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Character page for Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), Supergirl (1984), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) and Superman Returns (2006). This universe is also featured in Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) as "Earth-96". note 


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    Superman 

Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman

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"I'm here to fight for truth, justice and the American way."
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"You wrote that the world doesn't need a savior, but every day I hear people crying for one."
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"Hope is the light that lifts us out of darkness."

Species: Kryptonian

Known Aliases: Superman, The Last Son of Krypton, The Man of Steel, The Big Blue Boy Scout.

Played by: Christopher Reeve (1978-1987) | Brandon Routh (2006, 2019-2020) | Jeff East (young Clark, 1978) | Aaron Smolinski (toddler Clark, 1978)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman III | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace | Superman Returns | Crisis On Infinite Earths

The Last Son of Krypton and Earth's greatest hero.


  • The Ace: His appearance in Crisis on Infinite Earths identifies him as the Paragon of Truth for the entire Multiverse across all DC live action properties, even though Superman from the Arrowverse and Smallville are present during the Crisis. He also plays a major role in evacuating billions of citizens from all Earths across the Multiverse, and is the only hero besides the Monitor to stand up to Harbinger, and resist her gravitational pressure when she is being controlled by the Anti-Monitor.
  • Action Dad: He fathered a child with Lois, as revealed in Superman Returns.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted, this version leaves out Magog killing the Joker and being acquitted for it, causing Superman to retire to the Fortress of Solitude for years before coming out of retirement. He is still an active and hopeful Superhero.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Surprisingly, given this is based on his Silver Age version. In the comics at the time, Superman could fly fast enough to break the time barrier but he couldn't change the past. Further, time-travel to any point when he was alive, past or future, saw him become an invisible phantom unable to interact with anyone.
    • Upon his return in Crisis on Infinite Earths, he has lost almost everyone he loves as a result of Joker's gas attack, but refuses to give up either his superhero or day job, can overpower Earth-Prime's Superman, and resist the gravitational pressure of the Anti-Monitor.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: A mild example. While this Superman is still heroic, he's also got a selfish streak. In Superman II, he was willing to permanently give up his powers just to consummate his relationship with Lois, despite the world being dependent on him. In Returns, it's revealed that Superman conceived a child with Lois, but was absent from the boy's life for five whole years because he was searching for Krypton and even after discovering the truth, does not show signs of coming out to his son. Subverted in Returns when Superman risks his life to lift an entire island made of Kryptonite and hurl it into space.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: The greatest Superman in The Multiverse, at his fullest potential, which allows him to best Earth-Prime's Superman in combat. This is due to this Superman having suffered so much more while still remaining his idealistic self and for this reason is granted the status of the Paragon of Truth.
  • Alternate Self: Many amongst the The Multiverse, including...
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Clark Kent's suit and hat are very fifties, yet he manages to look dashing in them.
  • Back from the Dead: He and his world are restored at the end of Crisis.
  • Badass Baritone: Both Reeve and Routh give Superman a deep voice that goes well with his heroic feats and contrasts with the high, awkward voice sported in his Clark Kent persona.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: He can fly outside Earth, unlike some alternate versions of him. He is shown at the ending of its movies and at the Multiverse recreation scene of Crisis flying over Earth and sometimes he smiles at the camera.
  • Big "NO!": Inverted with Lois's first death; Superman shakes his head and mutters out a few pained and quiet "no"s before his Skyward Scream.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Lex Luthor is able to turn him against Earth-Prime Superman by using the Book of Destiny to "turn all his love into hate", causing him to resent his counterpart for not suffering as he's suffered. Once Earth-Prime Lois frees him from the spell he takes it in stride, mentioning something like this has happened before.
  • Broad Strokes: Routh plays the same character as Reeve, but that means Reeve's last two films didn't happen as Returns picks up some years after Superman II.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Superman Returns was intended to replace Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace in the canon.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Uses his x-ray vision to check out Lois' underwear. Granted, it was her idea.
  • Clark Kenting: Christopher Reeve made Superman's switch between identities incredibly convincing and less dependent on MST3K Mantra than in the comics. It's especially apparent during the scene where he nearly reveals himself to Lois in her apartment, and shows the audience what Superman would look like in Clark Kent's suit.
  • Composite Character: His appearance in Crisis of the Infinite Earths combines the version from the movies and the Superman from Kingdom Come. As an older Superman, he is also based on Kal-L, the Earth-2 Superman in the original comic book.note 
