!!The Comics
* AuthorsSavingThrow: Writer Sterling Gates finally reconciled Post-Crisis Kara's origins.
* CompleteMonster: The Post-Crisis version of [[SociopathicSoldier Benjamin Martin Krull]], alias [[NuclearNasty Reactron]], was never a nice guy. His first clash with Supergirl saw a vast amount of property damage and significant casualties, with many survivors suffering from radiation sickness or cancer. It was in the ''NewKrypton'' storyline, however, where Reactron really crossed the line. Having been rebuilt by LexLuthor into a {{cyborg}} with a Gold Kryptonite heart, Reactron invades New Krypton alongside Metallo, depowering a killing numerous Kryptonians, threatening to rape Supergirl, and then murdering her father, Zor-El, in front of her by giving him radiation sickness. Tasked by General Lane with eliminating Supergirl, Flamebird, and Nightwing, Reactron murdered all the soldiers assigned to help him when they expressed doubts about the mission, and did his best to slowly torture Supergirl and Flamebird to death, all while gloating about how fighting two such attractive girls was a dream come true. Captured and tortured by Supergirl's mother, [[KnightTemplar Alura]], Reactron waited until Supergirl came to free him from the torture chamber to reveal that his capture had been a set up and that Luthor had transformed him into a living bomb. Detonating himself with [[GoOutWithASmile a smile]], Reactron gives a [[DissonantSerenity serene look]] as he incinerates Alura, the city of Kandor, and the entire planet of New Krypton, [[FinalSolution killing over ninety percent of the population]] in a single fell swoop. A lech, a bully, and a thug at his core, Reactron is a study in just how horrific it can be when somebody like that gets their hands on real power, and has done more to hurt Supergirl than any of her other adversaries, killing her father, her mother, and her entire race in a matter of weeks.
* DorkAge: Post-Crisis Kara, from her introduction [[AuthorsSavingThrow to the]] ''Supergirl and the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' arc, where they tried to make her an overly angsty and jerkish AntiHero.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Fans of Linda Danvers will refuse to accept how the character was treated in ''Reign in Hell'' and tend to ignore it completely.
* FridgeBrilliance: The Pocket Universe "Matrix" Supergirl's being a protoplasmic artificial lifeform created by Lex Luthor makes a lot more sense considering how Lex's Silver Age origin involved him creating a protoplasmic artificial life form that was accidentally destroyed by Superboy in the accident that cost Lex his hair.
* MyRealDaddy: Sterling Gates for post-Crisis Kara. He gave her a personality that was palatable to the fans. Artist Jamal Igle moved her away from MsFanservice, drawing her more like human being than a stick, and lengthening her skirt and [[SkirtOverSlacks putting shorts under it]]. Mark Waid may also count with his work with the character.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Creator/MarkWaid was the first to make Post-Crisis Kara a likable character in ''Supergirl and the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', but it was Sterling Gates who seems to have made it permanent in her main series.
* TheScrappy: The Post-Crisis Kara Zor-El was this [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2298145.html for some time.]] Traits of hers included: An inordinate amount of time spent [[LetsYouAndHimFight beating up other heroes]], [[DesignatedHero complaining about having to do heroics]] (while wearing the logo of the world's most famous hero on her chest), making [[KickTheDog moves that would instantly mark anyone else as irredeemable]] (like selling the Bottle-City of Kandor to supervillains, then threatening to break PowerGirl's arms for being understandably pissed), [[CreatorsPet receiving constant praise from all those around her]] [[JerkSue despite the above,]] being stronger than Superman (later RetConned), and a solo series plagued by disgustingly bad FanService, {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s, and [[{{Stripperific}} a skirt that was more a belt with a ruffle on it than anything]]. The hatred hit its peak around #14 of said series, when she fought [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], a thoroughly popular character who had recently been changed into a CardCarryingVillain. The near-unanimous reaction to Kara winning the fight ([[AssPull with a power that had never been seen or hinted at before]]) was, essentially, "[[MisaimedFandom Fuck you, Cass won.]]" Since then, she's been RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap by doing actual heroics and dialing down the JerkAss traits, but it took some time before readers ever really forgot "Super Paris Hilton".
** Cir-El
** ReplacementScrappy: The PeterDavid version of Supergirl had detractors due to the angel angle, which was rather outside the norm for Supergirl (or even Superman). There are plenty though who greatly appreciated the series and wish the character wasn't PutOnABus. This makes her above successors this trope as well.
* TearJerker: The final arc of Linda Danvers' series, ''Many Happy Returns''.
** To explain: Linda, after years of trying to redeem herself for her past sins, is forced to send an innocent girl to her death just to save the universe from destroying itself (she had to send the Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El back to her world so she could live her life and die fighting the Anti-Monitor), loses the eight years she spent in the Pre-Crisis Earth-One where she was HappilyMarried and had a child, and to top it off, she refused to send Kara back home unless her daughter Ariella was allowed to live. Only, Ariella was sent to live in the 853rd Century, as seen in ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', and Linda had absolutely no idea where her daughter was.
* {{Wangst}}: There was a brief attempt to turn the Post-Crisis version of Kara into a [[DarkerAndEdgier dark, brooding]], whiny teenager. The fans didn't like it, and now she's upbeat again.
* TheWoobie: Post-Crisis Kara has now survived three holocausts, [[DoomedHometown two home]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom planets exploding]] from under her, and losing her parents twice.
** To say nothing of the Pre-Crisis version who had to spend years hidden in an orphanage and sabotage well meaning attempts by would be foster parents to take her in so she could keep her role as Superman's 'secret weapon'. Not to mention the first time she did get adopted it turned out to be by crooks who only wanted to squeeze money out of having her.
** And, [[http://comicboxcommentary.blogspot.com/2010/01/2009-in-review-and-top-ten-supergirl.html as one reviewer put it,]] "her 'emotional vulnerability' can be overused as a plot point." Just look at [[AdaptationalAngstUpgrade the New 52.]]

!![[{{Film/Supergirl}} The film]]
* AwesomeMusic: JerryGoldsmith's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlI9I-FhVME score]] is one of the few redeeming qualities of this movie.
* IdiotPlot: Ok, Kara. So you're personally responsible for losing the Omegahedron and decide to man up and go after it yourself. You heard less then 5 feet from you that without the Omegahedron Argo City has only a few days to live. So you spend the first day learning to fly, go to sleep in a park, then spend the second day making up your alter ego and going to school. Even when you get a solid lead on the Omegahedron and get up to go after it you sit down and complete the day, play soccer and shower because...the teacher and Lucy Lane said so? In addition, Selena also isn't the same one in the movie as she wastes her time using the Omegahedron to pick up guys instead of taking over the world.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: As incoherent as the film ended up being Helen Slater really worked on her role, earning herself a Saturn Award nomination. Even the reviewers who hated the film tended not to criticise her performance.
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