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* TechnicalPacifist: Supergirl is more proactive and more hot-tempered than her cousin, and is willing to try to and reform criminals and villains... even if she has to beat them up first. Nonetheless, she attempted to kill the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Anti-Monitor]] because was too dangerous, and [[ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton she threw Worldkiller-1 into the Sun]] reasoning that an artificially-engineered murderous symbiotic parasite doesn't count as "living being".
-->'''Supergirl:''' I know who I am, and I know what you areó A mockery of life. This is not murder. It is the end of a terrible mistake.

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* TripleShifter: Pre-Crisis Supergirl went through an era during which she hardly had any sleep. She was working as a soap opera actress, which was extremely time-consuming and only left nighttime to operate as Supergirl. She was going mad due to the lack of sleep (her body doesn't need the rest but her mind does) and private life, so in ''Superman Vol. 1'' issue #376 she quit her job and told her cousin [[ComicBook/1982 she was moving to Chicago]] because she could not juggle her job and her hero duties.


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* TrueSight: Supergirl, like any Kryptonian, has the ability to see through illusions since her super-senses allow her to check the full spectrum to make sure that something is real.


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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Supergirl and Brainiac 5's "will they or won't they?" lasted 24 years. Then, when it looked like they were finally right for getting together officially, Kara Zor-El was killed off in the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Post-Crisis versions of both characters]] have this kind of relationship, too.


* TailorMadePrison: In ''Plain Sight'', the D.E.O. makes Feminum-enhanced glass cells to hold Supergirl after capturing her (Feminum being the metal the [[Franchise/WonderWoman Amazonian]] bracelets are made of:
--->'''Chief Bones:''' I have to thank you, Magog. Testing our new Feminum-enhanced glass-cells has been a valuable service. Thanks to our arrangement with Doctor Mokkari, the D.E.O. should even be able to hold a Kryptonian.



* TakingTheBullet: In issue #15, [[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-c2cj7X_My14/WgL9nL1PrmI/AAAAAAAAcac/MJLVysKYRPwJzG77l2HaoKh8qtv4FphrgCHMYCw/%255BUNSET%255D Kara shields several innocent bystanders]]. Even more awesome than other examples because [[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gZpBXPUvPqk/WgL9irJylwI/AAAAAAAAcaU/Ctf8DwR75t8vg283uCsZcE4W-3FGvsaDwCHMYCw/%255BUNSET%255D she has been warned those bullets can hurt her]].



* {{Teleportation}}:
** In her ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl1982 second series]]'', Supergirl faces several psychic villains like Psi who can teleport themselves.
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlRebirth'' storyline ''The Girl of No Tomorrow'', villainous sorceress Selena has this power. She teleports herself away when she realizes her allies are about to be defeated.
** In ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Kara's [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern Ring]] can create wormholes. She doesn't often make use of this feature because she's usually fast enough than teleportation becomes irrelevant, but it saves her life when Worldkiller-1 is taking over her Kryptonite-poisoned body and she needs to get to the Sun ''quick''.
** In ''ComicBook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman use Big Barda's Mother Box to travel to and from Apokolips when ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} kidnaps Kara.
** In ''ComicBook/DemonSpawn'', villain Nightflame can cast magical dimensional portals.



* In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', Big Barda trains Kara after the latter joins the biker gang.



** In ''The Girl of No Tomorrow'', the denizens of National City swiftly and ''completely'' forget about any and all Supergirl's good actions as soon as they find out her father is a murderer whom she was trying to rehabilitate.



* UnknownRival: In ''Many Happy Returns'' Rebel craves for killing both Silver Age Kara Zor-El and post-Crisis Linda Danvers. As long as either of them is concerned, though, he is a pathetic nuisance with delusions of grandeur. When Rebel tries to harass Kara for last time, she shows him how insignificant he is and what the real difference of power between them is. He runs away.

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* UnknownRival: In ''Many Happy Returns'' ''ComicBook/ManyHappyReturns'' Rebel craves for killing both Silver Age Kara Zor-El and post-Crisis Linda Danvers. As long as either of them is concerned, though, he is a pathetic nuisance with delusions of grandeur. When Rebel tries to harass Kara for last time, she shows him how insignificant he is and what the real difference of power between them is. He runs away.

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* {{Touche}}: In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', Jason Todd sets a bomb off to take Clayface with him. Kara quickly flings him away and tanks the blast.
-->'''Jason:''' What... What '''are''' you?\\
'''Kara:''' I'm '''super'''. And you're a suicidal '''idiot'''.\\
'''Jason:''' Touché.
* TouchOfDeath: In ''Adventure Comics'' issue #398, Supergirl is made to believe she gained a power that means she kills everything she touches. In reality, an alien was trying to trick her into leaving Earth, but she promptly figured out the ruse.

