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I suppose I had. I'm not your apprentice any more, Kal — I'm a grown woman. I didn't come asking your permission or advice — I came to tell you what I've decided!
AKA: Linda Lee Danvers/Kara Zor-ElSuperman's younger cousin, Kara Zor-El survived the destruction of Krypton thanks to her father, Zor-El, putting a protective dome around Argo City that sent it hurtling into space. However, the citizens of Argo were quickly dying from Kryptonite poisoning, so before they died, Zor-El and his wife Alura placed their daughter in a spaceship and sent her to Earth where she could flourish under Superman's guidance.At first acting as Superman's "secret weapon" while she developed her powers in secret under the assumed name of Linda Lee Danvers, Supergirl eventually burst onto the superhero scene as the Maid of Might.She had a long and illustrious career fighting evil—she became best friends with fellow superheroine Batgirl I (Barbara), became a member of the Legion of Super Heroes (and struck up a romance with Brainiac 5), and even saved her parents from the past and helped them found New Krypton on the distant planet of Rokyn. She gained her own sidekicks in the form of Streaky the Super-Cat and Comet the Super-Horse.During that time Kara went from a fifteen-year-old orphan to a Stanhope graduate to a San Francisco new reporter to New Athens Experimental School guidance counselor to famous soap opera actress working in New York to college student majoring in Psychology and living in Chicago. She had become a self-assured, mature adult woman and maybe closer to Superman in age than ever before.In the end, Kara died a hero. When the Anti-Monitor attempted to destroy The Multiverse, she sacrificed her own life so that her cousin might live. In so doing, however, she severely set back the Anti-Monitor's plans, making victory possible for the heroes of the surviving Earths. The greatest tragedy of all, however, was that with the destruction of the Multiverse and changes to the timestream, Kara was erased from history, and no one at all remembered her heroic life and death.During Convergence, Kara was one of many individuals pulled from their respective timelines and universes and trapped in domed cities by Brainiac. Pulled before her death, Kara learned about her impending sacrifice being needed to stabilize the timeline, only thanks to the combined efforts of her, the pre-Crisis Barry Allen, Hal Jordan as Parallax, and the pre-Flaspoint Superman, the original Multiverse was saved and Kara is no longer dead.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Kara's pony Comet could fly! He was secretly a cursed centaur.
- Alliterative Name: Linda Lee.
- Always Someone Better: In the Silver and Bronze Ages, she was this to her best friend Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl. Babs envied Kara because she was a baseline, non-powered human, whereas her friend was virtually a Physical God. Several times Barbara thought that Kara was very lucky because she could do almost anything. However she complained about it loudly once, and Supergirl told her that having powers isn't what defines a hero.
- Back from the Dead: The ending of Convergence established that Kara and Barry Allen no longer had to die during Crisis, as they were sent to fight the Anti-Monitor alongside Parallax and the pre-Flashpoint Superman. Their actions not only stopped the Anti-Monitor, but undid the destruction of the Multiverse.
- Badass Adorable: While she may be one of the strongest beings in the galaxy, she is very much a teenager with her own hangups.
- Badass Arm-Fold: In Convergence #6, Kara folds her arms as she stares down at the enemy army◊.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Kara can do this due to her Kryptonian physiology. Reasons vary according to the writer: Silver Age Kryptonians can do anything, she can hold her breath for absurd lengths of time...
- Battle Couple: With Brainiac 5.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Much like her cousin, she's usually a nice, compassionate, friendly person. Unlike her cousin, she's headstrong and a little short-tempered and Hot-Blooded. When she gets real angry, it isn't pretty.
- During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Anti-Monitor -a being who eats whole universes- almost kills Superman. Enraged, Supergirl attacked him, broke his supposedly indestructible armor and nearly killed him.
- Birthday Episode: In Action Comics #270, she turns sixteen, and she is thrown a surprise party◊ by her cousin -who baked a giant birthday cake-, Batman, Robin and several more friends.
- Blessed with Suck: Kara came to a point where she was tired of being Supergirl constantly instead of being her own person and she actually felt guilty for wanting to lead a normal life.
- Brains and Brawn: With Brainiac 5. She's the muscle, he's the intellect.
- Break the Cutie
- Brought Down to Normal: Mad Scientist Lesla-Lar took away Kara's powers as part of a scheme to replace her. While in her powerless state, Kara finally found adoptive parents. She nearly abandoned her career as Supergirl, until Mr. Mxyzptlk granted her all the abilities of Superman, plus a (temporary) invulnerability to green kryptonite.
- The Cape: Supergirl is traditionally very much a Cape.
- During the Silver Age in particular she was one of the most caring and humble superheroes, perhaps more so than her cousin himself since for her first few years she had to do her heroism in secret.
- Kara died a hero in the Crisis on Infinite Earths. When the Anti-Monitor attempted to destroy The Multiverse, she sacrificed her own life so that her cousin might live. In so doing, however, she severely set back the Anti-Monitor's plans, making victory possible for the heroes of the surviving Earths. The greatest tragedy of all, however, was that with the destruction of the Multiverse and changes to the timestream, Kara was erased from history, and no one at all remembered her heroic life and death. And still she accepted this, though, because she accomplished her goal: save them all.
- Character Development: Kara goes from being a naive teenager who idolized her cousin to a young woman who was determined to be her own person and figure out what kind of life she wanted to lead.
- The Chick
- Clark Kent Outfit: Supergirl wore very plain clothes, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts to hide her muscles.
- Combo Platter Powers: Supergirl was created after Superman had got most of his power upgrades, so she had a lot of different powers from the beginning. In Action Comics #252 she uses her super-strength, hurricane breath and x-ray vision... in the same page!
- The Cowl: Ironically, Supergirl -one of the classic examples of The Cape and cousin of THE Cape- used to be like this back in the Silver Age. Before Superman revealed her existence to the world she secretly patrolled the small town of Midvale at night, trying not to get caught while she stopped crimes and saved people. Midvale locals rumored that they were protected by a "guardian angel".
- Deadpan Snarker: Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El was the nicest and kindest Supergirl's version, but she had little patience for idiots.
- In The Daring Adventures of Supergirl vol. 1 #12, while several mooks are shooting at her:
- 'Supergirl: I hate thinking of the fortune in ammunition thugs like you have wasted on me over the years!
- A short while later, a cop is berating her:
- Lieutenant Peters: You wanna play cop, join the department and get yourself a badge! Until then, stay out of my way!
Supergirl: You need a hint as to what you can do with your badge, Peters?
- In The Daring Adventures of Supergirl vol. 1 #12, while several mooks are shooting at her:
- Distaff Counterpart: To Superman, obviously. She even provides the page's trope image.
- Dye or Die: Kara used a "Kryptonian comb" which allowed her to comb the brunette into her hair as well as comb in blond locks and serious curls when she did the reverse motions.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Lays an absolute beatdown on the Antimonitor before being taken out by a lucky shot. One of the most badass feats ever achieved by any comic book character, ever.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: In Many Happy Returns, her rocket accidentally ends up in the Post-Crisis universe, which is more cynical, Darker and Edgier than her own universe. Kara -an idealistic, naive and immensely powerful teenager- has trouble fitting in.
- Girlish Pigtails: Linda wore her hair like this when she lived in Midvale Orphanage.
- Guardian Angel: After her death and subsequent erasure from the DCU, Kara seemed to have taken up this role. The first time she appeared to a despondent Deadman during a Christmas special, the second time she appeared towards Linda Danvers. However, both times the person in question was only identified as Kara and not Supergirl.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Pre-Crisis Kara was an absolutely sweet, innocent child. She stopped being gullible when she grew up, and her adult self had quite the temper, but she always was a nice, selfless person.
- Happily Adopted: Kara was adopted by Fred and Edna Danvers. They loved her and she them, even after she found out that her biological parents were still alive. When she revealed she was Superman's cousin they took it in stride. And they got heart-broken when she died during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Her death in Crisis on Infinite Earths saved Superman and the whole Multiverse and it was one of the big comic book deaths at that time. Remarkably, in Convergence she found out that she'd die if she left her universe to fight the Anti-Monitor, and she still chose to fight.
- Oh, dear God. Did my death mean anything? Did I help them save the world?
No. I can't think that way. Even if all my death means is I've delayed theirs, I still have to save them.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kara Zor-El and Barbara Gordon were best friends and knew each other's Secret Identity (although they didn't often team up). During the Crisis, Kara encouraged Barbara.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Pre-Crisis Supergirl often expressed this desire during the Bronze Age. Unlike her cousin, Kara remembers having a normal life back on Argo City, when she was a normal teenager. After growing into adulthood, she was torn between her desire to have the life of a normal woman and the responsibilities that come with her powers. In Superman vol 1 #282 she explains her cousin◊ that she is thinking of giving up her Supergirl identity because she wants a normal life]]:Superman: Still thinking about giving up your Supergirl identity, Kara?
Supergirl: I don't know, cousin Kal-El — Maybe! This life of a super-heroine takes up too much of my time... sets me apart from everybody else! I want an ordinary life — with a husband and children some day — free to do what I choose!
- Interspecies Romance:
- The first Supergirl's boyfriends were a human, a green-skinned Coluan, an Atlantean merboy, and, er, her horse Comet. Well, he wasn't really a horse and he was in human form at the time, admittedly, but there was still a kind-of relationship between them after he was turned back; it probably helped that he retained most of his intelligence.
- With Brainiac 5 from Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Kara is a cat person. When she was a student in Stanhope College she owned a pet tomcat called Streaky -which accidentally got super-powers-. Several yers later she moved to Chicago and she found a stray female cat. Linda adopted it and named Streaky right away◊. She really adores her cats◊.Supergirl: Well, now... What've got here? Hiya, little kittycat! You live around here?
Joan: I've seen her scrounging around the block for days now. I figure she's a stray.
Supergirl: Not anymore, friend — 'cause this little darling's just been adopted! Isn't that right, little Streaky?
Joan: You sure don't waste time thinking up names! How'cum Streaky?
Supergirl: Oh... Let's just say she reminds me of a cat I used own!
- Like Brother and Sister: With Superman. Clark cared about Kara more than almost any other◊, and when he is told that she will die, he goes ballistic◊ and then becomes very, very distressed◊.
- Magic Skirt: Some artists draw it so short, but so short that you will need a massive Willing Suspension of Disbelief to accept something so short not allowing Panty Shots free of charge.
- The Matchmaker: In Action Comics #289, Kara vows find a wife for her cousin. She tries to hook Kal up with Helen of Troy, Saturn Girl's adult self, an alien superwoman... However all of her attempts end up in failure, and she vows never play match-maker again.
- Minidress of Power: Her Iconic Outfit.
- Naïve Newcomer
- Nice Girl
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Most famously, she trashed the Anti-Monitor even though he was killing her.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: The Pre-Crisis Kara is interesting in that she actually aged only a little slower than real time early on; she was 15 when she first appeared in 1959 and graduated high school in 1964, presumably making her about 18 and went on to graduate college in turn in 1971. She spent the 1970s as a young woman in her early 20's before being retconned back to a 19 year old college student towards the end of the Bronze Age.
- Odd Couple: Messianic Nice Girl Kara and distant, intellectual Brainiac 5 (who was, coincidentally, the great-great grandson of one of Superman's worst enemies).
- Opposite-Sex Clone: In a Pre-Crisis story she was cloned. And her clone was a boy called himself Superlad
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Along with Dick Grayson, the original Kara was allowed to grow up, even if it took thirty years. She started out as a cute little teenybopper, and became a beautiful young woman. There's a huge Tear Jerker in "Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow?,'' when time-travelling young Kara asks Superman if she grows up to be pretty. This is after Kara's own death, and Supes can't tell her that; but he does tell her, as they pass a statue of her adult self in the Fortress, "You grew up beautiful, Kara."
- The Pollyanna
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Kara does this when she scares Rebel away.Supergirl: Oh... and Rebel...
Supergirl: I have eyes that can see through solid matter. I have ears that can hear your slightest word... Your heartbeat... Your breathing... You do anything that hurts others... I will find you... and you won't like it. Do we have an understanding? Do. We. Have. An. Understanding?
- Robot Me: When Supergirl fought crime while living at Midvale Orphanage, she used a robot decoy of herself to keep the other orphans from noticing her absence.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The energetic girl to Brainiac 5's savvy guy.
- Secret Identity: Linda Lee Danvers. The most notable difference between her appearance and Supergirl's concerns the fact that Kara wears a brunette wig as Linda.
- Secret Keeper: She knows her cousin's secret in all eras, and Superman also knows her Secret Identity. Kara often helped him protect his Clark Kent persona. Likewise, Kara's secret identity has a good number of protectors.
- Ship Tease: With Jimmy Olsen from time to time in the Silver Age. They even married in an Imaginary Story.
- Superheroes Wear Capes: She usually wears a cape just like Superman.
- Superpower Lottery: Has the same power of Superman including Eye Beams, Flying Brick, Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Senses, Super Speed, Super Strength and X-Ray Vision.
- Thinking Tic: She used to put her finger to her mouth◊ as she puzzled out some conundrum when she was a teenager.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Supergirl is very reluctant to kill.
- Trauma Congaline: Not only is Krypton destroyed but Supergirl survives on Argo City but then it's destroyed. So she's orphaned twice.
- Underestimating Badassery: Kara gets this a lot. Because she's a temperamental teenager, their enemies assume she is an easily manipulable, naive little girl. Because she's a super-strong Kryptonian, her enemies assume she's dumb muscle. She always shows she isn't a pushover.
- Unstoppable Rage: Kara is -usually- a very nice, kind person, but she's also a Hot-Blooded, short-tempered teenager who protects her loved ones fiercely, and she has occasionally gone on a rampage:
- In the Crisis on Infinite Earths, when the Anti-Monitor threatened with killing her cousin Superman, she went berserker and almost killed him. Yes, she nearly killed a being that devours universes.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: The '70s' Supergirl costume included red hot pants◊. It is one of her most well-remembered costumes.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Kara Zor-El was an exceptionally innocent, trusting teenager. Her enemies often exploited her naivete and tried to earn her trust or seduce her so they could manipulate her and kill her or her cousin. Eventually she stopped being so gullible, but she kept believing that people are mostly naturally good-hearted.
- Willfully Weak: Supergirl holds back the whole time because she's too powerful and she'll kill someone if her control slips.
- World's Strongest Man: Kara is a contender for strongest woman in the DCU, being, powerwise, a female Superman.
Supergirl I (Post-Crisis)
All of sudden, I don't feel so bad about not having parents.
AKA: MatrixA purple shape-shifting creature from a Pocket Dimension, she was created by that universe's Lex Luthor and patterned after the New Earth Superman. When that universe was attacked by Phantom Zone escapees that she was no match for, Pocket Universe Lex sent Matrix to recruit New Earth Superman, but was too late to save the universe.Matrix was later taken in by Superman to be raised by Supes' adoptive parents and eventually became the first Post-Crisis Supergirl.She later accidentally fused with Linda Danvers below, and made her the next Supergirl.
