Superman's younger cousin, Kara Zor-El survived the destruction of Krypton thanks to her father, Zor-El, putting a protective dome around Argo City that sent it hurtling into space. However, the citizens of Argo were quickly dying from Kryptonite poisoning, so before they died, Zor-El and his wife Alura placed their daughter in a spaceship and sent her to Earth where she could flourish under Superman's guidance.
At first acting as Superman's "secret weapon" while she developed her powers in secret under the assumed name of Linda Lee Danvers, Supergirl eventually burst onto the superhero scene as the Maid of Might.
She had a long and illustrious career fighting evil—she became best friends with fellow superheroine Batgirl I (Barbara), became a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes (and struck up a romance with Brainiac 5), and even saved her parents from the past and helped them found New Krypton on the distant planet of Rokyn. She gained her own sidekicks in the form of Streaky the Super-Cat and Comet the Super-Horse and occasionally joined the Justice League of America.
During that time Kara went from a fifteen-year-old orphan to a Stanhope graduate to a San Francisco new reporter to New Athens Experimental School guidance counselor to famous soap opera actress working in New York to college student majoring in Psychology and living in Chicago. She had become a self-assured, mature adult woman and maybe closer to Superman in age than ever before.
In the end, Kara died a hero. When the Anti-Monitor attempted to destroy The Multiverse, she sacrificed her own life so that her cousin might live. In so doing, however, she severely set back the Anti-Monitor's plans, making victory possible for the heroes of the surviving Earths. The greatest tragedy of all, however, was that with the destruction of the Multiverse and changes to the timestream, Kara was erased from history, and no one at all remembered her heroic life and death.
During Convergence, Kara was one of many individuals pulled from their respective timelines and universes and trapped in domed cities by Brainiac. Pulled before her death, Kara learned about her impending sacrifice being needed to stabilize the timeline, only thanks to the combined efforts of her, the pre-Crisis Barry Allen, Hal Jordan as Parallax, and the pre-Flaspoint Superman, the original Multiverse was saved and Kara is no longer dead.
- Alien Among Us: At the beginning of her life on Earth Kara felt like a fish out of water. Earth wasn't primitive and mundane compared with Argo City.Kara: Earth was kind of disappointing at first. All I could see was that it wasn't Argo City... didn't have the scientific majesty of my home world. And most importantly, it didn't have my parents!
- All Girls Like Ponies: Kara's pony Comet could fly! He was secretly a cursed centaur.
- Alliterative Name: Linda Lee.
- All-Loving Hero: Back in the Silver Age she tried to help every person in trouble she bumped into.
- Always Someone Better: In the Silver and Bronze Ages, she was this to her best friend Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl. Babs envied Kara because she was a baseline, non-powered human, whereas her friend was virtually a Physical God. Several times Barbara thought that Kara was very lucky because she could do almost anything. However she complained about it loudly once, and Supergirl told her that having powers isn't what defines a hero.
- Audience Surrogate: Kara filled this role during her first adventures in the Silver Age: she was Superman's plucky, young sidekick who helped him out as she explored his world.
- Back from the Dead: The ending of Convergence established that Kara and Barry Allen no longer had to die during Crisis, as they were sent to fight the Anti-Monitor alongside Parallax and the pre-Flashpoint Superman. Their actions not only stopped the Anti-Monitor, but undid the destruction of the Multiverse.
- Badass Adorable: While she may be one of the strongest beings in the galaxy, she is very much a teenager with her own hangups.
- Badass Arm-Fold: In Convergence #6, Kara folds her arms as she stares down at the enemy army◊.
- Bash Brothers: With her cousin. 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.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Kara can do this due to her Kryptonian physiology. Reasons vary according to the writer: Silver Age Kryptonians can do anything, she can hold her breath for absurd lengths of time...
- Battle Couple: With Brainiac 5.
- Being Good Sucks: Kara was a normal, sixteen-year-old girl until she arrived on Earth. She remembers having a normal life and she just wants to be a normal girl again◊, free from the pressure and the burdens of having super-powers. And she often feels she isn't good or worthy enough for being a hero. Several times she has wanted to give up her Supergirl identity but she can not stop herself from helping people.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Much like her cousin, she's usually a nice, compassionate, friendly person. Unlike her cousin, she's headstrong and a little short-tempered and Hot-Blooded. When she gets real angry, it isn't pretty.
- During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Anti-Monitor (a being who eats entire universes) almost kills Superman. Enraged, Supergirl attacked him, broke his supposedly indestructible armor and nearly killed him.
- Birthday Episode: In Action Comics #270, she turns sixteen, and she is thrown a surprise party◊ by her cousin -who baked a giant birthday cake-, Batman, Robin and several more friends.
- Blessed with Suck: Kara came to a point where she was tired of being Supergirl constantly instead of being her own person and she actually felt guilty for wanting to lead a normal life.
- Brains and Brawn: With Brainiac 5. She's the muscle, he's the intellect.
- Break the Cutie:
- Kara is a genuinely nice, sweet teen girl who loses her family and her whole world when her parents launch her off Argo City to save her life. She crash-lands into a strange, alien, primitive world where she doesn't blend in and strangers want to kill her or capture her and examine her. Her cousin sends her to an orphanage because he feared that his enemies would do if they found out about her, telling her to keep her existence a secret while he trained her. Kara hates the Midvale Orphanage but she has to live there during her training, performing heroic deeds anonymously and avoiding to be adopted. Finally her cousin is about to make her -Supergirl's- existence public when she loses her powers.
- In Many Happy Returns her rocket changes course and she crashes into the post-Crisis universe instead of Earth-One. Everyone yells at her, hurts her, thinks she is an idiot or crazy. Her only living relative turns her down before she can explain she is his cousin because he believes her to be an obsessed fan. She tries to go school and make friends but she is treated as a freak. And then a cosmic being turns up and tells her that she has to return to her universe... where she will eventually get killed.Kara: It's nice. It's... peaceful. Not like here. Here people yell at you... or hurt you... or think you're an idiot or crazy... Or let you down. I've never hated anyone or anything in my life. But I hate this world. I hate it.
- Broken Tears:
- In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Supergirl weeps when she discovers the corpse of her murdered baby cousin, and she cries again while she buries him.
- In Many Happy Returns, Kara sheds them twice: when everyone is treating her -an orphan who has just lost her home and landed in another world where everyone is a jerk to her and her only living relative turns her down because he doesn know who she is- as a dumb, crazy girl; and when she is told she has to return to her own timeline... where she will eventually die.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu:
- Once in the Pre-Crisis universe Supergirl and her cousin attempted to punch Darkseid. They were amped up by Highfather to insane amounts, but none of their punches even hurt Darkseid and barely even catches his attention.
- Supergirl trashed the Anti-Monitor during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but he took her out. She died and her existence was erased from the memory collective of the universe... for a while.
- Brought Down to Normal: Mad Scientist Lesla-Lar took away Kara's powers as part of a scheme to replace her. While in her powerless state, Kara finally found adoptive parents. She nearly abandoned her career as Supergirl, until Mr. Mxyzptlk granted her all the abilities of Superman, plus a (temporary) invulnerability to green kryptonite.
- The Cape: Supergirl is traditionally very much a Cape.
- During the Silver Age in particular she was one of the most caring and humble superheroes, perhaps more so than her cousin himself since for her first few years she had to do her heroism in secret.
- Kara died a hero in the Crisis on Infinite Earths. When the Anti-Monitor attempted to destroy The Multiverse, she sacrificed her own life so that her cousin might live. In so doing, however, she severely set back the Anti-Monitor's plans, making victory possible for the heroes of the surviving Earths. The greatest tragedy of all, however, was that with the destruction of the Multiverse and changes to the timestream, Kara was erased from history, and no one at all remembered her heroic life and death. And still she accepted this, though, because she accomplished her goal: save them all.
- Captain Obvious: Kara did this in tongue-in-cheek fashion when she and Linda meet The Spectre and Fatalist in Many Happy Returns:Linda: Now who's this guy?!
The Spectre: Still thrusting yourself into situations that are over your head, are you, Fatalist?
Kara: I think he's called "Fatalist".
Linda: Brilliant, Holmes.
- Character Development: Kara goes from being a naive teenager who idolized her cousin to a young woman who was determined to be her own person and figure out what kind of life she wanted to lead.
- The Chick
- Clark Kent Outfit: Supergirl wore very plain clothes, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts to hide her muscles.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Although Supergirl is usually considered a classic example of The Cape, when Kara starts out her career she is an inexperienced, naive, temperamental teenager full of doubts and insecurities -she often is not even sure of wanting to be a hero- that makes mistakes and has to learn from them until she eventually grows into the role of the Ideal Hero.
- Combo Platter Powers: Supergirl was created after Superman had got most of his power upgrades, so she had a lot of different powers from the beginning. In Action Comics #252 she uses her super-strength, hurricane breath and x-ray vision... in the same page!
- The Cowl: Ironically, Supergirl -one of the classic examples of The Cape and cousin of THE Cape- used to be like this back in the Silver Age. Before Superman revealed her existence to the world she secretly patrolled the small town of Midvale at night, trying not to get caught while she stopped crimes and saved people. Midvale locals rumored that they were protected by a "guardian angel".
- Deadpan Snarker: Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El was the nicest and kindest Supergirl's version, but she had little patience for idiots.
- In The Daring Adventures of Supergirl vol. 1 #12, while several mooks are shooting at her:'Supergirl: I hate thinking of the fortune in ammunition thugs like you have wasted on me over the years!
- A short while later, a cop is berating her:Lieutenant Peters: You wanna play cop, join the department and get yourself a badge! Until then, stay out of my way!
Supergirl: You need a hint as to what you can do with your badge, Peters?
- In The Daring Adventures of Supergirl vol. 1 #12, while several mooks are shooting at her:
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
- Once Supergirl and Superboy attempted to punch Darkseid. They were amped up by Highfather to insane amounts and let's remember they could pull an entire galaxy's worth of planets without said power up. None of their punches even hurt Darkseid and barely even catches his attention.
- She lays an absolute beatdown on the Anti-Monitor before being taken out by a lucky shot... and as he limped off the battlefield, the Anti-Monitor said she nearly killed him. That's right, she nearly killed a being who ate universes.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Superman, obviously. She used to provide the page's image.
- Dye or Die: Kara used a "Kryptonian comb" which allowed her to comb the brunette into her hair as well as comb in blond locks and serious curls when she did the reverse motions.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Lays an absolute beatdown on the Anti-Monitor before being taken out by a lucky shot. One of the most badass feats ever achieved by any comic book character, ever.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Kara was frightened of Satan Girl, a duplicate of hers who was more powerful, evil, ruthless and extremely conniving.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: In Many Happy Returns, her rocket accidentally ends up in the Post-Crisis universe, which is more cynical, Darker and Edgier than her own universe. Kara -an idealistic, naive and immensely powerful teenager- has trouble fitting in.
- Girlish Pigtails: Linda wore her hair like this when she lived in Midvale Orphanage.
- Grandfather Clause: Skirt-wearing female heroes are rare nowadays, but modern Supergirls wear skirt because the original Supergirl wore one, and her Minidress of Power is so iconic that attempts to replace her skirt with pants or a Leotard of Power have been short-lived and seldom well-received.
- Guardian Angel: After her death and subsequent erasure from the DCU, Kara seemed to have taken up this role. The first time she appeared to a despondent Deadman during a Christmas special, the second time she appeared towards Linda Danvers. However, both times the person in question was only identified as Kara and not Supergirl.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Pre-Crisis Kara was an absolutely sweet, innocent child. She stopped being gullible when she grew up, and her adult self had quite the temper, but she always was a nice, selfless person.
- Happily Adopted: Kara was adopted by Fred and Edna Danvers. They loved her and she them, even after she found out that her biological parents were still alive. When she revealed she was Superman's cousin they took it in stride. And they got heart-broken when she died during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- Hates Being Alone: Kara felt almost as alone as Clark. Fortunately she had a cousin she could relate to, but she spent several months living in an orphanage until she was adopted. She hated the place because she felt utterly alone and friendless in a strange land. In Superboy #80 both cousins talk about this◊.Superman: Many years ago, when I lived in Smallville as Superboy, I could never play with kids my own age for fear of giving away my identity! Oh, how I longed for a human playmate who was super, like myself!
Supergirl: I know how you feel! I, too, dare not play with anyone my own age!
- Heavyworlder: Krypton having a much greater mass than Earth was one of the explanations for Supergirl's powers.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Kara really likes Krypto, and he becomes her pet when she arrives on Earth. In non-canon story Superman #149 in which Superman gets murdered by Lex Luthor, Supergirl becomes Krypto's sole owner when she takes over her cousin's job.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Dick Malverne, one of her main Love Interests. Depending on the artist, his hair is red or reddish-brown. For bonus points, her Heterosexual Life-Partner is Barbara Gordon alias Batgirl, a Fiery Redhead.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Her death in Crisis on Infinite Earths saved Superman and the whole Multiverse and it was one of the big comic book deaths at that time. Remarkably, in Convergence she found out that she'd die if she left her universe to fight the Anti-Monitor, and she still chose to fight.
- Oh, dear God. Did my death mean anything? Did I help them save the world?
No. I can't think that way. Even if all my death means is I've delayed theirs, I still have to save them.
- Heroic Spirit: Supergirl never quits... ever. Even if she has been beaten, depowered, weakened, captured... by enemies that outnumber her, overpower her, or outsmart her, she will fight on until winning or dying.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kara Zor-El and Barbara Gordon were best friends and knew each other's Secret Identity (although they didn't often team up). During the Crisis, Kara encouraged Barbara.
- Hurting Hero: Being one of the most powerful beings in the planet will not protect you from emotional pain, heartache or will bring your loved ones back. Kara's parents sent her to Earth because Argo City was dying. She lost her parents, her home and was dumped by her cousin into an orphanage that she hated. Her Supergirl duties interfered with her personal life to the point she couldn't keep a steady boyfriend and had to quit a job. Often she felt torn because she wanted to live like a normal woman but her vast powers entailed great responsibilities. At one point she met an Old Flame and realized what she still felt something for him two weeks before his demise. And then she fought a dimension-eating Eldritch Abomination to save her beloved cousin and the whole Multiverse, and got killed (although to be fair, her death has been undone).
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Pre-Crisis Supergirl often expressed this desire during the Bronze Age. Unlike her cousin, Kara remembers having a normal life back on Argo City, when she was a normal teenager. After growing into adulthood, she was torn between her desire to have the life of a normal woman and the responsibilities that come with her powers. In Superman vol 1 #282 she explains her cousin◊ that she is thinking of giving up her Supergirl identity because she wants a normal life:Superman: Still thinking about giving up your Supergirl identity, Kara?
Supergirl: I don't know, cousin Kal-El — Maybe! This life of a super-heroine takes up too much of my time... sets me apart from everybody else! I want an ordinary life — with a husband and children some day — free to do what I choose!
- Interspecies Romance:
- The first Supergirl's boyfriends were a human, a green-skinned Coluan, an Atlantean merboy, and, er, her horse Comet. Well, he wasn't really a horse and he was in human form at the time, admittedly, but there was still a kind-of relationship between them after he was turned back; it probably helped that he retained most of his intelligence.
- With Brainiac 5 from Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Intrepid Reporter: For a short while in the early 70's Linda worked as a junior photographer and reporter for San Francisco news station KSF-TV. She quit in Adventure Comics's last story.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Kara has all powers of Superman. However she has an edge on speed whereas he is somewhat stronger. She isn't stronger than Superman, faster than Flash, smarter than Batman, better fighter than Wonder Woman and she has not as many powers as Martian Manhunter... but she is one of the strongest, fastest and toughest heroes, she has been trained by Batman and Wonder Woman and is intelligent and resourceful, besides having several useful complementary powers such as flight and super-senses. Her combination of raw power, training, cleverness, determination and hot-bloodness makes her one of the most powerful heroes of the planet.
- Kid Sidekick: Kara played it straight at the beginning, eventually subverted it. She was Superman's sidekick and emergency secret weapon while he was training her, but when he revealed her existence to the world, he made clear that she was his partner. Before that, in Action Comics #288, Kara becomes invulnerable to Kryptonite for a while, and Superman seriously regards her as superior to him, and wonders if he should become her sidekick, and during the Silver and Bronze Ages both cousins interacted as equals.
- Killed Off for Real: Kara was killed by the Anti-Monitor in Crisis On Infinite Earths and erased from History and memory because DC wanted Superman to be the only Kryptonian alive. She remained dead and forgotten for three decades until Convergence finally subverted the trope and undid her death.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Kara is a cat person. When she was a student in Stanhope College she owned a pet tomcat called Streaky -which accidentally got super-powers-. Several years later she moved to Chicago and she found a stray female cat. Linda adopted it and named Streaky right away◊. She really adores her cats◊.Supergirl: Well, now... What've got here? Hiya, little kittycat! You live around here?
Joan: I've seen her scrounging around the block for days now. I figure she's a stray.
Supergirl: Not anymore, friend — 'cause this little darling's just been adopted! Isn't that right, little Streaky?
Joan: You sure don't waste time thinking up names! How'cum Streaky?
Supergirl: Oh... Let's just say she reminds me of a cat I used own!
- Like Brother and Sister: With Superman. Clark cared about Kara more than almost any other◊, and when he is told that she will die, he goes ballistic◊ and then becomes very, very distressed◊.
- Literal-Minded: Kara suffers from this at the beginning of Many Happy Returns. Justified because she is a very innocent kid who has just been stranded in another planet and can barely speak English. Sarcasm, jokes and idiomatic expressions tend to go over her head.Linda: Oh, I get it now. You're cute. Reaaaally cute.
Kara: Do you think I am cute?
- Loves My Alter Ego:
- In Action Comics #361, a boy wanted to date Linda because he suspected that she was Supergirl. When Linda managed to make him believe she was a normal, powerless girl, he stopped being interested.
- During her time working as a photographer in San Francisco, Linda Danvers had a crush on her boss Geoffrey "Geoff" Anderson. Geoff was not interested in Linda but he liked Supergirl. He even kissed her at the end of Demon Spawn. However, Linda quit her job and moved away shortly after, and they never saw each other again.
- In imaginary story Jimmy Olsen Superman's Pal #57 Linda and Jimmy marry. However Linda is amnesiac and depowered when the wedding happens, and doesn't remember anything about her Secret Identity. When Linda regains her memories and her powers she decides she needs to tell Jimmy she is Supergirl but in a tactful way. Her "great" plan was revealing Supergirl's existence to him. Then, as Supergirl, she will make him fall in love with her. Then when he is in love with both Linda and Supergirl, she'll reveal she is one and the same. Surprisingly, her nutty idea worked.
- Magic Skirt: Some artists draw it so short, but so short that you will need a massive Willing Suspension of Disbelief to accept something so short not allowing Panty Shots free of charge.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: It happened to Kara the whole time. The. Whole. Time. She never could keep a steady boyfriend for long because she was prone to unexplained absences or ditch the guy abruptly because her Super Senses picked up on something.
- The Matchmaker: In Action Comics #289, Kara vows find a wife for her cousin. She tries to hook Kal up with Helen of Troy, Saturn Girl's adult self, an alien superwoman... However all of her attempts end up in failure, and she vows never play match-maker again.
- Meteor Move: Supergirl does this in Justice League of America #134 when she fights Despero (one of the worst enemies of the League). First Kara 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◊.
- Minidress of Power: Her Iconic Outfit.
- Mysterious Protector: She was this for a while. Since she was not supposed to reveal her existence to the world until her hero training was concluded, she secretly patrolled the small town of Midvale at night, trying not to get caught while she stopped crimes and saved people. Midvale locals rumored that they were protected by a "guardian angel".
- Naïve Newcomer
- New Transfer Student: Her two solo books start when she is transferred to a new college.
- Nice Girl
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Most famously, she trashed the Anti-Monitor even though he was killing her.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: The Pre-Crisis Kara is interesting in that she actually aged only a little slower than real time early on; she was 15 when she first appeared in 1959 and graduated high school in 1964, presumably making her about 18 and went on to graduate college in turn in 1971. She spent the 1970s as a young woman in her early 20's before being retconned back to a 19 year old college student towards the end of the Bronze Age.