  • Da Editor: He's the Daily Planet's Editor-In-Chief by 2019.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All Supermen have this with the destruction of Krypton in their infancy, but this one has gone through it twice with The Joker's attack on Metropolis in his adulthood. The Monitor says this trait is what makes him the Paragon.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in the arms of Earth-Prime's Kara as anti-matter leaks out of his body due to him and the Lex Luthor of Earth-Prime switching places.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the new multiverse, Lois and Clark's other close friends never died, as seen by his crest having yellow background instead of black. The last we see of him is him flying in the Earth's atmosphere, finally content once and for all.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Reeve plays the Clark Kent persona this way. Downplayed when Routh took over in Returns.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Superman spins like a top while drilling into Lex Luthor's underground lair and flies around the Earth to make it spin backwards and turn back time. That and the revolving door costume change bit.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He tells the Paragons to fix the multiverse before perishing.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Superman realizes Lois' car is buried under debris.
  • Hunk: The Earth-Prime Kara, of all people, has commented on his impressive physique.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Earth-Prime Lois is able to use the Book of Destiny to break Luthor's spell on him by channeling her own image of her own Clark's kindness and compassion she knows he must share.
  • Informed Ability: Clark skills as reporter. We don't ever see Clark doing his job, the way we did in the George Reeves series. However, we know Perry only hires good reporters who can get stories and make them great. Besides Clark has two irresistible qualities — fast (and accurate) typing and a snappy, punchy prose style. We do hear Perry compliment Clark — right after reminding Lois "there's only one 'p' in 'rapist' — when he says, "Nice job on that shooting scandal, Kent."
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Ray Palmer having the least similarities with him out of all his alternate counterparts, they still bear a lot of similarities.
    • They are both Primary-Color Champions with an added black to their suits.
    • They are in charge of a company (Ray leads Palmer Technologies while Clark leads the Daily Planet).
    • Both have powersets that allow them to fly, scan objects, and enhances their physical stats that are all empowered by a star (Ray's Atom suit is powered by a dwarf star while Clark's powers come from the sun.)
    • Both are dorky Nice Guys.
    • Both lost their romantic partners to an Ax-Crazy supervillain (Ray lost Anna to Deathstroke's siege while Clark lost Lois to the Joker's gas attack.)
  • Large and in Charge: Stands over 6 feet tall and is Da Editor of Daily Planet by 2019.
  • Living MacGuffin: He is the only one of the Paragons to be introduced in Crisis On Infinite Earths as opposed to an already established character in the Arrowverse (Ryan Choi was The Ghost).
  • Load-Bearing Hero: Superman bench-presses the entire San Andreas Fault Zone. And uses his body as temporary train tracks. He also resists the Anti-Monitor's gravitational pressure field while all other heroes save the Monitor himself are downed.
  • Master Actor: Clark Kent. On top of making audiences believe a man could fly, Christopher Reeve proved that a really good actor can make you believe that Clark Kenting could actually work.
  • Messianic Archetype: Setting the standard for future Supermen, his father refers to him as his "only son" sent to guide humanity. By the time of Crisis on Infinite Earths, he has added black to his Kryptonian Crest. Not to mourn those he's lost, but to remind himself that the hope he provides and believes in can cut through any darkness, just as his red "S" cuts through the black background on his chest. By the end of Crisis, the yellow returned to the crest.
  • Nice Guy: When the Iris West, Lois Lane and Clark Kent of Earth-Prime ask him to help to save the multiverse, he agrees to help without hesitation.
  • Old Superhero: Quite possibly one of the most seasoned superheroes in the Multiverse. It’s what helps make him the greatest Superman of all of the multiverse.
  • The Paragon: He's literally given the title of the Paragon of Truth, and he is the Ideal Hero of the Multiverse, representing the potential Earth-Prime's Superman has yet to grow into. The Monitor tells us he has lost more and suffered more than any other Superman while still retaining the spark of who he is — which translates to him being more powerful than our Superman and quickly getting the better of him during their brief duel. This is more or less the relationship Earth-2 Kal-L had with Earth-1 Kal-El in the original comics Crisis.
  • Rank Up: In Crisis, he becomes the Daily Planet's Editor-in-Chief.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Or at least like pink, very much.
  • Relationship Upgrade: His mentioning Lois as his wife in Crisis indicates he did get back with her and married her after Returns.
  • Sacrificial Lion: As the oldest and most experienced of the Seven Paragons we expect him to be the beacon of hope and de facto leader in their Last Stand against the Anti-Monitor. Instead, the prophecy in the Book of Destiny is hijacked by Luthor's tampering, and he's unceremoniously killed and replaced by his greatest enemy in the Multiverse.
  • Seen It All: He isn't at all fazed by meeting an alternate Clark or Lois or learning about the Crisis, saying it's actually the least insane thing he's heard. He similarly takes his own Brainwashed and Crazy Face–Heel Turn in stride, noting that it's nothing new for him.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: His costume is the Kingdom Come design, with his chest symbol a more stylized version (looking more like the Kryptonian character for "hope" and less like an Earth letter S) against a black background. He tells Lois he changed it after his wife and his friends died, to remind himself that hope always rises again from grief.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: This Clark keeps one in his office, with plaques memorializing all of his fallen friends from the Daily Planet, to remind him why he keeps fighting for truth and justice. Notably serves as a Foil to Batman-99's grotesque trophy room.
  • Silver Fox: He still is attractive in his old appearance. Earth-Prime Kara gushes about his physique before her cousin tells he is his doppelganger.
  • Skyward Scream: When Lois dies. The first time.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: The late Christopher Reeve was 6'4, while Brandon Routh is 6'3. A lot of characters have given him a Female Gaze.

