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->''"Baffled, Superman? Let me tell you my story, as my parents told it to me! When Krypton blew up, you were not the only one to escape alive..."''
-->-- '''Supergirl''', ''Action Comics #252''

The Maid of Might. The Girl of Steel. The Girl of Tomorrow. The Last Daughter of Krypton. The Princess of Power. The Blonde Blockbuster. The Stanhope Sensation. The female FlyingBrick.

'''''[[TropeCodifier The]]''''' DistaffCounterpart {{Superhero}}.

Supergirl is a comicbook superheroine, originally created as a DistaffCounterpart of Franchise/{{Superman}}, drawing inspiration from Mary Marvel (in fact one of Supergirl's co-creators, legendary comic artist Otto Binder also created Mary Marvel.) A summary of her history both in and out of comics can be found [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Supergirl_Publication_History here]]
and [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2015/03/superman-who-is-girl-of-steel.htmlhere]]. An in-depth, light-hearted exploration of the character can be found here: [[https://maidofmight.wordpress.com/ Supergirl: the Life and Times of Kara Zor-El]]. And a chronology of her pre-Crisis appearances can be consulted [[http://www.superwomenmania.com/supergirltl/ here]].

Though there have been other variations (see below) Supergirl is best known as Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin from the planet Krypton. A fellow survivor of that planetary catastrophe, she arrived on Earth later than Kal-El. Far younger than her now-adult cousin, she oftentimes struggles with Earth's strange mores and being in the shadow of the world's greatest hero while growing into a compassionate and heroic young woman. Her role, especially in earlier comics, fluctuated between being a supporting character in Superman stories, occupying in the Superman mythos a similar niche to Robin in the Batman mythos and having her own largely unrelated stories. She has been an on-again-off-again member of the ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', different incarnations of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, the Franchise/TeenTitans and the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lanterns Corps]].

In 1985 the original Supergirl was killed off in the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' crossover when DC Comics decided to return Superman to the status of LastOfHisKind. For the next two decades various characters occupied the mantle before Kara Zor-El was restored to continuity. Over the years the various versions of Supergirl have held their own solo titles at several points.


[[folder: # -1) Lucy de Borgonia]]
!!!# -1) "[[OlderThanTheyThink Lucy de Borgonia]]"
DC's first character named Supergirl is possibly Lucy de Borgonia, a South American princess who made her only appearancee in ''Superboy'' #5 (November, 1949). Wearing an orange-and-purple costume, Lucy had no powers but Superboy helped her fake them.

[[folder: #0) Super-Girl]]
!!!#0) "[[PoorlyDisguisedPilot Super-Girl]]"
As a test, they released ''Superman'' #123 (August, 1958), a ComicBook/JimmyOlsen story where he got three wishes. One wish was for a woman to keep Superman company, but though meaning well, this magical Super-Girl kept messing up her super-feats. Jimmy sadly wished her away when she sacrificed herself to save Superman from kryptonite, and was about to die anyway. (Note that in most later reprintings of this story, Super-Girl was intentionally miscolored to look different from Supergirl; originally, and as seen in DC Archives, she looks identical to Supergirl except that the skirt of her MiniDressOfPower is red[[note]]Funnily enough, years later, the Matrix version of Supergirl would wear a red skirt instead of blue[[/note]].)

[[folder: #1) Kara Zor-El]]
!!!#1) [[FirstInstallmentWins Kara Zor-El (Linda Lee Danvers)]]
The issue sold well and the DC powers that be decided that Supergirl's time had come. Thus was born Supergirl - a.k.a. [[LawOfAlienNames Kara]] Zor-El, Kal-El's cousin. She first appeared in ''Action Comics'' #252 (May, 1959). At first, she was "Superman's secret weapon". As Linda Lee, an orphan at the Midvale Orphanage, she hid the existence of Supergirl from the world, secretly doing good and helping those in trouble.

Eventually, as the audience for good female characters increased, Superman judged her ready, and Supergirl was unleashed on the world. She was adopted and became Linda Lee Danvers; she gained her own Smallville-esque supporting cast, becoming an occasional member of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes and love interest to popular LSH member Brainiac 5.

