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'''Superlopez''' is a Spanish comic book character created by Jan in 1973, a parody of {{Superman}}.

Born Jo-Con-Él (roughly translated as ''Damn-the-brat'') on the planet Chitón (Old spanish slang meaning 'Shut up!') much like Superman's home planet of Krypton, he leaves his planet when he enters a spaceship and presses a button, an accident that sends him to Earth. He was raised by adoptive parents in Barcelona and concealed himself under the identity of office-worker Juan Lopez (which is actually [[AuthorAvatar author Jan's real name]]). He works with his girlfriend, the bad-tempered Luisa Lanas (parody of Lois Lane); Jaime González Lidenbrock (Superlopez's not so pally Jimmy Olsen); and his demanding, unnamed boss (a reference to Perry White).

Other recurring characters include Inspector Holmez (a reference to SherlockHolmes), an excessively bureaucratic police officer who suspects everyone; Martha Holmez, the Inspector's daughter, and computer geek Chico Humitsec.

Recurring villains include the evil professor Escariano Avieso (probably the main BigBad); Lady Araña (“Lady Spider”); the gangster Al Trapone (a reference to Al Capone); and the mob boss Refuller D'Abastos.

In the early days of the character, Superlopez was member and leader of the team known as '''El Supergrupo''' (''The Supergroup'' or ''Superteam''). Team members included '''El Mago''' (''The Wizard'', a parody of Dr. Strange); '''Capitan Hispania''' (''Captain Spain'', a parody of CaptainAmerica); '''Latas''' (''Tin-guy'', a parody of IronMan); '''Bruto''' (''The Brute'', a parody of [[Franchise/FantasticFour The Thing]]); and la '''Chica Increíble''' (''Unbelievable Girl'', a parody of the token generic superheroine). These spent more time fighting one another over the leadership of the Supergrupo than fighting evil.

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!!This comic provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Chica Increible, Martha Holmez.
* AffectionateParody: In Spain, the Supergroup stories are considered one of the finest parodies of the superhero genre.
* ApatheticCitizens.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: The comic features the country of Tontecarlo (portmanteau of "tonto", meaning dumb, and Montecarlo). Citizens of Tontecarlo do not have jobs: They instead gamble and play state-owned lotteries anywhere — eg., the customs officers play shell games for money with any incoming tourists. The main characters, visiting tourists, notice that money flow cannot continue; however, ''tourism brings more money to Tontecarlo.''
* AuthorAvatar: Author Juan López sometimes draws himself, usually as a background character. Not to mention that the titular character is called, well, Juan López.
* BigBad: Various but the most recurrent one is Escariano Avieso.
* BigBallOfViolence: Every time the Supergroup start arguing among themselves.
* BizarreAlienBiology: The aliens from the story ''Los ladrones de ozono'' (''Ozone thieves'') steal the ozone from our atmosphere because it's a drug for them.
* BluffingTheAdvanceScout: ''Los alienígenas''.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Regularly and recurrently, sometimes bordering on NoFourthWall.
* CaptainPatriotic: Parodied with Capitán Hispania, who carries a shield with the colours of the Spanish flag, but never says anything that can be considered patriotic.
* CatchPhrase:
** Superlopez's "Cachis la Mar!" (could be translated as "Holy shit/crap!") and Inspector Holmez's "Hmmm... sospechoso, sospechoso..." ("Hmmm... suspicious, suspicious...")
** "Un café con leche y un croissant", "Un billete para el Masnou, ida y vuelta" (see RunningGag below)
** Also Holmez asking everybody in sight for peanuts. Even though he has never been shown eating any.
* CerebusSyndrome: All of the post-TurnOfTheMillennium comics. They are more {{Anvilicious}} social commentary than Comedical ActionAdventure.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Jaime was originally created as López's work rival, who would report everything he did wrong to their boss in an attempt to get him fired and take his girlfriend. They bonded notably in book no. 10 and became friends from then on, with Jaime appearing now as a nice, caring man. His old personality can only be seen briefly in books 35 and 36.
* ChewToy: Superlopez.
* ChooseYourOwnAdventure: The adventure ''Los Petisos Carambanales'' is this in comic book form.
* ClarkKenting: Being a {{Superman}} parody, it's a given.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: in ''Los Alienígenas'', Superlópez is powerless without his supersuit.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment / SuckinessIsPainful: again in ''Los Alienígenas'', captured alien spy Xonxa boasts that her shape-shifting species is virtually unkillable:

-->'''Xonxa:''' Our bodies are like rubber! My people only die of old age or boredom.
-->'''Superlópez:''' Funny you should mention that: we happen to have this big collection of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWzelwW3hoI Manolo Escobar]] films...