- Artificial Human: She is an artificial life-form called the "protoplasmic matrix", that Lex has used to create Matrix, who resembled his true love, the deceased alternate-reality Lana Lang. Lex had also patterned her physiology to resemble Superman's, whom he had seen by using one of his many inventions to look into the mainstream universe.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She was one of a number of heroes implanted with Trigon Seeds during one of Raven's Face–Heel Turn stints.
- Evil Makeover: When Matrix went crazy she shifted her costume into something sleeveless with spiked bands around her arms.
- Flying Brick: Even more so than Superman.
- Naïve Newcomer: So naive she shacked up with LEX LUTHOR!
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: She does this in her Convergence miniseries when she finally has enough of Lex's bullshit.
- Put on a Bus: Same as Linda below.
- Invisibility: One of her lesser-used powers. She could cloak herself (becoming both invisible and inaudible, even to Superman's super hearing).
- Secret Test of Character: The opening arc of Peter David's run pushed Mae past her limit, placing her in situations that tested her moral resolve and forcing her to question her own goodness when told she was merged with a thoroughly corrupted person (Linda). It turned out everything she'd gone through was an attempt by Buzz and his demonic overseers to turn Supergirl over to the dark side, but at the last second she relented.
- Shapeshifting: She was a protoplasmic life-form and had a malleable genome, so she could assume any humanoid form of similar mass. She could even use her psi-power to rearrange the molecular structure of fabrics, and alter clothing and costumes with her thoughts.
- Telekinesis: Her primary power was telekinesis which she could use to move objects with her mind and enhance her strength, physical durability, and speed to superhuman levels. By levitating herself, she could fly at supersonic speeds.
- Tin Man: Part of what drove her was her perceived lack of humanity. After Matrix merged with Linda Danvers, she was given the opportunity to live as a regular human. Although everyone who knew it really was Matrix stated she had more of a soul than Linda did up to that point, including Linda.
- Unstoppable Rage: During her mini-series back in The '90s, when discover that her lover Lex Luthor had made thousands of clones of her from the residue he collected after her fight with Doomsday. She was very close to killing him too.
- Woman Scorned: When she finds out Lex is evil.
Supergirl II (Post-Crisis)
I thought I was fighting Xenon! What the hell—? Auntie Monitor?! Who's her partner, Uncle Screen Saver?
AKA: Linda DanversLinda Danvers was a troubled teenager who joined a cult and was involved in many illicit and illegal activities, manipulated by her boyfriend Buzz. Little she knew, Buzz was a demon that intended use her as a sacrifice. Buzz attempted to kill Linda to release a demon, but Supergirl Matrix intervened to save her life, accidentally becoming merged with Linda. Linda and Matrix became the new Supergirl, and Linda began to fight criminals and demons to redeem herself.Linda enjoyed many adventures fighting evil alongside other heroes, but after the events of Many Happy Returns, in which she was unable to save the original Earth-One Supergirl, she retired.
- The Atoner: For her sins as a cultist and several other mistakes.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her second costume. Lampshaded in the comic when a cop called it her "Britney Spares" outfit.
- Canon Immigrant / Ret Canon : Her second costume is based on DCAU Supergirl. It's explained in-story that Linda fashioned it from things she found in a costume shop, after Matrix (who wore a classic version of the costume) was forced to leave her.
- Cape Wings: As the Earth Angel of Fire.
- Corrupt the Cutie: What Buzz did to her, though she admits everything she did was of her own free will.
- Deadpan Snarker: Peter David gave this quality to her and it has since passed over to future incarnations of the Supergirl character.
- De-Power: After being separated from Matrix, Linda found herself with reduced powers. She could no longer shapeshift into her "Supergirl" form, and all of her angelic powers were lost. In addition, Linda's strength and durability were reduced by half, she lost her ability to fly and produce psionic blasts, and instead was only able to leap around 1/8th of a mile in a single bound.
- But, after encountering Twilight as the new Earth-Born Angel of Fire, Linda regained all of the powers that she'd possessed while initially merged with Matrix, sans her ability to assume her "Supergirl" form. Her strength and durability returned to their original levels and she was able to fly and produce psionic blasts of force once more.
- Despair Event Horizon: She crossed this twice. The first time was after witnessing her pastor beat his wife to death when she was a young girl. The second time was after she was forced to send the pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El back to her universe and her eventual death, as well as losing her daughter even though she'd been told Ariella would be spared from erasure.
- Eye Colour Change: Linda Danvers suspected something was off when she saw that her eyes permanently changed from brown to blue, after being rescued from a certain death by a cult. It's because she WAS dying, and the Matrix version of Supergirl merged with her, causing some of her features to wind up reflected in Linda.
- Fallen Angel: In Reign in Hell #6, Linda reappears in the Doctor Occult backstory. She appears as a fallen angel summoned by Lilith but mysteriously released. In Reign in Hell #7, Linda uses her flame vision to kill some injured demons who were huddled around a tiny campfire, Dr. Occult is horrified by her willingness to kill innocents. Linda believes that no one in Hell is innocent, and then accuses Dr. Occult of being a damned soul. Linda says she does not deserve to be trapped in Hell, and that she would see everybody burned to char before she accepted being kept in there. Dr. Occult casts a spell to show Linda who she really is, and she flies away in horror.
- Happily Married: Spent five years married to the Superman of Earth-One after switching places with Kara.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door
- Mama Bear: Was willing to let the universe fall apart if her daughter wasn't spared from being retconned.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-universe she crossed this while she was allied with Buzz, and it's the whole reason she became an Earth-Angel when merged with Matrix.
- Mythology Gag: Pre-Crisis, Linda Danvers was Kara Zor-El's secret identity and the Danvers, Fred and Edna, were her adoptive parents. Post-Crisis, Linda and Kara Zor-El are two separate people, and the Danvers, Fred and Sylvia, are Linda's biological parents.
- Playing with Fire: After being merged with Matrix for some time, Linda became the Earth-Born Angel of Fire. While she retained her original abilities, she also gained the ability to produce bursts of fire from her eyes (called Flame Vision), form angelic wings composed of flames, and could use her wings to create a flaming portal that allowed her to "shunt" (teleport) long distances.
- Psychic Powers: Upon fusing with the Matrix Supergirl, Linda gained her psychokinetic abilities. Linda was also able to produce concussive blasts of telekinetic energy, typically referred to as "psi blasts."
- Put on a Bus: After her series ended, Linda pretty much dropped out of The DCU. She hasn't been consigned to Canon Discontinuity, but she's barely ever mentioned anymore, either.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: Literally. In Reign in Hell #1, the team of Shadowpact attacks Linda Danvers in her Gotham City apartment, which makes Linda fight back. She manifests the flaming wings she had while merged with Matrix, but still loses to the collective powers of Blue Devil and Enchantress. However she is teleported to Hell, as Hell is recalling all of its "debts".
- Secret Identity: As Linda, though by the end of the series, pretty much everyone knows.
- Superpower Lottery: She is not a Kryptonian but she is still powerful. She is a Flying Brick (she has Super Strength, Super Speed, Nigh-Invulnerability and Flight), with Psychic Powers (telekinesis and for a while, pyrokinesis), and Shapeshifting.
Supergirl III (Post-Crisis)
I may have been created to mislead you, and tricked into bringing him here — and maybe I'm not your real daughter, Superman — but I have learned stuff from you — like it's my responsibility to go through the time thing and stop all this from ever happening! Be proud of me, dad!
AKA: Cir-ElA girl that claimed to be Clark and Lois Lane's daughter from the future. She is later found to be a human girl who was genetically altered by the villain Brainiac to appear Kryptonian.
- Blue Is Heroic: She wears a blue cape.
- Boyish Short Hair: She is a short-haired Action Girl.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": She wore a large red "S"-letter.
- Chest Insignia: Her costume exhibits a large red "S" rather than the traditional "S"-shield.
- Darker and Edgier
- Dark Is Not Evil: Her costume is all black.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: When it is reveleated that she was created by Brainiac by grafting some Kryptonian DNA onto the body of Mia with fake memories added.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She has a breakdown when her real origins are revealed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Cir-El realized that she must sacrifice herself to end the cycle that brought Brainiac and the Futuresmiths into reality. She throws herself into a time portal to prevent herself from being born, and thus, prevent the future from ever happening. To add insult to injury, she had erased herself, was brought back to do a major crossover event, then was subsequently sent away again right afterward.
- Kid from the Future: She claimed to be Lois and Clark's kid. She wasn't.
- Leotard of Power: She wears a black leotard.
- Perpetual Frowner: She seldom smiles.
- Ret Gone: She has been erased from continuity.
Supergirl IV (Post-Crisis)
I... I thought I was helping. I mean, what's the use of having all this strength and everything if I can't use it to fix things?
AKA: Linda Lang/Kara Zor-ElSuperman's older cousin, Kara Zor-El survived the destruction of Krypton thanks to her father, Zor-El, putting a protective force-field around Argo City that sent it hurtling into space. However, the citizens of Argo came under attack from the evil alien Brainiac, so before they were conquered, Zor-El and his wife Alura placed their daughter in a spaceship and sent her to Earth where she would care for her young cousin Kal-El.Arriving on Earth, Kara found that she had been in suspended animation for decades and her cousin was now an adult while she was still a teenager. Adopting her cousin's mantle as Supergirl, she trained under both Batman and Wonder Woman, and eventually moved in with Lana Lang, pretending to be her niece. Throughout her career, she would battle inner demons which sometimes manifested as a violent, blackclad Supergirl (hereafter referred to as Dark!Kara).
- Abusive Parents: In her first origin, her father made her kill her classmates, sent her to kill her cousin and stood around with her while she was naked. WHY. See Retcon below.
- Alliterative Name: Linda Lang.
- Alternate Self: She and Power Girl are this to one another, which leaves Kara very weirded out about the possibility of meeting her.
- Always Someone Better: To her friend Stephanie Brown, who always failed to measure up to other superheroes and was constantly told to stop trying, improved in almost all areas of crimefighting after she assumed the mantle of Batgirl from Cassandra Cain. However, in one issue of her own ongoing series Kara stops by for a night together and outshines Stephanie in every way. Not only does she have natural superpowers, but she is also able to understand the Techno Babble explanation for why they are fighting Dracula, and in their civilian identities Supergirl has a much greater zeal for college life than Stephanie did. Stephanie, however, never resented Supergirl for any of this, and liked her even more because of how awesome she was.
- And I Must Scream: In the post-Crisis universe, Kara spent thirty years in suspended animation, curled-up in a tiny pod and trapped in Kryptonite which hurt her and poisoned her mind.
- Anti-Hero: Before Character Development set in. She eventually dropped the "anti" part and settled on being a hero.
- Archenemy: With Reactron, who killed her father and mother and blew up her planet.
- Badass Cape
- Bash Brothers: With Wonder Girl. She and Superman and she and Dick Grayson are a platonic, two-gender variant.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Battle Couple: With Brainiac 5.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Brainiac 5, whose attitude and frosty demeanour rub her the wrong way.
- Blessed with Suck: A lot of people tried to manipulate her or take advantage of her because she was so powerful, to the point she calls her formidable powers a curse in the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc:Supergirl: This strength, this power — It's been like a curse. But I refuse to be a victim anymore!
- Brains and Brawn: With Brainiac 5. She's the brawn, he's the brains.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Does this to her mother near the end of "New Krypton" after she finds her torturing Reactron.
- The Cape: For all her problems, Kara was headed strongly in this direction by the time of the New 52 reboot. She'd put the past behind her, adopted Superman's attitude towards dealing with issues, built strong friendships with other heroes, and was well on her way to being the same sort of paragon as her cousin.
- Character Development: Kara was characterized as a whiny, fickle, immature brat who didn't deserve to wear the S-shield for a while until she decided that she needed to stop being a jerk and truly change. From that point on, she started to mature. Later on, it was explained that her weird behavior, her mood swings, her contradictory memories, her inability to focus on what she was doing... was due to kryptonite poisoning.
- Clark Kenting: Used glasses and a different haircut to become Linda Lang.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end of an absolutely brutal one from Lex Luthor early in her career, which forced her to realize that she did, in fact, need to start thinking her actions through more.
- Daddy's Girl: Once all the retcons were hashed out.
- Dark Action Girl: Dark!Kara who was originally a far more capable fighter than the actual Kara.
- Deadpan Snarker: Kara often makes sarcastic remarks when she gets angry. In Supergirl vol. 5 #22 she fights a Super Soldier who claims to be "your tax dollars at work". After defeating him, she grumbles:
- Supergirl: Tax dollars at work, my butt!
- Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Subverted with Post-Crisis Kara. An early story stated that her father trained her to be a weapon, and Superman -with aid of Batman and Wonder Woman- took her in and acted this way toward her. However her abusive father was eventually retconned as a hallucination caused by Kryptonite poisoning when the real Zor-El showed up and turned out to be a pretty nice guy.
- Defeat Means Friendship: With Bizarrogirl.
- Distaff Counterpart: To the Post-Crisis Superman.
- Emo Teen: Had shades of this early on in her career, though not without reason. If your planet was destroyed, you were marooned on an alien world, and the person you thought you were going to be protecting was suddenly much older and more experienced than you, you'd have issues too.
- Enemy Within: Dark!Kara who embodies all of Supergirl's repressed anger over the loss of her people.
- Enemy Without: Luthor exposes Kara to Black Kryptonite, causing a version of Dark!Kara to emerge from her body. It embodies all of her negative emotions and proceeds to go on a rampage before being stopped.
- Evil Costume Switch: The black costume sported by Dark!Kara.
- Fish out of Water: One of the defining traits of this interpretation of the character. Unlike her more famous cousin, who left Krypton when he was too young to remember it, Kara spent her formative years growing up in Kryptonian society before she was sent to Earth as a teenager. Understandably, she has a harder time adjusting to life on Earth than Kal-El ever did, as she still considers herself a Kryptonian at heart.
- Freudian Excuse: Originally she was shown to have serious issues with her dad. These were eventually retconned out and replaced with a strained relationship with her Evil Matriarch Knight Templar mother.
- Groin Attack: What she did to a stalker; fortunately, he was from Apokolips so it ONLY hurt a whole lot.
- Happily Adopted: Pa and Ma Kent kind of adopted Post-Crisis Kara. They were the only parental figures she established a rapport with, and she regarded them as family.
- Has a Type: Her crushes on Dick Grayson and Brainiac 5 are indicative that Kara has a thing for intellectual, responsible-leader types.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Post-Crisis Kara behaved as an emo, self-centered, angry, bratty teen early on due to Kryptonite poisoning. However she began dealing with her issues, got cured, and developed into a kind, compassionate and cheerful woman.