Very unusually for DC Comics (at the time), Kara's adventures in ''Action Comics'' were serialized from the early 1960s onwards rather than stand alone as was the general practice (including for Superman himself who she shared the comics with). Supergirl's status quo gradually changed over the course of the decade and she aged at a slightly slower than real time rate, going from a cute 15 year old to a high school graduate and then on into a college student.

[[folder:#1.5) Power Girl]]
!!!#1.5) [[AlternateSelf Power Girl]]
In the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], a fateful decision was made: If Superman had a cousin on Earth-1, where Supergirl had long been established to live, why not one for the original Superman, Kal-L of Earth-2? Thus was ComicBook/PowerGirl, aka Kara Zor-L of Earth-2, introduced (in ''All-Star Comics'' #58, Feb. 1976), with an origin much like Supergirl's, except for a HandWave to the effect that her capsule had taken much longer to reach Earth. Power Girl used a very different costume, an all-white one which highlighted [[MostCommonSuperpower her breasts, large even by comicbook standards]]. [[note]]This has given rise to the urban myth that her original artist, Wally Wood, increased her bust size with every issue. [[http://ragnell.blogspot.com/2006/05/power-girl-you-be-judge.html It's a funny story, but it's not true]].[[/note]] She was instantly inducted into the Justice Society of America and soon became a fan favorite. See more on [[ComicBook/PowerGirl her own page.]]

[[folder:The Crisis]]
!!![[GrandFinale The Crisis]]
Supergirl's monthly strip was published throughout twenty-six years in ''Action Comics'', ''Adventure Comics'', her first solo, ''Superman Family'' and her second self-named title. DC cancelled Supergirl (Volume 2) in 1984, planning to launch a new title, ''DC Double Comics'', starring Supergirl and Superboy.

But as the 1970s and early [[TheEighties 1980s]] came along, Supergirl fell out of fashion with comic fans. A number of creatives disliked the character and wanted her gone even before the failure of [[Film/{{Supergirl}} her big budget live-action film]].

Then came the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. The powers that be decided that Supergirl was a symptom of the longstanding decline in the Superman franchise, which had made the books a poor seller for DC Comics. In order to try bringing back Superman's uniqueness, it was decided that Superman should be the only surviving Kryptonian. So in issue #7 of the Crisis (October, 1985), Supergirl made a HeroicSacrifice to help stop the villain's plan. But then DC decided to do a full-on reboot of the Superman franchise, resulting in the now dead Supergirl [[RetGone being declared to have never existed]]. In a bit of major irony though, the copycat Power Girl survived and was given a new origin story, as the granddaughter of an Atlantean sorcerer sent through time to the present day.

[[folder:#2) Matrix]]
!!!#2) [[LoopholeAbuse Matrix]]
Eventually, Creator/JohnByrne decided to [[WriterRevolt "cheat"]] his way around the "Superman: Last Son of Krypton For Real" edict to bring Supergirl back, in the form of "Matrix", a shape-shifting purple creature who just so happens to take Supergirl's form. The new version first appeared in ''Superman'' vol. 2 #16 (April, 1988). Hailing from a pocket universe where ComicBook/{{Superboy}} existed (in order to keep the Legion of Super-Heroes universe from collapsing from the removal of Superboy from canon) and all life was destroyed by escaped Phantom Zone villains, Supergirl followed Superman into the mainstream DC Universe and for a time, things were good even as Supergirl began dating the Post-Crisis ComicBook/LexLuthor (who, granted, was pretending to be his own son).

[[folder: #3) Andromeda]]
!!!#3) "[[CaptainErsatz Laurel Gand]]"
At the same time, DC ran into still another trouble. Supergirl had been a member of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}''. Those stories still were in continuity, but Supergirl had been erased from existence. How did they solve this? In Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 4) #5 (1990), Keith Giffen and other writers introduced Laurel "Andromeda" Gand, a Daxamite and Mon-El's cousin. Laurel was identical to Kara in all ways but name: she had her same powers, personality and attitude, was cousin to the Legion's inspirational figure (Mon-El pre-Zero Hour) and even dated Brainiac 5. Andromeda was also a member of the Reboot Legion, but she faded to comic limbo when that version of the team was shelved.