- Odd Couple: Messianic Nice Girl Kara and distant, intellectual Brainiac 5 (who was, coincidentally, the great-great grandson of one of Superman's worst enemies).
- One-Man Army: Kara is a nigh-invulnerable Flying Brick and virtual Physical God who has been known to wipe whole armies. She broke down Warworld -a planet-sized machine war- by ramming through it.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: In a Pre-Crisis story she was cloned. And her clone was a boy called himself Superlad
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Along with Dick Grayson, the original Kara was allowed to grow up, even if it took thirty years. She started out as a cute little teenybopper, and became a beautiful young woman. There's a huge Tear Jerker in "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?,'' when time-travelling young Kara asks Superman if she grows up to be pretty. This is after Kara's own death, and Supes can't tell her that; but he does tell her, as they pass a statue of her adult self in the Fortress, "You grew up beautiful, Kara."
- The Pollyanna
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Kara does this when she scares Rebel away.Supergirl: Oh... and Rebel...
Supergirl: I have eyes that can see through solid matter. I have ears that can hear your slightest word... Your heartbeat... Your breathing... You do anything that hurts others... I will find you... and you won't like it. Do we have an understanding? Do. We. Have. An. Understanding?
- Robot Me: When Supergirl fought crime while living at Midvale Orphanage, she used a robot decoy of herself to keep the other orphans from noticing her absence.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The energetic girl to Brainiac 5's savvy guy.
- Secret Identity: Linda Lee Danvers. The most notable difference between her appearance and Supergirl's concerns the fact that Kara wears a brunette wig as Linda.
- Secret Keeper: She knows her cousin's secret in all eras, and Superman also knows her Secret Identity. Kara often helped him protect his Clark Kent persona. Likewise, Kara's secret identity has a good number of protectors.
- Ship Tease: With Jimmy Olsen from time to time in the Silver Age. They even married in an Imaginary Story.
- Sole Survivor: Kara was originally Argo's only survivor. Later on, she discovered than a group of survivors found shelter in a pocket dimension.
- Statuesque Stunner: Kara tends to be portrayed as a woman of roughly above average height at 5'7", but occasionally taller, particularly if shown as her future self.
- Super Breath: Linda has this power: she can blow gale-force hurricane winds out of her mouth, exhale blasts of ultra-cold air and survive underwater or in space without breathing. Her control is so precise that it is practically a form of telekinesis.
- Superheroes Wear Capes: She usually wears a cape just like Superman.
- Superheroes Wear Tights: Her hero costumes.
- Superpower Lottery: Has the same power of Superman including Eye Beams, Flying Brick, Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Senses, Super Speed, Super Strength and X-Ray Vision.
- Thinking Tic: She used to put her finger to her mouth◊ as she puzzled out some conundrum when she was a teenager.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: In Many Happy Returns, Kara does this when she meets Post-Crisis Superman and tries to talk him into being partners but Clark -who doesn't know she is his cousin and mistakenly believes her to be an obsessed fan- turns her down.Linda: By the time we found her up on the roof, she was just... sitting there. Staring off into space. She wouldn't talk to us... wouldn't even look us in the eye.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Supergirl is very reluctant to kill.
- Trauma Congaline: Not only is Krypton destroyed but Supergirl survives on Argo City but then it's destroyed. So she's orphaned twice.
- Underestimating Badassery:
- Kara gets this a lot. Because she's a temperamental teenager, their enemies assume she is an easily manipulable, naive little girl. Because she's a super-strong Kryptonian, her enemies assume she's dumb muscle. She always shows she isn't a pushover.
- In Justice League of America #134, Supergirl joins the League to help find a missing Superman. They find an alien race called the Krill, who force the Leaguers to fight Despero, one of their worst and oldest enemies. Despero is sent up against Supergirl, and one of the Krills thinks she can't possibly win... and then she trashes 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◊.
- Unstoppable Rage: Kara is -usually- a very nice, kind person, but she's also a Hot-Blooded, short-tempered teenager who protects her loved ones fiercely, and she has occasionally gone on a rampage:
- In the Crisis on Infinite Earths, when the Anti-Monitor threatened with killing her cousin Superman, she went berserker and almost killed him. Yes, she nearly killed a being that devours universes.
- Vacuum Mouth: Pre-Crisis Kara has "Super-Suction Breath", which is a variant of her Super Breath. Instead of expelling large amounts of air from her mouth she inhaled air with the purpose of cutting off someone else's oxygen supply.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: The '70s' Supergirl costume included red hot pants◊. It is one of her most well-remembered costumes.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Kara Zor-El was an exceptionally innocent, trusting teenager. Her enemies often exploited her naivete and tried to earn her trust or seduce her so they could manipulate her and kill her or her cousin. Eventually she stopped being so gullible, but she kept believing that people are mostly naturally good-hearted.
- Willfully Weak: Supergirl holds back the whole time because she's too powerful and she'll kill someone if her control slips.
- World's Strongest Man: Kara is a contender for strongest woman in the DCU, being, powerwise, a female Superman.
- Your Magic's No Good Here:
- Kara loses access to her powers in red sunlight.
- In Demon Spawn, Kara is kidnapped and brought to the Innerverse, an Alternate Dimension in where her powers don't work.
A purple shape-shifting creature from a Pocket Dimension, she was created by that universe's Lex Luthor and patterned after the New Earth Superman. When that universe was attacked by Phantom Zone escapees that she was no match for, Pocket Universe Lex sent Matrix to recruit New Earth Superman, but was too late to save the universe.
Matrix was later taken in by Superman to be raised by Supes' adoptive parents and eventually became the first Post-Crisis Supergirl.
She later accidentally fused with Linda Danvers below, and made her the next Supergirl.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: To the original Supergirl. Kara is a classic Cape and Matrix was unpredictable, prone to sudden outbursts of violence, and wore a Stripperific, spiky version of her costume for a while. To sum up, DC replaced Kara Zor-El◊ with this◊. This gets deconstructed later on when Mae became dangerously close to permanently turning into a cold blooded killer after several traumatic experiences, but found the resolve to stop before she actually killed someone upon remembering murdering someone evil doesn't justify the act.
- Artificial Human: She is an artificial life-form called the "protoplasmic matrix", that Lex has used to create Matrix, who resembled his true love, the deceased alternate-reality Lana Lang. Lex had also patterned her physiology to resemble Superman's, whom he had seen by using one of his many inventions to look into the mainstream universe.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She was one of a number of heroes implanted with Trigon Seeds during one of Raven's FaceHeel Turn stints.
- Evil Makeover: When Matrix went crazy she shifted her costume into something sleeveless with spiked bands around her arms.
- Flying Brick: via Psychokinesis.
- Foil: To Superman in a sense. While Superman was raised on Earth from infancy, Mae's experiences with the human race were brand new. Superman was a stranger to humanity as a baby, but humanity shaped him as he grew older to the point he considers himself a human being. Mae had to learn about humanity as a young woman and her experiences began to influence her while struggling with her past and whether or not she could call herself human.
- Invisibility: One of her lesser-used powers. She could cloak herself (becoming both invisible and inaudible, even to Superman's super hearing).
- Naïve Newcomer: So naive she shacked up with LEX LUTHOR! In her defense, the Lex Luthor of her world was a heroic individual, so she carried those expectations with her into the main universe. Also at the time he was posing as his own son and so wasnt thought to be the evil Luthor. Once she realized the main version of Lex was using her, she was terrifying.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: She does this in her Convergence miniseries when she finally has enough of Lex's bullshit.
- Put on a Bus: Same as Linda below.
- Secret Test of Character: The opening arc of Peter David's run pushed Mae past her limit, placing her in situations that tested her moral resolve and forcing her to question her own goodness when told she was merged with a thoroughly corrupted person (Linda). It turned out everything she'd gone through was an attempt by Buzz and his demonic overseers to turn Supergirl over to the dark side, but at the last second she relented.
- Shapeshifting: She was a protoplasmic life-form and had a malleable genome, so she could assume any humanoid form of similar mass. She could even use her psi-power to rearrange the molecular structure of fabrics, and alter clothing and costumes with her thoughts.
- Telekinesis: Her primary power was telekinesis which she could use to move objects with her mind and enhance her strength, physical durability, and speed to superhuman levels. By levitating herself, she could fly at supersonic speeds.
- Tin Man: Part of what drove her was her perceived lack of humanity. After Matrix merged with Linda Danvers, she was given the opportunity to live as a regular human. Although everyone who knew it really was Matrix stated she had more of a soul than Linda did up to that point, including Linda.
- Unstoppable Rage: During her mini-series back in The '90s, when discover that her lover Lex Luthor had made thousands of clones of her from the residue he collected after her fight with Doomsday. She was very close to killing him too.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: She struggled with shaping an identity for herself and feared she truly was nothing but a lump of protoplasm, but as many people believed, she did have a soul and even if she was an artificial construct, she was human.
- Woman Scorned: When she finds out Lex is evil.
Linda Danvers was a troubled teenager who joined a cult and was involved in many illicit and illegal activities, manipulated by her boyfriend Buzz. Little she knew, Buzz was a demon that intended use her as a sacrifice. Buzz attempted to kill Linda to release a demon, but Supergirl Matrix intervened to save her life, accidentally becoming merged with Linda. Linda and Matrix became the new Supergirl, and Linda began to fight criminals and demons to redeem herself.
Linda enjoyed many adventures fighting evil alongside other heroes, but after the events of Many Happy Returns, in which she was unable to save the original Earth-One Supergirl, she retired.
After her retirement, Linda made a brief appearance in Superman/Batman #24-25 when several Supergirls join forces to free Superman from the Source Wall, and several appearances in Shadowpact and Reign of Hell.
- The Atoner: For her sins as a cultist and several other mistakes.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her second costume. Lampshaded in the comic when a cop called it her "Britney Spares" outfit.
- Break the Cutie: Linda goes through this... several times. As soon as she gets better, she goes through Hell again.
- Canon Immigrant / Ret-Canon : Her second costume is based on DC Animated Universe Supergirl. It's explained in-story that Linda fashioned it from things she found in a costume shop, after Matrix (who wore a classic version of the costume) was forced to leave her.
- Cape Wings: As the Earth Angel of Fire.
- Corrupt the Cutie: What Buzz did to her, though she admits everything she did was of her own free will.
- Deadpan Snarker: Peter David gave this quality to her and it has since passed over to future incarnations of the Supergirl character.
- De-Power: After being separated from Matrix, Linda found herself with reduced powers. She could no longer shapeshift into her "Supergirl" form, and all of her angelic powers were lost. In addition, Linda's strength and durability were reduced by half, she lost her ability to fly and produce psionic blasts, and instead was only able to leap around 1/8th of a mile in a single bound.
- But, after encountering Twilight as the new Earth-Born Angel of Fire, Linda regained all of the powers that she'd possessed while initially merged with Matrix, sans her ability to assume her "Supergirl" form. Her strength and durability returned to their original levels and she was able to fly and produce psionic blasts of force once more.
- Despair Event Horizon: She crossed this twice. The first time was after witnessing her pastor beat his wife to death when she was a young girl. The second time was after she was forced to send the pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El back to her universe and her eventual death, as well as losing her daughter even though she'd been told Ariella would be spared from erasure.
- Eye Colour Change: Linda Danvers suspected something was off when she saw that her eyes permanently changed from brown to blue, after being rescued from a certain death by a cult. It's because she WAS dying, and the Matrix version of Supergirl merged with her, causing some of her features to wind up reflected in Linda.
- Fallen Angel: In Reign in Hell #6, Linda reappears in the Doctor Occult backstory. She appears as a fallen angel summoned by Lilith but mysteriously released. In Reign in Hell #7, Linda uses her flame vision to kill some injured demons who were huddled around a tiny campfire, Dr. Occult is horrified by her willingness to kill innocents. Linda believes that no one in Hell is innocent, and then accuses Dr. Occult of being a damned soul. Linda says she does not deserve to be trapped in Hell, and that she would see everybody burned to char before she accepted being kept in there. Dr. Occult casts a spell to show Linda who she really is, and she flies away in horror.
- Happily Married: Spent five years married to the Superman of Earth-One after switching places with Kara.
- HeelFace Revolving Door
- Heroes Want Redheads: Linda dated Post-Crisis Dick Malverne, who is definitely a redhead◊.
- Hurting Hero: Linda was a troubled teen who was manipulated by her boyfriend into joining a cult and committing crimes. Said boyfriend attempted to sacrifice her to draw a demon into the world. She survived and became a hero to redeem herself. Unfortunately, every time she starts being happy, something happens that puts her through the wringer again.
- Mama Bear: Was willing to let the universe fall apart if her daughter wasn't spared from being retconned.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-universe she crossed this while she was allied with Buzz, and it's the whole reason she became an Earth-Angel when merged with Matrix.
- Mythology Gag: Pre-Crisis, Linda Danvers was Kara Zor-El's secret identity and the Danvers, Fred and Edna, were her adoptive parents. Post-Crisis, Linda and Kara Zor-El are two separate people, and the Danvers, Fred and Sylvia, are Linda's biological parents.
- Playing with Fire: After being merged with Matrix for some time, Linda became the Earth-Born Angel of Fire. While she retained her original abilities, she also gained the ability to produce bursts of fire from her eyes (called Flame Vision), form angelic wings composed of flames, and could use her wings to create a flaming portal that allowed her to "shunt" (teleport) long distances.
- Psychic Powers: Upon fusing with the Matrix Supergirl, Linda gained her psychokinetic abilities. Linda was also able to produce concussive blasts of telekinetic energy, typically referred to as "psi blasts."
- Put on a Bus: After her series ended, Linda pretty much dropped out of The DCU. She hasn't been consigned to Canon Discontinuity, but she's barely ever mentioned anymore, either.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: Literally. In Reign in Hell #1, the team of Shadowpact attacks Linda Danvers in her Gotham City apartment, which makes Linda fight back. She manifests the flaming wings she had while merged with Matrix, but still loses to the collective powers of Blue Devil and Enchantress. However she is teleported to Hell, as Hell is recalling all of its "debts".
- Re-Power: During her Supergirl stint, her powers changed constantly.
- Secret Identity: As Linda, though by the end of the series, pretty much everyone knows.
- Superpower Lottery: She is not a Kryptonian but she is still powerful. She is a Flying Brick (she has Super Strength, Super Speed, Nigh-Invulnerability and Flight), with Psychic Powers (telekinesis and for a while, pyrokinesis), and Shapeshifting.
A girl that claimed to be Clark and Lois Lane's daughter from the future. She is later found to be a human girl who was genetically altered by the villain Brainiac to appear Kryptonian.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: To Linda Danvers. Linda was a troubled teenager who strove to atone for her crimes. Cir-El is a black-wearing, angry, angsty edgy teenager with a dark and troubled past. Although the angst part came more from her split personality Mia, while Cir-El did have some depressed moments she was usually very excitable and eager to do good.
- Blue Is Heroic: She wears a blue cape.
- Boyish Short Hair: She is a short-haired Action Girl.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": She wore a large red "S"-letter.
- Chest Insignia: Her costume exhibits a large red "S" rather than the traditional "S"-shield.
- Daddy's Girl: She positively loved Superman when she believed he was her dad and sought nothing but to do right by him and Lois, her "Mom." Even after discovering she wasn't their kid, Cir-El still loved Superman and followed his example by sacrificing herself to save his life.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Her costume is all black.
- Darker and Edgier
- Go Mad from the Revelation: When it is revealed she was created by Brainiac by grafting some Kryptonian DNA onto the body of Mia with fake memories added.
- Gone Horribly Right: Brainiac sought to create a fake daughter of Superman as a weapon, and he succeeded so well in regards to the former she went back in time and stopped her creation to save her father.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Cir-El was thrilled when she met Krypto◊.
- Heroic BSoD: She has a breakdown when her real origins are revealed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Cir-El realized that she must sacrifice herself to end the cycle that brought Brainiac and the Futuresmiths into reality. She throws herself into a time portal to prevent herself from being born, and thus, prevent the future from ever happening. To add insult to injury, she had erased herself, was brought back to do a major crossover event, then was subsequently sent away again right afterward.
- Kid from the Future: She claimed to be Lois and Clark's kid. She wasn't.
- Leotard of Power: She wears a black leotard.
- Perpetual Frowner: She seldom smiles.
- Plucky Girl: She eagerly wanted to spend time with her supposed parents and especially loved cuddling with Krypto. Despite the trauma she went through with her identity and finding out her life was a lie, Cir-El still had to resolve to do right by Superman's example and bravely sacrificed her existence to save him.
- Ret-Gone: She has been erased from continuity.
- Split Personality: Cir-El was a personality grafted on a troubled young homeless woman named Mia. Unlike Cir-El, Mia hated superheroes and she especially loathed Superman.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Cir-El was the "Sugar," Mia was the "Ice."
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Brainiac and the Futuresmiths.
Superman's older cousin, Kara Zor-El survived the destruction of Krypton thanks to her father, Zor-El, putting a protective force-field around Argo City that sent it hurtling into space. However, the citizens of Argo came under attack from the evil alien Brainiac, so before they were conquered, Zor-El and his wife Alura placed their daughter in a spaceship and sent her to Earth where she would care for her young cousin Kal-El.
Arriving on Earth, Kara found that she had been in suspended animation for decades and her cousin was now an adult while she was still a teenager. Adopting her cousin's mantle as Supergirl, she trained under both Batman and Wonder Woman, and eventually moved in with Lana Lang, pretending to be her niece. Throughout her career, she would battle inner demons which sometimes manifested as a violent, blackclad Supergirl (hereafter referred to as Dark!Kara).
- Abusive Parents: In her first origin, her father made her kill her classmates, sent her to kill her cousin and stood around with her while she was naked. See Retcon below.
- Alliterative Name: Linda Lang.
- All-Loving Hero: After her Darker and Edgier phase was over.
- Alternate Self: She and Power Girl are this to one another, which leaves Kara very weirded out about the possibility of meeting her.
- Always Someone Better: To her friend Stephanie Brown, who always failed to measure up to other superheroes and was constantly told to stop trying, improved in almost all areas of crimefighting after she assumed the mantle of Batgirl from Cassandra Cain. However, in one issue of her own ongoing series Kara stops by for a night together and outshines Stephanie in every way. Not only does she have natural superpowers, but she is also able to understand the Techno Babble explanation for why they are fighting Dracula, and in their civilian identities Supergirl has a much greater zeal for college life than Stephanie did. Stephanie, however, never resented Supergirl for any of this, and liked her even more because of how awesome she was.
- And I Must Scream: In the post-Crisis universe, Kara spent thirty years in suspended animation, curled-up in a tiny pod and trapped in Kryptonite which hurt her and poisoned her mind.
- Anti-Hero: Before Character Development set in. She eventually dropped the "anti" part and settled on being a hero.
- Archenemy: With Reactron, who killed her father and mother and blew up her planet.
- Badass Cape
- Bash Brothers: With Wonder Girl. She and Superman and she and Dick Grayson are a platonic, two-gender variant.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Battle Couple: With Brainiac 5.
- Being Good Sucks: Kara was a normal, fifteen-year-old girl until she arrived on Earth. She remembers having a normal life and she just wants to be a normal girl again◊, free from the pressure and the burdens of having super-powers. And she often feels she isn't good or worthy enough for being a hero. Several times she has wanted to give up her Supergirl identity but she can not stop herself from helping people.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Brainiac 5, whose attitude and frosty demeanour rub her the wrong way.
- Big Little Brother: Kara is -technically- fifteen years older than her cousin, but he towers over her. Even if she had not been several decades in suspended animation, Kal would have probably outgrown her anyways.
- Brains and Brawn: With Brainiac 5. She's the brawn, he's the brains.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Subverted. Early on Kara behaved as a self-absorbed, fickle, whiny fifteen-year-old. After several issues she got over her attitude, and later it was revealed her early immature behavior was due to Kryptonite poisoning making her mentally unstable.