- Heel–Face Turn: Dark!Kara starts out as a monster who was prepared to murder her cousin in the name of Darkseid. By the time of her final appearance she's little more than an emotionally immature teenager who despite her problems still wants to help all of Kara's friends and nearly gets herself killed protecting Dick Grayson from Doomsday.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Kara Zor-El had one of these after the destruction of New Krypton. Superman hugged her while she cried in space, and she considered quitting the hero gig for a while.
- In the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc she went through one after meeting and beating Lobo, believing everyone wanted to manipulate her and she belonged nowhere. She was so upset and furious that she became a Red Lantern. A while later she was told that she would be a Red Lantern forever because she would die if she took her Power Ring off. She fell to her knees in despair and fury, threw her head back and screamed while incandescent light poured from her eyes.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She tried to kill herself to destroy the Kryptonian Worldkiller and save Earth in the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc.
- He's Back: Kara wanted to give up being Supergirl after the destruction of New Krypton in the fifth volume, but she donned her Supergirl costume again to save Metropolis from Bizarrogirl.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- With Stephanie Brown alias Batgirl. They love spending time together and helping each other. And if you pick on Steph, you will never know what hit you.
- She and Cassie Sandsmark alias Wonder Girl were very good friends, too.
- Hot-Blooded: At least when compared to her cousin. Kara tends to charge into situations without thinking, which nearly got her killed against Luthor.
- Interspecies Romance: Any relationship she has with a non-Kryptonian is this by definition. Most notably with Brainiac 5.
- It's Personal:
- In the New Krypton storyline, she has a feud with Reactron after he kills her father. It doesn't end well, and he eventually blows up her mother and almost every surviving member of her race. She also takes her enmity with Doomsday this way, knowing that he once killed her cousin.
- In the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc, Supergirl explains that she hates the Worldkillers (sentient, genetically-engineered biological weapons) and the Diasporan alien race because they kill planets, and she's an orphan of a dead world. She's very committed to stop them all.Supergirl: How could anyone make it their mission in life to murder whole worlds? Can you imagine what an abomination that is to an orphan from a dead planet? [...] This world-killing stuff... it hits a nerve. It makes me furious, and the ring just fans the flame!
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She owns a pet cat called Streaky, just like her Earth-One counterpart did.
- Leave Me Alone!: She asked her cousin, Batman and Wonder Woman leave her alone for a while as she figured her new life out. Unfortunately she spent one whole year completely aimless and screwing around due to Kryptonite poisoning altering her personality until she understood she needed help.
- Like Brother and Sister: She and Dick Grayson (Robin I/Nightwing/Batman III) have this vibe, with him considering her a little sister. On the other hand, Supergirl is attracted to him at the beginning◊, but after a while she starts treating him like a big brother.
- Magic Skirt: Always covered up no matter what.
- Mentor Ship: Had a one-sided crush on the older Nightwing when she first met him. Their relationship later becomes Like Brother and Sister.
- Minidress of Power: Her Iconic Outfit.
- Ms. Fanservice: A pretty notorious example, what with her cheerleader-like costume with constant panty shots, her original exaggerated "size zero" body shape with elongated toned abdomen and long legs, her naked introduction, and her civilian-wear tendency to dress in crop tops and super-low-rise jeans with her thong on display. While most "teen" girl characters got treated like this in superhero comics of the era, her depiction took it to such a degree that it made many people uncomfortable, and was the source of much negative reaction. Finally, when Jamal Igle took over as main artist, he received a direct editorial order to redesign her costume and generally tone down the fanservice, which he was happy to do.
- No Social Skills: Angry, emotionally damaged, and unfamiliar with Earth's customs, Kara gets herself in a lot of trouble during her first few years on Earth.
- Odd Couple: Energetic former Emo Teen Kara and frosty, intellectual Brainiac 5.
- Older Than They Look: Kara's actually Superman's older cousin, and is somewhere in her late twenties/early thirties. Cryogenic sleep, however, has kept her a teenager mentally and physically.
- Plucky Girl: After Character Development.
- Precocious Crush: On Dick Grayson. She eventually gets over—though dark!Supergirl does not.
- Replacement Goldfish: After Superboy's death, Cassie develops a close friendship with Kara. Later on, she decides to cut off ties with Kara specifically because of this trope. Kara didn't take it well.
- Retcon: That thing about her father raising her as an assassin and having her stand around naked all the time? It was just a hallucination she experienced due to latent Kryptonite poisoning. Doctor Fate later suggests that the hallucinations, as well as dark!Supergirl are manifestations of Kara's survivors guilt which she has no idea what to do with.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Wonder Girl in the Teen Titans. They nearly kissed in Supergirl: Identity.
- Save the Villain: Actually tries to save Reactron from being tortured by her mother.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The energetic girl to Brainiac 5's savvy guy.
- Secret Identity: Linda Lang.
- Ship Tease: With Brainiac-5. After bringing Kara back in the post-Crisis universe, most of writers teased a relationship between them.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Happens several times be it under Darkseid's influence or simple stress. In a variation on the usual, Dark!Kara becomes more controllable and less evil each time it happens.
- Stripperiffic: A major point of complaint in the pre-Igle stories was just how scanty her costume was as drawn by most artists, especially given that it was supposedly Martha Kent's idea of an appropriate costume for her foster-son's teenage cousin. This was thankfully toned down later on.
- Superpower Lottery: Has the same power of Superman including Eye Beams, Flying Brick, Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Senses, Super Speed, Super Strength and X-Ray Vision.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Dark!Kara, who is released under the influence of Darkseid, Black K, or similar events and has none of our Kara's restraint. Each time, however, she gets a little better and easier to control; in her last appearance, she's just a brat, rather than a homicidal maniac.
- Survivor's Guilt: Struggles with this after New Krypton, resulting in the remergence of Dark!Kara, and a psychosomatic illness that nearly kills her. Dr. Fate helps her overcome it during the events of Reign of Doomsday.
- The Tease: She liked taunting Captain Boomerang Jr. about his obvious crush on her. She eased up on it when she realized it was a real Jerk Ass thing to do.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. It's a talk with Kent Nelson (Dr. Fate) a psychiatrist that helps Kara get over her trauma and survivor's guilt during Reign of Doomsday.
- Took a Level in Badass: Over the course of her series.
- Underestimating Badassery: People tend to this to Kara on account of her age and lack of experience. Kara herself does this to Lex Luthor early in her career, and to Reactron in New Krypton, with disastrous results both times.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Early on this was a serious problem. Her lack of experience and general inability to use her powers to her fullest nearly got her killed during a confrontation with Lex Luthor.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: In a strange variation Dark!Kara has a pretty serious crush on Dick Grayson.
Supergirl 1,000, 000
Hi! My name is Supergirl. What's your name? You guys are slimy. Did you know you're slimy? Are you called The Slimy Guys?
AKA: Ariella KentThe daughter of Linda Danvers and an alternate Silver Age Superman. After her parents were erased by the Crisis on Infinite Earths and The Spectre's interference, Ariella was left to wander space and time on her own.
- Combo Platter Powers
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Due to her high level of power and young age, Ariella can be highly destructive, as she has not learned to hold back her abilities.
- The Dreaded: Ariella is a humorous example. She's a mere 6-year-old girl who obliviously causes chaos and destruction wherever she goes. Several alien civilizations call her R'E'L, the Destroyer of Worlds.
- Enfante Terrible: How everyone else views her, as this six-year-old is too naive and innocent to realize that she destroys everything around her whenever she moves.
- Goo Goo Godlike: Comes with being the daughter of Linda Danvers and an alternate Silver Age Superman. She is most likely second only to Superboy-Prime when it comes to raw power.
- Person of Mass Destruction: She is Earth-One Superman's daughter. She can move planets.
- Puppy Love: With Klarion the Witch Boy.
- Red Baron: Dura, an alien that had been fleeing from her since Ariella had nearly destroyed his planet, called her "R'E'L, the Destroyer of Worlds".
- Super Power Lottery: A hybrid of metahuman/Kryptonian heritage, Ariella possesses vast powers for her young age. She has incredible superhuman strength and speed. She can fly, travel through time at will, move objects via telekinesis, and teleport anywhere she wishes. She is invulnerable, and ages at an extremely slow rate, energy blasts, energy absorption and also duplication. She also has X-ray vision and heat vision.
- Walking the Earth: Walking the multiverse.
Supergirl (Cosmic Adventures)
I can see through everyone's clothes! I don't want to see through everyone's clothes!
AKA: Linda Lee/Kara Zor-ElAn alternate version of Earth-One Kara from the all-ages comic, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade.
- Alliterative Name: Linda Lee
- Animal Sidekick: Her cat Streaky and her horse Comet.
- Break the Cutie: Mxy tries this. It doesn't work. She's Supergirl, darnit!
- Cloud Cuckoolander: With her constant fantasies of "Moon Supergirl".
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: She accidentally broke a desk in half when she put her hand on it. And she put her hand through a wall when she was writing in a chalkboard.
- Evil Counterpart: Belinda.
- Evil Twin: Again, Belinda.
- Naïve Newcomer: She doesn't get most of Earth customs.
- Friendly Enemy: With Lena Luthor.
- Plucky Girl: Her unending optimism despite all odds infuriate Mxy to no end.
- Secret Identity: Linda Lee.
Supergirl (New 52/Rebirth)
"Not safe"? I'm not the one who turned into an uncontrollable monster whose path of destruction led to a Kryptonite bomb being dropped! And I did reach out to you. Why do you get to judge me'?
AKA: Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-ElSuperman's older cousin, Kara Zor-El survived the destruction of Krypton thanks to her father, Zor-El, who put her in a spaceship to save his only daughter.Kara crash-landed in Siberia, not knowing she had been several decades in suspended animation, Krypton was gone, she was stranded in an alien planet, and her four-month-old cousin had become a grown man. Confused and angry by her current situation and new powers, and targetted by unknown enemies, Kara had trouble coming to terms with her former life's loss, fitting in Earth and trusting her cousin and she was angry and upset for a long time.During the events of Superman Superleague, Kal told her he was dying, and he asked her to consider taking over his job. Kara agreed, and after her cousin's death, she joined the DEO -Department of Extra-Normal Operations- to get her lost powers back. She was given a Secret Identity, foster parents and moved to National City.The events of DC Rebirth revealed that she and the Pre-Flashpoint Supergirl are the same person, her memories were altered, her past changed and ten years of her life were removed.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: You kinda expect her to be more easy-going, especially if you're most familiar with the Kara from Superman: The Animated Series as many casual fans are. So the fact that she can become so infuriated that a Red Lantern ring is draw to her is unusual.
- As of issue 34, she appears to have got over it.
- Aliens Speaking English: Averted and later played straight: Kara could only speak Kryptonian at first and was taking English lessons from Siobhan. When she met fellow Kryptonian H'el in Issue #14, he gave her the ability to understand and speak English perfectly.
- Alternate Self: Supergirl and Power Girl are the exact same person from different universes. Power Girl is very reluctant to meet her mainstream universe self at first partly because she is worried the universe would explode if they actually touched. When they finally meet in Supergirl #19, the universe is fine, the two Karas psychically bond, kick butt together and the only snag is Supergirl's fortress AI mistaking Supergirl for a clone and trying to destroy her.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: She has been taught martial arts as part of her schooling on Krypton, although she's far from an expert.
- Boyish Short Hair: Kara -who is a short-tempered, hot-blooded brawler and not feminine in the least- wears her hair this way◊.
- The Cape: She didn't want to hurt anyone and was willing to help people, but her obsession to bring Krypton back and her anger and loneliness issues were holding her back. During the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc she finally faced her inner demons and outgrew her angst and anger. When Supergirl (Rebirth) starts out, she has become the kind of hero who will punch criminals and monsters but also try to reach them out.
- Character Development: The entire series is largely about Kara confronting her demons, getting used to her powers and new circumstances and doing a lot of sorely needed growing up. And, in 34 issues, she goes from scared, angry, but ultimately well meaning teenager to wise, kindly heroine who Superman entrusts with the protection of Earth while he shakes off the Doomsday virus. As he's dying, he asks her to do so again.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has some good deadpan lines.
- In Supergirl #22, after Cyborg Superman reveals that he needs her flesh to become whole again, Supergirl gives this gem of an answer:Supergirl: You want to say that again? I couldn't hear you through all the creepiness coming out of your mouth!
- In Supergirl (Rebirth) #1, Kara and her foster mother Eliza have a friendly battle of wits:Supergirl: Eliza, Jeremiah — Do you need help?
Eliza: Not at all! I live to work hours cleaning twenty square feet.
Supergirl: Sarcasm is not unique to Earth, you know.
Eliza: Good. You already speak my language. This adjustment process will be easy.
- In Supergirl #22, after Cyborg Superman reveals that he needs her flesh to become whole again, Supergirl gives this gem of an answer:
- Determinator: Kara never quits. Never. Not even when she's poisoned with Kryptonite, her body is getting stolen by an alien abomination, and her heart has stopped. Even so, she'll keep fighting. She explains that her mother taught her to never give up.Supergirl: But then I thought of mother. I remembered all I had to live up to. A daughter of the House of El never quits. I wasn't about to be the first.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: In New 52 Supergirl #30, she performed a spin attack to repel a squad of alien enemies. She grabbed an alien and used his body as a blunt weapon, spinning around to hit all enemies surrounding her with her "weapon".
- Eye Beams: She uses it constantly, and she has blown spaceships up and boiled tsunamis off with it.
- Fanservice Pack: Scaled back. Her outfit is a Leotard of Power and while she shows quite a bit of leg right up to the pelvic bones, her overall appearance has been downplayed for a more teenage girl look.
- Scaled back further by the addition of a skirt in the #1 issue of her Rebirth series.
- Fantastic Racism: hates clones, believing that they inevitably turn evil, which proves unfortunate for Superboy, whose very existence revolts her - though it could be argued that she pities him more than anything else. This turns out to be a learned prejudice, one held by Kryptonians at large due to the Kryptonian Clone Revolt. The events of H'el on Earth cause her to re-examine this prejudice and unlearn it, and when she runs into Superboy again in issue 38 and he's attacked, she immediately jumps to his defence.
- Flanderization: Past versions of her were merely headstrong and a little Hot-Blooded. Here, her anger is an actual plot point in the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc.
- Superboy explicitly notes that the Kara he met on Krypton during the time travelling battle against H'el was much nicer than the version that he encountered on Earth. He quickly and logically concludes that the fact that she lost her entire world soured her just a tiny bit.
- As of issue 34, she seems to be calmer, wiser and kinder, having got the rage out of her system and been asked by Superman to protect Earth in his stead.
- The Big Gal: Her combination of great physical power and hotheadedness tend to push her into this role on a team, notably as a member of the Justice League United.