[[folder:#4) Linda Danvers]]
!!!#4) [[GenreShift Linda Danvers (Post-Crisis)]]
However, this Supergirl grew stale, and in a few years ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' creator Creator/PeterDavid was called in to {{retool}} her. In ''Supergirl'' vol. 4 #1 (September, 1996), Matrix traveled to the town of Leesburg, and [[FusionDance melded with a troubled girl]] named Linda Danvers, in a nice CallBack MythologyGag to her pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} situation. The fusion of the two resulted in an "Earth-Born Angel", a holy being with powers of fire that would serve as the MythArc for her new series.

Eventually, the "angel" aspect and the "Linda" aspect separated, with Linda keeping some powers of her own. This came at the same time that Supergirl was introduced in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', so in a bit of media property alignment, [[RetCanon Linda was given the cartoon Supergirl's costume]]. In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', the final story arc of the series, Linda met the ''original'' Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} Supergirl whose rocket somehow detoured to the ComicBook/PostCrisis universe. David hoped to [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot use the arc to kickstart a new series entitled]] ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen Blond Justice]]'', and while the story sold very well, the new series was not to be. Ultimately, Kara returned to her universe, and Linda [[PutOnABus retired from superheroing.]] ''Supergirl'' vol. 4 lasted 80 issues, ending in November, 2002. However, the success of ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', suggested that there was interest in the original Supergirl...

[[folder:#5) Cir-El]]
!!!#5) [[ReplacementScrappy Cir-El]]
But first, a new character showed up; the DarkerAndEdgier Cir-El, who claimed to be Clark and ComicBook/LoisLane's [[KidFromTheFuture daughter from the future]]. She first appeared in ''Superman the 10 Cent Adventure'' #1 (March, 2003). However, she was a very unpopular character, and in short order her claims were debunked and she [[PutOnABus vanished into the timestream]].

[[folder: #6) Kara Zor-El (Post-Crisis)]]
!!!#6) [[HereWeGoAgain Kara Zor-El (Post-Crisis)]]
At this point, Dan [=DiDio=] rose to power at DC Comics. As urban legends goes, [=DiDio=] freaked out when he accidentally discovered the current Supergirl's convoluted origin of pocket universes and "earth angels" and made one of his first edicts upon taking over DC Comics to be DC bringing back the real Supergirl. (The success of the aforementioned ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'' arc probably didn't hurt either). A new Kara Zor-El was introduced, having crash-landed onto Earth just in time to be (re)introduced into DC Universe canon in ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' #8 (May, 2004). In a twist, it was revealed that Kara was ''older'' than Kal-El when they lived together on Krypton, and had been sent into space in order to care for her baby cousin on Earth; her rocket, however, going off-course (in a re-appropriation of Power Girl's origin) had meant she arrived as a teenager when he was an adult.

Since then Supergirl's basic identity in Franchise/TheDCU has held steady as Kara Zor-El. Confusion didn't end there though as her own named title was prone to retconning Kara's personal backstory on Krypton every three issues or so under a string of writers before ''finally'' settling down some 30 issues in. This roughly coincided with being brought into the extended [[BatFamilyCrossover New Krypton]] storyline, dealing with several hundred Kryptonians appearing on planet Earth led by Supergirl's parents. The book finally managed to become well regarded and is now a stable part of the Superman Family of comics. Supergirl also appeared in ''Supergirl and the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', in which she was stuck a thousand years in the future with the Legion (having made the TimeTravel trip during a TimeSkip in her own book, and then getting LaserGuidedAmnesia before she returned). To top it off, 2009 saw a toony-style miniseries aimed at kids, called ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'' which was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. [[WordOfGod The original writer says]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen he had plans to write sequels retelling her pre-Crisis story (her time in the Legion ''et al''), taking her up to the 12th Grade]].

