on Earth.
* SiliconBasedLife: Superboy had to save a race of silicon-based aliens called the Vulxans in ''The New Adventures of Superboy #7'' (1980).
* SpinoffBabies: Probably the ''first'' example of this, with Superboy first appearing in 1945's ''More Fun Comics'' #101.
* SternTeacher: The [[http://www.dialbforblog.com/archives/309/ "Super-Teacher from Krypton"]], a robot designed by Jor-El to teach Superboy how to use his powers responsibly.
* SuperDickery: A staple. Adventures ranged from Lana Lang constantly getting powers, trying to find out Superboy's identity, or something along the lines of Smallville going through an obesity epidemic due to radioactive milk.
* SuperheroSobriquets: The Boy of Steel, the Boy of Tomorrow (more often in Golden Age stories), and the Smallville Sensation.
* TheMultiverse: An early 80s story (1981's ''New Adventures of Superboy'' #15-16) saw Superboy accidentally end up on Earth-2 in its early 1930s, where he met the teenaged Clark Kent of Earth-2. Since the Golden Age/Earth-2 Superman didn't have a Superboy career, Clark was merely a youth living on his adoptive parents' farm outside Smallville, though he was still learning about his developing powers.
* TheOnlyOne: Superboy was not only Earth-1's first prominent superhero, but also largely its only one during his day, with other superheroes not appearing until (at earliest) sometime during his college years, when he became Superman. The only other major hero operating during Superboy's time-era was the teenaged {{ComicBook/Aquaman}} (or "Aquaboy").
* TimeTravel:
** A constant for all Superboys, since the character is closely connected to the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes.
** In a story (based on a script from the ''Superboy'' live action TV series that wasn't, [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/12/23/comic-book-legends-revealed-346/ apparently]]) Superboy flies out into space in order to make a home movie type film to show his friend that the friend's father was a hero during the war. Superboy goes faster than light so he can film the light coming from earth which shows what happened in the past.
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-> "I can't say this to anyone, but there's a part of me that thinks they're all going to die and I'm going to get kicked up into the big leagues, like it or not. I know. Thinking about promotions while they knit together Green Lantern's ribs stepped in shallower puddles, right? But I can't help it. I keep seeing me and [[Comicbook/YoungJustice my guys]] on that front line, but the kick of it is we don't come back either."
--->''Kon regarding the war with Imperiex on Apokolips''

* AdaptationalBadass: During ''Convergence'', Superboy is placed against ''three'' heroes from the ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' universe: Red Robin, The Flash, ''and'' Superman. He takes out the former two easily, and all three are arguably superior to their modern versions.
* AfraidOfDoctors: In Geoff Johns' ''Teen Titans'', he and Beast Boy have a phobia of doctors, due to both of them being experimented on as kids.
* AllForNothing: Amanda Spence, like most at first, thought that Superboy was the enhanced clone of her father, Dr. Paul Westfield, one of the scientists in charge of the cloning. She then decided to make Superboy's life miserable, feeling he was a disgrace to her father and his memory. This includes creating the more powerful and unstable second clone Match and gruesomely killing Superboy's love interest Tana Moon, a death her family blamed him for. Her vengeance was already badly misguided and hugely disproportionate, but when you add in that Westfield was retconned out as being the clone donor, it makes it this trope big time.
* AlliterativeFamily: When Superman says he considers him family and Superboy finally gets a name the name Kal gives him is Kon-El, which fits nicely with Kal-El and Kara Zor-El.
* AlternateUniverse: Kon-El meets and teams up with the Kal-El version Superboy in several post-Crisis storylines, including "ComicBook/ZeroHour" and "Hypertension."
* AmazonChaser: His love interests include Knockout, Sparxx, [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Triad/Triplicate Girl]], [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain]] and ComicBook/WonderGirl.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Tana Moon, before it was revealed that she's native Hawaiian.
* AppropriatedAppellation: In his early appearances, he insisted on being called Super''man''. It wasn't until Superman returned from the dead and told Kon that he'd be honored to let Kon use the name "Superboy" that he started to take to it. And even then, the new Superboy told Big Blue, "When I turn 21... watch out."
* ArchEnemy: Superboy-Prime. He hates Conner calling him a fake Superboy.
* BackFromTheDead: Killed off in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', resurrected in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis: [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Legion of Three Worlds]]''. Brainiac 5 used the Kryptonian technology that reanimated Superman after he was killed by Doomsday, combined with a lock of Lex Luthor's hair to bring him back to life to help them in the fight against Superboy-Prime and his new Legion of Super-Villains.
* BaldOfEvil: In ''Teen Titans'', he shaved his head bald before going on an insane killer rampage and beating up the entire rest of the team. This was due to a mental command which was placed in his brain from after he was cloned in Cadmus.
* BlondBrunetteRedhead: He once had a LoveDodecahedron between Tana Moon (brunette), Roxy Leech (blond) and Knockout (redhead).
* BornAsAnAdult: In his first appearances he appears to be a teen over the age of 15 but is only months old.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: As with his [[{{Superman}} "dad"]], he's a prime target for this trope. Happened to him when he was with the Young Justice as well as another time when Poison Ivy used him for this purpose. His entire purpose for being created by Lex Luthor was to [[spoiler:act as a [[ManchurianAgent sleeper agent]] in the superhero community]], and the Black Lanterns attempted to take control of him again. Fortunately, by this time, Superboy had become GenreSavvy, and trained himself to retain ''some'' measure of control even while brainwashed.
* BroadStrokes: The version of Superboy we see in ''Convergence'' is largely based on the late-90s version where he lived at Cadmus. However, there are a few alterations. Namely, he possesses a smattering of Kryptonian powers that he never possessed during that era (namely, SuperSpeed, XRayVision and [[BreathWeapon Freeze Breath]]. The latter of which was notably the ''last'' Kryptonian power he awakened during the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' era (which itself came much later). The InfoDump at the end of the book also glosses over exactly whom Superboy is cloned from. While Paul Westfield is mentioned, it's simply stated that he mixed Kryptonian DNA was mixed with human, which is quite different than the original story.
* BroughtDownToBadass: When he temporarily loses his powers he does not stop being a hero, he just uses gadgets instead.