- Break the Cutie: Kara is a genuinely nice, sweet teen girl who loses her family and her whole world when her parents launch her off Argo City to save her life. She crash-lands into a strange, alien, primitive world where she doesn't blend in and strangers want to kill her or capture her and examine her. Kryptonite poisoning messes with her mind and her memories and alters her behavior, making everyone think she is a jerk. After a while she is getting used to live on Earth when Superman retrieves the Bottle City of Kandor -in which were imprisoned her parents and several thousands of Kryptonians- from Brainiac. However, one of her villains -Reactron- kills her parents and blows New Krypton up, exterminating the last survivors of Krypton. So she lost her family and world thrice.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Does this to her mother near the end of "New Krypton" after she finds her torturing Reactron.
- The Cape: For all her problems, Kara was headed strongly in this direction by the time of the New 52 reboot. She'd put the past behind her, adopted Superman's attitude towards dealing with issues, built strong friendships with other heroes, and was well on her way to being the same sort of paragon as her cousin.
- Character Development: Kara was characterized as a whiny, fickle, immature brat who didn't deserve to wear the S-shield for a while until she decided that she needed to stop being a jerk and truly change. From that point on, she started to mature. Later on, it was explained that her weird behavior, her mood swings, her contradictory memories, her inability to focus on what she was doing... was due to kryptonite poisoning.
- Clark Kenting: Used glasses and a different haircut to become Linda Lang.
- Classical Anti-Hero: She is an inexperienced, naive, temperamental teenager full of doubts and insecurities -she often is not even sure of wanting to be a hero- that makes mistakes and has to learn from them.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end of an absolutely brutal one from Lex Luthor early in her career, which forced her to realize that she did, in fact, need to start thinking her actions through more.
- Daddy's Girl: Once all the retcons were hashed out.
- Dark Action Girl: Dark!Kara who was originally a far more capable fighter than the actual Kara.
- Deadpan Snarker: Kara often makes sarcastic remarks when she gets angry. In Supergirl vol. 5 #22 she fights a Supersoldier who claims to be "your tax dollars at work". After defeating him, she grumbles:
- Supergirl: Tax dollars at work, my butt!
- Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Subverted with Post-Crisis Kara. An early story stated that her father trained her to be a weapon, and Superman -with aid of Batman and Wonder Woman- took her in and acted this way toward her. However her abusive father was eventually retconned as a hallucination caused by Kryptonite poisoning when the real Zor-El showed up and turned out to be a pretty nice guy.
- Defeat Means Friendship: With Bizarrogirl.
- Distaff Counterpart: To the Post-Crisis Superman.
- Emo Teen: Had shades of this early on in her career, though not without reason. If your planet was destroyed, you were marooned on an alien world, and the person you thought you were going to be protecting was suddenly much older and more experienced than you, you'd have issues too.
- Enemy Within: Dark!Kara who embodies all of Supergirl's repressed anger over the loss of her people.
- Enemy Without: Luthor exposes Kara to Black Kryptonite, causing a version of Dark!Kara to emerge from her body. It embodies all of her negative emotions and proceeds to go on a rampage before being stopped.
- Evil Costume Switch: The black costume sported by Dark!Kara.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Supergirl was split into her normal self and an evil alternate personality when exposed to black Kryptonite. Supergirl was frightened of her dark, violent and murderous self because "Dark Supergirl" claimed she was the real Kara, and Supergirl's nice and well-meaning persona was only an act.
- Fish out of Water: One of the defining traits of this interpretation of the character. Unlike her more famous cousin, who left Krypton when he was too young to remember it, Kara spent her formative years growing up in Kryptonian society before she was sent to Earth as a teenager. Understandably, she has a harder time adjusting to life on Earth than Kal-El ever did, as she still considers herself a Kryptonian at heart.
- Flying Brick: As per usual. Super-strength, super-speed, invulnerability and flight.
- Flying Firepower: Again, as per usual. Eye Beams and several Breath Weapons.
- Freudian Excuse: Originally she was shown to have serious issues with her dad. These were eventually retconned out and replaced with a strained relationship with her Evil Matriarch Knight Templar mother.
- Future Me Scares Me: Post-Crisis Supergirl is scared of her older, alternate self Power Girl.
- Groin Attack: What she did to a Powerboy when she realized he was a stalker; fortunately, he was from Apokolips so it ONLY hurt a whole lot.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Post-Crisis Kara behaved as an emo, self-centered, angry, bratty teen early on due to Kryptonite poisoning. However she began dealing with her issues, got cured, and developed into a kind, compassionate and cheerful woman.
- Happily Adopted: Pa and Ma Kent kind of adopted Post-Crisis Kara. They were the only parental figures she established a rapport with, and she regarded them as family.
- Has a Type: Her crushes on Dick Grayson and Brainiac 5 are indicative that Kara has a thing for intellectual, responsible-leader types.
- Hates Being Alone: Once Kara and her friend Stephanie Brown watched a cheesy movie. Most of audience laughed out loud when Dracula cried out he was alone, but both girls couldn't laugh about it. They know what being alone is like, and they don't find it funny at all.
- He's Back: Kara wanted to give up being Supergirl after the destruction of New Krypton in the fifth volume, but she donned her Supergirl costume again to save Metropolis from Bizarrogirl.
- HeelFace Turn: Dark!Kara starts out as a monster who was prepared to murder her cousin in the name of Darkseid. By the time of her final appearance she's little more than an emotionally immature teenager who despite her problems still wants to help all of Kara's friends and nearly gets herself killed protecting Dick Grayson from Doomsday.
- Heroes Love Dogs: In her introductory story Kara tried to befriend Krypto, and she was devastated when the dog seemed to dislike her. Later on, they became friends.
- Heroic BSoD: Kara Zor-El had one of these after the destruction of New Krypton. Superman hugged her while she cried in space, and she considered quitting the hero gig for a while.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She tried to kill herself to destroy the Kryptonian Worldkiller and save Earth in the Red Daughter Of Krypton arc.
- Heroic Spirit: She never quits... ever. She has been beaten, depowered, weakened, captured, poisoned... and she's never given up.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- Hot-Blooded: At least when compared to her cousin. Kara tends to charge into situations without thinking, which nearly got her killed against Luthor.
- Hurting Hero: Kara lived through Krypton's destruction. However she lost her home again when her parents sent her to Earth to save her life, before -apparently- dying. She met them again, but one of her enemies murdered them and blew up the world where the last Kryptonians settled in (hence, she has lost her parents twice and her home three times).
- I Hate Past Me: Kara and Karen Starr -Power Girl- don't get along well because Kara was being written like a jerk in the first issues of her book. Kara apologized to Karen after getting her head together, but Karen turned her down.
- Interspecies Romance: Any relationship she has with a non-Kryptonian is this by definition. Most notably with Brainiac 5.
- It's Personal: In the New Krypton storyline, she has a feud with Reactron after he kills her father. It doesn't end well, and he eventually blows up her mother and almost every surviving member of her race. She also takes her enmity with Doomsday this way, knowing that he once killed her cousin.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Kara has all powers of Superman. However she has an edge on speed whereas he is somewhat stronger. She isn't stronger than Superman, faster than Flash, smarter than Batman, better fighter than Wonder Woman and she has not as many powers as Martian Manhunter... but she is one of the strongest, fastest and toughest heroes, she has been trained by Batman and Wonder Woman and is intelligent and resourceful, besides having several useful complementary powers such as flight and super-senses. Her combination of raw power, training, cleverness, determination and hot-bloodness makes her one of the most powerful heroes of the planet.
- Kid Sidekick: To Superman.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She owns a pet cat called Streaky, just like her Earth-One counterpart did.
- Leave Me Alone!: She asked her cousin, Batman and Wonder Woman leave her alone for a while as she figured her new life out. Unfortunately she spent one whole year completely aimless and screwing around due to Kryptonite poisoning altering her personality until she understood she needed help.
- Like Brother and Sister: She and Dick Grayson (Robin I/Nightwing/Batman III) have this vibe, with him considering her a little sister. On the other hand, Supergirl is attracted to him at the beginning◊, but after a while she starts treating him like a big brother.
- Magic Skirt: Always covered up no matter what.
- Minidress of Power: Her Iconic Outfit.
- Ms. Fanservice: A pretty notorious example, what with her cheerleader-like costume with constant panty shots, her original exaggerated "size zero" body shape with elongated toned abdomen and long legs, her naked introduction, and her civilian-wear tendency to dress in crop tops and super-low-rise jeans with her thong on display. While most "teen" girl characters got treated like this in superhero comics of the era, her depiction took it to such a degree that it made many people uncomfortable, and was the source of much negative reaction. Finally, when Jamal Igle took over as main artist, he received a direct editorial order to redesign her costume and generally tone down the fanservice, which he was happy to do.
- No Social Skills: Angry, emotionally damaged, and unfamiliar with Earth's customs, Kara gets herself in a lot of trouble during her first few years on Earth.
- Odd Couple: Energetic former Emo Teen Kara and frosty, intellectual Brainiac 5.
- Older Sidekick: Subverted. She is fifteen years older than her cousin, but she was put in suspended animation for thirty years, so she looks younger than him.
- Older Than They Look: Kara's actually Superman's older cousin, and is somewhere in her late twenties/early thirties. Cryogenic sleep, however, has kept her a teenager mentally and physically.
- One-Man Army: Super-strong, super-fast, nearly invulnerable... provoke her at your peril. Kara crushed single-handedly several squads of Brainiac's murder androids during Superman: Brainiac. An impressive feat since they were built to deal with Kryptonians.
- Other Me Annoys Me: Post-Crisis Kara is frightened of Power Girl because their powers go into overdrive when they touch... and because she turned on Karen temporarily. She apologized later on, but Karen turned her apology down.
- Plucky Girl: After Character Development.
- Precocious Crush: On Dick Grayson. She eventually gets over—though dark!Supergirl does not.
- Reformed, but Rejected: After surviving her trial, recovering from her K-poisoning a bit and getting her head together, Kara sought Power Girl out and apologized for everything. Karen replied she couldn't forgive her or trust her.
- Replacement Goldfish: After Superboy's death, Cassie develops a close friendship with Kara. Later on, she decides to cut off ties with Kara specifically because of this trope. Kara didn't take it well.
- Retcon: That thing about her father raising her as an assassin and having her stand around naked all the time? It was just a hallucination she experienced due to latent Kryptonite poisoning. Doctor Fate later suggests that the hallucinations, as well as dark!Supergirl are manifestations of Kara's survivors guilt which she has no idea what to do with.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Wonder Girl in the Teen Titans. They nearly kissed in Supergirl: Identity.
- Save the Villain: Actually tries to save Reactron from being tortured by her mother.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The energetic girl to Brainiac 5's savvy guy.
- Secret Identity: Linda Lang.
- Ship Tease: With Brainiac-5. After bringing Kara back in the post-Crisis universe, most of writers teased a relationship between them.
- Simple Staff: Kara is in fact a very competent staff-wielder. When archenemy Reactron nullifies her powers in Who Is Superwoman?, she grabs a metallic rod, drives him back and points out how stupid is thinking someone who has been mentored by Batman and Wonder Woman hasn't been trained to fight without powers.
- Sole Survivor: Kara was originally the only survivor of Kryptonian city Argo. However a group of Argonians -including her parents- survived the city's destruction when Brainiac abducted them. However all of them got killed when New Krypton exploded, and Kara is again the Last Daughter of Argo City.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Happens several times be it under Darkseid's influence or simple stress. In a variation on the usual, Dark!Kara becomes more controllable and less evil each time it happens.
- Stripperiffic: A major point of complaint in the pre-Igle stories was just how scanty her costume was as drawn by most artists, especially given that it was supposedly Martha Kent's idea of an appropriate costume for her foster-son's teenage cousin. This was thankfully toned down later on.
- Super Breath: Kara has this power: she can blow gale-force hurricane winds out of her mouth, exhale blasts of ultra-cold air and survive underwater or in space without breathing.
- Superpower Lottery: Has the same power of Superman including Eye Beams, Flying Brick, Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Senses, Super Speed, Super Strength and X-Ray Vision.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Dark!Kara, who is released under the influence of Darkseid, Black K, or similar events and has none of our Kara's restraint. Each time, however, she gets a little better and easier to control; in her last appearance, she's just a brat, rather than a homicidal maniac.
- Survivor's Guilt: Struggles with this after New Krypton, resulting in the reemergence of Dark!Kara, and a psychosomatic illness that nearly kills her. Dr. Fate helps her overcome it during the events of Reign of Doomsday.
- The Tease: She liked taunting Captain Boomerang Jr. about his obvious crush on her. She eased up on it when she realized it was a real Jerkass thing to do.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. It's a talk with Kent Nelson (Dr. Fate) a psychiatrist that helps Kara get over her trauma and survivor's guilt during Reign of Doomsday.
- Took a Level in Badass: Over the course of her series.
- Underestimating Badassery: People tend to this to Kara on account of her age and lack of experience. Kara herself does this to Lex Luthor early in her career, and to Reactron in New Krypton, with disastrous results both times.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Early on this was a serious problem. Her lack of experience and general inability to use her powers to her fullest nearly got her killed during a confrontation with Lex Luthor.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: In a strange variation Dark!Kara has a pretty serious crush on Dick Grayson.
- Your Magic's No Good Here: Kara loses her powers when exposed to red sunlight.
Superman's older cousin, Kara Zor-El survived the destruction of Krypton thanks to her father, Zor-El, who put her in a spaceship to save his only daughter.
Kara crash-landed in Siberia, not knowing she had been several decades in suspended animation, Krypton was gone, she was stranded in an alien planet, and her four-month-old cousin had become a grown man. Confused and angry by her current situation and new powers, and targetted by unknown enemies, Kara had trouble coming to terms with her former life's loss, fitting in Earth and trusting her cousin and she was angry and upset for a long time.
During the events of Superman Superleague, Kal told her he was dying, and he asked her to consider taking over his job. Kara agreed, and after her cousin's death, she joined the DEO -Department of Extra-Normal Operations- to get her lost powers back. She was given a Secret Identity, foster parents and moved to National City.
The events of DC Rebirth revealed that she and the Pre-Flashpoint Supergirl are the same person, but her memories were altered, her past changed and ten years of her life were removed.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: You kinda expect her to be more easy-going, especially if you're most familiar with the Kara from Superman: The Animated Series as many casual fans are. So the fact that she can become so infuriated that a Red Lantern ring is draw to her is unusual. After her Red Lantern phase, though, she appears to have got over it.
- Affectionate Nickname: Alura calls her daughter "Karanizu", a Kryptonian term of endearment.
- Aliens Speaking English: Averted and later played straight: Kara could only speak Kryptonian at first and was taking English lessons from Siobhan. When she met fellow Kryptonian H'el in Issue #14, he gave her the ability to understand and speak English perfectly.
- All-Loving Hero: Even before her character development she hated hurting anybody. After it... when the public demands to know why she's trying to redeem the mass-murderer Cyborg Superman she replies she refuses to give up on anybody.
- Alternate Self: Supergirl and Power Girl are the exact same person from different universes. Power Girl is very reluctant to meet her mainstream universe self at first partly because she is worried the universe would explode if they actually touched. When they finally meet in Supergirl #19, the universe is fine, the two Karas psychically bond, kick butt together and the only snag is Supergirl's fortress AI mistaking Supergirl for a clone and trying to destroy her.
- Blessed with Suck: A lot of people tried to manipulate her or take advantage of her because she was so powerful, to the point she calls her formidable powers a curse in the Red Daughter of Krypton arc:Supergirl: This strength, this power It's been like a curse. But I refuse to be a victim anymore!
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: She has been taught martial arts as part of her schooling on Krypton, although she's far from an expert.
- Boyish Short Hair:
- Kara - who is a short-tempered, hot-blooded brawler and not feminine in the least- wears her hair this way◊.
- Inverted in Supergirl (Rebirth), where Kara has longer hair that goes past her collarbone◊, and, as a result of the Character Development she had gone through, is less short-tempered and violent and more compassionate and peaceful.
- Break the Cutie: Kara is a genuinely nice, sweet teen girl who loses her family and her whole world when her father launches her off Krypton to save her life. She gets stranded in a strange, primitive alien world where she feels lonely and angry because she doesn't fit in. She cannot bring himself to trust her cousin, and everyone else appears to try to manipulate her until she flies off the handle.
- Bring My Red Jacket: During her Red Lantern stint, Kara and wears a red-and-black uniform and her battles are bloodier and more violent than usual.
- Brought Down to Normal: In the aftermath of the Crucible Academy arc, Kara was depowered due to the manipulations of Vandal Savage. DEO agent Cameron Chase, offered to help her get her powers back if she joined the Department of Extra-normal Operations.
- The Cape: She didn't want to hurt anyone and was willing to help people, but her obsession to bring Krypton back and her anger and loneliness issues were holding her back. During the Red Daughter of Krypton arc she finally faced her inner demons and outgrew her angst and anger. When Supergirl (Rebirth) starts out, she has become the kind of hero who will punch criminals and monsters but also try to reach out to them.
- Character Development: The entire series is largely about Kara confronting her demons, getting used to her powers and new circumstances and doing a lot of sorely needed growing up. And, in 34 issues, she goes from scared, angry, but ultimately well meaning teenager to wise, kindly heroine who Superman entrusts with the protection of Earth while he shakes off the Doomsday virus. As he's dying, he asks her to do so again.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has some good deadpan lines.
- In Supergirl #22, after Cyborg Superman reveals that he needs her flesh to become whole again, Supergirl gives this gem of an answer:Supergirl: You want to say that again? I couldn't hear you through all the creepiness coming out of your mouth!
- In Supergirl (Rebirth) #1, Kara and her foster mother Eliza have a friendly battle of wits:Supergirl: Eliza, Jeremiah Do you need help?
Eliza: Not at all! I live to work hours cleaning twenty square feet.
Supergirl: Sarcasm is not unique to Earth, you know.
Eliza: Good. You already speak my language. This adjustment process will be easy.
- In Supergirl #22, after Cyborg Superman reveals that he needs her flesh to become whole again, Supergirl gives this gem of an answer:
- Determinator: Kara never quits. Never. Not even when she's poisoned with Kryptonite, her body is getting stolen by an alien abomination, and her heart has stopped. Even so, she'll keep fighting. She explains that her mother taught her to never give up.Supergirl: But then I thought of mother. I remembered all I had to live up to. A daughter of the House of El never quits. I wasn't about to be the first.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: In New 52 Supergirl #30, she performed a spin attack to repel a squad of alien enemies. She grabbed an alien and used his body as a blunt weapon, spinning around to hit all enemies surrounding her with her "weapon".
- Eye Beams: She uses it constantly, and she has blown spaceships up and boiled tsunamis off with it.
- Fanservice Pack: Scaled back. Her outfit is a Leotard of Power and while she shows quite a bit of leg right up to the pelvic bones, her overall appearance has been downplayed for a more teenage girl look.
- Scaled back further by the addition of a skirt in the #1 issue of her Rebirth series.
- Fantastic Racism: hates clones, believing that they inevitably turn evil, which proves unfortunate for Superboy, whose very existence revolts her - though it could be argued that she pities him more than anything else. This turns out to be a learned prejudice, one held by Kryptonians at large due to the Kryptonian Clone Revolt. The events of H'el on Earth cause her to re-examine this prejudice and unlearn it, and when she runs into Superboy again in issue 38 and he's attacked, she immediately jumps to his defence.
- Flanderization: Past versions of her were merely headstrong and a little Hot-Blooded. Here, her anger is an actual plot point in the Red Daughter of Krypton arc.
- Superboy explicitly notes that the Kara he met on Krypton during the time travelling battle against H'el was much nicer than the version that he encountered on Earth. He quickly and logically concludes that the fact that she lost her entire world soured her just a tiny bit.
- As of issue 34, she seems to be calmer, wiser and kinder, having got the rage out of her system and been asked by Superman to protect Earth in his stead.
- The Big Guy: Her combination of great physical power and hotheadedness tend to push her into this role on a team, notably as a member of the Justice League United.
- Big Little Brother: Kara is -technically- sixteen years older than her cousin, but he towers over her. Even if she had not been several decades in suspended animation, Kal would have probably outgrown her anyways.
- Flying Brick: She is super-strong, super-fast, super tough and can fly.