    Lois Lane 

Lois Lane

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Species: Human

Played by: Margot Kidder (1978-1987) | Kate Bosworth (2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman III | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace | Superman Returns

An Intrepid Reporter for The Daily Planet.


  • Alliterative Name: Lois Lane.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Generally, though her two actresses have different approach towards her. Margot Kidder's portrayal is more blunt while Kate Bosworth's is more detached.
  • Alternate Self: Many amongst The Multiverse, including...
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She has trouble spelling certain words, despite being a reporter. It's very possible she has dyslexia.
  • Back from the Dead: At the end of Crisis, Clark having yellow instead of black in his crest implies this Lois never died in the new reality.
  • Bus Crash: Killed by the Joker when he gassed the Daily Planet sometime between 2006 and 2019.
  • Character Death: Killed in a car wreck in Superman: The Movie, which was undone by Supes reversing time. Also killed by the Joker when he gassed the Daily Planet sometime before 2019. This one took.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: At least three Loises are alive by the time her death in 2019 is mentioned.
  • Demoted to Extra: In III and, to a lesser extent, IV. The former film only has her appearing in two brief scenes, neither of which have any real relevance to the plot, while the latter has Lacy Warfield more as its female lead, though does give Lois a few plot-critical scenes.
  • Fainting: For a supposedly fearless reporter, Lois faints quite often when presented with situations that she simply is unable to process. But, then again, all of them involve Superman, which is as extraordinary as things can get.
    • In the first film, a helicopter crash almost causes Lois Lane to fall to her death. Superman makes his first public appearance by catching and saving both her and the falling helicopter. After he deposits her on the top of a building and flies away, she watches Superman fly away before immediately collapsing atop the helipad in a dead faint.
    • In the Director's Cut of II, Lois becomes so sure that Clark is Superman that she jumps out of the window of her office in the Daily Planet building right in front of Clark, believing that he'll expose himself as Superman as he tries to save her. He breaks her fall in a way that doesn't break his disguise, allowing her to land safely on top of a tomato vendor's stand on the street below, and appears back upstairs as Clark at the window by the time Lois looks up again. The (incorrect) realization that Clark isn't Superman after all, along with the embarrassment of what she's done, as well as the knowledge of how easily she could have killed herself doing so, instantly sends Lois passing out cold into the pile of tomatoes she landed on top of.
    • And in Superman Returns, an aircraft malfunction almost kills the entirety of its passengers, amongst whom is Lois, who at this point has already given up the hope of Superman returning from his many-years-long absence and no longer believes that the world needs him. Superman makes his first public reappearance by saving the aircraft and landing it safely in a packed sports arena. He then personally speaks solely to Lois, echoing their conversation on the helipad in the original film. Completely overwhelmed, Lois follows him out the aircraft's exit and once again watches speechlessly as he flies away into the sky before she drops and slides limply down the plane's inflated evacuation slide, dead unconscious.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: There was no way Lois could afford a fancy penthouse apartment on a reporter's salary.
  • Love Interest: Do we have to say who's?
  • My Car Hates Me: Lois, get gas before you drive into the middle of nowhere. Seriously, she hits the earthquake, burning (broken) train track, oncoming train, and the nuclear warhead from that trope's description all in one turn of the key. On the other hand, it's not for want of trying. She stops at a gas station, but it's deserted, and a few seconds later it blows up right next to her.
  • Posthumous Character: She's long dead during Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019).
  • Relationship Upgrade: Clark's mentioning Lois as his wife in Crisis indicates she did get back with him and married him after Returns.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Despite being an accomplished reporter, Lois is terrible at spelling. This trait was made part of her comics characterization (if not always applied consistently).
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has no qualms walking in front of Clark wearing only a towel.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: How does she confirm that Clark is Superman? By shooting him (with blank bullets, but still).
    Superman: You realize, of course, if you'd been wrong, Clark Kent would have been killed.

    Supergirl 

Supergirl / Linda Lee / Kara Zor-El

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Helen Slater

Appearances: Supergirl

The Last Daughter of Krypton and its prestigious House of El.


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Earth Antagonists

    Lex Luthor 

Alexander "Lex" Luthor

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Species: Human

Played by: Gene Hackman (1978-1987) | Kevin Spacey (2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace | Superman Returns

The greatest criminal mastermind the world has ever seen. Not.


