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Silver Age

  • In Superboy 1949 #80, Kara travels back to the past to meet and play with her young cousin Superboy. She races him to the planet Hebos, and Kal believes he's left her far behind... until he arrives in Hebos and finds Supergirl awaiting him.
    Superboy: How did you, a mere girl, ever get here ahead of me?
    Supergirl: You'll just have to get used to the idea that a Supergirl can be just as super-duper as a Superboy!
  • In The Death of Superman (1961), Supergirl breaks into the Luthor's lair while he and other criminals are celebrating her cousin's death. Several of them shoot her -even though she has just informed them that she is Superman's cousin- and she suggests that they stop wasting bullets. She arrests Luthor and brings him to Kandor where he is banished to the Phantom Zone. With justice served, Kara swears to carry on her cousin's legacy.
  • In Action Comics issue #285 Kara has to stop an absolutely massive monster which is stomping everything in its path. She can't move it, lift it or damage it... so what she does? She sends a message to the Legion of Super-Heroes requesting a shrinking ray. The thing is, she throws the capsule containing the message so fast that it time-travels.
  • In The Death of Luthor, Kara faces up to Lex Luthor for first time. Not only she comes out on top but also she humiliates Lex.
  • In Justice League of America #134, Supergirl joins the League to help find a missing Superman. They find Despero, one of the worst and oldest enemies of the League... and she trounces him. Firstly she grabs him and throws him hard enough to put him into orbit, and then she flies out of the planet, meets Despero in space and knocks him out with one punch.

Bronze Age

  • In War World, Clark recruits Kara's help to stop Mongul when the alien overlord appropiates Warworld. In an act of utter badassery, Supergirl hurls herself at the planet at incalculable speed, punching through the star-sized weapon and breaking it down, which gave her cousin a chance to blow it up.
  • Strangers at the Heart's Core:
    • Supergirl faces Shyla Kor-Onn, a Phantom Zoner who has stolen a fraction of her powers. As brawling in the Fortress of Solitude, Kara lets Shyla hit her, so the backlash throws the woman back into the path of Phantom Zone Projector's ray, and she's sent her back in the Phantom Zone.
      Supergirl: Luck had nothing to do with it, Shyla... I knew you couldn't control your flying ability yet, so I let you get in that last punch... Then I used Newton's Law of Motion— for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction— It forced you back into the Projector's ray!
    • Supergirl gets ambushed in deep-space by Klax-Ar, a lunatic who managed to reverse-engineer a Superboy robot into a vehicle with Kal-El's same abilities, and now wants to steal her Kryptonian powers. Kara remembers she and Superman stopped using robots because Earth's pollution gummed up their circuits, so she lures him to Earth. Once Klax-Ar 's sled starts breaking down, she punches him across New York and takes him back to a planet prison.
  • In Let My People Grow!, Brainiac accidentally hits himself with his shrinking ray, and he pleads with Supergirl to save him, but Supergirl coolly states that the enlarging ray has not enough energy left to save Superman, Kandor and him, so Brainiac is out of luck. Even Superman begs her use the ray to save Brainiac, and she replies: "Cousin... NO!"
  • In Superman Family issue #204, Enchantress is draining Supergirl's powers. Supergirl manages to run away by streaking into space and then remembers Enchantress said her spell depends on an astral alignment being exactly right. So she kicks the Moon out of orbit and once June Moon's spell is disrupted, she kicks the Moon back into place.
  • In Superman Family issue #208 Linda has an argument with New Athens Experimental School administrator Benjamin Pierce, who calls her on the carpet again for keeping odd hours. Linda reminds him that her contract says she makes her own hours and no one has ever complained about her performance but him. The argument escalates until Pierce insults her in public, and she angrily quits, giving Pierce a piece of her mind in the process.
    Linda: That tears it! This school is experimental— it's one of the words in its name... But with close-minded, backward-thinking buffoons like you in charge... the "experiment" is a failure... it's bombed— as they say in show biz!
  • In Legion of Super-Heroes classic Story Arc The Great Darkness Saga, both Superboy and Supergirl take on Darkseid. And although Superboy is taken out quickly, Supergirl lays a good whupping on Darkseid.Reviewed here.
  • In "Those Emerald Eyes Are Shining", the Emerald Empress has taken command of Weber's World and is steering it on a collision course with the United Planets' main fleet base... so she head-butts it off course.
  • In "Judgment In Infinity", all heroines of Earth-One and Earth-Two join to help Wonder Woman take down the "Adjudicator". In Wonder Woman #292 Supergirl is taken to Earth-X and crushes an entire Nazi army.
  • In Supergirl Vol 2 #15, Kara fights Blackstarr, a reality-warper who at a point attempts to crush Supergirl between black holes... and Kara tanks her attack.
  • In Supergirl vol. 2 #17, several thugs were trying to get away after committing a kidnapping. She stepped in the way of their car, stood her ground and let the vehicle hit her (it helped that those thugs were dumb enough to try to run over her).
  • Pre-Crisis Kara's Dying Moment of Awesome, which singlehandedly set the Antimonitor's plans back an immeasurable amount, saved Superman's life, and ultimately, all of creation.