[[folder:#2.5) Power Girl (Post-Crisis)]]
!!!#2.5) [[ContinuitySnarl Power Girl (Post-Crisis)]]
Meanwhile, Power Girl had gone through some changes as they tried to figure out what to do with her. Recruited for the Justice League Europe branch, Kara had her powers decreased (due to a {{deus ex machina}} lifesaving operation). She developed a new edgy, ultra-feminist attitude to let her serve as the resident shit-disturber on the JLE team (which was briefly retconned as being the result of allergies caused by diet sodas). She was made a businesswoman with her own computer company, mystically pregnant caused by her Atlantean grandpa, and most humiliatingly, was given a short-lived [[WeaksauceWeakness vulnerability to "natural, unprocessed materials"]] by Chris Claremont that was so silly and stupid that it was quickly dropped as soon as it was established.

Eventually, she found a home in the ongoing ''JSA'' series, and now that she was being focused on by a single writer, she started to gain some consistency. In the series, it was {{r|etCon}}evealed that she wasn't Atlantean after all — but that left the question of what she ''was''.

In the run-up to ''Infinite Crisis'', the surprisingly simple answer was revealed: she was... Kara Zor-L, the cousin of the Superman of Earth-2. As the Earths were being merged, she had somehow fallen through a crack in time, emerging in the ComicBook/PostCrisis universe unchanged, and the inconsistencies in her powers and origins since then had been side effects of the universe trying to fit her in. (Note: She is specifically from the Earth-2 that existed prior to ''Crisis of the Infinite Earths.'' A new Earth-2 that’s like the old one appeared after ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis but it has its own Power Girl. Much to the original's dismay.)

Thus, both Supergirls have ended up right back where they started. See? [[BlatantLies It wasn't so complicated after all!]]

[[folder: #7) Kara Zor-El (New 52) and #3.5) Power Girl (New 52)]]
!!! #7 [[ContinuityReboot Kara Zor-El (New 52) and #3.5 Power Girl (New 52)]]
...Oh, what's that? DC rebooted [[ComicBook/{{New 52}} their entire universe again in 2011]], you say? Well, since Superman was rebooted this means Supergirl had to start from square one too. It's being kept simple this time: Supergirl is still Superman's cousin from Krypton who crashed to Earth much later and only remembers her cousin as a baby. Under the reboot Supergirl has experienced some personality shifts emphasizing she's an alien in contrast to her cousin.

Meanwhile, on Earth 2, Power Girl is also Superman's cousin from Krypton. Only she started her career there as Supergirl, her Superman is dead, and she's wound up stranded on the main Earth for several years. She co-starred in ''Worlds' Finest'' with her best friend, ComicBook/{{Huntress}} (who, much like PG, started out as a sidekick in E2, having been Robin to her dad Batman). And in an interesting twist, both Karas do eventually meet and discover they have a strange bond due to their status as AlternateUniverse counterparts of each other.[[/folder]]