  • Abusive Parents: Implied with his dad, who apparently told Lex to "get out" when he was only six, although this may have been Lex's idea of a joke.
  • Alliterative Name: Lex Luthor.
  • Alternate Self: One on Earth-Prime who looks like himself and his nephew Lenny, one on Earth-9, one on Earth-167, and one on an unnamed Earth.
  • Ambiguous Situation: No mention is made if he's still alive in 2019.
  • Badass Boast: "Lex Luthor! The greatest criminal mind of our time!"
  • Bald of Evil: Played for laughs by Gene Hackman, who wears a series of unconvincing wigs until whipping off the last one to reveal his baldness during his final rant after Superman dumps him in prison.
  • Bat Deduction:
    • Lex Luthor not only correctly deduces that pieces of Krypton came to Earth, but that they would be harmful to Superman, with no explanation given.
    • In Superman Returns, he suspects (correctly) that Jason is Superman's son when he noticed the boy seemed to be afraid of the Kryptonite Lex was holding.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: In spite of his campy moments, Lex is capable of some heinous acts. He was willing to let Zod have Earth as long as he got America for himself and he nearly drowned the entire North American continent by creating his own island, and he seems to genuinely enjoy hurting and killing people. He is really an extremely sinister and psychopathic monster who happens to be goofball with grandiose delusions.
  • Big Bad: In the first and fourth films, as well as Returns.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: In the second film. He's easily overshadowed by Zod and his cronies for obvious reasons.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Nary a scene goes by where Lex isn't bragging about how devious his schemes are. In The Quest for Peace he even refers to himself as "the greatest criminal mind of the 20th century."
  • The Chessmaster: In Superman II he ups his game considerably.
  • Egopolis: Lex does this a lot. But he is not happy when his henchmen Otis scribbles "Otisburg" on a map (perhaps he doesn't want it to be visible on the map, not even Tessmacher's own city's name was shown).
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: It might not be prominent at first, but in the official novelization of IV, he appeals to war profiteers from three countries against Superman's disarmament on the basis that "as long as the world hangs on the brink of war, the good life is available to every criminal — regardless of race, religion, or national origin!"
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Ms. Teschmacher asked if he thinks that Superman is the real deal, Luthor replies that if he is, he's not from Earth. Granted, Superman is a Human Alien, but it does show that Luthor doesn't believe anyone on Earth could be as selfless as Superman.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Lex's schemes in both the first film and Returns, in the end, are just Real Estate Scams. Very similar real estate scams. Scams that will kill millions of people, and have a bigger chance of backfiring than they have of working, and Lex doesn't cares at all.
    • Implied with his sending the second missile to Hackensack, New Jersey, which just happens to be the home of the mother of his right-hand woman who keeps insulting his character throughout the movie. Hackensack is such an utterly random target otherwise that it is easy to imagine he chose it because the mother lived there.
    • The one time he tries to pull an Enemy Mine with Superman is very short-lived because he can't bring himself to not betray Superman.
    • After he scams all of the money out of an elderly rich woman in Returns, he makes a show of demonstrating he did to the rest of her family by giving her young grand-daughter his toupee and saying "this is yours. Everything else is mine."
  • Facepalm: After Lex describes what Kryptonite can do and how to find it, Eve and Otis go off on a tangent about what to wear to Addis Abbaba. Lex's expression says it all.
  • The Ghost: He never appears on-screen during Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) but is mentioned.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's arrogant, narcissistic, egocentric, and has the personality of a real Jerkass, but there's no real denying the fact that he is highly intelligent.
  • Lack of Empathy: Why does Lex want to drown America? So he can corner the real estate market. To Hell with anyone who gets caught in the crossfire. This quality actually comes back to bite him; once he's far enough along in his plan it doesn't seem to occur to him there'd be consequences to the other nuke going the wrong way.
  • Laughably Evil: He's depicted as a ruthless bastard with a witty sense of humor.
  • Running Gag: Other than in IV but including in Returns, all his designs are ultimately around owning oceanfront property. Lex lampshades this in Superman II.
  • Stupid Evil: He betrays Superman to Zod at the climax of Superman 2, even after it's been made clear that Zod won't honor any deals he makes with Lex, because he just can't bring himself to not betray Superman. Good thing that Supes factored that into his own scheme.
    • His plans in Returns and the first movie will both cause massive destruction that will result in the deaths of millions or even billions, yet will almost certainly not bring him the money or power he expects since there would be nothing stopping the governments of the world simply seizing the new territory he created. He's already a notorious criminal even before Superman shows up, so the mere fact that he was the sole benefactor of major disasters would instantly make him suspicious, and he never has more than a handful of incompetent henchmen to help him.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Otis easily fits this trope, and while Miss Tessmacher isn't dumb, exactly, she certainly doesn't bring any great skill set to assist Lex with his villainy, and is easily distracted by typically "feminine" concerns such as jewelry or fashion. Lenny isn't any brain trust either. Of course, Lex sees everyone this way, even the evil Kryptonians he is ostensibly helping.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Or rather, too impatient to live in the The Quest for Peace. When attempting to send a nuclear missile with the DNA of Nuclear Man into space, he launches the missile before it's completely risen, resulting in it almost hitting the bunker he's in - he survives, but it's really a sign of Villain Decay.

    Eve Teschmacher 

Miss Eve Teschmacher

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Species: Human

Played by: Valerie Perrine

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Lex Luthor's moll.