- Flying Brick: She is an Action Bomb.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Kara was a lonely, insolated teen who had anger issues and Survivor Guilt due to losing her family and getting stranded in an alien world. Even so, she went out of her way to help people and risked her life to protect others. In the Red Daughter Of Krypton storyline she confronted her anger issues and got over her rage, angst and confusion. When Supergirl (Rebirth) kics off, she has become the kind of person who will stop criminals, send them to prison and try to help them.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: After showing up on Earth Kara was very irritable and snappy due to months of being manipulated, abused and betrayed in addition to be an orphan of a dead world and having no form of support system (Superman does repeatedly try to help her, but his being - in her mind - a grown man saying he's her baby cousin and his apparent indifference to Krypton's fate, plus general teenage cussedness and her many issues means that she winds up throwing it in his face until after the Red Lantern arc). Her temper got worse, to the point she eventually became a rage-powered Red Lantern. During her RL stint, she barely could control her anger, and she often blew up with no reason or provocation and regretted her outbursts afterwards. Paradoxically, that situation taught her how to keep her temper under control.
- Happily Adopted: Kara's foster parents are Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers who first appeared in Supergirl (Rebirth) # 1. Although they are technically her DEO-appointed handlers, they established a strong rapport after a few weeks.
- Jeremiah: What did I miss?
Eliza: Just the launch, Jeremiah. But the new uniform sure fits.
Cameron: Years since I let you two get married and you still find ways to help me question that decision.
Supergirl: Comms are live. I can hear you two.
Eliza: We're your parents, Kara. We're not dead.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Confused and frightened, she fought Superman when they first met; which didn't exactly make the public like her.
- She yo-yo's back and forth on this - some remember her fight with the Worldkillers in New York and praise her as a hero. Others... not so much.
- He's Back: At the end of "Red Daughter of Krypton" arc, Kara becomes again Supergirl, and decides to return to Earth and protect the planet.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Supergirl had a hard time adjusting to her new-found powers when she landed on Earth.
- Leotard of Power: Unlike previous incarnations, Supergirl's outfit in the New 52 lacks a skirt. Rebirth returns to the previous status quo by adding a skirt - though, in line with Supergirl (2015), she doesn't bare her midriff.
- Leave Me Alone!: Kara kept this attitude for a long while in the New 52 universe. When Superman and Supergirl argue in Red Lanterns #30, he reminds his cousin that she wanted him to leave her alone to live her own life since she showed up on Earth.
- Made of Indestructium: Her outfit and cape.
- My Blood Runs Hot: From Supergirl 28 through Supergirl 33, with the same Red Lanterns issues, Kara is the recipient of a Red Lantern Ring, while still keeping her Kryptonian abilities.
- Most Common Superpower: Averted. She has a rather modest bust to match her slim teenage physique.
- My Greatest Failure: She feels guilty for Krypton's destruction, even though she intellectually knows there was nothing she could do to save it.Supergirl: And now Krypton's lost forever. There was nothing I could do to save it, but it feels like I'll be trying to make up for that the rest of my life.
- Naked on Revival: In issue 23, her body was dissolved using a machine, leaving only her clothes in a pile. In issue 24, her body was restored by the same machine, but she had to put her clothes on manually.
- Nice Girl: once you get past the angst and anger issues, both of which she outgrows, she is, in her own way, every bit as sweet and kind as her cousin.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In New 52 Supergirl Issue 28, she pummelled Lobo until he stopped moving and talking. Not an easy feat.
- No Social Skills: Unlike Superman, she arrives on Earth as a teenager instead of being raised amongst humans as a young child. As a result she is unfamiliar with Earth customs and can only speak Kryptonian for the first dozen or so issues.
- In Issue #8, Kara meets Siobhan, who can speak any language after hearing a few words of a language. She's able to communicate with Kara and helps her adjust to life on Earth.
- It gets really showcased in Issue #11 when she goes on a date with Siobhan's brother. She walks in on him while he was getting dressed and took a pizza without paying for it.
- Older Than They Look: Kara was a teenager when her father put her in a spaceship. The ship put her body in stasis and landed on Earth years later; which is why her baby cousin Kal-El looks older than her.
- Perpetual Frowner: Until issue 34, at least, you could count the number of times she's smiled in the New 52 on one hand. Now, she smiles a bit more.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: In New 52 Supergirl Issue 28, after Kara shots Lobo's ship down:Lobo: Bloody Nass! That ship was custom built! The things I did just to pay for it...!
Kara: Don't worry... You'll pay for them ALL.
- Rage Breaking Point: She's been through hard times during her time on Earth, leading to a lot of built up rage. Her fight with Lobo is the final straw, as his attempt to manipulate her causes her to thrash him. Her rage is enough to attract a Red Lantern ring.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: At the first issue of the "Red Daughter of Krypton" arc, her eyes's red glow intensifies as she gets angrier. At the beginning their eyes give off a faint red light◊. At the end they pour red fire◊.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: After meeting Red Hood, Kara states that she doesn't want bad boys like him, but someone normal and dependable.
- Smarter Than You Look: Her hot temper, teenage naivete and lack of fighting finesse leads a lot of enemies to consider her simply Dumb Muscle. In fact she does have brains - as witnessed by her outwitting Tycho and Sanctuary.
- Superpower Lottery: Since she's a Kryptonian like Superman, she has the same powers as him. Plus..
- Action Bomb: Can release the solar energy within her as an explosion without harming herself. At first, this ability seemed to be unique to her, but eventually Superman was shown using it as his 'Super Flare' - though his burned off all of his powers for a day.
- The Needless: As long as she stays charged with solar radiation, Kara doesn't need to eat, sleep, or breathe.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: every time she worked with Superboy, at least at first, due to Kryptonian Fantastic Racism towards clones. The events of H'el on Earth seem to have changed her opinion of him and clones in general, and when they run into each other again in issue 38, she instantly jumps to his defence, facing down a group of powerful heavy hitters, more skilled and experienced than her, and telling them that if they want Superboy, they're going to have to go through her.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Supergirl does not know her own strength. She gets upset when her actions endanger people and is relieved once that she sees that nobody has been harmed.
- Subverted in Red Daughter Of Krypton. Supergirl is horrified when she apparently kills mass murderer and hitman Lobo after kicking him. Then he takes advantage of her distress to catch her off guard, and almost fries her brains with an ultrasonic device. Right there and then she decides he has "got it coming".
- Subverted again at the end of that arc. She executed an artificial, genocidal body-snatching alien abomination reasoning that "This is not murder. It is the end of a terrible mistake."
- Tomato in the Mirror: Reign suggests to her that she is the fifth, missing Worldkiller. Kara denies it but deep down worries Reign might be right.
- Trauma Conga Line: she woke up with missing memories, on an alien world, all alone and was promptly attacked by men in Powered Armour. Shortly after that, she encountered a grown man claiming to be her baby cousin. Shortly after that she's lured in and kidnapped by an amoral trillionaire who wants the secrets of Kryptonian technology, poisoned with Kryptonite, and then the guy who rescues her is murdered in cold blood. After she gets away from all of that, she's utterly alone in an alien world, then finds a link to her very dead home. She follows it... and finds that her home is basically a ghost city, whereupon she is beaten up by a Kryptonian supersoldier called a Worldkiller. After escaping all that, she has to fight four Worldkillers, then, exhausted, is promptly attacked by the US Army and Police, with only one human standing up for her (and is, conveniently, an Omniglot). Said human befriends her, then turns out to be the Silver Banshee, who is being hunted down by her father, the Black Banshee. After briefly being absorbed, body and soul, she fights her way out. Then she gets attacked again, while on a date. Oh, and the first man she falls in love with is H'el, who's manipulating her, using her affection for him to trick her into a brief Face–Heel Turn. Then, in defeating H'el, she's poisoned with Kryptonite. Again. And then there's the revelation that her father was experimenting on her. No wonder the poor girl has problems.
- Underwater Base: In issue #13, she gains the Sanctuary: a Kryptonian base at the bottom of the ocean. It's basically her version of Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Sanctuary is programmed to eradicate any Kryptonian double in her presence. When Supergirl and her Earth 2 counterpart Power Girl enter Sanctuary in issue #19, it deems Supergirl the double and tries to eliminate her. The two Karas must destroy Sanctuary to save Supergirl. However, the A.I. survives in a robot body; hellbent on destroying Supergirl.
- Unskilled, but Strong: She may be as powerful as Superman, but she doesn't have his years of experience or combat skills. Her lack of skill is remarked upon during her fight with Wonder Woman.
- Working Through the Cold: The events of H'el on Earth left her with kryptonite poisoning. Despite this she can still fight at full strength. It eventually gets to her; leading to her capture by Cyborg Superman. The kryptonite poisoning is removed when Cyborg Superman dissolves her body and extracts the kryptonite before restoring her.
- When She Smiles: It's rare, but it is absolutely adorable. Becomes more common after the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc allows her to let go of most of her rage.
- You Can't Go Home Again: She really wants to go back home to Krypton, but can't since Krypton was destroyed. This motivates her temporary Face–Heel Turn in H'el on Earth. Superman's perceived indifference towards Krypton and its fate is one of the causes of friction between them.
Bizarrogirl (Pre-Crisis & Post-Crisis)
There were two different Bizarro versions of Supergirl in Pre-Crisis continuity. The first was pretty much just a Gender Flip version of the regular Bizarro in body and mind and died in her first appearance but the second was a little different. The second Bizarrogirl was created when the Bizarros used a Duplication Machine on the real Supergirl who at the time had been left with a monstorous appearance by a vindictive alien prince. The result was a Bizarro girl with the beautiful looks the real Supergirl (normally) posessed but the mind of a Bizarro, effectively making her a Brainless Beauty.The Bizarro counterpart of Post-Crisis Kara, Bizarrogirl, was rocketed to Earth by Bizarro #1 when he believed that the Godship was going to destroy Bizarroworld. Here she hurt or killed several people, before being defeated by Supergirl; Kara retunred Bizarrogirl to Bizarroworld, befriending her in the process.
- Anti-Hero: Manages to achieve this status near the end of her arc.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: As is the usual case for Bizarros. Bizarrogirl is a little smarter than most, however, and is eventually able to get her head around the notion that killing people is bad.
- Bare Your Midriff: Averted, with her costume being closer to that of the Pre-Crisis Supergirl than the Post-Crisis one.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Kara learns this the hard way. So does the Godship.
- Brainless Beauty: The second Pre-Crisis Bizarrogirl had Supergirl's looks but the usual Bizarro dimwittedness.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S"
- Chest Insignia
- Cowardly Lion: Admits to being terrified of the Godship, yet still does a bang up job fighting it after she grows a spine.
- Defeat Means Friendship: With Supergirl
- Dumb Muscle: Though not to the same degree as the usual Bizarros. Bizarrogirl is capable of learning from her mistakes and doesn't get everything backwards.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Clearly cares about Bizarro #1.
- Evil Knockoff: Of Supergirl, whom she believes to be the real Bizarro.
- Grew a Spine: After a talking to from Supergirl.
- Heel–Face Turn: Has a better understanding of good, evil, life, and death at the end of her arc, and tries to become a hero (or as much of one as a Bizarro can be).
- Hero with an F in Good: She's more genuinely stupid than suffering from the usual Bizarro backwards logic. As she grows to understand other people she becomes more genuinely heroic.
- Hulk Speak
- I'm a Humanitarian: Threatens to eat Jimmy, though she may not understand the implications of the threat.
- Not So Different: She and Kara have a lot more in common than Superman and Bizarro #1 do.
- Obliviously Evil: Has no idea that she's really hurting people, and is horrified once the Godship's attack forces her to understand what death is really about.
- Oddball Doppelganger
- Precocious Crush: On Bizarro!Luthor, much to the real Kara's disgust.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: Has the intellect and personality of a scared, angry little girl.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes are naturally red.
- Superpower Lottery: She has the same powers of Bizarro.
Black Flame (Pre Crisis)
That's right, Supergirl! Crawl, beg, plead for mercy, while all your enemies in the Phantom Zone enjoy this glorious moment of revenge with me!
AKA: Zora Vi-LarZora Vi-Lar was born the daughter of Kryptonian Vi-Lar in the surviving city of Kandor. As an adult, Zora turned towards a life of crime, and took on the masked identity of Black Flame. She became a foe of Supergirl when she vowed to avenge her friend Lesla Lar and defeat Supergirl.Zora began thwarting international police and going on a crime spree, gaining Supergirl's attention, and then she tried to trick Supergirl into believing she was an evil queen of a pirate planet, the head of an intergalactic crime empire... and the descendant of Supergirl, Supergirl XXV.Zora hoped that Supergirl would expose herself to Gold Kryptonite so her descendants don't inherit her powers. However Supergirl saw through her ruse, exposed Zora to Gold Kryptonite and imprisoned her inside the Phantom Zone.Black Flame fought Supergirl several times more, but ultimately she returned to Kandor where she reformed. Upon meeting Supergirl again, she expressed her regret for trying to steal Supergirl's powers before returning to the bottle city to lead a crime-free life.Mister Mxyzptlk once took on the form of Black Flame in an attempt to humiliate Superman and Batman in World Finest #169.
- The Atoner: After being defeated by Supergirl, she tried to reform.
- Batman Gambit: She used one to try and trick Supergirl into stripping herself from her powers.
- Domino Mask: She wears a pointed, red mask.
- Inappropriate Role Model: She fawned over Lesla Lar. Body-swapping, murderous, lunatic Lesla Lar.
- Kid from the Future: Subverted. She tries to trick Kara into believing she is her descendant.
- Mad Scientist: She is a brilliant scientist... and she is cunning and devious.
- Robot Me: She uses a robot double to trick Supergirl into believing she has not left Kandor.
- Superpower Lottery: She had the Kryptonian full pack before being depowered.
Blackstarr (Pre Crisis)
No! Don't touch me! Do you truly wonder... "mother"... why I might have become as I am— even after it was you who abandoned me to them? You should have saved me! But you let them take me away— destroying my childhood... because... you hated me... wanted me gone!
AKA: Rachel BerkowitzThere are several characters called Blackstarr (or Black Star) in The DCU, but only the Pre-Crisis incarnation is a member of Supergirl's Rogues Gallery.Born to jewish parents in Poland, Rachel was taken from her mother when they arrived at a concentration camp (in her mind, her mother had let them take her and abandoned her).She managed to amuse the camp commandant so much that she was allowed to live and was taken into his home. Being raised in a Nazi household, combined with her mother's failuire to save her, convinced Rachel that the Nazis were right. The camp commandant had been prepared for the fall of Nazi Germany and had arranged false papers for her. These identified Rachel as American and she set off to the United States, where she studied and received her first PH.D. at 18.Rachel unraveled a mystery that Einstein could only begin to dream of. The very forces of the universe took her, molding her into Blackstarr.In the early 1980's, Rachel had made herself the center of a Nazi organization. This caused her to clash with Supergirl and reunited Rachel with her mother.
- Boomerang Bigot: She is a Nazi Jew.
- Enemy Mine: Supergirl and she are forced to team up during the Crisis.