[[folder:Notable Comic Book Series]]
* ''ComicBook/ActionComics'': Anthology series for most of its run, starring Superman as the lead feature plus various backup characters. Supergirl made her debut in ''Action Comics #252'' and has been a recurring supporting character since 1959. Her strips ran as a backup in most issues from Action Comics #252 (May 1959) to Action Comics #376 (May 1969).
* ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'': Superman's self-named series (renamed ''Adventures of Superman'' between the Byrne reboot of the late 80s and the mid-2000s). Once again, Supergirl was a recurring supporting character since her creation.
* ''Adventure Comics'': Featured various Superman family member stories. The second publishing home of Supergirl, after her run in Action Comics; her strips ran from Adventure Comics #381 (Jun 1969) to Adventure Comics #424 (Oct 1972).
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}}'': First Supergirl's self-named series, published from November of 1972 until October of 1974 spanning a total of ten issues.
* ''Superman Family'': Anthology title featuring Superman's secondary characters. The publishing home of Supergirl from Superman Family #165 (Jun 1974) to Superman Family #222 (Sep 1982), excluding reprints.[[note]]The book's numbering was carried over from ''Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen'', which ended at #163[[/note]] During this time she fought the MadScientist Lesla-Lar, dabbled in some romance, moved to New York, and became a soap opera star.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}}'': The final publishing home for Pre-Crisis Supergirl, running from ''The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl'' #1 (Nov 1982) to ''Supergirl'' Vol. 2 #23 (Sep 1984) — the name change occurs at issue #13. Usually known as Supergirl vol. 2, spanned a total of 23 issues. It was cancelled shortly before the premiere of ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'' and was the last book featuring the original Kara Zor-El, but the expectation was that she would be continued in a new title, DC Double Comics, with Superboy as a companion strip.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1994}}'': Four issue limited series published in 1994, featuring the Supergirl Matrix.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1996}}'': The fourth volume featured a Supergirl that was a fusion of two different characters: the Matrix Supergirl and a human girl named Linda Lee Danvers.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2005}}'': Supergirl's fifth solo book saw the return of Kara Zor-El to Franchise/TheDCU after the ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman'' storyline ''The Supergirl From Krypton''. The series spanned 67 issues and 2 annuals. After some ''very shaky'' beginnings the book became well regarded. The Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle's issues are considered one of the best runs of the character.
* ''Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes'': Book featuring Supergirl and the "threeboot" version of the Legion.
* ''Comicbook/{{Powergirl}}'': Series about Supergirl's older self from another dimension. Supergirl herself occasionally appears.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2011}}'': Supergirl's sixth solo book redefined and introduced Kara Zor-El in the post-Flashpoint universe. It spanned forty issues until it was cancelled in 2015.
* ''ComicBook/SupergirlRebirth'': ''Comicbook/DCRebirth'' tien-in one-shot issue and prologue to her next solo book, ''Supergirl Rebirth'' introduced several characters and locations of ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' to the main DC universe.
* ''Supergirl 2016'': After the death of post-Flashpoint Superman, Supergirl tries to adapt to life on Earth as she carries on her cousin's work.