  • In "Many Happy Returns", Rebel tries to harass Kara, who proceeds to tell him that he is a pathetic, insignificant nuisance with delusions of grandeur and she is a very busy and very angry Physical God. He runs away.
    Rebel: So whattaya say we just finish this off with one final dance?
    Supergirl: Don't you get it, Rebel? You're not important! You never were! You were just — something to do! Something for Supergirl and me to bounce off of for a while until people and events of real consequence came along! Look — Here's the problem. You've done some bad things, but I'm really, really upset right now. So much so that, honestly, I don't trust myself. And if you attack me or I attack you... I will hurt you. I'll hurt you worse than you've ever been hurt in your whole life. I can carve you up as soon as look at you. I can break you, boil you, freeze you. I can do things you can't imagine. Things I can't imagine, until I have to. And then I'll improvise. Part of me is hoping you will attack. And part of me is praying — for your sake, and my own peace of mind — that you don't. It's up to you.
    Rebel: You doing that? Causing a storm to roll in?
    Supergirl: Maybe.
  • In "The Supergirl from Krypton (2004)", Batman is watching Kara stealthily... until she turns around and tells she isn't impressed by his ninja antics.
    Kara: Try that bogeyman stuff with somebody else. I can hear your heart beat from forty yards off. (muttering) If you had a heart...
  • In Superman/Batman #25, Darkseid sticks Superman on the Source Wall (the edge of the universe). However, Superman is freed by... an army of Supergirls led by Post-Crisis Kara Zor-El.
  • In Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime, Superman, Supergirl and Power Girl face off against Superboy Prime... and Prime dumbly yells that Superman is afraid of fighting him because he needs help of girls. Naturally, Supergirl in Power Girl decide punch him out of the planet for his sexist -and brainless- putdown. Summarized here.
  • At the end of "Way of the World", Kara runs into Clayface. She lets the mud monster hit her for a bit before disabusing him of any notion he's a match for her (Kara freezes him solid, flies him way, WAY up and lets him drop).
    Supergirl: I'm sorry, but you seem confused. Just 'cuz I let you land a few easy blows— that doesn't mean we're having a fair fight!
    Clayface: Wh— What are you... d-doing...?
    Supergirl: To call you "lame" and "ever so slightly beneath me" would be the understatement of the century. But it's been a bad few weeks. A shame you just happened to be the whipping boy I was looking for.
  • In "Who is Superwoman?" Reactron nullifies Supergirl's powers and thinks he's already won. Then Kara proceeds to kick his butt with her bare hands and an iron rod as pointing out how ridiculous is the thinking that a girl whose training has been overseen by the Earth's three greatest heroes is defenseless:
    Supergirl: I trained with Batman. With the Amazons. I know first level Klurkor. Just because I can't use heat vision doesn't mean I'm helpless.
  • In Supergirl (Vol 5) #50, Insect Queen has possessed Lana Lang again and has built a huge hive filled with giant insects in the center of Metropolis. Supergirl and Gangbuster try to sneak in undetected but are spotted by the swarm. Before engaging they have the next exchange:
    Supergirl: Wait! I hear them... Rao. They know we're here.
    Gangbuster: Okay. Here we go. You ready to get the crap kicked out of you in order to save the world?
    Supergirl: (smiling) Always.
  • During the finale of New Krypton, Ursa has been visiting one capital after another and butchering world leaders. Arriving at the White House she kills Codename: Liberty and heads inside, only to be intercepted by Kara, who engages her in battle inside the Oval Office, and with an assist from Superboy and Krypto, brings her rampage to a halt.
    • Not Kara's only CMOA during that arc, either. Towards the end of it, Kara leads the charge into General Lane's headquarters, defeats Superwoman/Lucy in a couple of punches, and then takes down Lane himself.
      • Her first defeat of Superwoman, in her own book, is even better. After a long, gruelling fight, Kara pins Lucy, and tears off her S-Shield, declaring she has no right to wear it.
    • Calling out her mother on all of her bullshit and actually trying to save Reactron, even though god knows, he doesn't deserve it.
    • Earlier in the arc, during Last Stand of New Krypton, refusing to let Brainiac 5 sacrifice himself for her sake, and carrying him along under one arm, while she smashes through the original Brainiac's defenses with her free hand.
  • In "Bizarrogirl", she talks her Bizarro counterpart into growing a spine and saving Bizarroworld.
  • Kara going into Unstoppable Rage and laying a massive beatdown on Doomsday during "Reign of Doomsday". In Superman/Batman Annual #5, she comes face to face with Doomsday. And she is actually glad because she wanted a chance to take him -the monster who killed her cousin- on one-on-one. And then she does and she cuts loose.
    Kara: "I've been hoping for this...dreaming of the day when I'd get another crack at you. Not me and two dozen Kryptonians. Not me and my cousin. Just me. Supergirl! And Rao, it feels so good!"
  • In Action Comics #904, Supergirl informs the Cyborg-Doomsday that he will not hurt her home because he will NOT get past her.
    Supergirl: Haven't you figured it out yet?! You don't get past ME— You don't get to hurt my HOME — And you are going — DOWN!
  • When Supergirl stands up to and defeats her absurdly powerful, abusive boyfriend, Powerboy.
    (after Supergirl is brutally beaten up by Powerboy, including having her face dragged down the side of a skyscraper, she wakes up in a bed next to a Stalker Shrine devoted to her, bound in powerful, alien-tech restraints)
    Powerboy: "Look, I'm just going to lay it all out because honesty is important in a strong relationship... I was born on Apokolips. Taken from the Armagetto Slums to serve You-Know-Who... He made me strong, trained me in the ways of the Earth so I could come here as a "hero" and... Well, it doesn't really matter anymore, because it changed the the day you came to Apokolips. The most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Ever felt. From that moment, I knew I had found my "Missing Half". I knew we would be together. And then you left... I couldn't eat. Sleep. Think. I knew that my true destiny wasn't with Darkseid and his stupid plans... So I followed you across the universe. I watched you try so hard to fit in, to find your way. All I wanted to do was hold you. Tell you how beautiful you were. But I knew you weren't ready to hear it... Sometimes we have to fall all the way down before someone can lift us up. You could be something so special, Kara... But you're lost. You're lost and you're too weak to find your way alone. Whenever you try... the monster in you comes out. Is this what you what to be?" (cups her face) "You need someone to take care of you, Kara. Someone who loves you to build to up... To make you into something you can be proud of. I love you, Kara. We can be perfect together, if you'll just let me fix you."
    Supergirl: (destroys her restraints and burns his hand with heat vision) "We need to break up."
    Powerboy: "Aaaaaigh! What did you do?!"
    Supergirl: "You hit me. You said you loved me... And you hit me." (punches him through a wall to the outside)
    Powerboy: "Y-You made me hit you! Because you don't listen, like now! Kara! I'm warning you! Stop it or I'll do it again! I'll hurt you again! You can be happy if you just do what I tell you! I—" (Supergirl rips his house from its foundation and rises into the sky) "Kara, I love you. Don't you want someone take care of you!?"
    Supergirl: "No one who says he loves you should hit you, ever." (drops his house on him)
    Powerboy: (Flash Step into outer space, pulls out his Father Box) "Ouch. Heh... Heh... Got some fight to her... Gonna have to work on that... Next time... And there will be a next time. Try to drop a house on me now. Father Box... Honey..."
    Supergirl: (Flash Step up to him, knees him in the groin) "I out-flew Superman, "Honey". We're not done." (grabs him by the scruff of his neck) "I don't know if you can hear me, so read my lips... Don't call me. Don't talk to me. Don't look at me... Or I'll break every bone in your body."
  • In Justice League of America (Vol. 2) 80-Page Giant 2011, Supergirl and Wonder Woman team up to fight several demons in Hell.