  • Ambiguously Jewish
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime.
  • Canon Immigrant: Created for the series, she appeared in JLA: Earth-2 as Luthor's secretary and was transplanted to the Supergirl (2015) TV series.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She's not a big fan of how Lex disposes of a police detective in the subway.
  • Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: Miss Teschmacher didn't like her boss's callous disregard for her mother's life.
  • Easily Forgiven: Lex doesn't seem to bear her any ill will after she betrays him to Superman in the first movie. Of course, the fact that she helped him escape from prison may have something to do with it.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Miss Teschmacher thanks to Lex. The last straw involved siccing a missile on Hackensack, NJ, Teschmacher's mother's hometown. That led her to save Superman's life in exchange for his stopping the missile which was headed for Hackensack.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Secretly Selfish: When she rescues Superman from drowning with Kryptonite chained around his neck, she makes Superman promise to save her mother in Hackensack from the eastbound missile before Superman gets to the westbound missile headed for the San Andreas Fault. When the westbound missile strikes the fault, Superman is able to perform many heroic rescues, but he is too late to rescue Lois Lane, who was buried to death inside her car. This prompts him to turn back time to the point when she was still alive and send the westbound missile into outer space.
  • Stop Copying Me: In the Richard Donner version of Superman II, she'd repeat nearly everything Luthor said. Even when he tells her stop, she says: "I won't repeat what you say."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She's never seen or heard from again in Superman II after Lex's first visit to the Fortress of Solitude.

    Otis 

Otis

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Species: Human

Played by: Ned Beatty

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Lex Luthor's henchman.


  • Alternate Self: Has two, one on Earth-Prime & one on Earth-167.
  • Bumbling Sidekick
  • Canon Immigrant: Created for the film, Otis showed up in Young Justice as the head of Lex's security detail, as Lex's P.A. in the Smallville continuation comics (where his surname is "Berg"), in a cameo as a LexCorp security guard in the mainstream DCU's Forever Evil comic, and in Supergirl. An expy of Otis named Orville Gump also appeared in Super Friends.
  • Demoted to Extra: Has only a couple of scenes in the second movie after being Lex's main assistant in the first, as a result of Lex leaving him behind in prison. Although considering how unhelpful Otis was overall, it's a wonder Lex didn't get rid of him sooner.
  • The Ditz: Lex can't understand how Otis's brain has enough smarts to move the rest of his body.
  • Dumb Is Good: He's a moron, but he's never shown to be overtly evil.
  • Egopolis: "Otisberg? Otisberg?!"
  • Fat Idiot: He's fat and pretty stupid.
  • The Load: Otis's excess weight prompts Lex Luthor to leave him behind when making his getaway:
    Miss Teschmacher: Lex, how could you do that to Otis?
    Lex Luthor: What else is ballast for?
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Otis's botched reprogramming sent the second missile to hit Hackensack, which is what causes Teschmacher to turn on Lex and save Superman's life.
    • Before this, his bumbling led to repeated near-discoveries of Lex's lair.

    Ross and Vera Webster 

Ross and Vera Webster

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Species: Human

Played By: Robert Vaughn and Annie Ross

Appearances: Superman III

Ross and Vera Webster are a brother-sister team and owners of Webscoe Industries, who plan to corner the world market and see Superman as the only obstacle to that goal. They use Gus Gorman to create a supercomputer capable of killing Superman.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: Ross is portrayed as the main villain for most of the movie, but after the supercomputer becomes self-aware, he's quickly put into his place and it becomes the real threat of the film.
  • Siblings in Crime: A brother and sister who try to use illegal means to further their business interests.
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    Gus Gorman 

Gus Gorman

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Species: Human

Played By: Richard Pryor

Appearances: Superman III

A genius programmer who's hired by the Websters to create the ultimate computer capable of killing Superman, Gus isn't wholly evil, however, and has reservations about actually doing it.


  • Anti-Villain: He's not vindicitive or power-hungry, just a guy who's found himself in wildly over his head.
  • The Cracker: After some basic computer training, he can hack into just about anything.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Gus and his computer skills are what allow the Websters to do their plotting in the first place while carrying out some very vital grunt work.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's only assisting the Websters for employment. When he sees just how much trouble they're willing to cause, he eventually turns against him.

    Lorelei Ambrosia 

Lorelei Ambrosia

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Species: Human

Played By: Pamela Stephenson

Appearances: Superman III

Ross's moll who is much smarter than she lets on, she helps finalize the Websters' schemes behind the scenes and seduces Superman once he's turned evil by synthetic Kryptonite.


  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted. She acts the part, but is a genius in reality. (Could be considered a retro-active casting gag - Pamela Stephenson-Connolly herself is no slouch, becoming a clinical psychologist and adjuct professor when she retired from acting.)
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Lorelei is the one who points out that the Websters can use kryptonite on Superman to the Websters, and also seduces his evil half into doing their bidding.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: While she acts like an airhead, she's actually very crafty and displays an ability to understand complex philosophical concepts.
  • The Vamp: She seduces the Evil Superman into doing the Websters' bidding.