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* TakesOneToKillOne: When the New 52 version of Supergirl first fights the Worldkillers, one of them boasts that only a Worldkiller can defeat a Worldkiller. Supergirl exploits this by grabbing one Worldkiller's Combat Tentacles and stabbing another one with them.


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* TallPoppySyndrome:Kara has several times gotten this poor treatment:
** Cat Grant hates Supergirl, among other -mostly petty- reasons, because she can't stand seeing a super-powerful teenager around.
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Lena Thorul hates super-powered beings, feeling they make baseline humans look bad. As soon as she finds out her best friend Linda is Supergirl, Lena turns on her.
--->'''Supergirl:''' Lena... I'm still me! I'm your best friend!\\
'''Lena:''' Not anymore... Not now that I know the truth! You're my enemy now. I have no choice but to destroy you!\\
'''Supergirl:''' But why? I'm the same person you've been friends with for months! Why do you have to hate me?!\\
'''Lena:''' Because your kind offends the natural order! You float through the sky as if you own it! You change the course of rivers without a thought to the consequences! Your very existence undermines the purity of true human achievement!


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* TechnicolorFire: Supergirl's enemy Nightflame can magically conjure and control green flames.
* {{Telepathy}}: In Silver Age story ''Adventure Comics'' #397, Supergirl mind-reads a comatose girl. No explanation was given as to when Kara developed telepathy and she never used that power again, so it can be chalked up to the writer not doing his research.


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* ThematicRoguesGallery: Most of Supergirl's enemies are female and sci-fi related. Lesla-Lar and Blackstarr are mad scientists, Superwoman, Reign and the Worldkillers are genetically-engineered super soldiers, Kraken is an alien armed with weather-controlling gear, Reactron is a soldier clad in powered armor... plus several of her Rogues (Lesla-Lar, Black Flame, Shyla Kor-Onn, Lar-On...) are also Kryptonian.


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* ThereIsAnother: Superman was for a while the last of his kind and family... until Kara -and other Kryptonians- turn up.


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* ThrowingTheFight: In ''Adventure Comics'' #399 Supergirl investigates the case of a football player who has been beaten and threatened by a group of gamblers to throw several games. Fearing for his and his girlfriend's safety, he agrees to the "deal".


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* TimeTravelRomance: Brainiac-5 (Querl Dox) and Supergirl (Kara Zor-El). Brainy always falls hard for Kara as soon as he lays his eyes on her, and she likes him back. But he can't live in the 21st century and she can't stay permanently in the future. Her oftentimes prolonged absences have led Brainy to pull some truly ''dumb'' stunts.


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* TogetherInDeath: In ''Adventure Comics'' issue #423 an alien conqueror is -deservingly- left to die by his crewmen as his ship sinks. However his brother goes back to die with him.
-->'''Supergirl:''' It was one of the eeriest scenes I've ever witnessed. The two of them just sitting there together-- entombed in the darkness of that wrecked craft...


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* TouchTelepathy: In ''Adventure Comics'' #397, Kara mind-reads several persons by touching their heads.


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* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot:Supergirl has been known to shoot a handgun, dash forward, grab the bullet, flicking the forehead's target so onlookers think he's been shot and go back to her initial position with none the wiser. However her speed fails when the plot demands she isn't fast enough.


** In ''ComicBook/HelOnEarth'', When the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} storms the [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs captured Fortress of Solitude]], TheFlash is tasked with finding and rescuing ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. However, Supergirl doesn't want to be rescued [[spoiler: becauses she's working with H'el in the time]].

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** In ''ComicBook/HelOnEarth'', When the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} storms the [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs captured Fortress of Solitude]], TheFlash ComicBook/TheFlash is tasked with finding and rescuing ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. However, Supergirl doesn't want to be rescued [[spoiler: becauses she's working with H'el in the time]].


** Subverted in ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton''. Supergirl is horrified when she apparently kills mass murderer and hitman ''Comicbook/{{Lobo}}'' after kicking him. Then he takes advantage of her distress to catch her off guard, and almost fries her brains with an ultrasonic device. Right there and then she decides he has "got it coming".

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** Subverted in ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton''. Supergirl is horrified when she apparently kills mass murderer and hitman ''Comicbook/{{Lobo}}'' ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}'' after kicking him. Then he takes advantage of her distress to catch her off guard, and almost fries her brains with an ultrasonic device. Right there and then she decides he has "got it coming".



** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' ''Comicbook/{{Lobo}}'' thought that Supergirl would fight worse if he pressed her buttons. It turned out that Kara doesn't get careless when she gets angry: she gets more dangerous.

