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* ReadingLips: Pocket Universe Lex Luthor communicates to Superman what he wants the hero to do by reading his lips so that the Phantom Zone criminals would not find out in the third part.

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* ReadingLips: Pocket Universe Lex Luthor communicates to Superman what he wants the hero to do by reading having Superman read his lips so that the Phantom Zone criminals would not find out in the third part.

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* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: Superman, basically saying this about himself verbatim, when he has to pass sentence on the three Phantom Zone criminals and execute them through fatal radiation of Green Kryptonite.


* DownerEnding: In the end, Zod and his underlings' massacre isn't stopped and they kill every single being on the planet, with Matrix as the sole survivor. Superman is forced to execute the three, riddling him with guilt over being having to break his vow.

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* DownerEnding: In the end, Zod and his underlings' massacre isn't stopped and they kill every single being on the planet, with Matrix as the sole survivor. Superman is forced to execute the three, riddling him with guilt over being having to break his vow.


* DownerEnding: In the end, the Zod and his underlings' massacre isn't stopped and they kill every single being on the planet, with Matrix as the sole survivor. Superman is forced to execute the three, riddling him with guilt over being having to break his vow.

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* DownerEnding: In the end, the Zod and his underlings' massacre isn't stopped and they kill every single being on the planet, with Matrix as the sole survivor. Superman is forced to execute the three, riddling him with guilt over being having to break his vow.

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* DownerEnding: In the end, the Zod and his underlings' massacre isn't stopped and they kill every single being on the planet, with Matrix as the sole survivor. Superman is forced to execute the three, riddling him with guilt over being having to break his vow.


* AlternateUniverse[=/=]PocketDimension: The Pocket Universe, which came into existence when the Time Trapper took a sliver of the mainstream DC Universe from the distant past and crafted it into his own private universe, eliminating all life-giving worlds except two: Krypton and Earth. Its Krypton was crafted into one resembling the Silver Age[=/=]Bronze Age Pre-Crisis Earth-1 version, while its Earth resembled that of Earth-1, minus all its heroes save for Superboy.

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* AlternateUniverse[=/=]PocketDimension: The Pocket Universe, which came into existence when the Time Trapper took a sliver of the mainstream DC Universe from the distant past and crafted it into his own private universe, eliminating all life-giving worlds except two: Krypton and Earth. Its Krypton was crafted into one resembling the Silver Age[=/=]Bronze Age Pre-Crisis Earth-1 version, while its Earth resembled that of Earth-1, [[AdaptedOut minus all its heroes heroes]] save for Superboy.


''The Supergirl Saga'' is a three-part StoryArc that took place in the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comic book titles in 1988, published by Creator/DCComics. It was written by Creator/JohnByrne, with artwork by John Byrne and Jerry Ordway. It was written as an introduction to the first ComicBook/PostCrisis version of ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} known as "Matrix", with previews of the character appearing as early as ''Superman'' vol. 2 #16 (April, 1988).

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''The Supergirl Saga'' is a three-part StoryArc that took place in the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comic book titles in 1988, published by Creator/DCComics. It was written by Creator/JohnByrne, Creator/JohnByrne's final arc on ''Superman'', with artwork by John Byrne and Jerry Ordway. It was written as an introduction to the first ComicBook/PostCrisis version of ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} known as "Matrix", with previews of the character appearing as early as ''Superman'' vol. 2 #16 (April, 1988).


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The story was published in ''Superman'' #21-22 and ''Adventures of Superman'' #444.


* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover suggests the Silver Age Supergirl somehow returned, hence Superman's utter surprise.



* ForWantOfANail: In the Pocket Universe, Lex Luthor came to Smallville after Superboy had left, thus avoiding the situation of his Silver Age counterpart becoming a criminal. Also [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]], [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]], and [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]] in this universe never adopted any superhero identities, though they serve as part of Lex Luthor's LaResistance team.

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* ForWantOfANail: In the Pocket Universe, Lex Luthor came to Smallville after Superboy had left, thus avoiding the situation of his Silver Age counterpart becoming a criminal. Also [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]], [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]], and [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]] in this universe never adopted any superhero identities, identities[[note]]due to the Time Trapper's machinations[[/note]], though they serve as part of Lex Luthor's LaResistance team.


* DeadAllAlong: Pocket Universe Lana is revealed to be one of the first victims of the Phantom Zone criminals, Supergirl was simply given false memories in order to get Superman's trust.

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* DeadAllAlong: Pocket Universe Lana Lang is revealed to be one of the first victims of the Phantom Zone criminals, criminals. Supergirl was simply given false memories in order to get Superman's trust.


* WhamEpisode: Superman is forced to break his vow of taking a life and sentence the Phantom Zone criminals to death.

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* WhamEpisode: Superman is forced to break his vow of not taking a life and sentence the Phantom Zone criminals to death.

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* DeadAllAlong: Pocket Universe Lana is revealed to be one of the first victims of the Phantom Zone criminals, Supergirl was simply given false memories in order to get Superman's trust.


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* GrandFinale: Of Creator/JohnByrne's Superman run.


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* WhamEpisode: Superman is forced to break his vow of taking a life and sentence the Phantom Zone criminals to death.

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** General Zod in the second part after he and his fellow Phantom Zone criminals trash Superboy's secret lab.


* TerribleTrio: The Phantom Zone criminals, with General Zod as the main BigBad, and Zaora and Quel-Ul as his co-dragons.

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* TerribleTrio: The Phantom Zone criminals, with General Zod as the main BigBad, and Zaora and Quel-Ul Quex-Ul as his co-dragons.


* DomedHometown: Smallville on the Pocket Universe Earth is protected by a force-field bubble that provides enough atmosphere for its residents, though it eventually fails as the Phantom Zone criminals destroy the field's generator.

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* DomedHometown: Smallville on the Pocket Universe Earth is protected by a force-field bubble that provides enough atmosphere for its residents, though it eventually fails as the Phantom Zone criminals destroy the field's generator.generator, turning Smallville into a DoomedHometown.


* DomedHometown: Smallville on the Pocket Universe Earth is protected by a force-field bubble that provides enough atmosphere for its residence, though it eventually fails as the Phantom Zone criminals destroy the field's generator.

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* DomedHometown: Smallville on the Pocket Universe Earth is protected by a force-field bubble that provides enough atmosphere for its residence, residents, though it eventually fails as the Phantom Zone criminals destroy the field's generator.

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