* TheBusCameBack: During 2015's ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' event, this version of Superboy (from the era in which he lived at Cadmus and still wore the original costume, earring and shaved fade) returned as part of a multiversal crossover.
* ByNoIMeanYes: ''We '''really''' need to get a Titans Jet or something. Not that I don't like holding your hand, Robin -- but I '''don't'''.''
* ChestInsignia: During one storyarc, Supergirl (Matrix) telekinetically ripped it from his chest (without damaging the costume) because he wasn't behaving like someone who deserved to wear it.
* ChivalrousPervert: Just some examples in ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman''. Once he and Supergirl (Cir-El) are caught in a "walls closing in" DeathTrap and Conner compain that would have preferred if there was ComicBook/PowerGirl with him. Another occasion, he find some sexbots of the female Teen Titans, belonging to the teenage Toyman (''not'' the original villainous version); Conner clearly enjoys...until [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] (Robin) destroys them!.
--> '''Superboy''': I hate you. I hate you more than anyone i ever known.
* CivvieSpandex: Currently the trope poster boy.
* ClarkKenting: As Conner Kent.
* CloningBlues: He falls into this occasionally, after several years of being TotallyRadical.
* ComicBookTime: One story during ''[[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Reign of the Supermen]]'' specifically references UsefulNotes/BillClinton as POTUS. Furthermore, in the time since he was created, babies born within the same month have grown up and become ''legal''.
* CostumeCopycat: Kal-El Superboy initially accuses Kon-El Superboy of such in their ComicBook/ZeroHour crossover meeting in ''Superboy'' #8, before learning the truth about what's going on.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Once he learned that he was made with ComicBook/LexLuthor's DNA, the cocky, brash hero got much angstier.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: ''"Y'know -- like Superman? The Last Son of Krypton! Feared and respected across the universe! C'mon -- that's supposed to intimidate you! Work with me here!"''
* EvilKnockoff: Match
* EyeBeams: He eventually develops Kryptonian heat vision.
* FadSuper: He was created to be a TotallyRadical reimagining of the "kid Superman" concept.
** In his debut, he had a buzzcut fade, a hoop earring, a leather jacket (which nearly every hero had at the time), sunglasses, and a costume that invoked TooManyBelts. He of course, used hip slang and made constant references to pop culture.
** His next costume kept the jacket, earring and shades (although with a new design and color scheme), but his hairstyle was radically changed since a fade had been way past dated by that point and he had FingerlessGloves instead of his bulky red ones. His slang got slightly toned down as well, but was still in use.
** The third costume (which he kept up until the reboot of the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'') was an extensive overhaul. It ditched the jacket, skintight costume, earring, shades and TotallyRadical attitude (the CivvieSpandex look took a heavy turn toward "civvie", with a t-shirt and jeans). Instead, he became more dark, brooding, and angsty, which became popular following the late 2000s.
* FingerlessGloves: His second streamlined costume dropped the red gloves and instead had his sleeves end in these.
* FlyingBrick: His original abilities were "programmed" to mimic Franchise/{{Superman}}'s as closely as possible, including flight, deflecting bullets and mimicking SuperStrength through {{Telekinesis}} and over time he developed the usual Kryptonain power set allowing him to find more creative uses for his telekinesis.
* FunPersonified: Before going DarkerAndEdgier as Conner Kent.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Retconned into this during the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' run. Originally, it was stated that he was a human clone modified to ''mimic'' Kryptonian genes.
* HateAtFirstSight: In ''Convergence'', this is how the ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' heroes see him. Where they come from, brash, arrogant young punks are the blight of the world.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With both [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] and [[ComicBook/{{Impulse}} Bart Allen]].
* HomosexualReproduction: The comics version is the biological mix of [[FoeYay Superman and Lex Luthor]]. Yeah.
* HeroicBSOD: After Luthor brainwashes him just before ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.
* HotBlooded: He is described as what happens when you take the power of Superman and give it to someone far less reserved.
* {{Hypocrite}}: In ''Teen Titans'' #100, he came to the conclusion that the only way to deal with the three clones of himself created by ComicBook/SuperboyPrime was to murder them with kryptonite he'd been keeping in his room as a fail safe, despite all the heartache and angst he'd been going through ever since he learned he was cloned from Lex Luthor and fearing that he may have been evil all along.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Bart to Conner, just before ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', and then Cassie to Conner, during ''ComicBook/BlackestNight.''
* InnateNightVision: One of his eye based powers.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: At the peak of his popularity, Conner was one of the Main Events of ''Marvel Vs DC''. He lost to Spider-man (Ben Reilly).
* KidANova: Girls whom he's dated or have been attracted to him include: Tana Moon, Roxy Leech, Knockout, Sparxx, [[TwinThreesomeFantasy all THREE of]] [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Triad/Triplicate Girl]]'s [[MesACrowd split selves]], [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], Dr. Sterling Roquette, ComicBook/WonderGirl, [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara-Zor-El]] (Pre-Crisis), Lori Luthor, and [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery Poison Ivy]]. Especially when you consider that he's, ''[[CloningBlues born few years ago.]]''
* KidAppealCharacter: His adventures were largely designed to be a cooler, hipper, HotterAndSexier version of Clark Kent's.
* KissingCousins:
** This one is complicated. Back when they first met, Kon-El and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} II/(Matrix) were not related, and Superboy used to hit on Matrix with impunity. He also later enjoyed mutual flirtation with the ''Pre-Crisis'' Kara Zor-El ''[[Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns when she was torn from time and space]]''. Most subtext between the two was dropped when it was realized that Superboy is Superman's "offspring", but in the ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' crossover, a Black-Lantern-ring-possessed Superboy taunts ComicBook/WonderGirl (his girlfriend at the time) by saying that when he's alone, it's his ''"cousin"'' [[ADateWithRosiePalms he fantasizes about]].
** Later on, there was Lori Luthor, who was actually ''disappointed'' that he saw her as a cousin.
* KryptoniteFactor: Like Superman he is as vulnerable to Kryptonite and magic.
* TheLawOfPowerProportionateToEffort: He has PsychicPowers that work both subconsciously and with effort.
** His original abilities were "programmed" to mimic Franchise/{{Superman}}'s as closely as possible, including deflecting bullets and mimicking SuperStrength through {{Telekinesis}}. They turn "off" completely when he's asleep or unconscious, making him as vulnerable as a normal human.