[[folder:Notable Comic Book Stories]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton!'': ''Action Comics #252''. Her origin story.
* ''Superboy Meets Supergirl!'': Superboy Volume 1 #80. Supergirl travels to the past and meets Superboy.
* ''Supergirl's Three Super-Girlfriends!'': Action Comics 276. Supergirl officially joins the ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' and first meets Brainiac 5.
* ''The Unknown Supergirl'': ''Action Comics #278-285'', written by Jerry Siegel with art by Jim Mooney. Historically important storyline in where Supergirl was adopted by the Danvers, made her first enemy (Lesla-Lar), and her existence was revealed to the world. Part of this arc was reprinted in ''Action Comics #360''.
* ''The Supergirl-Batgirl Plot - Clash of the Super-Teams!'': ''World's Finest'' Volume 1 #169. First Supergirl-Batgirl team-up.
* ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'': ''Adventure Comics #421''. Linda Danvers's stressful routine of dealing with bullying co-workers and a lousy boss at her work gets disrupted when a mysterious Amazon called Nightflame, wielding a sword with terrible energy powers appears in San Francisco through a portal, raises havoc, and demands that Supergirl be brought to her. Who -or ''what''- is Nightflame and where she comes from?
* ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'': As Superman is under tremendous stress and on the verge of a mental collapse, Supergirl tells him that they are both mutants from Earth, and Krypton never existed. ''Superman #307-309''.
* ''Let My People Grow!'': ''Superman Volume 1 #338'' Superman and Supergirl finally manage to enlarge Kandor after a battle against Brainiac.
* ''Comicbook/WarWorld'': ''ComicBook/DCComicsPresents'' Vol 1 #27-29. Superman and Supergirl must work together to destroy Warworld, a star-sized weapon-satellite after galactic conqueror Mongul manipulates Superman into stealing and handing over the control key. First appearance of Mongul and Warworld.
* ''The Strange Revenge of Lena Luthor'': ''Superman Family'' #211-214. Lena Thorul finally learns her friend's SecretIdentity and her connection to Lex Luthor.
* ''Who Stole Supergirl's Life?'': Supergirl Vol 2 #19. A Linda Danvers without powers. A Supergirl with no memories of being Linda Danvers. Has someone stolen Linda's powers? Or Supergirl's memories and SecretIDentity have been stolen?
* ''ComicBook/TheSupergirlSaga'': A three-part StoryArc that introduced the first ComicBook/PostCrisis version of Supergirl known as "Matrix".
* ''ComicBook/SupergirlWings'': Reimagining of the "Earth-Angel" storyline from Peter David's run on Supergirl, taking the Matrix incarnation of Supergirl and turning her into a literal angel.
* ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'': The last Linda Danvers story published in Supergirl vol. 4 #75-80. Linda meets pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El... and the universe will never be the same.
* ''Comicbook/YoungLove:'' Short story published in ''Solo Vol 1 #1'' and written by Diana Schutz which brings the relationship between Pre-Crisis Linda Danvers and Dick Malverne to a conclusion. Linda and Dick meet again after many years. Dick has something to tell the young Kryptonian woman. And Supergirl remembers an earlier love during simpler times.
* ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'': ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman #8-13''. A Kryptonite meteor that lands in Gotham is revealed to have contained Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, and the evil New God Darkseid targets her as a potential powerful minion. This arc introduced Kara Zor-El to Post-Crisis continuity. The arc also received an Animated Adaptation: ''Comicbook/SupermanBatmanApocalypse''.
* ''Way of the World'': Supergirl meets a little child that is suffering from inoperable brain cancer and vows to save his life. Unfortunately she's about to learn a harsh lesson about her power's limits.
* ''Superman Supergirl: Maelstrom'': Five-issue mini-series in which Supergirl and her cousin fight a dangerous and vicious villain from Apokolyps named Maelstrom who is determined to kill Superman to win the favor of ''Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}''.
* ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'' (Action Comics #866-870) Superman and Supergirl fight the actual ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} for the first time in the post-Crisis universe. This story reintroduces the Bottled City of Kandor to post-Crisis continuity, reintroduces many elements associated with Silver Age Brainiac and leads directly into ''New Krypton'' below. This arc was also adapted to ''WesternAnimation/SupermanUnbound''.
* ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'': The Kryptonian cousins have to deal with the death of Jonathan Kent and the return of Zor-El and Allura, their loyalties being divided between humanity and the 100,000 Kryptonian survivors they managed to rescue, and a government/military conspiracy to kill them.
* ''Who Is Superwoman?'': Part of the New Krypton saga. Alura sends Supergirl on a mission to Earth to find Zor-El's murderer, Reactron. However, a mysterious masked woman called Superwoman will make Kara's task harder. At the beginning claiming to be Kara's friend, Superwoman soon reveals to be an elusive, ruthless enemy determined to hinder Supergirl. Who is Superwoman?
* ''The Hunt for Reactron''': Crossover with Action Comics. Supergirl has to find her father's murderer, Reactron, and bring him back to Krypton? But how can she fulfill her mission when the entire planet hates her?
* ''Death and the Family'': Supergirl has to solve a crime involving Silver Banshee as dealing with Lana Lang's incurable illness which is only a prelude to a bigger conflict with a ruthless, cunning enemy.
* ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'': In the wake of the destruction of "New Krypton", a Bizarro-alike Supergirl arrives on Earth. What does she want and what is she escaping from? And can a depressed and demoralized Supergirl stop her before Bizarrogirl tears Metropolis apart? Tto make things worse, an even bigger threat looms on the horizon with an eye for the Girl of Steel.
* ''Day of the Dollmaker'': Supergirl and Catherine Grant have to reluctantly team up to find a child-kidnapper which may somehow be linked to the man who killed Cat's son several years ago.
* ''Good-Looking Corpse'': Younger heroes are being targeted all over the country, and Supergirl has to lead a team to take down their mysterious enemy before it manages to destroy them.
* ''This is not my Life'': Supergirl goes to college to solve the case of a mindwiped runaway girl. Final Pre-Flashpoint story arc.
* ''Reign of Doomsday'': Luthor uses Doomsday as a pawn against not only Superman, but his entire family and supporting cast.
* ''The Last Daughter Of Krypton'': The first New 52 Supergirl storyline. It established her continuity and new origins in the rebooted Prime Earth.
* ''ComicBook/HelOnEarth'': A [[BatfamilyCrossover crossover event]] where Superman, Supergirl and Superboy go up against H'el: a mysterious powerful Kryptonian who wishes to resurrect Krypton at the expense of Earth.
* ''ComicBook/KryptonReturns''. Another crossover event which also serves as the sequel to ''H'El on Earth.'' When H'El travels in time to prevent Krypton's destruction, Superman, Superboy and Supergirl travel to the past to stop him.
* ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'': A crossover event which features Supergirl getting a Red Lantern Ring as a consequence of the events of the two previous crossovers.
* ''Comicbook/SupermanDoomed'': A crossover event which features a confrontation with Doomsday that caused Superman to mutate into a Doomsday-like creature.
* ''Crucible'': The last pre-Rebirth storyline. Kara attends Crucible, an interstellar super-hero academy. Does she really belong there at Crucible? And is Crucible to be trusted?
* ''ComicBook/TheFinalDaysOfSuperman'': The final storyline for New 52 Superman. In the aftermath of ''Savage Dawn'', ''The Darkseid War'' and his fight with Rao, Superman is dying. But, before he goes, he's deadset on making sure humanity isn't defenseless without him.
* ''Reign of the Cyborg Supermen'': As Supergirl tries to adapt to her new life and new family, Cyborg Superman returns. And he's determined to turn Earth into a New Krypton.
* ''Escape from the Phantom Zone'': Crossover with ''ComicBook/BatgirlRebirth''. Supergirl and Batgirl meet again for first time in a case which will lead them into the PhantomZone to rescue an innocent girl from a genocidal, murderous mad scientist.
* ''The Girl of No Tomorrow'': Emerald Empress goes back to the past to put together a new team and kill Supergirl before the Girl of Steel can defeat her in the future.