* DestructiveSaviour: Superlópez himself, sometimes bordering on WalkingDisasterArea.
* DiggingToChina: In ''El señor de los chupetes''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first short stories, Superlopez was ''married'' to an unnamed, completely run-of-the-mill woman, who knew his secret identity. Also he had no powers without his supersuit, which usually led to slapstick - for example, Superlopez's wife used to use a detergent that temporarily annulled the suit's powers.
* {{Fanservice}}: Some, in the latter stories. The earlier ones were strictly family-friendly.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Superlopez.
** TheLancer: Capitan Hispania (or El Mago).
** TheBigGuy: The Brute.
** TheSmartGuy: El Mago (or Latas)
** TheChick: Chica Increible.
** SixthRanger: Latas.
* FunnyAnimal: The Poet Ant, a humanoid radioactive [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ant]] from ''El castillo de arena'' (''The Sand Castle'').
* GeniusBruiser: Bruto is physically the second strongest member of the SuperGrupo, after "Supes", but he's also the second smartest after el Mago. Superlopez is also supposed to be pretty smart himself.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The cube gun from ''Los Alienígenas''. Since there's no known way to revert its effects, [[FridgeHorror its victims are as good as dead.]]
** Carapincho DOES reappear after being cubified, and to become a series regular, no less. Although he's admittedly rendered unable to say anything else other than grunts...
* HoldingOutForAHero: Averted for great comedy, especially in the early installments: people actually hope for Superlopez ''not'' to turn up, since he's such a WalkingDisasterArea and his interventions tend to make things worse. He becomes more of a heroic figure as the series goes on.
* {{Homage}}.
* HumanAliens: Superlopez.
* HumongousMecha.
* InspectorJavert: Oh Holmez. He's less efficient and ruthless than the typical Javert, but every little bit as bureaucratic and single-minded.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Inverted. Luisa loves civilian Juan Lopez but '''hates''' superhero Superlopez.
* MadScientist: Escariano Avieso.
* TheMafia: Al Trapone's gang, and others.
* MindControlMusic: A rock band allied with the mob uses this.
* MindScrew: ''Los Petisos Carambanales'' is about an attempt of Escariano Avieso to mess with Superlopez's head and making him retire.
* MostCommonSuperPower: Some of the female characters are quite well endowed.
* NeverLiveItDown: In-universe example. In ''Los Alienígenas'' (''The Aliens''), one of the alien invaders [[TheyLookLikeUsNow (who have the ability to shapeshift at will)]] takes early in the story the form of a heater for a while to disguise himself. Later, when Superlopez is tracking down another of the aliens, he finds another heater, identical to the one used previously by the alien. Superlopez mistakenly thinks the alien has become again a heater (actually, the alien had taken the shape of a woman), and for the rest of the story, everyone seems to believe the aliens like taking the shape of heaters.
* OnlySaneMan: ''All members'' of the Supergroup see themselves as this. No wonder they almost wrecked their secret lair fighting over who would be leader.
* PartTimeHero: In the early short stories especially, a lot of the comedy revolved around Superlopez struggling not to blow his cover as a nondescript office worker, or simply trying to ''keep'' his job despite being constantly off crime fighting.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Supergroup, most of the time.
* RunningGag: Any time Juan López enters a subway station, he'll absent-mindedly start ordering breakfast instead of asking for a ticket; ''then'' he'll go into a bar and order a ticket instead of breakfast. Sometimes it's because he's lost in thought, sometimes it's just plain stress or exhaustion.
* SdrawkcabName: The spell destroying the Lord of the Pacifiers is ''Etev la oonreuk'', a slight modification of a backwards ''Vete al cuerno'', which is Spanish for ''Get lost''.
* ShoutOut: To the whole SuperHero genre, starting with the main character and working down. In early stories, when Francisco Pérez Navarro -a much bigger fan of Superhero comics than Jan- did the writing, these were much more frequent.

* SuperHero: Parodied to hell and back at first, played progressively straighter over time.
* UltimateJobSecurity: López has been threatened with being fired several times, not to mention that he keeps disappearing from work without warning whenever some villain attacks his city and taking holidays left and right so he can fight evil abroad. And in the early comics, he spent the little time when he actually was staying at work just practicing origami.
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