- Flying Firepower: And, in addition, she has heat vision, freezing and hurricane breath and is an Action Bomb.
- Future Me Scares Me: Kara gets upset when she meets Power Girl because she feels pathetic and inadequate compared with her more intelligent, stronger and more mature adult self.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Kara was a lonely, insolated teen who had anger issues and Survivor Guilt due to losing her family and getting stranded in an alien world. Even so, she went out of her way to help people and risked her life to protect others. In the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline she confronted her anger issues and got over her rage, angst and confusion. When Supergirl (Rebirth) kics off, she has become the kind of person who will stop criminals, send them to prison and try to help them.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: After showing up on Earth Kara was very irritable and snappy due to months of being manipulated, abused and betrayed in addition to be an orphan of a dead world and having no form of support system (Superman does repeatedly try to help her, but his being - in her mind - a grown man saying he's her baby cousin and his apparent indifference to Krypton's fate, plus general teenage cussedness and her many issues means that she winds up throwing it in his face until after the Red Lantern arc). Her temper got worse, to the point she eventually became a rage-powered Red Lantern. During her RL stint, she barely could control her anger, and she often blew up with no reason or provocation and regretted her outbursts afterwards. Paradoxically, that situation taught her how to keep her temper under control.
- Happily Adopted: Kara's foster parents are Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers who first appeared in Supergirl (Rebirth) # 1. Although they are technically her DEO-appointed handlers, they established a strong rapport after a few weeks.
- Jeremiah: What did I miss?
Eliza: Just the launch, Jeremiah. But the new uniform sure fits.
Cameron: Years since I let you two get married and you still find ways to help me question that decision.
Supergirl: Comms are live. I can hear you two.
Eliza: We're your parents, Kara. We're not dead.
- Hates Being Alone: She was so sick of being alone and insolated that she flew off the handle and joined the Red Lanterns.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Confused and frightened, she fought Superman when they first met; which didn't exactly make the public like her.
- She yo-yo's back and forth on this - some remember her fight with the Worldkillers in New York and praise her as a hero. Others... not so much.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Krypto was the family's dog. Kara is delighted◊ when she learns that Krypto survived.
- Heroic BSoD: In the Red Daughter of Krypton arc she went through one after meeting and beating Lobo, believing everyone wanted to manipulate her and she belonged nowhere. She was so upset and furious that she became a Red Lantern. A while later she was told that she would be a Red Lantern forever because she would die if she took her Power Ring off. She fell to her knees in despair and fury, threw her head back and screamed while incandescent light poured from her eyes.
- Heroic Spirit: She never gives up. Never.
- He's Back: At the end of "Red Daughter of Krypton" arc, Kara becomes again Supergirl, and decides to return to Earth and protect the planet.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Supergirl had a hard time adjusting to her new-found powers when she landed on Earth.
- Hurting Hero: Kara lost her planet and her parents and was stranded in a strange, alien world. She was persecuted by villains and fell for someone who turned out to be an evil, Manipulative Bastard who broke her heart. She lost her only friend, and joined a group of questionable anti-heroes only because she needed to belong with someone. After a while she got over her issues, but then her cousin -the only famly she had left- died.
- It's Personal: In the Red Daughter of Krypton arc, Supergirl explains that she hates the Worldkillers (sentient, genetically-engineered biological weapons) and the Diasporan alien race because they kill planets, and she's an orphan of a dead world. She's very committed to stop them all.Supergirl: How could anyone make it their mission in life to murder whole worlds? Can you imagine what an abomination that is to an orphan from a dead planet? [...] This world-killing stuff... it hits a nerve. It makes me furious, and the ring just fans the flame!
- Leotard of Power: Unlike previous incarnations, Supergirl's outfit in the New 52 lacks a skirt. Rebirth returns to the previous status quo by adding a skirt - though, in line with Supergirl (2015), she doesn't bare her midriff.
- Leave Me Alone!: Kara kept this attitude for a long while in the New 52 universe. When Superman and Supergirl argue in Red Lanterns #30, he reminds his cousin that she wanted him to leave her alone to live her own life since she showed up on Earth - so, fine, he's letting her live her life. Though as he warns Guy and his Red Lanterns, he will be keeping an eye on them, so they had better do right by her.
- Made of Indestructium: Her outfit and cape.
- My Blood Runs Hot: From Supergirl 28 through Supergirl 33, with the same Red Lanterns issues, Kara is the recipient of a Red Lantern Ring, while still keeping her Kryptonian abilities.
- Most Common Superpower: Averted. She has a rather modest bust to match her slim teenage physique.
- My Greatest Failure: She feels guilty for Krypton's destruction, even though she intellectually knows there was nothing she could do to save it.Supergirl: And now Krypton's lost forever. There was nothing I could do to save it, but it feels like I'll be trying to make up for that the rest of my life.
- Naked on Revival: In issue 23, her body was dissolved using a machine, leaving only her clothes in a pile. In issue 24, her body was restored by the same machine, but she had to put her clothes on manually.
- Nice Girl: Once you get past the angst and anger issues, both of which she outgrows, she is, in her own way, every bit as sweet and kind as her cousin.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In New 52 Supergirl Issue 28, she pummelled Lobo until he stopped moving and talking. Not an easy feat.
- No Social Skills: Unlike Superman, she arrives on Earth as a teenager instead of being raised amongst humans as a young child. As a result she is unfamiliar with Earth customs and can only speak Kryptonian for the first dozen or so issues.
- In Issue #8, Kara meets Siobhan, who can speak any language after hearing a few words of a language. She's able to communicate with Kara and helps her adjust to life on Earth.
- It gets really showcased in Issue #11 when she goes on a date with Siobhan's brother. She walks in on him while he was getting dressed and took a pizza without paying for it.
- Older Than They Look: Kara was a teenager when her father put her in a spaceship. The ship put her body in stasis and landed on Earth years later; which is why her baby cousin Kal-El looks older than her.
- One-Man Army: Kara first wiped a wave of enemies as soon as she landed on Earth. During her Red Lantern days, there was not much she couldn't handle, and she nearly single-handedly defeated the whole Diasporan force.
- Perpetual Frowner: Until issue 34, at least, you could count the number of times she's smiled in the New 52 on one hand. Now, she smiles a bit more.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: In New 52 Supergirl Issue 28, after Kara shots Lobo's ship down:Lobo: Bloody Nass! That ship was custom built! The things I did just to pay for it...!
Kara: Don't worry... You'll pay for them ALL.
- Puny Earthlings: Though she mostly does so in jest, her dialogue bears a hint of condescension amidst her discomfort with Earth culture, much like the far more extreme Zod. Joking or not, she considers Earth's science primitive by Kryptonian standards, and frequently vocalizes how much she wishes to be back on Krypton. This fades somewhat with her Character Development, though she still occasionally jokes about it.
- Rage Breaking Point: She's been through hard times during her time on Earth, leading to a lot of built up rage. Her fight with Lobo is the final straw, as his attempt to manipulate her causes her to thrash him. Her rage is enough to attract a Red Lantern ring.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: At the first issue of the "Red Daughter of Krypton" arc, her eyes' red glow intensifies as she gets angrier. At the beginning their eyes give off a faint red light◊. At the end they pour red fire◊.
- Red Is Violent: Red Lantern Supergirl is not evil - she joins the Guy Gardner's team and despises Atrocitus - but she's more violent, more aggressive and more short-tempered than her usual Hot-Blooded self. She also wore a mostly red uniform.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: After meeting Red Hood again, Kara states that though she finds him attractive, she doesn't want bad boys like him, but someone normal and dependable. Red Hood, for his part, thinks this is a good thing.
- Smarter Than You Look: Her hot temper, teenage naivete and lack of fighting finesse leads a lot of enemies to consider her simply Dumb Muscle. In fact she does have brains - as witnessed by her outwitting Tycho and Sanctuary.
- Super Breath: Kara has this power: she can blow gale-force hurricane winds out of her mouth, exhale blasts of ultra-cold air and survive underwater or in space without breathing.
- Superpower Lottery: Since she's a Kryptonian like Superman, she has the same powers as him. Plus..
- Action Bomb: Can release the solar energy within her as an explosion without harming herself. At first, this ability seemed to be unique to her, but eventually Superman was shown using it as his 'Super Flare' - though his burned off all of his powers for a day.
- The Needless: As long as she stays charged with solar radiation, Kara doesn't need to eat, sleep, or breathe.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Every time she worked with Superboy, at least at first, due to Kryptonian Fantastic Racism towards clones. The events of H'el on Earth seem to have changed her opinion of him and clones in general (ironically, she ended up helping to lead the original Clone Revolt), and when they run into each other again in issue 38, she instantly jumps to his defence, facing down a group of powerful heavy hitters, more skilled and experienced than her, and telling them that if they want Superboy, they're going to have to go through her.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Supergirl does not know her own strength. She gets upset when her actions endanger people and is relieved once that she sees that nobody has been harmed.
- Subverted in Red Daughter of Krypton. Supergirl is horrified when she apparently kills mass murderer and hitman 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".
- Subverted again at the end of that arc. She executed an artificial, genocidal body-snatching alien abomination reasoning that "This is not murder. It is the end of a terrible mistake."
- Tomato in the Mirror: Reign suggests to her that she is the fifth, missing Worldkiller. Kara denies it but deep down worries Reign might be right.
- Trauma Conga Line: She woke up with missing memories, on an alien world, all alone and was promptly attacked by men in Powered Armor. Shortly after that, she encountered a grown man claiming to be her baby cousin. Shortly after that she's lured in and kidnapped by an amoral trillionaire who wants the secrets of Kryptonian technology, poisoned with Kryptonite, and then the guy who rescues her is murdered in cold blood. After she gets away from all of that, she's utterly alone in an alien world, then finds a link to her very dead home. She follows it... and finds that her home is basically a ghost city, whereupon she is beaten up by a Kryptonian supersoldier called a Worldkiller. After escaping all that, she has to fight four Worldkillers, then, exhausted, is promptly attacked by the US Army and Police, with only one human standing up for her (and is, conveniently, an Omniglot). Said human befriends her, then turns out to be the Silver Banshee, who is being hunted down by her father, the Black Banshee. After briefly being absorbed, body and soul, she fights her way out. Then she gets attacked again, while on a date. Oh, and the first man she falls in love with is H'el, who's manipulating her, using her affection for him to trick her into a brief FaceHeel Turn. Then, in defeating H'el, she's poisoned with Kryptonite. Again. And then there's the revelation that her father was experimenting on her. No wonder the poor girl has problems.
- Underwater Base: In issue #13, she gains the Sanctuary: a Kryptonian base at the bottom of the ocean. It's basically her version of Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Sanctuary is programmed to eradicate any Kryptonian double in her presence. When Supergirl and her Earth 2 counterpart Power Girl enter Sanctuary in issue #19, it deems Supergirl the double and tries to eliminate her. The two Karas must destroy Sanctuary to save Supergirl. However, the A.I. survives in a robot body; hellbent on destroying Supergirl.
- Underwear of Power: Kara wore one of these before "Rebirth".
- Unskilled, but Strong: She may be as powerful as Superman, but she doesn't have his years of experience or combat skills. Her lack of skill is remarked upon during her fight with Wonder Woman.
- Working Through the Cold: The events of H'el on Earth left her with kryptonite poisoning. Despite this she can still fight at full strength. It eventually gets to her; leading to her capture by Cyborg Superman. The kryptonite poisoning is removed when Cyborg Superman dissolves her body and extracts the kryptonite before restoring her.
- When She Smiles: It's rare, but it is absolutely adorable. Becomes more common after the Red Daughter of Krypton arc allows her to let go of most of her rage.
- You Can't Go Home Again: She really wants to go back home to Krypton, but can't since Krypton was destroyed. This motivates her temporary FaceHeel Turn in H'el on Earth. Superman's perceived indifference towards Krypton and its fate is one of the causes of friction between them.
- Your Magic's No Good Here: Kara loses access to her powers in red sunlight.
Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl universe's Supergirl, Kara was the only one to escape the destruction of Argo City. Her parents sent her to Earth because they had heard of their heroes, never knowing her cousin Kal-El was sent there, too.
Upon landing, Kara joined the Justice Society of America and was adopted by Wonder Woman. She saw the Society as her family and Lex Luthor -Society's main backer- as a friend and mentor. In a world which had never heard of Superman, she became world's mightiest hero.
Several years later, a kidnapping forces Kara to team up with Batgirl, Gotham City's nearly dictatorial protector. In the process, she learns of her cousin's fate, Luthor's true self and makes a new friend.
- Amazonian Beauty: She is beautiful, tall, and muscular.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Supergirl is nice, kind, polite, and good-natured. Still, when she discovered that Lex Luthor killed her cousin baby several year ago, she wanted to kill him.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her hairstyle.
- Break the Cutie: Kara was an innocent, nice woman. Then she found out that someone who she thought was a very good person murdered her baby cousin several years ago, and was manipulating her all along.
- Broken Pedestal: Lex became this to Kara when she realized what kind of person he really was.
- The Cape: In her cousin's absence, she is world's greatest hero.
- Defrosting the Ice Queen: Kara managed to befriend Barbara Gordon, a jerkass who trusted no one, was constantly angry, was cold to other crimefighters and could be stubborn and irrational.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Kara points at Batgirl when she calls her out on being more interested in keeping a well-meaning metahuman out of Gothan than in rescuing a hostage.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Supergirl's eyes glowed red when she wanted to kill Luthor.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Supergirl and Batgirl don't get along well at the beginning, but they turn into this over the course of the story.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Kara thought Luthor was "the most wonderful man in the world". To be fair, he deceived everyone but Batgirl and Bruce.
- Hot-Blooded: Kara is emotional, passionate, impulsive and stubborn.
- Interspecies Romance: Subverted. Most of people thought Supergirl and Lex Luthor were together, but their relationship wasn't romantic at all.
- It's Personal: Taking Lex Luthor down became a personal matter to her as soon as she discovered her cousin's corpse.
- Just Friends: Kara insists that she and Lex are just friends despite of a number of rumors claiming otherwise.Barbara: My secrets may be the key to saving your boyfriend.
Supergirl: Don't be trite — We're just friends.
- Last of His Kind: Kara is truly the last Kryptonian because Lex murdered her baby cousin.
- Lovely Angels: With Batgirl.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Subverted. Her adult self wears what wold have been Superman's costume.
- Most Common Superpower: This Supergirl is as buxom as her Earth 2 counterpart.
- Mr. Exposition: She plays this role.
- Nice Guy: Kara is nice, kind, polite, compassionate, and likes trusting people too easily.
- Parental Substitute: Wonder Woman became Kara's surrogate mother when she showed up on Earth.
- Secret Identity: It never was stated, but since this universe is strongly based on Earth-One, it's presumably Linda Danvers.
- Secret Keeper: She knows Batgirl's secret identity.
- Superpower Lottery: Flying Brick with Eye Beams Breath Weapons and Super Senses.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Supergirl is the tomboy to Batgirl's girly girl. Kara is more masculine and aggressive, has a crew cut and wears trousers and sweaters. Batgirl is more female, has long hair, and wears dresses and jewelry.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Lex Luthor.
- We Used to Be Friends: Supergirl regarded Luthor as a kind of father until she learnt that he murdered her baby cousin.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Supergirl is too trusting and naive. Her naïveté nearly gets her killed.
- You Killed My Father: Supergirl wants to kill Luthor after finding out that he murdered her cousin.
The daughter of Linda Danvers and an alternate Silver Age Superman. After her parents were erased by the Crisis on Infinite Earths and The Spectre's interference, Ariella was left to wander space and time on her own.
- Combo Platter Powers
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Due to her high level of power and young age, Ariella can be highly destructive, as she has not learned to hold back her abilities.
- The Dreaded: Ariella is a humorous example. She's a mere 6-year-old girl who obliviously causes chaos and destruction wherever she goes. Several alien civilizations call her R'E'L, the Destroyer of Worlds.
- Enfant Terrible: How everyone else views her, as this six-year-old is too naive and innocent to realize that she destroys everything around her whenever she moves.
- Goo Goo Godlike: Comes with being the daughter of Linda Danvers and an alternate Silver Age Superman. She is most likely second only to Superboy-Prime when it comes to raw power.
- Person of Mass Destruction: She is Earth-One Superman's daughter. She can move planets.
- Puppy Love: With Klarion the Witch Boy.
- Red Baron: Dura, an alien that had been fleeing from her since Ariella had nearly destroyed his planet, called her "R'E'L, the Destroyer of Worlds".
- Super Power Lottery: A hybrid of metahuman/Kryptonian heritage, Ariella possesses vast powers for her young age. She has incredible superhuman strength and speed. She can fly, travel through time at will, move objects via telekinesis, and teleport anywhere she wishes. She is invulnerable, and ages at an extremely slow rate, energy blasts, energy absorption and also duplication. She also has X-ray vision and heat vision.
- Walking the Earth: Walking the multiverse.
An alternate version of Earth-One Kara from the all-ages comic, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade.
- Alliterative Name: Linda Lee
- Break the Cutie: Mxy tries this. It doesn't work. She's Supergirl, darnit!
- Cloud Cuckoolander: With her constant fantasies of "Moon Supergirl".
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: She accidentally broke a desk in half when she put her hand on it. And she put her hand through a wall when she was writing in a chalkboard.
- Evil Counterpart: Belinda.
- Evil Twin: Again, Belinda.
- Friendly Enemy: With Lena Luthor.
- Naïve Newcomer: She doesn't get most of Earth customs.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Her cat Streaky and her horse Comet.
- Plucky Girl: Her unending optimism despite all odds infuriate Mxy to no end.
- Secret Identity: Linda Lee.
Karen: It's not "gall", Flash — It's determination!
Superman's cousin and Kara's alternate self on Earth 2.
Kara Zor-L's parents sent their baby daughter to Earth before Krypton's destruction, but because her Symbioship was considerably slower than Kal-L's she spent several decades in suspended animation until her ship finally landed on Earth and she met her cousin. She was adopted by Clark Kent and Lois Lane and eventually joined the Justice Society of America.
After Crisis on Infinite Earths, there was no Earth 2, and Power Girl's origins and powers were endlessly retooled. Joining the modern Justice Society before Infinite Crisis, the new Crisis revealed that Power Girl is still Superman's cousin from Earth 2 (the Pre-Crisis Earth 2) restoring her memories and stabilizing her powers.
She is also Most Common Superpower incarnate.
In Earth-149 -an Alternate Universe seen in Superman Vol 1 #149-, Lex Luthor managed to murder Superman for good before Kal revealed Supergirl's existence to the world. Kara attended her cousin's funeral assuming her secret identity of Linda Lee, and right after she sought Luthor out, captured him and brought him to the Bottle City of Kandor, where he was put on trial for murder and banished to the Phantom Zone.
Shortly afterward Supergirl took over for her cousin, becoming a popular, beloved and very heart-broken hero.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Kara was dying to reveal her existence to the world... until Superman got murdered by Lex Luthor. She arrested and punished Luthor, revealed herself and took over for her cousin, becoming a beloved hero, but she lost the only family she had left and thus, is now the last child of Krypton.Bystander: Good luck! We miss Superman, but we're glad you're taking over for him!
Supergirl: ... I never thought it would turn out this way... All the time I was Superman's secret emergency-weapon, I eagerly looked forward to the day when I could operate openly! Now that it's finally happened, I I feel no happiness at the "glory" that's now... mine...
- Canine Companion: Krypto became her partner after Kal's death.
- Heartbroken Badass: She hardly smiled after her cousin's death.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Kara became Krypto's owner.
- Immune to Bullets: 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◊.
- Last of His Kind: With Superman's death, she is the last Kryptonian.
- Latex Perfection: Kara finally reveals herself to the public by crashing Luthor's celebratory party in a full Superman suit and mask, then removing it to reveal herself.
- Legacy Character: Kara takes up the role of Supergirl to fight crime and protect Earth after her cousin gets murdered by Lex Luthor.
- Spanner in the Works: Luthor thought he was unstoppable after Superman's death and he was going to get away with his murder because he was not aware of the existence of Supergirl.
- Superpower Lottery: She's an Earth-1 Kryptonian pretty much and just as dangerous as Superman, if not more so, due to her loss.