[[folder:Notable non-Canon stories]]
* ''Supergirl Movie Special'': The official adaptation of the 1984 movie.
* ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'': Elseworlds Superman/Batman crossover written in 1998. In a world with no Superman or Batman, Supergirl and Batgirl must cast their differences aside and team up to solve a kidnapping.
* ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'': Alternate Universe series intended for children which retells the adventures of a pre-teen Earth-One Kara Zor-El.
* Kara Zor-El appears in ''ComicBook/ManOfSteelPrequel'', which is a tie-in to ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and is part of the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse. There, she is Kal-El's and Jor-El's distant ancestor instead of Kal-El's cousin. She is sent colonize a planet by the Council of Krypton. That mission will go awry.
* ''Adventures of Supergirl'': Tie-in to the ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' series, written by Sterling Gates.
* ''Comicbook/SupergirlBeingSuper'': Four issue limited series. A coming-of-age story from writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Joelle Jones.

[[folder:Other Comic Appearances]]
* Radio Shack teamed up with Creator/DCComics to produce comics featuring mainstream DC superheroes and the "TRS-80 Whiz Kids". Said Whiz Kids would use their UsefulNotes/{{TRS 80}}s to help Franchise/{{Superman}}, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, and Franchise/WonderWoman save the world, usually by doing things like converting Fahrenheit to Celsius. ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' and [[http://comicboxcommentary.blogspot.com.es/2015/03/review-victory-by-computers.html Supergirl Comic Box Commentary]] blog reviewed several of these comics.
* ''Supergirl (American Honda)'' #1-2.
* ''ComicBook/DCComicsBombshells''.
* ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''
* ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage''
* ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis''
* ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Justice League 3000}}''
* ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice''
* ''Literature/TheSuperdictionary''
* ''ComicBook/SupermanFamilyAdventures'': An all-ages comic book about Superman, his cousins Superboy and Supergirl, and their pets Krypto and Streaky. Despite being published around the time of the New 52, it's mostly Silver Age Superman with a new belt.