- Evil Redhead: She is a redhead and... well, a Nazi super-villain.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was a poor, unlucky child... and she became a cosmic-powered villain.
- Hoist Hero Over Head: Inverted. Supergirl does this to Blackstarr in Supergirl #15's cover.
- Older Than They Look: She looks a twenty-years-old woman, but she is in her fifties.
- Parental Abandonment: She hates her parents because she is convinced that they abandoned her.
- Physical God: She controls cosmic forces.
- Self-Made Orphan: She kidnapped and considered killing her mother, but she never made the attempt.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In Supergirl #25, Kara does this to Blackstarr several times:Blackstarr: I may be undecided as to the old woman's fate, but yours is certain... death!
Supergirl: Listen — I've been romping through the cosmos since I was 15... and threats like THAT don't even make me work up a sweat!
AKA: Gaius MarcusGaius Marcus, alias Buzz, was a Patrician in Ancient Roman. After the Emperor made off with his wife, Marcus made a deal with Beelzebub, Lord of Flies: allow for Caligula's assassination to go forward and for his wife Valeria to be returned to him alive and he would become the demon's slave upon his death. Unfortunately for Marcus, the shocked and devastated Valeria blamed him for her horrible treatment and stabbed him in the chest. Marcus became a demon whom Beelzebub renamed Buzz.As a demon, Buzz was responsible for much chaos in history before being sent to Leesburg to stir up some trouble. He created a cult that became involved in numerous illegal and illicit activities, and lured a young and insecure Linda Danvers into his cult.Several years later, Buzz attempted murder Linda in an attempt to draw a demon named Chakat into the world. His ritual was stopped by Matrix, who bonded with Linda to save her life. From that point on, Buzz became Linda's enemy for much of her career.
- Archenemy: To Matrix and Linda Danvers.
- Been There, Shaped History: Was retroactively included in Raven's backstory by making him a part of the cult that set up Angela Roth to be raped by Trigon.
- The Corrupter: He put young Linda through the wringer.
- Evil Brit: Slightly came across as a sleazy, evil John Constantine.
- Faux Affably Evil: He actually managed to charm Sylvia Danvers so well she set up a blind date for him and Linda at one point. But it was all a ruse to set up a scenario wherein the Danvers would die, pushing Supergirl past the Despair Event Horizon. Thankfully this gets undone.
Cyborg Superman (New 52)
- AKA: Zor-El
- Appendage Assimilation: He wants to take Supergirl's biomatter and use it to rebuild his body. He succeeds, but is so distraught at his true identity that he gives her back her body so she can escape Brainiac.
- Appropriated Appellation: When he explains that he isn't Superman, Kara calls him a Cyborg Superman and he keeps the name.
- Archnemesis Dad: [[He's Kara's father, Zor-El]]
- The Dragon: He's working for Brainiac, but has plans of his own. When he defies Brainiac, their fight allows Supergirl to escape.
- Foreshadowing: Kara notes that he seems familiar when she looks him in the eyes.
- Identity Amnesia: He doesn't remember anything about himself. Not even his name. This is because Brainiac erased his memories while rebuilding him to make him a loyal servant. He remembers everything after he becomes whole again, but is so distraught at his true identity that he has a change of heart and restores Supergirl's body; reverting him back into Cyborg Superman and removing his memories once more.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he dissolves Supergirl and rebuilds his body with her biomatter, he regains his memories and realizes he's Kara's father, Zor-El; shaking him to the core. To save Supergirl from Brainiac and keep her from knowing the truth, he restores her body and reverts back into Cyborg Superman so she can escape while he holds him off.
- Naked on Revival: After his body is restored, the cybernetic parts fall off, leaving him naked. He remains naked for the duration before becoming a cyborg again.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His left eye is a red cybernetic.
- Red Right Hand: Cyborg Superman's right arm is lanky and skeletal; making him appear more inhuman than he already is.
- We Can Rebuild Him: He was on the verge of death when Brainiac found him and rebuilt him with cybernetics. He wasn't missing any body parts, but Brainiac wanted to make him the ultimate Kryptonian. Brainiac also altered Zor-El's DNA to make him look more like his "superior" brother, Jor-El. Cyborg Superman grows to hate his appearance and yearns to be fully biological again.
The Dollmaker (Post-Crisis)
Father made you suffer. Took your son away from you. But there's good news! He's given you something better! Me! We can fulfill each other's needs! I needed to hurt my father, and you need a new baby boy! So what do you say? Will you be my new mommy?
AKA: Anton SchottThe son of Post-Crisis Winslow Schott, (alias long-time Superman foe, The Toyman) Anton Schott is a psychotic preteen who feels that his father loved other children more than he loved him, and despises all children because of it.His father neglected him and his mother took him away on the belief that Winslow was a pedophile only to abandon him. After a while Anton found his father's old workshop and decided to become the villain Dollmaker.Driven by envy and abandonment issues, Anton started kidnapping other children, turning them into cybernetic doll-like slaves. He also sent dolls resembling them to Cat Grant, whom he ultimately tried to force to become his new mother.
- Child Prodigy: As both a toymaker and a supervillain.
- Enfante Terrible: In his early teens at the latest, and utterly psychotic.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He never thought that Supergirl could come to the rescue of Cat Grant. Why would Supergirl want to save someone she hated?
- Evil Genius: Clearly runs in the family.
- Happy Funball: Much like his father, Anton specialises in this.
- In the Blood
- Mommy Issues: Wants to force Cat Grant (who was the mother of a victim killed by Toyman) to be his new mother.
- Non-Action Guy: Anton himself is an out of shape child who can't fight to save his life.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother took him away from his father because she believed he was a pedophile. Than she bailed on Anton as well, leaving him with serious abandonment issues.
- The Resenter: Towards any child with two functional parental figures.
- Robotmaster: Sends giant, doll shaped robots out to do his dirty work.
- Wicked Toymaker: The same as his father, he is a skilled -and creepy- toymaker, although he specializes in deadly robot dolls.
I envy and hate her! The honors that I, Lesla-Lar, have earned in Kandor as a scientific genius are as nothing compared to the acclaim the people of Earth will give Supergirl when they learn of her existence!A villainous Pre-Crisis Kandorian scientist and Kara Zor-El lookalike who specialised in identity theft in both mundane and psychic versions. While she hasn't been seen since before the Crisis, she is historically significant as Supergirl's first true archenemy.After a lengthy scheme to remove and take Supergirl's powers failed, partially due to Mr. Mxyptlk's interference, Lesla-Lar tried again by recruiting Phantom Zone criminals to aid her. Instead, they turned on her, disintegrating her with her own weapon. Her final appearance has her floating consciousness try to take over Supergirl's body once more, but this attempt failed and she was dispersed on the astral plane.
- Archenemy: Of Pre-Crisis Kara.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Unusually for the Silver Age, she was disintegrated on-panel in her second appearance. Her final appearance had her mental energy dispersed on the astral plane, killing her for good.
- Evil Counterpart: To Pre-Crisis Kara.
- Genre Savvy: Teamed up with Lex Luthor, planned to betray him before he could do the same to her.
- Grand Theft Me: Her main gimmick is identity theft.
- Green and Mean: She usually wore green.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She was insanely jealous of Supergirl's fame, and thus decided to become her.
- Hot Scientist
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: To both Kara and Lena Thorul (Lex's sister). On different occasions she managed to kidnap and impersonate both with anyone being any the wiser.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Subverted. After being disintegrated, her consciousness lived on. This messed with her mind to the point where she thought Supergirl was her sister. When she made this claim, Kara replied she had no siblings.
- Older Than They Look: As noted above Lesla-Lar looked nearly identical to Kara (definitely a teenager at the time) and Lena (implied to be the same age as Kara) but she was apparently a successful scientist in Kandor and thus presumably quite a bit older.
- Sanity Slippage: After being disintegrated, Lesla-Lar's consciousness lived on. This messed with her mind to the point where she thought Supergirl was her sister.
- Unknown Rival: She exploited this trope, and was introduced as "Supergirl's Secret Enemy." It took almost five issues for Supergirl to find out who was behind all of her troubles.
Lobo (New 52)
Rhialla: There's no need for threats, Lobo. Besides, Section Nine of your contract forbids you from killing your employer, remember? And we both know you always honor a contract.A Czarnian Bounty Hunter, Lobo came to Earth because he got word of an imposter using his name. He decides to go to the Block to interrogate Dr. Veritas on the imposter's whereabouts. Unfortunately for him, Supergirl is there and will not let him harm her friend.
Lobo: Contract says nothing about maiming you.
Lobo: Contract says nothing about maiming you.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: His Weapon of Choice are two large glowing knives that can cut through a man like butter.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Pre-New 52, he was a grizzled, burly '90s Anti-Hero. He's much more suave looking in the New 52, though his crass personality hasn't changed a bit.
- A Day in the Limelight: He had his own Villains Month issue in September 2013, which set up his appearance in Supergirl.
- Batman Gambit: He tries to use Supergirl's rage against her by taunting her into not holding back. As such, Dr. Veritas teleports them out of the Block to prevent their fight from damaging it. Once outside, Lobo calls his ship and flies to Supergirl's old apartment in New York, hoping to calm her down. He then tries to be friendly to her offering to mentor her so she can learn to control her rage. Big mistake. Supergirl has had it with people trying to manipulate her and gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Bounty Hunter: Still works as a bounty hunter, and will do anything for money.
- Covers Always Lie: The cover for Lobo's Villains Month issue shows him looking like he did Pre-New 52. In the book, he looks like the above image. Lampshaded in the narration saying that you don't know this Lobo.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his Villains Month issue, when he finds out the cargo is smuggling is a tribe innocent aliens, he acts nice to them. However, once they reveal they were abducted for their valuable bones, he forces back into the cage so he can get the large sum of money they're worth, not caring about their cries for mercy.
- Exact Words: When one of his employers reminds him that his contract forbids him from killing them, Lobo retorts that "it says nothing about maiming you."
- Faking the Dead: Thanks to his Healing Factor, he was able to recover getting punched by an angry Supergirl, but played dead so he could get in the Block.
- Foil: To Supergirl. Says writer Tony Bedard: "Lobo is there as a sort of dark reflection of her. They're both super-powerful loners left over from dead planets. Lobo has channeled his power and rage into becoming the most dangerous bounty-hunter/assassin in the galaxy. Supergirl's still trying to figure out what to do with her power and her lot in life. Tangling with Lobo will show her one path she might go down. It's really a cautionary tale for her, and she'll come away knowing that she could easily end up like him if she doesn't get her act together."
- Hired Guns
- Identical Stranger: It appeared that Lobo's first New 52 debut was in Stormwatch, where he looked just like he was pre-New 52. Then came Lobo's Villains Month issue and it reveals that there's another Lobo (the one on this page) who claims the Lobo in Stormwatch is an imposter that he is bent on finding and killing.
- Jerkass: Still a brutal thug at heart, with the personality to match.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are blood red and lack pupils.
After Matrix and Linda Danvers merged, there were remnants of Matrix's protoplasmic form left over. The remnants took on a life of their own, becoming a new individual that tried to overwhelm Supergirl and went on a rampage in Leeville.
- Evil Counterpart: To Mae Kent. She even had some of the powers Mae lost after combining with Linda, such as invisibility and telekinesis.
- Expy: Her inhuman appearance and the backwards "S" she wore implicitly made her the first Bizarro-like character to fight the Post-Crisis Supergirl.
- Small Role, Big Impact: While not as substantial as Supergirl's other enemies Post-Crisis, the destruction she caused in Leeville caught Superman's attention which finally led to him learning about Mae and Linda's dual existence.
Nasthalthia "Nasty" Luthor (Pre Crisis)
Rather good? Compared to you, I'm the whole Galaxy Broadcasting service new staff rolled into one person!Lex Luthor's evil niece.She was introduced in Adventure Comics #397, enrolling at Stanhope University as a student. Working with her Uncle Lex, Nasty began a campaign of bullying students, hoping to force Supergirl into action and lure her out into the open where Lex would kill her with a kryptonite bullet.Their plot failed and her uncle was captured, but Nasty remained on campus to thwart Supergirl and in issue #406 she graduated with Linda Danvers. During the ceremony, she thought that she suspected that Linda was Supergirl. To prove it, she followed Linda to San Francisco, where both worked as junior reporters for K-SFTV until Linda quit her job and moved away in issue #424.Pre-Crisis Nasty wasn't seen again. However, a Post-Crisis version showed up in All-Star Superman.
- All There in the Manual: Her relationship to Lex Luthor was never explained in any story. However, Mike Sekowsky explained it in the letters page of Adventure Comics #401. Nasty is the daughter of Lex's older sister who eloped to Europe as a teenager, and their parents never spoke to her again out of disapproval.
- Alpha Bitch: During Linda's Stanhope years. She was a rich and arrogant bully.
- The Bully: She bullied students in order to lure Supergirl out.
- The Bus Came Back: Sorts of. After several decades Nasty reappeared in All-Star Superman. However it's a different version of the character.
- Evil Uncle: Her uncle is Lex Luthor. You know, Superman's arch-enemy.
- Foil: To Kara during her college years and her first job. Both characters are intelligent and self-reliant women with famous and notable relatives. However, Linda is kind-hearted, selfless and compassionate, she wants to use her intelligence and powers to help people, and her cousin is an hero. Nasty is mean-spirited, self-serving and scheming, uses her talents to get whatever she wants even at the expense of hurting other people, and she's a super-villain's niece.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Nasty" Luthor.
- The Rival: To Kara when they worked as reporters for K-SFTV. She tried to out Kara or get her fired at the very least, and both liked the same person.
- Secret Chaser: She guessed that Linda Danvers was Supergirl and endeavoured to prove it.
- Put on a Bus:When the Supergirl's run in Adventure Comics ended with issue #424, Nasty faded into comic limbo.
Nightflame (Pre Crisis)
Look! Look at what you've done! Look at all the decay, all the destruction!Nightflame is an one-time villain who showed up in Adventure Comics #421.She pulled Kara's "essence" out from her body and dragged her to the Innerverse, a nightmarish place filled with monsters and demons in where Supergirl was powerless. The Innerverse was actually a microverse within Supergirl's brain, born from her darker, base thoughts. However, it was dying, so Nightflame travelled to the physical universe in order to capture Kara and get her life essence drained and poured into her.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Supergirl and Nightflame fight in an illusory universe which exists in Kara's mind.
- Enemy Without: Nightflame is a manifestation of Kara's inner darkness. Specifically, her subconscious death wish. She leaves Supergirl's mind to fight her in the physical world.
- Flaming Sword: She is armed with a flaming BFS.
- Green and Mean: Her tight suit is green.
- Killed Off for Real: Her first appearance is her only appearance.
