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.
  • Broken Base: In regards to the retcon that Conner was a clone of Superman and Lex Luthor. Some fans grew to dislike this decision in that Conner suddenly became obsessed with the revelation and feared he'd eventually turn evil because half his DNA came from Luthor, dominating most of Conner's personality besides his relationship with Wonder Girl.
  • 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: After the the above, many were keen to the idea of the Post-Crisis Superboy returning as part of the DC Rebirth continuity since other fan favorites like Wally West did the same. Another popular idea is him taking a big brother role to Jon.
  • Fanon Discontinuity
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Post-Crisis Tim and Connor get by far the most shipping out of any incarnation of Superboy due to their close friendship and numerous statements that can be taken as Ho Yay. The sentiment has since been transferred to Damian and Jon as of the Rebirth continuity, ignoring the three year age difference and their vastly different personalities.
  • 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.)
    • Jonathan, for being a character that allows writers to explore new ground with Superman. Not only that, but people have wanted Superman and Lois Lane to have a child for decades. Readers also find his cheerful and naive, but slightly mischievous personality to be refreshing after years upon years of dark and gritty deconstructions of the sidekick archetype.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Superboy-Prime started out this way, before crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: A primary criticism of the climax of Superman #18 is the fact that Jonathan's extensive marketing and starring role in Super Sons all but ensures his survival, sapping a great deal of the impact behind his horrific fate at the end of the comic.
  • 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 after the Supergirl story arc "Crucible". And to rub salt in the wound, Jon gets to co-star in Superman (Rebirth) 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, Justice League, and the specials. Suffice to say, Conner fans are not amused that Jon gets such a big push.
    • Superboy's last true appearance in the New 52 continuity was a short arc in the "DC YOU" Teen Titans relaunch (Starting in the annual, ending in issue 12) that ended with him coming to the conclusion that he was incapable of feeling human emotions and should "take responsibility" for being a weapon. Harvest then showed up to reclaim him, and he flew away. Whether he is alive, dead, written out of existence, or in another dimension was never clarified.