[[folder:Animated Series]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' introduced its own version of Supergirl in 1998. This version was named Kara In-Ze and was rescued from the Kryptonian colony world of Argo. She wasn't actually a relative of Superman, beyond their being the same species, but she was adopted as his cousin and given a false civilian identity as Kara Kent. She was voiced by Creator/NicholleTom.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' Kara In-Ze would later appear in this cartoon. An [[EvilTwin evil]] [[CloningBlues clone]] of Supergirl named Galatea also appeared, whose costume, voluptuous yet toned body, hairstyle and [[MostCommonSuperpower larger breasts]] were an obvious ShoutOut to Power Girl.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperBestFriendsForever'': Supergirl, ComicBook/WonderGirl (Donna Troy) and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} (Barbara Gordon) starred in the WesternAnimation/DCNation shorts by Creator/LaurenFaust.
* ''WebAnimation/DCSuperheroGirls'': Supergirl is one of the main characters in the web-cartoon and ''Toys/DCSuperheroGirls'' line of superheroine dolls.
* Supergirl makes an appearance in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebXB0lBoaQ0 Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short]].
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': She appears in the third season (she was always supposed to show up, but the shows was cancelled during several years).
* Additionally, in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' Paul Dini and Bruce Timm wanted to use the original Kara Zor-El, instead of the then-current Supergirl (Matrix/Linda Danvers in the comics), but they were denied by DC Comics, due to the then-current "Superman is the ''only'' survivor of Krypton" edict. She was also supposed to appear in the third seasons of ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'' before it was cancelled.

[[folder:TV Series]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': In 2007 Supergirl became a regular character as Clark's cousin Kara from Krypton (played by Creator/LauraVandervoort), using a variation of the origin where she is older than him and, as is typical in that series, NotWearingTights or using a code name. (There had earlier been a fake "Kara from Krypton" who turned out to be neither. It was a plan by an [=AI=] made in Jor-El's image.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': In the Fall of 2015 [[http://deadline.com/2014/09/supergirl-tv-series-cbs-dc-greg-berlati-ali-adler-836682/ premiered on CBS]] a Supergirl TV series starring Creator/MelissaBenoist as Kara Zor-El.

* ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'': A Supergirl film was released in 1984, starring Creator/HelenSlater as Supergirl. [[BoxOfficeBomb It flopped]] commercially as well as critically, but Slater's performance was well-received by Supergirl fans.

* ''Supergirl'': by Norma Fox Mazer, novelization of the 1984 film.
* ''Supergirl at Super Hero High'': by Lisa Yee, set in the DC Super Hero Girls universe.
* ''Supergirl: Daughter of Krypton'': by Daniel Wallace.
* ''Supergirl: Age of Atlantis'': by Jo Whittemore, a companion novel for the show

[[folder:Animated Movies]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse'': The 2010 [[WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies direct-to-video animated movie]] is an AnimatedAdaptation of the 2004 story that introduces the post-Crisis Kara Zor-El. She was voiced by Creator/SummerGlau.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanUnbound'': Kara also appeared in 2013's direct-to-video cartoon adapting the 2008 Brainiac arc in the Superman titles. She was voiced by Creator/MollyQuinn.
* ''Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash'': Supergirl is a Justice League member and the only available besides Cyborg after the initial Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}'s attack. She is voiced by Creator/JessicaDiCicco

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroes'': Playable in the PSP version.
* ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'': Playable character.
* ''VideoGame/InfiniteCrisis'': Two versions of Supergirl are playable characters.
* ''VideoGame/LEGOBatman'': Supergirl is a playable character in ''LEGO Batman 2 and 3''
* ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'': Supergirl is a playable character. She has a Red Lantern alternate version.
* ''VideoGame/{{Injustice 2}}'': Supergirl is a playable fighter.

[[folder:Roleplay Games]]
* ''Roleplay/FreedomCityPlayByPost'': She is one of the playable characters.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/CerberusEngineGames'': ''Crisis Expansion Pack 2'' adds Red Lantern Supergirl.

* ''[[http://comicboxcommentary.blogspot.com.es/ Supergirl Comic Box Commentary]]'': Comic-book blog devoted to Supergirl, Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes, run by a long-time dC fan.

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* Supergirl/TropesAToB
* Supergirl/TropesCToD
* Supergirl/TropesEToF
* Supergirl/TropesGToH
* Supergirl/TropesIToJ
* Supergirl/TropesKToL
* Supergirl/TropesMToN
* Supergirl/TropesOToP
* Supergirl/TropesRToS
* Supergirl/TropesTToU
* Supergirl/TropesVToW
* Supergirl/TropesXToZ
->'''Supergirl:''' Thank Heaven... the worlds... have a chance to live. Y-you're crying... Please don't. You taught me to be brave... and I was... I... I love you so much for what you are. For how... good you are...