** He eventually takes effort to ''break'' the subconscious "rules' for his power so that he can use them in other ways, such as moving something as large a ship or as light as air vapor with his mind.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: between Kal-El Superboy and Kon-El Superboy in the "ComicBook/ZeroHour" crossover (as this page's picture indicates).
* LoopholeAbuse: ''"But Batman '''never''' said anything about your '''teammates''', right? Never a mention of ComicBook/YoungJustice steering clear of Gotham or [[Comicbook/RobinSeries you]]'d be waxing the Batmobile?"''
* LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe: Hey, has Kon-El mentioned that he has tactile telekinesis? Because he does.
* ManchurianAgent: Part of the arc where he [[spoiler:discovers Lex Luthor shares half of his DNA which enabled Lex to use him via this trope as well as the BrainwashedAndCrazy trope]].
* MindOverMatter: At first, Superboy's only superpower was "tactile telekinesis", a telekinetic force field that surrounds his body as a protective shield and allows him to simulate Superman-level speed, strength, flight and invulnerability. The tactile "tactile telekinesis" field also lets Superboy break free of an opponent's grip by pushing the field outward to force the opponent away.
** The powers of the his version from the BadFuture of the ''Titans Tomorrow'' story arc are upgraded from tactile telekinesis to full-blown telekinesis in the interim, which pretty much gives him the combined power of Superman and Phoenix.
* MixAndMatchMan: Pre-52 Conner is a clone of both {{Superman}} and ComicBook/LexLuthor.
* MustNotDieAVirgin: Conner and Cassandra's last night together before the conclusion of ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. Also counts as TheirFirstTime.
* NatureVersusNurture: During his DarkerAndEdgier years, he's all about this trope. In the earliest years, his "daddy" was Paul Westfield and later, it was {{retcon}}ned to be ComicBook/LexLuthor instead. Neither of them are very nice people. So, Superboy constantly questions whether he was destined to become good or evil based on the genes provided by Superman or his human father.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: A disease that affected only clones was killing him, and the only way Cadmus's scientists could stop it was to halt his aging at [[YoungerThanTheyLook physically 16 years old]]]. After they cured the disease, they couldn't find the aging genome to turn it back on until some time later, during the Comicbook/YoungJustice CrisisCrossover "Sins of Youth," when the spell that aged the rest of his teammates to adults started tearing him apart at the genetic level. Cadmus reactivated Superboy's aging, only to have him [[BroughtDownToNormal lose all his powers]] when the aging spell was lifted.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Before Superman gave him a Kryptonain name and then an earth name, both of which placed Kon in his family, Superboy didn't ''have'' a name outside of a nickname or a number.
* OnlySaneMan: In ''Convergence: Superboy #1'', Dubbilex narrates that Superboy is the only person in the [[CityInABottle domed Metropolis]] who hasn't moved on and accepted their new life.
* PretenderDiss: Constantly on the receiving end of this from anyone who knows or knew of Superman. The worry of not living up to the name is Conner's biggest fear.
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Like Superman, derives his Kryptonian powers from the absorption of solar energy from the Earth's yellow sun.
* PubertySuperpower: Also like Superman he develops his Kryptonian powers as he ages, starting out with only his Tactile tactile telekinesis which comes from his human DNA.
* ReallyWasBornYesterday: He set out to be a superhero at a ''very'' young age, it helps that Cadmus created him as a teen.
* RetCon: Superboy was initially depicted as a genetically-engineered metahuman clone of human origin designed by Project Cadmus as a duplicate and closest genetic equivalent of Superman. The character was retconned in ''Teen Titans'' as a Kryptonian/human hybrid of Superman and Lex Luthor.
* RhymesOnADime: Supporting character Roxy Leech had a friend with the appropriate name of The Poet.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Tana Moon during the ''Sins of Youth'' storyline.
* SuperPoweredDate: He's done this numerous times. Most notably for Cassandra Cain (where he built a castle in the sky made out of clouds), and Cassie Sandsmark, where he levitated a picnic bench during a romantic dinner.
* SuperpowerLottery: During ''Teen Titans'', Superboy developed Kryptonian powers including heat vision, x-ray vision and super-hearing. He also developed Kryptonian invulnerability and super strength as shown when he battled the hugely powerful Superboy-Prime.
* TemporalMutability: Continuity seems to place it somewhere between Types I - IV. The modern Superboy [[spoiler:technically became a ''time traveler'', every bit as out of place in this era as Booster Gold. His "current" self is still a corpse, slowly recovering within the Fortress of Solitude. Kon-El is careful not to disturb the body resting there, as he isn't quite sure what will happen to himself if he does. Other than that, though, the DC universe's rules on time travel are malleable enough to allow Conner to exist in the present without worrying too much about screwing up the timestream.]]
* TimeTravel: Like Kal-El, Conner has had many adventures with the Legion of Super-Heroes.
* TotallyRadical: He started out like this, before he was retooled to becoming Mr. CloningBlues
* TheTropeKid: Before the original Superman returned while he was still refusing to be called Superboy he was called the Metropolis Kid.
* TrueCompanions: With Tim Drake, Bart Allen and Cassandra Sandsmark.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: He once tussled with Spider-man (Ben Reilly) during the ''Marvel Vs DC'' event.
* YouAreNumberSix: Conner Kent was designated "S-13" at Cadmus, in relation to being the thirteenth (and only successful) clone of Superman.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: As a result of being made as a teenager he starts his series ''[[ReallyWasBornYesterday much]]'' younger than he looks.
* XRayVision: One of the last powers he develops.
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[[folder:Superboy, New 52]]
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* AmazonianBeauty:
** Dr. Caitlin Fairchild, who is drawn with far more muscular frame than back in her ComicBook/{{Gen 13}} days.
** The unnamed female antagonist in Issue #3 also counts.
* AntiHero: Of the NominalHero kind. This version of Superboy has no interest in heroics beyond what it takes to survive/gain his freedom. Between the first and second issues, he kills many of his captors by reflex and feels no remorse or guilt, tortures a group of soldiers who hold him at gunpoint, and flat out threatens to kill anyone who stands in his way.