Power Boy (Post-Crisis)
Powerboy: Look, I'm just going to lay it all out because honesty is important in a strong relationship... I was born on Apokolips. Taken from the Armagetto Slums to serve You-Know-Who... He made me strong, trained me in the ways of the Earth so I could come here as a "hero" and... Well, it doesn't really matter anymore, because it changed the the day you came to Apokolips. The most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Ever felt. From that moment, I knew I had found my "Missing Half". I knew we would be together. And then you left... I couldn't eat. Sleep. Think. I knew that my true destiny wasn't with Darkseid and his stupid plans... So I followed you across the universe.A superpowered boy who was Kara Zor-El's first boyfriend Post-Crisis, he eventually revealed himself as a clingy, abusive stalker from Apokolips. After trying to aabuse Kara, she broke up with him and said she would never want to see him again.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Domestic Abuser
- Emotion Eater: He can channel others' emotions to fuel his abilities, but the excess emotions caused him to go psycho on Kara.
- Powerboy: (to a restrained Supergirl) I feel. Feel everyone else's hate, love, pain, fear... and it becomes this... (forms ball of black energy) Of course, you saw what happens when it goes the other way.
- Flying Brick: Had a roughly similar powerset to Kara herself.
- Monster of the Aesop: A giant aesop about abusive boyfriends.
- Never My Fault
- Not Good with Rejection: He brutally beat Kara up, including dragging her face down the side of a skyscraper, and tied her to a bed when she reject him. She beat him up, dropped a house on him and told him never to bother her again.
- Stalker with a Crush: Powerboy became obsessed with Kara after catching a glimpse of her as a Female Fury. He created a shrine and became a superhero to impress and seduce her. However, he grew more and more possessive, and beat the crap out of her when she tried to visit Captain Boomerang (Owen Mercer) in the hospital.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: After Kara is brutally beaten up by Powerboy, including having her face dragged down the side of a skyscraper, she wakes up in a bed next to a Stalker Shrine devoted to her, bound in powerful, alien-tech restraints. Powerboy says a big speech about how much he loves her, that he knows best, and that the beating was her fault for making him angry. Supergirl's retort? Delivering a brutal beating combined with a Shut Up, Hannibal! speech.
- Villainous Crush: He is a servant of Darkseid that had a crush on Kara.
Reactron (Pre-Crisis & Post-Crisis)
- AKA: Benjamin Krullen (Pre-Crisis), Benjamin Martin Krull (Post-Crisis)
- Archenemy: Could make a legitimate claim on being Kara's archenemy, Post-Crisis and Pre-New 52. He had multiple clashes with Kara, solo and during the events of New Krypton, had a deeply personal rivalry with her, possessed powers and weaponry that let him fight her on an even basis, and ultimately killed her father, mother, and entire race. No other villain has ever come close to inflicting that sort of emotional damage on Kara; the fact that he was specifically created to be a Supergirl adversary Pre-Crisis doesn't hurt his claim on this status either.
- Arc Villain: From the beginning of "New Krypton" until his death in "War of the Supermen" Reactron dominated the Post-Crisis Supergirl book as no one had before.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Detective Henderson managed to take Reactron out of action with a frankly spectacular shot through the eye slots of his mask, and into the eye beneath.
- Axe Crazy: A violent psychopath who gets off on hurting and killing others.
- Blatant Lies: His claim, Post-Crisis, that his costume was made of a captured region of space and granted him his powers. He admitted as much himself in New Krypton.
- Bling of War: His golden armour and helmet.
- The Brute: Like Metallo, Reactron has the persona down pat, and often plays this role in team ups.
- Chest Blaster: Reactron can fire a concentrated ray of Gold K radiation from his chest, depowering and severely injuring everything it hits.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Enjoys inflicting it and was on the recieving end of it courtesy of Alura and Gor.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: He wears gold to signify his Gold K heart, while Metallo wears green to represent his Green K one.
- Cyborg: After being rebuilt by Lex Luthor on General Lane's orders. How much of him is man and how much is machine is open to interpretation.
- Dirty Coward: Subverted. He begs for his life when Supergirl and Alura capture him, and again when Gor is torturing him, but it is all revealed to be a ploy by he and Lane to hide the fact that they want him to be captured.
- Dissonant Serenity: Smiles peacefully as he announces to Kara and Alura that he is a living nuclear bomb.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Inverted and then played straight. He began as an original Supergirl villain who was turned into a Metallo expy by Lane and Luthor at the start of New Krypton. Afterwards, however, he went back in his own direction, becoming a mass-murdering psychopath on a scale that Metallo would have never dreamed of.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: When he explodes so does New Krypton.
- Expy: Reactron is an original villain, but during New Krypton he becomes an expy of Metallo, who Lane teams him up with.
- Eyes of Gold: They glow bright golden yellow when he uses his powers.
- Famous Last Words: Manages to rattle of a little speech as he dies, explaining what is about to happen to Supergirl and Alura.
- Final Solution: Becomes Lane and Luthor's solution to the Kryptonian problem, cheerfully annihilating almost the entire race in a single blast.
- Flight: Capable of propelling himself into the air and floating there.
- Go Out with a Smile: Is utterly serene as he blows up himself and New Krypton.
- Hand Blast: Emits his nuclear radiation through his hands, fingertips, and palms alike.
- The Heavy: During the four part Hunt for Reactron arc, and most of the issues leading up to it.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Expresses some very misogynistic sentiments.
- Hero Killer: After Luthor rebuilt him during New Krypton. With his new cybernetic parts and Gold Kryptonite heart, Reactron can mow down Kryptonians in droves. He fights Flamebird, Nightwing, and Supergirl evenly, losing only when Flamebird—a Kryptonian god—unleashes her full power, and in the end, murders almost the entirety of the Kryptonian race.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Reactron has the ability to control and project nuclear radiation.
- I Surrender, Suckers: How he got into New Krypton to kill Zor-El. He does it again in order to blow up the planet.
- It's Personal: After numerous clashes, and particularly after the events on New Krypton, it was very personal for he and Kara.
- Jerkass: When not being a monster, he tends to just act like a dick.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When he calls out Superwoman on the fact that Just Following Orders is no excuse for what she's done and that in the end, she's as bad as he is.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: His whole motif after he gains the Gold K heart. He powers down Kryptonians, then irradiates them.
- Killed Off for Real: In the Post-Crisis, Pre-Flashpoint world he never recovered from his death in New Krypton.
- Lack of Empathy: Reactron cares only about himself and how famous his killing is going to make him.
- Made Of Titanium: Bullets bounce off of Reactron. So too, do most other attacks, including Kryptonian punches. It may not be the Nigh-Invulnerability of Superman himself, but there's no way around the fact that Benjamin Krull is a durable bastard.
- Majorly Awesome: Formerly Major Benjamin Martin Krull, US Army, and still referred to as such by Lane and Luthor.
- Man of Kryptonite: His Gold K heart deactivates a Kryptonian's powers for fifteen seconds, more than long enough for Reactron to finish the job with his radiation powers or his bare hands.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In his first Post-Crisis attack on her, Supergirl notes that for a guy with near limitless power, Reactron isn't thinking very big, or using his powers very intelligently. Cue the events of New Krypton.
- Nuclear Nasty: Emits nuclear radiation, and with help from Luthor, can transform into a bomb.
- Nuke 'em: Turns into a massive nuclear bomb.
- Psycho for Hire: When not operating as a member of the US Army, Krull falls into this territory.
- Retcon: Reactron was a Pre-Crisis Supergirl villain. Post-Crisis his early battles with the original Kara Zor-El were retconned into having been against Power Girl.
- Sadist: Reactron really, really enjoys hurting people, to a level that's normally reserved for the likes of The Joker.
- Skull for a Head: A skull mask to be more precise.
- The Sociopath: Reactron hits every requirement for the trope and most of those for the actual personality disorder, with his sadism, short temper, rapid mood swings, and total lack of conviction in anything beyond himself.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Enjoys murder, torture, and the occasional threat of rape. Pre-Crisis, he was one of these even before becoming Reactron, having massacred an entire village as a sergeant in Vietnam.
- Suicide Attack: On New Krypton. Reactron let himself be captured and tortured, with the intention of letting Luthor convert him into a nuke so that he could blow the entire planet apart.
- Super Speed: It's rarely mentioned, but much like Metallo, Reactron is able to keep up with Kryptonians, meaning that he has to possess at least a degree of super speed.
- Super Strength: Between being supercharged by radiation and rebuilt with cybernetics, Reactron is strong enough to injure the likes of Supergirl, Flamebird, and Nightwing with his blows.
- Those Two Bad Guys: He and Metallo enter New Krypton this way. They don't end it that way, with Reactron going on to be far more significant to the story.
- Underestimating Badassery: Everybody does this to him during New Krypton, with very bad results.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Kara saves him from being tortured by Alura. He pays her back by detonating himself, killing her mother and her entire race in an attempt at getting to her. "Glad I got the whole family set."
- You Killed My Father: During the events of New Krypton Reactron kills Supergirl's father, Zor-El, in front of her. He later gets her mother, and the rest of her race.
Reign (New 52)
The leader of the Worldkillers, a Quirky Miniboss Squad of Kryptonian-created Super Soldiers, and one of the first major enemies Supergirl faced in the New 52. It is heavily hinted that Kara's father Zor-el is her creator, as he is established as having worked on the Worldkillers and in Issue Zero what is either Reign or a being very much like her can be seen in stasis in a pod in his lab.
- BFS: Wields one initially- until Kara breaks it with her bare hands. Reign is not amused.
- Blood Knight: Reign loves to fight, and she's very good at it.
- Dark Action Girl
- Distaff Counterpart: She's basically a female, rather more articulate Doomsday with a bit of Zod mixed in.
- Evil Counterpart: Clearly positions herself as one in much of her dialogue to Kara. Especially since, if the hints as to her backstory are true, she's something of a daughter of Zor-el herself.
- Flying Brick: Her powers are explicitly identified as flight, strength, and invulnerability.
- Galactic Conqueror: What she was created to be. It's unclear if she and her companions have ''actually' conquered anything yet, but they make a good try for Earth.
- Humanoid Aliens: She's roughly human/Kryptonian in appearance, except for her unnaturally pale skin, solid black eyes, and Pointed Ears. Her face is also shaped subtly different from a human's, with a slightly reptillian cast remniscent of Lord Voldemort.
- Just Between You and Me: She explains her backstory to Kara while they're fighting in New York City. Slightly deconstructed in that Kara is too busy defending herself to pay much attention.
- Implacable Man: Thanks to her Flying Brick powers, she can take massive hits and just keep coming.
- Master Swordsman: Reign's highly advanced combat training extends to swordsmanship, and she's lethal with her BFS.
- Mysterious Past: Reign has serious memory gaps that she's trying to fill in as she tries to conquer the galaxy.
- Not So Different: Feels this way about herself and Supergirl.
- Obviously Evil: She's pretty sinister looking. For example, she has:
- Pet the Dog: Evil and brutal she may be, but she values the lives of her fellow Worldkillers, and retreats rather than allow Kara to kill even one of them.
- Super Soldier: She and her fellow Worldkillers were intended as the ultimate weapon by the Kryptonian scientists who created them.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: Retreats from Earth at the end of the arc that introduced her, but with the promise that she'll be back- and that there's one more Worldkiller out there that Supergirl doesn't know about...
- We Can Rule Together: Makes Supergirl this offer at their first meeting. When Kara refuses, Reign decides she wasn't worthy anyway.
Satan Girl: Ha, Ha... So you thought I'm an android? Supergirl, you'd be amazed if you knew who I really am! I'll tell you as I destroy you!
AKA: Red Kryptonite double of Kara Zor-El (Pre-Crisis), Dolores Pratchett (Satan Girl I), S'tanicule Gyrstress (Satan Girl II)One of the most perplexing and intriguing enemies in Supergirl's Rogues Gallery, in that name has been shared by three vastly different individuals across the Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis DCU.The original Satan Girl of the Pre-Crisis DC Universe was an evil doppelganger of Supergirl created by Red Kryptonite, and she attempted to kill Kara and the female members of the Legion of Super Heroes to attain dominance.Post-Crisis, Satan Girl was Dolores Pratchett, an 18th Century Satanist who fought against Matrix and Linda Danvers, and the name would be given to S'tanicule Gyrstress, an alien demon who fought the Post-Crisis Kara.There were plans for a fourth iteration to appear in the sequel to Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade.
- Anti-Villain: The duplicate Kara and Dolores straddle the lines between Type II and Type III.
- Arch-Enemy: The Dolores Satan Girl was one to Ember, the Earth Angel of Fire who preceded Matrix and Linda.
- At Least I Admit It: Dolores' whole shtick with Ember is that she's disgusted at the idea of Ember becoming an Earth Angel even though she was no better than Dolores, and that Ember tries to act Holier Than Thou. Although Dolores is also a child murderer, a racist, and considers Ember a creature because she was her slave. There's also her bitterness at the fact that Ember was saved because Dolores' daughter Rachel sacrificed herself to save her and the two became one. Dolores is angry because Rachel became a part of their feud, and when Ember was damned, so was Rachel.
- Back from the Dead: Dolores' first actual appearance was when she got revived by the Chaos Stream.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Dolores. She became Satan Girl because her daughter Rachel died trying to save Ember, and the two were reborn as the new Earth Angel of Fire. Dolores' plans were all meant to try and separate her daughter from Ember so she could have her back, but it just led to Rachel's damnation when Ember killed Dolores. Thankfully, the intervention of Supergirl not only stopped Dolores' rampage, but allowed Ember and Rachel to enter Heaven.
- Evil Counterpart: Pre-Crisis Satan Girl to Supergirl.
- Evil Redhead: Dolores and S'tanicule.
- Hate Plague: The crimson plague S'tanicule unleashes to make the world love her also turns people into bloodthirsty monsters.
- Horned Humanoid: With Horny Devil, S'tanicule is the most satanic looking of all the Satan Girls.
- Mad God: S'tanicule Gyrstress is the Brocian goddess of love and death.
- Power of Love: An evil variant.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: A very weird subversion. Dolores' magic ends up switching Supergirl and Ember, and she tries to convince Ember that she can live if she lets Supergirl die in her place. This is all to try and circumvent her daughter Rachel's eventual death, rebirth, and damnation, so this becomes a slight case of Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
- Mama Bear: Dolores is a very evil version.
- Morality Pet: Dolores' daughter Rachel.
- Mythology Gag: When Dolores Pratchett originally became Satan Girl before her first death, she wore the Pre-Crisis Satan Girl's costume.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: She calls herself Satan Girl.
- Pyrrhic Victory: In a way, Dolores got what she wanted. Even though she dies again and doesn't necessarily get Rachel back, her actions helped pave the way for Rachel's ascension into Heaven, so she's no longer suffering.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: All the Pre-Crisis Satan Girl wanted to do was live, albeit at the expense of the lives of Supergirl and the female Legionnaires.
- Woman Scorned: Dolores Pratchett taught her slave Ember all there was to know about the Dark Arts, but when Ember slept with her husband, Dolores denounced her publicaly as a witch.
