Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Characters / SupermanTheCharacter

Go To



* OverprotectiveDad: As mentioned below, Superman is extremely protective of those he sees as his family, particularly his adoptive and biological children and the children of his friends. As a result, he often struggles to restrain himself when they're in the crossfire and works tirelessly to keep his kids safe. This was also deconstructed in ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'', where his reluctance to allow his son Jon into harms way prevented Jon from gaining actual crimefighting experience until [[Characters/{{Robin}} Damian]] snuck Jon out to Metropolis. Although he grounds Jon at first, Clark ultimately realizes that he needs to stop coddling Jon and let's him go on his own adventures for as long as he's with Damian.

to:

* OverprotectiveDad: As mentioned below, Superman is extremely protective of those he sees as his family, particularly his adoptive and biological children and the children of his friends. As a result, he often struggles to restrain himself when they're in the crossfire and works tirelessly to keep his kids safe. This was also deconstructed in ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'', where his reluctance to allow his son Jon into harms way prevented Jon from gaining actual crimefighting experience until [[Characters/{{Robin}} Damian]] snuck Jon out to Metropolis. Although he grounds Jon at first, Clark ultimately realizes that he needs to stop coddling Jon and let's lets him go on his own adventures for as long as he's with Damian.

Added DiffLines:

** But really, Superman's Ace-ness comes from [[TheParagon his heart]]. He will always do the right thing for the benefit of all mankind, and never for himself.


* OneManArmy: When he has to be, Superman can plough through whole legions of supervillains.

to:

* OneManArmy: When he has to be, to, Superman can plough through whole legions of supervillains.supervillains. Hell, he once vaporized an army of Doomsdays (as in the guy who killed Superman) in a matter of ''seconds''.



** If any ''hint'' of a threat comes near his son Jon, and Clark won't hesitate to vaporize Franchise/{{Batman}} or even [[WouldHurtAChild Robin]]



** Batman may not say it, but he certainly ''thinks it''.

to:

** Batman may not say it, but you bet your bottom dollar he certainly ''thinks it''.it''.
** Hell, ask any ''[[VillainRespect villain]]'' and they'll tell you the same.


** Modern stories have him now as the ''second'' nicest guy, after a certain [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel/Shazam]], who is literally an innocent pre-teen/teenage young boy. Some books also have ComicBook/WonderWoman being much more purer and nicer, what with being a literal, near-perfect demigoddess.

to:

** Modern stories have him now as the ''second'' nicest guy, after a certain [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel/Shazam]], who is literally an innocent pre-teen/teenage young boy. Some books also have ComicBook/WonderWoman being much more purer and nicer, what with being a literal, near-perfect demigoddess.


** Modern stories have him now as the ''second'' nicest guy, after a certain [[ComicBook/Shazam Captain Marvel a.k.a. Shazam]], who is literally an innocent young boy.

to:

** Modern stories have him now as the ''second'' nicest guy, after a certain [[ComicBook/Shazam [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel a.k.a. Shazam]], Marvel/Shazam]], who is literally an innocent pre-teen/teenage young boy.boy. Some books also have ComicBook/WonderWoman being much more purer and nicer, what with being a literal, near-perfect demigoddess.

Added DiffLines:

** Modern stories have him now as the ''second'' nicest guy, after a certain [[ComicBook/Shazam Captain Marvel a.k.a. Shazam]], who is literally an innocent young boy.


* NatureVersusNurture: Brought up in most depictions of the character. Superman is [[HumanAlien Kryptonian]], but was raised by kindly old adoptive parents. In older stories, it was usually implied that his superior Kryptonian heritage and abilities were the cause of his strict moral compass, but in later stories (especially after other, villainous, Kryptonians were introduced), it's outright stated that Superman's upbringing is responsible for creating who he is.

to:

* NatureVersusNurture: Brought up in most depictions of the character. Superman is [[HumanAlien Kryptonian]], but was raised by kindly old adoptive parents. In older stories, it was usually implied that his superior Kryptonian heritage and abilities were the cause of his strict moral compass, but in later stories (especially after other, villainous, Kryptonians were introduced), stories, it's outright stated that Superman's upbringing is responsible for creating who he is.is.
** Particularly highlighted in stories like ComicBook/AllStarSuperman, where native Kryptonians appear and immediately begin abusing their superpowers, but show remorse after they begin to deteriorate and Kal-El cares for them, demonstrating that all Kryptonians have potential for good and evil, if only for the compassion shown to them by others.


* IdealHero: Supes is pretty much the platonic ideal of superheroism. No other hero radiates goodness and justice like he does, though ComicBook/CaptainAmerica over at Marvel can come pretty close.

to:

* IdealHero: Supes is pretty much the platonic ideal of superheroism. He's strong, courageous, kind, selfless, courteous, patient, merciful, and incorruptible. No other hero radiates goodness and justice like he does, though ComicBook/CaptainAmerica over at Marvel can come pretty close.