    Selena 

Selena

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Species: Empowered Human

Played by: Faye Dunaway

Appearances: Supergirl

A witch who recovered Argo City's Omegahedron after it landed on Earth.
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime who is Kryptonian.
  • Big Bad: Of Supergirl.
  • Black Magic: She's an evil witch, what do you expect?
  • Canon Immigrant: Created for the film, she soon finds her way into the comic book canon during Supergirl (Rebirth) and has also appeared in the Supergirl (2015) TV series as its third season Big Bad.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Lex Luthor; while he was a genius with Otis as an idiot henchman and Miss Tessmacher with wavering loyalties, Selena is short-sighted and ignorant of the Omegahedron's origins and Bianca acts as the Only Sane Man who's critical of her actions, while Nigel taught her magic and is loyal far longer than necessary out of love.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Faye Dunaway keeps Chewing the Scenery in any given chance.
  • Evil Is Petty: She 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 Redhead: She has curly red hair and is definitely evil.
  • Evil Sorcerer: She is a female example; her ambition is to become a Sorcerous Overlord.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her impatience and short-sightedness is commented on by several characters, and is the main reason she lacked the power to take over the world until finding the Omegahedron.
  • It's All About Me: As Supergirl points out near the end of the film, Selena has no friends and considers everyone else beneath her and only sees fit to fulfill her selfish desires.

    Bianca 

Bianca

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Species: Human

Played by: Brenda Vaccaro

Appearances: Supergirl

Selena's assistant.
  • Anti-Villain: She doesn't really do anything evil, but association with Selena does her no favors.
  • Expy: Of Otis from the first Superman movie.
  • The Mentor: In an early draft of the film she was this to Selena until the latter betrayed her.
  • Only Sane Man: She's frequently critical of Selena's grandiose schemes and advises her to reconsider attacking Linda.

    Nigel 

Nigel

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Species: Empowered Human

Played by: Peter Cook

Appearances: Supergirl

A warlock who mentored Selena, and her ex-lover.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Selena tormenting a mundane party-goer over impulsive jealousy makes him snap at her.
    Stop it, Selena. That's not fair! Pick on me!
  • Karma Houdini: He aids in Ethan's capture but escapes scot-free at the end.
  • The Mentor: He was a villainous mentor for Selena.

    Lenny Luthor 

Lenny Luthor

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Species: Human

Played by: Jon Cryer

Appearances: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Lex Luthor's punkish and idiotic, but nonetheless conniving nephew, who breaks him out of prison and helps with his schemes to create Nuclear Man.


  • Alliterative Name: Lenny Luthor.
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime who is Lex himself.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lex openly disparages him as "the Dutch Elm [disease] of my family tree", the arms dealers show clear contempt for him during the meetings where he's present, and Nuclear Man demonstrates his powers on Lenny more than once.
  • Expy: He's a Gender Flipped Nasthalthia "Nasty" Luthor with an Adaptational Name and Personality Changes.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Presumably he's intended to be this, given that in his first scene he manages to operate a car by remote control and understands enough about science to help Lex with his experiments, but it's never made very clear.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A low-grade example, considering that the worst thing he actually does is nearly kill a couple of prison guards by sending them through a nasty but survivable fall over a cliff, but it's clear that he takes after his uncle in this regard.
  • Totally Radical: His dialogue is almost entirely made up of 1980s slang, which naturally is used with little regard for whether or not it's appropriate in-context.

    Nuclear Man 

Nuclear Man

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Species: Artificial Kryptonian

Played by: Mark Pillow | Gene Hackman (voice) | Clive Mantle (Nuclear Man I; deleted scenes)

Appearances: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

An Evil Counterpart of Superman, created using Superman's genetic material and the power of the sun.


  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: His fingernails are long, sharp, and apparently capable of inflicting radiation poisoning on people, which they do to graphic effect with Superman himself.
  • Canon Immigrant: Was an original creation for the movie, but eventually showed up in the comics in 2018.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Considering he was created by Lex, you'd kind of expect this, but when Superman refuses to tell him where Lacy is he openly announces that he will "hurt people" until Superman gives up her location.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets destroyed when Superman throws him into the core of Metropolis's nuclear power plant, making him one of the few villains in this movie series who unambiguously dies.
  • Expy: He's something of one to Bizarro. This is especially apparent in the original cut, where "Nuclear Man One" is a very childlike buffoon who Does Not Know His Own Strength.
  • For the Lulz: When Lex orders him to destroy Superman, Nuclear Man wants to have some fun thrashing him around first.
  • Super Prototype: Inverted with the first version of Nuclear Man from the film's deleted scenes, who turns out extremely stupid and is easily defeated and destroyed by Superman when they fight.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He has the same voice as Lex, which you wouldn't expect from either someone with Mark Pillow's looks, or someone cloned from Superman.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Being outside of direct sunlight causes him to completely lose power, and we don't just mean he's Brought Down to Normal — he becomes completely inert, which Superman exploits to defeat him once and for all.

