Recap / Superman The Animated Series S 3 E 3 New Kids In Town

The Legion of Superheroes goes back in time to help the Teen of Steel fight a time-traveling Brainiac.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Butt-Monkey: Kenny Braverman. Trounced by Clark at sports and Brainiac in real life.
  • Chick Magnet: Clark Kent was irresistible in high school and Lana Lang even complained about his ability to attract every woman in the area.
  • Clark Kenting: Mocked. Clark disbelieves that "a pair of glasses is going to fool anyone."
  • Clothing Damage: Clark Kent's clothing is burned off and ripped to shreds when Brainiac tries to ambush him as a teenager in Smallville.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: When his powers first began to manifest, Clark Kent had a lot of trouble adjusting to his newfound strength. When engaging in a "friendly" game of basketball, he accidentally threw his opponent across the court and through a refreshment table.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Chameleon Boy always wanted to say "Up, Up and Away!!"
  • Kneel Before Zod: "At last, the Son of Jor-El kneels before me!"
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Brainiac travels back in time to Smallville to kill Clark Kent before he can become Superman.
  • Mama Bear: When Brainiac comes after her son, Martha Kent picks up a shotgun and gives him both barrels.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Clark being at odds with Kenny Braverman. In the comics, Kenny regularly lost to Clark—eventually becoming the villain Conduit and obsessed with revenge.
    • When Clark surprises him, Jonathan remarks he almost had a heart attack, which was how he died in the original comics.
  • Papa Wolf: Jonathan Kent was ready to go out and clobber Brainiac with a shovel when he thought Clark was in danger, but Martha recommends a shotgun instead.
  • Smug Super: As his powers began to manifest, Clark Kent became a jerk in high school. Even Lana Lang, his girlfriend and best friend, found him arrogant and hard to be around sometimes.