  • Kara and Power Girl teaming up in issues 19 and 20. Armies of soldiers clad in powered armor, genetic experiments and mad AIs against two Kryptonian girls? Easy as pie.
  • In issue 23, Cyborg Superman sends robot replicas of everyone from Supergirl's memories to stop her from escaping. It is a sight to see her tear through the horde of robot knockoffs. She rips fake Superman in half, crushes fake Wonder Woman with asteroids, incinerates fake Siobhan with heat vision, and wrecks many more ripoffs before she's overwhelmed and captured by Cyborg Superman. She probably would've destroyed them all if it wasn't for her kryptonite poisoning acting up again.
  • In issue 24, when her mind was trapped in the I'noxia collective, her thirst for revenge against Cyborg Superman allowed her to will herself free and forms a humongous, incredibly powerful version of herself out of the collective's nanobots to get through Brainiac's forces and exact her revenge.
  • Supergirl pummelling Lobo in issue 28.
  • And then in Supergirl 35 she gave up her Red Lantern ring, died, was reborn thanks to sun radiation and beat up the living Kryptonian armor.
  • In Justice League United #3, Supergirl first runs into Lobo after the events of Red Daughter of Krypton. Back then he got her so mad that she flew off the handle and became a Red Lantern. Here? She stands up calmly after he has sucker-punched her from behind, grabs his neck, states "Lobo... I really hate you, you know that?" in a completely deadpan tone and punches him across a valley. She really got over him.