    David Warfield 

David Warfield

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Species: Human

Played by: Sam Wanamaker

Appearances: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

A press tycoon who purchases the Daily Planet and remakes it into a sleazy tabloid newspaper.


  • Expy: He's based on Morgan Edge. Like Edge in the comics, Warfield bought ownership of the Daily Planet.
  • Harmless Villain: Despite the various Planet staffers claiming that his headlines are irresponsible and could cause disaster, nothing of the sort ever happens, and Perry White ends up undercutting him and buying a controlling interest in the business, rendering him powerless.
  • Immoral Journalist: He's a Rupert Murdoch-esque tycoon who buys a majority share of the Daily Planet and immediately turns it into a tabloid newspaper. The two trashy articles that influence the plot the most are the declaration that Superman told a kid who wrote him a request to help create world peace to drop dead when Supes answers that he's reluctant to meddle so much with mankind's affairs, and the declaration that Superman is dead when he is injured during his first fight against Nuclear Man and doesn't shows up for a few days (the other newspapers that appear in the same montage don't go that far in terms of speculation, just saying that they are worried he hasn't been seen).
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's clearly inspired by Rupert Murdoch, who was well into buying up several newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic and doing away with their more serious journalism in favor of a more populist approach.

    Kitty Kowalski 

Kitty Kowalski

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Species: Human

Played by: Parker Posey

Appearances: Superman Returns

Lex Luthor's moll.


    The Joker 

The Joker

Species: Human

Known Aliases: The Joker

A lunatic reject from Gotham City who killed most of the Daily Planet staff out of spite, including Superman's loved ones.


Earth

    Jonathan and Martha Kent 

Jonathan and Martha Kent

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Species: Humans

Played by: Glenn Ford (Jonathan, 1978) | Phylis Thaxter (Martha, 1978) | Eva Marie Saint (Martha, 2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman Returns

Clark's adoptive human parents.


    Jimmy Olsen 

Jimmy Olsen

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Species: Human

Played by: Marc McClure (1978-1987) | Sam Huntington (2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman III | Supergirl | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace | Superman Returns

A young photographer at the Daily Planet and a friend of both Clark and Lois.


    Perry White 

Perry White

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Species: Human

Played by: Jackie Cooper (1978-1987) | Frank Langella (2006)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman III | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace | Superman Returns

The Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Planet and boss to both Clark and Lois.


    Lana Lang 

Lana Lang

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Species: Human

Played by: Diane Sherry (1978), Annette O'Toole (1983)

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman III

A high school friend of Clark.


    Ethan 

Ethan

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Species: Human

Played by: Hart Bochner

Appearances: Supergirl

A handsome groundskeeper at Midvale college and the object of Selena's affections; a love spell gone awry forces him into falling in love with Linda instead, though he eventually grows to like her on his own.
  • Bridal Carry: Spoofed when Ethan tries to do this to Linda, but can't even lift the petite girl, because Kryptonians are denser than humans.
  • Distressed Dude: Selena frequently puts Ethan in danger, forcing Supergirl to save him.
  • Love at First Sight: Selena's potion makes Ethan fall in love on sight with the first woman he sees.

    Lucy Lane 

Lucy Lane

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Species: Human

Played by: Maureen Teefy

Appearances: Supergirl

Lois Lane's younger sister and a college student who befriends Linda. Selena kidnaps her as insurance against Supergirl.

    Lacy Warfield 

Lacy Warfield

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Species: Human

Played by: Mariel Hemingway

Appearances: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

David Warfield's daughter, who takes over from Perry White as the editor of the Daily Planet.


  • Calling the Old Man Out: When Mr. Warfield tries to use Superman's cape as a promotional gimmick, Lacy finds herself to have had enough with him.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Though deep down she resents her father, she grew the spine to stand up to him only after he tried to use Superman's cape as part of a gimmick. Also, she tries to woo Clark to prove Lois wrong, only to see he really is a nice guy and comes to really like him when she sees he's really a nice guy.
  • Expy: She is similar to Cat Grant. Both are romantically interested in Clark, though Lacy does it to prove to Lois that "all men are attracted to [her]" because she's "very, very rich".
  • Nice Girl: Her father is an enormous jerkass and gave her the job of publisher through nepotism, but she is a genuinely nice person who resents her father's treatment of the Daily Planet employees.
  • Romantic False Lead: Much like Lana before her, there's a clear romantic interest between her and Clark, but it ultimately goes nowhere.
  • She's Got Legs: She flirts with Clark by sitting on her desk and showing her legs.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's quite loaded and wields a lot of power, but is a very kind and personable lady.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Nuclear Man is defeated, Lacy just disappears from the storyline, and it's not made clear whether she decided to stay on at the Planet and work with Perry White, or left. The deleted scenes show that she left the Planet and bought out the Kents' old farm.