- Would Harm A Child: Dolores Pratchett attained ungodly power after sacrificing children.
- Ye Olde Butchered English: Dolores originally spoke like this, but when her enemy Ember switched places with Supergirl, she opted to drop the formal "thees" and such.
Simon Tycho (New 52)
A twenty-eight year old trillionaire who lives on a space station and rarely ever sets foot on Earth. When Supergirl landed on earth in the New 52 he captured her and held her on board his space station hoping to contract some of her Kryptonian blood. An explosion during Supergirl's escape left most of his body destroyed yet his assistant Miss Thorn was able to graft him onto the body of "The Brain", an organism of basic nerves and a brain, to keep him alive.
- And I Must Scream: Supergirl defeats him in their second encounter by having Sanctuary encase him in crystal. He is possibly dead after Supergirl and Power Girl destroy Sanctuary after it turned evil.
- Archenemy: In the New 52 for Supergirl.
- Bald of Evil: After his transformation.
- Big Bad: for the Supergirl New 52 series.
- Body Horror/Emergency Transformation: He had to be merged with an alien blob after Supergirl's escape left him in pieces. What's left of his human body is his upper torso, most of his head, and his right eye.
- Loincloth: What he wears after his transformation. It shows off his new body quite well.
- Rubber Man: His transformation gave him stretching powers, shapeshifting, and invulnerability.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He used to be one.
- Unknown Rival: He is obsessed with Supergirl. Kara doesn't give a damn about him, and after Sanctuary's destruction she all but forgot about Tycho.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's left frozen in crystal somewhere in the Sanctuary. When Santuary is destroyed, there is no mention of him, leaving readers to assume that he died along with Santuary. Lampshaded in issue #23, where Supergirl fights robot clones of people from her memories and the Tycho robot says that they had to go deep into her subconscious to find memories of him; implying that he must pretty forgettable and bringing up him being left for dead.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Before his transformation.
Starfire (Pre Crisis)
Before, I just used you to play up to foolish women who fell for your good looks so we could fleece them of their money and jewels. But now, we've enough money to launch my master plan! A secret army of women who will first help me dominate America— then the world!Starfire was a wicked woman and leader of an organized crime family comprised solely of women which bedeviled Supergirl in a storyline published in Adventure Comics #402-407.After using her male minion to clean naive, rich women out and amass a fortune, she is ready to take the next step in her "lets' rule the world" plan. However she needs to destroy all the superheroes first, so her colleague Dr. Kangle has developed a pill wich removes metahuman powers. And Starfire plans to use her boy toy and henchman Derek Ames to test the pill on Supergirl.Starfire was a real thorn in Supergirl's side, but she completely disappeared after being captured in Adventure Comics #407.She has nothing to do with Teen Titans member Starfire or similarly named sword-wielding heroStarfire.
- Bad Boss: As far as she is concerned, all of her minions are disposable.
- Eyepatch of Power: Starfire wears a rhinstoned eye patch.
- Put on a Bus: In Adventure Comics #407 -published in 1971-, Supergirl captures Starfire, who swears that they'll "be seeing each other again". That was her last appearance.
- Take Over the World: This is her ultimate goal.
- You Have Failed Me: Inverted when her henchman Derek carries his mission out and she has him shot anyways.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Adventure Comics #404, Starfire's henchman Derek Ames succeeds at nullifying Supergirl's powers, but his boss has him shot anyway when she fears he will expose her operation.
Superior Girl (Cosmic Adventures)
In fact, I don't just look like you. I AM you. Identical. Well, except that I'm better. I'm like, the upgrade, y'know? Linda — version B. Or Belinda. Whatever.
AKA: Belinda ZeeA dark-haired, Kryptonite duplicate of Supergirl who called herself Belinda Zee, as she is "Linda Version B." Belinda is everything Linda Lee isn't. That is, she's popular and beloved by her classmates and teachers, and she's also a smug, petty, and manipulative bully, the complete opposite of Linda. So naturally, if Linda wants people to like her, Belinda wants Linda to be hated. Not necessarily a villain, she falls under Chaotic Neutral, and her emotional state of mind is considered very unstable. We later find out she has horribly low self esteem and actually wants to be nice, but feels totally backwards.
- Affably Evil / Faux Affably Evil: Depending on how she's feeling.
- Alpha Bitch: Although the only people she seems to bully are Linda and Lena Thorul.
- Animals Hate Him: She gets mauled by Streaky.
- Ax-Crazy: What she degenerates into.
- Body Horror: Promotional art for the non-produced Cosmic Adventures in the 9th Grade showed Belinda's face had started to crack after she was turned into a crystal statue.
- Chaotic Neutral: Invoked as Word of God described her as such.
- Composite Character: She has a few obvious Bizarro elements, but is thematically closer to "Dark Supergirl".
- Dark is Chaotic Neutral: She starts out with a Supergirl costume containing an inverted color scheme and a backwards S, but when she becomes Superior Girl she's wearing a a Supergirl costume with purple and black, as well as a dark mask.
- Deadpan Snarker: Every word out of her mouth practically radiates with cynical snark. Not even being crystallized can turn it off.
- Didn't Think This Through: She uses her "Superior Vision" on Streaky, and accidentally turns him into a sabertooth tiger.Superior Girl: That was not my best plan.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: She considers Alura Zor-El to be her mother, and is genuinely heartbroken when what she thinks is Alura doesn't consider her to be her daughter.
- Evil Counterpart: As far as an evil counterpart goes, Belinda didn't start out as a supervillain so much as she was an asshole who felt the need to wreck Linda's life. She even helps Linda in the fourth issue with nothing to gain. She doesn't become a straightforward villain until the fifth issue of Cosmic Adventures and only then because she's being manipulated.
- Of Bizarro. Though she's not as overt as most Bizarro counterparts go, simply in that she's an artificial creation that is the opposite of Supergirl in terms of morality without the chalk like skin, limited intellect, and messed up language skills. Had the creators been able to release the sequel series, Belinda's physical appearance would've become more Bizarro-like thanks to her transformation into crystal.
- The writers also considered her as one to Veronica Lodge to match Linda's Betty.
- False Friend: She once pretending she was Linda's best friend to drive a wedge between her and Lena.
- For the Evulz: Why she makes Linda squirm so much. Other than that, this is exemplified in the third issue when she goes around empowering kids with the meteor fragments, knowing full well she's creating havoc.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Secretly has a huge inferiority complex and hates Linda because she believes Linda thinks she's better than her.
- It's All About Me: She interrupts a discussion being held between Linda and Lena and says they're talking about her. When Linda says they were discussing Superman, Belinda she says she automatically assumed they were talking about her because she's just the awesome.
- Manipulative Bitch: When she's not flat out antagonizing Linda, she's acting overly kind and supportive as a front for a more underhanded scheme.
- Pet the Dog: In one moment of genuine kindness she makes Lena Thorul forget who Supergirl really is. Belinda had nothing to gain from this and actually helped Linda with no provocation.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She delivers one to Linda when they first meet. Linda's at first excited at the idea of having another Kryptonian for a friend, but Belinda just says she's a frumpy klutz who's desire to be a superhero is totally not cool. Linda then realizes she's a supervillain.
- Sanity Slippage: Steadily becomes quite unhinged after she becomes Superior Girl.
- Smug Snake: She's brainwashed into acting like a duck in the second issue, and in the fourth issue she gets attacked by Streaky. She's then turned into a statue by Mr. Mxyzptlk in issue six.
- Stepford Smiler: Despite thinking she's completely awesome, she's really miserable and doesn't know why. She even admits at one point that she really does want to be nice like Linda, but feels her emotions are totally backwards.
- Taken for Granite: And sentient.
- Teacher's Pet: Although the teachers are all imps of the 5th Dimension who've been secretly using Belinda.
- Tragic Villain: She goes from a smug asshole to a rampaging psycho to a poor, pathetic, and broken girl throughout the story.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Mr. Mxyzptlk.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Linda's mom (who is also technically her mom) doesn't recognize her, Belinda breaks down into tears and starts screaming she's "Number One."
- Vitriolic Best Buds: There was shades of this in the fourth issue.
- Woman Scorned: An odd variant. When she meets Supragirl, Linda's counterpart from an Alternate Timeline, Belinda flips and thinks she's being replaced, screaming she was the first, and therefor original, Supergirl doppelganger.Supergirl: If you're number one, and I was here first, what does that make me?Superior Girl: ZERO!
AKA: Lucy LaneA mysterious woman wearing an S-shield whom Post-Crisis Supergirl encounters in New Krypton. She at first seems to be one of the heroes, but is eventually revealed as a villain when she not only attacks Supergirl, but saves Reactron from her, killing the supervillain's ex-girlfriend in order to cover up his survival. She is actually Lucy Lane, implanted in New Krypton as General Lane's spy.
- Alliterative Name: Lucy Lane.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The spheres on her uniform stabilize her energies. Tear them off and she'll blow up.
- Badass Cape
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Wears the S-shield. Supergirl rips it off of her.
- Cain and Abel: With Lois
- Clothes Make the Superman: Her costume, a magic garment created by Mirabai the witch, is what grants her powers to her, at least prior to her first resurrection.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Driven into evil by her father's emotional abuse.
- Dark Action Girl: Lucy was already a soldier before her father had her subjected to the experiments that gave her her powers.
- Death Is Cheap: Seemingly killed and resurrected several times now, thanks to her existence as an energy being.
- The Dragon: To General Lane alongside Luthor and Codename: Assassin.
- Driven by Envy: Of Lois.
- Energy Being: After her first death Lucy became a being of raw magical energy which can only be forced back into humanoid form by her suit.
- Evil Knockoff: Meant to stir up anti-Kryptonian sentiment, and turn people against the House of El.
- Face–Heel Turn: Lucy was originally a good guy.
- Freudian Excuse: Years of emotional abuse from Sam Lane made Lucy into the monster she became.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her first death causes the Kryptonian DNA in her costume to fuse with her own, effectively making her a human/Kryptonian hybrid in the vein of Superboy.
- In the Hood: Wears a hood and mask to conceal her identity
- Just Following Orders: Tries to use this as an excuse for her crimes. Neither Supergirl nor Lois is buying it. For that matter, even Reactron laughs at her hypocrisy.
- Kick the Dog: Murdering a scientist who was trying to inform General Lane of her unstable physical condition.
- Majorly Awesome: Holds the rank of major.
- Military Brat
- Morality Pet: For all her father's abuse of her, she's one of the few people he's shown to care about.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Recieves a harsh one from Lois after her resurrection.
- Sanity Slippage: The experiments her father performed on her and the trauma of dying and coming back drove Lucy totally over the edge.
- Slasher Smile: Regularly, and particularly after her resurrection.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Already a cold-blooded killer, Lucy's resurrection made her into a psycho in the same vein as Reactron.
- Superpower Lottery: Can fake all the classic Krytponian powers.
- That Woman Is Dead: By proxy. As far as Lois is concerned, Lucy is dead and Superwoman is the thing that killed her.
- Transhuman Treachery: While loyal to her father, Lucy shows exactly zero empathy for anyone else following her resurrection, murdering people at random if they so much as irritate her.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Will do anything to make her father show her affection.
Xenon: Lucky? Sealed into this... this nothingness... by the power of the creature Supergirl? With its emblem displaying its dominion over me? But it made a mistakes, didn't it, Spectre? It will have no power if it's dead.The most mysterious enemy Post-Crisis Linda Danvers ever fought, a powerful, demonic being who made vague hints about a previous battle with "a" Supergirl that left him trapped in a dying dimension. While still trapped in this dimension, he hunted down and murdered various Supergirls of different realities trying to find the one who originally fought him, and had a hand in the Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El meeting Linda Danvers.
- Evil Is Petty: He is so obsessed with killing Supergirls that he doesn't care whether killing one of them will end the multiverse.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Xenon will only refer to the Supergirl who defeated him as "She," with every other woman to wear the shield he refers to as "It."
- Mysterious Past: We have no idea who Xenon was or where he came from before Many Happy Returns.
- Serial Killer: Of Supergirls throughout the Multiverse and Hypertime. It's implied he's already killed a good number of them, and we're shown him murdering a slightly South American-esque Supergirl in Many Happy Returns.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With his sometimes ally the Fatalist, a man who claims to be the Spectre's opposite.
- Unknown Rival: It's implied the Supergirl he hates so much was Linda Danvers, but a Linda far older and more powerful. That Xenon is deliberately unclear as to which Supergirl he's talking about frustrates Linda and Kara.
The Danvers (Pre-Crisis & Post-Crisis)
Pre-Crisis Fred and Edna Danvers were the adoptive parents of Linda Lee/Kara Zor-El and Secret Keepers for her role as Supergirl. Post-Crisis Fred and Sylvia Danvers were the biological parents of Linda Danvers (Supergirl II) who had a much more traumatic time dealing with their daughter's super identity largely due to her merger with Matrix. New 52 and Supergirl (Rebirth) Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers were Supergirl's foster parents and agents of the D. E. O. (Department of Extra-normal Operations, a Government agency created to deal with and neutralize alien threats) who helped Kara understand Earthlings and adapt her new home-world.
- Action Mom: Eliza Danvers is a Government agent trained to deal with and neutralize alien threats.
- Adaptational Name Change: Mrs. Danvers' name change from Edna to Sylvia and later to Eliza.
- As the Good Book Says: Sylvia was a Church assistant, studying for the ministry.
- Fair Cop: The Post-Crisis version of Fred was a police officer.
- Fatherly Scientist: The Pre-Crisis version of Fred was a rocket scientist.
- Muggle Foster Parents: Pre-Crisis, Fred and Edna raised Kara; Post-Crisis, Jeremiah and Eliza adopted her.Eliza: (smiling) Damn — Look at her go. And here's us, the adorable, slow-moving human parents.
- Secret Keepers
I AM strong. Strong enough to face the truth — and face you again. You're the one who needs to be strong, Linda — in your heart, where it really counts.Pre-Crisis Dick Wilson grew up at the Midvale Orphanage during the same time that Linda did. He believed that Linda was in fact Supergirl, but kept it a secret from the world. Though the two dated through college, he often came close to discovering Linda's secret life, forcing Linda to come up with some complex scheme to deceive him.They grew apart after college, but they did meet again as adults after Linda moved to Chicago. One day, Supergirl was called to the hospital to visit her dying friend, Dick. He was diagnosed with cancer. On his death bed, he confessed he always loved her and knew of her secret identity. He even apologized for teasing her about it during childhood. They gave each other one last kiss goodbye, and he died later that night.Post-Crisis Dick Malverne was an appliance store owner in Leesburg who was in love with Linda Danvers.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Pre-Crisis Dick Malverne grew up at the Midvale Orphanage during the same time that Linda Lee alias Supergirl did, and he had a huge crush on her. Although the two dated for a while they grew apart after college. They met again as adults, and Dick confessed he always loved her and and knew of her secret identity before dying.