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** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' ''Comicbook/{{Lobo}}'' ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}'' thought that Supergirl would fight worse if he pressed her buttons. It turned out that Kara doesn't get careless when she gets angry: she gets more dangerous.



** In the beginning of ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', ''Comicbook/{{Lobo}} taunted her until she flew off the handle and pummelled him.

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** In the beginning of ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', ''Comicbook/{{Lobo}} ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} taunted her until she flew off the handle and pummelled him.

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* UnskilledButStrong: Kara is often subject to this. Usually several veteran heroes help her take a level in badass (her cousin shows her how to use her powers, Batman and even Wonder Woman teaches her how to fight without them) so she is not helpless if she cannot resort to her super-powers.
** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Diana takes Kara with her to train her because the young Kryptonian has great powers which she doesn't know how to make use of.
--->'''Wonder Woman:''' Having power and knowing how to use it arenít the same thing.
** When Wonder Woman fights Supergirl in ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2011}} Kara's Post-Flashpoint book]]'', she remarks that while they are closely matched in strength and speed, she is much more experienced and skilled while Supergirl lashes out with no thought or strategy.

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* TooDumbToLive: 90% of the population of Krypton were not only too dumb to heed Jor-El's warnings of Krypton going critical, but were also too arrogant. However Argo City survived Krypton's destruction because Zor-El got a protective dome installed around the city. You'd think Kryptonian people would learn to listen when a member of the House of El speaks. Still, when Zor-El tries to convince Argo's Science Council that they must scout a new world to settle into lest the energy shields fail, the councillors dismiss his warnings.

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* UnderwaterBase: Kara got her own undersea base -called Sanctuary- in ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2011}} Supergirl Volume 6]]'' #12. Unfortunately it got blown up in issue #20.


* TakeUpMySword: After the death of post-Flashpoint Superman, Kara takes up the New 52 Superman's mantle. In contrast to pre-Flashpoint Superman, Lois, Lana, Lex... Nex 52 Superman specifically asked his cousin to take up his cape.

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* TakeUpMySword: TakeUpMySword:
** In ''Superman'' #149 -which happens in alternate universe Earth-149-, Comicbook/LexLuthor manages to murder Superman. However, Supergirl captures him and takes over for her cousin afterwards.
--->'''Supergirl:''' You can stop wasting bullets! I have all of Superman's astonishing powers! Gangdom may have suceeded in treacherously killing Superman, but I'm going to carry on his great work!
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After the death of post-Flashpoint Superman, her cousin in ''Comicbook/SupermanSuperLeague'', Kara takes up the New 52 Superman's mantle. In contrast to pre-Flashpoint Superman, Lois, Lana, Lex... Nex 52 Superman specifically asked his cousin to take up his cape.

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* UnwantedRescue:
** In ''ComicBook/HelOnEarth'', When the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} storms the [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs captured Fortress of Solitude]], TheFlash is tasked with finding and rescuing ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. However, Supergirl doesn't want to be rescued [[spoiler: becauses she's working with H'el in the time]].
** In ''ComicBook/SupermanSuperLeague'', Superman seeks his cousin out, who has been missing for several weeks. When he finally finds Supergirl, she is unconscious and strapped to a chair at a Government facility. So he bashes his way into the place, rips Supergirl out of some sort of weird device, and flies her away. When Kara comes around, she tells him she did NOT need saving because they were helping her get her powers back.
--->'''Supergirl:''' I did NOT need saving, Kal.


* UnderstandingBoyfriend: In an old WhatIf comic, Jimmy Olsen marries Supergirl because of amnesia. Once she recovers and lets him know, he's totally fine with being married to Superman's cousin.

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* UnderstandingBoyfriend: In an old WhatIf comic, ''Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen Olsen'' #57, Jimmy marries Supergirl because of amnesia. Once she recovers and lets him know, he's totally fine with being married to Superman's cousin.

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** In ''Comicbook/ActionComics #285'', Superman reveals his cousin's existence to the world, showing footage of Kara helping him save people dozens of times. At the beginning the public praises her, but as soon as she has -temporary- trouble dealing with an EldritchAbomination, people complains about her being overrated and worse than her cousin.
** Supergirl could save Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor over and over again, and 'Nasty' kept mocking her and attempting to expose her SecretIdentity. In ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'' she tries to out Supergirl as Kara is getting her out of a burning building.

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* TrespassingToTalk:
** In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2005}} Supergirl Vol 5]]'' #57 has a variant in where Comicbook/LanaLang walks into her office and finds Cat Grant sitting on her couch in the dark and wanting to talk about Lana's connection with Supergirl.
** In ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'', Kara returns to her [[HomeBase Fortress of Solitude]] and finds Cyborg Superman waiting for her and claiming he can take her back to Krypton.

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