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* BothSidesHaveAPoint: As Lara determines, this is the crux of the issue; Zod sees the remaining nobles as ineffectual fops who can't be counted on to do anything. The nobles see Zod as a power-hungry opportunist who refuses to consider any alternative that doesn't have him in total control. Both are right about the other and can't accept their own failings.


* AssholeVictim: In-universe example; Gur-Va is brutally murdered in his jail cell, but no one cares and when left with the mystery of who killed him, the Sapphire Guards barely look into it.

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* AssholeVictim: In-universe example; Gur-Va is brutally murdered in his jail cell, but no one cares and when left with the mystery of who killed him, the Sapphire Guards barely look into it. The clues left behind would have clearly led to Nam-Ek if anyone bothered to investigate.



* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Bur-Al, a low-level functionary in Zod's office, confronts the commissioner about his secret: Zod has kept every invention he had censored instead of destroying them. [[TooDumbToLive He told no one, made no record of his discovery and agrees to meet with Zod in private, where the Commissioner promptly feeds Bur-Al to Nam-Ek's hrakkas.]]



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: One of Zod's defining characteristics.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: One of Zod's defining characteristics.characteristics and greatest weaknesses.



* KangarooCourt: Zoe sees his war crimes tribunal as this. [[VillainHasAPoint He's not entirely wrong]], Zod is denied council and is not permitted to cross-examine his accusers, [[LampshadeHanging something he opening points out during the proceedings]]. When he is finally permitted to speak in his own defense, he remains silent in protest.

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* KangarooCourt: Zoe sees his war crimes tribunal as this. [[VillainHasAPoint He's not entirely wrong]], Zod is denied council and is not permitted to cross-examine his accusers, [[LampshadeHanging something he opening openly points out during the proceedings]]. When he is finally permitted to speak in his own defense, he remains silent in protest.protest.
** Following [[spoiler: Donodon's death]], the Kryptonian Council makes it clear they intend to put Jor-El through one. Brainiac stealing Kandor ends up making this a non-issue.



* SiblingRivalry: Inverted: Jor-El and Zor-El are both brilliant scientists and engineers, mostly specializing in different fields. They have a great deal of respect for one another. Jor-El thinks his brother is a bit impulsive (he's not wrong) and Zor-El considers his brother to be a bit naïve and idealistic (he's not wrong, either).

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* ScatterbrainedSenior: In tragic example, the El brothers' father, Yar-El, once considered Krypton's greatest and most innovative architect, has lost most of his cognitive functions from "The Forgetting Disease" (essentially Krytonian Alzheimer's).
* SiblingRivalry: Inverted: Jor-El and Zor-El are both brilliant scientists and engineers, mostly specializing in different fields. They have a great deal of respect for one another. Jor-El thinks his brother is a bit brash and impulsive (he's not wrong) and Zor-El considers his brother to be a bit naïve and idealistic (he's not wrong, either).

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* KangarooCourt: Zoe sees his war crimes tribunal as this. [[VillainHasAPoint He's not entirely wrong]], Zod is denied council and is not permitted to cross-examine his accusers, [[LampshadeHanging something he opening points out during the proceedings]]. When he is finally permitted to speak in his own defense, he remains silent in protest.

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Played with - Rather than allowing himself to be thrown unwillingly into the Phantom Zone after his trial, Zod runs and dives into it of his own volition.


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** After Zod's downfall, he secretly wishes for Aethyr and Nam-Ek to denounce him so they won't suffer the same sentence as him: exile in the Phantom Zone.


Jor-El is a brilliant scientist, whose research and progress is continually stymied by the Ruling Council of Krypton, more specifically the Technology Commisioner Dru-Zod, who confiscates many of his inventions 'for the safety of the public'. What Jor-El doesn't know is Zod is actually hoarding his devices for his own use at a later date. While researching a singularity he created that leads to a 'Phantom Zone', Jor-El meets an artist by name of Lara Lor-Van, and the two quickly start a relationship. However, Jor-El is worried that their planet may be on the road to destruction...

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Jor-El is a brilliant scientist, whose research and progress is continually stymied by the Ruling Council of Krypton, more specifically the Technology Commisioner Dru-Zod, who confiscates many of his inventions 'for the safety of the public'. What Jor-El doesn't know is Zod is actually hoarding his devices for his own use at a later date. While researching a singularity he created that leads to a 'Phantom Zone', Jor-El meets an artist by the name of Lara Lor-Van, and the two quickly start a relationship. However, Jor-El is worried that their planet may be on the road to destruction...



* ChariotRace: A staple of Kryptonian sports entertainment. The Chariots are pulled by big, weird lizards.

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* ChariotRace: A staple of Kryptonian sports entertainment. The Chariots chariots are pulled by big, weird lizards.

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* [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob What, Exactly, Is Her Job?]]: Lara wonders this about Aethyr's role in Zod's government. While it could be said that Aethyr is Zod's chief advisor and propagandist, most of these tasks happen behind closed doors.

