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* ScienceHero: Well, science ''villain'', but as an example Luthor explains his paranoia of Superman with an extensive rant about how, by the laws of science as humans know it ([[ShownTheirWork at the time the tale takes place]]), it's impossible to believe that some planet out there would copy Earth's circumstances so much down to a "T" that humanoid (let alone human-''looking'') life would evolve. [[spoiler:Turns out that it was right on the money.]]

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Audiobook available [[http://www.hpmorpodcast.com/?page_id=1705 here]].


* GoodIsNotDumb: [[spoiler: This really showed in the finale. Unfortunately, not smart enough.]]

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* GoodIsNotDumb: [[spoiler: This really showed shown in the finale. Unfortunately, not smart enough.]]


* {{Deconstruction}}: Taking another swing at that old dead "Superman is unrealistically good" horse. Strictly formula.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Taking another swing at Superman has superhuman abilities, but not superhuman wisdom, and struggles to determine what the right thing to do is, with all that old dead "Superman is unrealistically good" horse. Strictly formula.power, and if he should do anything at all. He makes mistakes, grievous ones. He seeks guidance from others, but they have their own weaknesses and vices, and do him more harm than good.


It's set on the rather cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, moving MUCH further in that direction later on.

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It's set on the rather cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, moving and moved MUCH further in that direction later on.
as the story progresses.


It's set rather on the rather cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, moving MUCH further in that direction later on.

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It's set rather on the rather cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, moving MUCH further in that direction later on.


''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10360716/1/The-Metropolitan-Man Metropolitan Man]]'' is a DeconstructionFic of the ComicBook/{{Superman}} franchise by Alexander Wales, told mostly [[VillainProtagonist from the perspective]] of [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Lex Luthor]]. Set in the 1930s, this fanfiction paints [[RealityEnsues a realistic picture of what would happen]] if a [[SuperStrength superstrong]], [[SuperSpeed superquick]], [[{{Flight}} flying]] and [[NighInvulnerability unkillable]] alien in possession of XRayVision and SuperSenses comes out and starts saving people.

Splashed with a good deal of real world physics and Rationality, and a Lois Lane who has a severe case of BewareTheSuperman, it's set rather on the rather cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, moving MUCH further in that direction later on.

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''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10360716/1/The-Metropolitan-Man Metropolitan Man]]'' is a DeconstructionFic of the ComicBook/{{Superman}} franchise by Alexander Wales, told mostly [[VillainProtagonist from the perspective]] of [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Lex Luthor]]. ComicBook/LexLuthor. Set in the 1930s, this fanfiction paints [[RealityEnsues a realistic picture of what the author thinks would happen]] happen if a [[SuperStrength superstrong]], [[SuperSpeed superquick]], [[{{Flight}} flying]] and [[NighInvulnerability unkillable]] alien in possession of XRayVision and SuperSenses comes out and starts saving people.

Splashed with a good deal of real world physics and Rationality, and a Lois Lane who has a severe case of BewareTheSuperman, it's It's set rather on the rather cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, moving MUCH further in that direction later on.on.

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* StarfishAliens: [[spoiler: The real kryptonians were this, resembling a mix of spiders and eels. Superman isnt technically the last Kryptonian, but actually a construct created by the ship his "father" sent out, based on scans of Earth's civilization. Ironically, he's more human here than in most other incarnations]]


* TheChessmaster: Lex Luthor. So much.

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* %%* TheChessmaster: Lex Luthor. So much.Luthor


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* {{Deconstruction}}: Taking another swing at that old dead "Superman is unrealistically good" horse. Strictly formula.


* EatingOptional: What many suspect of Superman and one of the things Lois questions him about when she asks him over for spaghetti.



* EatingOptional: What many suspect of Superman and one of the things Lois questions him about when she asks him over for spaghetti.


''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10360716/1/The-Metropolitan-Man Metropolitan Man]]'' is a DeconstructionFic of the [[{{SUPERMAN}} Superman]] franchise by Alexander Wales, told mostly from the perspective of [[Main/VillainProtagonist Lex Luthor]]. Set in the 1930s, this fanfiction paints [[RealityEnsues a realistic picture of what would happen]] if a [[SuperStrength superstrong]], [[SuperSpeed superquick]], [[{{Flight}} flying]] and [[NighInvulnerability unkillable]] alien in possession of XRayVision and SuperSenses comes out and starts saving people.

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''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10360716/1/The-Metropolitan-Man Metropolitan Man]]'' is a DeconstructionFic of the [[{{SUPERMAN}} Superman]] ComicBook/{{Superman}} franchise by Alexander Wales, told mostly [[VillainProtagonist from the perspective perspective]] of [[Main/VillainProtagonist [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Lex Luthor]]. Set in the 1930s, this fanfiction paints [[RealityEnsues a realistic picture of what would happen]] if a [[SuperStrength superstrong]], [[SuperSpeed superquick]], [[{{Flight}} flying]] and [[NighInvulnerability unkillable]] alien in possession of XRayVision and SuperSenses comes out and starts saving people.


* ComicBook/LexLuthor



* ThouShaltNotKill

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* %%* ThouShaltNotKill


Splashed with a good deal of real world physics and Rationality, and a Lois Lane who has a severe case of BewareTheSuperman, it's set rather on the rather cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, [[spoiler: moving MUCH further in that direction later on.]]

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Splashed with a good deal of real world physics and Rationality, and a Lois Lane who has a severe case of BewareTheSuperman, it's set rather on the rather cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, [[spoiler: moving MUCH further in that direction later on.]]


** Averted by Lex Luthor, who sets himself up as Superman's biggest supporter, and even tries to stop Calhoun's harassment campaign. Contrast this with comics LexLuthor, who loves nothing more than taunting Superman.

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** Averted by Lex Luthor, who sets himself up as Superman's biggest supporter, and even tries to stop Calhoun's harassment campaign. Contrast this with comics LexLuthor, ComicBook/LexLuthor, who loves nothing more than taunting Superman.



* LexLuthor

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* LexLuthorComicBook/LexLuthor


* BerserkButton: Calhoun really goes out of his way to find and push Superman's. [[SuicideByCop Intentionally]]. [[spoiler: When he gets acquitted by the court yet ''again'', Superman finally kills him.]]

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* BerserkButton: Willie Calhoun really goes out of his way to find and push Superman's. [[SuicideByCop Intentionally]]. [[spoiler: When he gets acquitted by the court yet ''again'', Superman finally [[YourHeadASplode kills him.him]].]]


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* BullyingADragon: Calhoun really, really tries to enrage the indestructible god-man.
** Averted by Lex Luthor, who sets himself up as Superman's biggest supporter, and even tries to stop Calhoun's harassment campaign. Contrast this with comics LexLuthor, who loves nothing more than taunting Superman.

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