  • In Supergirl Rebirth #1, Supergirl emerges out of the sun fully re-powered, flies back to Earth to save people, fights a Kryptonian werewolf and manages to talk him down.
  • In Batgirl (Rebirth) first Annual, Kara Zor-El and Barbara Gordon team up... for first time in over thirty years! All instances of Post-Crisis SG/BG team-ups prior to that issue featured different characters or Barbara acting as Oracle.
  • In Superman: Revenge, Cyborg Superman puts a Superman Revenge Squad together. Cyborg Superman, Metallo, Zod, Mongul, Blanque and Eradicator gang up on Superman and are about to kill him when Supergirl swoops in on them and takes her cousin away before they can stop her. During the ensuing battle between the Superman Family and the Superman Revenge Squad, Kara fights Cyborg Superman off, knocks Zod down and curbstomps Metallo. At the end, Cyborg Superman gets stuck in the Phantom Zone and both cousins agree he can stay in there.
  • In The Girl of No Tomorrow, Supergirl fights the Emerald Empress. Kara and the Emerald Eye of Ekron engage in an optic beam war, and Kara appears to be winning when Indigo turns up all of sudden and smashes Kara into a wall. Then both Emerald Empress and Indigo attempt to blast Supergirl into oblivion. As withstanding waves of destructive emerald and purple energy, Kara's X-Ray Vision scans the Eye and reasons it must be the Empress' source of power. Then she quickly powerdives Indigo and turns towards the Empress. The Eye does its best to incinerate her, but Supergirl inches forward in spite of the energy blast burning her and pushing her backwards, grabs the Eye and rips it in half.
    Emerald Empres: Stay back! I'll incinerate you! How.. How are you even standing?!
    Supergirl: I... thought you knew me, Empress... If— ngah— there is one thing I never do...
    Emerald Empress: Stop, damn you! No! You're hurting my eye! You can't!
    Supergirl: ... It is stop.
    (tears the Eye in half)


  • In Injustice 2 issue #26, a death squad is about to gun down innocent civilians. Kara flies in the way and catches all the bullets.
  • In Gotham City Garage issue #4, Jason Todd sets off a bomb to take Clayface with him. Kara flings him away, embraces the bomb and tanks the explosion (keep in mind she didn't knew about her inhumane endurance beforehand). After shooing Jason away she lifts an overturned truck with such a bright smile that a hardened warrior like Big Barda can't help but smiling.
  • In Trinity (2008) issue #14, the solar power of super-villain Sun-Chained-In-Ink has become out of control. Before he blows up and takes the entire planet with him, Kara takes him out of the planet and throws him far, far away where his inner star explodes safely.