** Issue #4 seems to be steering him towards being a KnightInSourArmor.
** While he still has his issues, he quickly becomes a full blown hero.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: He taught himself to talk and communicate by watching others do it.
* BaldOfEvil: Depending on how you view his "anti-hero" antics, Superboy is this when fresh out of the test tube.
* BecomeARealBoy: His character development seems to be headed in this direction. In fact, he uses these exact words in issue #6.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Superboy and Rose Wilson
** The fight between Superboy and ComicBook/WonderGirl in ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' is even more blatant. All the two talk about is how cute they find each other while trying to smear their faces into the sidewalk.
* BizarreAlienBiology: In addition to the Kryptonian side of his DNA, Superboy states that his "brain" is, in fact, every single atom of his body.
* BloodKnight: Rose Wilson
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Superboy sometimes has trouble understanding moral issues, as he hasn't really had much time to learn about it. He honestly doesn't understand why [[spoiler:robbing a bank]] gets him complaints.
** He's been getting better about it.
* BoisterousBruiser: Superboy, definitely. Rose Wilson even moreso.
* BullyingADragon: How most N.O.W.H.E.R.E. staff and mooks treat Superboy.
* CloningBlues: The ComicBook/{{New 52}} version of ''Comicbook/{{Superboy}}''. Even more so than his pre-Flashpoint incarnation. Supergirl and H'el treat him like a monster at first because of a clone rebellion in Krypton's past. The name "Kon-El" is Kryptonian for "abomination of the house of El". [[spoiler:The only reason he even exists is because Harvest wanted a guinea pig he could experiment on to find a cure for his "son's" (Jonathan Kent, the future son of Superman and Lois Lane) genetic problems. Having apparently done so, Harvest now wants Superboy dead.]]
** Unlike H'El, Supergirl got over her hatred, and she even defended him during the storyline "Crucible".
* ConsummateLiar: Zaniel Templar. Superboy acknowledges it, but knows he has to play along.
* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler:See "NeckLift" below.]]
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Becomes a source of angst when he realizes that he can't be around ordinary people without killing them.
* {{Expy}}: While not technically an expy, this version of Superboy has attitudes more in line and a temperament much closer to the Conner Kent shown in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' especially in his willingness to use overwhelming force and temper control issues, though his tendency to kill and torture is unique (and in any case it goes away fairly quickly).
* FakingAmnesia: Superboy's cover story in the "small town" simulation.
* FalseFlagOperation: Templar arranged for one of N.O.W.H.E.R.E.'s own bases to be attacked in order to set up his agenda.
* FieryRedhead: Dr. Caitlin Fairchild. Aka, "Red".
* FunWithAcronyms: There has been no indication as to what N.O.W.H.E.R.E. stands for.
* FutureSpandex: N.O.W.H.E.R.E.'s uniforms, and Superboy's "Containment Suit".
* GeniusBruiser: Superboy has shown to possess superior intellect to what humans could ever have. His mind works with incredible speeds, and combined with his TTK-powers, it might be one of his greatest assets.
* HiredGuns: Rose Wilson.
* InTheBlood: Superboy's instinctual affection for farms in rural Kansas.
** Accompanied by him completely ignoring someone in a burning building. Red wonders if this means that he has a "[[ComicBook/LexLuthor Deeply pathological, megalomaniacal narcissist, the likes of which the world has never known]]" as a donor. It was, however, revealed that Superboy was aware that the people in the fire were just part of a simulation, and he was giving them the same concern that [[VideogameCrueltyPotential most people give random NPCs.]] [[spoiler:Lex Luthor isn't his donor, as he is actually a clone of Superman and Lois Lane's future child.]]
** On a physical level, he looks ''exactly'' like a young Superman.
* LackOfEmpathy: Superboy, at first. Although in issue #6, he suspects that he's starting to feel a spark of it. By the time his series gets into the twenties, he's got it.
* MindScrew: the series is perfectly straight forward at first, but the introduction of [[spoiler: Jon Lane Kent, the two Superboys switching costumes and being mistaken for one another and a considerable amount of time travel]] has led to even other characters being confused.
* MixAndMatchMan: It's implied that ''this'' version of Superboy isn't just Kryptonian and human, but a ''mix'' of other alien species.
** [[spoiler:He's eventually revealed to be a clone of Superman and Lois Lane's future child, Jon.]]
* MoralityChain: Fairchild acts as this for Superboy early on. In fact, she insists on it.
* MythologyGag: [[spoiler: Jon Lane Kent, the son of Superman and Lois from a possible future and template for Superboy, wears a costume that looks a lot like the 90s Superboy costume]].
** Adding on to that, [[spoiler: Superboy's status as an opposite morality clone of another Superboy makes him the Nu52 version of [[EvilKnockoff Match]]. Jon Kent and the Post-Crisis Superboy were emotional and extroverted teenagers, while Match and Nu52 Superboy are their stoic and technically superior clones. Jon Kent was even mentioned as having genetic issues, a common problem for the first version of Kon-El.]]
* TheNeedless: Superboy states that he doesn't need to eat or sleep.
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: N.O.W.H.E.R.E.
* OutlawCouple: The young couple that appear in issue 3.
* NeckLift: [[spoiler:Fairchild surprises Superboy with on of these when she [[TheReveal Reveals]] her powers for the first time.]]
* OnlySaneWoman: Dr. Caitlin Fairchild, the only one who bothers trying to treat Superboy like he's not a thing.
* {{Telekinesis}}: In this version, it seems that his tactile telekinesis is far more powerful than in previous incarnations. It now operates like regular telekinesis letting him levitate objects at a distance and also providing greater awareness of his environment akin to a type of sonar. He also uses this to simulate some Kyptonyan powers.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Used at first to help differentiate him from Superman. In the new DC universe it was intended to make him look sinister in comparison to the Comicbook/TeenTitans, but since they also wore a lot of red and black - to the point where if you take away the wings and domino mask and S-shield respectively, it can be quite hard to tell Superboy and Red Robin apart - it didn't really work.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When using his telekinetic abilities.
* ReluctantMadScientist: Dr. Caitlin Fairchild
* ReverseMole: Umber, who is a spy for Lois Lane.
* SimulatedUrbanCombatArea: Where Superboy spends the majority of his time after being released from the tank.