- Take Up My Sword: Supergirl takes over for her cousin after capturing his murderer.
- World's Strongest Man: Supergirl is unquestionably her world's strongest being after Superman's death (Pre-Crisis Amazons and Martians are noticeably weaker than Kryptonians, there is no Power Girl and there is no Marvel Family).
- You Killed My Father: Supergirl reveals her existence by capturing her cousin's murderer. As she takes Luthor away, she warns a group of gangsters they may have succeeded in treacherously murdering her cousin but they will have to deal with her now.Supergirl: My name is... Supergirl! I'm Superman's cousin from Krypton! I've been his secret emergency weapon for years! Luthor, in the name of planet Krypton, I arrest you for murder!
- '" We saved Bizarro World, Supergirl... so why do me now hurt inside?"
There were two different Bizarro versions of Supergirl in Pre-Crisis continuity. The first was pretty much just a Gender Flip version of the regular Bizarro in body and mind and died in her first appearance but the second was a little different. The second Bizarrogirl was created when the Bizarros used a Duplication Machine on the real Supergirl who at the time had been left with a monstrous appearance by a vindictive alien prince. The result was a Bizarro girl with the beautiful looks the real Supergirl (normally) possessed but the mind of a Bizarro, effectively making her a Brainless Beauty.
A Bizarro version of post-Crisis Linda Danvers was created by Buzz. Briefly mistaken by Fred for a Jokerised Linda, she ends up working for Lilith, but later sacrifices herself.
The Bizarro counterpart of Post-Crisis Kara, Bizarrogirl, was rocketed to Earth by Bizarro #1 when he believed that the Godship was going to destroy Bizarroworld. Here she hurt or killed several people, before being defeated by Supergirl; Kara returned Bizarrogirl to Bizarroworld, befriending her in the process.
- Anti-Hero: Manages to achieve this status near the end of her arc.
- Bad is Good and Good is Bad: As is the usual case for Bizarros. Bizarrogirl is a little smarter than most, however, and is eventually able to get her head around the notion that killing people is bad.
- Bare Your Midriff: Averted, with her costume being closer to that of the Pre-Crisis Supergirl than the Post-Crisis one.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Kara learns this the hard way. So does the Godship.
- Brainless Beauty: The second Pre-Crisis Bizarrogirl had Supergirl's looks but the usual Bizarro dimwittedness.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S"
- Chest Insignia
- Cowardly Lion: Admits to being terrified of the Godship, yet still does a bang up job fighting it after she grows a spine.
- Defeat Means Friendship: With Supergirl
- Dumb Muscle: Though not to the same degree as the usual Bizarros. Bizarrogirl is capable of learning from her mistakes and doesn't get everything backwards.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Clearly cares about Bizarro #1.
- Evil Knockoff: Of Supergirl, whom she believes to be the real Bizarro.
- Grew a Spine: After a talking to from Supergirl.
- HeelFace Turn: Has a better understanding of good, evil, life, and death at the end of her arc, and tries to become a hero (or as much of one as a Bizarro can be).
- Hero with an F in Good: She's more genuinely stupid than suffering from the usual Bizarro backwards logic. As she grows to understand other people she becomes more genuinely heroic.
- Hulk Speak
- I'm a Humanitarian: Threatens to eat Jimmy, though she may not understand the implications of the threat.
- Not So Different: She and Kara have a lot more in common than Superman and Bizarro #1 do.
- Obliviously Evil: Has no idea that she's really hurting people, and is horrified once the Godship's attack forces her to understand what death is really about.
- Oddball Doppelgänger
- Precocious Crush: On Bizarro!Luthor, much to the real Kara's disgust.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: Has the intellect and personality of a scared, angry little girl.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes are naturally red.
- Superpower Lottery: She has the same powers of Bizarro.
Zora Vi-Lar was born the daughter of Kryptonian Vi-Lar in the surviving city of Kandor. As an adult, Zora turned towards a life of crime, and took on the masked identity of Black Flame. She became a foe of Supergirl when she vowed to avenge her friend Lesla Lar and defeat Supergirl.
Zora began thwarting international police and going on a crime spree, gaining Supergirl's attention, and then she tried to trick Supergirl into believing she was an evil queen of a pirate planet, the head of an intergalactic crime empire... and the descendant of Supergirl, Supergirl XXV.
Zora hoped that Supergirl would expose herself to Gold Kryptonite so her descendants don't inherit her powers. However Supergirl saw through her ruse, exposed Zora to Gold Kryptonite and imprisoned her inside the Phantom Zone.
Black Flame fought Supergirl several times more, but ultimately she returned to Kandor where she reformed. Upon meeting Supergirl again, she expressed her regret for trying to steal Supergirl's powers before returning to the bottle city to lead a crime-free life.
Mister Mxyzptlk once took on the form of Black Flame in an attempt to humiliate Superman and Batman in World Finest #169.
- The Atoner: After being defeated by Supergirl, she tried to reform.
- Batman Gambit: She used one to try and trick Supergirl into stripping herself from her powers.
- Complexity Addiction: Black Flame has a serious trouble with this. In Adventure Comics #400, Supergirl is at her mercy: trapped in a locked room, unconscious and sprinkled with Green Kryptonite. And Black Flame orders her hired guns to hurry up and bring Supergirl to a Death Trap before the Kryptonite kills her because she doesn't "want her go that easily". Supergirl survives Black Flame's elaborate death trap but she is immobilized and rendered unconscious. So Black Flame kills her? Nope. She sets another death trap up and waits for Supergirl coming around.
- Domino Mask: She wears a pointed, red mask.
- Inappropriate Role Model: She fawned over Lesla Lar. Body-swapping, murderous, lunatic Lesla Lar.
- Kid from the Future: Subverted. She tries to trick Kara into believing she is her descendant.
- Large Ham: She is hammy.Zora: See how she comes — not knowing that she is flying to her — DOOM!
- Mad Scientist: She is a brilliant scientist... and she is cunning and devious.
- Moral Myopia: Kara did not even know who Zora was until Zora tried to harm her. Still in Adventure Comics #400, Black Flame declares that she will get her revenge on Supergirl for meddling in her affairs. So "Don't fall for your stupid, completely unwarranted revenge scheme" is synonymous with "meddling in your affairs"?
- Robot Me: She uses a robot double to trick Supergirl into believing she has not left Kandor.
- Superpower Lottery: She had the Kryptonian full pack before being depowered.
Born to jewish parents in Poland, Rachel was taken from her mother when they arrived at a concentration camp (in her mind, her mother had let them take her and abandoned her).
She managed to amuse the camp commandant so much that she was allowed to live and was taken into his home. Being raised in a Nazi household, combined with her mother's failure to save her, convinced Rachel that the Nazis were right. The camp commandant had been prepared for the fall of Nazi Germany and had arranged false papers for her. These identified Rachel as American and she set off to the United States, where she studied and received her first PH.D. at 18.
Rachel unraveled a mystery that Einstein could only begin to dream of. The very forces of the universe took her, molding her into Blackstarr.
In the early 1980's, Rachel had made herself the center of a Nazi organization. This caused her to clash with Supergirl and reunited Rachel with her mother.
- Boomerang Bigot: She is a Nazi Jew.
- Enemy Mine: Supergirl and she are forced to team up during the Crisis.
- Evil Redhead: She is a redhead and... well, a Nazi super-villain.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was a poor, unlucky child... and she became a cosmic-powered villain.
- Hoist Hero over Head: Inverted. Supergirl does this to Blackstarr in Supergirl #15's cover.
- Older Than They Look: She looks a twenty-years-old woman, but she is in her fifties.
- Parental Abandonment: She hates her parents because she is convinced that they abandoned her.
- Physical God: She controls cosmic forces.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: She wears purple robes.
- Self-Made Orphan: She kidnapped and considered killing her mother, but she never made the attempt.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In Supergirl #25, Kara does this to Blackstarr several times:Blackstarr: I may be undecided as to the old woman's fate, but yours is certain... death!
Supergirl: Listen — I've been romping through the cosmos since I was 15... and threats like THAT don't even make me work up a sweat!
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was a cheerful, sweet little girl... and then the Third Reich happened. She was forcefully taken from her parents whom she blamed for not saving her, dumped in a concentration camp and raised by Nazis. Forty years later she's super-villain Blackstarr and is twisted and full of hatred.
- " Admit it luv - Y'missed me, didn't'cha?"
Gaius Marcus, alias Buzz, was a Patrician in Ancient Roman. After the Emperor made off with his wife, Marcus made a deal with Beelzebub, Lord of Flies: allow for Caligula's assassination to go forward and for his wife Valeria to be returned to him alive and he would become the demon's slave upon his death. Unfortunately for Marcus, the shocked and devastated Valeria blamed him for her horrible treatment and stabbed him in the chest. Marcus became a demon whom Beelzebub renamed Buzz.
As a demon, Buzz was responsible for much chaos in history before being sent to Leesburg to stir up some trouble. He created a cult that became involved in numerous illegal and illicit activities, and lured a young and insecure Linda Danvers into his cult.
Several years later, Buzz attempted murder Linda in an attempt to draw a demon named Chakat into the world. His ritual was stopped by Matrix, who bonded with Linda to save her life. From that point on, Buzz became Linda's enemy for much of her career.
- Archenemy: To Matrix and Linda Danvers.
- Been There, Shaped History: Was retroactively included in Raven's backstory by making him a part of the cult that set up Angela Roth to be raped by Trigon.
- The Corrupter: He put young Linda through the wringer.
- Evil Brit: Slightly came across as a sleazy, evil John Constantine.
- Faux Affably Evil: He actually managed to charm Sylvia Danvers so well she set up a blind date for him and Linda at one point. But it was all a ruse to set up a scenario wherein the Danvers would die, pushing Supergirl past the Despair Event Horizon. Thankfully this gets undone.
- "I care a great deal about this city's fate. What I care about — is making sure everything in this entire area is obliterated!"AKA: Zor-El
After H'el on Earth and destroying the Sanctuary, Supergirl has had enough of Earth and goes off-planet to find a new home. Luckily for her, she finds a much more generous planet named I'noxia that hails her as a hero when she saves them from danger. Their technology can even make robotic replicas of people from her memories; making the place a paradise... or so it seems. It is there she meets Cyborg Superman: a mysterious cybernetic being that looks very much like her cousin. He tells her that he's behind all this and can give her everything she desires on the planet. There's just one little fee: he wants her flesh to replace his cybernetic parts.
- Appendage Assimilation: He wants to take Supergirl's biomatter and use it to rebuild his body. He succeeds, but is so distraught at his true identity that he gives her back her body so she can escape Brainiac.
- Appropriated Appellation: When he explains that he isn't Superman, Kara calls him a Cyborg Superman and he keeps the name.
- Archnemesis Dad: He's Kara's father, Zor-El
- The Dragon: He's working for Brainiac, but has plans of his own. When he defies Brainiac, their fight allows Supergirl to escape.
- Dying to Be Replaced: He's killed by Mr. Oz, conveniently around the time DC brought back the original Cyborg Superman, Hank Henshaw.
- Foreshadowing: Kara notes that he seems familiar when she looks him in the eyes.
- I Did What I Had to Do: In Supergirl Rebirth #3 Cyborg Superman defends his actions stating that he did what he needed to do to guarantee Kara's happiness.Cyborg Superman: I heard you, Kara. You longed to return to Argo City. I did only what needed to be done to give you that.
- Identity Amnesia: He doesn't remember anything about himself. Not even his name. This is because Brainiac erased his memories while rebuilding him to make him a loyal servant. He remembers everything after he becomes whole again, but is so distraught at his true identity that he has a change of heart and restores Supergirl's body; reverting him back into Cyborg Superman and removing his memories once more.
- Love Makes You Evil: In Supergirl Rebirth Cyborg Superman makes horrible, horrible things such like turning corpses into reanimated, soulless zombie cyborgs and making human sacrifices. And everything -everything- he does is because he loves his daughter and wants her to be happy. He says "I'm doing this for you!" over and again, and he means it.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he dissolves Supergirl and rebuilds his body with her biomatter, he regains his memories and realizes he's Kara's father, Zor-El; shaking him to the core. To save Supergirl from Brainiac and keep her from knowing the truth, he restores her body and reverts back into Cyborg Superman so she can escape while he holds him off.
- Naked on Revival: After his body is restored, the cybernetic parts fall off, leaving him naked. He remains naked for the duration before becoming a cyborg again.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His left eye is a red cybernetic.
- Red Right Hand: Cyborg Superman's right arm is lanky and skeletal; making him appear more inhuman than he already is.
- We Can Rebuild Him: He was on the verge of death when Brainiac found him and rebuilt him with cybernetics. He wasn't missing any body parts, but Brainiac wanted to make him the ultimate Kryptonian. Brainiac also altered Zor-El's DNA to make him look more like his "superior" brother, Jor-El. Cyborg Superman grows to hate his appearance and yearns to be fully biological again.
The son of Post-Crisis Winslow Schott, (alias long-time Superman foe, The Toyman) Anton Schott is a psychotic preteen who feels that his father loved other children more than he loved him, and despises all children because of it.
His father neglected him and his mother took him away on the belief that Winslow was a pedophile only to abandon him. After a while Anton found his father's old workshop and decided to become the villain Dollmaker.
Driven by envy and abandonment issues, Anton started kidnapping other children, turning them into cybernetic doll-like slaves. He also sent dolls resembling them to Cat Grant, whom he ultimately tried to force to become his new mother.
- Child Prodigy: As both a toymaker and a supervillain.
- Enfant Terrible: In his early teens at the latest, and utterly psychotic.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He never thought that Supergirl could come to the rescue of Cat Grant. Why would Supergirl want to save someone she hated?
- Evil Genius: Clearly runs in the family.
- Happy Funball: Much like his father, Anton specialises in this.
- In the Blood
- Mommy Issues: Wants to force Cat Grant (who was the mother of a victim killed by Toyman) to be his new mother.
- Non-Action Guy: Anton himself is an out of shape child who can't fight to save his life.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother took him away from his father because she believed he was a pedophile. Than she bailed on Anton as well, leaving him with serious abandonment issues.
- The Resenter: Towards any child with two functional parental figures.
- Robotmaster: Sends giant, doll shaped robots out to do his dirty work.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Anton wears a green shirt, purple bow tie and belt and violet overalls.
- Wicked Toymaker: The same as his father, he is a skilled -and creepy- toymaker, although he specializes in deadly robot dolls.
A villainous quartet including Brains, Ms. Mesmer, Bulldozer, and Kong, they worked for the Council and attacked Supergirl on two occasions. Ms. Mesmer once hypnotized her into thinking her reflection was Linda Lee, while Brains managed to escape their battles and remained at large.
A villainous Kandorian scientist and Kara Zor-El lookalike who specialised in identity theft in both mundane and psychic versions. While she hasn't been seen since before the Crisis, she is historically significant as Supergirl's first true archenemy.
After a lengthy scheme to remove and take Supergirl's powers failed, partially due to Mr. Mxyptlk's interference, Lesla-Lar tried again by recruiting Phantom Zone criminals to aid her. Instead, they turned on her, disintegrating her with her own weapon in Action Comics #297.
Lesla made her final appearance in Superman Family #206 -eighteen years later!- in which her floating consciousness try to take over Supergirl's body once more, but this attempt failed and she was dispersed on the astral plane.
- Archenemy: Of Pre-Crisis Kara.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Unusually for the Silver Age, she was disintegrated on-panel in her second appearance. Her final appearance had her mental energy dispersed on the astral plane, killing her for good.
- Evil Counterpart: To Pre-Crisis Kara.
- Grand Theft Me: Her main gimmick is identity theft.
- Green and Mean: She usually wore green.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She was insanely jealous of Supergirl's fame and praise, and thus she decided to become her.
- Hot Scientist
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: To both Kara and Lena Thorul (Lex's sister). On different occasions she managed to kidnap and impersonate both with anyone being any the wiser.
- Killed Off for Real: Lesla's body was disintegrated with her own weapon. Notable because it happened during the Silver Age, when villains dying was a rare thing. Many years later her floating consciousness tried to steal Supergirl's body, but she failed and was dispersed on the astral plane.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Subverted. After being disintegrated, her consciousness lived on. This messed with her mind to the point where she thought Supergirl was her sister. When she made this claim, Kara replied she had no siblings.
- Mad Scientist: Brilliant scientist... who attempted to swap her body with Supergirl's, kill Superman and Lex Luthor and rule Earth.
- Older Than They Look: As noted above Lesla-Lar looked nearly identical to Kara (definitely a teenager at the time) and Lena (implied to be the same age as Kara) but she was apparently a successful scientist in Kandor and thus presumably quite a bit older.
- Sanity Slippage: After being disintegrated, Lesla-Lar's consciousness lived on. This messed with her mind to the point where she thought Supergirl was her sister.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Lesla-Lar wore a lime-green suit. In her second appearance she wore a violet costume and orange cloak, gloves and boots.
- Unknown Rival: She exploited this trope, and was introduced as "Supergirl's Secret Enemy." It took almost five issues for Supergirl to find out who was behind all of her troubles.
Lobo: Contract says nothing about maiming you.
A Czarnian Bounty Hunter, Lobo came to Earth because he got word of an imposter using his name. He decides to go to the Block to interrogate Dr. Veritas on the imposter's whereabouts. Unfortunately for him, Supergirl is there and will not let him harm her friend.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: His Weapon of Choice are two large glowing knives that can cut through a man like butter.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Pre-New 52, he was a grizzled, burly '90s Anti-Hero. He's much more suave looking in the New 52, though his crass personality hasn't changed a bit.
- A Day in the Limelight: He had his own Villains Month issue in September 2013, which set up his appearance in Supergirl.
- Batman Gambit: He tries to use Supergirl's rage against her by taunting her into not holding back. As such, Dr. Veritas teleports them out of the Block to prevent their fight from damaging it. Once outside, Lobo calls his ship and flies to Supergirl's old apartment in New York, hoping to calm her down. He then tries to be friendly to her offering to mentor her so she can learn to control her rage. Big mistake. Supergirl has had it with people trying to manipulate her and gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Bounty Hunter: Still works as a bounty hunter, and will do anything for money.
- Covers Always Lie: The cover for Lobo's Villains Month issue shows him looking like he did Pre-New 52. In the book, he looks like the above image. Lampshaded in the narration saying that you don't know this Lobo.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his Villains Month issue, when he finds out the cargo is smuggling is a tribe innocent aliens, he acts nice to them. However, once they reveal they were abducted for their valuable bones, he forces them back into the cage so he can get the large sum of money they're worth, not caring about their cries for mercy.
- Exact Words: When one of his employers reminds him that his contract forbids him from killing them, Lobo retorts that "it says nothing about maiming you."
- Faking the Dead: Thanks to his Healing Factor, he was able to recover getting punched by an angry Supergirl, but played dead so he could get in the Block.
- Foil: To Supergirl. Says writer Tony Bedard: "Lobo is there as a sort of dark reflection of her. They're both super-powerful loners left over from dead planets. Lobo has channeled his power and rage into becoming the most dangerous bounty-hunter/assassin in the galaxy. Supergirl's still trying to figure out what to do with her power and her lot in life. Tangling with Lobo will show her one path she might go down. It's really a cautionary tale for her, and she'll come away knowing that she could easily end up like him if she doesn't get her act together."
- Hired Guns
- Identical Stranger: It appeared that Lobo's first New 52 debut was in Stormwatch, where he looked just like he was pre-New 52. Then came Lobo's Villains Month issue and it reveals that there's another Lobo (the one on this page) who claims the Lobo in Stormwatch is an imposter that he is bent on finding and killing.
- Jerkass: Still a brutal thug at heart, with the personality to match.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are blood red and lack pupils.
- "And the agony and pain I endure to take his form shall be nothing in relation to the glory I will bring to the name Draaga... who ransomed our lives with his own."
After Matrix and Linda Danvers merged, there were remnants of Matrix's protoplasmic form left over. The remnants took on a life of their own, becoming a new individual that tried to overwhelm Supergirl and went on a rampage in Leesburg.
- Blob Monster: Before managing to gain a semblance of its past appearance, Matrix was just a heap of pink glop that attached itself to a passerby reminiscent of The Blob (1958).
