- Bizarro Episode: Issue 8 of the DCnU Superboy series. It's an entire issue of Superboy fighting Grunge of the Gen13, who in the new universe is a Ravager. There was no build up to this issue, has no bearing on the series proper, it's just Superboy and Grunge fighting as Grunge talks about the qualifications of being a Ravager, and it is never mentioned again.
- Character Rerailment: More like derailment because Status Quo Is God. Superboy-Prime goes back to his usual Complete Monster self in his latest appearance, even after at least feeling remorse and regret in Blackest Night.
- Complete Monster: Superboy-Prime. See the Superman character sheet and YMMV tab for more on that.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Conner gets a lot of it from Young Justice fans, who still insist on calling him Kon.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Of the four "replacement" Supermen from the "Reign of the Supermen" arc, Superboy was the only one who received a lasting series. (Steel got one, but it was canceled not long after.)
- Fridge Brilliance: Conner's 'costume'- jeans and a T-shirt- seems odd at first, compared to pretty much every other superhero. But considering Conner's identity issues, it makes perfect sense. He's trying his hardest to not be Superman, in any way possible. He wants to be his own person, and his choice of costume reflects that.
- Further than that, Conner's real identity is Superboy. He's wearing normal clothes because being Superboy is when he takes his costume off.
- Jerkass Woobie: Superboy-Prime started out this way, before crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
- Moral Event Horizon: Superboy Prime, who in every one of his appearances, ends up finding new and horrific ways to become more and more of a Complete Monster.
- Running the Asylum: Back when he was just a mere fan,Geoff Johns was specifically told that Lex Luthor was NOT a DNA donor in Superboy's creation.◊ Needless to say, Geoff ignored that when he started writing for the character....