- Disposable Love Interest: Post-Crisis
- Expy: Of Lois Lane and Lana Lang.
- Have We Met?: When the Post-Crisis version of Dick first meet Linda, they both felt a sense of deja vu, as if they've known each other in a previous life.
- Killed Off for Real:
- As told in Solo #1, Pre-Crisis Dick sought out Linda to tell her he was dying from cancer. Before dying, he confesses he loves her and he knew her secret all along. They kissed and he passed away later that night.
- Post-Crisis Dick also died for real.
- Secret Chaser: he was constantly trying to prove she had super-powers. In a story written in 2004, it was revealed that he always knew Linda was Supergirl, but he kept it a secret.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: According Solo #1, he knew Linda was Supergirl all along.Supergirl: Mr. Malverne? You asked to see me...?
Dick: Hey-Hey... Linda Lee... I wanted to see you one more time... You sure look pretty.
Supergirl: You... You know —?
Dick: I always knew, Linda.
Ember and Rachel Pratchett (Post-Crisis)
The Earth-Angel of Fire who preceded Supergirl. Ember was a slave owned by the Pratchett Family in the 18th Century, and Rachel was a young girl Ember looked after. The two merged when Ember was burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft, and Rachel tried to save her.
- Arch-Enemy: To the first Post-Crisis Satan Girl.
- Burn the Witch!: Ember was burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft and satanism. When Rachel tried to save Ember, the two were engulfed by the flames and became an Earth-Angel.
- Children Are Innocent: Rachel's sacrifice is what turned the two into an Earth-Angel.
- Death Equals Redemption: What gets Ember, and by association Rachel, out of hell is Ember taking her place back from Supergirl instead of letting Supergirl die in her place.
- Light Is Not Good: Ember and Rachel supposedly lived longer than the other Earth-Angels were known to do because Ember rarely exhausted her powers, remaining a somewhat selfish individual even after she was reborn.
- Morality Pet: Rachel to Ember. Ember was a legitimately bad person, but she also legitimately loved Rachel and tried to save her when they were attacked by a group of dogs. Rachel is also this to her mother Dolores, a.k.a. Satan Girl.
Lena Thorul (Pre-Crisis)
Yes, I'm Lena! But as Lex Luthor's sister I can't live a normal life. Friendship, love and marriage are not for me!
AKA: Lena LuthorLex Luthor's younger sister.She was a toddler when her brother became a notorious criminal mastermind in his teenage years. Lex and Lena's parents were so ashamed of their son's crimes and reputation that they moved away from their home in Smallville with Lena and changed their surname to "Thorul"—"Luthor" inverted.Lena's parents did their best to hide the reality of her brother's activities from her, claiming that her brother Lex had been killed in an accident, and Lena grew up with no knowledge of the fact that she had a brother or that he had become the arch-nemesis of Superman.Gifted with ESP after an incident in Lex's laboratory, Lena joined the police, and became one of Supergirl's friends.
- Alliterative Name: Lena Luthor.
- Big Brother Instinct: Was the only person who could trigger Lex's.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: She and Pre-Crisis Kara looked like clones. During the "Jungle Queen" storyline they traded costumes without anybody being any the wiser.
- Locked Out of the Loop: At Lex's insistence. When Lena did find out who he was during an interview with him (and temporarily lost her mind, running off to Africa and becoming "Jungle Queen") Luthor staged an escape from prison so that he could expose her to flowers that erased unpleasant memories. She eventually found out for good in a storyline in 1981, and the two reconciled.
- Morality Pet: To Lex, who went out of his way conceal their relationship from her, fearing that association with him would only hurt her. They eventually did reconcile.
- Odd Friendship: With Supergirl.
- Psychic Powers: Her ESP was strong enough to control animals and bypass even Luthor's defences.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: She found out about Linda's secret identity, but she kept it to herself◊.
I was an ordinary cat till I was exposed to X-Kryptonite... A new kind created by Supergirl while trying to find a way to nullify the deadly rays of green Kryptonite. The experiment failed... But the X-K gives me temporary super-powers when I get near it...
AKA: Streaky the SupercatStreaky was Pre-Crisis Supergirl's pet tomcat that was given super-powers by an unusual form of Kryptonite. Linda was experimenting on a piece of green kryptonite in an attempt to find a way to neutralize its deadly effects. When her experiment failed, she tossed the X-Kryptonite (as it became known) out the window. Accidentally her pet Streaky came across the X-Kryptonite, and was exposed to its radiation.Streaky was depowered during the events of Kryptonite Nevermore (since the Kryptonite nugget was turned into iron) and became a normal cat again. A while later, when Linda moved to San Francisco, she left it with her adoptive parents.Several years later, Linda was a grad student living in Chicago and studing Criminal Psychology. One day she found a female stray cat which she adopted and named "Streaky" because it reminded her of "another cat she used to own".Streaky had a 30th century descendant named Whizzy (who also had superpowers).
- Animal Superheroes
- Gender Flip: Post-Infinite Crisis.
- Hour of Power: X Kryptonite only gives him powers temporarily.
- Legacy Character: Has a a 30th century descendant called Whizzy.
- Meaningful Name
- Superpowerful Genetics: Has passed his powers onto Whizzy.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After a while, Streaky stopped making appearances. Several fans wondered what happened to Supergirl's pet cat, and Superman editor E. Nelson Bridwell answered that Streaky was depowered during the events of Kryptonite Nevermore and was living out with the Danvers.
Circe saw my act in her defense, and as a reward, agreed to use her magic to grant my wish to be human. But the evil wizard had tampered with her potions... and instead of making me all human, the one I drank made all horse.
AKA: Comet the Super-HorseComet the Super-Horse is the pet horse belonging to Pre-Crisis Supergirl.Comet was born as Biron a centaur in ancient Greece. The witch Circe gave him a potion to turn him fully human after he stopped an evil sorcerer poisoning her water, but instead it turned him into a full horse. Circe was unable to reverse the curse but instead gave him superpowers (super-strength, super-speed, telepathy, shape-shifting and enhanced intelligence), and made him immortal. The sorcerer trapped Biron on an asteroid in the constellation of Sagittarius.When Supergirl's ship passed it broke the mystical force field, which allowed him to escape. Comet met Supergirl and they became close friends. Whilst on a mission with Supergirl on another planet, he was given the opportunity to turn into a human, but only while a comet passes through the solar system. As a man, he adopted the identity of "Bronco" Bill Starr, a rodeo star.
- Animal Superheroes
- Attractive Bent Species: Pre-Crisis, He's a centaur turned horse. He's in love with Supergirl herself.
- Cool Horse: A flying, super-strong, super-fast, intelligent horse... What is not cool about it?
- Metamorphosis: He was originally a centaur called Biron who wanted to be fully human. Unfortunately Circe made a mistake and made him fully horse instead. Because the spell couldn't be reversed, Circe gave him superpowers to try and make up for it.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Was one originally and turns into one temporarily before he becomes human when a comet enters the the solar system.
- Sapient Steed: Has human intelligence.
- Two Beings, One Body: Post-Crisis, they were originally Andrew Jones and Andrea Martinez.
- You Fail Astronomy Forever: Turns human whenever a comet enters our solar system. In real life comets permanently orbit the sun though scientists have theorised that interstellar comets might exist.
My name's Siobhan. Siobhan Smythe. Just arrived from Dublin a few months ago. Yer basic poor wee immigrant looking to start a new life for herself!
AKA: Silver BansheeSiobhan is a good natured Irish punk girl living in New York and the first human being the New 52 Kara meets who doesn't try to capture and/or kill her.Siobhan came to New York City to escape her homeland of Ireland due to family issues. Her father died when she was young and her mother had only recently died which caused her to seek a new life in what she considered the "greatest city in the world".After arriving and settling down in Queens she accidently found herself face to face with Supergirl. Instantly understanding her language, and after a short tussle with the authorities, she escaped with the help of Supergirl. Figuring that they needed each other and striking a fast friendship, the girls returned to Siobhan's home where they got to know each other properly and quickly become friends.However, Siobhan's past catches up with her; her father is the evil magical being Black Banshee and she herself is having difficulty keeping her own powers in check as the even more frightening Silver Banshee.For pre-New 52 Silver Banshee, see Superman's rogues gallery.
- Adaptational Heroism: Usually a villain, in the Post-Flashpoint universe Siobhan is a nice girl.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Siobhan fears that the Silver Banshee will take over her body when it manifests.
- Heroic Willpower: When fighting Red Lantern Supergirl, she's able to mostly stay in control as the Silver Banshee.
- Irish Names: 'Siobhan' (pronounced 'Shiv-awn')
- The Lad-ette
- Make Me Wanna Shout: As the Silver Banshee, she has the appropriate sonic screams.
- Oireland: She has the accent at the very least.
- Omniglot: An actual super power; due to her quasi-magical nature Siobhan is able to speak any language she hears, even a non-human one like Kryptonian (if the dialogue is any indication she always retains her Irish accent though.)
- Superpowered Evil Side: Her Silver Banshee form.
Zor-El & Alura In-Ze
Pre-Crisis Zor-El: We have a month before Kryptonite radiations slowly poison the air! But before that fatal hour, this rocket will send our daughter to another world!
Post-Flashpoint Alura: Get away from my daughter! [...] Of course I can see you. Now get out of our home! [...] Alura Zor-El! Praetor of Argo City! And tou trespass at your peril!Kara's birth parents in every universes.Pre-Crisis Zor-El and Allura In-Ze (her name is sometimes spelled Alura) met in Argo City and married several years after Krypton's destruction. After a short while they gave birth their only birth, Kara. Fifteen years later, when Argonians were dying because of Kryptonite poisoning, Zor-El built a space vessel that would rocket Kara away from Argo City and programmed it with a course heading for Eath in where Superman lived. Kara believed her parents were killed along with the destruction of Argo City. However, it was later revealed that In Argo City's final moments, Zor-El discovered a limbo dimension which existed parallel to the Phantom Zone. Dubbing it the Survival Zone, he created a projection device which transported dozens of Kryptonians to safety, although they were now trapped, with no means to return to the normal universe. Kara managed to free them, helped by her foster father, and Zor-El and Alura relocated to the city Kandor on the planet, Rokyn.Post-Crisis Zor-El and Alura were members of the Science Guild stationed in an offworld colony (Zor-El was a member of the Art Guild before marrying Alura). Zor-El was more emotional and warm in contrast to cold and rational Alura. Zor-El designed and built the dome that saved Argo City from Krypton's destruction, and tried -uselessly- to convince the City Council to find a new planet to settle on before the energy dome failed. At the same time he built a space rocket, only in case. When Brainiac attacked Argo City, he and Alura sent Kara to Earth, asking her to look after her baby cousin. Captured by Brainiac, they were added to his bottled city of Kandor, and eventually freed by Superman. While Zor-El is a certified Nice Guy, Alura is a Knight Templar kept in check only by her husband.Post-Flashpoint Zor-El was a scientist. Alura a soldier and part of Argo City guard. Although Zor-El had a falling out with his little brother, he paid heed to Jor-El's warnings and built a protective dome around Argo City, at the same time building a space pod to send his daughter to Earth before Krypton's destruction in case the city dome failed. He neglected to tell Alura his plans, though, which caused a rift between them.
- Good Parents: They put their daughter above all. They would not ask her to live together again because they didn't want to break her bond with her foster parents, even though they clearly missed her.
- Happily Married: They got along really well.
- Never Found the Body: Kara assumed that her parents died due to Kryptonite poisoning after they sent her off. It turned out that they were trapped in a limbo dimension dubbed the Survival Zone.
- Sanity Slippage: In Action Comics #314: Supergirl's Tragic Ordeal! Allura -who is living in Kandor at the time- is wasting away due to heartbreak over being separated from her daughter, and her mind is losing her grip, to the point that she picks a robot doll belonging a child and pretends it is her daughter Kara.
- Abusive Parents: Post-Crisis Alura. Aside from being emotionally distant to Kara, she often puts her down verbally.
- Action Mom: Alura is mostly a bureaucrat but she is not afraid to fight when Brainiac invades New Krypton.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Alura does this to Reactron.
- Dark Action Girl: The best way to describe Alura is as an Anti-Hero.
- Death Equals Redemption: Alura uses her last moments to throw Kara into a special chamber that shields her from Reactron's explosion.
- Defrosting the Ice Queen: Alura was pretty cold and aloof before dating Zor-El, declaring that "emotions" and "love" are mere chemical reactions. Zor-El changed her mindset.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Alura definitely cares about both Zor-El and Kara.
- Evil Matriarch: Alura, who tries to control every aspect of Kara's life, and is a Knight Templar at best.
- Good Parents: As New Krypton goes on, it's clear Kara got her heroic personality from her father Zor-El.
- Happily Married: They were very happy together, to the point that Alura loses it when her husband dies.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Alura dies saving Kara from Reactron.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Alura believes that all humans are scum, that Superman can't be trusted, and that General Zod is a great hero. She couldn't be more wrong about any of the above.
- Ignored Expert: Zor-El warned the Argo Council that they needed to look for a new world to settle on because the dome could fail at any moment. You would think they would be more inclined to believe him after his brother was proved right. You would be wrong.Zor-El: Seems my brother's label as "Doomsayer" will be mine as well.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Alura's torture of Reactron is wrong and is portrayed that way, but given that we're talking about the single worst member of Supergirl's rogues gallery here, you aren't liable to have much sympathy for him.
- Killed Off for Real: Zor-El dies in battle with Reactron. Alura is killed when Reactron blows himself up, wiping out all of New Krypton.
- Knight Templar: Alura. Zor-El knows it too, and tries to act as a check on her.
- Mama Bear & Papa Wolf: Don't hurt Kara in front of either of them.
- Motherhood Is Superior: Inverted like you wouldn't believe. Alura was cold and distant towards Kara while Zor-El was the sympathetic parent.
- Morality Chain: Zor-El was this to Alura. With him dead, Alura keeps making morally dubious action after morally dubious action.
- Nice Guy: Zor-El was a spectacular father and was genuinely intrigued by humans and proposed peaceful interactions with them.
- Superpower Lottery: They have all the classic Krytponian powers.
- Abusive Parents: Zor-El genuinely loves his daughter and wants to help her. However his methods put Kara through the wringer.
- Action Girl: Alura was a soldier.
- Good Parents: No one messes with Alura's daughter.
- Happily Married: Their relationship was strained after Zor-El blasted Kara off the planet, but they kept loving each other.
- You Shall Not Pass: It happens when Sheko tries to read Supergirl's memories. A memory of Alura blocks her, declares firmly that her daughter's mindraping is NOT going to happen and throws her out:Sheko: You... You can see me?
Alura: OF COURSE I can see you. Now GET OUT of our home!
Sheko: Who are you...?
Alura: Alura Zor-El! Praetor of Argo City! And you trespass at your peril!