Added DiffLines:

* ExtremelyProtectiveChild: To the point where even most of the enemies who know who he is won't make a go at Ma and Pa Kent. If they so much as try, that's a guaranteed way to piss off Big Blue in a way that he'll forget to hold back.


** Appropriately for a character who is meant to be a representation of the ideals of each age he's written in, post-Rebirth Clark (2015-onward)is overtly quite nerdy, such as when Lois playfully calls out his love of "old movies" like Film/TheHustler and Literature/ToKillAMockingbird. This quality is directly reflected in Steve Lombard, the Sports columnist at the Planet: Steve is basically the embodiment of TheJock, and his need to emphasize his "manly man" status actually comes off as actually a *lack* of confidence, and representative of "fragile" masculinity; Clark, however, doesn't hide his dorky side, which not only doesn't diminish his measure in the eyes of Lois, John, & the crew of the Planet, but actually endears him to them (and the reader), representing "true" masculinity - that is, being physically powerful, yet so self-confident & comfortable with who he is as a person, that he doesn't feel the need to show off that power, and, instead, is very humble & gentle.

to:

** Appropriately for a character who is meant to be a representation of the ideals of each age he's written in, post-Rebirth Clark (2015-onward)is overtly quite nerdy, such as when Lois playfully calls out his love of "old movies" like Film/TheHustler and Literature/ToKillAMockingbird. This quality is directly reflected in Steve Lombard, the Sports columnist at the Planet: Steve is basically the embodiment of TheJock, a JerkJock, and his need to emphasize his "manly man" status actually comes off as actually a *lack* of confidence, and representative of "fragile" masculinity; Clark, however, doesn't hide his dorky side, which not only doesn't diminish his measure in the eyes of Lois, John, & the crew of the Planet, but actually endears him to them (and the reader), representing "true" masculinity - that is, being physically powerful, yet so self-confident & comfortable with who he is as a person, that he doesn't feel the need to show off that power, and, instead, is very humble & gentle.


* SecretIdentity: [[SarcasmMode Don't tell anyone]], [[CaptainObvious but]] Franchise/{{Superman}} [[ClarkKenting is actually]] [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent]].

to:

* SecretIdentity: [[SarcasmMode Don't tell anyone]], [[CaptainObvious but]] but Franchise/{{Superman}} [[ClarkKenting is actually]] [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent]].

Added DiffLines:

** Superman being the embodiment of the HumbleHero gets deconstructed sometimes but at the same time reconstructed as well. Because he is so humble, he doesn't take a greater role in leading mankind into a better tomorrow even though most agree that Superman would make an excellent world leader and keep humanity from detroying itself because, let's face it, often times HumansAreMorons but at the same time that humility helps him avoid the BewareTheSuperman situation that could corrupt him if he starts to believe he knows what's best over everyone else. Summed up best by the Spectre in ComicBook/KingdomCome:
--> '''Spectre:''' Superman's greatest and most nessesary failing is his inability to see himself as the inspiration he is.


* ClarkKentOutfit: TropeNamer. For the most part, he wears oversized clothes to hide his imposing physique in his civillian identity. If someone takes notice, he can just say he works out.

to:

* ClarkKentOutfit: The TropeNamer. For the most part, he wears oversized clothes to hide his imposing physique in his civillian identity. If someone takes notice, he can just say he works out.


Added DiffLines:

* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: The co-TropeNamer.


* FatalFlaw: Superman's ChronicHeroSyndrome can sometimes push him into borderline martyrdom. He's also far more secretive than he needs to be, and has a lot of trouble letting people into his life.

to:

* FatalFlaw: Superman's ChronicHeroSyndrome can sometimes push him into borderline martyrdom. He's also far more secretive than he needs to be, and has a lot of trouble letting people into his life.



* AGodIAmNot: He ''refuses'' to be seen as a god. Despite that he has lots of followers that worship him as a god, much to his discomfort. Though to be fair, he is obviously being modest all that time because Kal-El, does have godly powers, especially the fact that there is no limit to his strength as long as he gains more and more solar power.

to:

* AGodIAmNot: He ''refuses'' to be seen as a god. Despite that he has lots of followers that worship him as a god, much to his discomfort. Though to be fair, he is obviously being modest all that time because Kal-El, does have godly powers, especially the fact that there is no limit to his strength as long as he gains more and more solar power.


* AGodIAmNot: He ''refuses'' to be seen as a god. Despite that he has lots of followers that worship him as a god, much to his discomfort.

to:

* AGodIAmNot: He ''refuses'' to be seen as a god. Despite that he has lots of followers that worship him as a god, much to his discomfort. Though to be fair, he is obviously being modest all that time because Kal-El, does have godly powers, especially the fact that there is no limit to his strength as long as he gains more and more solar power.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 249

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report