* TheStoic: Superboy. He's largely introspective and calmly rationalizes everything around him.
** NotSoStoic: When he starts getting a no-holds-barred beatdown in issue #2.
* SuperStrength: Kon-El displayed strength enough to bench press a couple tons. His upper limit has fluctuated over time however.
* SuperpowerLottery: Subverted. It seems that this Superboy has not yet obtained all of his Kryptonian powers and his only abilities are his tactile telekinesis and a degree of superhuman strength as well as a superhuman healing factor (something Harvest pointed out after Superboy's fight with Grunge) and is even able to bend light around him to turn invisible.
* {{Telepathy}}: Superboy can at least see and erase memories. Though it takes him quite a while to realise that he actually has this.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Thanks to this, Kon's pretty much become a one man [[TangledFamilyTree Grey-Summers family]]. After sort-of dying, he teamed up with [[spoiler:the original he's cloned from, who had pulled a HeelFaceTurn, after accidentally merging with that original in order to fight a past version of his original who hasn't yet pulled a HeelFaceTurn, then that original seemed to die, which altered the fight with his past self, somehow bringing Kon back to life.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Though it takes him a while, he becomes much, much nicer as time goes by and much more heroic.
** [[spoiler: The same thing happens to Jon]].
* VitriolicBestFriends: Turns out that Rose and Fairchild are this, to the point that Fairchild left something behind for Rose to find if anything happened to her.
* WatchingTheReflectionUndress: A superpowered variation occurs in ''[=Superboy=]'' #10: Superboy calls out that he's started their campfire, but when she doesn't answer, he searches and is stunned to walk in on Wonder Girl (Cassandra Sandsmark) bathing in a lake. Wonder Girl angrily calls him a pervert and tells him to turn around. Superboy turns around, but puts his hand on the ground and smiles. Wonder Girl remembers that he can "see" through what he is touching and angrily throws a rock at the back of his head to get him to cut it out.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Only "Red" thinks of Superboy (who is half-alien ''and'' a clone) as a human. (Although Rose may have a soft spot for him, too.)
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Rose Wilson has beautiful white hair, but is an unrepentant ProfessionalKiller and BloodKnight.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Harvest wants him dead for this reason.]]
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[[folder:Jonathan Kent]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:The New Kid on the Block]]
->"Up until a couple days ago I thought I was a normal kid--with normal parents livin' a normal life. But that was a lie! Now I'm hearing about other planets and aliens and dad bein' Superman even though there's another Superman and I just... I mean, what I really want to know is... what does all this mean?"
---> '''Jon before learning about his heritage'''

* TheAllAmericanBoy: A Middle Example, being a small-town boy who's sweet, polite, and more than a bit naive. However, he does have a cheeky side and he tends to be somewhat rebellious when no one's looking.
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler:After accidentally using his freeze breath on Maya and Goliath, sending them all plummeting towards the ground.]]
-->'''Jon:''' I'msorry-I'msorry-I'msorry!
* AudienceSurrogate: Due to being conceived during the events of ComicBook/{{Convergence}}, he serves as one for readers who aren't quite caught up with the events of ComicBook/SupermanLoisAndClark as well as the events of the Post-Crisis timeline. He also lampshades the UnderwearOfPower his father's old suit had.
-->'''Jon:''' ''[holding up a phone with pictures of his dad's old suits]'' Hey Dad! Why don't you wear one of these? You shoulda stuck with the black suit or gone back to the old one with the undies on the outside.
-->'''Clark:''' It wasn't "underwear", Jon. It was part of the suit, a decorative element, all sewn together as one piece.
-->'''Jon:''' Looks like undies to me.
* BadassAdorable: Being the youngest incarnation of the titleholder, this shouldn't come as a surprise. [[spoiler: He helped his dad punch out the Eradicator and fought alongside his Mom when Clark was sucked in.]] He only gets more badass as time goes on, thanks to his increasing mastery of his powers, impressing Starfire in ''Super Sons #7'', who inducts him into the Teen Titans after only a night of working with him.
-->'''Starfire:''' ''[while pinching a grinning Jon's cheek]'' And do not forget to bring our newest member along with you. He's adorable and great in a fight!
* BerserkButton: Taunting him over [[spoiler:The death of his beloved cat.]]
* BigEater: Less explicit than most examples, but in ''Superman #7'' he's shown eating a burger while slurping soda with his Dad holding an armful of snacks in tow. The snacks are nowhere to be seen a few panels later. He then helps himself to cotton candy and all-you-can-drink milk. Later on, he's seen enjoying several tubs of ice cream, at least two boxes of pizza, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, cherries, and numerous liter bottles of soda with his friend Kathy and his first dog Ranger. In ''Action Comics #966'', Jon also expresses a particular fondness for his Dad's deluxe "Blow Your Guts Out" Meatballs.
-->'''Kathy:''' ''[adding condiments to her ice cream]'' Want any cherries?
-->'''Jon:''' Thanks Kathy! '''''All''''' the cherries!
* BadLiar: Jon is a ''horrible'' liar. Case in point, his excuse to the Teen Titans about Damian dragging them there.
-->'''Jon:''' "S" What "S"? [[BlatantLies I'm just a regular kid... that Robin happens to know...]]
* TheBigGuy: He has this relationship with Damian, being noticeably taller despite being several years younger, as [[http://comicsalliance.com/files/2016/10/Superman10b.jpg?w=630&h=968&zc=1&s=0&a=t&q=89 this picture shows]]. He's also much stronger physically and has superpowers to support him, but this is counterbalanced by his lack of proper combat training and general naivety, putting him at odds with Damian.
-->'''Jon:''' ''[after getting insulted by Damian]'' Aren't you forgetting something? I'm '''''much''''' [[BerserkButton taller.]]
* BrainsAndBrawn: Has this relationship with Damian Wayne (Robin) as the Brawn to his Brains, being the superpowered newcomer vs Damian's experience and lack of superpowers.
* BreakoutCharacter: His popularity skyrocketed as ''ComicBook/SupermanRebirth'' went on, maintaining a major role in his father's comic and makes regular, important appearances in Action Comics. Then there's his guest appearances in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague'' and his leading role in ''ComicBook/SuperSons''.