    Richard White 

Richard White

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Species: Human

Played by: James Marsden

Appearances: Superman Returns

Perry White's nephew and Lois' then-husband.


  • Ace Pilot: He seems comfortable in flying planes even in (literally) rocky situations.
  • Ambiguous Situation: No mention is made if he's still alive in 2019.
  • Canon Foreigner: He doesn't exist in the comics.
  • Love Martyr: He never resented Lois even though she's emotionally cheating on him due to her obvious lingering feelings for Superman.
  • Nephewism: Dialogues suggest that Perry essentially raised him, or at least they are very close to each other.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being essentially cheated on (emotionally speaking), he never seems to hold any grudge towards Lois and Superman.
  • Parental Substitute: He is Jason's legal father due to marrying Lois.

    Jason White 

Jason White

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Species: Human-Kryptonian Hybrid

Played by: Tristan Lake Leabu

Appearances: Superman Returns

Clark and Lois' child.


  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime as Jonathan Kent, one of the sons of that Earth's Superman.
  • Canon Foreigner: While Superman and Lois did have a son, he won't be introduced until nine years after Returns came out.
  • Heroic Bastard: His biological parents aren't married.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: He is the son of the Last Son of Krypton and a human woman.
  • In Name Only: He is not a biological White, his mother just married Richard when Superman went AWOL.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He isn't aware that Superman is his biological father during the events of the actual movie. But a line in Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) all but states that he did eventually learn the truth.
  • Ret-Canon: He is one of the inspirations for Jonathan Samuel Kent. Although there had been different versions of Clark and Lois' son (each with a different name) in imaginary stories and Elseworlds comics before.

Krypton

    Jor-El 

Jor-El

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Marlon Brando

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman Returns

The biological father of Kal-El and Krypton's chief scientist.


  • Ascended Extra: This adaptation gave Jor-El unprecedented importance in Superman's origin story beyond just blasting him off to Earth. Superman's superhero career becomes a messianic mission bestowed by Jor-El as God-figure. Jor-El sends Kal-El forth to use his powers as The Paragon for humans, "the light to show them the way to greatness". His Virtual Ghost charges Clark to become Superman and trains him for 12 years. In the comics and most other following adaptations (until Man of Steel that is), Jor-El had nothing at all to do with Clark becoming Superman. Jor-El sent his son to Earth simply to save his life with no ulterior motives for humanity. Earth was chosen simply because it was habitable and Kal-El would fit right alongside humans. The awesome powers were a bonus, and Clark becoming Superman was all due to him being a morally upright, responsible man as raised by the Kents.
  • Alternate Self: He has at least three, one in the universe of an unnamed Earth, one in the universe of Earth-Prime and one in the universe of Earth-167.
  • Big Good: Superman's heroic deeds were largely from Jor-El's influence.
  • Death by Origin Story: He dies before sending Clark to Earth.
  • Exact Words: "Neither I nor my wife will leave Krypton." Jor-El instead sends his son Kal-El to Earth, thus technically keeping his promise to the Council.
  • Huge Holographic Head: Jor-El speaks to and finishes training Kal-El in the Fortress of Solitude using this trope.
  • Ignored Expert: His comics version is the trope page picture and used to be the trope's namesake.

    General Zod 

General Dru Zod

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Terence Stamp

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Krypton's military leader and a heinous war criminal.


    Ursa 

Ursa

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Sarah Douglas

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Zod's henchwoman.


    Non 

Non

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Jack O Halloran

Appearances: Superman: The Movie | Superman II

Zod's henchman.


  • Alternate Self: Has a much more intelligent one on Earth-Prime.
  • Beard of Evil: He sports a longer and more unkempt one than his boss.
  • The Brute: All muscle and hardly any brains.
  • Expy: He's the Kryptonian equivalent to Otis, except that Otis doesn't have the strength to serve as Luthor's muscle.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: During Non’s first scene at the trial, Jor-El doesn’t refer to him by name, merely as a “mindless aberration, whose only means of expression are wanton violence and destruction”.
  • The Voiceless: Doesn't speak, only grunts.

    Alura and Zor-El 

Alura and Zor-El

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Mia Farrow (Alura), Simon Ward (Zor-El)

Appearances: Supergirl

Kara's parents, who live on Argo City.


    Zaltar 

Zaltar

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Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Peter O'Toole

Appearances: Supergirl

A Kryptonian resident of Argo City who mentors Kara Zor-El. He exiled himself to the Phantom Zone for stealing the Omegahedron, which Argo City needs to live.


  • Anti-Hero: Zaltar took the Omegahedron in the first place, and accepts his banishment to the Phantom Zone as punishment while noting that Argo City's suffering will be quick and painless.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Zaltar goes mad during his time in the Phantom Zone, as to him it felt like forever had passed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He redeems himself by sacrificing himself to let Kara escape the Phantom Zone.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!!: If Zaltar hadn't "borrowed" the Omegahedron, there'd be no Supergirl movie.

Alternative Title(s): Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV The Quest For Peace, Superman Returns, Superman The Movie

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