- Decomposite Character: This Matrix was made up of remnants left after Mae and Linda Danvers merged.
- Enemy Without: Was essentially a collection of the original Matrix's negative emotions and hatred, made even more bitter at its seeming abandonment after Mae and Linda became one.
- Evil Counterpart: To Mae Kent. She even had some of the powers Mae lost after combining with Linda, such as invisibility and telekinesis.
- Expy: Her inhuman appearance and the backwards "S" she wore implicitly made her the first Bizarro-like character to fight the Post-Crisis Supergirl.
- Mythology Gag: The concept of Mae's castoff remains coming to life and going on a rampage were previously explored in Kingdom Come through 'Trix, who was inspired by the works of H.R. Giger instead of looking like a Blob Monster.
- Small Role, Big Impact: While not as substantial as Supergirl's other enemies Post-Crisis, the destruction she caused in Leesburg caught Superman's attention which finally led to him learning about Mae and Linda's dual existence.
Lex Luthor's evil niece.
She was introduced in Adventure Comics #397, enrolling at Stanhope University as a student. Working with her Uncle Lex, Nasty began a campaign of bullying students, hoping to force Supergirl into action and lure her out into the open where Lex would kill her with a kryptonite bullet.
Their plot failed and her uncle was captured, but Nasty remained on campus to thwart Supergirl and in issue #406 she graduated with Linda Danvers. During the ceremony, she thought that she suspected that Linda was Supergirl. To prove it, she followed Linda to San Francisco, where both worked as junior reporters for K-SFTV until Linda quit her job and moved away in issue #424.
Pre-Crisis Nasty wasn't seen again. However, a Post-Crisis version showed up in All-Star Superman.
- All There in the Manual: Her relationship to Lex Luthor was never explained in any story. However, Mike Sekowsky explained it in the letters page of Adventure Comics #401. Nasty is the daughter of Lex's older sister who eloped to Europe as a teenager, and their parents never spoke to her again out of disapproval.
- Alpha Bitch: During Linda's Stanhope years. She was a rich and arrogant bully.
- The Bully: She bullied students in order to lure Supergirl out.
- Bullying a Dragon: She knows Linda Danvers is Supergirl. She knows Linda is short-tempered. She knows Linda can kill her by looking at her and nobody will ever know or find her body because Supergirl can drop it in Alpha-Centauri. And still she puts her down constantly and tries to out her.
- The Bus Came Back: Sorts of. After several decades Nasty reappeared in All-Star Superman. However it's a different version of the character.
- Evil Uncle: Her uncle is Lex Luthor. You know, Superman's arch-enemy.
- Foil: To Kara during her college years and her first job. Both characters are intelligent and self-reliant women with famous and notable relatives. However, Linda is kind-hearted, selfless and compassionate, she wants to use her intelligence and powers to help people, and her cousin is an hero. Nasty is mean-spirited, self-serving and scheming, uses her talents to get whatever she wants even at the expense of hurting other people, and she's a super-villain's niece.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Nasty" Luthor.
- New Transfer Student: She is introduced this way in Adventure Comics #397.
- Put on a Bus:When the Supergirl's run in Adventure Comics ended with issue #424, Nasty faded into comic limbo.
- The Rival: To Kara when they worked as reporters for K-SFTV. She tried to out Kara or get her fired at the very least, and both liked the same person.
- Secret Chaser: She guessed that Linda Danvers was Supergirl and endeavoured to prove it.
- Smug Snake: 'Nasty' Luthor is an obnoxious, condescending bully who schemed to out Linda or get her fired from her job at the very least. However, although she is manipulative, conniving and a Luthor, she is not her uncle, her first scheme backfired badly, and she only succeeded at driving Supergirl mad.
- Take Over the World: She wanted to help her uncle kill Superman and Supergirl, hoping for a place in the new world order when Lex took over. It's unknown whether Lex would have granted her desire or not (say what you will about Luthor, but he cares for some of some of his relative).
- Ungrateful Bastard: Supergirl could save 'Nasty' over and over again, and 'Nasty' kept mocking her and attempting to expose her Secret Identity.
Nightflame is an one-time villain who showed up in Adventure Comics #421: Demon Spawn.
She pulled Kara's "essence" out from her body and dragged her to the Innerverse, a nightmarish place filled with monsters and demons in where Supergirl was powerless. The Innerverse was actually a microverse within Supergirl's brain, born from her darker, base thoughts. However, it was dying, so Nightflame travelled to the physical universe in order to capture Kara and get her life essence drained and poured into her.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Supergirl and Nightflame fight in an illusory universe which exists in Kara's mind.
- Enemy Without: Nightflame is a manifestation of Kara's inner darkness. Specifically, her subconscious death wish. She leaves Supergirl's mind to fight her in the physical world.
- Flaming Sword: She is armed with a flaming BFS.
- Green and Mean: Her tight suit is green.
- Killed Off for Real: Kara hurled her into one of her magical constructs, Nightflame dissolved and never again showed up.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: She wears a tight green outfit.
- Statuesque Stunner: Supergirl is roughly 6'0''... and she is two heads shorter than Nightflame.
Superpowered boy, he was a member of Teen Titans and Kara Zor-El's first boyfriend Post-Crisis. Eventually revealed himself as a clingy, abusive stalker from Apokolips. After trying to abuse Kara, she broke up with him and said she would never want to see him again.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: One his first appearances, he seems like a kind, understanding boyfriend. This doesn't last for his true nature to reveal itself.
- C-List Fodder: Killed by Trigon's sons.
- Cleavage Window: A male version, intended to parody Power Girl's outfit.
- Dark Is Evil: Wears a primarily black outfit, and is a Domestic Abuser and Stalker with a Crush to Supergirl. And if his description of his origin is true, he may have been sent as a sleeper agent posing as a hero.
- Domestic Abuse: To Supergirl, which caused them to break up.
- Emotion Eater: He can channel others' emotions to fuel his abilities, but the excess emotions caused him to go psycho on Kara.
- Powerboy: (to a restrained Supergirl) I feel. Feel everyone else's hate, love, pain, fear... and it becomes this... (forms ball of black energy) Of course, you saw what happens when it goes the other way.
- Flying Brick: Had a roughly similar powerset to Kara herself.
- Gendered Outfit: He wears a tank top unitard rather than Power Girl's leotard. He keeps the Cleavage Window however.
- Monster of the Aesop: A giant aesop about abusive boyfriends.
- Never My Fault: He continually insists that Kara is "making him made angry". See Why Did You Make Me Hit You? for more details.
- Not Good with Rejection: He brutally beat Kara up, including dragging her face down the side of a skyscraper, and tied her to a bed when she reject him. She beat him up, dropped a house on him and told him never to bother her again.
- Stalker with a Crush: Powerboy became obsessed with Kara after catching a glimpse of her as a Female Fury. He created a shrine and became a superhero to impress and seduce her. However, he grew more and more possessive, and beat the crap out of her when she tried to visit Captain Boomerang (Owen Mercer) in the hospital.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: After Kara 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 says a big speech about how much he loves her, that he knows best, and that the beating was her fault for making him angry. Supergirl's retort? Delivering a brutal beating combined with a Shut Up, Hannibal! speech.
- Villainous Crush: He is a servant of Darkseid that had a crush on Kara.
- AKA: Benjamin Krullen (Pre-Crisis), Benjamin Martin Krull (Post-Crisis)
Once a sociopathic ex-soldier gifted with the ability to produce radiation, Post-Crisis Reactron was rebuilt as a cyborg with a Gold Kryptonite heart by Lex Luthor and went onto play a major role during the New Krypton story arc, ultimately destroying New Krypton. Having faced Supergirl on numerous occasions pre-and-post-Crisis, and being the man responsible for the death of her father, Zor-El, her mother Alura, and most of her friends, in the post-Crisis continuity, Reactron is one of the rare villains who can legitimately claim to be a member of Supergirl's Rogues Gallery.
- Archenemy: Could make a legitimate claim on being Kara's archenemy, Post-Crisis and Pre-New 52. He had multiple clashes with Kara, solo and during the events of New Krypton, had a deeply personal rivalry with her, possessed powers and weaponry that let him fight her on an even basis, and ultimately killed her father, mother, and entire race. No other villain has ever come close to inflicting that sort of emotional damage on Kara; the fact that he was specifically created to be a Supergirl adversary Pre-Crisis doesn't hurt his claim on this status either.
- Arc Villain: From the beginning of "New Krypton" until his death in "War of the Supermen" Reactron dominated the Post-Crisis Supergirl book as no one had before.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Detective Henderson managed to take Reactron out of action with a frankly spectacular shot through the eye slots of his mask, and into the eye beneath.
- Ax-Crazy: A violent psychopath who gets off on hurting and killing others.
- Blatant Lies: His claim, Post-Crisis, that his costume was made of a captured region of space and granted him his powers. He admitted as much himself in New Krypton.
- Bling of War: His golden armour and helmet.
- The Brute: Like Metallo, Reactron has the persona down pat, and often plays this role in team ups.
- Chest Blaster: Reactron can fire a concentrated ray of Gold K radiation from his chest, depowering and severely injuring everything it hits.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Enjoys inflicting it and was on the receiving end of it courtesy of Alura and Gor.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: He wears gold to signify his Gold K heart, while Metallo wears green to represent his Green K one.
- Cyborg: After being rebuilt by Lex Luthor on General Lane's orders. How much of him is man and how much is machine is open to interpretation.
- Dirty Coward: Subverted. He begs for his life when Supergirl and Alura capture him, and again when Gor is torturing him, but it is all revealed to be a ploy by he and Lane to hide the fact that they want him to be captured.
- Dissonant Serenity: Smiles peacefully as he announces to Kara and Alura that he is a living nuclear bomb.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Inverted and then played straight. He began as an original Supergirl villain who was turned into a Metallo expy by Lane and Luthor at the start of New Krypton. Afterwards, however, he went back in his own direction, becoming a mass-murdering psychopath on a scale that Metallo would have never dreamed of.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: When he explodes so does New Krypton.
- Expy: Reactron is an original villain, but during New Krypton he becomes an expy of Metallo, who Lane teams him up with.
- Famous Last Words: Manages to rattle of a little speech as he dies, explaining what is about to happen to Supergirl and Alura.
- Final Solution: Becomes Lane and Luthor's solution to the Kryptonian problem, cheerfully annihilating almost the entire race in a single blast.
- Flight: Capable of propelling himself into the air and floating there.
- Go Out with a Smile: Is utterly serene as he blows up himself and New Krypton.
- Hand Blast: Emits his nuclear radiation through his hands, fingertips, and palms alike.
- The Heavy: During the four part Hunt for Reactron arc, and most of the issues leading up to it.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Expresses some very misogynistic sentiments.
- Hero Killer: After Luthor rebuilt him during New Krypton. With his new cybernetic parts and Gold Kryptonite heart, Reactron can mow down Kryptonians in droves. He fights Flamebird, Nightwing, and Supergirl evenly, losing only when Flamebird—a Kryptonian god—unleashes her full power, and in the end, murders almost the entirety of the Kryptonian race.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Reactron has the ability to control and project nuclear radiation.
- I Surrender, Suckers: How he got into New Krypton to kill Zor-El. He does it again in order to blow up the planet.
- It's Personal: After numerous clashes, and particularly after the events on New Krypton, it was very personal for he and Kara.
- Jerkass: When not being a monster, he tends to just act like a dick.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When he calls out Superwoman on the fact that Just Following Orders is no excuse for what she's done and that in the end, she's as bad as he is.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: His whole motif after he gains the Gold K heart. He powers down Kryptonians, then irradiates them.
- Killed Off for Real: In the Post-Crisis, Pre-Flashpoint world he never recovered from his death in New Krypton.
- Lack of Empathy: Reactron cares only about himself and how famous his killing is going to make him.
- Made Of Titanium: Bullets bounce off of Reactron. So too, do most other attacks, including Kryptonian punches. It may not be the Nigh-Invulnerability of Superman himself, but there's no way around the fact that Benjamin Krull is a durable bastard.
- Majorly Awesome: Formerly Major Benjamin Martin Krull, US Army, and still referred to as such by Lane and Luthor.
- Man of Kryptonite: His Gold K heart deactivates a Kryptonian's powers for fifteen seconds, more than long enough for Reactron to finish the job with his radiation powers or his bare hands.
- Narcissist: Benjamin Krullen cares for no one but himself, and people are only toys he amuses himself with. So what if did he murder his ex-girlfriend? She dared to break up with him!
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In his first Post-Crisis attack on her, Supergirl notes that for a guy with near limitless power, Reactron isn't thinking very big, or using his powers very intelligently. Cue the events of New Krypton.
- Nuclear Nasty: Emits nuclear radiation, and with help from Luthor, can transform into a bomb.
- Nuke 'em: Turns into a massive nuclear bomb.
- Psycho for Hire: When not operating as a member of the US Army, Krull falls into this territory.
- Retcon: Reactron was a Pre-Crisis Supergirl villain. Post-Crisis his early battles with the original Kara Zor-El were retconned into having been against Power Girl.
- Sadist: Reactron really, really enjoys hurting people, to a level that's normally reserved for the likes of The Joker.
- Skull for a Head: A skull mask to be more precise.
- The Sociopath: Reactron hits every requirement for the trope and most of those for the actual personality disorder, with his sadism, short temper, rapid mood swings, and total lack of conviction in anything beyond himself.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Enjoys murder, torture, and the occasional threat of rape. Pre-Crisis, he was one of these even before becoming Reactron, having massacred an entire village as a sergeant in Vietnam.
- Star-Spangled Spandex: Reactron wears a suit like this. He claimed it was "made from a region of space", but later admitted this was untrue. The Pre-Crisis version wore a purple outfit with big five-pointed stars all over it.
- Suicide Attack: On New Krypton. Reactron let himself be captured and tortured, with the intention of letting Luthor convert him into a nuke so that he could blow the entire planet apart.
- Super Speed: It's rarely mentioned, but much like Metallo, Reactron is able to keep up with Kryptonians, meaning that he has to possess at least a degree of super speed.
- Super Strength: Between being supercharged by radiation and rebuilt with cybernetics, Reactron is strong enough to injure the likes of Supergirl, Flamebird, and Nightwing with his blows.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: They glow bright golden yellow when he uses his powers.
- Underestimating Badassery: Everybody does this to him during New Krypton, with very bad results.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Kara saves him from being tortured by Alura. He pays her back by detonating himself, killing her mother and her entire race in an attempt at getting to her. "Glad I got the whole family set."
- You Killed My Father: During the events of New Krypton Reactron kills Supergirl's father, Zor-El, in front of her. He later gets her mother, and the rest of her race.
- "How do I know so much about the Worldkillers?! Because I AM one. Born to fight. Born to slaughter. Born to conquer. The desire burns in me like a million suns. But I do not know why'."
The leader of the Worldkillers, a Quirky Miniboss Squad of Kryptonian-created Super Soldiers, and one of the first major enemies Supergirl faced in the New 52. It is heavily hinted that Kara's father Zor-el is her creator, as he is established as having worked on the Worldkillers and in Issue Zero what is either Reign or a being very much like her can be seen in stasis in a pod in his lab.
- BFS: Wields one initially- until Kara breaks it with her bare hands. Reign is not amused.
- Blood Knight: Reign loves to fight, and she's very good at it.
- Dark Action Girl
- Distaff Counterpart: She's basically a female, rather more articulate Doomsday with a bit of Zod mixed in.
- Evil Counterpart: Clearly positions herself as one in much of her dialogue to Kara. Especially since, if the hints as to her backstory are true, she's something of a daughter of Zor-el herself.
- Flying Brick: Her powers are explicitly identified as flight, strength, and invulnerability.
- Galactic Conqueror: What she was created to be. It's unclear if she and her companions have ''actually' conquered anything yet, but they make a good try for Earth.
- Humanoid Aliens: She's roughly human/Kryptonian in appearance, except for her unnaturally pale skin, solid black eyes, and Pointed Ears. Her face is also shaped subtly different from a human's, with a slightly reptillian cast reminiscent of Lord Voldemort.
- Implacable Man: Thanks to her Flying Brick powers, she can take massive hits and just keep coming.
- Just Between You and Me: She explains her backstory to Kara while they're fighting in New York City. Slightly deconstructed in that Kara is too busy defending herself to pay much attention.
- Master Swordsman: Reign's highly advanced combat training extends to swordsmanship, and she's lethal with her BFS.
- Mysterious Past: Reign has serious memory gaps that she's trying to fill in as she tries to conquer the galaxy.
- Not So Different: Feels this way about herself and Supergirl.
- Obviously Evil: She's pretty sinister looking. For example, she has:
- Pet the Dog: Evil and brutal she may be, but she values the lives of her fellow Worldkillers, and retreats rather than allow Kara to kill even one of them.
- Supersoldier: She and her fellow Worldkillers were intended as the ultimate weapon by the Kryptonian scientists who created them.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Retreats from Earth at the end of the arc that introduced her, but with the promise that she'll be back- and that there's one more Worldkiller out there that Supergirl doesn't know about...
- We Can Rule Together: Makes Supergirl this offer at their first meeting. When Kara refuses, Reign decides she wasn't worthy anyway.
One of the most perplexing and intriguing enemies in Supergirl's Rogues Gallery, in that name has been shared by three vastly different individuals across the Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis DCU.
The original Satan Girl of the Pre-Crisis DC Universe was an evil doppelganger of Supergirl created by Red Kryptonite, and she attempted to kill Kara and the female members of the Legion of Super-Heroes to attain dominance.
Post-Crisis, Satan Girl was Dolores Pratchett, an 18th Century Satanist who fought against Matrix and Linda Danvers, and the name would be given to S'tanicule Gyrstress, an alien demon who fought the Post-Crisis Kara.
There were plans for a fourth iteration to appear in the sequel to Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade.
- Anti-Villain: The duplicate Kara and Dolores straddle the lines between Type II and Type III.
- Arch-Enemy: The Dolores Satan Girl was one to Ember, the Earth Angel of Fire who preceded Matrix and Linda.
- At Least I Admit It: Dolores' whole shtick with Ember is that she's disgusted at the idea of Ember becoming an Earth Angel even though she was no better than Dolores, and that Ember tries to act Holier Than Thou. Although Dolores is also a child murderer, a racist, and considers Ember a creature because she was her slave. There's also her bitterness at the fact that Ember was saved because Dolores' daughter Rachel sacrificed herself to save her and the two became one. Dolores is angry because Rachel became a part of their feud, and when Ember was damned, so was Rachel.
- Back from the Dead: Dolores' first actual appearance was when she got revived by the Chaos Stream.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Justified. Being Kara Zor-El's evil duplicate, she's basically dark desires and impulses made flesh with no conscience to hold them back, so she delights in evil for the sake of evil.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Dolores. She became Satan Girl because her daughter Rachel died trying to save Ember, and the two were reborn as the new Earth Angel of Fire. Dolores' plans were all meant to try and separate her daughter from Ember so she could have her back, but it just led to Rachel's damnation when Ember killed Dolores. Thankfully, the intervention of Supergirl not only stopped Dolores' rampage, but allowed Ember and Rachel to enter Heaven.
- Evil Counterpart: Pre-Crisis Satan Girl to Supergirl.
- Evil Redhead: Dolores and S'tanicule.
- Hate Plague: The crimson plague S'tanicule unleashes to make the world love her also turns people into bloodthirsty monsters.
- Horned Humanoid: With Horny Devil, S'tanicule is the most satanic looking of all the Satan Girls.
- Mad God: S'tanicule Gyrstress is the Brocian goddess of love and death.
- The Power of Love: An evil variant.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: A very weird subversion. Dolores' magic ends up switching Supergirl and Ember, and she tries to convince Ember that she can live if she lets Supergirl die in her place. This is all to try and circumvent her daughter Rachel's eventual death, rebirth, and damnation, so this becomes a slight case of Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
- Mama Bear: Dolores is a very evil version.
- Morality Pet: Dolores' daughter Rachel.
- Mythology Gag: When Dolores Pratchett originally became Satan Girl before her first death, she wore the Pre-Crisis Satan Girl's costume.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: She calls herself Satan Girl.