* BrilliantButLazy: Despite being portrayed as the DumbMuscle of the Super Sons (not helped by the fact that Damian is an InsufferableGenius and a ChildProdigy), Jon is surprisingly intelligent for his age when he puts his mind to it, solving fifth-grade math problems nearly instantly after not listening to the question, tinkering with Kryptonian technology under his father's supervision, and already knows how to drive a tractor and subsequently [[spoiler:a truck, which he rams into the guy who was starting to overpower his dad.]] His foolishness comes more out of naivety, inexperience, and immaturity than any stupidity on his part. It also helps that he's around ten-years old and is thus not particularly invested in academia or otherwise using that brain of his to its full potential. As his teacher describes him:
-->'''Tony Martinez:''' ''[To Clark and Lois]'' You've got a great boy here. Quick thinking, always a few steps ahead, little bit of a '''''daydreamer''''', but [[NiceGuy always respectful of me and his classmates.]] A real pleasure to have in class.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:His father's bedtime stories made Mr. Mxyzptlk out to be a pretty swell guy that Jon always called "Ruppletat". However, with the five-dimensional imp seething with hatred and resentment for Superman's inability to rescue him from Mr. Oz, "Ruppletat" is far less jolly and nice in person.]]
-->'''Jon:''' Dad was wrong, you '''''are''''' a bad guy!
** The ''Black Dawn'' story arc is shaping up to be one for his dad, as one of Jon's neighbors was seriously injured after Superman [[ThouShaltNotKill refused to kill a giant squid monster]] that was attacking Hamilton even as the local police officer encouraged the two of them to use their heat vision.
* BroughtDownToNormal: In ''Superman #20'', Batman reveals that something is stifling the growth of Jon's powers and may make him powerless in the long run if it isn't stopped.
* CatchPhrase: "Yessir!" along with a little salute whenever he's affirming something to his Dad.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: While he's still the same cheerful kid he started as, his [[RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic diction]], which was extremely childish to the point of using "hafta" instead of "have to" and pronouncing many of his "to's" as "tas" in ''ComicBook/SupermanLoisAndClark'', improved dramatically by the time of ''ComicBook/SupermanRebirth'', which heavily toned this down. In addition, while Jon was able to at least hover at the end of Lois and Clark, he's completely unable to do so in the more recent comics.
* CheerfulChild: Much like any other child raised in a loving household at his age.
* CarFu: [[spoiler:Drives a truck into a guy who began beating his Dad.]]
* CivvieSpandex: Like his Post-Crisis counterpart, Jon doesn't have a super-advanced suit, instead opting for a jacket with the Superman logo and a cape he soldered on with heat vision, otherwise wearing what he normally wears to school, torn jeans and all.
* ClarkKenting: At the end of the first ''Superman'' storyline, Jonathan is given glasses like his father. Jon isn't happy that he has to wear them, but Clark tells him that they work surprisingly well. That said, he's possibly an even more egregious example than his father, as he makes no attempt to modify his voice and wears the exact same jeans and sneakers that he does in his daily life. Lampshaded by Beast Boy.
-->'''Beast Boy:''' We know who you are. Your secret identity is more obvious than mine... and I'm '''''green!'''''
* DeadGuyJunior: Is named after his paternal (adoptive in this case) and maternal grandfathers, both of whom died in the Post-Crisis continuity.
* DeadpanSnarker: While he's pretty straightforward and nice most of the time, Jon cranks up the snark in a way that would make his mom proud whenever Damian is involved. Case in point, when he and Damian are confronted by dozens of robot duplicates of themselves:
-->'''Damian:''' I'll admit, maybe in retrospect we should have called our fathers.
-->'''Jon:''' [[SarcasmMode That's nice to hear, thanks.]]
* EmotionalBruiser: He gets really emotional whenever his parents are in danger and he's prone to crying in such situations. He also freaks out upon seeing a murdered family for the first time. [[spoiler:He's also forced to watch his mom's leg get shot off and his dad's efforts to cauterize the wound with heat vision.]]
* FamedInStory: Becomes this by the events of ''Superman #21'', with the residents of Hamilton instantly recognizing him as Superboy and are greatly reassured by his presence.
* FarmBoy: Runs in the family.
* {{Foil}}: To Damian Wayne in ''ComicBook/SuperSons''. Jon has superpowers, [[UnskilledButStrong but can't]] [[PowerIncontinence control them]] and is generally a pleasant person to be around due to his [[GoodParents normal]] and happy upbringing. Damian is a (comparatively) WeakButSkilled BadassNormal and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold with absolutely atrocious social skills due to his upbringing in the League of Assassins.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Downplayed. Like most other kids his age, Jon loves animals and regularly cares for the many on his family farm, even offering to take Damian's pets there so they can get some clean air and sunshine. He is also devastated when [[spoiler:he accidentally kills Goldie and when Krypto seemingly dies.]] However, it's nowhere near Damian's levels, as he shows visible disgust at the notion of being at a cow-raising contest as he dislikes the smell of their manure.
* GenerationXerox: Jon looks exactly as his father did at his age and is also a generally sweet and respectful boy who always tries to take the moral high ground. He even has a childhood friend who happens to be his SecretKeeper much like his dad's relationship with Lana Lang. That said, he has his natural bursts of childish unruliness, and his moral code doesn't always stop him from [[TheGadfly intentionally getting on Damian's nerves in their petty arguments.]]
** In addition, there are numerous allegories to many of his dad's most iconic showings in Jon's own stories, such as standing idly as spitballs are fired at him, much like [[ShootingSuperman Superman's general relationship with bullets.]]
** While normally polite like Clark, Jon has proven more than once he's inherited his [[DeadpanSnarker Mother's wit]] when people want to push him.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Jon is the first naturally-born mainstream Human-Kryptonian hybrid with the exception of his villainous predecessor from the New 52 continuity. It should also be noted that Jon is the first ''stable'' and complete hybrid of his kind, as Jon Lane Kent suffered constant agony from his unique genome, and none of the other Superboys used the standard Kryptonian powers at first, instead mimicking superhuman strength, speed, and flight with [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]].
* HeadbuttingHeroes: To put it bluntly, he and Damian do not get along well at all.