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** After Zod's rise to power, his followers start wearing [[PuttingOnTheReich blue armbands]].
** Obstructive politicians ignore the El brothers' warnings about Krypton's geological instability because they don't understand their science and don't want to accept the reality of the situation if it's true. The parallels to the climate change debate are easy to draw.


* HairOfGold,HeartOfGold: Lara Lor-Van

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* HairOfGold,HeartOfGold: HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Lara Lor-Van

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Zod, of course. As Jor-El realizes, everything Zod does, first and foremost, is to benefit him.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: When Zod uses the Rao Beam installation (Built to carve a hole in the planet and release the pressure that's building up) on a city that refuses to accept him as ruler, it's a clear sign to everyone that he's gone DrunkWithPower


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** Zor-El is definitely this. Besides being a decent scientist himself, he's also the ruler of his own city.


The incredible static Kryptonian Society is given the shake-up of a lifetime when it is visited by aliens- the artificial intelligence dubbed Brainiac in particular, who steals the entire capital city of Kandor, creating a power vacuum on Krypton. Seeing this as his chance, Zod quickly takes control, and dubs himself General. As the power-struggle radically escalates, only Jor-El is worried about the planet's possible demise.

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The incredible incredibly static Kryptonian Society society is given the shake-up of a lifetime when it is visited by aliens- the artificial intelligence dubbed Brainiac in particular, who steals the entire capital city of Kandor, creating a power vacuum on Krypton. Seeing this as his chance, Zod quickly takes control, and dubs himself General. As the power-struggle radically escalates, only Jor-El is worried about the planet's possible demise.


* DoomedByCanon / ForegoneConclusion: WhatItSaysOnTheTin. As anyone who is even remotely familiar with Superman's origins knows, Krypton's gonna go, no matter what happens. The only trick is how.

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* DoomedByCanon / ForegoneConclusion: WhatItSaysOnTheTin. As anyone who is even remotely familiar with Superman's origins knows, Krypton's gonna go, no matter what happens. The only trick is how.


* FortheEvulz: The motivation behind Gur-Va, the Butcher of Kandor's slaughter of the animals in the Kandor Zoo.

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* FortheEvulz: ForTheEvulz: The motivation behind Gur-Va, the Butcher of Kandor's slaughter of the animals in the Kandor Zoo.



* Oh,Crap: Zod has two notable examples. First, when Brainaic's ship arrives, Zod thinks it is Donodon's people come for revenge. [[spoiler: Since Nam-Ek killed Donodon on Zod's orders, he was right to be concerned.]] Later, this is his initial reaction when Jor-El reports to Zod that his space-monitoring system has found something (a comet). Zod had honestly not expected any legitimate threat from space.

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* Oh,Crap: OhCrap: Zod has two notable examples. First, when Brainaic's ship arrives, Zod thinks it is Donodon's people come for revenge. [[spoiler: Since Nam-Ek killed Donodon on Zod's orders, he was right to be concerned.]] Later, this is his initial reaction when Jor-El reports to Zod that his space-monitoring system has found something (a comet). Zod had honestly not expected any further legitimate threat threats from space.



* Shout-Out: The alien visitor Donodon mentions an interstellar peacekeeping force, though he does not refer to it by name (The Green Lantern Corps).

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* Shout-Out: ShoutOut: The alien visitor Donodon mentions an interstellar peacekeeping force, though he does not refer to it by name (The Green Lantern Corps).

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* Oh,Crap: Zod has two notable examples. First, when Brainaic's ship arrives, Zod thinks it is Donodon's people come for revenge. [[spoiler: Since Nam-Ek killed Donodon on Zod's orders, he was right to be concerned.]] Later, this is his initial reaction when Jor-El reports to Zod that his space-monitoring system has found something (a comet). Zod had honestly not expected any legitimate threat from space.

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* OnlyOneName: Aethyr refuses to acknowledge her family name (Ka).


Jor-El is a brilliant scientist, whose research and progress is continually stymied by the Ruling Council of Krypton, more specifically the Technology Commisioner Cor-Zod, who confiscates many of his inventions 'for the safety of the public'. What Jor-El doesn't know is Zod is actually hoarding his devices for his own use at a later date. While researching a singularity he created that leads to a 'Phantom Zone', Jor-El meets an artist by name of Lara Lor-Van, and the two quickly start a relationship. However, Jor-El is worried that their planet may be on the road to destruction...

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Jor-El is a brilliant scientist, whose research and progress is continually stymied by the Ruling Council of Krypton, more specifically the Technology Commisioner Cor-Zod, Dru-Zod, who confiscates many of his inventions 'for the safety of the public'. What Jor-El doesn't know is Zod is actually hoarding his devices for his own use at a later date. While researching a singularity he created that leads to a 'Phantom Zone', Jor-El meets an artist by name of Lara Lor-Van, and the two quickly start a relationship. However, Jor-El is worried that their planet may be on the road to destruction...


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* FluffyTamer: Animal-lover Nam-Ek has a team of barely-domesticated hrakkas (big, vicious lizards) that he lovingly cares for.
* FoodPorn: The novel is loaded with extremely detailed descriptions of Kryptonian cuisine.

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