- Pyrrhic Victory: In a way, Dolores got what she wanted. Even though she dies again and doesn't necessarily get Rachel back, her actions helped pave the way for Rachel's ascension into Heaven, so she's no longer suffering.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: All the Pre-Crisis Satan Girl wanted to do was live, albeit at the expense of the lives of Supergirl and the female Legionnaires.
- Woman Scorned: Dolores Pratchett taught her slave Ember all there was to know about the Dark Arts, but when Ember slept with her husband, Dolores denounced her publically as a witch.
- Would Harm A Child: Dolores Pratchett attained ungodly power after sacrificing children.
- Ye Olde Butchered English: Dolores originally spoke like this, but when her enemy Ember switched places with Supergirl, she opted to drop the formal "thees" and such.
- "he sacred gift of chaos is like a fractal, appearing infinite to the simple, but shaped in a complex mandala beyond their comprehension, and so useless to them... but not to me."
Eve Aries was a founding member of the Legion of Super-Villains in the 31st Century. A native of Saturn's moon Titan, Eve was born with telepathic abilities which she used for crime. Thanks to the fractured nature of time and space in the DC Universe, there have been multiple versions of Saturn Queen from different universes and timelines. One version traveled to the past alongside Cosmic King and Lightning Lord, where they raised Superman and Batman from childhood and used them to take over the 21st Century, in an effort to make sure the future they came from would happen. Once Superman and Batman were able to undo the damage the LSV created, it seemed Saturn Queen was erased from existence...
Until, during Infinite Crisis, this Saturn Queen's universe was briefly restored along with the original Multiverse. When her Earth was destroyed again, Saturn Queen somehow survived and was lost inside the Phantom Zone. There she found a displaced version of Ultraman, the evil Antimatter Universe version of Superman. After brainwashing him into believing she was his mother, the two escaped from the Phantom Zone into the bottle city of Kandor and took over. When Supergirl and Power Girl appeared in Kandor as Flamebird and Nightwing, Saturn Queen tried to brainwash Supergirl into becoming Ultraman's bride.
- The Corrupter: She, alongside Cosmic King and Lightning Lord, successfully turned Superman and Batman into murderous tyrants who enslaved the Earth. In Kandor, she also tried to brainwash Supergirl, but the effect of the Kryptonite poisoning Kara was still suffering from made Eve unable to keep a grasp on Kara's mind.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Batman was accidentally killed in Absolute Power, Eve is shown crying over his body, implying in some twisted way she actually did love him and Superman as her sons. Later, she begs Supergirl to spare Ultraman's life by giving her the information she wants about Argo City.
- Evil Counterpart: To Saturn Girl.
- Evil Matriarch: She took on the role of raising Kal-El and Bruce Wayne from childhood with Cosmic King and Lightning Lord as their surrogate fathers. It seemed the years she spent as their mother made her develop a taste for being a parent, as she'll try to brainwash people into thinking she is their mother in order to use their power. She's even referred to as "The Holy Mother" while in control of Kandor.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Especially when she takes control of Kandor.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the Kandor arc.
- Mind Rape: Has lobotomized and brainwashed many heroes, including the Martian Manhunter and the Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Sole Survivor: Of her universe. How and why she survived is never explained.
- Portrayed by Faye Dunaway"I am no mere sorceress, Cat Grant, but the heir to Ataxia. To chaos itself."
Initially appearing in the Supergirl movie and its comic adaptation, Selena is a witch who tried to take over the town of Midvale with her powers and the Omegahedron, a device from Argo City. Her assistant is Bianca, and her mentor is a warlock named Nigel. Selena also has a one-sided crush on Supergirl's love interest, Ethan, and plans to make him hers by any means necessary.
In Supergirl (Rebirth) Selena appears as a sorceress and member of the Fatal Five, having been held in jail in Limbo Town for crimes against Nigel Grimm.
- Artifact of Doom: Subverted. Selena thinks the Omegahedron is a conduit for the power of shadow, but it's amplifying her existing powers and is also used to power Argo City. Played straight with the Burundi Wand, an artifact of pure evil that amplifies the Omegahedron's powers.
- Canon Immigrant: Supergirl (Rebirth) introduced its own version of her.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Selena plans world domination, openly studies black magic, and hates light.
- Cold Iron: Supergirl stops Selena at the amusement park by surrounding her with metal posts.
- Evil Is Petty: Selena torments a girl Nigel is interested in just to hurt him, and to gain followers. She's furious when Linda accidentally makes Ethan fall in love with her and vows to make her as miserable as Supergirl.
- Evil Sorcerer: Selena is a female example; her ambition is to become a Sorcerous Overlord.
- Invisible Monsters: Selena sends an invisible demon to fight Supergirl and reduce the movie's special effects budget, though it's briefly visible at the end of the fight.
Sylvia Shadow was an alleged university researcher. Kara -who was working back then as a Student Advisor in New Athens Experimental School in Florida- began to investigate her after several students participants in Sylvias research programme start complaining of narcolepsy. She discovered that Sylvia's real name was Shyla Kor-Onn, a Phantom Zone escapee whose experiments involved draining the life energy from participants, and who tried to drain Supergirl's powers. Kara beat her and tricked her back into the Phantom Zone.
However Shyla managed to persuade Kandorians officials to release her, claiming that Kara Zor-El was in cahoots with Lex Luthor. Shyla tried to frame Kara by using Lex Luthor's mental recordings in which Lesla-Lar impersonated Supergirl many years before.
A twenty-eight year old trillionaire who lives on a space station and rarely ever sets foot on Earth. When Supergirl landed on earth in the New 52 he captured her and held her on board his space station hoping to contract some of her Kryptonian blood. An explosion during Supergirl's escape left most of his body destroyed yet his assistant Miss Thorn was able to graft him onto the body of "The Brain", an organism of basic nerves and a brain, to keep him alive.
- And I Must Scream: Supergirl defeats him in their second encounter by having Sanctuary encase him in crystal. He is possibly dead after Supergirl and Power Girl destroy Sanctuary after it turned evil.
- Archenemy: In the New 52 for Supergirl.
- Bald of Evil: After his transformation.
- Big Bad: for the Supergirl New 52 series.
- Body Horror/Emergency Transformation: He had to be merged with an alien blob after Supergirl's escape left him in pieces. What's left of his human body is his upper torso, most of his head, and his right eye.
- Loincloth: What he wears after his transformation. It shows off his new body quite well.
- Rubber Man: His transformation gave him stretching powers, shapeshifting, and invulnerability.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He used to be one.
- Unknown Rival: He is obsessed with Supergirl. Kara doesn't give a damn about him, and after Sanctuary's destruction she all but forgot about Tycho.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's left frozen in crystal somewhere in the Sanctuary. When Santuary is destroyed, there is no mention of him, leaving readers to assume that he died along with Santuary. Lampshaded in issue #23, where Supergirl fights robot clones of people from her memories and the Tycho robot says that they had to go deep into her subconscious to find memories of him; implying that he must pretty forgettable and bringing up him being left for dead.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Before his transformation.
Starfire was a wicked woman and leader of an organized crime family comprised solely of women which bedeviled Supergirl in a storyline published in Adventure Comics #402-407.
After using her male minion to clean naive, rich women out and amass a fortune, she is ready to take the next step in her "lets' rule the world" plan. However she needs to destroy all the superheroes first, so her colleague Dr. Kangle has developed a pill which removes metahuman powers. And Starfire plans to use her boy toy and henchman Derek Ames to test the pill on Supergirl.
Starfire was a real thorn in Supergirl's side, but she completely disappeared after being captured in Adventure Comics #407.
- Bad Boss: As far as she is concerned, all of her minions are disposable.
- Eyepatch of Power: Starfire wears a rhinstoned eye patch.
- Put on a Bus: In Adventure Comics #407 -published in 1971-, Supergirl captures Starfire, who swears that they'll "be seeing each other again". That was her last appearance.
- Take Over the World: This is her ultimate goal.
- You Have Failed Me: Inverted when her henchman Derek carries his mission out and she has him shot anyways.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Adventure Comics #404, Starfire's henchman Derek Ames succeeds at nullifying Supergirl's powers, but his boss has him shot anyway when she fears he will expose her operation.
A dark-haired, Kryptonite duplicate of Supergirl who called herself Belinda Zee, as she is "Linda Version B." Belinda is everything Linda Lee isn't. That is, she's popular and beloved by her classmates and teachers, and she's also a smug, petty, and manipulative bully, the complete opposite of Linda. So naturally, if Linda wants people to like her, Belinda wants Linda to be hated. Not necessarily a villain, she falls under Chaotic Neutral, and her emotional state of mind is considered very unstable. We later find out she has horribly low self esteem and actually wants to be nice, but feels totally backwards.
- Affably Evil / Faux Affably Evil: Depending on how she's feeling.
- Alpha Bitch: Although the only people she seems to bully are Linda and Lena Thorul.
- And I Must Scream: In the final issue Belinda is turned into a crystal statue. She cannot talk or move but she is fully sentient and -worst of all- she can feel pain.
- Animals Hate Him: She gets mauled by Streaky.
- Ax-Crazy: What she degenerates into.
- Being Evil Sucks: The fifth issue revealed she's actually very unhappy with being an asshole. Deep down, she truly wants to be nice like Linda but she's not sure how she can do that. That would explain her Pet the Dog moment mentioned below.
- Body Horror: Promotional art for the non-produced Cosmic Adventures in the 9th Grade showed Belinda's face had started to crack after she was turned into a crystal statue.
- Chaotic Neutral: Invoked as Word of God described her as such.
- Composite Character: She has a few obvious Bizarro elements, but is thematically closer to "Dark Supergirl".
- Dark is Chaotic Neutral: She starts out with a Supergirl costume containing an inverted color scheme and a backwards S, but when she becomes Superior Girl she's wearing a a Supergirl costume with purple and black, as well as a dark mask.
- Deadpan Snarker: Every word out of her mouth practically radiates with cynical snark. Not even being crystallized can turn it off.
- Didn't Think This Through: She uses her "Superior Vision" on Streaky, and accidentally turns him into a sabertooth tiger.Superior Girl: That was not my best plan.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: She considers Alura Zor-El to be her mother, and is genuinely heartbroken when what she thinks is Alura doesn't consider her to be her daughter.
- Evil Counterpart: As far as an evil counterpart goes, Belinda didn't start out as a supervillain so much as she was an asshole who felt the need to wreck Linda's life. She even helps Linda in the fourth issue with nothing to gain. She doesn't become a straightforward villain until the fifth issue of Cosmic Adventures and only then because she's being manipulated.
- Of Bizarro. Though she's not as overt as most Bizarro counterparts go, simply in that she's an artificial creation that is the opposite of Supergirl in terms of morality without the chalk like skin, limited intellect, and messed up language skills. Had the creators been able to release the sequel series, Belinda's physical appearance would've become more Bizarro-like thanks to her transformation into crystal.
- The writers also considered her as one to Veronica Lodge to match Linda's Betty Cooper.
- Her black hair and last name starting with "Z," plus her egotism, make her reminiscent of General Zod.
- Being a Kryptonite-based duplicate of Supergirl she retains a resemblance to the original Satan Girl (who was created from Red Kryptonite).
- False Friend: She once pretended she was Linda's best friend to drive a wedge between her and Lena.
- For the Evulz: Why she makes Linda squirm so much. Other than that, this is exemplified in the third issue when she goes around empowering kids with the meteor fragments, knowing full well she's creating havoc.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Secretly has a huge inferiority complex and hates Linda because she believes Linda thinks she's better than her.
- It's All About Me: She interrupts a discussion being held between Linda and Lena and says they're talking about her. When Linda says they were discussing Superman, Belinda she says she automatically assumed they were talking about her because she's just the awesome.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: She spent most of the miniseries pushing Linda's buttons just to screw with her, but after admitting how unhappy she really is, Belinda's manipulated into giving in to her baser emotions and decides to become Superior Girl.
- Manipulative Bitch: When she's not flat out antagonizing Linda, she's acting overly kind and supportive as a front for a more underhanded scheme.
- Pet the Dog: In one moment of genuine kindness she makes Lena Thorul forget who Supergirl really is. Belinda had nothing to gain from this and actually helped Linda with no provocation.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She delivers one to Linda when they first meet. Linda's at first excited at the idea of having another Kryptonian for a friend, but Belinda just says she's a frumpy klutz who's desire to be a superhero is totally not cool. Linda then realizes she's a supervillain.
- Sanity Slippage: Steadily becomes quite unhinged after she becomes Superior Girl.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Belinda sports a violet outfit after becoming Superior Girl.
- Smug Snake: She's brainwashed into acting like a duck in the second issue, and in the fourth issue she gets attacked by Streaky. She's then turned into a statue by Mr. Mxyzptlk in issue six.
- Stepford Smiler: Despite thinking she's completely awesome, she's really miserable and doesn't know why. She even admits at one point that she really does want to be nice like Linda, but feels her emotions are totally backwards.
- Taken for Granite: And sentient.
- Teacher's Pet: Although the teachers are all imps of the 5th Dimension who've been secretly using Belinda.
- Tragic Villain: She goes from a smug asshole to a rampaging psycho to a poor, pathetic, and broken girl throughout the story.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Mr. Mxyzptlk.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Linda's mom (who is also technically her mom) doesn't recognize her, Belinda breaks down into tears and starts screaming she's "Number One."
- Vitriolic Best Buds: There was shades of this in the fourth issue.
- Woman Scorned: An odd variant. When she meets Supragirl, Linda's counterpart from an Alternate Timeline, Belinda flips and thinks she's being replaced, screaming she was the first, and therefor original, Supergirl doppelganger.Supergirl: If you're number one, and I was here first, what does that make me?Superior Girl: ZERO!
A mysterious woman wearing an S-shield whom Post-Crisis Supergirl encounters in New Krypton. She at first seems to be one of the heroes, but is eventually revealed as a villain when she not only attacks Supergirl, but saves Reactron from her, killing the supervillain's ex-girlfriend in order to cover up his survival. She is actually Lucy Lane, implanted in New Krypton as General Lane's spy.
- Alliterative Name: Lucy Lane.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The spheres on her uniform stabilize her energies. Tear them off and she'll blow up.
- Badass Cape
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Wears the S-shield. Supergirl rips it off of her.
- Cain and Abel: With Lois
- Clothes Make the Superman: Her costume, a magic garment created by Mirabai the witch, is what grants her powers to her, at least prior to her first resurrection.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Driven into evil by her father's emotional abuse.
- Dark Action Girl: Lucy was already a soldier before her father had her subjected to the experiments that gave her her powers.
- Death Is Cheap: Seemingly killed and resurrected several times now, thanks to her existence as an energy being.
- The Dragon: To General Lane alongside Luthor and Codename: Assassin.
- Driven by Envy: Of Lois.
- Energy Beings: After her first death Lucy became a being of raw magical energy which can only be forced back into humanoid form by her suit.
- Evil Knockoff: Meant to stir up anti-Kryptonian sentiment, and turn people against the House of El.
- FaceHeel Turn: Lucy was originally a good guy.
- Freudian Excuse: Years of emotional abuse from Sam Lane made Lucy into the monster she became.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Lucy Lane, the young sister of Lois Lane, is revealed to be Superwoman, who at first appears to be one of the heroes, but is eventually revealed as a villain when she not only attacks Supergirl, but saves Reactron from her, killing the supervillain's ex-girlfriend in order to cover up his survival. She is working for her father General Lane, implanted in New Krypton as a spy. Her Backstory reveals that since the moment she was born, she has felt overshadowed by her big sister Lois. Lucy always felt that Lois outperformed her, overshadowed her and was more loved by their father. Lucy never blames Lois, but she blames her parents Sam and Ella. Feeling that by maybe being closer to Lois her father would pay more attention to her, Lucy moved to the same city, but this came at the same time that Lois and her father grew apart over Superman. After her father's death, Lucy joined the U.S. Army. Lucy rose quickly in the ranks. During the Amazon attack on the United States, Lucy was nearly killed by two Amazons but was saved by Codename: Assassin. Awakening in Project 7734, her father is able to convince Lucy to put on the Superwoman suit, which possesses mystical qualities. Her sole motivation is to make her father proud of her and excuse her crimes by saying she was just following her orders. When she is captured and imprisoned for her crimes, her sister visits her. Lois tells Lucy she disgusts her, that she was once luminescent, a wonderful girl who always smiled even when things were at their worst. But since their father died she changed. Lois thought Lucy joined the military to honor their father, but Lois wonders when she stopped being her sister and started being this monster. When Lucy tries to justify her crimes by saying she was following their father's orders, Lois calls that a pitiful excuse, and calls Lucy out on allowing herself to be become a killing machine to impress a man that did not even care for them when they were kids. She tells Lucy she cannot forgive their father for his crimes or Lucy for being so stupid.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her first death causes the Kryptonian DNA in her costume to fuse with her own, effectively making her a human/Kryptonian hybrid in the vein of Superboy.
- In the Hood: Wears a hood and mask to conceal her identity
- Just Following Orders: Tries to use this as an excuse for her crimes. Neither Supergirl nor Lois is buying it. For that matter, even Reactron laughs at her hypocrisy.
- Kick the Dog: Murdering a scientist who was trying to inform General Lane of her unstable physical condition.
- Majorly Awesome: Holds the rank of major.
- Military Brat
- Morality Pet: For all her father's abuse of her, she's one of the few people he's shown to care about.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Recieves a harsh one from Lois after her resurrection.
- Sanity Slippage: The experiments her father performed on her and the trauma of dying and coming back drove Lucy totally over the edge.
- Slasher Smile: Regularly, and particularly after her resurrection.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Already a cold-blooded killer, Lucy's resurrection made her into a psycho in the same vein as Reactron.
- Superpower Lottery: Can fake all the classic Krytponian powers.
- That Woman Is Dead: By proxy. As far as Lois is concerned, Lucy is dead and Superwoman is the thing that killed her.
- Transhuman Treachery: While loyal to her father, Lucy shows exactly zero empathy for anyone else following her resurrection, murdering people at random if they so much as irritate her.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Will do anything to make her father show her affection.
The most mysterious enemy Post-Crisis Linda Danvers ever fought, a powerful, demonic being who made vague hints about a previous battle with "a" Supergirl that left him trapped in a dying dimension. While still trapped in this dimension, he hunted down and murdered various Supergirls of different realities trying to find the one who originally fought him, and had a hand in the Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El meeting Linda Danvers.
- Evil Is Petty: He is so obsessed with killing Supergirls that he doesn't care if killing one of them will end the multiverse.
- Expy: Of Gog from The Kingdom, who killed Supermen of different realities.
- Hero Killer: Xenon hunts down and murders Supergirls. He trapped, chained and almost murdered Earth-One Kara Zor-El, the Supergirl who could move planets and almost killed the Anti-Monitor.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Xenon will only refer to the Supergirl who defeated him as "She," with every other woman to wear the shield he refers to as "It."
- Mysterious Past: We have no idea who Xenon was or where he came from before Many Happy Returns.
- Serial Killer: Of Supergirls throughout the Multiverse and Hypertime. It's implied he's already killed a good number of them, and we're shown him murdering a slightly South American-esque Supergirl in Many Happy Returns.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With his sometimes ally the Fatalist, a man who claims to be the Spectre's opposite.
- Unknown Rival: It's implied the Supergirl he hates so much was Linda Danvers, but a Linda far older and more powerful. That Xenon is deliberately unclear as to which Supergirl he's talking about frustrates Linda and Kara.
Pre-Crisis Fred and Edna Danvers were Linda Lee/Kara Zor-El's adoptive parents and Secret Keepers for her role as Supergirl. They adopted her when they realized that she was a lonely, needy little girl and gave her a home (something which Linda was deeply grateful for, since she hated the Midvale Orphanage). They thought that she was special, but they didn't know how special she was until she saved them from falling off a cliff and revealed that she was Superman's cousin. From that point on, her parents kept her secret.
A while later Linda discovered that her birth parents and several Argonian families had survived Argo's destruction by fleeing a pocket dimension known as the Survival Zone. Kara managed to free them helped by her foster father, and she feared that she would have to choose between her natural parents and her adoptive family, but Zor-El and Alura reassured her that she could keep them all.