-->'''Damian:''' ''[after making fun of each other over getting a Christmas tree]'' I'll have your miserable, mutated head, '''''[[FantasticRacism ALIEN!]]'''''
-->'''Jon:''' Come and get it, '''''[[HeightAngst TWERP-ZILLA!]]'''''
* IAmWho: It takes Jon a while to come to terms with the fact that he's Half-Kryptonian along with the fact that his ordinary, constantly tired and busy father is Superman, but not the Superman he grew up watching on television.
* InASingleBound: Necessary to get around since he hasn't developed flight yet.
* ImagineSpot: Spends the opening pages of ''Superman #21'' dreaming of flying while in his own unique spandex costume based on his current CivvieSpandex.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Shares his father's icy blue eyes and remains cheerful as ever amidst things that would traumatize any other child.
* KeepingSecretsSucks: Jon hates the fact that he has to hide everything about him and wants to tell the world everything. Lois and Clark have to keep him tempered from this sort of idea. He also has to make up excuses during ''Superman #17'', during his little escapade with Kathy. He even does this to an extent with his ''parents'', as he makes it seem as though he was in bed all night due to staying up to watch a horror film and again when Damian took him out to Metropolis.
-->'''Kathy:''' ''[After Jon busts a door down]'' How did you-
-->'''Jon:''' [[BlatantLies Workout routine with my Dad! Lots of pull ups!]]
* LamarckWasRight: Jon is inheriting all of his father's powers one by one, but it's taking an awful lot of time for it to happen, which has Batman suspicious.
* LegacyCharacter: As of ''Superman Rebirth #6'', Jonathan has officially claimed the "Superboy" title and the S-shield worn by his father and his cousin Kara (better known as ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'').
* MagneticHero: His niceness pays off in making him extremely likable to others. Wonder Woman takes a shine to him immediately despite her previous romance with the New 52 Superman, Sara [[spoiler:or at least her robotic duplicate]] is perfectly willing to stay behind and sacrifice herself for Jon despite only just meeting him due to the immediate kindness he displayed to her, and the Teen Titans are willing to induct him as an official member after just one night of working together. Compare this to the Titans' relationship with Damian, which is tense at best given his abrasiveness even after working with him for months.
* MessyHair: As shown by the picture above, his hair is pretty unruly in his downtime and while on the job, but it's combed more neatly for school-related matters.
* MundaneUtility: Jon was tempted to use his heat vision after he saw that his friends were getting hit by rock-filled snowballs from the local bullies. He also uses his super speed to quickly get home, shower, and dry his hair before slipping under the covers as his parents come back from work to check on him.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: He has the build of an active, but average boy his age, leading Damian to say that Jon has "narrow shoulders". Nevertheless, Jon is strong enough to casually toss Damian aside and hold him up by the collar when angered.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: With a good smattering of LukeYouAreMyFather. [[spoiler:After being empowered by the spirits of the New 52 Superman and Lois, he delivers this trope to override the influence of Mr. Mxyzptlk, who was slowly stripping away his parents' memories of him.]]
-->'''Jon:''' My name is Jonathan Samuel Kent. I'm your '''''son!'''''
* NaughtyIsGood: Zig-zagged. While he's sweet and polite and needs to be coaxed out of sticking to his bedtime, he's also a bit of a rebel who loves running off to do things he's not supposed to when no one is looking (such as watch a scary movie late at night) and starts a snowball fight right after school.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Justified. Jon's powers are still growing in and thus he is slowly gaining his Dad's powers. While he's initially limited to limited SuperStrength and Heat Vision, he later [[spoiler:gets Freeze Breath after having an allergic reaction to Goliath while being kidnapped by Damian and Maya.]]
* NiceGuy: Jon is generally upbeat and cheerful and is pretty upstanding and polite (everyone older than him is Mr. or Ms. and he even refers to his biologically teenager first-cousin-once removed Kara as "Cousin Kara"), though he does have to vent his childish impulses from time to time and he loosens up while at home and with friends.
* NiceHat: Frequently wears numerous baseball caps to help hide his identity as Superboy.
* NighInvulnerable: Not as pronounced as his dad, but when this power ''does'' work, knives and [[ItMakesSenseInContext giant porcupine quills]] shatter against his skin and clothing without a scratch.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: [[spoiler:Is subject to this in ''Superman #18'' after mysterious white flames consume everything the Kents own, seemingly fading from existence bit by bit until there's nothing left of him. Luckily, he's currently only stuck in Mr. Mxyzptlk's domain, but the imp plans on erasing him for real if he's not careful.]]
* OhCrap: Has this reaction with Damian after their fight as their dads look down at them in disappointment.
--> '''Jon and Damian:''' Uh oh.
** Again after he [[spoiler:accidentally runs into the non-powered Clark Kent while trying to get the door for Chinese takeout delivery.]]
--->'''Jon:''' ''[eyes slowly widening]'' How much do I--owe--you...
** Yet again after being confronted by Lex Luthor.
--->'''Jon:''' Oh god... Oh god... I'm in so much trouble...
* PintSizedPowerhouse: His powers are slowly growing over the course of his appearances, punching dinosaurs in the face and easily tackling doors down. While he could initially get a concussion by falling off a tree, knives shatter against his skin as of ''Superman #17'', and he fell down a well none the worse for wear. According to Batman, once Jon reaches his full potential, he'll be stronger than his dad ever will be on top of potentially manifesting some unique powers of his own.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: [[spoiler:Begs his parents not to let him go as he seemingly fades from existence. Luckily, it doesn't stick.]]
* PowerIncontinence: Jon is still growing in his powers, so they tend to fluctuate in and out in how strong they are and if they work at all. One moment he can lift a car above his head, the next he's scraping his knee on the sidewalk. They seem to work better when he's emotionally charged, such as when he's angry, determined, scared, or surprised.
** On one occasion, [[https://youtu.be/e3f2J1qdK74?t=131 he accidentally used his heat vision while trying to use X-Ray Vision to see who the unexpected visitors were]], blasting straight through the door and sending both Wonder Woman and Batman flying backwards. Bruce would have had a hole punched through him if it weren't for Diana's quick thinking.
** This is mostly phased out by the end of the ''Black Dawn'' arc, after which it comes down to teaching Jon how to use his powers properly in order to do the most good.
