YMMV / Superboy

  • Accidental Innuendo:This cover of features him getting spanked by the principal.
  • Bizarro Episode: Issue 8 of the DCnU Superboy series. It's an entire issue of Superboy fighting Grunge of the Genął, 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.
  • Dork Age: The New 52 volume gets this from some people, starting off strong before going absolutely insane and being cancelled.
  • Fanon Discontinuity
  • 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.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: This trope was invoked on the 90s-era books. After sales dropped substantially during the run of Ron Marz and Ramon Bernado, the character's original creators (Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett) returned to the title in an attempt to recapture the magic the book once had. However, the new stories featured a radically different direction and despite the original team, never truly recovered.
  • Replacement Scrappy: While he's liked by the majority of readers, some Conner fans do not like Jonathan Kent. After years of Superboy being... well, crap, they hoped he would be fixed somewhat by Rebirth... this did not happen. In fact, he doesn't seem to appear in anything. And to rub salt in the wound, Jon gets to co-star in Superman written by Peter J. Tomasi and he gets to appear alongside Damian Wayne in Super Sons, never mind the likelihood of him likely making guest appearances in Teen Titans. Suffice to say, Conner fans are not amused that Jon gets such a big push.
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