Post-Crisis Fred and Sylvia Danvers were the biological parents of Linda Danvers (Supergirl II) who had a much more traumatic time dealing with their daughter's super identity largely due to her delinquent habits and her merger with Matrix.
Post-Flashpoint Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers were Kara's foster parents and agents of the D. E. O. (Department of Extra-normal Operations, a Government agency created to deal with and neutralize alien threats). Director Chase assigned them the task of being Kara's handlers and foster parents. However they treated her as their new daughter whom they had to help adapt her new home and not as a assignment.
Fred and Edna:
- Cruel to Be Kind: In Action Comics #314, Allura's physical and mental health are deteriorating due to Kara never calling or visiting. The Danvers find out about it and they decide to abuse Linda verbally until she rejoins her biological parents (rather than explaining the situation to her). Their plan doesn't work very well because it's a bit hard to hide things from a teenager with super-hearing.
- Fatherly Scientist: Fred was a rocket scientist working for S.T.A.R. Labs.
- Good Parents: They treated Linda well and mourned her passing.
- Happily Married: Fred and Edna are very close-knit.
- Muggle Foster Parents: They raised Kara. She loved them for saving her from the orphanage and giving her a home.Edna: (thinking) To others, she's the world's greatest heroine, but she's more than that to us! She's the daughter we dearly love!
- Outliving One's Offspring:
- Before they adopted Linda, they had a son named Jan who was killed on active duty in the U.S. Army.
- Sadly, they once again outlive another child.
- Secret Keeper: They kept their daughter's secret until the end.
Fred and Sylvia:
- Adaptational Name Change: Mrs. Danvers' name change from Edna to Sylvia.
- As the Good Book Says...: Sylvia was a Church assistant, studying for the ministry.
- Crisis of Faith: After learning that Linda has 'merged' with Supergirl, Sylvia has a crisis of faith that leads to her relapsing into her old alcoholism.
- Fair Cop: Fred was a police officer.
- Heel Realization: Fred has one after a talk with 'Wally' which forces him to realize that his initial rejection of Linda's revelation that she essentially 'merged' with Supergirl.
- Parental Sexuality Squick: Linda learns that her mother got pregnant. When their parents explain the hows and whys, she decides she did NOT need to know that.Linda: How did this happen?!
Linda: Are you responsible for this?
Fred: What the hell kind of question's that?
Linda: Haven't you ever heard of protection?
Fred: I had a gun nearby. Didn't help.
Sylvia: Remember that afternoon you kind of surprised us, when your dad and I reconciled? Well, I think that's when...
Linda: Oh, I SO don't need to hear that! Jeez, Ma, you're too old old to be having—
Linda: I was gonna say "a baby", but yeah, the other thing, too.
- Secret Keeper: To Linda (once they deal with their initial reactions).
Jeremiah and Eliza:
- Action Dad: Jeremiah is a Government agent.
- Action Mom: Eliza Danvers is a Government agent trained to deal with and neutralize alien threats.
- Adaptational Name Change: Mr. Danvers' name change from Fred to Jeremiah and Mrs. Danvers' name change from Edna to Sylvia and later to Eliza.
- Happily Married: Jeremiah and Eliza have been married for years and they think nothing of flirting to their boss's face while they are working.
- Muggle Foster Parents: They adopted Kara.Eliza: (smiling) Damn — Look at her go. And here's us, the adorable, slow-moving human parents.
- Parental Sexuality Squick: Kara really doesn't like hearing her foster parents flirt when she's around (or when she is not around. She can hear them from anywhere, literally). They are not concerned about her squicked reaction, though.Jeremiah: What I did miss?
Eliza: Just the launch, Jeremiah. But the new uniform sure fits.
Supergirl: Comms are live. I can hear you two.
Eliza: We're your parents, Kara. We're not dead.
- Secret Keeper: To Kara.
Pre-Crisis Dick Wilson grew up at the Midvale Orphanage during the same time that Linda did. He believed that Linda was in fact Supergirl, but kept it a secret from the world. Though the two dated through college, he often came close to discovering Linda's secret life, forcing Linda to come up with some complex scheme to deceive him.
They grew apart after college, but they did meet again as adults after Linda moved to Chicago. One day, Supergirl was called to the hospital to visit her dying friend, Dick. He was diagnosed with cancer. On his death bed, he confessed he always loved her and knew of her secret identity. He even apologized for teasing her about it during childhood. They gave each other one last kiss goodbye, and he died later that night.
Post-Crisis Dick Malverne was an appliance store owner in Leesburg who was in love with Linda Danvers.
- Adaptation Name Change: Pre-Crisis, his last name was Wilson, but was given the surname "Malverne" after getting adopted. Post-Crisis, Malverne is his true last name.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Pre-Crisis Dick Malverne grew up at the Midvale Orphanage during the same time that Linda Lee alias Supergirl did, and he had a huge crush on her. Although the two dated for a while they grew apart after college. They met again as adults, and Dick confessed he always loved her and and knew of her secret identity before dying.
- Disposable Love Interest: Post-Crisis
- Expy: Of Lois Lane and Lana Lang.
- Have We Met?: When the Post-Crisis version of Dick first meet Linda, they both felt a sense of déjà vu, as if they've known each other in a previous life. Probably remembering their Pre-Crisis relationship.
- Killed Off for Real:
- Non-Action Guy: He is an average guy with absolutely no fighting skills who dated Supergirl for a while.
- Secret Chaser: He was constantly trying to prove she had super-powers. In a story written in 2004, it was revealed that he always knew Linda was Supergirl, but he kept it a secret.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: According Solo #1, he knew Linda was Supergirl all along.Supergirl: Mr. Malverne? You asked to see me...?
Dick: Hey-Hey... Linda Lee... I wanted to see you one more time... You sure look pretty.
Supergirl: You... You know —?
Dick: I always knew, Linda.
- Spear Counterpart: In Action Comics #256 Linda thinks he is her Lana Lang.
The Earth-Angel of Fire who preceded Supergirl. Ember was a slave owned by the Pratchett Family in the 18th Century, and Rachel was a young girl Ember looked after. The two merged when Ember was burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft, and Rachel tried to save her.
- Arch-Enemy: To the first Post-Crisis Satan Girl.
- Burn the Witch!: Ember was burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft and satanism. When Rachel tried to save Ember, the two were engulfed by the flames and became an Earth-Angel.
- Children Are Innocent: Rachel's sacrifice is what turned the two into an Earth-Angel.
- Death Equals Redemption: What gets Ember, and by association Rachel, out of hell is Ember switching back with Supergirl instead of letting Supergirl die in her place.
- Light Is Not Good: Ember and Rachel supposedly lived longer than other Earth-Angels were known to do because Ember rarely exhausted her powers, remaining a somewhat selfish individual even after she was reborn.
- Like Parent Unlike Child: Rachel became one-half of an actual angel, her mother was a Satanist who then literally called herself Satan Girl.
- Mama Bear: As selfish as Ember was, there's no denying she loved Rachel and did not want Rachel to sacrifice herself.
- Morality Pet: Rachel to Ember. Ember was a legitimately bad person, but she also loved Rachel and tried to save her when they were attacked by a group of dogs. Rachel is also this to her mother Dolores, a.k.a. Satan Girl.
- Nice Girl: In spite of the fact that both her parents were slave owners, and her mother was a practicing Satanist, Rachel never treated Ember like property and loved her so much she sacrificed her life to save her friend.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Rachel believed Ember was worth dying for.
Lex Luthor's younger sister.
She was a toddler when her brother became a notorious criminal mastermind in his teenage years. Lex and Lena's parents were so ashamed of their son's crimes and reputation that they moved away from their home in Smallville with Lena and changed their surname to "Thorul"—"Luthor" inverted.
Lena's parents did their best to hide the reality of her brother's activities from her, claiming that her brother Lex had been killed in an accident, and Lena grew up with no knowledge of the fact that she had a brother or that he had become the arch-nemesis of Superman.
Gifted with ESP after an incident in Lex's laboratory, Lena joined the police, and became one of Supergirl's friends.
Her daughter Lori inherited mental defenses from her mother, and can be found under "Friends and Allies'' on this character sheet.
- Alliterative Name: Lena Luthor.
- Big Brother Instinct: Was the only person who could trigger Lex's.
- Friendless Background: Linda Danvers was her friend. Her only friend.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: She and Pre-Crisis Kara looked like clones. During the "Jungle Queen" storyline they traded costumes without anybody being any the wiser.
- Locked Out of the Loop: At Lex's insistence. When Lena did find out who he was during an interview with him (and temporarily lost her mind, running off to Africa and becoming "Jungle Queen") Luthor staged an escape from prison so that he could expose her to flowers that erased unpleasant memories. She eventually found out for good in a storyline in 1981, and the two reconciled.
- Morality Pet: To Lex, who went out of his way conceal their relationship from her, fearing that association with him would only hurt her. They eventually did reconcile.
- Odd Friendship: With Supergirl.
- Psychic Powers: Her ESP was strong enough to control animals and bypass even Luthor's defences.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: She found out about Linda's secret identity, but she kept it to herself◊.
Streaky was Pre-Crisis Supergirl's pet tomcat that was given super-powers by an unusual form of Kryptonite. Linda was experimenting on a piece of green kryptonite in an attempt to find a way to neutralize its deadly effects. When her experiment failed, she tossed the X-Kryptonite (as it became known) out the window. Accidentally her pet Streaky came across the X-Kryptonite, and was exposed to its radiation.
Streaky was depowered during the events of Kryptonite Nevermore (since the Kryptonite nugget was turned into iron) and became a normal cat again. A while later, when Linda moved to San Francisco, she left it with her adoptive parents.
Several years later, Linda was a grad student living in Chicago and studing Criminal Psychology. One day she found a female stray cat which she adopted and named "Streaky" because it reminded her of "another cat she used to own".
Streaky had a 30th century descendant named Whizzy (who also had superpowers).
- Animal Superheroes
- Gender Flip: Post-Infinite Crisis.
- Hour of Power: X Kryptonite only gives him powers temporarily.
- Legacy Character: Has a a 30th century descendant called Whizzy.
- Meaningful Name
- Superpowerful Genetics: Has passed his powers onto Whizzy.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After a while, Streaky stopped making appearances. Several fans wondered what happened to Supergirl's pet cat, and Superman editor E. Nelson Bridwell answered that Streaky was depowered during the events of Kryptonite Nevermore and was living out with the Danvers.
Comet the Super-Horse is the pet horse belonging to Pre-Crisis Supergirl.
Comet was born as Biron a centaur in ancient Greece. The witch Circe gave him a potion to turn him fully human after he stopped an evil sorcerer poisoning her water, but instead it turned him into a full horse. Circe was unable to reverse the curse but instead gave him superpowers (super-strength, super-speed, telepathy, shape-shifting and enhanced intelligence), and made him immortal. The sorcerer trapped Biron on an asteroid in the constellation of Sagittarius.
When Supergirl's ship passed it broke the mystical force field, which allowed him to escape. Comet met Supergirl and they became close friends. Whilst on a mission with Supergirl on another planet, he was given the opportunity to turn into a human, but only while a comet passes through the solar system. As a man, he adopted the identity of "Bronco" Bill Starr, a rodeo star.
The post-Crisis Comet is almost completely different, being a former jockey who was given horse DNA by a mysterious organisation, and became an agent called Zed One. When he sacrificed himself to save Andrea Martinez's life, this resulted in them combining in the same way as Linda and Matrix, and becoming the Earth Angel of Love.
- Animal Superheroes
- Attractive Bent Species: Pre-Crisis, he's a centaur turned horse. He's in love with Supergirl herself.
- Artistic License Astronomy: Turns human whenever a comet enters our solar system. In real life comets permanently orbit the sun though scientists have theorised that interstellar comets might exist.
- Cool Horse: A flying, super-strong, super-fast, intelligent horse... What is not cool about it?
- Decomposite Character: As part of a Red Herring regarding the Post-Crisis Comet's true identity, Dick Malverne had a white horse with a comet-shaped blaze called Byron.
- Gender Bender: Unlike the other Earth angels, Comet's two forms are opposite genders.
- An Ice Person: Post-Crisis Comet has ice powers, which fits the "comet" theme but, as Andrea points out, is really weird for an Angel of Love. ("I make things frigid!")
- Incompatible Orientation: Andrea hits on Linda.
- Metamorphosis: He was originally a centaur called Biron who wanted to be fully human. Unfortunately Circe made a mistake and made him fully horse instead. Because the spell couldn't be reversed, Circe gave him superpowers to try and make up for it.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: The pre-Crisis version was one originally and turns into one temporarily before he becomes human when a comet enters the solar system. The post-Crisis version becomes a winged centaur in his final angelic form.
- Sapient Steed: Has human intelligence.
- Two Beings, One Body: Post-Crisis, they were originally Andrew Jones and Andrea Martinez.
Siobhan is a good natured Irish punk girl living in New York and the first human being the New 52 Kara meets who doesn't try to capture and/or kill her.
Siobhan came to New York City to escape her homeland of Ireland due to family issues. Her father died when she was young and her mother had only recently died which caused her to seek a new life in what she considered the "greatest city in the world".
After arriving and settling down in Queens she accidently found herself face to face with Supergirl. Instantly understanding her language, and after a short tussle with the authorities, she escaped with the help of Supergirl. Figuring that they needed each other and striking a fast friendship, the girls returned to Siobhan's home where they got to know each other properly and quickly become friends.
However, Siobhan's past catches up with her; her father is the evil magical being Black Banshee and she herself is having difficulty keeping her own powers in check as the even more frightening Silver Banshee.
- Adaptational Heroism: Usually a villain, in the Post-Flashpoint universe Siobhan is a nice girl.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Siobhan fears that the Silver Banshee will take over her body when it manifests.
- Heroic Willpower: When fighting Red Lantern Supergirl, she's able to mostly stay in control as the Silver Banshee.
- The Lad-ette
- Make Me Wanna Shout: As the Silver Banshee, she has the appropriate sonic screams.
- Oireland: She has the accent at the very least.
- Omniglot: An actual super power; due to her quasi-magical nature Siobhan is able to speak any language she hears, even a non-human one like Kryptonian (if the dialogue is any indication she always retains her Irish accent though.)
- Superpowered Evil Side: Her Silver Banshee form.
Kara's birth parents in every universe.
Pre-Crisis Zor-El and Allura In-Ze (her name is sometimes spelled Alura) met in Argo City and married several years after Krypton's destruction. After a short while they gave birth their only birth, Kara. Fifteen years later, when Argonians were dying because of Kryptonite poisoning, Zor-El built a space vessel that would rocket Kara away from Argo City and programmed it with a course heading for Earth in where Superman lived. Kara believed her parents were killed along with the destruction of Argo City. However, it was later revealed that In Argo City's final moments, Zor-El discovered a limbo dimension which existed parallel to the Phantom Zone. Dubbing it the Survival Zone, he created a projection device which transported dozens of Kryptonians to safety, although they were now trapped, with no means to return to the normal universe. Kara managed to free them, helped by her foster father, and Zor-El and Alura relocated to the city Kandor on the planet, Rokyn.
Post-Crisis Zor-El and Alura were members of the Science Guild stationed in an offworld colony (Zor-El was a member of the Art Guild before marrying Alura). Zor-El was more emotional and warm in contrast to cold and rational Alura. Zor-El designed and built the dome that saved Argo City from Krypton's destruction, and tried -uselessly- to convince the City Council to find a new planet to settle on before the energy dome failed. At the same time he built a space rocket, only in case. When Brainiac attacked Argo City, he and Alura sent Kara to Earth, asking her to look after her baby cousin. Captured by Brainiac, they were added to his bottled city of Kandor, and eventually freed by Superman. While Zor-El is a certified Nice Guy, Alura is a Knight Templar kept in check only by her husband.
Post-Flashpoint Zor-El was a scientist. Alura a soldier and part of Argo City guard. Although Zor-El had a falling out with his little brother, he paid heed to Jor-El's warnings and built a protective dome around Argo City, at the same time building a space pod to send his daughter to Earth before Krypton's destruction in case the city dome failed. He neglected to tell Alura his plans, though, which caused a rift between them.
- Good Parents: They put their daughter above all. They would not ask her to live together again because they didn't want to break her bond with her foster parents, even though they clearly missed her.
- Happily Married: They got along really well.
- Never Found the Body: Kara assumed that her parents died due to Kryptonite poisoning after they sent her off. It turned out that they were trapped in a limbo dimension dubbed the Survival Zone.
- Sanity Slippage: In Action Comics #314: Supergirl's Tragic Ordeal! Allura -who is living in Kandor at the time- is wasting away due to heartbreak over being separated from her daughter, and her mind is losing her grip, to the point that she picks a robot doll belonging a child and pretends it is her daughter Kara.
- Abusive Parents: Post-Crisis Alura. Aside from being emotionally distant to Kara, she often puts her down verbally.
- Action Mom: Alura is mostly a bureaucrat but she is not afraid to fight when Brainiac invades New Krypton.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Alura does this to Reactron.
- Dark Action Girl: The best way to describe Alura is as an Anti-Hero.
- Death Equals Redemption: Alura uses her last moments to throw Kara into a special chamber that shields her from Reactron's explosion.
- Defrosting the Ice Queen: Alura was pretty cold and aloof before dating Zor-El, declaring that "emotions" and "love" are mere chemical reactions. Zor-El changed her mindset.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Alura definitely cares about both Zor-El and Kara.
- Evil Matriarch: Alura, who tries to control every aspect of Kara's life, and is a Knight Templar at best.
- Good Parents: As New Krypton goes on, it's clear Kara got her heroic personality from her father Zor-El.
- Happily Married: They were very happy together, to the point that Alura loses it when her husband dies.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Alura dies saving Kara from Reactron.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Alura believes that all humans are scum, that Superman can't be trusted, and that General Zod is a great hero. She couldn't be more wrong about any of the above.
- Ignored Expert: Zor-El warned the Argo Council that they needed to look for a new world to settle on because the dome could fail at any moment. You would think they would be more inclined to believe him after his brother was proved right. You would be wrong.Zor-El: Seems my brother's label as "Doomsayer" will be mine as well.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Alura's torture of Reactron is wrong and is portrayed that way, but given that we're talking about the single worst member of Supergirl's rogues gallery here, you aren't liable to have much sympathy for him.
- Killed Off for Real: Zor-El dies in battle with Reactron. Alura is killed when Reactron blows himself up, wiping out all of New Krypton.
- Knight Templar: Alura. Zor-El knows it too, and tries to act as a check on her.
- Mama Bear & Papa Wolf: Don't hurt Kara in front of either of them.
- Motherhood Is Superior: Inverted like you wouldn't believe. Alura was cold and distant towards Kara while Zor-El was the sympathetic parent.
- Morality Chain: Zor-El was this to Alura. With him dead, Alura keeps making morally dubious action after morally dubious action.
- Nice Guy: Zor-El was a spectacular father and was genuinely intrigued by humans and proposed peaceful interactions with them.
- Superpower Lottery: They have all the classic Krytponian powers.
- Abusive Parents: Zor-El genuinely loves his daughter and wants to help her. However his methods put Kara through the wringer.
- Action Girl: Alura was a soldier.
- Came Back Wrong: Alura is brought back from the dead by Cyborg Superman. However she is are a soulless, mute zombie robot.Supergirl: This isn't the future. Look at them. Look at their eyes. You made them monsters! [...] These things aren't alive. You perverted our people's bodies. It isn't right. They move but they don't talk and they aren't really alive.
- Good Parents: No one messes with Alura's daughter.
- Happily Married: Their relationship was strained after Zor-El blasted Kara off the planet, but they kept loving each other.
- You Shall Not Pass!: It happens when Sheko tries to read Supergirl's memories. A memory of Alura blocks her, declares firmly that her daughter's mindraping is NOT going to happen and throws her out:Sheko: You... You can see me?
Alura: OF COURSE I can see you. Now GET OUT of our home!
Sheko: Who are you...?
Alura: Alura Zor-El! Praetor of Argo City! And you trespass at your peril!