** In ''Superman #17'', his Heat Vision goes off again when Kathy rang the doorbell while he was in the middle of watching a horror film.
* PowerLimiter: Batman notes that Jon's powers should have grown exponentially by the events of ''Superman #20'' due to hybrid vigor, with powers matching or exceeding his father's at this point. Thus, he suspects, that something in Jon's vicinity is keeping his powers from reaching their full potential. [[spoiler:Manchester Black had been rewiring Jon's neurons to stunt his development and make him a "better hero".]]
* PrimaryColorChampion: Like Dad, Red, Blue, and Yellow characterize his super outfit, in contrast to the Black and Red of his predecessors.
* RealityEnsues: Although Jon is quite brave for his age, he's much more easily shaken in the face of mortal danger, fleeing from the Eradicator after it [[spoiler:absorbed his father and tossed his mother aside like a ragdoll]] and is brought to tears whenever something bad happens to someone he deeply cares about. He also worries about never seeing his mom again while stranded on Dinosaur Island and constantly bickers with Damian despite his father's attempts to raise him on the same morals his own parents did.
** Of course Clark was never exposed to other superheroes at such a young age (at best meeting the Legion of Superheroes during his teenage years depending on the canon), and certainly not one who is as misanthropic as Damian.
** Later, when left to his own devices at home as his parents deal with [[spoiler: Lex Luthor being kidnapped for execution]], he and his friend Kathy raid the fridge for ice cream, soda, and whipped cream on top of making at least three boxes of frozen pizza. Having never made frozen pizza by himself before, he puts the pizza in ''with the box and plastic wrap still on''. The next issue of Action Comics has his Mom complaining about the mess he made.
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Completely averted. Jon peppers his dialogue with all sorts of likes, gonnas, wouldas, comin's and other forms of realistic diction. This only highlights Jon's differences with Damian, who speaks with polished prose much of the time due to Damian's classical education under Talia.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Of the classic young superhero sidekick. After years of {{Deconstruction}} and cynical depictions, Jon is among the first in recent DC comics to return to the cheerful, naive, and somewhat bumbling child superheroes that drew many children to comics in the first place. Granted, his appearances also showcase the hardships and implications of having powers at his age, but he still remains true to this core concept.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: They're a sign that he's about to blast your face off with heat vision.
* RetCon: After ''ComicBook/SupermanReborn'' ([[spoiler: where Pre-Flaspoint and New-52 Supermen stories merge]]), the events of ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}: Superman'' are undone as Clark and Lois gave birth Jon in the New-52 universe (in the Fortress) and not the ''Flashpoint'' Batcave.
* RudeAwakening: The ''ComicBook/SuperSons'' preview shows [[http://www.cbr.com/robin-superboy-super-sons-1-preview/ Jon ready to blast Damian with heat vision after he snuck in right before Jon was about to go to sleep.]]
* SecretLegacy: Is completely unaware of his father's superhero activities until he's around ten years old and his powers begin manifesting.
* SignatureAttack: Heat Vision, which he uses more than any of his other powers thus far. It's simultaneously the power he has the most control over, being able to activate it at will, and the least control over, often having it go off accidentally and has difficulty turning it off at times.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Jon's strength tends to vary based on how strong the plot needs him to be. For instance, he can lift a car over his head in one issue but has trouble breaking iron chains in another. This becomes particularly glaring after the ''Black Dawn'' arc, where he's strong enough to stop a train with ease, but Damian can still punch him hard enough to feel pain.
* SuperpowerLottery: Is developing his Dad's Kryptonian powerset and is stated to have the potential to become even more powerful than his father. That's not even taking the fact that Jon might manifest unique powers of his own.
* TagalongKid: Due to the instability of his powers, his dad and mom are reluctant to let Jon get into the thick of the fight, forcing him to stay on the sidelines most of the time.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Complains to Damian in ''ComicBook/SuperSons'' that they were going to get in a lot of trouble for their unauthorized escapade.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ice cream. He's always eating scoops or tubs of it whenever he has the chance.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Played with. Jon's powers are most likely to work when he's emotionally charged, but they continue to fluctuate in and out when he least expects it and he has yet to achieve full control over it despite being kidnapped by Intergang, accidentally frying his pet cat Goldie to death with heat vision, nearly having half his genome sucked out by the Eradicator, watching his Dad and Krypto get sucked into the Eradicator.
* {{Tsundere}}: A minor one towards the Teen Titans. After spending most of ''ComicBook/SuperSons'' making fun of them due to Damian constantly harping about being older than him, Jon is still clearly excited to be working alongside them and is made an official member in all but name above Damian's protests. Despite this, when Damian goes back to putting Jon down, he calls them Damian's "Glee Club".
* UnskilledButStrong: Jon's powers are unstable, making him above average at best and a liability at worst. This is further exacerbated by his inexperience and naivety. Nevertheless, when they do kick in, he's powerful enough to burn his father with his heat vision and even outrace him.
* UnwittingPawn: Jon naivete makes it easy for Damian to manipulate him, a fact the [[BullyingADragon young Superboy doesn't appreciate.]]
* VitriolicBestFriends: Heavy on the Vitriolic towards [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Damian Wayne]]. One minute, they could be saving the world, the next they're slugging each other silly. That said, by the events of the annual holiday special (which is heavily implied to take place a good deal of time after their last encounter) they're close enough to have each other on speed dial and to buy gifts for each other (with Damian buying the two of them a video game they both wanted). Heck, they even have Christmas dinner together! Of course, [[https://i1.wp.com/cdn.batman-news.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/DC-Rebirth-Holiday-Special.jpg?quality=85&strip=info&ssl=1&w=800 the front cover of the same comic has Damian kicking a Heat Vision-ready Jon in the face while stealing a present from him]], so they aren't ''that'' chummy yet. It's also implied that Damian respects Jon deep down, but is too prideful to admit it, as noted by [[TheEmpath Raven]].
-->'''Raven:''' Do not let Robin's defensiveness get to you, Superboy. He respects you deeply. We ALL do now that we know you.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Jon is always fighting the temptation to avoid using his powers in school and seems to enjoy letting loose as Superboy, given his eagerness to help.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Jon knows that he has big shoes to fill after learning about his superpowers and is anxious to get into the thick of things and prove himself.
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