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Characters: Supergirl
A page for characters who have, at one point in their careers, have been called Supergirl, a supporting character in the Superman mythos, their allies and their enemies.

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Supergirls

    Supergirl (Pre-Crisis) 
AKA: Linda Lee Danvers/Kara Zor-El

Superman'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.

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.

    Supergirl I (Post-Crisis) 
AKA: Matrix

A 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.

    Supergirl II (Post-Crisis) 
AKA: Linda Lee Danvers

  • 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.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: What Buzz did to her, though she admits everything she did was of her own free will.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Fallen Angel
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Secret Identity: As Linda, though by the end of the series, pretty much everyone knows.
  • Shout-Out / Canon Immigrant: Her second costume is based on DCAU Supergirl.

    Supergirl III (Post-Crisis) 
AKA: Cir-El

    Supergirl IV (Post-Crisis) 
AKA: Linda Lang/Kara Zor-El

Superman'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.
    • In contrast to the previous origin, it's her Knight Templar mother who verges on this at points after her father's death. She never goes farther than being verbally abusive to Kara, though. Her father, on the other hand, was a doting Nice Guy.
  • Action Girl
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blondes are Evil: As Dark!Kara.
  • 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 problems, built strong friendships with other heroes, and was well on her way to being the same sort of paragon as her cousin.
  • Clark Kenting: Used glasses and a different haircut to become Linda Lang.
  • Daddy Issues/Mommy Issues: 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.
  • 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.
  • Darker and Edgier: She got over it.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Groin Attack: What she did to a stalker; fortunately, he was from Apokolips so it ONLY hurt a whole lot.
  • Happily Adopted: By Lana Lang, whose niece she is pretending to be.
  • 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: 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She and Dick Grayson (Robin I/Nightwing/Batman III) have this vibe, with him considering her a little sister.
  • Minidress of Power
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her costume is basically a cheerleader outfit.
  • 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.
  • Panty Shot: Though her skirt might have been a Magic Skirt considering that is covered anything at all most of the time, when it really physically couldn't. When Jamal Igle took over art duties, he finally gave her some shorts.
  • Plucky Girl: After Character Development.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Including...
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Dark!Kara, who is released under the influence of Darkseid, Black K, or similar events. 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.
  • Survivors 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.

    Supergirl 1,000, 000 
AKA: Ariella Kent

The 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.

    Supergirl (Cosmic Adventures) 
AKA: Linda Lee/Kara Zor-El

An alternate version of Kara from the all-ages comic, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade.

    Supergirl (New 52) 
AKA: Kara Zor-El

Superman'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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flying Brick
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 to 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: You could count the number of times she's smiled in the New 52 on one hand.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever she's forced to work with Superboy (not that it stops her saving his life.)
  • Thigh-High Boots: With exposed knees.
  • 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.
  • Tomboyish Sidetails
  • 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.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: She really wishes 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.

Enemies

    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.

    Cyborg Superman (New 52) 
AKA:Zor-El

After H'el on Earth and destroying the Sanctuary, Supergirl has had enough of Earth and goes off-planet to find a new home. Luckily for her, she finds a much more generous planet named I'noxia that hails her as a hero when she saves them from danger. Their technology can even make robotic replicas of people from her memories; making the place a paradise... or so it seems. It is there she meets Cyborg Superman: a mysterious cybernetic being that looks very much like her cousin. He tells her that he's behind all this and can give her everything she desires on the planet. There's just one little fee: he wants her flesh to replace his cybernetic parts.

For pre-New 52 Cyborg Superman, see Superman's rogues gallery.
  • 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.
  • Sweet Rao, 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) 
AKA:Anton Schott

The 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. He kidnaps children and sends dolls resembling them to Cat Grant, whom he ultimately tries 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 Genius: Clearly runs in the family.
  • Happy Funball: Much like his father, Anton specialises in this.
  • Mommy Issues: Wants to force Cat Grant to be his new mother, actually.
  • 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 paedophile. 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.

    Lesla-Lar (Pre-Crisis) 
A villainous Pre-Crisis Kandorian scientist and Kara Zor-El-lookalike who specialised in identity theft in both mundane and physic versions. While she hasn't been seen since before the Crisis she is historically significant as Supergirl's first true protypical archenemy.

    Lobo (New 52) 
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.

For the other Lobo, see this page.
  • 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 Nineties 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 in regards to their how they handle their anger. Supergirl has problems controlling her rage, while Lobo is able to control his anger and channel it at his targets.
  • 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.

    Power Boy (Post-Crisis) 
A superpowered boy who was Kara Zor-El's first boyfriend Post-Crisis, he eventually revealed himself as a clingy, abusive stalker from Apokolips.

    Reactron (Pre-Crisis & Post-Crisis) 
AKA: Benjamin Krullen (Pre-Crisis), Benjamin Martin Krull (Post-Crisis)

Once a sociopathic ex-soldier gifted with the ability to produce radiation, Post-Crisis Reactron was rebuilt as a cyborg with a Gold Kryptonite heart by Lex Luthor and went onto play a major role during the New Krypton story arc, ultimately destroying New Krypton. Having faced Supergirl on numerous occasions pre-and-post-Crisis, and being the man responsible for the death of her father, Zor-El in the post-Crisis continuity, Reactron is one of the rare villains who can legitimately claim to be a member of Supergirl's Rogues Gallery.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Immune to Bullets: 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.
  • 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.
  • Majorly Awesome: Fomrerly 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
  • Skull for a Head: A skull mask to be more precise.
  • The Sociopath
  • 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 Woman: Thanks to her Flying Brick powers, she can take massive hits and just keep coming.
  • 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.

    Simon Tycho (New 52) 
*spoilers* Click here  to see Simon's second form.

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.
  • 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.
  • Rubber Man: His transformation gave him stretching powers, shapeshifting, and invulnerability.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He used to be one.
    • Loincloth: What he wears now. It shows off his new body quite well.
  • 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.

    Superwoman (Post-Crisis) 
AKA:Lucy Lane

A 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.

Supporting Cast

    The Danvers (Pre-Crisis & Post-Crisis) 
Pre-Crisis Fred and Ethel 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.

    Dick Malverne 
Pre-Crisis Dick Wilson was an orphan Linda Lee befriended until he was adopted by the Malvernes. Post-Crisis Dick Malverne is a new guy who moved to Leesburg.

    Lena Thorul (Pre-Crisis) 
AKA: Lena Luthor

Lex Luthor's younger sister, Lena Thorul'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. Gifted with ESP after an incident in Lex's laboratory, Lena joined the police, and became one of Supergirl's friends.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Was the only person who could trigger Lex's.
  • 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.
  • Telepath

    Streaky & Comet 

Streaky the Supercat

Supergirl's pet cat Pre-Crisis

Comet the Super-Horse

Pre-Crisis Supergirl's horse is a centaur accidentally cursed by Circe into being trapped in the form of a horse. Post-Crisis Comet is a superhero who is a romantic interest of Linda Danvers.

    Silver Banshee (Siobhan Smythe) 
Siobhan 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. While the two quickly become friends (aided by Siobhan's ability to speak Kryptonian) 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.
  • 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 (Post-Crisis) 
Kara's parents in the Post-Crisis universe, Zor-El and Alura where members of the Science Guild stationed in an offworld colony. 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.

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